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Industry breaks fresh ground with Riverwood awards

The first Riverwood Academy Awards were held in Alliance Francaise on Saturday where Janet Mbunga won the best actress in a television series award.

The awards that were attended by Hassan Wario Cabinet Secretary for Sports and Culture and are aimed at honoring Kenya’s film makers.

Among those who bagged top awards were Thomas Oyolo of Mheshimiwa as the best actor in feature films and Ruth Wacuka of Housemates as the best television series supporting actress.

Kang’ethe Mungai the director of Kikwetu Productions inaugurated the awards as the chairman of the organizing board.

Critics argued that most actors who won were from the directors own productions; Maisha Bure and Housemates.

The nominations, done on February 26 2014, were arrived at through a jury that included Dan Ndambuki, Nini Wacera, Allison Ngibuini and Bob Nyanja among other producers.

Nominations covered 32 different films from different production houses.

Below is a list of winners in the various categories.

Best lead actress in a TV series

Janet Mbunga, Housemates

Best supporting actress in a tv series

Ruth Wacuka, Housemates

Best lead actor in a TV series

Samuel Kaguora, Maisha Bure

Best supporting actor in a TV series


Alex Mwaura, Maisha Bure

Best lead actor in a feature film

Thomas Oyolo, Mheshimiwa

Best supporting actor in a feature film

Jonathan Mbithi, Ala Makai

Best lead actress in a feature film

Muthoni Thiongo, Tamed

Best supporting actress in a feature film

Margaret Wambui, Wretched

Best TV series

Maisha Bure

Best scriptwriter

Susan Kadide, Stara

Best sound

Iya Embasna

Best editing

Godrey Kimotho, Ithe wa Mwana

Best original score

24th Anniversary

Best cinematography

Gicagi

Best director

Mwendwa Mutua, Tamed

Best feature

Ithe wa Mwana