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Unheard and Passenger Shine Bright at This Year’s iKon Awards
Unheard and Passenger Shine Bright at This Year’s iKon Awards
Unheard and Passenger Shine Bright at This Year’s iKon Awards

Ken Ssebagala and Polly Kamukama's film Unheard emerged as the standout victor at this year’s iKon Awards, held at Serena Hotel Kampala on Saturday, March 23rd, 2024. The gala was hosted by Anitah Fabiola and Ronnie MacVex, together with a lineup of presenters including Hellen Lukoma, Flavia Tumusiime, Malaika Nyanzi, Mariam Ndagire, Andrew Benon Kibuuka, Rhona Ninsima, Patriq Nkakalukanyi, Housen Mushema, and more. Unheard secured an impressive seven awards out of the eleven nominations it received.

The accolades that went to Unheard included the Best Film Award, Best Director Award, and Best Sound Award, which movie sound recordist Kaz Kasozi claimed. Additionally, the movie's lead actress, Jackline Katusiime, received the Best Actress in a Leading Role Award, while the Best Makeup and Special Effects Award went to industry newcomer Rose Lily Kebirungi still from the same movie. Francis Byaruhanga's work in production design was also recognized with the Best Production Design Award. The film also won the best emerging film Award. 

Another notable success story of the evening was The Passenger by Meddie Sserwadda, Hadijah Nankanjako, and Usama Mukwaya, which received four awards, along with The Kitara Chronicles, which clinched two awards.

In the television series, Damalie stood out by claiming two out of the three awards in this realm, winning the Best TV Series Award and Best Actress in a TV Series Award which went to Doreen Mirembe who also happens to be the series producer. The remaining Award went to Simon Base Kalema from Prestige

Nancy Isime at the iKon Awards 2024, Kampala Serena Hotel. Photo Credit. Julian/Cinema Ug

The glamorous event attracted personalities from diverse entertainment sectors, particularly from the film industries of Uganda and Nigeria. Notable Nigerian attendees included legendary actor Osita Iheme, popularly known as Paw Paw, who was honored with the African iKon Award. Ramsey Nouah, a returning guest from the inaugural iKon Awards, and Nancy Isime, awarded the Best Emerging Actor in Africa, also graced the occasion alongside other esteemed Nigerian actors and producers.

The event saw a diverse array of personalities, including musicians like Ykee Benda, fashion icons like Abraynz, and prominent radio and TV personalities like Keith Karuhura. Political representation was also evident, with the Minister of Gender, Labour, and Social Development in attendance, representing the government's support for the arts and creative industries.