PHOTOS: Fashion Takeover as ASFAs Celebrate Africa’s Style with A-Listers attendees

PHOTOS: Fashion Takeover as ASFAs Celebrate Africa’s Style with A-Listers attendees

List of winners below

Africa’s outstanding fashion icons were on Friday treated to an evening of glitz and glam as the Abryanz Style and Fashion Awards (ASFAs) 2017 were held at the Kampala Serena Hotel to recognise the continent’s finest in all things style and fashion.

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The fifth edition of the awards, themed ”African Fashion is the Future #FashionTakeover” were exactly that: the biggest ever convergence of African fashion’s big hitters, ranging from South African fashion king David Tlale to the 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 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 Ciroc-sponsored 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.

And, perhaps in tune with taking everything a notch higher, this year’s event had winners in 34 different categories, up from the 25 last year.

On a night dominated by glorious performances by artistes on the catwalk and the mic, Cîroc Brand Ambassador for Uganda 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”.

Meanwhile the UBL Reserve and IPS Manager Roger Agamba said: “Cîroc is proud of its association with ASFAs and fashion as a whole in Uganda and indeed Africa. I believe it makes great business sense for everyone involved in the industry and the growth of the ASFAs is an indication that things can only get better.

“Our pledge is to continue to support and celebrate fashion because there couldn’t be a more perfect partner than Cîroc, which is the ultimate celebration drink.”

To see all the winners in the various categories see the list attached.

Full list of ASFA 2017 Winners

Africa’s grandest fashion gathering, the Abryanz Style and Fashion Awards happened at the Kampala Serena Hotel on Friday evening. The awards powered by Ciroc saw 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. Here is the full list of winners.

Fashion Designer Of The Year (Uganda)

Ras Kasozi

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)

Paul Bradley

Male Model Of The Year (Africa)

Pabz Nasius (South Africa) 

Makeup Artist Of The Year (Uganda)

Mona Faces

Makeup Artist Of The Year (Africa)

Marco Louis (South Africa) 

Hairstylist Of The Year (Uganda)

Nambuusi Maureen

Hairstylist Of The Year (Africa)

Saul Juma (Kenya) 

Fashion Photographer Of The Year (Uganda)

Oscar Ntege

Fashion Photographer Of The Year (Africa)

Rezebonna (South Africa) 

Stylist Of The Year (Uganda)

Tinah Brad

Stylist Of The Year (Africa)

Swanky Jerry (Nigeria)

Fashion Blogger/ Writer Of The Year (Uganda)

Satisfashion UG

Fashion Blogger/Writer Of The Year (Africa)

Silvia Njoki (Kenya)

Most Stylish/Dressed Female Celebrity (Uganda)

Judith Heard

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)

Bebe Cool

Most Stylish Male Artiste (Africa)

Sauti Sol (Kenya)

Most Stylish Female Artiste (Uganda)

Sheebah Karungi

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) Bettinah Tianah

Best Dressed Female Media Personality (Africa)

Anita Nderu (Kenya)

Best Dressed Male Media Personality (Africa)

Jamal Gaddafi (Kenya)

Best Dressed Male Media Personality (Uganda)

Denzel Mwiyeretsi

Male FashionistaOf The Year (Uganda)

Abduz Spot

Male FashionistaOf The Year (Africa)

Eddie Kirindo (Kenya)

Female FashionistaOf The Year (Uganda)

Rashidah Mwiza

Female Fashionista Of The Year (Africa)

Stefani Roma (Kenya)


Style and Fashion Icon Award

Mai Atafo (Nigeria)

“On Friday, the 2017 ASFA accomplished their main goal which was to bring together Africans of all walks of life in one place with the purpose of celebrating Africa’s outstanding fashion. I would first of all like to thank the Lord for blessing the event with his grace.

A heartfelt thanks goes out to all the guests that showed up, putting in the time and effort to make a statement at the red carpet with jaw-dropping gowns and suits. Thank you for sticking it out till the very end of the show despite the gruesome time of closing. Special thanks to the Nnabagereka of Buganda; Queen Sylvia Nagginda, KCCA E.D Dr. Jennifer Musisi and Mama Fina. The appearance of these three powerful women is a true testament to how the ASFA bring together the unimaginable to embrace our continent’s enormous fashion.

The ASFAs made five years in existence this year with a ground breaking milestone by being the only fashion event in the country to sale out. We were a full house. I’m proud that the ASFA platform managed to bring such success and much-needed recognition to the fashion industry. Despite this success I concede that some guests or parties were inconvenienced at some point, and for that, my team and I apologize and promise to deliver better next year.

All thanks to our esteemed sponsors and partners. @ Ciroc Vodka our premium sponsor which has stood by the brand for three years in a row. @Bell Jamz for bringing to life the fashion-music infusion through the Bell Jamz experience. @South African Airlines for flying in all our esteemed guests. Pemba Sports Africa for endorsing the event. MAC Cosmetics for glowing up all the models and hosts. Kampala Authority – KCCA for supporting the event. Capital FM Uganda for giving milege to the awards. Ntv Uganda for broadcasting the awards live. Golden Tulip Canaan Kampala and @Kampala Serena hotel for providing our guests with pleasant accommodation and venue. Fenon Events for setting up a world-class event. ZABIL Media Solutions Ltd for the amazing printing material. @Pink Coconut Decòr for accomplishing a world of marvel and glamor to the event.

Not forgetting our partners Gifted Musical Group (GMG), NIBStudios, Uganda Police Force, Uber Uganda, DUKE Water, RILEY MEDIA Uganda Limited who undoubtedly aided in the excellence of the event.

My gratitude goes out to the service providers that worked efficiently alongside my team. Joram Model Management for the zealous training the models and fashion production of the show. Quick Tap Uganda and @Phillip Security for keeping the peace. Muleyi PR, I Factory Africa, Shawn Ushers, Hannyz Photography, we appreciate all your efforts.

To the production team; David Tlale’s team, Kelvin Muwema, Steven Mukwaya together with JMM & Fenon; I’m forever indebted to your efforts and devotions. The hosts, models, designers, artistes, award presenters, the media; no words can express my thanks.

To the entire ASFA team, I’m greatful for all your efforts and committment. We now head back to the drawing table. We plan to bring to you a bigger and better fashion show next year. Keep glued for the date,” Ahumuza Brian


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