Bongani Ndlovu, Showbiz Correspondent
ZIMPAPERS is ready to work with the country’s content producers to tell Zimbabwe’s story to Africa and the world.
This was said yesterday by Zimpapers (ZTN) television network chief Namesa Nkala during the Creative Economy Outlook Zimbabwe (CEOZ) Bulawayo Creatives Roundtable held at the Bluez Cafe.
Nkala showcased what Zimpapers has to offer content producers as the media group prepares for digitization programs while waiting for a TV license to start broadcasting.
The discussion was chaired by renowned theater guru Davis Guzha.
The general feeling among content producers such as Admire Kudita, Jeys Marabini, Raisedon Baya, Saimon Mambazo Phiri and Johanne Mpofu was that they had attended such meetings before and had been promised paradise, but nothing had happened. ‘was materialized.
Nkala assured them, however, saying, âOne of our main goals as Zimpapers is to promote Zimbabwe’s creative talent at all levels.
âTo do this well, we need partners in different spheres who will work with us to develop this specialty content. We want to work with filmmakers to take our film industry to the next level while setting high quality standards in content production. What we deliver are credible platforms for your content, whether it’s radio, print or TV, and global reach for your local content.
She said it was important that the stories be told in a way that makes them appealing not only to Zimbabweans but also to those outside the country.
âThis content needs to be of high quality and tell our original stories while embracing our diversity, capturing our diverse cultures and languages ââacross the country. Other African countries have done well to tell their stories in a meaningful way and that is what we want to do, âshe said.
Nkala added that it would be good for content producers to work hand in hand with the media group, the largest in the country.
âIt will be great for content producers to partner with Zimpapers as it is a successful and rapidly growing integrated media company in Zimbabwe and possibly one of the largest in southern Africa. Our goal is to become a fully integrated media company and therefore our plans to get on TV, âNkala said.