Iconic ZBC producer Arnold Shoko dies
CHITUNGWIZA – ZBC producer and director Arnold Shoko (57) has died. His wife, Mrs Revai Shoko, said her husband died on Thursday morning at CitiMed Hospital in Chitungwiza where he succumbed to hypertension.
ZBC-TV Manager for Productions and Commissioning, Mrs Dorothy Chidzawo, who worked with Shoko on a number of productions including “To My Nephew Moses”, said the death of Shoko is a great loss to the corporation as he was working at a document to train producers at ZBC on how to produce films, documentaries and dramas.
Shoko worked with several senior producers who included Ramius Musasa, Godwin Mawuru, the late Bernard Mandimika and Dorothy Chidzawo.
He also worked with actors such as the late Nevernay ‘Muwengwa’ Chinyanga, Charles Mucheriwa, Watson Chidzomba, the late Stembeni Makawa, Agnes Gwatiringa, Nobert Fero and Enock Chihombori.
Apart from Studio 263, Shoko also produced and directed other local productions such as “To My Nephew Moses”, written by Carl Don and “Zimlife” by Thomson Tsodzo and “Mutirowafanza”.
Shoko taught film production at the Zimbabwe Film School with the likes of Dr Rino Zhuwarara and the late Olly Maruma.
Chidzawo described the late Shoko as a naturally talented director, producer and an icon in the arts industry.
Funeral arrangements are yet to be announced.
Shoko is survived by wife Revai and three sons.
Mourners are gathered at House Number 8529, Unit K, Seke, Chitungwiza. ZBC