The Star (Nairobi)

11 December 2012

Kenya: Embarassing Moments and Confusion At Kalasha Awards

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This year's Kalasha Film and Television Awards were marred with confusion owing to bad organisation.

The gala dinner held at KICC grounds saw some awards given to the wrong people and others including best Supporting TV actress awarded after the closing ceremony.

So bad was the organisation, that the newly appointed Kenya Film Commision Chairman, Chris Foot had to intervene terming the situation as "awkward and embarrassing"

There was also some disgruntlement amongst the audience when Nigeria's Rita Dominic was named as the Best Movie actress for featuring in the Kenyan movie, Shattered.

The actress, who thanked her fans on her twitter page for voting for her wrote: "Thank you to everybody who voted for me especially my Kenyan friends. Love you much. We did it! Thanks to the Kenya Film Commission for this recognition and big thanks to the producers of the film Shattered,"

Jitu Films Director Alexandros Konstantaras however termed Rita's award as an "epic fail" on his Facebook page. Apart from the embarrassing moments, new names in the industry were recognised with Films like Nairobi Half Life, Simiyu Samurai and TV Drama series Lies that Bind dominating most of the Awards.

Nairobi Half Life got awarded for Best Original scrip, Best Feature Film, Best Actor and Best Film Director, Simiyu Samurai Best Sound Film Best Supporting Actress while Lies that Bind got best TV Drama and Best TV Actress.

KBC's Vioja Mahakamani actor Peter Sankale a.k.a Alexander Josephat was named best comedian while the station itself maintained the Kituo Halisi award for the third year running.

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