The Rooftop Promotions produced television series Chipo the Gift is taking a season break. The second season of the TV series carried 13 episodes screened on ZBCTV since January this year. The series had a huge viewership on both the national broadcaster and online (Rooftop Promotions YouTube channel). The production was done with support from Oxfam and it focused on women’s issues and their experiences during the global COVID-19 pandemic chiefly the national lockdown in rural and urban areas of Zimbabwe.
Meanwhile, Rooftop Promotions is working on bringing the third season of Chipo the Gift which is expected to start screening on the national broadcaster in July this year. In a statement, Rooftop Promotions producer Daves Guzha says that the project had a positive impact based on the feedback from the viewers which has motivated the institution to continue with this production. He also gives thanks to the partners and the viewers for supporting the institution.
“We have considered the need to continue with Chipo and our motivation is through the viewers’ feedback. The excitement out there is just amazing. We are also enthused by the passions of our actors in telling stories of women and girls thus championing gender equality so this is the platform we have to address these issues.
We would like to thank Oxfam for having supported us and we hope to continue with our partnership.”
However, communication about the next season will be done on the official communication channels of the institution. All the previous seasons are still available on Rooftop Promotions YouTube channel. Chipo the Gift is based on a true story written by renowned playwright Virginia Jekanyika and was produced by Daves Guzha. Since its launch in 2019, it has had two directors, Marian Kunonga and Nakai Beauty Tsuro for seasons 1 and 2 respectively. Rooftop Promotions has produced numerous family programs which aired on ZBCTV under the institutions’ long-term working relationship. It has also intervened in various emergencies like HIV and AIDS, using film, theatre, art, etc.
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