Witty Wakamba wins big at MachakosFest Awards


Forget the hip hop group Wakamba Wawili. Even the Black Panther Afro-futurism hit film that gave us the phrase Wakanda Forever. There is a new creation in town. It is called Wakamba Forever.

The new short firm that was shot and released about a month ago has attracted fans from home and abroad.

And it was last weekend’s big winner at the MachakosFest Short Film Awards - the showstopper in a film industry that has witnessed tremendous growth this year.

It is a witty comedy set in 1895 when Chief Masaku met McMillan, an emissary of the Queen of England, a historical masterpiece.

Having been fielded among other 19 finalists among them Kiu, What’s on Your Mind, Solo, My Ndia Nduku, Rock of God, Ties, Viral, Mwanda, Syokimau and Rock of Ages among others, Wakamba Forever carried the day at the annual festivals, Kenya’s new film showcase that features short films specifically recorded for the event.

The film took home the Best Actor award (Alfred Munya), Best Editing, Best Costumes and Best Screen Play award before it was announced the Best Film during the Machakos People’s Park hosted awards.

“Machakos was the original designation designated capital city of Kenya. The film Wakamba Forever, which traces the history of the arrival of the colonists in Kenya, provides a perfect historical down memory lane journey to discovering Kenya’s history, culture and moral values.

The movie must go to the next level in providing the right narrative about the Kamba community and the people of Kenya,” said the Chief Executive Officer of the Kenya Film Classification Board Ezekiel Mutua who was the chief guest during the gala ceremony held at Machakos People’s Park.

It was a colourful and well-executed ceremony that saw the crème de la crème in Kenya’s creative arts industry attend with special guests having traveled from as far as the United States of America.

Among the other big winners of the night were Anthony Ndung’u (Best Director for What’s on Your Mind), Gregory Kiwo (Best Cinematography for Solo) and David Mbugua and Alex Njuguna (Best Sound for Numbers) among others. Solo scooped two awards, same as What’s on Your Mind.

The festival is an annual event, which awards winners in competitive categories among them Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Sound, Best Editing, Best Score, Best Set Designs and Props, Best Costumes and Wardrobe, Best Science Fiction and Special Effects, Best Actress and Best Actor.

It is usually the climax of the annual Machakos Fest that also features Tour de Machakos cycling competition, Battle for The Choirs and the Machakos Shopping Festival.

“I was deeply moved by the amazing display of talent at the MachakosFest 2018 Film Festival. Machakos County with its creative Machawood is the proof that Kenya’s great infrastructure for creative arts has a promising future. This event ties well with the vision of KFCB’s Sinema Mashinani roll-out."

“That is the reason KFCB supported this film bonanza and pledges to partner with other counties for similar ventures,” said Mutua.

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