On Saturday, September 14, 2019, a stunning array of Africa’s brightest stars gathered inside the lavish ballroom of the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel Accra in celebration of the fifth annual Glitz Style Awards. Nicknamed the MET Gala of Africa, the weekend started with a 90s hip-hop themed party on the eve of the event, which had on board nominees, style influencers, media personalities and a handful of style enthusiasts painting the entire continent with fashion and style-oriented outfits.
Prior to the awards ceremony, award-winning songstress Eazzy engaged guests with fashion and style topics ranging from who they were wearing to their expectations for the night and their biggest bet on who they will win what category. Several ensembles made the cut on the list of best dressed celebrities that showed up, flooded with A-lister names such as Nana Akua Addo, James Gardiner, Nathaniel Attoh, Fiifi Coleman, Deborah Vanessa and many others.
For the first time in Glitz Style Awards red carpet production, an exclusive style panel was created to debate and dissect the choices in terms of costume presented by guests that made the night a classy one. Seated on the panel were Beauty Expert Andria Asare Anderson, Style Enthusiast Brimah and Actress/Television Personality Sika Osei.
Inside the ball room was loaded with award presentations, musical performances, honourary recognitions amongst other style inclined discussions. The main stage was spearheaded by Nigerian designer and past Style Awards African Designer of the Year winner Mai Atafo, alongside adorable actress Nikki Yaa Samonas. The duo, who joined forces for the first time as show hosts achieved spectacular works by making the evening a memorable one, which accrued huge buzz on live television, whiles having the most feed on social media.
The biggest highlight on their side was the stage proposal to Nikki, introduced by a rap performance by Mai Atafo. The conversation of Ghana and Nigeria Jollof was not ruled out as the two proved that either side is worthy of the best title.
17 categories were rewarded on the night, making way for some personalities in the movie, music, blogging, styling, makeup, designing and beauty products industry achieve style plaques that adds more value to their already high profiled resume. The top winner of the night in the category of best dressed celebrity on the red carpet was merited to Zynnell Lydia Zuh. Fashion Blogger of the Year had a new on the style awards nomination file, Debbie Bjuku, walk home as winner. Award-winning actor Mawuli Gavor, was named the fifth recipient of the Movie Personality of the Year title, after a long stay in the hands of Zynnell Lydia Zuh (three years).
Nigerian-based style Influencer Juliet Olanipekun, won the Style Influencer of the Year (Africa), while Jeremiah Ogbodo, popular called Swanky Jerry was given an honourary citation for his unmatched impact in the style industry. With each winner walking home with one win, King Promise scored a two-plague win for the first time in his camp in the categories of Social Media Style Influencer and Artiste of the Year. For the introduced category ‘Indigenous Beauty Brand of the Year’, Valerie Obaze’s founded natural beauty brand R&R Luxury emerged winner.
Award-winning Ghanaian Actress Yvonne Okoro, who graced the event as the Glitz Africa Influencer of the Year honourary recipient, stood behind her winning podium and allotted her recognised effort in the style industry to her mother, for being her idol when it comes to dressing appropriately, regardless the occasion.
In the midst of award giveaways and sponsorship ads running on projected screens, the audience were treated with soothing performances from KiDi, Gyakie, Nana Boro and Dopenation. The award presenters’ lineup got fueled with heavyweight names such as Nana Oye Lithur, Nora Bannerman, Juliet Asante, Mzbel, Jake Bediako, Ugonna Omeruo, Assumpta Gahutu etc.
Best regards to everyone who showed up for the fifth edition. See you next year!