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Top Kenyan Actors Receive Kalasha Awards Nominations

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The Kenya Film Commission recently unveiled the nominees in various categories for the 12th edition of the Kalasha International Film and TV awards.

Kalasha awards event helps to recognize the kind of work creatives have done over the year and also to upscale the quality of productions in the country.

KFC’s CEO Timothy Owase said this year Kalasha Awards have 39 categories with an addition of nine new categories.

“In 2021, they had 30 categories. The new introduced categories include; “Best regional film, Best Documentary (Short), Best Documentary (Feature), Best Makeup and Hair Stylist, Best Costume Designer, Best Supporting Actor in a TV Drama, Best Supporting Actress in a TV Drama, Best Viewer’s Choice (Feature) and Best Viewer’s Choice (TV Drama),” he said.

The nomination process took place from the 24th August to 30th October and involved review of 217 submitted films in 1,204 categories.

This year saw the number of submitted films go up compared to 149 films submitted in 2021.

The jury also noted the constant themes being those on Mental health awareness, Domestic violence, Elections, Substance and Drug abuse and Violence.

The award ceremony is scheduled to take place on December 3rd.

Check out full nominees list below:

Best Lead Actor in a Film

Morris Mwangi- Kony Kiwo (Baba Twins)
Elyas Muhamud-Assad (Gacal)
Basil Mungai-Kev (Click Click Bang)
Barkhad Abdi- Ayaanle (Ayaanle)
Tim King’oo- Koome (Last Supper)

Best Editor

Ahmed Deen & George Mugambi (Ayaanle)
Patrick Katiku (International women’s day documentary)
Abbas Omar (Kiswahili Kitukuzwe)
Monicah Mugu (Almost Somali)
Nicholas Kibathi (Baba twins)

Best Lead Actress in a Film

Violetta Ngina- Wamz (Baba Twins)
Nyokabi Macharia- Wendo (Chaguo)
Mwanatunu Imam- Mandia (Jaramandia)
Marianne Nungo- Mama Koome (Last Supper)
Joyce Musoke- Wlizabeth (Wise Woman)
Best Lighting Technician

Raymond & Mzamil (Jaramandia)
Isaac Awene (Antisocial)
Isaac Iluve-Katule (Click Click Bang)
Paul Obunde (Ayaanle)
Jerry Kavita (Baba Twins)

Best Supporting Actor in a Film

Sammy Ukavi-Gicovi (Medicineman)
Ian Nyakundi-Kasisi (Click Click Bang)
Brian Ogola-Kowa (Chaguo)
Andrew Muthure-Muga (Bargain bride)
Zubeir Mohammed-Barkhad (Gacal)

Best Special Effects

Evans Ojuka (Deviance)
Key Frame Media (Click Click Bang)
Khadijah Abdulqadir (The Message)
Ahmed Deen, Hillary Mwangi (Ayaanle)
Jeff Simintei (It Rained Again)

Best Supporting Actress in a Film

Amina Moha- Amina (Ayaanle)
Basro Dahir- Zeinab (Gacal)
Sahara Mohammed-Khadija (Zuena)
Annstella Karimi-Eva (Baba Twins)
Auudi Rowa-Kabi (Chaguo)

Best Director of Photography

Stanley Njogu (Gacal)
Andrew Mungai (Chaguo)
Abdi Shuria & Ahmed Deen (Ayaanle)
Enos Olik (Antisocial)
Ishmael Azeli Kenyan (Last supper)

Best Short Film

Chrismas Love-Peter Kawa
It Rained Again-Nancy Wanja
Last Supper-Karanja Ng’endo
Undugu-Victor “Viboks” Omondi
Mirror Mirror-Lucy Mwangi

Best Feature Film

Click Click Bang (Philip Karanja)
Anti Social (Brian Munene Gitahi)
Ayaanle (Ahmed Farah)
Chaguo (Ravi Karmalker)
Baba Twins (Lucy Mwangi)

Best Documentary Feature

Tales From The Pandemic (Cynthia Abdallah)
Unwrapped (Sheila Gakii Kimathi)
Stori Yangu (Eugene Mbugua)
The Elephants of Selenkay (Feisal Malik)

Best Original screenplay

Dennis Humphrey (Jaramandia)
Abel Mutua (Click Click Bang)
Ahmed Farah: Tariq Bihi (Ayaanle)
Lawrence Murage (Baba Twins)
Shelly Gitonga (Last Supper)

Best Documentary Short

Nyumba Yu Mulogooli (Cynthia Abdalla)
Black Shines Brightest Stories (Nicholas Munene Mutuma)
International Women’s Day Documentary (Eugene Mbugua)
Kiswahili Kitukuzwe (Omar Kibulanga)
Almost Somali (Vincenzo Cavallo)

Best Original Score

Olivia Ambani (Tales from the Pandemic)
David Waronja (Mwanga)
Kester Wakahenya (It Rained Again)
Andrew Ahuura (Ayaanle)
Chabari Modest (Click Click Bang)

Best Make-Up and Hair Stylist

Melissa “Pambo by Mel’ Lesila (Click Click Bang)
Fatou (Ayaanle)
Florence Muthoni (Kaz)
Faith Heho (Sleep)
Khadija Addulqadir (Zuena)

Best Costume Designer

Eddah Wakesho (Christmas Love)
Esther Maina (Jaramandia)
Mercy Mwende Kabwei (Click Click Bang)
Fatou (Ayaanle)
Vennessa Ochieng (Chaguo)

Best Production Designer

Njuguna Nganga (Mwanga)
Omar Kibulanga (Kiswahili Kitukuzwe)
Isaac Njue (Ayaanle)
Cyrill Achebi (Click Click Bang)
Colins Mugala (Medicineman)

Best Director

Mohamed Ali (Gacal)
Lawrence Murage (Baba Twins)
Karanja Ng’endo (Last Supper)
Ahmed Farah (Ayaanle)
Vincent Mbaya (Chaguo)

Best Sound Designer

‘Krowbar’ (Click Click Bang)
Andrew Ahuura (Ayaanle)
Patrick Katiku (International Women’s Day Documentary)
Abdallah Mohammed (Kiswahili Kitukuzwe)
Mercy Adundo (Throttle Queens)

Best Lead Actor in a TV Drama

Peter Kawa- Malik Maka (County 49)
Alfred Munyua- Silas (Crime And Justice)
Joe Kinyua- Njoro (Njoro Wa Uba)
Melvin Alusa- Kyalo (Country Queen)
Jimmy Gathu-Fred Tandala (Kina)

Best TV Show

Date My Family (Kenya Newton Ngugi)
Kyallo Kulture (Eugene Mbugua)
Best Of (Eugene Mbugua)
This Love (Eugene Mbugua)
Foods Of Kenya (Eugene Mbugua)

Best Lead Actress in a TV Drama

Gathoni Mutua-Sintamei (Single Kiasi)
Aisha Mwajumlah-Nimimi (Pete)
Ivy Wanjiku-Sanura (Sanura)
Melissa Kiplagat-Akisa (Country Queen)
Sanaipei Tande-Nana (Tandala Kina)

Best Supporting Actor in a TV Drama

James Webbo-Elijah Matata (County 49)
Blessing Lung’aho-Max (Country Queen)
Moses Kiema-Leftie Mwakazi (Kina)
Bryan Kabugi-Titus Karani (Salem)
Maqbul Mohammed-Kebo (Crime & Justice)

Best Supporting Actress in a TV Drama

Foi Wambui-Arielle Mufasa (Salem)
Jane Wambui -Jezebel (Njoro Wa Uba)
Nini Wacera-Vivienne Country (Queen)
Julie Brenda Nyambura-Bella Mwakazi (Kina)
Nyokabi Macharia – Debra Maka (County 49)

Best TV Drama

Country Queen-Peter Obrist
Kina-Appie Matere
Crime & Justice Season 2-Adam Neutzsky-Wulff
County 49-Brian Munene Gitahi
Pete-Daudi Anguka

Best TV Advertisement

CPF TVC 2 (Brian K.Tarus)
Nice And Lovely TVC (Amit Ramrakha)
Acnes TVC (Amit Ramrakha)
When You Smile (Nicholas Odongo)
Pata Chanjo (Vierra Patrick)

Best TV Comedy

Roast House (Eugene Mbugua)
Too Much Information With Ty (Tmi) (Roselidah Taabu)
Varshita (Lucy Mwangi)

Best Animation

Donji Donji (Chris Wangai Njoka)
Health Care Workers Appreciation (Anne Kimani)
En Okumba (Joshua Omondi)
Rev (Ibrahim Faruk Ali)
I Am The Problem (Joshua Omondi)

Best International Award

Namuddu-Uganda
Still Okay To Date?-Tanzania
Malaika-Tanzania
Joyce’s Dream-Tanzania
Nimpende Nani?-Tanzania

Best Student Film

Cheza Nassanga (Ann)
Plain Sight (Ritchy Mistri)
Stinger (Bruno Tanya)
Lost (Film Aid Kenya)
The Weak End (Silas Brian Owiti)

Best Documentary by a Student

My Little Warrior-Audrey Restetuta Egesa
Ogiek At Crossroads-Jeffither Murimi Kariuki
Preparation Of “Mursik”-Wilson Yego
Divine Of Elavation(Kipsigis)-Pauline Wanjiru Mwangi
The Scourge (Chira)-Clinton Oguma

Best Kids Production

Preschool Kids Learning (Anne Kimani)
Good Hygiene Practices (Anne Kimani)
Toonaweza Tales (Eric M. Wainaina)
Tochi & Jose Fire Safety Show (Darren Collins)
H Is For Hand-washing (Darren Collins)

Best Viewers Choice (Feature)

Gacal-OmarHamza
Ayaanle-Ahmed Farah
Click Click Bang-Philip Karanja
Chaguo-Ravi Karmalker
Anti Social-Brian Munene Gitahi
Jaramandia-Dennis Humphrey
Zuena-Shirleen Wangari
The Message-Jasmin Kalondu Munguti
Wrong Number-David Waronja
Mwanga-David Waronja

Best Viewers Choice (TV Drama)

Single Kiasi-Grace Kahaki
County 49-Brian Munene Gitahi
Nanyorrai (My Love)-Elphas Machia
Famous-Wanjiru Kahugu
Crime & Justice Season 2-Adam Neutzsky-Wulff
Paa-Born To Fly-Bharat Tavares
Salem-Wambui Mukundi
Njoro Wa Uba-Lucy Mwangi
Country Queen-Peter Obrist
Kina-Appie Matere

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Beyonce Launches Inclusive Hair Care Line Cécred

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Beyoncé has officially launched her highly anticipated hair care line, ‘Cécred’, offering a diverse range of shampoos, conditioners, and treatments catering to various hair types from coily to straight, and fine to coarse.

The 42-year-old singer unveiled ‘Cécred’ through a captivating Instagram campaign in early February, where she reminisced about her humble beginnings, revealing that her first job was sweeping hair in her mother’s salon.

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In a heartfelt statement, Beyoncé expressed her aspiration to continue her mother’s legacy of empowering women through hair care, stating, “I saw firsthand how the ways we nurture and celebrate hair can directly impact our souls.” Emphasizing the importance of self-expression, Beyonce added, “I want everyone to have the freedom to express their hair in ways that make them feel good.”

Drawing inspiration from her upbringing and her mother’s entrepreneurial spirit, Beyoncé credited her early lessons in business to her mother, Tina Knowles, who ran a salon in Houston during the 1980s. Reflecting on her journey, Beyoncé shared, “My entire life and career, I’ve worn my hair in so many different ways… I want everyone to have the freedom to express their hair in ways that make them feel good.”

The Grammy-winning artist highlighted the significance of inclusivity in product development, particularly for Black women who are often underrepresented in hair care testing. “Every hair texture deserves testing, research, and development,” Beyonce emphasized. Beyoncé also acknowledged her mother’s invaluable contribution to the creation of ‘Cécred’, leveraging her expertise from running a salon and challenging conventional norms in hair care.

Tina Knowles, who serves as the company’s vice chair, emphasized the fusion of advanced hair care technology with traditional rituals, stating, “Now Cécred has the latest science with tried-and-true rituals passed down from generations before.” The initial collection, named ‘Foundation’, offers essential products such as a clarifying shampoo, scalp scrub, hair mask, and a rose-scented fermented rice treatment.

With prices ranging from $20 to $52, the ‘Foundation’ collection is available on the official website, cecred.com. Beyoncé’s venture into hair care marks another milestone in her entrepreneurial journey, complementing her previous endeavors in fashion and athleisure.

Through ‘Cécred’, she aims to celebrate healthy hair for all women, embracing diversity and empowerment in every strand.

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Nyota Ndogo Announces The Arrival Of Her Baby Boy With Danish Hubby

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Nyota Ndogo, the 43-year-old singer from the Coast, and her 60-year-old Danish husband, Henning Nielsen, have joyously welcomed a new addition to their family – a baby boy named Abdalla.

Announcing the birth on social media, the Watu na Viatu singer shared a touching photo of the newborn shortly after his arrival, expressing her delight. She couldn’t help but notice the unique blend of features in her son, noting his silky hair resembling his father’s while acknowledging that he takes after her in other aspects. However, despite her happiness, she confessed to feeling apprehensive about potential accusations of infidelity due to their son’s complexion.

“Karibu nyumbani mwanangu. Ila hii rangi sinitaambiwa nimechiti. Yani umeamua nywele ndio uchukue ya baba rangi ndio hii yetu. Karibu Abdalla. (URITHI TUNAO),” Nyota Ndogo wrote on Saturday, February 17.

With the arrival of Abdalla, Nyota Ndogo and Henning’s family now have six children, marking their first child together. Nyota Ndogo brings a daughter and son from previous relationships, while Henning has three children of his own.

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Bien Recruits Kenyan Singer Xenia Manasseh And Ugandan Hitmaker Joshua Baraka For His Upcoming Europe Tour

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Bien is gearing up for his inaugural solo tour across Europe, marking a significant milestone in his career.

Having previously toured the continent with Sauti Sol in 2022 and 2023 as part of their farewell tour, the acclaimed singer is now embarking on a solo journey that will take him through eight vibrant cities.

The tour, named after his debut solo album, “Alusa Why Are You Topless?”, is scheduled to commence in March. Released to critical acclaim in November 2023, the album has garnered widespread recognition, with one of its tracks, ‘Ma Cherie’, earning a spot among Rolling Stones’ 40 best Afropop songs of 2023.

It will be an East African affair as Kenyan R&B singer Xenia Manasseh and Ugandan hitmaker Joshua Baraka are set to join Bien on his European tour.

Beginning on Thursday, March 7th, Bien will grace the stage in Paris, France, setting the tone for an electrifying journey. From there, he’ll make his way to Rotterdam, Netherlands, on Monday, March 11th, followed by a performance in Brussels, Belgium, on the subsequent day.

Continuing his musical odyssey, the ‘Mbwe Mbwe’ crooner will enchant audiences in Germany, with shows in Cologne on Friday, March 15th, and Berlin on Sunday, March 17th. The tour’s second leg will then take him to London on Monday, March 18th, before concluding in Copenhagen, Denmark, on Wednesday, March 20th.

Wrapping up his European escapade with a flourish, Bien will deliver a mesmerizing finale in Stockholm, Sweden, on Friday, March 22nd. This tour promises to be a captivating showcase of his musical prowess and an unforgettable experience for audiences across Europe.

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