Latwell Nyangu, H-Metro Reporter
Zimbabwean humanitarian and digital storyteller, Kudzai Tinago, emerged as one of the finalists in the Global Youth Neglected Tropical Diseases Festival held via virtual gallery on April 9.
The Global Story Telling Awards are courtesy of Uniting to Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases and Youth Combating NTDs launch first ever Arts Festival.
He emerged in top three after outwitting others in the competition which received over 400 entries from 39 countries.
The 27-year-old said he is excited over the triumphant documentary, Mass Drug Administration.
“I am excited, energised and ready to take centre stage in the filming industry worldwide.
“On top of that, late last year I won the best documentary film in the country, through the European Film Festival,” he said.
“I entered because of the effects of neglected tropical diseases I have seen in the community and I feel children deserve a future free from neglected tropical diseases.
“The storyteller has been doing other related projects.
“In 2019 I was awarded the best short film by UNFPA, On SRHR, titled Speak out.
“I work with ADRA Zimbabwe as a communications officer, with five years of experience in humanitarian storytelling, I do media consultancy and videography for WHO, UNICEF, UNDP, Development Solutions, MEDRA.
“I also run my own media company Tigzozo Studios that focuses on corporate videography, wedding videography and photography.
“I have also produced music videos for locals such as Firm Faith Music and Ishan.
“Fighting NTDs matters to me because the fight will better enable many children to have a better future, free from NTD related illness and disabilities,” he said.
However, winners were announced across five categories namely digital, music, video, audio and text.
The judging panel featured individuals across an international board from countries such as Japan, South Africa, United Kingdom and Costa Rica.
The winners showcased the cultural and geographic diversity with finalists from Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Cameroon. Full list of winners below.
Uniting to Combat NTDs launched the storytelling competition in early December, and encouraged young people to share their stories and experiences about NTDs.
Over 400 eligible entries from 39 different countries around the world.
Entries were submitted over different categories and prizes worth $25,000 were given to artists of the standout pieces across the five categories: audio, digital, text, music and video.
The Youth storytelling competition is a drumbeat to the Kigali Summit on Malaria and NTDs as part of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in June and will help galvanise global support for NTDs that will culminate into tangible commitments from countries that will be announced on the stage in Rwanda.
A virtual gallery became an exhibition of artwork that has been submitted by young people from all over the world.