On Sunday 30th June 2019, The African Film Festival (TAFF) awards took place with a red carpet event at the Moody Performance Hall on 2520 Flora Street, Dallas, Texas, USA.

Leilah Nakabira, Dianah Nabatanzi, Zziwa Aaron, Mathew Nabwiso, Samuel Saviour Kizito, and Nodryn Avanci were the Ugandan film-makers nominated in the awards.

Leila Nakabira walked away with an award as Best Actress for her role in the movie; The Forbidden. The elated actress revealed what a humbling experience it was for her.

Leilah Nakabira

It was breathtaking. I almost cried each time they mentioned a movie from Uganda. We had 6 movies in the competition, it meant a lot to the industry. It shows we’re capable and we can do even better. Am glad I attended the event, it gave me a lot to learn. I got a lot of inspiration and got to network. Cheers to the Uganda film industry, we can finally see where we are heading.

Leilah Nakabira

The other Ugandan wins on the night included; Best Costume which was won by the ’94 Terror’ movie, and Best Documentary won by ‘Path Breakers’.

Claire Nampala gives a speech at the awards

Claire Nampala was present to receive the awards together with Leila Nakabira and they walked with their heads held high knowing that they had done their nation proud.

We congratulate all the winners and those who were nominated as well. We hope this is just a few of the very many accolades yet to come.

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Josh Ruby is an Editor with high interest and knowledge in the Ugandan entertainment space, an industry he has been actively part of since 2010. Leads to breaking stories are welcome!

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