Prominent Zambian actress, Cassie Kabwita in a recently-held interview with Erick Mutinda, reveals her rise to stardom, giving a detailed account of how best to describe her.
Every great man is inspired by something one way or the other, and Cassie is not exceptional in this case. Irene Uwoya inspired Cassie with her movie with Kanumba and Kigosi called Opera hht Sunday. So far since she kick started her movie career, she has featured in a couple of filming projects.
“I started acting from Tanzania. Inspired by Irene Uwoya in her movie she did with Kanumba and Kigosi called Opera hht Sunday. I was motivaed by Kanumba. Did my first big role in a Lucy Komba movie called Familia Yangu.“
Cassie doesn’t just appear in every movie proposed to her, there are criteria she observes before embarking on a movie project. “A very good script is key. Then technology,” Cassie said, “I need to know the kind of equipment being used. Then I look at the director and the cast involved.”
Few years ago, Cassie wins the Best Rising Star Award at the Mwape Peer Awards Presidential Event. Cassie got the recognition based on her acting career in African television and her contribution to the Zambian movie industry.
DJ Eddie Yekayeka came all the way from the United States to get the award on Cassie’s behalf. “I did not manage to attend the awards because I am still nursing my fractured right ankle and I can’t freely walk on my own,” Cassie told the Weekend Mail in Lusaka.
The Luanshya-born movie star, was recently in Ghana for the filming of Sink or Swim: The Perilous Journey, a pan-African story by Prince Richard Nwaobie. She will be starring alongside legendary Kenyan Sir Raymond Ofula, Zack Orji, Ahmed Olotu and Ruth Maingi.
The much-anticipated movie draws it cast from from Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, Togo, Ivory Coast and Zambia, among others.
Cassie took her movie career a step further, as she produced a blockbuster a non-fiction movie, Kwacha. The film which features features two of Tanzania Bongo movie veterans, Vincent Ray Kigosi, and Kajala Masanja, is a campaign movie against sexual abuse and violence against women and girls.
Early this year, January precisely, Cassie dedicated 2017 to victims of sexual abuse. To people’s amusement, her intuition of being a successful actress opposes her mates.
“When I am gone, I don’t want to just be remembered as a glamorous and stylish Zambian actress with the most beautiful smile in the world like Marilyn Monroe. But as an actress who fearlessly and tirelessly fought for the freedom of all sexually abused girls/women. This is the cause I want to devote my life to. According to Weekend Mail.
The Zambian actress started her acting career from Tanzania. Ever since she started acting, her major challenge is Africans. According to her, the lack of attention fellow Africans gives to African movies is alarming.
Cassie said, “They would rather watch Angelina Jolie than watch Mumbi Maina. If our fellow black people supported us, trust me the African cinema is going to be the strongest.”
In the course of the interview, the Love Game star, further emphasized on how her unique smile and flamboyant kitenge gowns have contributed to her successful career. She maintains that attitude and unrivaled toughness, complimented with untouched legacy are characters she’s been exhibiting.
Her words; “What makes me unique is my smile and my flamboyant kitenge gowns. You havent met Cassie Kabwita if you do not see her smile and he kitenge. Second, My behavior towards work. Film is my bread and butter. I invest my whole life just to make sure that I get the best. Most actors, when they feel they have made it they become annoying bossy and full of themselves believing they have made it but, God always reminds me to remain humble and productive. Acting is my kingdom and ‘am here to stay. New actors come and go especially the ones that try to compete with me. Unrivaled toughness and untouched legacy is what defines me. Cassie Kabwita character in the film industry is too strong for anyone to break.”