Showmax Originals and exclusives earn record 23 nominations at Kalasha Awards 2022

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  • In total, all content on Showmax scored a record-breaking 51 nominations, the highest-ever in history

Showmax has earned 23 nominations at the Kalasha Awards 2022 unveiled yesterday by the Kenyan Film Commission, a major boost from 2021 where Showmax Originals and exclusive titles scored 6 nominations.

This the highest achievement at the Kalasha Awards yet for Showmax, which launched its first Original title in Kenya (Crime and Justice) in March 2021 (with season 2 premiering in February 2022), and has since released five local Original titles that include the coming-of-age film Baba Twins, the drama series Single Kiasi, the thriller series Igiza and the ongoing political thriller series County 49.

Speaking about the nominations, Denise Mwende, Showmax Content Specialist in East Africa, said “These 23 nominations are an acknowledgement of the caliber of local content that Showmax continues to put out there.

It’s the kind of content that continues to set the bar high, both in storytelling and in offering variety to our subscribers. It’s been a great journey, and we are proud of all our Kalasha nominees at Showmax for their contribution in pushing the industry to the highest standards.”

Leading the pack for Showmax nominations is the coming-of-age film Baba Twins with eight nominations, including Best Feature, Best Director for Lawrence Murage and Best Lead Actor and Actress for Morris Mwangi and Violetta Ngina respectively.

County 49, which will air its season finale next week, follows closely behind with five nominations, including Best TV Drama, Best Actor for Peter Kawa and the newly introduced Best Supporting Actor and Actress for James Webbo and Nyokabi Macharia respectively

Other Showmax Originals nominated include Crime and Justice season 2 for Best TV Drama, Best Lead Actor for Alfred Munyua as the always so-by-the-book detective Silas; and Best Supporting Actor for Maqbul Mohammed; and Single Kiasi for Best Lead Actress for Gathoni Mutua.

And as it’s become the norm, This Love and Kyallo Kulture, Showmax exclusive titles, both created by Eugene Mbugua will battle it out in the same category of Best TV Show.

Adding to this impressive nomination list are Maisha Magic East, Maisha Magic Plus and Maisha Magic Movies titles that are available to stream on Showmax, bringing the overall number to a record-breaking 51 nominations, the highest-ever in history for any platform.

See the full Kalasha Awards 2022 nomination list of Showmax Originals, exclusives and all Maisha Magic titles available on Showmax.


Best TV Drama

County 49

Crime and Justice



Best Lead Actor in a TV Drama

Peter Kawa – County 49

Alfred Munyua – Crime and Justice S2

Jimmi Gathu – Kina

Joe Kinyua – Njoro wa Uba

Best Lead Actress in a TV Drama

Gathoni Mutua – Single Kiasi

Aisha Mwajumlah – Pete

Ivy Wanjiku – Sanura

Sanaipei Tande – Kina

Best Supporting Actor in a TV Drama

James Webbo – County 49

Maqbul Mohammed – Crime and Justice S2

Moses Kiema – Kina

Bryan Kabuggi – Salem

Best Supporting Actress in a TV Drama

Nyokabi Macharia – County 49

Foi Wambui – Salem

Julie Brenda Nyambura – Kina

Jane Wambui – Njoro wa Uba

Best TV Comedy

Roast House


Best TV Show

This Love

Kyallo Kulture

Date My Family Kenya

Best Viewers’ Choice (TV Drama)

County 49

Single Kiasi

Crime and Justice S2



Njoro wa Uba



Best Feature Film

Baba Twins


Best Lead Actor in a Film

Morris Mwangi – Baba Twins

Best Lead Actress in a Film

Violetta Ngina – Baba Twins

Best Supporting Actress in a Film

Annstella Karimi – Baba Twins

Sarah Mohammed – Zuena

Best Supporting Actor in a Film

Andrew Muthure – Bargain Bride

Best Original Screenplay

Lawrence Murage – Baba Twins

Best Director

Lawrence Murage – Baba Twins

Best Lighting Technician

Jerry Kavita – Baba Twins

Isaac Awene – Antisocial

Best Editor

Nicholas Kibathi – Baba Twins

Best Viewers’ Choice (Feature Film)




Best Make-Up and Hairstylist

Florence Muthoni – Kaz

Khadija Abdulqadir – Zuena

Best Director of Photography

Enos Olik – Antisocial

Best International Award

Joyce’s Dream – Tanzania

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