The Kenya Film Commission hosted this year’s Kalasha Awards at Crown Plaza.
The celebrities stepped out in their best attires complete with their face beat. The organisers also pulled all the stops to ensure it was a night to remember. There was a performance of the national anthem by Afro Benga star Dan Aceda. He also performed some of his popular hits.
Dubbed the Kenyan Oscars a slew of celebrities were awarded for their efforts in various productions.
This year, the awards registered the highest number of entries ever received since the inception of Kalasha, with the submission of 237 films, an affirmation of the credibility of the Kalasha over the last 7 years!
Kalasha International brought under one roof a film festival, a film & TV Awards and a film & TV market.
Filmmaker Mbithi Masya said, “I am grateful for this award,” as he walked away with the best director gong for his award winning Kenyan film, Katikati. It also bagged the best DOP award that was presented to Andrew Mungai and the best special effects award.
Other winners were Best original screenplay award that went to John Kararahe of Kidnapped, the best feature by a student award was Detox and Catherine Kamau bagged the best actress award.
Uyu ni Mwariguo bagged the best short film award, Louiza Wanjiku walked away with the best editor, the lifetime achievement award was given to Joseph Kioni while Gifted Soul won the best documentary by a student.
Best lead actress in a tv drama award was bagged by Catherine Kamau for her role in the TV drama Sue Na Johnnie. While, Martin Githinji cast bagged the best lead actor in a TV drama.
Neomi Nganga who was nominated posted a message after the glamourous gala saying, “Hey hey hey 😊😊… What a night at the Kalasha Awards Gala night. Special thanks to everyone that voted for me in the awards. Sad that we didn’t manage to win but we will definitely come back stronger. Congratulations to all the winners. 👏👏👏. We keep rising!! #Kalasha2017.”
Naomi may not have won on stage but she won many hearts on the red carpet. See how the other stars performed on the fashion front.