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Passionate poet makes his debut on the big screen


A UK-based poet has taken a leap towards big screen stardom after landing a role in a new film by a top African production team.

Munnya Usuwana has landed a role in Love Triangle, a Nigeria-Zimbabwe production that also stars award-winning Nollywood actors Alexx Ekubo and Daniel Lloyd. Like many poets and rappers, such as Common and George the Poet, who have progressed into the the world, Usuwana landed the role after impressing several producers at at a premiere, where he was invited to perform in March this year.

“This role was something I never expected in a million years,” Usuwana said. “There were a number of high-profile Nigerian producers at the premiere in March, who were all very impressed by my wordplay performance and, in May, one of them gave me a call and offered me a role alongside renowned actor Alexx Ekubo,” he added.

Love Triangle follows the complex love story of protagonist Razor, played by Usuwana, a very intellectual fraudster who is embroiled in a world of dishonesty and corruption.

Directed by award-winning director Nelson Spyke, Love Triangle premiered at the Odeon IMAX in Greenwich, London, earlier this month. “I play a very obnoxious, deceitful and illusive character, who will stop at nothing to acquire wealth and will even go to great lengths – using the people that I love–to get what I want,” Usuwana said of his character.

STAR ROLE: Usuwana features in the film’s poster

Thrust into the limelight at a young age, the Zimbabwe-born spoken word artist performed at a church conference and this later inspired him to start writing and sharing his poetry publicly.

“One of the leaders in my church heard me reciting something and was amazed at the depth and sincerity of my poetry and wanted the world to hear what I had to say,” he added. “The onset of this journey was interesting. I never thought of myself as a writer, let alone a poet but, after that encounter at a church conference, I found my passion and my voice and I have never looked back.”

Usuwana’s poem Andrew was written in 2012 and was later filmed as a video in 2014. The award-winning artist has since performed at several prestigious events across England, including Havant Literary Festival, Peters eld Write Angle Poetry and Music open mic, BBC Radio Leicester and the Zimbabwe Achievers Awards.

He recently performed at a dinner in honour of legendary Zimbabwean musician Oliver Mtukudzi’s 65th album launch and celebration of his illustrious career, dedicating a special poem entitled How Did You Do It?

Currently working on several projects, he plans to host an evening of poetry towards the end of the year.

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