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    Famous Chivhu actress dies

    Miriam Mangwaya
    Chivhu Bureau

    Auxillia Mazvarira, popularly known as Mai John and also the main actress in the Chivhu film Zvoitwa Sei, died on Friday last week at her home in Manyene.
    She was 61. Mazvarira succumbed to cancer. She was buried on Sunday last week in Bonga village in Chief Nyoka's area.
    She is survived by five daughters, four sons and eleven grandchildren.
    Leonard Chibhamu, who is the writer, director and producer of Zvoitwa Sei 1, 2 and 3, said he has lost one of the most dedicated performers in the film. He described the late Mazvarira as a committed and determined artist.
    "She was one of the oldest actresses. She was an extraordinary figure, considering her age and the patriarchal society she was living in and how she gave her heart into acting.  We worked well since 2014 and the gap she left as the main actress will be difficult to fill."
    Chibhamu said Mazvarira passed on at a time when they were about to produce Zvoitwa Sei 3, a sequel of Zvoitwa Sei 1 and 2.
    Mazvarira, who played the role of a gossiping woman in all the three plays, had submitted her entry to the National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA) nominations but unfortunately, she did not qualify for the top three nominees.
    The late widow started acting in 2014.
    Sarafina Mufudza, a co-actress said the late Mazvarira was loving, caring and a friend to all. She said she was determined to change the Manyene community through her outstanding talent in acting.
    John Mazvarira, Auxilia's eldest son, thanked her late mother for working hard to take care of them since their father died in 1999.
    "She was not formally employed but she did a lot of mini jobs for us to go to school. She did a good job because all my siblings are adults who are now taking care of themselves," John said.
    Chibhamu said Zvoitwa Sei 3 will be released as a dedication to the late Mazvarira.local news

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