Directed byTawanda Gunda Mupengo
StarringTongayi Chirisa
Kudakwashe Maradzika
Tendai Musoni
Release date
August 2005
Running time
70 minutes

Tanyaradzwa is a 2005 Zimbabwean award-winning bilingual drama film written and directed by Tawanda Gunda Mupengo.[1] The film stars Tongayi Chirisa, Kudakwashe Maradzika and Tendai Musoni in the lead roles. The title role is played by the lead actress Kudakwashe Maradzika. The film had its theatrical release in August 2005 and received positive reviews.[2] It also received several awards and nominations.



Tanyaradzwa (Kudakwashe Maradzika), an intelligent and charming 18 year old teenage girl who hails from a well to do family becomes pregnant at school and was guilty of preserving the secret of her pregnancy from her parents for nine months. She gives birth to a baby boy and after getting to know this, her parents feel ashamed and chases her away. Tanya then attempts to find the baby's father.[3]

Awards and nominations

The film was nominated in six categories at the 2006 Africa Movie Academy Awards and won the Award for the Best Cinematography and Tendai Musoni received the Award for Most Promising Actress.[4]

Year Award Category Result
2006 2nd Africa Movie Academy Awards Best Soundtrack Nominated
Best Actor Nominated
Best Screenplay Nominated
Best Actress in Lead Role Nominated
Best Cinematography Won
Most Promising Actress Won


  1. ^ "Tanyaradzwa - Zimbabwean film". AllAfrica. Retrieved 15 November 2019.
  2. ^ Ngugi Wamirii (6 May 2006). "Tanyaradzwa: Inspiration to All". Harare. The Herald. Retrieved 13 May 2023.
  3. ^ "Tanyaradzwa (2007) - Movie". www.moviefone.com. Retrieved 15 November 2019.
  4. ^ "People's Daily Online -- Zimbabwean film wins African "Oscar" awards". en.people.cn. Retrieved 15 November 2019.