ASFA's still the best fashion show in Africa
"Now that's how you shut it down," bellowed a lady. Her shriek came from the upper side of the Victoria Hall Auditorium, Serena Hotel that was crawling with fashion enthusiasts. She, like the rest of the crowd, was referencing the epic Mafikizolo performance. Theirs was a performance that will stay with everyone that attended the Abryanz Style and Fashion Awards on 8th December.
They hoped onto stage at a few minutes shy of 2:00am. He (Theo Kgosinkwe) clad in an all-white suit and she (Nhlanhla Nciza) in an elaborate pink jumpsuit, looking as sharp as only Mafikizolo can be. They opened with Khona, a performance punctuated by just a few darts about the stage. They then took the revellers through their popular songs like Emlanjeni, Love Potion but the crowd got onto their feet and danced along to Ndihamba Nawe and Udakwa Njalo. The highlight of the night was, however, their dance artistes especially the male dance artiste who had the whole audience clutching onto their seats. He was as thrilling as he was energetic.
But before them, there was Uganda's new boy on the block, Fik Fameica. He was close to getting a standing ovation with his 'Kutama' dance performance.
The ceremony started at 6:00pm, with revellers trickling and being ushered to the enormous Red Carpet (which up to now, is why the ASFAs are reportedly the biggest Red Carpet Ceremony in Africa.) The Red Carpet was teeming with celebrities, musical artistes, fashion enthusiasts, media personalities from all over Africa.
They were then ushered to the swanky Ciroc cocktail lounge. And for 30 minutes or so, the sight of everyone feigning sophistication, gingerly holding the blue Ciroc glasses and throwing swigs of the cocktail at the back of their throats, became the order of the room.
At about 8:30pm, they were ushered into Victoria Hall and the show commenced with a dance performance, before Desize Luzinda and Hellen Lukoma.
In between these performances were showcases from designers like Sheria Ngowi, Monica Kansiime, Sheba Kasami (of the SKP designs) but of course David Tlale and Mai Atafo (with the beauty and the beast theme) were always going to stand out. And stand out they did.
Plus, of course, the awarding sessions which were placed every after a performance and showcase.
Below is a list of the award winners of the night.
Fashion Blogger/ Writer Of The Year (Uganda)
Fashion Blogger/Writer Of The Year (Africa)
Silvia Njoki (Kenya)
Most Stylish/Dressed Female Celebrity (Uganda)
Most Stylish/Dressed Female Celebrity (Africa)
Nana Akua Addo (Ghana)
Most Stylish/Dressed Male Celebrity (Uganda)
Most Stylish/Dressed Male Celebrity (Africa)
Idris Sultan (Tanzania)
Most Stylish Male Artiste (Uganda)
Most Stylish Male Artiste (Africa)
Sauti Sol (Kenya)
Most Stylish Female Artiste (Uganda)
Most Stylish Female Artiste (Africa)
Tiwa Savage (Nigeria)
Best Styled/Fashionable Music Video Of The Year (Uganda)
Jubilation- Eddy Kenzo
Best Styled/ Fashionable Music Video Of The Year (Africa)
Love portion – Mafikizolo
Best Dressed Female Media Personality (Uganda)
Best Dressed Female Media Personality (Africa)
Anita Nderu (Kenya)
Best Dressed Male Media Personality (Africa)
Jamal Gaddafi (Kenya)
Best Dressed Male Media Personality (Uganda)
Male Fashionista Of The Year (Uganda)
Male Fashionista Of The Year (Africa)
Eddie Kirindo (Kenya)
Female Fashionista Of The Year (Uganda)
Female Fashionista Of The Year (Africa)
Stefani Roma (Kenya)
Style and Fashion Icon Award
Mai Atafo (Nigeria)