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ASFAS 2018 - Lively, bold and full of spirit

By Jacky Achan

Added 10th December 2018 05:55 PM

It was a glittery affair on the red carpet as several Ugandan and African stars attended the awards at the Serena Hotel in Kampala.

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It was a glittery affair on the red carpet as several Ugandan and African stars attended the awards at the Serena Hotel in Kampala.

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It was not a night for fashion understatements, but one to make a bold fashion statement for the fashionistas who turned up in their large numbers for the Abryanz Style and Fashion Awards (ASFAS) 2018.
 
It was a glittery affair on the red carpet as several Ugandan and African stars attended the awards at the Serena Hotel in Kampala.
 
The women and men had unflinching designs ruling the red carpet and wore bold colours amid a lot of excitement from fans gathered on the sidelines.
 
The attires that graced both the red carpet and runway were daring, others extremely elegant and others scandalous but that is what made ASFA 2018 outstanding and a joy to attend.
 
If you are the kind used to seeing models just strut their stuff on the catwalk on the runway with seriousness, the ASFA’s kicked off with a mix of dancing and modelling on the runway.
 
It was very exciting and cheeky from fashion designer Buyi Philipu as he presented his Kkoolo designs.
 

There were other electrifying fashion showcases from Africa’s top designers including Nigeria’s Mai Atafo who was also one of the exciting hosts at the ASFA’s, South Africa’s  David Tlale and Laduma Ngoxokolo.

Representing Uganda was Alex Alecool who presented the absorbing Alecoolandan collection, Buyi Philipu presenting his Kkoolo designs and Anita Beryl presenting her breathe taking wedding and evening gowns from Beryl houte couture.
 
The decor, lighting, music and models on the runway were flawless at the ASFA’s and the entertainment was full of vigour much to the delight of those in attendance of the awards.
 
Kenyan Radio and TV personalities Anita Nderu and Tracy Wanjiru the other hosts of the night, kept energizing the crowd at the Ciroc sponsored event.
 
YkeeBenda, Spice Diana, Tonix, Geo steady, Lydia Jazmine, Grace Nakimera, Desire Luzinda were part of the artists who wowed the audience.
 
Lilian Mbabazi was outstanding on the night as she paid a glowing tribute to the father of her children Mozey Radio singing plenty of his hit songs.
 
 

Millen Magese former Miss Tanzania and supermodel, on the other hand, led the guests in paying an emotional tribute to victims of the Lake Victoria boat tragedy that claimed some notable fashion enthusiast.

Donating 100 life jackets
 
The ASFA’s also recogniSed for his outstanding contribution to the fashion industry Tanzania fashion stylist Rio Paul who has over eight years’ experience and has worked with some of the biggest global fashion brands.
 
He has also organised some of the most successful fashion events in Dar-es-Salaam.
 

Rio while accepting his award in Kampala dedicated it to the people in the fashion industry, those who have believed in him and his mother who has struggled for 10 years with epilepsy.

In the end, it was evident Africa met modernity at the ASFA’s held under the theme fashion is power. As the awards closed it was without a doubt that it had maintained Uganda’s status as a top fashion country.
 
 


ASFAS winners

Fashion photographer of the year Africa – Emmanuel Oyeleke (Nigeria)
Fashion photographer of the year Uganda – Oscar Ntege
Fashion designer of the year Africa – Laduma Ngoxokolo (South Africa)
Fashion designer of the year Uganda – Fatuma Asha
Model of the year Africa – Dylan Wentzel (South Africa)
Model of the year Uganda –Paul Mwesigwa
Make-up artist of the year – Saida Beauty
Make-up artist of AfricaLucoh Mhlongo (South Africa)
Fashion stylist of the year Africa – Brian Babu (Kenya)
Fashion stylist of the year Uganda– Tazibone Solomon
Hairstylist of the year Africa - Saadique Ryklief (South Africa)
Hairstylist of the year Uganda - Gray Cee Hairz
Most stylish female artist of the year Africa – Vanessa Mdee (Tanzania)
Most stylish male artist of the year Africa– Octopizzo (Kenya)
Most stylish female artist of the year Uganda – Spice Diana
Most stylish male artist of the year Uganda – A Pass
Female fashionista of the year Uganda – Hauer Kasirye
Female fashionista of the year Africa – Sarah Langa (South Africa)
Male fashionista of the year Uganda –Brandon Brandon
Male fashionista of the year Africa – Jonathan Amar (Kenya)
Fashion writer of the year Africa – Eki Ogunbor (Nigeria)
Fashion writer of the year Uganda – Gloria Haguma
Fashionable music video of the year Africa - Duro Dada Bimbi Phillips
Fashionable music video of the year Uganda - Chips na ketchup Vinka
Most stylish female celebrity of the year Uganda - Judith Heard
Most stylish female celebrity of the year Africa – Dillish Mathews (Namibia)
Most stylish male celebrity of the year Africa – Tobi Bakre (Nigeria)
Humanitarian award for fashion - Rio Paul (A fashion stylist from Tanzania)
Fashion entrepreneur of the year - Umutoni Monalisa
 
 
 

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