TRAGEDY struck twice for the family of renowned Zambian film maker Jonas Nasilele who died in a road traffic accident while travelling to attend his grandmother’s funeral.
Nasilele along with six other people died on the spot after the car he was travelling in was swept off the road by a coal-ladden truck at Munali Hills in Chikankata district.
Nasilele was heading to his grandmother’s funeral in Monze when the accident happened around 16:00 hours on Tuesday.
In the movie industry, Nasilele was not just a producer but visionary director too who directed prominent TV shows such as ZUBA, Ubuntu, Amooye, Fever and Ten Tamanga.
Nasilele who is described as a talent taken too soon set his trademark in the movie industry, not only in Zambia, but Africa too as he plied his trade in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia among many other Countries.
His death was confirmed by several film actors, producers, Association and even Zambezi Magic who described his dedication to his craft as something that not only entertained but also inspired audiences across Zambia and beyond.
In mourning him,many Zambian film stars have lit their candles with messages of condolences on social media, describing him as a director on and away from the script, who needed to continue running his race.
The National Association of Media Arts – NAMA
“Our hearts are heavy as we hear about the loss of Mr Jones Nasilele . His creative vision and storytelling have left an indelible mark on the Zambian film industry and region as a whole. We extend our deepest condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of Mr Nasilele . His legacy will continue to inspire and impact generations to come. May his soul rest in peace,” stated The National Association of Media Arts (NAMA) through a statement released by Publicity Secretary, Abel Silungwe.
By Buumba Mwitumwa
Kalemba January 11, 2024