NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 9 – Kenyan productions scooped five awards at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards held on Saturday in Lagos, Nigeria.
Nairobi Half Life, a drama film about the life of hardship of a gang of five youth in Kenya’s capital stole the show, winning four awards out of the seven categories it had been nominated in.
The film’s Elayne Okaya won the Best Makeup Artist award; Mohamed Zain was named Best Lighting Designer as Barbara Minishi scooped the Best Art Director award. Christian Almesberger crowned a beautiful night for the crew with the Best Cinematographer award.
Nairobi Half Life’s director Tosh Gitonga was however unlucky as he missed out the Best Director award that went to Shirley Frimpong-Manso for the movie Contract which was also named Best Movie 2013.
Njoki Muhoho was another proud Kenyan in the night, when her production Mama Duka was awarded in the category of Best Indigenous Language Movie (Swahili).
Nairobi Half Life missed out on three awards for; Best Movie Drama (Edwin Maina), Best Movie Director (Tosh Gitonga), and Best Indigenous Language (Swahili) Edwin Maina Kariuki.
Kenyan productions had been nominated in 14 categories that included;
Best Actress in a Drama, Veronica Waceke- Higher Learning
Best Supporting Actress, Valerie Kimani- Higher Learning
Best Supporting Actor David Mulwa- Higher Learning
Best Supporting Actor, Ian Mbugua- House of Lungula
Best Documentary, Peter Murimi- Matatu; my life, my art and Guardians of the wild
Best Online Video, Mark Kaiyare- Deceit