The ASFAs is an African fashion award ceremony that celebrates and acknowledges fashion industry stakeholders.
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The fifth edition of the Abryanz Style and Fashion Awards (ASFAs) 2017 with Ciroc, under the theme “African Fashion is the Future #FashionTakeover” were exactly that: the biggest ever convergence of African fashion’s big hitters.
These ranged from South African fashion king David Tlale, outstanding Nigerian designer Mai Atafo who was also honoured with the Style Icon Award and Tanzania’s Sheria Ngowi who took home the African designer of the year trophy.
The (ASFAs) 2017 were held on Friday at the Kampala Serena Hotel. The ASFAs is an African fashion award ceremony that celebrates and acknowledges fashion industry stakeholders including fashion designers, stylists, hair and makeup artists, media personalities and influencers from the African continent and beyond.
PIC: South African musicians, Mafikizolo, performing
PIC: Buganda's queen Nnabagereka (second-right) and KCCA chief Jennifer Musisi at the event. (Credit: Richard Sanya)
This event is held annually in Uganda since its inaugural ceremony in 2013. The ASFAs is an evening of glitz and glamour and the biggest red carpet in Africa, in true celebration of fashion and style, with A-List guests from across the continent.
This year’s event organisers had already served notice of their intent to turn things up a notch higher by getting Tlale on board as the producer of the show. The outcome was a world-class display that wowed all and further enhanced the ASFAs’ reputation as the country’s most glamorous fashion event.
This year the event had a touch or royalty, with the Nnabagerekka of Buganda, Sylvia Nagginda gracing the event.
The event was an evening of breath-taking design works and spellbinding musical performances. South African duo Mafikizolo, turned the heat up serving hit after hit, crowning the night with their latest release Love Potion that also bagged them the Most Stylish Video of The Year accolade.
Nonetheless the awards still paid homage to local talent with performances from Ugandan artistes including Desire Luzinda, Nutty Neithan, Fik Fameica and Latinum, among others.
On the local fashion front, Sheeba Kassami (SKP), Monica Kansiime and Alecool Clothing (who bagged the Most Stylish Ugandan celebrity trophy) showcased their creations.
This year’s event had winners in 34 different categories, up from the 25 last year.
On a night dominated by performances by artistes on the catwalk and the mic, Brian Ahumuza, who launched the ASFAs in 2013, said ensuring fashion made business sense was the next step.
“This year’s theme, “African Fashion is the Future #FashionTakeover” sought to highlight the entrepreneurial success of the African fashion industry and hopefully translate into the business of fashion,” he said. “Today’s event is an important step in that direction”.
Being the grandest fashion gathering, of course there were lots of fashionistas and celebrities strutting their stuff on the red carpet, but at the end of the day, it was all about recognizing the most stylish of all and that is exactly what happened (see below full list of winners).
Full list of ASFA 2017 Winners
Fashion Designer Of The Year (Uganda)
Fashion Designer Of The Year(Africa)
Sheria Ngowi (Tanzania)
Female Model Of The Year (Africa)
Shanelle Nyasiase (Kenya)
Female Model Of The Year(Uganda)
Anyola Anyon Asola
Male Model Of The Year(Uganda)
Male Model Of The Year ( Africa)
Pabz Nasius (South Africa)
Makeup Artist Of The Year(Uganda)
Makeup Artist Of The Year (Africa)
Marco Louis (South Africa)
Hairstylist Of The Year(Uganda)
Hairstylist Of The Year(Africa)
Saul Juma (Kenya)
Fashion Photographer Of The Year(Uganda)
Fashion Photographer Of The Year(Africa)
Rezebonna (South Africa)
Stylist Of The Year(Uganda)
Stylist Of The Year(Africa)
Swanky Jerry (Nigeria)
Fashion Blogger/ Writer Of The Year(Uganda)
Fashion Blogger/Writer Of The Year(Africa)
Silvia Njoki (Kenya)
Most Stylish/Dressed Female Celebrity (Uganda)
Most Stylish/Dressed Female Celebrity (Africa)
Nana Akua Addo (Ghana)
Most Stylish/Dressed Male Celebrity (Uganda)
Most Stylish/Dressed Male Celebrity (Africa)
Idris Sultan (Tanzania)
Most Stylish Male Artiste (Uganda)
Most Stylish Male Artiste (Africa)
Sauti Sol (Kenya)
Most Stylish Female Artiste (Uganda)
Most Stylish Female Artiste (Africa)
Tiwa Savage (Nigeria)
Best Styled/Fashionable Music Video Of The Year (Uganda)
Jubilation- Eddy Kenzo
Best Styled/ Fashionable Music Video Of The Year (Africa)
Love portion –Mafikizolo
Best Dressed Female Media Personality (Uganda)
Best Dressed Female Media Personality (Africa)
Anita Nderu (Kenya)
Best Dressed Male Media Personality (Africa)
Jamal Gaddafi (Kenya)
Best Dressed Male Media Personality (Uganda)
Male FashionistaOf The Year (Uganda)
Male FashionistaOf The Year (Africa)
Eddie Kirindo (Kenya)
Female FashionistaOf The Year(Uganda)
Female Fashionista Of The Year (Africa)
Stefani Roma (Kenya)
Style and Fashion Icon Award
Mai Atafo (Nigeria)