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Ted Fellow Carl Joshua Ncube stars in a documentary

by Staff reporter
05 Nov 2019 at 07:47hrs | Views
One of the pressing questions both worldwide and in Zimbabwe is ‘How do we sustainably use our natural resources and protect our wild life from extinction?'

Produced by MMX Productions and Reelnet Multimedia,A Wild Ride with Carl is a documentary that follows the renowned comedian, Carl Joshua Ncube, on his quest to visit conservation projects around Zimbabwe, blending comedy with a light yet informative experience of how these projects actually work on the ground.

Carl Joshua Ncube, the documentary host and narrator, is a 2017 Global Ted Fellow and has been twice nominated for the Pan African Comic of the Year in 2017 and 2018 at the Savanna Comic Choice awards in South Africa and was awarded both Standup comedian of the year and Personality of the year at the National Arts Merit Awards in Zimbabwe. He has performed in Australia, USA, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, Zambia, Malawi, Botswana, Namibia , Ivory Coast and South Africa

In this documentary, Carl travels the length and breadth of Zimbabwe meeting ordinary people who are passionate about the conservation of natural habitats and wildlife.

He starts in the North at Mbire, where he gets to spend a day with the community scout on patrol, contending withthe dangers of lions and elephants, as well as the bullets of the poachers themselves. Certainly their daily routine is nothing short of an extreme sport.

Next he travels to Kanyemba to join fishermen along the crocodile infested Zambezi River. These fisherman are forging a living out of their boats and nets in amongst the wild beasts of Great Zambezi valley – not to mention the dangers of the poachers that traffic across the murky waters.

From Kanyemba he catches a beautiful ferry down the length of Kariba to spend time with some villagers in Lupane, who are learning how to create a living out of natural forest harvests in the from of wild Manketi nuts. This they process into oil and sell to markets for revenue while conserving the natural habitats and surroundings.

After that, he has to overcome his debilitating fear of bees in order to visit Mr Mlala, who is also conserving forests, but this time through effective ways of keeping of bees. Bees are a hugely valued element of functional habitats, and in creating suitable apiaries one can not only improve bee populations but also prevent forest fires and fallentrees which are typical methods to harvest wild honey with axes and fire.

From Lupane, Carl returns to Harare where he meets students who are being funded to conduct research. We learn about one student who is researching the seeds of a particular palm tree that is popular in the brewing of traditional ‘palm wine' – and how we can propagate these palms fast enough so that they do not become eradicated through the fermentation of their sap for palm wine.

Finally he travels to Chiredzi where he joins community kids on an excursion into the vast Gonarezhou National Park, home to the majestic Chilojo Cliffs. Set in amongst the wild, we learn about school life, school tours, community tourism and sustainable conservation.

Carl's journey is indeed a wild ride, full of adventure, laughter, dance and song. However, at the end of it all, he makes a very important observation: our success in protecting the wild comes down to ordinary people, playing their part in the conservation of natural resourcesin their every day lives. And if they can do it, then so can we.

The documentary finishes with a music video of Sylent'slatest hit single, "Vakuruwe", which laments the disappearance of our heritage and echoes the need to take an interest in protecting our animals for the next generation. Sylent Nqo is an international award-winning Zimbabwean guitarist and celebrated singer/songwriter,who has shared the stage with some of Africa's prominent names: Tuku, Hugh Masekela, Mr Eazi, Dotman, Jah Cure, Davido, Jah Prayzah and Ammara Brown to name a few. He has toured several countries across the globe including Tanzania, Botswana, Namibia,the UK, Norway, Sweden,  Egypt, Italy and the US.

Source - Agencies

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