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Awards Committe


Called by TIME magazine “a Chicago-born Swazi,” James Tjekisa Hall is a filmmaker, journalist and author.  A graduate of the University of Southern California’s Division of Cinema and long-time resident of Swaziland, Hall is a senior Umbutfo (Swazi warrior) of Swazi King Mswati III’s Inyatsi (African buffalo) regiment, where he was named Tjekisa by the tribal elders during initiation rituals.  A trained African healer (or Sangoma, the title of his 1994 memoirs published by G.P. Putnam in New York), Hall is married to a Swazi of the Kunene clan, with a daughter by her, Nomoya, and an adopted son, Vusi.  He originated the idea of an African short film festival after his own short films and documentaries where shown in festivals in Europe and the Americas.
Zoe Dean-Smith – Actress and businesswoman, Zoe’s enterprise Gone Rural, which empowers poor mountain women through income-generating handicraft work, was a finalist for the BBC/Newsweek World Challenge Award 2006, which honored grassroots initiatives making a difference in local communities.
Claude Gonin – Director of Alliance Française du Swaziland, Claude has brought Swazis singers, poets and artists worldwide attention.


Mbongeni Mbingo – “Bingo” retired the longest-running column in Swazi press history, the entertainment roundup Bingo’s Jive, when he took over as editor of Swaziland’s only Sunday newspaper, the Times Sunday.
Gigi Nkosi – Philanthropist and attorney, Gigi, a former Miss Swaziland and arts supporter, also runs Swaziland’s first urban-based daycare center for OVC (orphans and vulnerable children), Gigi’s Place.
Jiggs Thorne – Supporter of all the arts, Jiggs created Swaziland’s top entertainment venue and architectural showplace House on Fire
Sindi Nxumalo – Actress and President of the Mbabane Theatre Club, Sindi was the most prominent Swazi thespian to appear in Richard Grant’s auto-bio pic Wah Wah, shot in Mbabane and released this past year.


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