It is now official, Kenya’s Premiere Film and Television Awards, Kalasha is back. The fourth edition of the Kenya’s wannbe Oscars will be held on 8th December 2012 at Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC).
In the run up to the Gala Night, The Kenya Film Commission, the awards hosts, last week friday released the names of the nominees at a luncheon held at Laico Regency, Nairobi.
The Nomination Academy must be commended for a job well done in trying to recognize the best of the best in Kenyan Film and Television production in Kenyan in the past year. With “Nairobi Half Life” and “Lost In Africa” dominating the the various film categories and “Lies That Bind” and “Mali” taking the lion’s share of televison categories.
Despite the good work done by the academy chaired by Zebra Production’s Njoki Muhoho, there is a great deal of overlooks in the process with most of them arising in the Telesion Awards Category.
First and Foremost, the enlisting of “Lies That Bind” and “Mali” for “Best TV Drama” is not but a mere overlook but a big misunderstanding of the two television programs that are currently riding high as “Kenya’s First Soap Operas”.
The other overlook that might need explanation from the Nomination academy is the inclusion of Hiram Muigai of Vioja Mahakamani for the “Best Actor In a Drama Series” category. With all due respect to the academy, Vioja Mahakamani has never been a DRAMA Series. For all the years that some of us who grew up with the program, it has been classified as a COMEDY SHOW. What makes the matters funnier is that Vioja Mahakamani the program got nominated as Best TV Comedy Show alongside LOL (K24) and Pasua Show (KBC)
Also questionable is the listing of Elsaphan Njora (Briefcase Inc) as Best Supporting Actor in a TV Drama. The same case of Vioja Mahakamani applies here as Briefcase Inc. is more of a Televison Comedy Show than a DRAMA SERIES.
Most appaling however is the fact that in the TV category, not a single program currently airing on Citizen TV got a nomination. It is true that there has been complains that the awards have in the past been pre-dominatly Citizen TV inclined but failure by the academy to recognize some of the not-previously nominated or winners like Machachari and Mashtaka bot of which are currently comanding a favorable fanbase is one big mistake.
It is not understood if Citizen TV failed to enter any of its programs for this year’s edition or it was a mere PR gimmick by the Kenya Film Commission and The Kalasha Awards Secretariat to appease the other television station by maliciously excluding Citizen TV programs from the process.
Back to you, Kenya Film Commission and The Kalasha Nomination Academy, would you be kind enough to explain why such glaring mistakes could not be avoided, for puropses of accountabilty.