Sandifolo, Zim’s acting juggernaut

Takudzwa Chihambakwe
“It is always good to challenge yourself by taking up difficult roles. That is how I have managed to learn things fast. I always tell myself that if others can do it, I can also do it”

Since stepping onto the scene with a 2004 lead role in popular ZBC-TV drama series, “Tiri parwendo”, Eddie Sandifolo has never looked back.

With his foot firmly on the pedal, he has steadily accelerated into one of the most sought-after actors in Zimbabwe. In the 14 years that he has been under the spotlight, Sandifolo has been a marvel not only on the small and big screen but also on the big stage.

He has charmed the hearts of many theatre enthusiasts featuring in a number of productions that have helped hone his career.

But just how has he managed to remain soaring in an environment where there are no proper structures?

“Working hard is always the key in this industry,” said Sandifolo.

The actor’s prowess is inimitable despite having entered the trade just a year before his 2004 big break. It seems as if he has been in the game for much longer than that.

His level of artistry is at par with many actors making headlines in the African continent.

However, Sandifolo never got any formal education in film or filmmaking.

“Unlike some folks I never went to film school. What I have is God given. But I had people who mentored me. One such individual is Aaron Chiundura Moyo.

“He did a great job in laying the foundation that has shaped the actor I am today. I really learnt a lot from him,” revealed the award-winning artiste.

The actor, who is starring in the latest movies in the country namely, “Tete B” and the yet to be released “Chinhoyi 7”, says he has become a formidable force in the industry because he loves taking up challenges.

“It is always good to challenge yourself by taking up difficult roles. That is how I have managed to learn things fast.

“I always tell myself that if others can do it, I can also do it. The other aspect is that I always put God first and truly trust Him for He is the one who has given me the talent,” he explained.

Sandifolo was part of Gango Productions, which has plans to produce one movie a month.

“Gango Productions was a learning curve. I was one of the producers in the company, I also played a role in the movie it produced, ‘Tete B’.

“I think the Gango model of shooting low budget movies is the way to go for our impoverished industry.”

One of the actor’s desires has always been to grow not only in front of the camera but also in directing. It appears lady luck is smiling on him.

“I am working on a number of productions this year, producing, directing and acting.

I cannot disclose what I am working on yet. But yes, we are working.

“Also when the time is right, God will permit us to work even on Hollywood films. It’s every actor’s dream to go international.”

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