Feather Awards Bring the Heat at 10th Anniversary Celebration!

A full 10 years after the event was first launched in an intimate Rosebank nightclub, the Feather Awards celebrated their memorable tenth anniversary in grand style at the Johannesburg City Hall.

An evening filled with hilariously scandalous commentary from the MC, a Feathers veteran,  Somizi,  awe-inspiring performances from Nhlanhla Nciza, the Mzansi Gay Choir and Zoe Modiga,  surprise appearances from reality TV stars  Evodia ‘Madame’ Mogase and her daughter Mercy, coupled with incredible choreography and a dazzling stage production, the Feathers once again delivered the phenomenal spectacle audiences have learnt to expect from the event.

The most anticipated item of the evening, the winners list reads like a roll-call of Mzansi’s most inspiring, most amusing, most controversial and most admired personalities.  From the tongue-in-cheek categories like ‘Drama Queen of the Year’ and ‘Fag Hag’,  to the thoughtful ‘Role Model of the Year’ and ‘African Feather of the Year’,  that pay tribute to figures in the LGBTIQ+ community who’ve inspired through their activism and commitment to the community, the Feather Awards ceremony was a moving reflection of the evolution that the platform has undergone in the last decade.

Originally purely a cheeky, controversial event, the Feathers has since grown into a platform that now also comprises of various community-facing initiatives that take place over the year, noteably the Community Dialogues in urban and rural areas that discuss issues about LGBTIQ+ rights, needs and interests, and the Training of Law Enforcement Officers in partnership with the Gauteng Community Safety Department to increase safety and reduce incidences of secondary victimization.

“To make it to ten years is a dream made real” comments Thami Kotlolo, co-founder of the Feather Awards. “I have been awed and inspired by the support that we’ve received from the community at large over the years.  There’s no way we would have made it this far without them. That said, it hasn’t been easy, either – we address issues that many consider sensitive, and they’d rather ‘play safe’ and not get involved, so we don’t take for granted the many artists, activists, public personalities, partners and sponsors who’ve been unwavering in their support. I can only extend thank them by promise to stay committed to the cause, and ensure that the Feathers grows from strength to strength… we’ve only just gotten started, baby!!”

The winners list delivered the usual joy, surprises and laughs – from Drama Queen of the Year – AKA and the Matlapa (the stones he claimed to have found in his wardrobe, and tweeted his suspicions that they were used for muti purposes by his then-partner, causing a twitterstorm), to bae of the moment, Michelle Mosalakae who took home the ‘Hot Chick of the Year’, and the irrepressible Thembsie Matu, who scooped the Diva Extraordinare prize.   Kenyan editor and LGBTIQ+ activist Denis Nzioka  was awarded the African Feather of the Year prize, and Phumi Mthethwa, renowned for her activism and participation in social justice bodies such as the Treatment Action Campaign, the International Lesbian and Gay Association, and the Masithandane Collective, was accorded the inaugural Simon Nkoli Award – previously known as the ‘Feather of the Year’ Award.

The awards ceremony was followed by a rollicking street after-party where guests celebrated in true Mzansi style, rounding off what has been an incredible decade of the Feather Awards.

Feather Awards 2018 – Winners
• Best Styled Male – Riky Rick
• Best Styled Female – Ayanda Thabethe
• Cutest Couple – Steve & Lucy Letsike
• Diva Extraodinaire – Thembsie Matu
• Drama Queen – AKA & Matlapa
• Fag Hag – Rami Chuene
• Hot Chick – Michelle Mosalakae
• Hunk of the Year – Bohang Moeko
• Media Award of the Year – GaySA Radio
• Musician of the Year – Sjava
• Role Model of the Year – Ntsupe Mohapi
• Socialite of the Year – Yaya Mavundla
• Sports Personality – Hlengiwe Buthelezi Simon Nkoli Award – Phumi Mtethwa
• African Feather of the Year – Denis Nzioka
•  Social Media Personality of the Year – @Fistvoices
• Simon Nkoli Award – Phumi Mthethwa

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