The 6th Edition of the Sanaa Theatre Awards took place in Nairobi city on December 17th, 2019. Sanaa Theatre Awards, founded by journalist and playwright George Orido in 2013, is Kenya’s only professional theatre awards scheme.
The award ceremony took place at the Nairobi National Theatre. The Chief Guest was Kenya’s Deputy President H.E Dr. William Ruto. He was represented by Ambassador Amina Mohammed, the Cabinet Secretary for Sports and Heritage. The event was also graced by Moroccan Ambassador to Kenya, H.E. Dr. Mokhtar Ghambou.
As is often the case with awards, there were some controversies. To begin with, there were some ties. Sheila Munyiva and Nice Githinji tied for ‘Best Actress’. Similarly, Ian Mbugua and Bruce Makau tied for ‘Best Actor in a Supporting Role’. Like draws in field matches, an occasional tie is not unusual but it’s rarely satisfying, even for the winners. The inclusion of a category for TV shows also raised some eyebrows. NTV’s The Trend scooped the trophy for ‘Best TV Art and Culture Show’. Finally, Dr. Ezekiel Mutua of the Kenya Film Classification Board winning an award for a category dubbed ‘Best Supporting Individual’ was probably the evening’s most surprising accolade. The KFCB boss has in the past had a testy relationship with artists in general.
The Complete List of 2019 Winners:
BEST PRODUCTION PRIMARY SCHOOL
Forbidden Acts – Kabarak Primary
BEST PRODUCTION SECONDARY SCHOOL
Blast From The Past – Loreto Convent Msongari
BEST PRODUCTION COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY (Prof. Chris Wanjala Award)
BEST PRODUCTION ON CHILD RIGHTS AND PROTECTION
Forbidden – Kabarak Primary
BEST PRODUCTION ON SPOKEN WORD
Ogutu Muraya – Because I Always Love Running
BEST LIVE MUSIC PERFORMANCE – DANIEL PEARL AWARD
Esther Akoth a.k.a Akothee
DISTINGUISHED DIASPORA AWARD (Owiso Odera Award)
Wanjiku Victoria Seest
BEST SUPPORTING MEDIA
Nation Media Group
BEST THEATRE, ART AND CULTURE MAGAZINE
BD Life in Business Daily
BEST ART AND CULTURE WRITER
Caroline Nyanga, Pulse magazine
BEST SUPPORTING INSTITUTION
BEST PERFORMING THEATRE SPACE
Kenya National Theatre
MOST IMPROVED THEATRE SPACE
Nairobi Film Centre
BEST PRODUCTION ON GOVERNANCE AND HUMAN RIGHTS (Martin Luther King Junior Award)
Son of Agich by Millaz Productions
BEST NARRATIVE THEATRE
Too Early For Birds – Tom Mboya Edition
BEST SET LIGHT AND SOUND DESIGN
Chatterbox Productions for Lwanda Rockman
The Dying Need No Shoes
Cat and Mouse by Heartstrings
BEST DANCE THEATRE
The Anno’s One Fine Day Ballet Program
BEST PLAY IN A LOCAL LANGUAGE
Ambe Wenje by Fanaka
BEST PRODUCTION ON REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH
Written on the Body
BEST PRODUCTION ON WOMEN RIGHTS AND GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE
BEST TV ART AND CULTURE MAGAZINE
The Trend – NTV
Stuart Nash – Sarafina!
Xavier Nato – Son of Agich by Millaz Productions
BEST MUSICAL THEATRE
BEST PLAY IN ENGLISH
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Prof. Washington Omondi
BEST ACTRESS IN SUPPORTING ROLE
Sybil Mukandutiye in Sarafina!
BEST ACTOR IN SUPPORTING ROLE
Ian Mbugua in Man Moments
Bruce Makau in Impervious
Sheila Munyiva in Sarafina!
Nice Githinji in The Dying Need No Shoes
Xavier Ywaya in Lwanda Rockman
DISTINGUISHED JURY AWARD
BEST SUPPORTING INDIVIDUAL
Dr. Ezekiel Mutua
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