The 5th annual Sanaa Theatre Awards took place on November 3, at the Kenya National Theatre in Nairobi and lived up to expectations.
The event attracted an impressive list of full house attendees who had to weave the heavy traffic snarl-up to make it to the occasion, a fact that’s not too surprising considering just how many celebrities and industry bigwigs love and respect art.
Among the guest-list were Foreign Affairs Chief Administrative Secretary Ababu Namwamba, Author and African Literature Blogger James Murua and actress Mbeki Mwalimu.
The ceremony celebrated and honored talents with 49 trophies in 40 categories making it the largest harvest of trophies in Kenya’s mainstream entertainment and art circle.
Prolific actress Mkamzee Mwatela took home the Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her sterling performance in ‘ Jesus Christ Superstar’ directed by Staurat Nash, while Elsie Akinyi defied all odds by winning The Best Actress category flooring big names such as Nice Githinji and Maryanne Mugo – for her portrayal of Sarafina in ‘ Sarafina’ also directed by Mr Nash.
“It is a beautiful surprise because I took up the role as an understudy and I can’t believe I have been bestowed this honor,” said Akinyi after receiving her trophy.
Gilbert Lukalia was crowned the Best Actor in Mbeki Mwalimu’s ‘Legally Insane’ as Mbeki herself came tops as the Best Director.
Bilal Wanjau bagged the Best Actor in a Supporting Role for numerous roles in a number of productions including his role in Amar Dasai’s ‘Robin Hood’.