Maisha Magic channels lead in nominations at 2021 Kalasha TV and Film Awards

Kenya’s leading local content channels, Maisha Magic East and Maisha Magic Plus, have the best Kenyan shows with top local stars in the country. From the downright hilarious to the deeply emotional, the channels are continuously delivering show-stopping content to keep the whole nation glued to their screens. These shows have proven their popularity in this year’s Kalasha Award nominations topping the categories in the TV category with nominations in five categories reaffirming their position as Kenya’s best storyteller.

“Maisha Magic continually seeks to deliver content resonates with the market. We have successfully done this over the years and we remain committed to making investments in the local film sector to deliver top notch entertainment to our DStv, GOtv and Showmax customers,” said Timothy Okwaro, MNET Regional Director, East and Southern Channels. Okwaro further appreciated customers for their loyal viewership and reassured them of the commitment of the channel to deliver more enriching content.

Daudi Anguka’s Pete and Njoro wa Uba produced by Lucy Mwangi have the highest number of nominations each featuring in three categories respectively. Pete has been nominated in the Best Lead Actress in a TV Drama, Best Performance in a TV Comedy and Best TV Drama categories, while Njoro wa Uba has also been nominated for the Best Lead Actor in a TV drama, Best Lead Actress in a TV Drama and Best TV Drama categories. The nominations also feature Varshita!, Nyanya Rukia, Kina and Selina, all top shows on Maisha Magic East and Maisha Magic Plus.

Gripping series Crime and Justice on Showmax also made the cut with Alfred Munyua being nominated in the Best lead Actor in a TV Drama category, Sarah Hassan featuring in the Best Lead Actress category and the series being nominated in the Best Drama Category.

Joe Kinyua (Njoro) Njoro Wa Uba
Alfred Munyua Crime and Justice


Sanaipei Tande (Nana) Kina
Jane Wambui (Jezebel) Njoro Wa Uba
Aisha Mwajuma (Nimimi) Pete
Sarah Hassan Crime and Justice


Frank Kimani (Mr. Wang’ombe) Varshita
Ali Shahibu (Sudi) Pete
Fahamu Kazungu (Nyanya Rukia) Nyanya Rukia


Kina Louise Mwangi
Njoro wa Uba Lucy Mwangi
Selina Reuben Odanga
Pete Daudi Anguka
Crime and Justice Maureen Wanjiku


Varshita Lucy Mwangi

Films by the MTF East Africa Academy alumni also got nominations within the Film Category. Egna, a film from Ethiopia by Yoseph Baye and Fisehatsion Nibret and Engaito produced by Talemwa Pius, Isiko Abubaker, Daisy Masembe & Victoria Nakimbowa have been nominated under the Best International Award – East Africa, while Rebirth, produced by Kenya’s Maurice Muendo has been nominated in the Best Original Score category.

Film Title Country Episode Summary Category Name of Student
Egna Ethiopia An artist must paint his best piece ever and win a national prestigious competition. But a recent loss is his mental blockage and his muse. Best International Award – Eastern Africa Yoseph Baye

Class of 2019/2020

Fisehatsion Nibret

Class of 2018/2019

Engaito Uganda A strange boy has arrived in this remote school that is set in time. Is he a trail blazer or a demon? Best International Award – Eastern Africa Talemwa Pius & Isiko Abubaker

Daisy Masembe & Victoria Nakimbowa

Class of 2019/2020

Rebirth Kenya When a mother worries that her daughter has invisible playmate, she must delve into her own psych to identify the problem. Best Original Score


Maurice Muendo

Class of 2019/2020


Kalasha TV and Film Awards are an annual celebration by the Kenya Film Commission (KFC).  KFC is a state corporation under the Ministry of Information Communication, Innovation and Youth Affairs charged with the development, promotion and marketing of the film industry locally and internationally by identifying and facilitating the growth of the film industry.

Maisha Magic is an authentic 100% local production platform running on GOtv and DStv with no foreign content running on either of the channels. Maisha Magic airs exclusively on GOtv Channel 4 and DStv Channel 158. Maisha Magic Plus is available to DStv customers on Compact, Compact Plus and Premium on Channel 163 as well as GOtv Supa customers on Channel 8.

Viewers can celebrate their favorite shows and actors by watching and voting for these Kenyan titles via the voting link here. Public voting closes on December 3, 2021, after which the awards ceremony will take place on December 10, 2021.

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