Studio 263’s Mawuru dies

RENOWNED filmmaker and Studio 263 producer Godwin Mawuru has died. He was 52.


Mawuru died of diabetes complications yesterday morning at Parirenyatwa Hospital where he had been admitted for the past two weeks.

Family spokesperson Owen Chapanduka said Mawuru was taken to hospital after collapsing a fortnight ago.

“Godwin was admitted two weeks ago after he collapsed and this week he looked like he was actually recovering. Unfortunately, we have lost him,” Chapanduka said. “It is sad that we have lost Godwin.”

Although Chapanduka said funeral arrangements would be announced in due course as they were still waiting for some family members from abroad, indications were that the burial would be held at his rural home at Chiguune in Gutu.

Mawuru was born in 1961 in Shamva.

He attended Shamva Primary School before proceeding to Chimimba Secondary School in Mt Darwin, Mashonaland Central.

In the early 1980s, he spent some time doing theatre work before getting into filming. In theatre, he worked in various areas including acting, directing and working backstage.
Since 1986, Mawuru had worked on several local and international films.

In 1987, he produced and directed his first production entitled The Tree Is Mine.

His second production as a director was a film titled Facilitation Techniques In Training. Popular film Neria was his third production.

After Neria, Mawuru spent six months at the National Film Board of Canada in Montreal before returning home to work on several other projects.

He directed many television productions and is best known for the long-running Zimbabwe soap Studio 263.

He was still working on the soap at the time of his death.

He is survived by wife Tsitsi and two children Joe (26) and Rumbidzai (16).

Mourners are gathered at number 28 Cloverly Road, Chadcombe, Harare.


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    1. I Kirora ukawana nguva ukwane wanzwa

  2. R.I.P Mr Mawuru i enjoyed yo productions

  3. R I P sir

  4. R.I.P

  5. Phumula jaha. RIP

  6. Eric Chapanduka

    R.I.P My Brother, i am heartbroken

  7. Bingu wa Mchombo

    RIP Comrade

  8. George Hadzizi

    RIP Mr Mawuru tichasangana ikoko

  9. R I E P mkoma Goddy,i still remember the good time yu had with Mwengwa and ol others,i cant believe yu’r gone

  10. Dumisani Dido Nkomazana

    Rest in peace Godwin.

  11. Edmore Filimon

    Rest in eternal peace sir

  12. RIP tarasikirwa chokwadi

  13. Sad news. He tried to uplift the film industry against a harsh and unforgiving economy. He did not get much return for his investment into the media industry. You fought a good fight Godwin and your productions are now your legacy which shall be enjoyed by generations who will only but appreciate your great work. Godwin Mawuru, the man behind the camera, unsung hero , rest in peace.

  14. Nenhamo kaidzi vakomana .ko ndozvazvazoita. Inga zvakaoma

  15. RIP Goddy you did part and you did it with distinction

  16. DeDzimbaz TMT


  17. Jamengweni Godonga

    May your soul rest in peace. A lot was shared and a lot was going to come from you but …. alas, it was not to be. Just like the jovial Vuyo in SA, phephani zimuli zabo, iNkosi iphile, iNkosi ithethe.

  18. May your Soul RIEP. Your departure is a sad loss to many both locally and internationally in the entertainment industry.

  19. go well the adventures continues even in death

  20. Air zimbabwe captain

    R.I.P GOddie my main man we enjoyed your night flight documentaries on our trips,may your soul rest in peace

  21. Wesley mainda

    Those who die & die in christ shall rest from their labours and their works shall follow them. R.I.P We shall all be there.

  22. mabasa ake achamutevera.

  23. clifford Chinoperekwei

    I’m heartbroken with this news eish its nt easy to u Joe my man I’m so so sorry my God strength u and give u courage everyday

  24. A real legend he was, Rest in Peace.

  25. The gap you left will never be filled Mawuru, May your soul rest in peace.

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  27. Phunyukabemphethe

    Who is this Tshona? Whats so special about him?

    It looks like he is Zezuru – please confirm?

    1. He is great Shona and you a great tribalist with no place in Zim. Godwin fought a good war so that everyone can watch Television and enjoy. Unlike you, im sorry to say this but you are more dead than mukoma Goddy. His legacy will live forever.

  28. zollywood fan

    rip mawuru a real legend

  29. Phunyukabemphethe

    Boang bathoo? ke mang moTshona ola?

    Who is this Tshona? Whats so special about him?

    It looks like he is Zezuru – please confirm?



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