SYM Lifestyle and Fashion awards celebrate local stars

The ?rst ever of its kind, Simply You Magazine Lifestyle and Fashion Awards were held at the National Theatre of Namibia last week, where the theme was ‘Dress to Kill’.

The gents looked charming and in their company were women dressed in the most glamorous gowns. It was truly a night for stars to shine, with a gathering of more than 300 people.

This event was the magazine’s ?rst award ceremony celebrating individuals in fashion and lifestyle and was a success with local celebrities such as Maria Nepembe, Dillish Mathews and Antonia Shinana.

“The event was a success; it went above our expectations since there were too many events happening on that same weekend we didn’t think people would show up, the trade fair was going on that weekend including a show by famous Zimbabwean artist.” She tells Vibe that the award ceremony was attended by the famous Doctor Helena Ndume, South African based fashion designer, model and actor Maps Maponyane as well as the Namibian Film Commission chairperson Obed Emvula.

Ngai?wa explains that “We had the idea for a long time now and we can ?nally say that we have eventually launched it, people can expect a bigger and better one next year.” The passionate Ngai?wa says the magazine would also be hosting the of?cial award handover ceremony in October though no exact date could be revealed.

The event was directed by television presenter Ashwyn Mberi. Some of the winners on the night included Taati Sibolile who scooped the ‘Favourite Fashion Designer’ award, Dice with ‘Favourite Actor’ as well as DJ KBoz and Sally who won the ‘Favourite Couple’ award. While ‘Favourite DJ’ went to the KFC DJs while Inesh Dos Ramos won ‘Favourite Actress’.

“We could not ask for more, it was very nice, maybe the dress code topped it off because. Oteya and Sally’s performance were awesome and people really had fun but obviously there were hiccups here and there, like the Ugandan guests that we invited could not make it because of Visa issues and all that.”

The awards were not solely about the glitz and glamour of entertainment and lifestyle but also about celebrating those individuals who sel?essly enrich the lives of the vulnerable members of society. Samuel Kapepo was honoured with a special Diamond award.