Friday, 15 May 2009

Kalasha Awards Nominees Announced

Kenya’s first Film and TV Awards, Kalasha, was officially launched on Thursday night at the Carnivore. Kalasha is the brainchild of the Kenya Film Commission, a government body that was constituted to spearhead growth in the film industry.
Here, the nominees for the award ceremony were announced.


a) Best Leading Actor

I. Peter King [Formula X]
II. Mburu Kimani [The Race]
III. Godfrey Odhiambo [Malooned]
IV. Ken Ambani [From a Whisper]

b) Best supporting Actor

I. Abubakar Mwenda [From a Whisper]
II. Peter Kinuthia [Unseen Unsung Unforgotten]
III. Melvin Alusa [Formula X]
IV. Paul Njoka [By Any Means Necessary]

c) Best Leading Actress 

I. Nice Githinji [All Girls Together]
II. Karen Lucas [Dance For Wives]
III. Janet Kirina [Benta]
IV. Corine Onyango [From a Whisper]

d) Best Supporting Actress

I. Mumbi Maina [Unseen Unsung Unforgotten]
II. Wambui Murima [Backlash]
III. Lydia Gitachu [Unseen Unsung Unforgotten]
IV. Mama Njeri [Village Cassanova]

e) Best Cinematography 

I. Unseen Unsung Unforgotten
II. Formula X
III. From a Whisper
IV. Killer Necklace

f) Best Editing

I. From a Whisper
II. Uncovering the Media
III. Unseen Unsung Unforgotten
IV. Formula X

g) Best Scriptwriter in Original Screenplay

I. Cajetan Boy [Backlash]
II. Wanuri Kahiu [From a Whisper]
III. Steve Ominde [Formula X]
IV. Mona Ombogo [Unseen Unsung Unforgotten]

h) Best Film Overall

I. From a Whisper
II. Benta
III. Backlash
IV. Unseen Unsung Unforgotten.

i) Best Director 

I. Wanuri Kahiu [From a Whisper]
II. Judy Kibinge [Killer Necklace]
III. Robby Bresson [Help]
IV. Mona Ombogo/ Njoki Mbuthia [Unseen Unsung Unforgotten]

j) Best Documentary Feature

I. Mo & Me
II. Uncovering the Media
III. A Voice in the Dark
IV. Unquiet

k) Best Short film

I. The Killer Necklace
II. Dance For Wives
III. Wale Watu
IV. Zeinabu Rudi Nyumbani

l) Best River wood film

I. The Race
II. Machangi
III. Family Betrayal
IV. Village Cassanova


a) Best Actor in a Television Series 

I. Arabron Osanya [Mother-in-Law]
II. Joseph Kinuthia [Tahidi High]
III. Tony Njuguna [Makutano Junction]
IV. Charles Bukeko [Papa Shirandula]

b) Best Actress in a Television Series 

I. Linet Atieno [Wash and Set]
II. Jackline Nyaminde [Papa Shirandula]
III. Elizabeth Wanjiru [Mother-in-Law]
IV. Lucy Wangui(Judge) [Vioja Mahakamani]

c) Best Performance in a Comedy 

I. Charles Bukeko-[Papa Sirandula]
II. Daniel Ndambuki-[Churchill]
III. Benson Wanjau(Ojwang)-[Vitimbi]
IV. David Mwambili (Inspekta Mwala)- [Inspekta Mwala]

d) Best TV Drama 

I. Makutano Junction 
II. Heartbeat FM 
III. Tahidi High 
IV. Better Days 

e) Best Comedy Program 

I. Churchill live
II. Papa Shirandula 
III. Vioja Mahakamani 
IV. Vitimbi 

f) Best Talk Show 

I. The Woman’s Show 
II. Time Yetu 
III. Agenda Kenya 
IV. Hatua 

g) Best TV Program Overall 

I. Makutano Junction 
II. The Woman’s Show 
III. Destination Kenya 
IV. Churchill Live 

h) Best TV Script 

I. Wamaitha Thairu [Tahidi High]
II. Mwenda Njoki[Kenya’s Secret History]
III. Natasha Likimani/Wanjiru Kairu[Tabasamu]
IV. Jennifer Gatero[Better Days] 

i) Best TV Producer 

I. Catherine Wamuyu Nguku [Mother-in-Law]
II. Tony Mwize [Wash and Set]
III. David Campbell [Makutano Junction]
IV. Anthony Lukhwile [Churchill Live] 

j) Best TV Director 

I. Victor Gatonye [Makutano Junction]
II. Edwin Nyongesa [Wakilisha]
III. Mudegu Kibwana Onguso [Papa Shirandula]
IV. Rajeev Jain [Heartbeat FM] 

k) Best TV Documentary 

I. Making of a Nation 
II. Kenya’s Secret History 
III. Nobel Pokot Girl 
IV. Rite of Passage


  1. I thought kalasha awards were meant to bring awareness towards kenya's movie industry by rewarding those involved in making this industry thrive? that said; the movies nominated do not reflect the actual reality of this industry. the people behind the nominations completely chose to ignore (whether on purpose or out of sheer ignorance, i haven't a clue) kenya's movie industry 'factory' riverwood. i was expecting popular kikuyu comedian machang'i to be one of the nominees, instead, the list of nominees reads more like a group that wishes it was a hollywood production when it grew up. this is my challenge to kalasha; take the stars of those movies nominated and then take the real kenyan movie stars of riverwood - host two concert type events and see which event will have a larger turn out.

  2. kudos guys you do reflect the true kenyan image in the filming industry happy 4 all nominated guys.

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