Tough Competition Among Nominees For Sanaa Theatre Awards

A production that has featured in both Nairobi as well as in the United States will be among those hoping to perform well at this year’s prestigious Sanaa Theatre Awards, which are set to take place this month at the refurbished Kenya National Theatre.

A Man Like You has received numerous nominations in various categories – it was inspired by the real life events of 21st September 2013, when terrorists opened fire on shoppers at the Westgate Mall, killing 67 people and injuring many more. Two men try and defend their views within a concrete room in Somalia and makes for gripping viewing.

Voting is still open in categories that span from Actress and Actor, to Costumes, Direction and Production. It’s great to see talent behind the scenes recognized in the world of theatre, and hopefully the event receives more than just a cursory nod from those who speak about exporting Kenyan culture.

The 4th edition of the awards ceremony will be taking place on the 14th of December, and Sports and Culture CS Hassan Wario will be the event’s chief guest.

Some of the top categories across the board are:

Best Actor

Robert Agengo, FCA, Diplomat’s Wife

Ashik Yussuf, Don Geronimo, LTC

Maina Olwenya, A man like you

Best Actress

Bernice Nthenya for her role in Kiss of Death directed by Kamau Ndungu

June Gachui – Three Fold Cord

Veronica Waceke, Gilb ‘Art Productions , Edufa

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Stephanie Masike, Don Geronimo, LTC

Maryanne Nungo, FCA, Nuts+

Elizabeth Ngugi Playing (Candace) in the play Storm in the City By FCA KENYA.

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Maina Olwenya, Gilb ‘Art Productions, Edufa

Joe Kinyua for his role in ‘Who’s Your Daddy?’ by Martin Kigondu

Best Actor Irshad Abdullaziz, Euthanasia by Kenyatta University

Best Director

Sammy Mwangi, My Fish My Choice

Hillary Namanje, Don Geronimo, LTC

Amar Desai, Jungle Book

Silvia Cassini, ‘A Man like You’

Distinguished Diaspora Award – President Barack Obama Award

Lupita Nyong’o

Moipei Quartet

Odera Owiso

Edi Gathegi

For the rest of the nominees and to vote for your favourites, head over HERE


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