United Kingdom-based Malawian comedian Daliso Chaponda has one more thing to smile about after his radio show got nominated for the prestigious Rose D’or awards.
The event to announce the winners will take place on December 1 at Kings Place in London.
In an announcement on the awards’ website www.rosedor.com, Chaponda’s radio programme Citizen of Nowhere, which airs on BBC UK, has been nominated in the audio entertainment category.
Chaponda’s show is up against five other radio shows, namely It Burns that airs on 7 Digital in Australia, Griefcast that airs on BBC, UK, Documentary on One that airs on RTE radio, Ireland, Brexit that airs on BBC UK and Belgium and 13 Minutes to the Moon on BBC World Service.
Reacting to the nomination on Wednesday, Chaponda took to his social media pages to celebrate.
He wrote: “My radio show has been nominated for a Rose D’or. Very excited. This was written with lots of research, banging of my head against the wall, hyperventilating from Carl Cooper for my never meeting deadlines and thereafter brilliant editing, intervention on episode 3 series 1 by Gary Delaney which led to the best sketch of both series.”
Chaponda then paid tribute to all members of his team for their support in the production of the series.
“I am so glad it [the radio show] got nominated. Thanks all. Now I need to dry clean my tux,” he added.
Chaponda is an all rounder entertainer who rose to fame after reaching the finals of Britain’s Got Talent television show.
His radio show Citizen of Nowhere first aired on BBC UK in May 2018. The second series started last month.
According to www.rosedor.com, the Audio Entertainment category in which Chaponda is nominated is taking place for the first time.
Awards chairperson Sofia Helin said the nominees were voted for by 60 international judges made up of media industry professionals.
Helin said: “The shortlist for The Rose d’Or awards this year is brilliantly diverse, and we’re delighted to see so many international programmes shortlisted which reflect the outstanding and varied output of entertainment programming we have seen in the last year across the globe. Our congratulations to all nominated.”
The Rose d’Or (Golden Rose) is an international awards festival in entertainment broadcasting and programming.