By Sam Banda Jnr:
Lily Banda has now gone places including conquering the international stage, where she has found herself featuring in Deep State.
It has not been an easy journey but her passion has seen her making positive steps that have seen her star in Fox’s Deep State.
Lily, who is not only into acting but has also trended in music and poetry, also showed her exceptional talent when she performed to her best in Chiwetel Ejiofor’s film The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind which was shot in Kasungu.
She is one of the few actors in the country who took a lead role in the film, where she stars as William’s sister.
Most of the Malawian actors took minor roles in the film but Lily took a lead role and played her cards right and showed that the country has talent.
The other actors, who held lead roles, might have come from Kenya but this was all because of what the director Chiwetel wanted; otherwise, Malawi has potential.
With the country still yet to hit the ground as regards film making, Lily has shown the way.
Lily said she was happy that she took up a key role in The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, which is a story that tells the life of the country’s innovator William Kamkwamba.
“The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is a story about determination of the human soul to fight against the odds, it is a story of triumph in the face of adversity, and it is a story about a young person, who wanted to make a positive change,” Lily said.
She said the fact that the story of William is being told, read, taught and now played out on film just how impactful he has been not only to Malawi but the world.
“I think we should all join in celebrating William Kamkwamba and that is what led me to taking part in the film because the story is just deep rooted,” Lily said.
She recalls that the story has a scene with the chief played by Joseph Marcell and that the community is discussing the floods in Mozambique.
“It is just the topical issue as, just the past weeks, Cyclone Kennedy hit Mozambique right after Cyclone Idai had sent the country reeling from a natural disaster. Obviously, resources are in short supply,” the actress said.
She said Malawi and Zimbabwe were not spared from the disaster, which left a lot of people homeless.
“I guess, in a way, the film should serve as a reminder for all of us to make it our intention to find out how we help whatever means we can afford,” she said.
On starring in Deep State, she said she was excited to play a role.
Deep State is actually back with season 2, bringing with it new characters, all embroiled in the first dirty war over clean energy.
Lily plays Malian Aicha Konate in Deep State. This is an aid worker intent on improving things for her country. She uses whatever she can find around her, and finds it within herself to face things head on and a free spirit. She finds herself in the midst of an international conspiracy and she has to fight for her very survival.
Now one does not have to watch season one to understand everything going on in season two which according to Fox, is great for a new audience.
Apart from playing her role in the creative industry, Lily has also been active in the works of charity through Maphunziro265.
At one time, she used to host Zathu pa Wailesi before she left to concentrate on charity work.
“Maphunziro265 was established to improve access to quality education for young people who dropped out due to financial challenges, a lack of guidance and counselling. They need support in form of mentors and finance,” Lily said.