Prominent traditional healer, Dr Sekuru Kamwelo Banda is hopeful that the famous character of the late comedian ‘Gringo’ real name Lazarus Boots is still alive.
The Africa’s richest traditional healer has shown the courage to revive Gringo’s legacy and this time around in the person of the late actor’s son Taurai Boots.
Dr Banda who has been involved in sponsoring a number of artistic work in the likes of music entertainment is eager to revive the impetus journey left by the late comedian.
A fully fleshed film production is currently ranging at a minimum cost of 100 thousand US dollars. This encompasses various essentials, equipments, artistic remunerations, logistics among other essentials.
“Gringo was Zimbabwe’s legendary actor who through his work made the entertainment industry to stay alive. His character is still a household character to many people at home.”
“More importantly, is the way he helped to preserve our culture and that has to be cherished and revived.”
“Gringo the Troublemaker” was probably Gringo’s last popular production and in the following years he battled an ailement which ultimately let to his death towards end of last year.
Taurai Boora, son of the late Gringo expressed excitement at Sekuru Banda’s the latest intervention in reviving his Father’s legacy.
“I am thankful to Sekuru Banda for the great support he has shown especially in his quest to see my father’s legacy staying alive,” he said.
He also said that resource constraints is the only limiting factor for the acting industry in the country.
“Given the resources we can outpace Nollyhood but thanks to Sekuru Banda for his latest support,” he added.
William Matenda who plays the role of’Gweshe Gweshe’ in the drama ‘Gringo’ also echoed the same sentiments saying Sekuru Banda’s interventions comes at a time when the arts industry is crippled financially.
“Gringo has always wanted to see his legacy continuing and death made its decision. However we are thankful to Sekuru Banda for showing interest in reviving Gringo.”
Sekuru Banda’s love for arts sector will go a longway in awekening other sleeping productions and this will create a different for the players in the industry during the ongoing COVID-19 Lockdown period.