2016 Malawi Awards UK glamour: Pictorial on red carpet

Glamour, glitz and better describes the 2016 Malawi Achievers Awards, improving every year since their inception. This time held outside its birth city of Leicester in a spacious CSN Arena in Birmingham, the Awards were a truly celebrity event worth memories of all time.

And there was a dance: Justin Kaunda, Richard Gondwe and Kondi Bowoyoke Munthali

And there was a dance: Justin Kaunda, Richard Gondwe and Kondi Bowoyoke Munthali

Malawi Queens UK members

Malawi Queens UK members

Sandra Jumbe

Sandra Jumbe

Dumisani Kapanga

Dumisani Kapanga

Councillor Getrude Munthali

Councillor Getrude Munthali

Felani Golozela of Power Global Radio shows the award

Felani Golozela of Power Global Radio shows the award

Wowed in blue on the red carpert

Wowed in blue on the red carpert

Annette ravishing in royal blue dress

Annette ravishing in royal blue dress

Peter and Elizabethe Makossa

Peter and Elizabethe Makossa

Martin Guga and his wife who gave birth after the show

Martin Guga and his wife who gave birth after the show

Young cute couple

Young cute couple

Kalindawalo took her children to the red carpet

Kalindawalo took her children to the red carpet

Lawyer Sunduzwayo Madise

Lawyer Sunduzwayo Madise

Lawyer Boniface Chimpango

Lawyer Boniface Chimpango

Fides Kachale and his wife

Fides Kachale and his wife

Good company for MC Chijota

Good company for MC Chijota

Cameronian Lary Cumber and wife Peti Mponela Cumber

Cameronian Lary Cumber and wife Peti Mponela Cumber

Feel good factor

Feel good factor

Felicx Banda and Getrude Banda (some of the organisers) with Malawian Catholic priest

Felicx Banda and Getrude Banda (some of the organisers) with Malawian Catholic priest

Ladies accentuating their covetable curves

Ladies accentuating their covetable curves

Elizabeth Mtimbusya with singer Kaz

Elizabeth Mtimbusya with singer Kaz

Swag it

Swag it

Nick Thindwa in animal print jacket

Nick Thindwa in animal print jacket

Richard Gondwe had lighter moments on red carpet

Richard Gondwe had lighter moments on red carpet

Ladies show their gowns

Ladies show their gowns

Pastor Edgar Chibaka and Mrs Stella Chibaka

Pastor Edgar Chibaka and Mrs Stella Chibaka

Dapper, Chiletso Shati

Dapper, Chiletso Shati

Red-hot Ntwana

Red-hot Ntwana

Dama Phiri made a patrotism statement on red carpet

Dama Phiri made a patrotism statement on red carpet

Racheal Khan Muyepa style nailed, wowing in her white gown

Racheal Khan Muyepa style nailed, wowing in her white gown

Young girls looked typically fantastic

Young girls looked typically fantastic

Thom Kabaghe and wife looked cool

Thom Kabaghe and wife looked cool

Goodson Saiwala who appeared on X-Factor with his wife as Malawi's 'Jzee and Beyonce' on red carpet

Goodson Saiwala who appeared on X-Factor with his wife as Malawi’s ‘Jzee and Beyonce’ on red carpet

Stunning

Stunning

Celebrity company on red capert with Piksy

Celebrity company on red capert with Piksy

Couple cute

Couple cute

Boom-two-men

Boom-two-men

Yendamo Brenda Kapaluma

Yendamo Brenda Kapaluma

At the main entrance Okongola Creative Team marshalled by Justin Malewezi Junior was at hand to give lasting memories to the guests, dressed to kill, smiling to murder and ready for a fun filled long night.

The red carpet was the first call for the night’s events.

Piksy and Sonye let fans took selfies and others posed with them on the carpet.

The two guest artists did not even have a chance to enjoy the dinner as they were in high demand for pictures throughout the night.

The men dressed in all manner of attires, formal tux led by the Chairperson Martin Guga, his deputy Thom Chiumia, patrons such as Richard Gondwe, to variety of fashions. The other notable names of Malawian community also did not disappoint.

Kondi Munthali Bowoyeke, Miss Malawi UK organiser turned up in a red-chinese collar printed shirt, while coordinator Felix Banda opted a Hamburg hat with white jacket.

Event organiser Spiwe Zulu was in a printed all red-and orange chilundu tailored jacket designed by Dama Fashions.

Head judge and Mvelani music sharing platform director Dumisani Kapanga wore a light blue suit and tie that spoke of European design. Tony Mkandawire’s tux was rare eastern print blue.

The DJ Pee Gee turned up in all white long casual shirt modelled on Indian mens shirts but collarless. Dark glasses were all part of the majority of men.

DJ Graham Nice of Power Global Radio turned up in a three piece navy blue suit. Manchester based Edmond Ghambi brought in his checked grey/red lined suit which was outstanding on its own.

The artist too wore something different, Sonye turning up in blue jeans and slim fit jacket and white t-shirt, Pisky went for all black, a gold chain and red shoes. The backstage was well done, with stars on  black background that added ambiance to the occasion.

The ladies dressed to kill too. Starting with Phiona Guga’s deep  blue gown, armless and latest trend that fitted well with a blessing ‘bump’.

Dama  Phiri the designer made a patriotism statement, she turned up in her own design of black red and green, the Malawian national colours.

Face of Malawi  Sheila Banda Tobie organiser came in all white attire but in a red/blue hair, while Pastor Elizabeth Kalonga opted for angelic white long dress with white and gold heavenly hair.

The Derby Malawi Association ladies turned up on stage with glamour when they were named for the Best Association Award. There were three black long gowns each with unique fashion, two red long dresses and one armless purple and a star glazed grey, that made them look like the nights best dressed group.

If there were fashion Police, Councillor Getrude Chirambo’s ivory and white attire could have be named the attire for the night but Malawi Queens delegation to the stage upstaged every other dressing award, with the ladies who outnumbered the men, killing the night with the attires that shone in the dimly lit hall.

Ellee Moesha ‘killed it’ with a sexy short black dress styled in traditional attire but exhibiting her beauty.

Annette BC wore a long blue gown perfectly fitted while Sandra Jumbe looked stunning in black figure-hugging  dress.

The room décor was stunning, the VIP section colours were gold and white, the other side red and white with all white table cloths that could have been as well as any Hollywood Award night.

The bar stocked Malawian brandy and Malawi Gin. The Indian curry dinner was delicious for the third edition.

Coordinator of the Awards Felix Banda expressed satisfaction only screaming “Behold, everything was Arsenal” when asked for a comment.

It was a better night of glamour for the Malawian diaspora.

The critique

One of the patrons Mzondi Lungu posted his critique of the event on Facebook. Here is what he wrote:

What made Malawi Achievers weekend exciting was mostly Kanda Bongo Man entertaining crowd with his Kwasakwasa lyrics, he is simply the best at what he does. He doesn’t age, he was on stage longer than I thought. Yes we had Malawi musicians but as for me Kanda Bongo Man stole the show. He engaged with the audience superbly than our own musicians. I could not be satisfied that the other one travelled all the way from Malawi and only performed for ten minutes singing Tsika msungwana Tsika then disappeared, we were left wondering maybe the organisers should have played his CD version, at least there is a chance to rewind as the musician’s brief appearance left people in suspense!

Coming back to Kanda Bongo Man, his superb performance made the attendees forget the miserably made meals, not worthy the price of £60 per head. An auspicious occasion like that people expect to have something tasty to remember but alas it was a meal of poorly cooked rice with Indian fried pieces of chicken and some unMalawian veggies. On that note almost everyone wondered why coming to the show hungry hoping you will have a fantastic dinner only to have a meal even in high Street can’t cost £3.50. The menu was poorly organised as the same food on starter is the same food that was on main meal, but such is life as Kanda Bongo Man made us forgive and forget and move on. Imagine the difference between those who paid 60 and those who paid 40 was only the price but everything was the same and I think that’s where people felt something was not right.

Coming to the conduct of the show I thought it was well done. Peter Makossah made very good MC and that also spiced up the event but hey; the price ceremony beautiful and it was great seeing people as stars of the night getting what they deserved to get. That was beautiful.

But there was something boring about the show and that was almost everyone who was in the committee of organisers was on the program to give the speech and some went for the sake of being seen speaking, I think one person speaking was enough the crowd doesn’t need to listen to all organisers. Once Thom Twee opened the event with his colourful speech there was no need for organisers to crowd the program with speeches for the sake of being seen were in an organising committee.

The venue was excellent and spacious.

Overall the show was great and we were greatly entertained and I hope my view is not mistaken as a personal attack on anybody but as a yardstick how we can make things better for ourselves.

Feedback

Meanwhile, organisers are calling on feedback from the public to help them in preparing for next year’s event.

The public will also give out their views on which city the fourth edition of the Malawi Achievers Awards UK should be held in 2017.

Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :

Please share this Article if you like Email This Post Email This Post

More From Nyasatimes

More From the World

Sort by:   newest | oldest | most voted
gertrude
Guest
gertrude
5 months 4 days ago

Nyc

kumwera
Guest
kumwera
5 months 4 days ago

koma UK women kufufuma zimimba ?EXERCISE PLEASE SIZILI BWINO IZI

tantho
Guest
tantho
5 months 5 days ago

kodi Annettee yo, mukuti ndi Annettee ndani? ………………..Powerful

ARV
Guest
ARV
5 months 5 days ago

Komatu azimayi achiMalawi mukunenepa udyo. Those bodies are just disgusting! All I see are obese, shapeless women. Bwanji kodi? Ma ARV kapena?

The Original
Guest
The Original
5 months 6 days ago

Kodi Annette alipo. Iyayi mtsikana woongoka ndithu. Adapeza kodi?

Demster Luke
Guest
Demster Luke
5 months 6 days ago

Enjoyng indeed ku UK… Congrats..

SimplySimple
Guest
SimplySimple
5 months 6 days ago

Wasn’t this event about Achievers? Someone tell us a bit more about them also. I hear there are some inspiring winners this year – Walije (Writer), Malawi (Academic), Jeremy (Sports), etc.

Mbodzole
Guest
Mbodzole
5 months 7 days ago

I wonder if there is anything to be proud of for Malawi as a nation from this. These are a bunch of economic refugees just trying to make noise. If they are achievers they ought to come back to Malawi if at all they can. Surviving in Malawi is the ultimate test for an achiever

Raymond
Guest
Raymond
5 months 7 days ago

Next time hold it in Leeds

moya
Guest
moya
5 months 7 days ago

mafana pa UK mukudya heavy,azimayi mimba ngati akhuta mchega

wpDiscuz