Awards

2021 SAFTAs Winners, Snubs and Surprises of the Night

This year’s 15th South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs), which took place this past weekend, were absolutely riveting. The annual award show has grown since the inclusion of shows from streaming platforms such as Showmax and Netflix, which are pitted against traditional silver screen shows. However, the fierce competition has proven that local productions still have a loyal audience, and that South Africa’s international audience is lapping up all the juicy plots. Netflix’s How to Ruin Christmas: The Wedding was the biggest winner of the night after bagging six awards. Previous all-round winner The River followed closely with its lead…

The Top 2021 South African Film And Television Awards (SAFTAs) Nominees

The 15th South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAS) have released their much-awaited annual nominees list for the upcoming 2021 award ceremony set to be held in May. This year’s edition is admittedly remarkable with newcomer Netflix South Africa landing 45 spots on the nominations list. How to Ruin Christmas: The Wedding leads the pack with 10 nominations. This year’s awards will prove very competitive with telenovela favourites from local production house Tshedza Pictures The River and newcomer Legacy earning 12 nominations each.How to Ruin Christmas: The Wedding is admittedly the best limited TV comedy series to have come out of…

Commonwealth Short Story Prize Announces 2021 Shortlist

This year’s shortlist for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize has recently been announced. The annual prize, which was launched by the Commonwealth Foundation in 2012, selects 25 writers from five regions of the Commonwealth: Africa, Asia, Canada & Europe, the Caribbean as well as the Pacific. Thereafter, a winner is selected from each region with the overall winner taking home a grand prize of 5000 British Pounds. The prize is the most popular literary prize for short stories after the Ako Caine Prize. READ: Irenosen Okojie Wins This Year’s Prestigious AKO Caine PrizeThis year’s shortlisted writers from the Africa region hail…

Kenyan Author Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o Nominated for 2021 International Booker Prize

Veteran Kenyan writer Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o has recently been nominated for the prestigious 2021 International Booker Prize for his novel The Perfect Nine. His nomination is a historic one in several notable ways. Firstly, he is the first writer to ever be nominated in the categories of both author and translator. Additionally, he is the first nominee ever to have written a work in an indigenous African language—Gikuyu, the native language of millions of Kenyans in the central parts of the country. READ: Outrage as the BBC Refers to Joint Booker Prize Winner Bernardine Evaristo as ‘Another Author’Wa Thiong’o’s novel, which…

Viola Davis, Doja Cat, Issa Rae, Wizkid And More Win at the 2021 NAACP Image Awards

The NAACP Image Awards winners have been announced. This comes after the award show took place virtually this past Saturday. Winners of this year’s most acclaimed award for people of colour includes Issa Rae, Doja Cat, Viola Davis, Wizkid, Regé-Jean Page and more. Read: Here are the 2021 NAACP Image Awards NomineesDavis bagged the “Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series” for How to Get Away with Murder. On the other hand, Rae took home the “Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series” award for Insecure. The Zimbabwean-born British actor ,Page, won an award for his lead acting performance in the Netflix hit…

Here are the 2021 Global Music Awards Africa Winners

Burna Boy, Stonebwoy, Bella Shmurda, and more musical artists from across Africa have bagged wins at the first ever Global Music Awards Africa (GMAAs). This follows after the GMAAs reportedly took place this past weekend in Accra, Ghana. The GMAAs debut took place virtually due to COVID-19 regulations and was broadcasted live with live performances from Sherifa Gunu, S3fa, Epixode, Star Zee and the Levites Band.Read: Did South Africa’s Anatii Win a Grammy For ‘Brown Skin Girl’?According to Music in Africa, Burna Boy who recently won a Grammy award for his album Twice as Tall received a GMMA for “Global Artist…

South Africa Celebrates Anatii’s First Grammy Win

South African musician, Anatii, has reportedly received his first Grammy award win for his contribution to Beyonce’s hit single “Brown Skin Girl” featuring Wizkid. This comes after the video for “Brown Skin Girl” was announced as the winner of the “Best Music Video” award at the 63rd Grammy awards. South African have been sharing celebratory messages to Anatii all over social media.Read: Listen to an Hour-Long Mix of Songs Produced by AnatiiAnatii was part of the creative team that worked on writing “Brown Skin Girl” from Beyonce’s album Lion King: The Gift. According to TimesLIVE, Anatii was elated to be part…

Did South Africa’s Anatii Win a Grammy For ‘Brown Skin Girl’?

Many online are celebrating that South African musician, Anatii, has reportedly received his first Grammy award win for his contribution to Beyonce’s hit single “Brown Skin Girl” featuring Wizkid. This comes after the video for “Brown Skin Girl” was announced as the winner of the “Best Music Video” award at the 63rd Grammy awards. South African have been sharing celebratory messages to Anatii all over social media.Read: Listen to an Hour-Long Mix of Songs Produced by AnatiiAnatii was part of the creative team that worked on writing “Brown Skin Girl” from Beyonce’s album Lion King: The Gift. According to TimesLIVE, Anatii…

Watch Burna Boy’s Stunning Performance & Grammy Acceptance Speech

Burna Boy has proven himself to be the standout African act for 2021 after winning the “Best Global Music Album” award last night at the 63rd Grammy Awards. The award show which was hosted by South African comedian and Daily show host Trevor Noah were nothing short of amazing. Burna Boy performed a medley of his singles “Level Up”, “Onyeka” and “Ye” from his Grammy-winning album Twice As Tall. The award marks Burna Boy’s first Grammy win after being previously nominated the same category last year for African Giant. Beninese artist Angelique Kidjo bagged the award and dedicated the win to…