Kenyan Hollywood actress Lupita Nyongo will be receiving the Breakthrough Performance Award at the 25th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival come January 4th 2013.
She will be receiving her award alongside Hollywood bigwigs Sandra Bullock, Julia Roberts, Director Steve McQueen, Bruce Dern and Matthew McCounaughey who are also set to be awarded at the ceremony.
Many winners of this award which includes the likes of Marah Carey, Jennifer Hudson and Jeremy Renner have made it to their dreams of securing an Oscar Award.
Just recently, Lupita was awarded the 'New Hollywood Award' at the 17th Hollywood Film Awards.
Here are some of the awards she has won and been nominated for:
Boston Online Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
Boston Online Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Hollywood Film Award for New Hollywood Award
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
New York Film Critics Online Award for Best Supporting Actress
Palm Springs International Film Festival Award for Breakthrough Performance Award
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated—Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress (runner-up)
Nominated—Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Breakthrough Actor
Nominated—New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress (runner-up)
P Unit won two awards for their smash hit You Guy at the Channel O Music Viseo Awards last weekend in South Africa, beating off stiff competition from Uganda's Radio and Weasel for their song "Cant Let You Go".
The first award was in the Most Gifted Dancehall/Reggae video category which also had , Buffalo Souljah – Basawine
, Kaakie – Too Much, Jesse Jagz – Murder Dem and Radio and Weasel – Can’t Let You Go.
The second accolade was in the Most Gifted East African Video which had strong contenders who are also heavyweights in East Africa's music scene, Tanzania's AY/Marco Chali – Party Zone, Uganda's Radio & Weasel – Can’t Let You Go, Kenya's Sauti Sol – Money Lover and Uganda's Navio – Kata.
The video was shot in Nairobi by Africa's music video guru Clarence Peters who has been working with Mtech Kenya. The company was responsible also responsible for some of Camp Mulla's videos which were nominated by BET Awards making them the first group from Kenya to ever get nominated at the Awards for the videos, Party Dont Stop and also done by Clarence Peters.
According Mtech Kenya's Artist Manager, Benie Amanda "Mtech believed in P Unit and we are glad to see that our partnership with them is bearing fruits, we wish them all the best and will continue supporting them as much as we can".
As the world celebrates the life of Tata Mandela and looking forward to laying him to rest, one Zahara will forever have one day etched in her mind.
During her visit to Kenya, the singer revealed that one of the highlights of her career was performing for Mandela. Zahara told journalists at a Nairobi hotel during her press conference that she was so excited she even mixed up verses when she sang her song "Loliwe"
The soulful singer narrated to journalist how humbled she was to perform for a man revered allover the world and idolized in South Africa. She said how she was overcome by emotions when she was informed that Mandela had requested her to perform for him. Her emotions could not be hidden as she had to pause and wipe her tears off before proceeding.
Watch the video of her moving performance below
Strategic communications provider, Gina Din Group was feted as the best PR firm in the country during the 2013 Public Relation Society of Kenya (PRSK) annual awards held in Nairobi.
Gina Din scooped the overall award in the PR campaign of the year category. It bagged four other awards in the eight entries, emerging as the most feted PR firm in Kenya.
"We are excited at this awards that signify the efforts placed in doing our best for our clients. As an agency we take exeellence as a critical part of our service offering especially coming in the wake of our recent rebanding. " said Eddie Ndegwa, CEO, Gina Din Group.
Gina Din Group made six entries into the annual awards cutting across various sectors.
The street dance dubbed Orange Beat Ya Street won in the Technology category while the Chagua Peace campaign that championed for peace during the March General Elections in March won the Public Sector Campaign category. The group bagged the PR event of the year award following the successful rebranding. The group through Angela Bor won in the student category.
These awards come hot on heels of the recent rebrand that saw the formation of Gina Din Group through a partnership between Gina Din Corporate Communications and Imagine IMC, providing the market with a wide range of integrated services in the expanding communication industry. The partnership saw it expand its regional footprint.
Gina Din Kariuki, Group Chair, Gina Din Group expressed the firm's commitment to contributing to the growth of the industry.
"Gina Din Group stands for excellence and we are keen on using our expertise and creativity to not only achieve client objectives but to also build the ever growing PR industry in Kenya and the East African region."
Recently, a Kenyan Manchester United fan committed suicide because his team lost to Newcastle in the premiere league. Well, radio presenter Ciku Muiruri has a word or two for the Man U fans.
Read it below;
After news of the guy who netted himself over the weekend it's time for an intervention. Although it might seem as if your pain and unhappiness will never end, it is important to realize that crises are usually temporary. Solutions are often found, feelings change, unexpected positive events occur. Remember: Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. Give yourself the time necessary for things to change and the pain to subside. Do something else. Watch netball. For heaven's sake, don't watch the massacre if you're not strong enough to take it!
This message is brought to you by SSW (Soccer Suicide Watch). Our tag line - It's never that serious people!
Helping losers cope since 2005.
Top of the Table Leaders,
Singer Wahu has come out to explain the spirit behind her latest song 'One Touch' which was released about a month ago as part of the 'Embracing Embrace Africa' project, for which she is an ambassador.
She lost two family members to Diabetes and her mother is living with it, which she explains is why she passionately supports the cause.
Read her full interview below;
Q) How does it feel to be the ambassador for such a noble cause?
This is a cause that I’m passionate about so I’m honored and humbled.
Q) How has the Diabetes problem and the increasing number of diabetes patients impacted you as a person?
On a Personal note, diabetes has claimed my grandmother, and my aunty. My mum has had the condition for over 20 years now, and it has been hard to watch her lose most of her eyesight to it.
Luckily, we were able to arrest the deterioration of her sight in time with the use of diet, exercise and proper medical attention. Unfortunately, many Kenyans do not have the information required to live meaningful and fruitful lives despite the condition. This is very sad especially because living a happy positive life with the condition need not be a costly, heart wrenching affair.
Q) How has the song been received so far? Do you feel excited by it?
I’m happy with the reception and really excited about it too! We are yet to shoot a music video for it in 2014, so watch this space!
Q) How much of a difference do you expect to make through the song?
The song talks about hope and positivity despite the condition. I do expect it to reach out to millions of people across the continent, and for it to change the perception that people have of diabetes. This is not a life sentense. One can still live a long productive happy life with the condition. That’s the message we want to spread, and im confident we shall be successful.
Q) Can we expect more from where that came from to help push Project Embrace to bigger heights?
Oh for sure! There’s lots we have planned so you better watch out!
Q) What message do you have for Kenyans in regards to the Diabetes problem and how to tackle it as
Living a happy positive life is indeed possible with diabetes! It is not a life sentence. All you have to do is embrace the 4C’s: Care for yourself, Consume healthy, Check your blood sugar regularly and Control your blood sugar levels. I’m calling on all my brothers and sisters out there to help us spread this message of hope. Together we can do anything.
Top Kenyan artist Juliani has come out on social media campaigning against the performance of foreign artists at the Kenya 50 celebration concert.
Juliani was responding to rumours that the government might be considering bringing in foreign artists for the event.
He advocated for local talent, especially the veterans known for 'Zilizopendwa' and urged that the government use this opportunity to celebrate the talent and diversity within the country's walls.
Looking forward to the @kenyaat50 concert.Enjoy other 254musicians performance.I hope the rumours r not true.No outside artist 4 this one!— Juliani (@JulianiKenya) December 10, 2013
To whomever it may concern the #Kenyaat50 secretariats.No outside artist 4 this one.Ana day but not 50 yrs celebrations.Let's celebrate us.— Juliani (@JulianiKenya) December 10, 2013
Get us hard stone,Kshaka, Swahili nation and all the legends. From river-road, macha wood to every corner of the 254 but NO! Outside artist.— Juliani (@JulianiKenya) December 10, 2013
Mary Atieno, Kasangas all the musicians we grew up with. Mursik music!! Original Kenyan music!— Juliani (@JulianiKenya) December 10, 2013
We have Asia/white Kenyan community would like 2share &learn from their culture.Diverse expression of who we are& hope to become.— Juliani (@JulianiKenya) December 10, 2013
Kenyan Stars and CHOAMVA Winners P-Unit have expressed their gratitude to those who voted and supported them enabling them to clinch two awards at the prestigious ceremony held in South Africa.
In an update via their facebook page,they announced that they were headed back home as they shared their gratitude.
Congratulations are in order.
Actress Lupita Nyong'o Bags Yet Another Award
Mtech Pulls Off Another Win With P Unit
Moving Video of Zahara Performing 'Loliwe" For Mandela
Gina Din Claims Top Spot in Kenya's PR Sector
CIku Muiruri Advises Man U Fans After The 'Suicide' Saga
Wahu Shares The Inspiration Behind 'One Touch'
Juliani Campaigns For Local Artists For The Kenya50 Concert
P-Unit Thank Fans For Their Win At CHOAMVA