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 For the third year now, Aperture Africa Productions has bagged a TAWAA trophy in the Best Entertainment Event – Local, at the glamour TAWAA ceremony on 3rd March, at Diamond Plaza II.

The theatre production house won the award for the show, Cinderella – The Musical, which was staged between 26th and 28th October, 2018, at the Oshwal Religious Centre. The theatrical performance included a 14-piece orchestra, a cast and crew of over 80 people and was watched by over 3,000 people.

Speaking after the ceremony, the Director of Aperture Africa Productions, Amar Desai said, “Being a three-time winner of the award is testament to the no-compromise commitment put in by hundreds of people, respect for stage craft and the arts and back-breaking sacrifices behind the scenes.”

Desai was also announced the winner of the Prime Bank award for the Best Achievement in the Field of Theatre and Acting.

“The award validates all the arduous work, sweat and tears through the years to pursue a profession that needed validations every step of the way… My advice to everybody is to go out there and unleash your passion, whatever it may be. Find your magic and you will never work a day in your life…. To entire TAWAA team, you are a priceless part of our quest to continue to hone, showcase and alleviate local talent. Thank you for your immense support and for recognising us (and the hundreds of artists involved in these awards winning productions),” he added.

Meanwhile, maiden TAWAA winner, Shiksha Arora, who scooped the Dhiren’s Hair Salon award for the Best Anchor – Female award, shared her elation.

“I am deeply honoured to have received this award. I extend my gratitude to my parents for being my pillars of strength, my entire family and friends for the support throughout this exhilarating journey… Being recognised for something I absolutely love, anchoring, be it on television or radio, makes it all the more special.

“The prestigious TAWAA is the Kenyan equivalent of the International Indian Film Academy Awards (IIFA); kudos to The Asian Weekly team for yet another successful event…Lastly, a word of advice to the passionate youth who want to venture into the media industry – do not give up on your dreams, no matter how hard it gets. It may be a rough ride but believe me, your time will come,” said the news anchor and radio presenter.

The glamorous affair concluded two weeks of vigorous online campaigns by all nominees seeking public support through an online portal, commencing on 8th to 23rd February, 2019.

Following the close of the voting period, as per the deployed system, online voting – which was later audited – contributed to 50% of the decision, with jury’s discussions and ultimate decision accounting for another 50%, before the winners were declared. Making the jury were respected radio presenter, author and recipient of numerous arts-and-culture-associated awards – Allaudin Qureishi, a financial analyst, artist, writer and philanthropist (OGW) – Ritesh Barot, an entrepreneur and astute businessman – Snehar Shah, the CEO of Asian Foundation with previous experience working in the diplomatic space – Meera Pandit and media personality and senior TV presenter – Anjlee Gadhvi. The process was audited by RSM.

The awards ceremony, first incepted in 2014 as an impromptu idea, has grown tremendously into a one-of-its-kind award ceremony for the greater community.

TAWAA 2019, backed by sponsors, MacCoffee Kenya, Metropolis Star Lab Kenya and Crown Paints PLC, as well as partners and trophy sponsors, spanned across 21 categories, featuring over 100 personalities, businesses, brands and organisations. Two out-of-competition awards – The Asian Weekly Special Appreciation and the Art Oro Jewellers TAWAA Power Woman Award –  were also presented.

“TAWAA has, over the years, grown into a credible award ceremony and is a highly-anticipated ceremony in the social calendar. Aside from having the public support their preferred nominees, a select-group of jurors, backed by a tremendous accumulation of vast experiences in diverse fields, also weighed in expert opinions during the process, all of which contributed to decision on the final winners. The entire process was audited by renowned firm, RSM Eastern Africa,” remarked the Directors of Greenstorm Media Africa Ltd, Nisha Hirani and Ashish Patel.

A guest list of over 900 people attended the glitzy evening affair, which included canapés, networking and awards presentations interlude by entertainment pieces. The Indian High Commissioner of Indian to Kenya – His Excellency (HE) Rahul Chhabra, the Parklands and Highridge MCA – Hon Jayendra Malde, Asian African Heritage Trust’s Pheroze Nowrojee, renowned lawyer Sharad Rao were among the dignitaries.

In his brief address, HE Chhabra congratulated TAW for their tremendous work in informing the East African community and its Indian diaspora, of the various activities being conducted in the region.

“Just like you, I too look forward (to the weekly publication) and being informed of the happenings in the region… The community is doing a great job; I get positive feedback whenever I travel across the country and it makes me extremely proud – I am honoured to represent you as the Indian High Commissioner. With your hard work and perseverance, you do us all proud.”

Onto the awards and the Best Product/ Brand Launch of the Year award went to the Mango store opening by SHK Consulting. While the Victoria Commercial Bank award for the Best Business Icon – Female winner was Ashiqa Dadani, Darshan Chandaria was announced as the Shiv Insurance award for the Best Business Icon – Male award recipient. Vikash Pattni, for a third year, picked up the award as the Best Anchor – Male.

Two The Asian Weekly (TAW) Special Appreciation Awards were handed out that evening, to the families of the late Kanubhai Babla and the late Dr SP Amin, for the invaluable contributions the late pair made to uplift the lives of the less privileged members of society. The Art Oro Jewellers TAWAA Power Woman award, meanwhile, went to Madhvi Dalal for championing the cause of helping women in rural areas manufacture reusable sanitary pads through her project, PadMad.


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