Local socialites, Bothwell Mwanandimai and Thelma Mukonza popularly known as baba na mai Bb part ways following a decision to venture into new paths within the industry.
In an interview with Bustop TV, Thelma said on her part the separation is a natural process that people can take as they grow.
“There is nothing much I can say that led to parting but it’s a natural process. People grow and change or make decisions in life, I know people may not understand in the first few days but gradually it will be normal to them.
“For myself I will always be mai Bb to my fans, infact they should expect more of Mai Bb despite the small situation of a partnership breakdown which happens in many business setups.
“They should expect a rejuvenated Thelma and Mai Bb. More glamour is coming, and I really hope my supporters will continue supporting me.”
Thelma is now featuring in a local drama series, Vhunze which airs on ZBC, playing a different role from what many of her fans know.
“I am still 100% in the arts and film industry and my fans should look forward to many productions which are in the making right now. I am so passionate about the industry to an extent that i am willing to do my best in sharing the Zimbabwean Story to the world through my creativity.
“I had an opportunity to get a role in Vhunze, one of most popular ZBC drama production and working with award winning and experienced producers and directors, which will most likely add more value to my acting career”.
In regards to the fluctuations taking place within the industry caused by such scenarios Thelma said there is potential for other stars to grow and out shine themselves like what yesteryear stars, Phillip Mushangwe (paraffin), Simon Shumba (mutirowafanza), Safirio Madzikatire (mukadota) amongst others did without focusing on any challenges they or the nation faced.
“I see a lot of potential for the growth of other stars as those that were there when we grew up, it’s only that the arts industry in Zimbabwe seems as if it’s on one position of not growing because of the economic crunch that we are facing as a nation.
“But I can tell that the film industry in Zimbabwe can reach any grade which has been reached by other film industries in Africa and beyond considering the productions we had back in the day and those we are having now, such as the golden oldies Tanyaradzwa, Yellow card, More time, everyones child, amongst others and todays Cook Off and Gonarezhou which made a breakthrough into international arenas.
“That should be a sign that we are going somewhere. Talking of the former greats they played their part during their period, as for now I can gladly say it’s our time as the current generation of artists to make sure that we leave a mark to be remembered with a we do those from the previous generation,” she said.
Thelma added that the duo’s personalized YouTube channel, Baba na Mai Bb will be rebranding to Telmore Productions.