Nominees

The Best Community Event of the Year

Arya Stri Samaj Marks 100 Years

2018 marked 100 years of Arya Stree Samaj and they celebrated their achievements and progress while holding number of functions within the community. As Chairperson of the Arya Stree Samaj – Mrs Rekha Kochhar works with a single mission to uplift the lifestyle of the community, especially women and girls. Arya Stree Sabha’s achievements are upgrading the infrastructure and developing staff of the schools. Philanthropic activities include donations for tree planting, famine relief, projects on recycling materials, feeding programs and paying part medical bills. Cultural, Social and Religious emphasis in our youth was seen in the Bhajan Utsav program on 5th May, 2018 and antakshri on 29th September, 2018 when talented singers and dancers performed at its Maharishi Dayanand Complex

HCK Leadership Summit

Held in November, 2018 the Hindu Council of Kenya’s Leadership Summit had five dimensions including Leadership Panel of Professionals with their Mantra and experience sharing, Leadership Panel of Ambassador and High Commissioner to HCK friendly countries, Leadership Panel of Entrepreneurs with their vision and experience sharing, Hindu Ratna Award to Member Institutions demonstrated exemplary services and Hindu Ratna Award to individuals who demonstrated selfless services to the community. It’s panel of entrepreneurs, professionals and Ambassadors were distinguished members of the society. Started in 1971, HCK is a non-commercial organisation aimed at serving the Hindu community living in Kenya

OMM Celebrates 70th Anniversary

Oshwal Mahila Mandal, Nairobi is a Kenyan Oshwal ladies organisation. It’s objectives are to better the status and champion the cause of women and give them a platform to display their talents. The 70th anniversary of the OMM was an opportunity to reflect on the history and take stock of its enduring achievements. The Platinum Jubilee celebrations were held in the Auditorium of the Oshwal Centre to honor thirty two past and present chairladies who had contributed towards the growth and success of OMM. Also honored alongside were ladies who had served the organisation as committee members for over 10 years. In the evening, to celebrate and mark the finale of the 70 years celebrations, an event was conducted.

SCLPS Marks Silver Jubilee

Shree Cutchi Leva Patel Samaj (SCLPS) marked 25 years of the Nairobi-West Complex and its silver jubilee with a mega celebration in 2018. The aim was to forge long-lasting community relationships, engage and inspire the youth to become future ambassadors of the community. Various mini projects were undertaken six months prior, ranging from medical services to professional development of community members; this culminated with a spectacular three-day event where the Nairobi community of over 8,000 members hosted the entire Cutchi community worldwide. The opening was marked with a live address from PM of India, Shri Narendra Modi. The event convenor was Dhirajlal Ratna.

SSDS Centenary Celebrations

The Shree Sanatan Dharam Sabha’s (SSDS) centenary celebrations kicked off with two-day prayers of devotees and priests jointly reading “The Ramayan.” In line with the SSDS’s new motto – Faith, Devotion and Service – the institution held a funfair for underprivileged children. The SSDS also provided food to Kenyans affected by the 2018 famine; served meals to underprivileged children and provides regular support to an old-age home in Nairobi. The SSDS family celebrated various rituals with pomp and pride, including Holi mela, devotional Navratri, Diwali and Dussera. The SSD family planted trees; held a gala dinner for members in 2018 to mark the occasion of 100 years; and unveiled “The Sanskriti,” a publication that tells the stories of several community members.

The Best Fashion Event of the Year

Kits Bridal Masterclass

Held on 6th May, 2018 – the Kits Bridal Make-up Masterclass was a hit, with over 160 ladies attending it. The day long affair was about the applying make-up techniques for all age groups, a refresher on the basics, skin care tips, the dos and don’ts of makeup application and bridal make-up. For Khyati Rana, “becoming a beauty instructor is probably the most significant and most honorable role in my life thus far. Through my masterclass, I shared my experiences and knowledge openly, with the goal of helping the young artists achieve their lifelong dreams, as I did. My masterclass provided authentic knowledge as well as products via goodie bags, inspired many girls and women to own their looks and be proud of themselves.”

Zen Fashion High Tea

Zen Garden’s annual most fashionable High Tea event celebrates Haute Couture in Kenya. The previous four Fashion High Tea events boast rave reviews on pizzazz, style and execution. It has had sell-out crowds consisting of high profile guests and personalities. The fashion event has received extensive media coverage both locally and abroad. The annual Fashion High Tea event is hosted to support various charitable causes. The Fashion High Tea is a very high profile event put together for the upwardly mobile discerning professional, to indulge in their favuorite pastimes, that is fashion, shopping and socialising while indulging in luxury and sophistication atmosphere. Zen creates an elaborate High Tea Menu every year. Last year marked its ninth edition.

Asia Wedding Lounge

Asia Wedding Lounge is an international wedding exhibition, conceptualized by Twenty4 r Events. It is considered to be one of the best global platforms for Indian designers and brands to display the trending Indian fashion. The brainchild of Minal Shah Gupta, the Asia Wedding Lounge has successfully set up in countries like Dubai, London, Mauritius, Canada and Kenya since 2011. Her work also saw her felicitated for her achievements by the High Commission of Nairobi in 2018. Minal Shah Gupta’s company has choreographed and organised events such as Kolkata Couture Week, London Premier Fashion Week, Nisha Sagar Fashion Launch & Fashion Show among scores others. Bollywood celebrities such as Zarine Khan, Neha Dhupia , Sagrika Gathge, Jeniffer Winget, Mugdha Godse, Hema Malini and Prachi Desai have worked closely with the brand.

Tribal Chic

Tribal Chic, Nairobi’s most anticipated fashion event of the year, captures the diversity of the continent whilst evoking a sense of splendor and luxury. Tribe’s events always aim to showcase the best of both local and international talent whilst supporting causes that enrich the lives of the less fortunate. Funds raised at Tribal Chic 2018 are in support of Flying Kites. Tribe Hotel is the pioneering lifestyle property, in the heart of the Diplomatic District, sets itself apart with atypical angles, an unrivaled appreciation for tribal artifacts and all things truly fashionable. It is here that Tribal Chic is held and the hotel truly reflects the dynamic, trendy and stylish city Nairobi is.

Al-Muslimah Wedding Fair

The Al-Muslimah Wedding Fair, now in its eighth year attracts over 2,000 visitors from all over the region. The fair is held for more than two days of the year, ensuring brides and grooms benefit all year round. They shop, learn, sample, buy, book, test, try, feel, indulge, experience and enjoy – so that they can make their day perfect! We include a diverse set of products and services and welcome people from all backgrounds to showcase, so that our brides and grooms get the very best in the market. With this, we not only cater to the couples, but also promote the wedding industry players, suppliers et cetera.

The Best Young Achiever of the Year

Kael Shah

In 2018 Kael Shah continued to cement his position as Kenya’s No. 1 ranked tennis player in his age group and amongst the top in Africa. Enrolled at Academia Sanchez Casal, a leading tennis academy in Spain, Kael excelled in tournaments in Europe as well as in Africa. In Europe he won in the Under 14 category in the Andres Gimenez Express in Barcelona as well as the Under 14 and 16 at the Sasco Express Pere Masip. Kael qualified to represent Kenya in the Africa Junior Championships in South Africa and has just returned from representing Kenya in the Eastern Africa Zonals in Da res salam, where he won the Under 16 doubles and was runner up in the singles, to qualify for the AJC in Tunisia, as well as leading Kenya to victory in the team event, and earning himself a spot for the Team AJC later this year.

Shanil Patel

Shanil Patel is a 14 years old badminton player. He has been excelling at the sport since he was six years old, having played in almost all local tournaments over the years in Kenya. “In April 2018, I travelled to Mombasa and played badminton for both Under 15 and Under 19 category for singles and doubles. In July 2018, I was qualified for the Nairobi National Team to play in Eldoret at the selection trials of the Kenyan National Team. My best achievement this past year, is to represent Kenya in the Junior Badminton International Tournament in Dubai in September 2018,” states Shanil.

Angela Okutoyi

Angela is a top Kenyan tennis player. Her achievements include winning: Britam Kenya Open 2018, the first ITF Junior Circuit in Kigali, a Grand Slam Development Fund (GSDF) grant for an ITF 14 and Under 6 weeks Europe Tour, a Grand Slam Development Fund (GSDF) to join an International 14&U team to Florida. She was invited for Orange Ball.
Angela was second in Eddie Herr Championships in doubles. She represented Kenya in the Fed Cup in Montenegro and was a Silver Medalist in the First East Africa Community Games 2018. She represented Kenya and won a Silver Medal at the African Cup of Nations. She was also East Africa Junior Championship Zonals winner in 16 & Under, 2019. Last year, she was the SOYA award winner of the Most Promising Girl 2018.

Janki Shah

Janki Nipul Shah attained her woman’s candidate master title by winning the gold medal for Kenya at the African School Chess Championship in 2017.She was the under 8 girls’ national champion in 2017. Her main competitor is her twin sister Janvi Nipul Shah. Janki represented Kenya in under 7 girls category in Zimbabwe and under 8 girls category in Egypt in 2017.
She represented Kenya in the 2018 Africa Youth Chess Championship where she came fourth. Janki finished overall 2nd in the recently concluded mini chess grand prix event in under 8 category (boys and girls). At the Village Market Junior tournament she won the under 14 girls category. At the East Africa Junior 2018 Mombasa tournament, she came 1st in the under 14 category and was the 2nd best girl in overall.

The Best Business Icon - Female

Farzana Sumra

Farzana Sadik Sumra is a passionate business woman and a mother of two. She founded Naveah Capital Insurance Agency in January, 2018. At the time, they were a team of three and operated from her living room. A few months later, they moved into their first office. At the same time, Farzana ventured into a new business. Despite the tough competition, I was determined to succeed and thus, Kwik Couriers was born. She adds, “Our team of three has now grown into a team of 14, and with God’s blessings, we will continue to grow. 2018 was just the beginning!”

Sheena Patel

Brand Discovery Ltd is a company Sheena Patel formed to offer design and print services to corporate companies, one of her most loved passions, enabling her to build incredible friendships with the corporate world. Sheena then turned her passion for tea into business by launching Stir Me tea. “I expanded my repertoire of ingredients to pursue a deeper knowledge of tea varieties, ancient herbal traditions and modern culinary experiences with the aim of ever-growing friendships with the many inspiring people, who hold a lot of faith in my work from the producers, business owners, restaurants and hoteliers,” adds Sheena. She has won three awards in October 2018 from the Tea Board of Kenya and MSK and has participated in global expos.

Ashiqa Dadani

A grounded and resolute woman – the Director of Portcross Limited – Ashiqa Dadani dons several feathers in her cap. From a lady of the family to a female entrepreneur fronting the legacy of her parent’s company, Ashiqa now takes charge on all matters business. Since joining the family business in 2013 after her father’s demise, she has learnt a tremendous amount in relation to the business world in Kenya. She has been through several trials and tribulations along the way but despite the challenges, she has successfully overcome the difficulties.

Vidya Jethwa

The Managing Director of Globetrotter Agency Limited believes that the year 2018 has been a milestone in her career. “A group of 300 pax from the western part of the world had a conference in Nairobi. My team and I pulled through – from arranging hotel accommodation, excursions, transfers and everything a travel agent could think of. We have worked round the clock with all the zeal and zest to achieve the target that was to keep the client happy,” she states.  That was just one group, Vidya has harnessed her convincing powers and maintained professional standards in her industry. “I have crossed the bridge to bring on board corporates. When my PA makes a phone call to a new known corporate, she is told “I don’t want to meet Vidya.” When asked “Why?” The answer is, “I don’t want to meet her because I know she will convince me to buy from her.” These are the messages Vidya Jethwa gets in her staff meetings. She is strong, she doesn’t say NO to any kind of travel business, making the clients travel all that much more smoother.

Aliya Kassam Dawoodani

“I believe any business can thrive, if it takes heavily into account the end user’s needs,” says Frenchmaid Bakery’s Head of Marketing, Aliya Kassam. In the last year, Aliya has been crucial in expanding the Frenchmaid Bakery’s product range to include a far-reaching variety of gluten free products. “Based on dietary requirements, we also found that a lot of our clients were leaning towards a gluten free diet. And gluten-free definitely shouldn’t equal boring. We spent weeks and months trying to perfect the end product to be both fun and palatable. And even though we are not a gluten-free bakery, our products are widely appreciated by most,” intimates Aliya. Hard work, love and passion are the back bone to which she strives for and lives by. For her, one doesn’t work without the other!

The Best Business Icon - Male

Darshan Chandaria

Darshan has an impressive list of Kenyan, African and International awards and recognitions. To highlight just a few; Darshan has been invited by Sony Entertainment International and KCB Bank for four consecutive years to be a Lion on Lions’ Den. He is the Youngest Honorary Doctorate Recipient in 2018 in Kenyan & East African history, from the United Graduate College & Seminary International, USA. Darshan led Chandaria Industries in winning the Oshwal Business of the Year Award 2018, for the second year in a row. In recognition of his business and branding leadership excellence, he was invited to join the Superbrands Kenyan Council in 2018. He was nominated for Young CEO of the Year for three consecutive years from 2017 at the Africa CEO Forum Awards. He received a special invite from the Indian government in 2018 as a panelist at the Gandhi Mandela Youth Summit in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.

Nimit Shah

Nimit Shah studied Bsc. Management at the London School of Economics before cutting his teeth at Deloitte, London in Corporate Finance. He is now the managing director at Event House Ltd, a company specialising in event management services for the private and corporate sectors across East Africa. Nimit also sits on the board of directors of EMAK (Event Managers Association of Kenya), a professional association practising and maintaining professional standards for the greater good of the events industry. He is ambitious and keen to leave a lasting impression in the events industry by creating bespoke events for his clients.

Rajiv Sehgal

Rajiv Sehgal is the Founder Director at the Mayura Restaurant. An engineer and MBA by qualification, he has worked with Fortune 500 corporates for most part of his professional career. After quitting his corporate career, he ventured into the hospitality industry and now has three restaurants in Nairobi Kenya. In the last two years, Rajiv has been able to create one of the best theme restaurants thereby creating a benchmark in the culinary industry. Rajiv’s vision is to make The Mayura the most loved chain of restaurants in Kenya. He is also an author, professional photographer and RJ.

Tarun Revoo and Jay Shah

Jay and Tarun’s biggest satisfaction, being foodies, is seeing the joy milkshakes bring to everyday Kenyans, through their franchise Keventers. The milkshake brand was launched last year in Nairobi. As they put it, “We’re not selling just a milkshake, we’re selling an experience.” Keventers has a standardized menu across all their stores in India, the UAE, and Kenya; featuring an assortment of delicious beverages each coming with its own unique twist and nuanced flavours- from classic shakes to made-to-order shakes. Blue Mango Food International Ltd. owns the Keventers master franchise rights.

The Best Sports Event of the Year

Festival Of Friendship Kisumu

The Festival of Friendship (FOF) is geared towards uniting communities through sports and cultural celebrations, leveraging on the impact of multiple institutions. Last year saw FOF, in its eighth edition and under banner of Ismaili Youth and Sports committee, Kisumu, organise another spectacle; 320 athletes across eight communities participated in various sports disciplines and cultural exhibitions, over a period of a month. It proved as enthralling as it was competitive.

26th Oshwal Games Mombasa

Oshwal Yuvak Sangh – Mombasa hosted the 26th Oshwal Games over the Easter weekend in 2018. It integrated sports, culture and entertainment, in the spirit of fostering friendship, communication and common progress. The Sports Festival attracted 560 participants from over 11 Oshwal centres across East Africa, as well as the United Kingdom and India, in 17 competitive disciplines. Beyond sports, cultural segments such as Bollywood Dhamaka night and a music party by Adnaan, Tushar and DJ Solo, entertained, as did other performances across genres and cultures.

Muslim Badhala Jamat Nairobi Hosts EA Open

The East Africa Open 2018 Volleyball Tournament kicked off over the 30th March weekend. Organised by the Muslim Bhadala Jamaat (MBJ) Nairobi, it aims to unite Asian communities within East Africa and create awareness of the community’s newly formed committee in Nairobi. The tournament was celebrated by a population of about 300 at each venue, approximating to a total of 1,500 people; 32 teams of 10 players each participated. The final pit Cutchi Leva of Kenya against Vyamshala of Dar-es-Salaam; the latter won the tourney.

Africa Championship Safari Rally

The 66th Safari Rally held between March 17-18 in Nairobi and Naivasha and won by Carl Tundo and Tim Jessop in a Mitsubishi Lancer EVO X attracted massive global media attention after the Government set up the WRC Safari Rally Project in 2017 to fast track Safari’s return to the FIA World Rally Championship since 2002. Top dignitaries including FIA President Jean Todt visited Kenya before the rally. Two months later, the WRC Promoter, the commercial arm of the FIA, signed an agreement with Kenya at FIA HQ in Paris to host the 2019 Safari as a WRC Candidate Event (Live Demo Rally), the first in Africa ahead of a full WRC in 2020.

FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour

For the third time, The Coca-Cola Company brought the coveted FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour in Kenya on 26th and 27th February 2018. Received by President Uhuru Kenyatta and other state dignitaries at State House-Nairobi, Kenyan football lovers got a chance to interact up and close with the trophy at KICC from 9am to 6pm. The trophy tour visited 91 cities, across 51 countries and six continents, giving thousands of fans the chance to experience football’s most coveted prize as they got #ReadyFor the highly anticipated 2018 FIFA World Cup™. Approximately 8,000 Kenyans viewed the coveted cup with PR of 40 print stories, 273 electronic stories and 58 online stories originating from the two day visit.

Sports Personality - Female

Roshni Bhatt

Young Roshni is a professional football tactician, with a Master’s Degree in High Performance Coaching in Soccer from Barcelona, Spain, having specialised in Strength and Conditioning and Video Analysis after playing competitively In Barcelona for three years. The year 2018 continued her improvement on a professional front; she was part of the technical bench that played a role in taking the national women’s football team, Harambee Starlets, to the Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) tournament. Beyond that, through efforts of FIFA and Football Kenya Federation (FKF), she is actively participating in the women’s football development projects across the country. Meanwhile, she continues her association with FC Barcelona Escola East African branch.

Shana Patel

The 17-year-old is a badminton representative for Kenya and made her debut on the international stage at the World Junior Championships in 2016, in Spain. She has since grown in experience and exposure and last year, she was part of the Kenyan contingent that participated at the BWF World Junior Championships in Ontario, Canada as well as the Dubai International Challenge 2018 – aside from local tournaments. Her hard work, determination and positive attitude have seen her significantly improve. Shana is currently ranked the 12th best women’s junior singles player in Africa and 230th in the world.

Sejal Thakkar

Sejal continues to represent Kenya in table tennis in various regional and international tournaments. In March last year, Sejal represented the nation in the Top 16 African Championships; she was the only female player to make the cut.
A month later, she was back on international duty in Australia, donning the Kenyan jersey during the 2018 Commonwealth Games. She also participated in the Lohana Sports and Cultural Festival in Dar-es-Salaam late last year, where she topped in the ladies table tennis singles, as well as darts ladies single and first in the 40 to 50 years ladies marathon.

Tuta Mionki

Tuta is still basking in the glory of her latest triumph; being voted the Motorsport Personality of the Year at the 2018 Safaricom Sports Personality of the Year Awards (SOYA). She became only the second woman to receive the award, 34 years after the first. Tuta is a co-driver in the Kenya National Rally Championship (KNRC) and the Chairperson of the Autocross Commission of the Kenya Motor Sport Federation (KMSF). A fruitful 2018 season saw her win the Group N co-driver championship and the Division 1 co-driver Championship. The top-placed female in the championship also finished as the third overall co-driver in the national championship.

Sports Personality - Male

Ujval Shah

Ujval Shah, an 18-year-old badminton player, continues to excel and 2018 was no different, as he participated in various local and international tournaments across the country, consequently, bettering himself. “I won a gold medal in the boys doubles at the Nairobi Open, Nakuru Open and Coast Open. I also finished the year as the top-ranked double pair in Kenya in the U-19 category,” he said. Ujval also shared his biggest achievement of the year: participating at the BWF World Junior Badminton Championship in Ontario, Canada. There, they ranked top in Africa and 30th overall in the mixed team event. He was also a bronze medalist in the boys double and mixed doubles in the Uganda Junior International.

Urjan Shah

“Being an active athlete and playing various sports, badminton has and continues to be my greater passion,” began 18-year-old Urjan. The young prodigy – just like his brother, Ujval – recorded a tremendous 2018, having featured in numerous local and international events. He played for Kenya at the BWF World Junior Championships in Ontario, Canada, where they topped in Africa and finished 30th overall in the mixed team event. He was also a bronze medal winner at the Uganda International Open, in the men’s doubles. “I completed the year (along with my brother) as the top-ranked doubles pair in U-19 category,” he said.

Brian Mutua

The 20 year-old may have started playing table tennis six years ago, but it was only four years ago that he took the sport beyond a hobby. Now, he plays for Nairobi’s City Table Tennis Club. Last year, Brian, one of the country’s shinning lights, featured for the national team in the ITTF Africa Continental Cup, held at Moi International Sports Complex. Also another major highlight for the immense talent was featuring in the 21st Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.
With a future ahead of him and resolve ingrained in his ways, the young ace looks to better his performances and grow as a professional.

Ravi Soni

Ravi Soni is an avid motorsport enthusiast and participant in local and international rallying for 13 years. Highlights of his rallying career include Kenya National Division 3 champion 2008, finisher in 2009 East African Classic Rally with former Formula 1 driver – Erik Comas, Kenya National Rally Champion (Overall) 2013, Winner KCB Safari Rally 2013, Winner KCB Guru Nanak Rally 2013, Kenya National Rally Champion (Overall) 2014, Winner KCB Safari Rally 2014, Winner KCB Machakos Rally 2014, Kenya National Rally Champion (Group N) 2015, Winner Kisumu Rally 2016, Winner Mombasa Rally 2018, Winner Top Fry Classic Rally 2018 and Winner East Africa Classic Rally 2018. Team Manager and mentor to his sons Tsevi and Tsorav, who won the Kenya National Karting Championship in 2016 and 2017 respectively.

Ben Azegere

Benard Azegere is the captain of Kenya Ice Lions. His passion for the sport has made a tremendous impact in the world of ice hockey in Kenya. In 2018, Azegere organised for his team a tour to Winter Olympics 2018 in Pyongyang, South Korea courtesy of Alibaba Group. He also organised the first ever away game for the team of 12 members which brought a global awareness of the existence of an ice hockey team in the Sahara. With this, the team managed to secure their first ever complete hockey gear. Azegere is also recruiting more junior players and women in ice hockey.

The Best Anchor - Female

Shiksha Arora

Leaving the United Kingdom with a Master’s degree in Multimedia Journalism was a stepping-stone to an exhilarating year as an anchor. After being a radio presenter for four years at East FM, her career trajectory took a turn and she transitioned into mainstream media, where she currently anchors the 1pm news every weekday on K24 TV. “My emcee debut of 2018 was at a talent competition called, ‘In the spotlight’ and the absolute highlight of my year was hosting Kenya’s Dancing Stars by Dreamz Performance Ltd; judged by Bollywood’s award-winning choreographer, Ganesh Acharya. I have also had the opportunity to emcee a number of sangeet nights and wedding receptions,” concludes Shiksha.

Shubhrika Johary

With many years of emceeing under her belt, Shubhrika is a second time TAWAA nominee. “In spite of being involved in my personal life and becoming mother to a little one, I managed to perform well on professional front. This definitely inspires me to do my best in the years to come. Anchoring and RJing are my eternal passions,” states Shubhrika. Shubhrika has over two decades of experience as a radio jockey. Emceeing soon became her calling, with her strong command over Hindi language.

Kamal Kaur

Her digital media bio reads Mum, Digital Media, Radio (@eastfmkenya), Writer, Editor, Columnist, Artist (@cupcakescoffeecanvas), Bollywood retro hits fan. A mother of two teenagers, Kamal Kaur forges ahead in life, constantly reinventing her lifestyle and keeping up with trends. After quitting full time radio, Kamal is now in pursuit of what gives her utmost happiness and is writing and painting more. Hosting events is another passion and Kamal has compered some of the most prestigious events on the Kenyan calendar, including TAWAA 2018. “I’m grateful to have been nominated for this prestigious award. The Asian Weekly has bowled me over with this nomination,” she says.

Naila Butt

A second time TAWAA nominee, Naila Butt is extremely honoured to have been nominated this time round as well. She has received overwhelming applause and recognition for hosting music events, as well as introduced great Indian artists. In her 12 years of emceeing experience, Naila has worked with several prestigious organisations like Navrang Fine Arts Foundation and Ranee Productions. She has emceed for the great Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan Ghazal sensation Gayatri Asokan, an instrumental recital and a tribute show for the legendary Jagjit Singh. “I believe that my command over Urdu language and engaging my audience through Urdu poetry plays a great role in the success of my shows,” adds Naila.

Angela Muiruri

Angela is a radio news anchor at Capital FM, media personality, emcee and fashionpreneur; she has a strong presence in the Nairobi’s fashion, bridal and pageant scene. A few of Angela’s 2018 highlights include hosting the Miss India Worldwide Kenya, Kenya’s Diwali Mela, Swahili Fashion Week, the official launch of Lacoste in Kenya, the Afro Hair Awards competition, Mcensal School of Fashion Graduation and MASK Art Competition. Angela has worked as the voice of KTN’s My Dream Wedding, Samantha’s Bridal Runway Expos and the host of Citizen TV’s Wedding Show.

The Best Anchor - Male

Prashant Mohitey

First of all a big thank you to you guys for your support and encouragement always, as I always say I really appreciate all the good work you put in for your job. I’m thrilled to be nominated in the category of “Best Anchor-Male” and I humbly accept this nomination. 2018 has been quite an interesting year for me personally where I left my job to pursue my passion and to be nominated this year personally has given me a big boost. I hosted Mwikos N Jikos, Unforgettable Pancham, Hindi Samiti Hindi Diwas, Rajasthan Annual Day and few other events. Being a true Gemini one one side I’m a marketing and sales consultant and on the other I’m passionate about Radio Presenting, anchoring with my undying Love for Music. I really like to thank all, who support me always and my life mantra is to “Spread the love and make this world a happy place”

Vikash Pattni

As an Anchor my 2018 was very fruitful. Started the year with emceeing for a musical titled “Once upon a time” by the Sahas dance group. I also had the opportunity of emceeing the 5th edition of The Asian Weekly Achievers Award. July turned out hillarious at the anchoring front when I hosted the first of its kind stand up comedy show by Dreams performance Ltd. And the cherry on the cake was hosting Kenya’s Dancing stars by Dreamz performance Ltd that had celebrity Judge from Bollywood Ganesh Acharya. Besides these I had a couple of weddings and receptions to host too.

Mehul Sutar

I am Mehul Sutar, I have been Emceeing for many years. I Have done events for weddings, birthdays and product launch. The highlight of the year was book launch for Nafisa Khan (unbroken wings) and for Farhan Yousuf (dropped to the world adopted by fate) who is from Karachi Pakistan,in Nairobi and Mombasa on charity basis as it touched my heart. The biggest show was radheshaym no sathwaro by giants group of Kenya, 5 shows in 3 days, a play from India.where i got to learn and polish my self. did a dance competition for Hindu Council of Kenya as well.

Bhargav Joshi

Firstly I would like to thank TAWAA so much for considering me as a nominee for the prestigious TAWAA Awards. To hear the applause, the laughter, the love and to interact with a crowd is how I’d like to describe myself as. These traits have ensured me to give it my all when I am on stage and luckily 2018 was that year for me. I was the anchor for not just 1 but 4 shows over the year. I started the year by being the anchor for Oshwal Awards, then was called to host Streeniketan’s English Thumka followed by Kenbharti’s Maa Tujhe Salaam VI and to end it off with the Talent Night for Miss India Worlwide Kenya 2018.

Rajesh Dhanda

A son, a brother, a husband and a father. Born in Kenya, Rajesh Dhanda did the early part of his education in Nairobi, and continued it in the UK. He worked as a management accountant at Abbey National Moved, but back to Kenya to join the family business, Telebell. Rajesh is a fiery Scorpio who loves to entertain. He has been radio personality for 20 years and emceeing is his forte. Last year, he emceed the Shree Sanatan Dharm Sabha’s Centenary Celebrations. He loves interacting with friends be it on social media or at social events, and giving back to the society.

The Best Designer of the Year

Jamil Walji

Jamil Waji’s JW COUTURE is a bold out-of-the-box Kenyan fashion brand and was among those selected to showcase in the inaugural 2018 Global Sustainable Blue Economy Conference. Jamil launched his first sustainable fashion-line made with fish skin and combinations of various ethnic fabrics; the sustainable fashion re-imagination has led to greater opportunities and the collection ventured into the global market. Over the years, Jamil has recorded many career landmarks, including representing Kenya in the Mozambique Fashion Week 2012 and 2014, winning the 2012 FAFA Emerging Designer of the Year accolade and the Designer of the Year the following year at Nairobi Fashion Awards. Jamil has also dressed Miss Universe Kenya 2016, Mary Were, during the finals in Philippines.

Azra Walji

Azra Walji is the founder of the fashion brand, ZarAzra. She is a young talented designer whose collaboration label of high-end fashion dares people to be different; while not designing outlandish dresses or see-through tops, she comes explores various hues and fits. The ‘Designer to Watch Year In 2018’ winner at the Kenya Fashion Awards (KFA) has also showcased her works beyond the Kenyan border; she has participated in the Mozambique Fashion Week in 2013 and 2018. Her interactions and engagements have fuelled her creativity and added newer dimensions to her exciting collections as she furthers Africa’s fashion quotient and potential.

Niku Singh

Kenyan-born fashion designer, Niku Singh, has quickly become one of the country’s most exciting and sought-after designers on Africa’s Catwalks. A childhood immersed in creativity and design has turned into a lifelong passion and profession for him. From his debut at the London Fashion Week in 2009, Niku has grown from success to success and bagged numerous accolades, including the Best Accessory and Overall Best Designer of Africa at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival in Ghana 2014. Last year, Niku was a nominee for Kenya Fashion Awards (KFA) and The Asian Weekly Achievers Awards (TAWAA) in the category of Best Designer. Away from fashion and Niku opened his own restaurant, as he continued turning passion into profession.

Shenu Hooda

Shenu Hooda is a renowned Kenyan fashion designer. Her work showcases a fusion of Middle Eastern and African designs. She has been in the industry for over 10 years and has participated in numerous fashion events such as Swahili Fashion Week, three consecutive Fashion High Tea events as well as a few charity events with celebrities such as Michael Jordan’s mother. Beyond that, Shenu has been hosted by Kenyan celebrities, Ian Mbugua and Lillian Muli, on the widely watched television show, ‘Fashion Watch.’ From casual to bridal, Shenu has mastered it all.

Urvi Shah

Poetic Trends is her brand; the Kenyan based jewellery brand reinterprets traditional tribal jewellery in contemporary form to offer new meaning and expression. When designing, she aims to capture the rawness of tribal forms and the unpretentious rustic elegance of village life. Stumbling upon a treasure trove full of old pendants that her grandfather and father had collected inspired me to give the old, new life. Passionate about African and Asian adornments, she collected ideas and raw materials from various tribal cultures around the world and then weaves the elements together in a unique style. And the jewellery pieces are crafted out of Indian and African history, carrying a modern flavour.

The Best Entertainment Event - International

LOL Lounge by Dreamz Performance Limited

Dreamz Performance Ltd was established in March 2018 by a team of young, energetic individuals with a motive to aid disabled children across the country. “To make this a success, we organised events and the proceeds from the events would be utilised to procure the materials required for the children’s’ home. We associated with a home in Ruai called Compassionate Hands for the Disabled Foundation. These 84 children are physically and mentally challenged,” read a statement. LOL Lounge was an out of the box decision by the team, to bring stand-up comedy at its best, to Kenyan audience as a stress buster. It was a sold out, with outstanding performances by celebrity artists Varun Thakur and Kautuk Srivastava.

Radhe Shyam No Sathwaro by Giants Group of Nairobi Twiga

This was saw Nairobians experience the real Krishnas and Radha on the stage.
They performed five shows at the Oshwal Centre auditorium on 17th, 18th and 19th August, 2018. Comprising of 2000 sets of beautiful costumes, 100 sets of various props, 23 talented artists, ready stage set from India, mesmerising music, extra ordinary choreography, and above all superb commentary made this show unique and a talk of the town for weeks. Audience was thrilled as the shows got more than 15 standing ovations for all the shows. The most positive part of the show was the reality of the story; especially the climax scene where the audience felt they were in the Nathdwara, where the real temple is situated. It was organised by Giants Group of Nairobi Twiga.

Kabul Rishi & Smita Jain Concert by Ultra Equipment Limited

It was an evening of musical soiree as Ultra Equipment Ltd and Interior Evolution partnered to treat Nairobi to a spectacle, complete with music and fashion, on 24th November, at Diamond Plaza II. Singing sensations, Coke Studio artist – Kabul Rishi and the 2005 Indian Idol runner-up – Smita Jain, delivered a memorable performance to an appreciative and enthusiastic audience. The show was in aid of Compassionate Hands for the Disabled – a foundation founded in 2008, to take in and nurture children abandoned due to their differently-abled nature. The revelry stretched beyond midnight, with attendees taking to the music in different forms of appreciation – sporadic cheers, applause and even dance.

Hazaaron Khwahishen Aisi by Navrang Fine Arts

Now in its seventh year, Navrang Fine Arts Foundation was born out of passion to promote Indian fine arts in Kenya. Since 2009, the foundation has hosted events ranging from Bharat Natyam classical music to flute concerts; and from kathak performances to evenings of captivating ghazals. Fine arts are a vital part of society and a basic need of human survival. The foundation is a non-profit making organisation and is run by ardent art-lovers. Their passion drives the organisation and its aim.’ Last year, the foundation hosted Gayatri Asokan for a lilting performance titled, ‘Hazaaron Khwahishen Aisi.’

Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan Concert by Ranee’s Productions

The performance by Pakistani musical sensation, Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, in Nairobi was like no other. The 23rd June performance, put together by Ranee Productions Limited, was his third in Kenya in four years, pointing out to a yearning Nairobi, thirsty to be serenaded by his soulful tunes yet again. A standing ovation after another ensued, with each performance attracting more cheer than the previous one. In celebration of its 20 years, Ranee’s Productions left no stone unturned last year, as they gave Nairobi two memorable shows – Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, and later, the nightingale of the Bollywood – Shreya Ghoshal.

The Best Entertainment Event - Local

Purush by Marketbuzz Ltd

Purush was an honest and a bold attempt to introduce a genre seldom attempted before in Nairobi – a Hindi drama which depicted one of the dark sides of society, rape. Challenged by how to deliver to the audience this taboo subject, it boded well that the production was backed by seasoned local actors who were up to the task. Purush also created a social awareness campaign as a consequence of the play, which attracted followership from across the world, as it combined onstage theatrics, mirrored societal decadence and provoked mindsets of change.

Kenya’s Dancing Stars by Dreamz Performance Limited

Dreamz Performance Ltd was established in March 2018 and formed by team of young energetic individuals with a motive to aid differently children across the country. To make this a success, the group organised events, the proceeds of which would be utilised to procure the materials required for a children’s home in Ruai, Compassionate Hands For Disabled Foundation. The company’s second motive was to promote local Kenyan talent on a stronger platform and that birthed the well-received show, Kenya’s Dancing Stars. And brought down was famous Bollywood choreographer, Ganesh Acharya, as the celebrity judge.

Cinderella – The Musical by Aperture Africa Ltd

Cinderella was yet another of Aperture Africa Productions’s mesmerising musicals this year. Staged between 26th to 28th October at the Oshwal Religious Centre, it showcased a 14-piece orchestra (including a harp) and a cast and crew of over 80 people. The Amar Desai directorial included highlights such as Cinderella’s dress magically transforming at the stroke of a wand, a royal chariot on stage, a troupe of eight-year olds doing lifts in true waltz fashion, forests turning into ballrooms in under five seconds and the incredible sets, costumes and lighting the producers are known for. Viewed by over 3,000 people, Aperture Africa ensured the slipper fit!

Once Upon A Time by Saahas Dance Group

‘We are very happy to have been nominated in the prestigious The Asian Weekly Achievers Awards (TAWAA) 2019. We thank you for giving our hard work recognition… This gives a lot of encouragement and enthusiasm to our Saahas family,’ read an extract from Saahas Dance School, after being nominated for the musical, ‘Once Upon A Time.’ The performance highlighted the diverse careers one has to choose from, while equally respecting all. And these notions were conveyed through dance, drama and music, from actors as young as three to as old as 65.

A Shaft of Sunlight by Vibgyor

VIBGYOR, a locally based production team, despite being fairly new, has proven its mantle with multiple successes both, in theatre and film. One of their earlier productions, A Shaft of Sunlight, dared to be different in a time where the local scene tended to be fairly safe and monotonous. Set in Ahmedabad in the 1990s, it tackled the Hindu-Muslim conflict in a household and how they broke it in those orthodox times. Along with the exceptional performances by the actors, the band provided the musical element that transported us back in time.

The Best Stylish Personality - Female

Aliza Rajan

A woman with many feathers in her cap! Aliza Rajan is a Psychology major, an influencer, model, business woman, ex-beauty queen, entrepreneur and lover of all things fashion and style related. A strong believer of the saying, “You can never be overdressed or overeducated.” Using social media as a tool to capture her sense of fashion, Aliza expresses her personal style while always aiming to empower and inspire! Over 2018, she was selected to work with several local and international fashion brands to showcase their collections through her individual style. “Thinking of it as: showing you how to wear the dreamiest things, down here on earth,” adds Aliza.

Dhruva Patel

“A stylish personality is not just about my fashion comfort and jewel spark, but essentially the way I love and treat myself, and the people around me,” writes Dhruva. She adds, “Intellect is style. Kindness is style. Modelling is my sport, and writing away deep poetry under the shade of a vivid green tree is my kind of style too!” Her experiences have nurtured the different ways she adapts to understand herself and the surprises each day brings. She enjoys learning about new people and investing in them emotionally and spiritually. Cathexis is the word! She believes in magic, for her, it exists in the form of love.

Nayanka Singh

Nayanka Singh is a 22-year-old high fashion, runway, and sports model. She is of mixed race descent; Indian, Meru, and Chagga. Dabbling in numerous fashion related work, Nayanka feels 2018 was by far the most successful year for her modelling career. “The most recent, and biggest campaign I shot for, was in September 2018, where I worked with a reputable German Tennis company named “Bidi Badu,” where we shot for their new collection for three weeks in Diani. While in December 2018, I walked in the Tribal Chic Runway, where I wore designers such as Masaba Gupta, Mia Kora, Arnold Mureithi, and Kiumbe Kulture. I also worked with Lakira jewellery, a well-known upcoming brand in Kenya,” she says. In addition, she was just recently signed as an official brand ambassador of Marini Naturals Haircare; one of Kenya’s leading haircare brands.

Ashmali Thakkar

Ashmali Thakkar works as a design and aesthetics manager with The Food Library Ltd Kenya, which establishes new cuisine restaurants around Nairobi. Having studied Fashion Marketing in a London based university, when Ashmali returned to Kenya; she found a passion in interior design as well. Always dressed to the T, 2018 was a great year for Ashmali as she successfully designed a banqueting hall for events and an established a menswear fashion label, which will be launching in the last quarter of 2019. Ashmali has a unique and dreamy sense of style. She adds, “I feel lucky to be exploring my career goals and interests in unison and with this nomination, 2019 just became even more exciting!”

Sonal Haria

Sonal Haria, the Co-Founder of Canvas Media, Canvas Cosmetics and NutriEats. A serial entrepreneur, Sonal’s love for fashion and beauty brands and make-up grew as a bi-product of her initial company, Canvas Media – a digital marketing agency. As a young career-oriented woman, she realised she spent so much time admiring international independent brands but many of which were unavailable in Kenya. Interpersonal, social, creative and tech-savvy, Sonal’s knack for marketing strategy and implementation has proved successful with many businesses and brands. Suave and stylish, Sonal is an avid supporter of women in business and entrepreneurship, and recognises the need to offer on-the-go women like herself trendy, high-quality and affordable products.

The Best Stylish Personality - Male

Farhan Yusuf

I am a fashion model, motivational speaker, writer and a growing entrepreneur.
By nature, I am a very honest and straightforward person, who approaches life with great energy and enthusiasm. I give my all to tasks I embark on, for either you give it your all or none at all. The last year has been very memorable, with numerous achievements to my cap: writing and publishing the book, ‘Dropped To The world, Adopted By Fate,’ featuring in various media channels, including The Asian Weekly and modeling, among others. My book was also nominated at Bristol, UK for the category of ‘Excellence & Achievement’ by MTM awards; I was among the top three finalists in that category.

Aakash Barot

I am a 24-year-old free soul who is always seeking opportunities grow. A software engineer in the making, I am also a model and 2018 proved my most successful year yet. I witnessed growth both, personally and professionally. Not only did I achieve the title, ‘Mr Community Service – USIU 2018,’ I also modeled on runways for local and international brands: from Platform (Zara) to Lavi’s International, Shenu Hooda and Zopo, among others. Another huge achievement for me was featuring in the shooting of a Netflix original series, Sacred Games. Aside from being part of a music video, ‘Dil Jalake’ courtesy of Rahul Bhavan, I was also on the cover of The Asian Weekly and received a full-page interview!

Priyan Solanki

I am just a regular 21-year-old who is ambitious, enthusiastic and very daring to capitalise on opportunities that come my way. A few years ago, life brought me into the fashion industry as a model. My hard work, determination, discipline and self-belief finally paid off when I received my biggest recognition yet in the fashion industry; I became the first Indian, and a representative of the 44th tribe in Kenya, to earn the ‘Male Model of 2018’ recognition from the prestigious Kenya Fashion Awards. I credit the Almighty, my parents and friends for being my support throughout.

Hardik Modi

I am a 27-year-old Kenyan-Indian entrepreneur, running my own fashion designer brand (which has showcased in different countries), as I strive to make a mark in society. Life has smiled upon me through various ways. Four years ago, I was fortunate to attend the International Indian Film Academy Awards (IIFA) ceremony with The Asian Weekly. And my association with the paperzine extends even further; I have twice been nominated in The Asian Weekly Achievers Awards (TAWAA). With a visible passion for the arts, I also express myself through dance and a personal highlight was playing the lead dancer in Kamini’s School of Dancing’s The Big Fat Indian Wedding show.

Shiv Singh Benawra

Another calendar year brought with it numerous achievements, as I worked towards balancing the two things I love the most, music and fitness. It is these two mediums that I feel best encapsulate style, which is expression. Looking back at 2018 and among the milestones that rank highly was becoming the first Kenyan on the Indian music television show, Dil Hai Hindustani (Season 2), judged by prolific Bollywood figures Sunidhi Chauhan, Pritam and Badshah. I made it to the top 30. Also memorable were collaborating as a rapper and lyricist with international artists, Mehrnigori Rustam and Taz Angullia. Meanwhile, I penned down the rap lyrics for Nigerian YouTube cover artist, Samuel Singh, for two of his projects.

Achievement in the field of Music

Prashant Mohitey

“Music is my soul, my biggest stress-buster. I have been passionate about it since childhood. It is in my genes, passed on to me by my grandfather and my maternal uncle. Last year was one of the best for me when I got to perform on various platforms and in various events all around Nairobi. I always sing from my heart which connects with people and helps me perform my best, seeing people enjoy my performance gives me a different kick. Soon, I want to present Nairobi with something very unique and different which has never been tried before. It is my goal to do whatever best I can in the field of charity through music. I believe in making this world a happy place with my music,” says Prashant Mohitey.

Pritam Virdee

Born into a family of musicians (he is the son of the famous sitarist – Avninder Kaur), Pritam Virdee started his music career at the age of four, when he played tabla at the Kenya Music Festival. He won the first prize, and the spree continued for the next 20 years. “Some of my memorable performances have involved sharing the stage with respected musicians such as Ustad Shahid Parvez, Ustad Bashir Butt, Ustad Rafat Khan and the late Ustad Basharat Khan. I have also performed with Jazim Sharma and ghazal maestro Surinder Khan,” he says. Having collaborated with international artists such as Apache Indian, H Dhami, Stereo Nation, PBN to name a few, Pritam has performed not just in Kenya but in the UK, South Africa, India, Zimbabwe and Bahrain alongside world renown musicians. He now produces music and teaches youngsters, the art of tabla and dhol playing.

DJ Deshal

With over 30 years of a deejaying and music production career, Deshal R Gudka, is the mastermind behind the numerous “VIP NIGHT” events launched in 2018. Away from the live shows around Kenya and beyond conducted in collaboration with other local Asian artists, DJ Deshal also launched an online radio Desibeatz.fm. “For me it’s all about bringing new ideas to the industry and making my fans (both young & old) enjoy my performances,” says Deshal. DJ Deshal, considers himself a master with a passion for making party-people create and relish everlasting memories!

Sodi Singh

Known for being a part of the Sargam band, Sodi won the first three years in the Kenya Music Festival Tabla competitions. “I’ve learnt classical tabla from Gyani Iqbal Singh Ji and Gyani Bhagwaan Singh ji. I started singing at the age of 22, training with Ustad Bashir Bhutt,” says Singh. He was signed by Times Music and Das Music in India, and has released three Punjabi albums – Mundri, Khadki Dang and In Your Face, for which he produced the music and wrote the lyrics. As a singer, he has performed on the international stage at different countries and shared the stage with Mika Singh, Sukhshinder Shinda, Jazzy B, Shin from DCS, Salim- Suleiman, Jassi Sidhu to name a few. Some of his latest releases include Teri Hogaiyan Feat Shay Ramji and Shiva and Sheesha by himself.

Bhavna Kassam

From the Hindu upbringing in the Devani family, Bhavna is happily married to Hanif Kassam, a well-known businessman from the Ismaili Muslim community. She is a mother of two very talented young ladies, Karishma and Anoushka. “This diversity and mixing of cultures is what makes my family special – it has molded me into a unique person. Music, a universal language, has helped me build bridges between our two communities and cultures and has also given me the opportunity to travel the world as a Kenyan Ambassador,” says Bhavna. Being a graduate of MS University in Baroda majoring in performing arts, Bhavna sings Bhajans, raas garbas, Gujrati folk songs, geets and ginans, alongside her family. “I borrow a lot from my upbringing and life experiences to navigate my organization successfully,” she concludes.

Aarti Vithlani

Aarti Vithlani is an all-round singer with a vast collection of Hindi, Gujrati, Punjabi and Bhojpuri music to her name. She has 27 years of experience in the industry. Aarti performs for all kinds of functions including birthdays, weddings, religious functions, patriotic and charity events, corporate programs and other commercial events. In 2018, she contributed for Kenbharti Centre’s events by training upcoming singers for its participations. For the Lohana Mahajan Mandal, she participated in the Dancing Queen Charity event and successfully completed the Navratri festival. She ended the year by singing for a successful New Year’s eve function at the Azure Hotel.

Achievement in the field of Theater and Acting

Sandeep Patanker

The graduate in Electrical Engineering and in MBA, Sandip Patankar is passionate about acting. “After moving to Kenya, I was fortunate to pursue my hobby and have acted in more than six three-act Marathi dramas with roles ranging from a lead hero to villain and also a female role of Moruchi Mavshi,” says Sandip. “In 2018, I acted as main antagonist in the renowned drama Purush, for which I received numerous accolades. The best reactions being that of most ladies in the audience mentioned that they felt like hitting me after seeing my performance. During 2018, I also directed a Marathi historical skit based on Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj,” concludes Sandip.

Pallavi Suryavanshi

Borrowing a leaf from her father who was an actor and director in Marathi theatre, Pallavi’s acting kicked off in Nairobi through participating in skits at the Maharashtra Mandal. “We did comedy dramas, suspense, thriller, family dramas where I got the chance to perform as a lead character. In 2007, I played a role of Chandrika bai in the Marathi drama called “Karty Premat Padali” which was a comedy and was appreciated by the audience,” says Pallavi. In drama Purush – a drama that focused on women empowerment, Pallavi played the character of Ambika. “I am very passionate about drama and acting. I like dancing and singing too. One of my students got first prize at Kenya’s Dancing Stars which was judged by choreographer – Ganesh Acharya,” she concludes.

Amar Desai

Amar is a quirky fellow with mischief surrounding all the drama he keeps busy with! Lead actor in Run for your Wife, Amar deplorably juggled two wives on stage, a comedy that staged in Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu. Amar’s attention for theatrical detail saw him map out the entire stage for Diamond Platnumz album launch in Nairobi in true theatrical fashion, one that the media raved about. In October, Broadway’s Cinderella the Musical came to life under his direction to a cast of over 80, including a 14 piece orchestra and an audience of over 3000. Amar scooped several Sanaa Theatre awards for 2018. Mentor and coach for children and adults, this Cambridge Certified moderator makes the sky his playing field!

Tirath Padam

The year 2018 has established Tirath Padam as a sought-after actor. “2018 has been a year full of blessings, I’ve acted in major stage performances with various groups: playing the Prince in Aperture Africa’s Cinderella-The Musical to playing a flamboyant Dressmaker in Run for your wife, and the Sailor/ Fred the bartender (in the production – Anything Goes, KADS). My role as Taufiq in the widely celebrated local film Subira also came to light which earned me a Kalasha Kenya Film award nomination for Best Actor,” states Tirath. The sky is only the limit.

Eve D’Souza

Eve D’Souza is a popular TV actress and host based in Nairobi, Kenya with many years of experience in the media industry. Eve has hosted various TV shows including South African produced “Always Keep moving Dance show”, “The Sprite Emcee Battle on Channel O”, Kenyan Presenter for “Big Brother Africa 3”, “The Triple Challenge game show” on KTN, the live entertainment show “Vibe City” on KTN, Tusker All Stars that broadcasted live across the East African region and the recent two seasons of Blaze be your own Boss by Safaricom. Eve currently is a Co-founder and Director of Moonbeam Productions, specialising in producing TV shows. She hosted and produced a travel show “Travel Diaries Kenya” sponsored by the Kenya Tourist Board and KWS. Eve played the popular character ‘Varshita’ on Kenya’s sitcom ‘Auntie Boss’ which inspired M-Net Africa to pick up the spin off based on her character, titled ‘Varshita’ which she stars in and co produces. ‘Varshita’ airs on DStv and is in it’s 13th Season.

Hinal Dholakia

Hinal Thakkar, has steadily gained reputation as an established choreographer and producer. Her first production, Satya Sanatan, was a resounding success and carved the way forward for future productions. She continued producing various successful musicals through the years. She recently launched her production house, VIBGYOR, that staged two successful productions and various short films and documentaries in 2018. Notably the theatricals ‘A Shaft Of Sunlight’ and ‘Bhoot Bungalow’ broke into the market for their fresh content. Hinal and her team at VIBGYOR remain true to their ethos of ensuring only good content is put out for the audience. They continue to provide a platform for undiscovered talents for their debut performance. Hinal shall be collaborating with international artists to bring in diverse content on the theatrical stage.

The Best Philanthropic Organization

Hindu Religious & Service Centre

Fondly known as HRSC, the organisation continues to touch millions of lives through various mega service projects undertaken for many years in various parts of Kenya. Their school feeding programme operates in 64 schools in in the neediest locations in Kenya, serving hot lunch daily to 22,000 primary school children, also providing them with stationery and text books. HRSC has aided thousands of needy students with shoes, school uniforms, sanitary pads, wheelchairs etc. They have constructed in many schools – sanitation facilities, classroom, kitchens, libraries and farming projects. Furthter, they have provided hundreds of families with solar lamps to illuminate their houses. Since 2005, their tree planting programme has seen 155,000 trees planted with very high survival rates, and as a consequence been awarded thrice the Total Eco Challenge Award. HRSC water for life project has built boreholes, borewells, sand dams in in arid areas of Kenya and they have been instrumental in the promotion of yoga in the country.

Jain Social Group

The Jain Social Group has been active in the year 2018 with numerous projects being carried out in various parts of the country. Some of these include: 25% of all cataract operations being carried out at Lions Eye Hospital are being donated by JSG, JSG provide 300 Jaipur foot annually, about 30% of all Jaipur Foot being produced, JSG supported 11 children for the heart surgeries during November 2018, To date, around 500 cornea transplants have been carried out courtesy JSG, Handed out free consultation to 5,000 patients at Jalaram Medical Center, JSG donated Kshs 50 million for ground floor construction at Jalaram Medical facilities, At MP Shah Hospital, JSG donated a floor for physiotherapy and oncology at Kshs 25 million, 25 million pledged towards new auditorium to SSJS

Desai Memorial Foundation

Desai Memorial Foundation was established in memory of Manilal Ambalal Desai, in recognition of his important contribution to the independence struggle in Kenya. In keeping with the vision of Manilal Desai, the Foundation puts great importance on education. During the year 2018, the Foundation supported over 20 schools with textbooks/reference and library books all over the country. In addition, the Foundation awarded scholarships to over 330 students. The mission is to advance education of students by awarding scholarships and grants. Through education, these young leaders will realise their dreams, get empowered thereby eradicate poverty.

Giants Group of Twiga

The Giants Group Twiga is a social service group and it is affiliated to Giants International, Mumbai, India. With numerous activities carried out through 2018, here are some of the projects that were conducted; Uji Feeding Program has been running for the last five years, where 27 schools (with 25,000 students) are provided with Uji daily, Sanitary towels were distributed to 9,000 girls in 45 schools all over the country, Distribution of mattresses, blankets and bedsheets to 8000 persons living in homes for the elderly and physically challenged among others, 30 computers were donated to five schools, Opaque roofing sheets were provided to 10 schools, where 70 classrooms were made conducive to study in, as the sunlight comes through.

The Best Product/Brand Launch of the Year

Mango Store Opening By SHK Consulting

Mango extended its footprint in Africa by opening its first fashion mega-store at The Westgate Shopping Mall on 27th October 2018. The flagship store carries the Mango Woman, Man and Kids lines. The opening event was an exclusive, by invite only event, welcoming stakeholders and high affinity groups to experience the new store. The event was curated in partnership with SHK Consulting and elements of the Spanish brand’s origin were drawn from to create a unique experience: Spanish Tapas, Spanish inspired cocktails. On the day, a percentage of profits from Sales were donated to One Off Art Gallery, supporting local artists.

JITO Kenya Chapter Launched

A spectacular 3- day event was held at Oshwal Centre in May 2018 for the launch of JITO Kenya. JITO which originated in India (where it has over 90 chapters) started expanding internationally a few years ago. They now have chapters in many countries including UK, Dubai, USA, Thailand, Australia and Japan. The Kenya Launch was unique for many reasons – it was the first JITO Chapter Launch which was done as a triple event – Launch, Conference & Trade Exhibition. It was a huge success with over 165 international delegates and over 300 registrations from Kenya. The event also made history as we had over 25 people who wanted to become Chief Patrons and over 120 as Patrons – this was a record number of any JITO Chapter Launch anywhere in the world. The event was organised by a very dedicated team which worked tirelessly under the leadership of Bharat Doshi.

DT Dobie Launches Volkswagon Tiguan

Ian Middleton, the Managing Director of DT Dobie and Usha Nagpal, the General Sales Manager for Volkswagen launched the new Volkswagen Tiguan SUV and Amarok pick up at a well attended event held in the Tamarind Tree Hotel. Ian highlighted the comfort and safety features of the new Volkswagens and emphasised the power and fuel efficiency of the Tiguan and Amarok diesel engines. The Tiguan has a two litre turbo charged 143 horsepower engine mated with a seven speed automatic transmission featuring 4Motion permanent four wheel drive. The Amarok is equipped with a more powerful two litre engine delivering 180 horsepower with an eight speed automatic transmission.

Renault Kenya Unveils Kolelo SUV

Renault launched the New Koleos SUV in February of 2018 at an exclusive press event at the Renault Showroom at the State of the Art Simba Corp Aspire Centre. The press were treated to an experiential launch, where they were given an opportunity to interact with the car and sample its unique features. After the launch the press had an experiential drive to Kisumu. The Renault Koleos is a true premium SUV that gives you the experience of an ‘easy life’, it comes with a 3 Year Warranty and at an affordable price in its category.

The Best Creative Advert - AGENCIES

Creative Y&R for Von Hotpoint advert

“At Creative Y&R we believe that this is an age of unprecedented human progress. What seems impossible one minute is a reality the next. Technology revolutionises the way we interact with the world, and culture is constantly rewriting the story we tell ourselves. At the core of all of this change is one driving factor — a desire to create meaningful connections. Above all else we are emotional creatures, driven by an innate need to connect with one another.
That’s why we put people at the centre of all we do. Of course we’re informed by data, strategic insights, and platform possibilities, but what truly inspires us are the common experiences that bind us all. We let it show. We take our three core practices—strategy and intelligence, marketing and advertising, and platforms and experiences—and harness them to build meaningful human connections for brands. These practises have allowed us to develop creative work that drives conversations and engagements for brands like Von Hotpoint, Bidco and Crown Paints, over the last year, and gained us recognition locally and regionally,” states Creative Y&R.

SHK for SHK Brand

SHK Consulting is a niche consultancy offering bespoke marketing, communications and experiential concepts. “We know the critical differences in designing luxury experiences that fit the most discerning clientele and demanding audience which is one of the key reasons we’ve come to work with the most prestigious brands locally time and again,” reads a statement from SHK Consulting.

Access Leo Burnett for Sabis International School

Access joined Leo Burnett in January 2000 to become Access Leo Burnett. Thus, entering a partnership with the Publicis Groupe, the third largest communications group in the world. Today, it is the hub agency for East Africa for the Publicis group, serving clients in the region for Leo Burnett, Starcom, Saatchi & Saatchi and Publicis. Access Leo Burnett is full service integrated communication solutions offering advertising, media, activations, branding and digital solutions.

TDF for TDF brand

TDF is a 10 year old communications company, currently going through a metamorphosis. Looking at the past decade, the company sees a kaleidoscope of humble beginnings and gutsy resolve which resulted in some landmark moments that are still fondly remembered by whole industry. The Supaloaf ‘Lion’ campaign, G.A. Insurance $#IT HAPPENS!, The Manji biscuits ‘Where’s my Manji’ campaign, LG electronics, KLM airlines, all the brands of Bobmil Industries, Capwell Industries, Betika, Apples & Sense and Maisha Flour Mills being some of the creative works belted out by the company. TDF recently featured in the top 100 Mid-Sized companies.

Scanad for Safaricom adverts

Scanad, the largest integrated marketing communications and digital marketing network in Africa has over the last 36 years driven strategy, award winning creative solutions for several of the world’s biggest companies – among them The Coca-Cola Company, Unilever, Diageo and Vodafone. Scanad is in addition responsible for an impressive cohort of leading African businesses out of its five geographies in Sub Saharan Africa – among them Safaricom, Equity Bank, KCB Bank, NIC Group, AFB, DKT International, , APA Insurance, UAP Old Mutual , Darling, Kenya Airways, Jambo Jet and Basco Paints. The only African agency network originating from Sub Saharan Africa, Scanad has over the developed a very sharp point of view on influencing consumer behavior across all industry segments. As a media agnostic generating agency, Scanad is part of the London listed WPP company allowing Scanad to access best practices across categories from various parts of the world.

The Best Creative Advert - DIRECT

Chandaria Industries

Chandaria Industries (CIL) is the largest company within Chandaria Group. The Group is owned and managed by Mahesh, Darshan and Neer Chandaria. CIL is the largest tissue and hygiene products manufacturer in Kenya, East and Central Africa. CIL is also the largest recycler of paper waste for tissue manufacturing in Kenya, East and Central Africa. The company has saved over 22 million trees by recycling paper waste over the last 32 years. CIL has been recognised as one of the leading privately-owned company’s on multiple occasions: Winners of the Oshwal Business of the Year Award 2018 – Large size company category, for the second time in a row at the Oshwal Awards 2018, awarded the Jitopreneurs Family Business of the Year 2018 at the First Jain Business Diaspora Awards organized in London (UK), awarded as 1st Runner-Up, Best East African Company of the Year 2018 – Manufacturing sector at the EABC Business Excellence Awards 2018 and awarded as 2nd Runner-Up, EABC Chairman’s Award for Overall Best Regional Company of the Year 2018 at the EABC Business Excellence Awards 2018.

Simba Corp

Simba is the sole distributor of Mahindra passengers and pick up models. It recently launched the Big Bolero Pick-up, which offers superior value propositions. A big cargo box, high payload capacity with a fuel efficient high performance engine, enabling the customers to earn more. Mahindra has further upgraded its pick up range to offer best-in-class value and efficiency. To sell our products in the local market, we came up with a creative whose agenda was to spark conversations. Our focus was the extra length of the cabins, therefore we used a provocative image to express the length.

DPL Festive

DPL Festive Ltd was founded in 2000 by Suresh Shah, who had a vision of providing different varieties of bread. Festive Bread’s demand started to rise due to its quality products and service in the market. The name Festive bread assures each slice is fresh, healthy and made with the best quality of raw materials. Its aim is not to feed people but to bring happiness, fulfillment, enlightenment and festive moments in its products. The company makes different brands under white milky bread, whole meal bread, Festive classic white and brown bread and other brands like Silinda, Nature’s Gold to name a few. It’s known for its cream rolls too. DPL Festive recently got an award of the Superbrand in East Africa.

Healthy U

Healthy U is a retail and wholesale company for all products related to health and wellness. “We strive to change people’s lifestyle by offering unprecedented goods and services geared towards making healthier choices. Our personalised approach to customer service ensures that we understand our customer needs and in turn deliver to them exactly what they desire to help them maintain a healthy and happy lifestyle. We wake up every morning to inspire our customers to live healthier, happier lives by connecting them with premium brands and good quality products through an engaging personalized experience,” reads a statement from Healthy U.

Bidco Africa

Bidco Africa is East Africa’s leading manufacturer and distributor of Fast Moving Consumer Goods. Started in 1985, Bidco has continuously grown over the years to be the home of some of East Africa’s most loved consumer brands; touching millions of lives daily through its products that spread the goodness of mother-nature to enhance Happy Healthy Living. Bidco operates as a Socially Responsible Corporate that is the link of generations; born of a strong legacy and a rich heritage. It is a story of humble beginnings by the Founding Father, Mr. Bhimji Depar Shah and his two sons Tarun Shah and Vimal Shah which were followed by Big Dreams and a far-reaching Vision. In 2018, Bidco successfully went through a massive Growth and Expansion phase in its journey to become the company with the Number 1 market share in African markets by 2030. Bidco ventured into the Food and Beverage sector launching its instant noodle brand – Noodies, its Jooz juice brand and a range of Carbonated Soft Drinks – Planet. These are part of the products now being produced at the state-of-the-art Bidco Industrial Park.