The Herald (Harare)

Zimbabwe: Home Is Best, Says Isidingo Star

Zimbabwean actor Melgin Tafirenyika, who starred in South Africa's popular drama "Isidingo", has returned home to pursue his acting career. Tafirenyika is back in the country with a new movie which he

produced in South Africa and premiered at Rainbow Cinemas last Friday called "I Will Marry Myself."

The movie - a romantic comedy which tackles betrayal, love and broken promises - is set to put Tafirenyika on the local limelight.

"I Will Marry Myself" is a story about a young African woman who decides to pay her own lobola to her parents after realising no man is serious with her.

Tafirenyika said the idea of writing the movie came after noticing how men usually cheat in relationships.

"I just thought that, if I could be a woman for a day what is it that I'll do? Knowing men to be unfaithful, I then said I will marry myself . . . but how? By paying my own bride to my parents," he said.

The youthful actor joined the great trek to South Africa in 2008 to purse his acting career. Gifted with striking looks, the actor tried his hand in modelling and soon found himself on the bill-boards of major advertising companies.

"I also had a passion for modelling so I said to myself it won't hurt to try, and many companies contracted me," he said.

He did not abandon his acting career as he featured in other South African plays such as "Twist," "Harvest of Shame," and "Game Mates."

Tafirenyika admitted it was tough to make a breakthrough in a foreign land.

"First preferences are given to the natives and if a foreigner has to get a role in a movie production, he must be extremely talented," said Tafirenyika.

The movie actor said the experience he got in South Africa will help him to jumpstart his career locally.

"Many people do not know a lot about me, that is why I am here. It doesn't make sense to be an established artiste in a foreign land while back home you are nobody. I will purse my acting career here where I can freely enjoy myself," he said.

Tafirenyika said he does not regret leaving South Africa with its lucrative film industry to start something new here.

"It pays well in South Africa but home is always the best. I am prepared to help other upcoming artistes," he said.

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