Kenyan woman wins most influential woman in Africa Award

Multi-Talented Artist, Mumbi Kaigwa Bags Lifetime Achievement Award.
Mumbi Kaigwa, who is a full-time performing artist, won the “most influential woman [in Africa] in the arts and culture” award as well as the “lifetime achievement award” in the same category after being nominated amongst other influential African women.Mumbi says that when she received an email form CEO magazine informing her of her nomination, she did not take it seriously having fallen prone of email scums before.It took a second email from the CEO telling her she had been further shortlisted for her to see that it was a serious matter.

In her second email, she was asked to fill in a form and send it back.Mumbi filled it with doubts and it turned to be the best thing she had ever done while so unsure.Mumbi is not only an actress who’s performed on stage and in film and television since she was a pre-teen, she’s also a stage producer and director who started two separate theatre companies — The Theatre Company in early 2000 and The Arts Canvas a decade after that.She’s an accomplished playwright whose scripts have led her to perform across the US, Europe, Asia and East Africa.

She’s also run countless theatre and ‘role-play’ workshops, which have highlighted her concern for peace, conflict resolution and human rights across the region.She’s been a dancer, painter, fashion model, and voice-over artist as well as having acted in a number of award-winning films such as The Constant Gardener and The First Grader.Her most recent production, For Coloured Girls Who Considered Suicide, in which she co-starred and directed drew sell-out crowds to the Phoenix Theatre in August.on September 17, that the crew from CEO magazine finally handed out two Lifetime Achievement awards to Kenyan women at the Jacaranda Hotel.

One to Dr Miriam Were for her work in the health sector, the other to Mumbi for her wide-ranging work in the arts and culture in Africa.We would like to congratulate Mumbi for her achievements and winning this two awards.She truly has made Kenya proud!

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