The entertainment industry of Mozambique mourns the death of Popular actress, producer and director, Hermelinda Simela, who died while giving birth in hospital. The 38-year-old Simela was being treated for complications resulting from her delivery. Although, her new-born baby girl is in good health. The news of her death has shocked artists and others in the country.
Alvim Cossa, a long-time colleague and friend to late Simela said that Mozambique was mourning a great actress and a notable producer, responsible for many successes“
The country has lost a strong, resilient woman, an exemplary mother and, above all, an engine of our dreams,” he said.“ Hermelinda encouraged theatre people and created opportunities for actors to succeed in their career.”
In the capital, Maputo, Simela helped found an important theatre group. She worked across the country sometimes training other performers.
She also travelled and worked abroad, including in Brazil, the Netherlands, Germany, India and Spain. She won Best Supporting Actress at the Africa Movie Academy Awards for her role in the movie “Virgin Margarida.”