Activists Boniface Mwangi’s documentary “Softie” has been nominated for the 2021 Peabody Awards.
Softie, which was released last year, beat more than 1200 films submitted for the prestigious award to land the nomination. Only 60 films made the cut.
‘Softie’ director Sam Soko took to social media to celebrate the fete saying he was nothing but proud.
“I am so proud of our fantastic Softie the film team… Mad love to the crew, incredible supporters, and Boniface and Njeri Mwangi (the subjects of the film). Thank you! Congratulations to the other amazing nominees.” he said on Facebook.
The awards, which has existed for 80 years now, has always championed the creativity and achievements of storytellers across television, streaming, radio, and digital media.
Each year, 30 Peabody Awards are given for entertainment, documentary, news, podcast and radio, children’s/youth, and public service programming. Special awards are also given to individuals for career achievement and institutions for their long-standing body of work.
“It is really exciting to be nominated because it means this is an African story that has reached a global audience. A good story has no colour or race. We are honoured to be among other honourable nominees and we hope to win,” said Boniface Mwangi.