27 May 2013

Zimbabwe: Filmmaker Mawuru Dies

Seasoned filmmaker Godwin Mawuru has died. He was 51. Mawuru died at Parirenyatwa Hospital on Friday after succumbing to sepsis syndrome, clinical evidence of acute infection. According to his son Joe, Mawuru had been unwell for the past weeks.

"He was really in pain and when he was admitted at Parirenyatwa Hospital he died at 9.30am. He died of sepsis complications although he had been suffering from meningitis," he said.

Mawuru was one of the most celebrated producers of the blockbuster film "Neria", a television talk show, "This is Life", and the popular "Studio 263" which reached 2000 episodes during its run and was the first Zimbabwean soap to be screened on DStv's Africa Magic.

Ex-Studio 263 cast including Pretty Xaba, Charles "Wakanaka" Kapfupi and Charity Ndlovu visited Mawuru's home. National Arts Council of Zimbabwe director Elvas Mari said Zimbabwe lost a brilliant film maker.

"Death is painful when we lose the best. Mawuru was a beacon of the film industry and his works speak volumes of his knowledge in that area," he said.

Mourners are gathered at 28 Clovelly Road, Chadcombe. Mawuru will be buried at his rural home in Chiguhune, Gutu, today. Mawuru is survived by his wife Tsitsi and two children, Joe and Rumbidzai.

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