Actress Lucy Wangui popularly known for her judge role in Kenya’s courtroom drama, Vioja Mahakamani, received the Lifetime Achievement Award during the Sanaa Theatre Awards.
The ceremony was held on Tuesday, December 17 and saw top movies and actors honored.
Wangui followed in the footsteps of her colleagues Mary Khavere (Mama Kayai) as well as the late Benson Wanjau (Ojwang Hatari) who have also received the award.
Others awarded include one of the composers of the National Anthem, Prof Washington Omondi. According to the founder and Director of the awards, George Orido, the event seeks to recognise excellence in Kenyan Theatre, something that has not happened much.
The full winners’ list is not yet out but famous names dominated the nominee’s list.
The nominees for best director were Nick Ndede (Breathe II), Mbeki Mwalimu (Impervious) and Mugambi Nthingi in Too Early for Birds.
Popular writer, Jackson Biko, aka Bikozulu, was in the Best Play Writer category (Impervious) and Tom Mboya in the Best Production category (Too Early For Birds).
Ywaya’s co-actress in Lwanda, Alison Nyawira, had been picked for the Best Actress nomination together with Sheila Munyiva (Sarafina), Wakio Mzenge (Impervious) and Nice Githinji (The Dying Need No Shoes).
The Best Actress and the Best Actor will be rewarded with two nights for two at a hotel in Nakuru.