The Best Entertainment Event of the Year (Local)

The Jungle Book Musical

Aperture Africa Productions staged the popular play, The Jungle Book, on August 5 and 6, at the Oshwal Centre. Touted ‘back by public demand,’ the musical captured the fun moments and captivated the audience.

Aladdin Stage Show

Hoodwink9’s production – Aladdin – saw four packed shows from September 2 to 4, 2016 at the Oshwal Religious Centre auditorium. After Simba, the makers repeated the success mantra with this heavily-promoted pantomime. And they didn’t disappoint.

OYL Clash of Talents

The Oshwal Youth League’s Clash of Talents show at the Oshwal Religious Centre engaged the audience as contestants – largely from the Oshwal community – outwitted one another in a display of their own unique talents on February 21, 2016.

DesiFest Show

The inaugural DesiFest show was hosted on December 18, at the Premier Club grounds. Organised by Akash Gandhi and team, the event saw riveting performances by rappers – Rohan Gandhi, Shiv Benawra and others as the platform sought to promote Asian talent.

Saahas Dance Show

About 130 enthusiasts of Saahas – a Bollywood dance academy – engaged the audience on September 11, 2017 at the Oshwal Centre. Organised and choreographed by Toral Gohil and Dulari Tank, 20 performances comprised of different styles and choreography.

The Best Entertainment Event of the Year (International)

Mera Wohh Matlab Nahin Tha – Anupam Kher Play

This Rakesh Bedi play, starring Anupam Kher and Neena Gupta, made its debut in Nairobi on July 16, 2016, courtesy of Ranee Productions. The play received rave reviews all over the world and in Kenya, a standing ovation at the end served as a fitting appreciation.

VCB’s Rahat & Fawad Khan Show

Victoria Commercial Bank (VCB) does it big all the time! For their 30th anniversary, they surprised their 1,000 plus guests with a tête-à-tête with the hunky actor, Fawad Khan and followed it up with a magical musical journey with Ustaad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.

The Waiting Rooms Play

The Waiting Rooms, a Gujarati play hosted by Lohana Ladies Circle as part of their ongoing charitable activities, saw an impressive turnout. The play, a unique women-centric drama, greatly appealed to the audience.

Taal Yatra – A Musical Journey

In October last year, Navrang Fine Arts Foundation – which promotes and upholds classical music – hosted Taal Yatra, a musical journey. It featured renowned artist, Padmashree Pt. Suresh Talwalkar, a tabla soloist and a Taal Yogi, for a performance, along with 10 other artists including dancers and music performers.

Umar Chhe Antique Dil Romantic Play

Organised by Dipak and Panna Raithatha, Umar Chhe Antique Pan Dil Chhe Romantic was showcased in Nairobi in May 2016. Promoted by Raju Lodhia, the play starred Apara Mehta, a renowned TV and Hindi film actress.

Shiamak Davar & Shilpa Shetty Show

Alishaan Entertainment, Kaypee Events and Healthy U synergized to bring down Bollywood’s ace-choreographer Shiamak Davar and the lissome Shilpa Shetty for a dance show in April last year. Also featuring on stage through humour and dance was TV actor, Hussein Kuwajerwala. It sure was a memorable show.

The Best Community Event of the Year

Swami Chinmayananda Centenary Celebration

The Chinmaya Mission Seva Trust hosted the centenary celebrations of Swami Chinmayananda on May 8, 2016. The event saw lighting of Om lamps, prayers and cake-cutting among other festivities on the day.

Sadhguru’s Visit to Kenya

In June, international speaker, yogi and visionary humanitarian, Sadhguru, was in Kenya as part of his tour in Africa. He held his widely popular ‘In Conversation with Sadhguru’ series at the Oshwal Religious Centre. The meet was organised by Isha Foundation, attracting over 1,500 people.

Shree Cutch Satsang Swaminarayan Lang’ata Temple Opening

Thousands of devotees gathered for the opening of the new Shree Cutch Satsang Swaminarayan Mandir in Lang’ata. The nine-day celebration in August comprised of processions, prayers, discourses, exhibitions and various rituals for the opening ceremony. His Holiness Acharya Maharajshree presided over the opening, with many saints from India also in attendance during the occasion.

Krishna Temple Nakuru’s 100 Years Celebration

The Shree Cutchi Gujrati Hindu Union (CGHU) Nakuru celebrated 100 years of Krishna Temple with a mega five-day event from October 19 to 23, 2016. To mark the centennial celebrations, numerous activities were conducted throughout the year, building up to the grandiose opening on October 23, 2016. A rath yatra procession, souvenir launch, Ramayana play and tree-planting were some of the activities conducted.

Oshwal’s Annual Diwali Cottage Fair

The annual event in the Oshwal community calendar – the Oshwal Diwali Fair – attracted thousands when it was hosted at the Oshwal Religious Centre in October, 2016. The fair saw home-based entrepreneurs among others sell fancy decorative pieces, foods and clothes et cetera, ahead of the Diwali festival.

The Best Fashion Event of the Year

Tribal Chic

It ranks highly on Kenya’s annual fashion calendar and in 2016, it did not fail to impress. Awash with the who’s who of the industry, creativity and panache oozed on the runway, making for a memorable show.

Zen Fashion High Tea

It is another highly anticipated fashion event, bringing together various players from the local and international fashion fraternity. The glamorous affair was punctuated by renowned personalities, gastronomical delights and of course, stunning designs from local and international designers.


It is a brainchild that was developed abroad, before featuring in Kenya. With Kenya’s fashion scene contaning increasingly sophisticated consumers, it is no wonder the country presents a popular stop for the international fashion concept. And 2016 was no different, with an overdose of panache.

Oshwal Mahila Mandal’s Fashion Fusion

The fashion show featured a renowned international fashion organisation showcase ethnic ladies and men’s wear, eliciting astonished and appreciative oohs and aahs. The playful blend of colour and materials provided the local community but a glimpse into some of the trends abroad.

Miss India Worldwide Kenya Pageant

After a hiatus of several years, Miss India Worldwide Kenya returned to the country in 2016, to the excitement of many. The pageant featured several rounds, making for an entertaining journey – not only for the participants but the audience as well.

The Best Designer of the Year

Shenu Hooda

A well-known name in the Kenyan fashion industry, Shenu is known for her elegant fusion of Kenyan and Pakistani styles. Having had her designs feature in various shows, there are no prizes to correctly guessing just how she made it as a nominee.

Vaishali Morjaria

With about a decade of experience in the industry, Vaishali has thrived. Having showcased both locally and internationally, she gets to learn on the job as well. Her collections marry contemporary mix media with perspectives of Indian and African cultures.

Deepa Dosaja

Among the household names on the fashion scene, Deepa continues to impress. Her unique taste sees an inclination towards natural and lean fabrics, as she also designs her own line of luxurious stretch silk prints. She has also showcased locally and internationally, developing an expansive and diverse clientele.

Kirat Khalsa

She may not be a seasoned fashion designer just yet, but she is definitely an exciting one. Her youthful exuberance has been reflected in her exciting fashion pieces. Kirat has over the years cultivated her ideas to birth contemporary luxury fashion, under her own brand.

Jamil Walji

He dares to be different… and we like it! Many a fashion show has been used to showcase bold designs, receiving a spectrum of reviews. But that hasn’t stopped Jamil from further challenging status quo with his dramatic designs and keeping his followers guessing what next.

The Best Stylish Personality Male

Arjan Grewal-Thethy

He doesn’t shy away from talking about his transformation to fab thanks to his NutriEats wonder diet! Besides keeping fit, Arjan scrubs up rather well, hence, making an obvious choice in this year’s nominee list.

Chef Ali Mandhry

What do they say about a chef that cooks up a storm in the kitchen without losing his killer style? Meet Chef Ali Mandhry. When he’s not cooking, he can be spotted in Kaveke attire, promoting local fashion. We like his style!

Hardik Modi

Apart from being a wonderful dancer, Hardik is also a gym addict. So, while he shares many fitness goals, Hardik also dresses up to the occasion – whatever it may be. Stylish may well be his second name.

Hussein Jiva

One photo-shoot and our sub-editor showed us his alternative route to riches! Hussein Jiva pulls off casual and formal attire with equal élan. Next time you meet him, check out his colourful ties and bowties and you’ll know what we mean!

Hassan Jiwani

While his brother has been a previous TAWAA winner in the Best Stylish category, this year we feature Hassan, who equally suits up neat. The entrepreneur, for whom looking sharp is a lifestyle, will not be seen otherwise at public dos.

The Best Stylish Personality Female

Dhruva Patel

She participated in various beauty pageants last year, including the Miss India Worldwide Kenya 2016. During one of our photo-shoots for the Diwali edition, Dhruva was featured purely for her natural style and beauty.

Anjli Thakrar

Anjli has previously won TAWAA awards in the category of Best Business Icon Female. Last year, she was sported at various public events looking every bit a stunner; be it evening gowns or the famous LBD, Anjli has flaunted them all!

Nilofer Karim

The bubbly radio presenter never fails to impress us with her gorgeous and comfortable outfits. Her style is reflected through her perfect make-up skills and head-turning accessories.

Sanna Andani

When she isn’t running around managing the amazing Ranee Productions events, Sanna Andani dresses to impress. Being a natural beauty, she doesn’t even have to try too hard. Her style? Pretty much flawless.

Pinky Ghelani-Raj

A beauty queen, a model, a fitness freak and an outright sensation – that pretty much sums up Pinky Ghelani-Raj. She keeps the glamour quotient up wherever she goes; that is enough to earn her this nomination.

The Best Anchor Male

Vikash Pattni

The talented radio presenter is known for his sense of humour. As emcee, he has showcased his versatility from corporate events to entertaining ones too. Making Dr Manu Chandaria do a ramp walk is no mean feat, eh?

Fareed Khimani

Fareed may have quit radio, but he emceed a number of events last year. The radio star and producer also emceed the Chef’s Delight Awards.

Abhijeet Gupta

When it comes to emceeing in Hindi, radio personality, Abhijeet Gupta, is a natural. Be it Kenbharti events or during Indian PM, Narendra Modi’s visit to Kenya, Abhijeet has been phenomenal emceeing in Hindi.

Adarsh Shah

He was witty, emceeing alongside Pooja Kotedia during the Miss India Worldwide Kenya 2016. Not only was he giving punch-lines, he received pot-shots too – he was simply amazing!

Ryan Deen

Ryan Deen has been an obvious choice of emcee for various Sunni Punjabi Organisation events. The former radio presenter is both an engaging and entertaining; brilliant skills for the trade.

The Best Anchor Female

Priyanka Patel

This USIU graduate has been a front-runner at various social and community-related events. But she proved herself as a really good emcee at numerous events last year, leaving audiences in awe!

Harleen Jabbal

Harleen was one of the memorable emcees at the Kenya Sikh Achievers Awards last year. Apart from that, she has emceed several other events and has quite the gift of the gab; she is able to interact with and entertain the audience effortlessly.

Susan Wong

We heard a female voice whilst walking into the Chef’s Delights Awards. ‘Who is she?’ we quipped from afar. That was up until we saw the stunning and eloquent Susan Wong. The rest of the evening was spent marveling her emceeing!

Shruti Vasudev

Different sells. That’s what struck us as appealing about Shruti Vasudev. She was first heard by The Asian Weekly team during the Indian PM, Narendra Modi’s visit to Kenya. Her voice and pleasant emceeing stuck on.

Pooja Kotedia

We’ve got to give it to Pooja Kotedia for consistency. She has been active on the emceeing front year in, year out. And she impresses the audiences every time with her inborn wit and charm.

The Best Product/Brand Launch

Volkswagen Plant Inauguration

Late last year, German vehicle maker, Volkswagen (VW), officially launched its production facility in the country, as it continued to strengthen its presence in various emerging markets. The event, attended by Kenya’s President, Uhuru Kenyatta, also witnessed the unveiling of the first locally assembled passenger vehicle, the Polo Vivo.

Ford Mustang Launch

Following the commencement of the right-hand drive production at the assembly plan in Michigan, USA, the Ford Mustang was launched in Kenya in October 2016. The new Mustang was a global hit, following its international launch the year before. The launch was aimed at eating into the market share and appetite of Kenya’s growing demand for luxury cars.

Infinity Industrial Park Launch

What better way to champion one of the government’s agenda of industrialisation than by the opening of a massive business project? In October 2016, the Infinity Industrial Park was launched. The park, valued at Kshs 12.5 billion, will be able to accommodate approximately 800 to 1000 small and medium scale industries.

Golden Tulip Hotel Launch

It was Louvre Hotels Group’s first venture into the country, with Nairobi the desired choice. The Golden Tulip Westlands launch spilled over its celebrations into days, welcoming the latest four-star hotel to Nairobi’s hospitality industry back in April 2016. For the Kenya, it was another exhibition of confidence in the economy and tourism sector.

Tile & Carpet New Logo Unveiled

Beyond the unveiling of a visually appealing logo, T&C rebranding was testament to their innovative approaches and adoption of best practices, joining a host of international brands in shortening their name. The unveiling of the new brand early last year also reflected the company’s plans to extend to other parts of East Africa.

The Best Business Icon Male

Darshan Chandaria

The Group CEO of Chandaria Industries, Darshan adds dynamism to the group’s operations, coupling best practices in business with a warm and supportive attitude. He is also a Lion on KCB Lion’s Den show, generating a lot of interest among the entrepreneurial and business community.

Azam Samanani

Hoggers Limited’s Managing Director, Azam Samanani, may not always step into the limelight, but that does not detract anything from his continued commitment to augmenting Kenya’s bubbling culinary scene. Through his company, he has acquired several licenses from international food chains to open outlets in the country.

Kamal Budabhati

His business innovations continue to raise eyebrows. One of his latest projects, Little Ride Kenya, caused a tremor in the transport industry, as Kamal headed a team which tailored a trendy service provided at highly competitive prices. It has been a welcoming move among the masses.

Mayur Shah

He is considered a business mogul within the region, having taken Kenafric Industries to great heights. The 2015 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year winner in the Eastern Africa chapter, continues to sustainably grow the company’s product ranges, even during times of economic uncertainties.

Karan Gupta

This Director of Excel Global College sought to edit the educational chapter of the novel that is Kenya. Driven by the desire to offer a good education and train the masses for professional qualifications, Gupta has achieved what he set out to.

The Best Business Icon Female

Aliza Rajan

She is a woman wearing many hats; an entrepreneur, a blogger as well as an ambassador of fashion. Having been pivotal in the revival of Miss India Worldwide Kenya 2016, she capped a memorable year by opening The Pied Piper Lounge, along with her business partner.

Farah Samanani

Farah is a Managing Partner at Boyden EA, working on linking Kenyans both, locally and internationally, with elite business vacancies, satiating the market’s demands for experienced executives. As a consequence, she is actively returning expertise back to its roots, as Kenya continues on a positive growth trajectory.

Vidya Jethwa

The Managing Director of Globetrotter Agency Limited, Vidya has continued to grow her company from the ground up – this despite operating in a highly competitive environment. With great deals on offer, it is no wonder her growth has been tremendous thus far.

Niyati Patel

Fun, outgoing and driven, Niyati Patel is the Managing Director at Marini Naturals. Her ambition is to see the company become the continent’s first all-organic quality hair care line, suited to all women of natural hair. Not losing sight of her destination, Niyati continues to make her business imprints on Kenya soil as she grows the company.

Payal & Shivani Radia

The dynamic duo has taken to Kenya’s business landscape with great verve. After the success of their eatery-cum-lounge space in Nairobi, sister, Payal and Shivani, treat the market to pop-up stores, were heavily involved in the launch of a culinary book and continue to promote ideas and fashion via their social media avenues.

The Best Sports Personality Male

Urjan Shah

The 16 year-old student from Oshwal Academy, Nairobi has been a bastion for badminton at the school. But beyond school, Urjan is quickly making his impact felt across courts. He recently represented Kenya in the All Africa Schools 2016 Badminton Championship, helping Kenya finish third.

Shivam Vinayak

He has already inked his name into Kenya’s novel of autocross successes. A multiple champion, Shivam continues to dominate the scene as he puts pedal to metal with finesse. While an injury may have threatened to dampen his year, Shivam made a comeback to conquer the tracks yet again.

Alikhan Kazia

The teenager has been a revelation in table tennis, as he, along with colleagues like Peter Theuri, continue the push to further propel the game on the sporting scene. His performances merited an exchange program in France, spending weeks training and bettering his techniques. In his spare time, he has gained a reputation for his social media ‘trick shot’ videos.

Karan Patel

He has risen to the top fairly quick, forcing the ‘big boys’ to take notice. Such has been his accelerative growth in rallying, the 24-year-old made his World Rally Championship debut in the ‘Drive Dmack Fiesta Trophy’ in Portugal last year. ‘KP,’ as he is popularly known, later announced his comeback ahead of the season-ender Guru Nanak Rally last year, following a previous crash out in the WRC Catalunya Rally in Spain.

Hiren Varaiya

Like a prodigal son of Kenyan cricket, Hiren came out of retirement to help the country during the World Cricket League Championship. A proud captain for Stray Lions in the Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association (NPCA), he led his side to their maiden NPCA Super League title in what was a memorable season for him.

The Best Sports Personality Female

Shehzana Anwar

There is simply no denying just how great an archer she is. The African champion in the Women’s Recurve in archery performed well last year, even booking a ticket for the Rio Olympic Games 2016. She bowed out of the global competition after falling to defeat against world number one, Bobae Ki in the women’s Individual 32 Elimination.

Sanjana Deshpande

The Woman FIDE Master (WFM) is a dominant figure in Kenyan chess. She has represented Kenya in numerous tournaments, winning several titles in the process. Away from the chequered boards, Sanjana is also active in the fashion sphere as a budding designer with an intriguing sense of styles.

Talisa Lanoe-Popat

She is one of Kenya’s finest aquatic starlets. With several titles to her name, she continues to better herself, as she studies and trains abroad. Last year, Talisa represented Kenya at the Rio Olympic Games, flying the country’s flag high, away from the tracks – as per the reputation the country has garnered over the years.

Sejal Thakkar

Following a long hiatus away from the game, Sejal made a comeback in 2015. The long-standing women’s national team player was Kenya’s main hope for securing a spot at the Rio Olympic Games in table tennis. Unfortunately, she bowed out in the quarter-final stage of the 2016 ITTF African Olympic qualification. Her tremendous return to the game has not gone unnoticed.

Sheetal Kotak

She is definitely breaking the mould. The 34-year-old mother is a body builder and has gone on to represent Kenya at various international events, even winning the Musclemania Africa 2014 and the 2015 Miss Figure title Kenya Bodybuilding Championship among others. She continues to inspire many by balancing her fitness lifestyle with the responsibilities of being a homemaker.

Shana Patel

She may be very young, but age hasn’t stopped the badminton player from excelling. A student of Premier Academy, Shana has excelled in badminton and represented Kenya in the U-19 World Junior Championships in Spain late last year. She currently tops the girls’ national team in the U-15 and U-14 categories.

The Best Philanthropic Organisation

Lotus Healing Seva Group

They religiously conduct reiki healing services, benefiting the needy members of the society/ They are also known to donate various food items. They remain active all year round, engaging in seva.

Hindu Religious and Service Centre

Their tree-planting projects have inspired many. The Hindu Religious and Service Centre members have dedicated many of their Sundays to help keep our country green, having planted over 100,000 thus far. Aside from that, they aid the under-privileged members of the society via various programs, including a feeding one.

Jain Social Group

They are a group of senior members who greatly impact the lives of the needy, be it donating towards cataract surgeries or holding medical camps – they never shy away from charity.

Giants Group of Nairobi Twiga

From donating sanitary towels to prevent girls in rural areas from dropping out of school or assisting through different charities, this group has had an active 2016.

Desai Memorial Foundation

Education is key. The Desai Memorial Foundation is known to help promote education and literacy by donating school books to many rural education institutions. They make it among the nominees for their tireless efforts and consistency in the promotion of their educational cause.

The Best Creative Adverts (Agency)

Transcend Media

Their South Africa Tourism adverts have had quite an impact on the readers of The Asian Weekly. It sells an experience and not a product.

Creative Y&R

Broadways Bakery adverts make a slice of bread look more appealing that its purpose. All thanks to the imaginative team at Creative Y&R.

Access Leo Burnett

The Seven Seas Cod Liver Oil adverts deserve a nomination for their brilliant use of colour, creativity and persuasion; all thanks to Access Leo Burnett.

Brainwave Communications

Bidco Ltd’s advert is what you see immediately after our cover every week. However, their special edition adverts have the wow factor, courtesy of Brainwave Communications.


The Maharaja mattresses have never looked more appealing to lie on than in the special edition pages of The Asian Weekly! TDF Advertising is the magic brain behind it.

The Best Creative Adverts (Direct Client)

Healthy U

It’s not easy to sell health supplements and other products. But Healthy U’s appealing adverts deserve applause for driving home the message.

Simba Colt

Simba Colt’s creative adverts have had an impact on their potential customers, purely because they make cars so good!

Chandarana FoodPlus

Their specialised adverts – be it Eid or Diwali – always leave the reader marveling at the simplicity and creativity.

Mario Tours and Travels

Mario Tours and Travels’ adverts are direct and to the point. Put simply, they make you want to travel – hence appeal accomplished!


Diamond Trust Bank puts their ‘A’ game on when advertising in print. Their adverts always tend to ‘achieve more’ in terms of visuals while maintaining a high degree of professionalism.

Chandaria Industries

Humour works every time. Chandaria Industries beautifully weave in humorous elements that make their adverts stand out.