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Nigerian designer Mai Atafo wows at 2017 ASFAs

The Abryanz Style and Fashion Awards (ASFAs) have become a fete that fashion die-hards look forward to as they anticipate receiving nods for their work. Indeed many walked away smiling after getting that much-desired recognition after this year’s edition of the awards held yesterday night at Kampala Serena hotel.

The award ceremony, in its 5th edition, recognized several names in the fashion industry including Judith Heard, Oscar Ntege, Ras Kasozi and make up guru, Mona faces.

Some of the surprising wins included Bebe Cool who was declared Most Stylish Male Artiste (Uganda) while Sheeba Karungi scooped the award in the female category.


Equally competing for attention from guests were showcases from different designers including Sheeba Kassami (SKP), Monica Kansiime and Alecool Clothing. Themed “African Fashion is the Future, Fashion Takeover”, the awards also hosted foreign designers like Nigerian Mai Atafo who stole the spotlight from South African designer David Tlale (Tlale has been a favorite at previous ASFAs).

The night was all about Atafo who was honored with the Style and Fashion Icon of the year award. “This is so special to me. At 25 years, I’m being honored with an Icon of the year award,” he said as he received his award.


The Nigerian came with a unique and captivating Beauty and the Beast themed showcase that was highly applauded even by other designers. Wearing a lion’s mask Atafo entertained guests while dancing with one of the models as others were showcasing different designs on the catwalk.

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 Africa’s Most Stylish Video of The Year accolade.

Nonetheless the awards paid homage to local talent with performances from Ugandan artistes like Desire Luzinda, Nutty Neithan, Fik Fameica and Latinum.

This year’s event had a touch or royalty, with the Nnabagerekka of Buganda, Sylvia Nagginda gracing the event. Famed local herbalist Maama Fina and KCCA Executive Director Jennifer Musisi  all showed up to support the award ceremony that has increased from 24 categories to 34.

Full list of winners.

Fashion Designer Of The Year (Uganda): RasKasozi

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): Aleecool

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

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 Fashionista Of The Year (Uganda): Abduz Spot

Male Fashionista Of The Year (Africa): Eddie Kirindo (Kenya)

Female Fashionista Of The Year(Uganda): Rashidah Mwiza

Female Fashionista Of The Year (Africa): Stefani Roma (Kenya)

Style and Fashion Icon Award: Mai Atafo (Nigeria)

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