Real Housewives of Nairobi, Pepeta, Single Kiasi among titles nominated.

The Real Housewives of Nairobi, Pepeta, Single Kiasi among titles nominated.

 
Showmax Originals have scored 26 nominations at the recently unveiled Kalasha Awards 2024 nominations.

 
This is the highest achievement at the Kalasha Awards yet for the African streamer, which has already released 12 Originals in Kenya, with more titles set to launch in 2024 following the recent Showmax relaunch in partnership with Comcast. 

Adding to this impressive list of Showmax Original nominees are 21 titles from Maisha Magic Plus and Maisha Magic Movies that are available to stream on Showmax. Overall, Showmax earned 47 nominations, making it the most-nominated platform at this year's Kalasha Awards.

"These 26 nominations are a great milestone for us at Showmax, not only as a celebration of our incredible local content offering but also as a validation of our content strategy and investment in Kenya," says Emma Gichonge, the newly appointed Showmax General Manager East Africa. "And congratulations to all our Kalasha nominees; we couldn't have done this without the immeasurable talent of our actors and filmmakers who continue to set the bar high in telling diverse stories that resonate with our audience."

Real Housewives of Nairobi, Pepeta, Single Kiasi among titles nominated.


In the TV category, leading the pack for Showmax nominations is the thriller series Igiza with five nominations, including Best TV Drama, Best Lead Actor for Blessing Lung'aho and Best Lead Actress for Serah Ndanu. Set against the backdrop of Nairobi's fashion industry and the infamous wash wash, Igiza follows twin sisters (both played by Ndanu) caught in a bitter rivalry after a betrayal in the past.


Single Kiasi, one of the top 10 most-watched shows on Showmax for three years in a row, follows closely with four nods, including Best TV Drama and Best Lead Actress for Faith Kibathi. 


The female-led drama returns for the highly anticipated third season on 5 March, with new cast members like Nini Wacera (Country Queen) and Jimmi Gathu (Kina) joining returning favourites Kibathi, Gathoni Mutua and Minne Kariuki.

Real Housewives of Nairobi, Pepeta, Single Kiasi among titles nominated.

The Kibera-set crime drama Pepeta, from director Vincent Mbaya, is up for Best TV Drama and the Viewer's Choice Awards; the record-breaking first season of The Real Housewives of Nairobi is competing for Best TV Show; and stand-up comedies Roast House and Comedy Riot are vie-ing for Best TV Comedy, with Abel Mutua (Roast House) and Ruth Nyambura (Comedy Riot) up against each other for Best Performance in a TV Comedy. Roast House and Comedy Riot are produced by Eugene Mbugua's D&R Studios, also behind The Real Housewives of Nairobi.


In the film category, Kenya's first-ever Christmas feature, A Familiar Christmas, from director Reuben Odanga, shines with nine nominations, including Best Feature, Best Lead Actor and Best Lead Actress for Pascal Tokodi and Maureen Kunga respectively.


Maisha Magic Plus and Maisha Magic Movies nominees available on Showmax include telenovelas Salem, Kina and Sanura and John Allan-Namu's true crime series The Last Door. 

Real Housewives of Nairobi, Pepeta, Single Kiasi among titles nominated.

See the full Kalasha Awards 2024 nomination list of Showmax Originals and all Maisha Magic titles available on Showmax.
 

TV CATEGORY

 

Best TV Drama

  • Igiza
  • Pepeta
  • Single Kiasi
  • Kina
 

Best Lead Actor in a TV Drama

  • Blessing Lung'aho – Igiza
  • Charles Ouda – Salem
  • Jimmi Gathu - Kina

Best Lead Actress in a TV Drama

  • Serah Ndanu – Igiza
  • Faith Kibathi – Single Kiasi
  • Sanaipei Tande – Kina
  • Ivy Wanjiku - Sanura
 

Best Supporting Actor in a TV Drama

  • Ainea Ojiambo – Igiza
  • Michael Munyoki – Single Kiasi
  • Ndungi Githuku – Kina

Best Supporting Actress in a TV Drama

  • Sophie Reuben – Pete
  • Aisha Said – Sanura
  • Julie Brenda Nyambura - Kina

Best TV Comedy

  • Roast House
  • Comedy Riot

Best Performance in a TV Comedy

  • Ruth Nyambura – Comedy Riot
  • Abel Mutua - Roast House
 

Best TV Show

  • The Real Housewives of Nairobi S1
  • Our Perfect Wedding S16
 

Best Viewers' Choice (TV Drama)

  • Igiza
  • Pepeta
  • Single Kiasi
  • Kina
 

FILM CATEGORY

 

Best Feature Film

A Familiar Christmas
 

Best Lead Actor in a Film

Pascal Tokodi – A Familiar Christmas
 

Best Lead Actress in a Film

Maureen Kunga – A Familiar Christmas
 

Best Supporting Actress in a Film

  • Ruth Kamanzi – A Familiar Christmas
  • Ann Muli – Murder Camp
 

Best Supporting Actor in a Film

Michael Oluoch - Agonda
  

Best Lighting Technician

Gregory Kiwo – A Familiar Christmas
 

Best Editor

  • Hannah – Wangari - A Familiar Christmas
  • Steve Biko – Murdered for Love (The Last Door)
 

Best Viewers' Choice (Feature Film)

A Familiar Christmas
 

Best Make-Up and Hairstylist

Classford Saul – A Familiar Christmas
 

Best Director of Photography

Elijah Kanyi – Murdered for Love (The Last Door)
 

Best Production Designer

  • June Ndinya – A Familiar Christmas
  • Catherine Muema – Murdered for Love (The Last Door)

Best Documentary Feature

  • Murdered for Love (The Last Door)
  • Death of a Kenyan Heiress (The Last Door)


Best Original Screenplay

Murder Camp

Best Original Score

Agonda

Best Costume Designer

A Merry X-Mess

Best Director

Elijah Kanyi – Death of a Kenyan Heiress (The Last Door)

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