Nollywood Rules AMVCA 2016
The city of Lagos was in frenzy mood last weekend, as celebrities and stakeholders from different parts of Africa converged at the Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, for this year’s Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCAs). The ceremony, which started with a special red carpet reception and cocktail, was also broadcast live on all Africa Magic channels on DStv and GOtv.
Unlike your usual Nigerian shows that would practically wait for the stars to arrive, thereby running behind schedule, AMVCA seems to have set a record for itself by keeping to time. Once it was time to go alive, the show kicked off, even when most celebrities, especially Nigerians, were yet to register their presence. In fact, most of them go back seats in the packed.
Hosted by the duo of IK Osakioduwa and South African TV host Minnie Dhlamini, the glamorous evening featured excellent performances by music artistes such as Flavour, Yemi Alade Zonke and others, while Ugandan comic Salvador, Thomas Gumede from South Africa and Nigeria’s Senator and Bash spiced up the evening with jaw breaking jokes. Particularly, the live band was impressive; everyone spoke well of their performance.
Once again, Nigerian movie industry, popularly known as Nollywood, re-affirmed its leadership of the continent’s motion picture industry, winning all major categories in the continental award ceremony.
The show, which ended with an after party, saw Stephanie Linus’ Dry win Best Overall Movie, beating Adam Abel and Garrett Batty’s Freetown, Sara Blecher’s Ayanda, Akin Omotosho’s Tell Me Something Sweet, Ishaya Bako’s Road To Yesterday and Juliet Asante’s Silverain. Nollywood’s Adesua Etomi got Best Actress in a Movie/Drama/TV Series for her role in Falling, Best Actor In A Movie/Drama/TV Series went to Daniel K. Daniel for his performance in A Soldier’s Story, while the Best Director award went to Akin Omotosho for Tell Me Something Sweet.
Also, Ariyike Oladipo clinched Best Television Series Award with Daddy’s Girls, Best Short Film or Online Video Award went to Oluseyi Amuwafo for A Day With Death, while Best Lighting Designer (Movies/TV) went to Stanley Ohikhuare for the movie Common Man. For her work in Dry, Uche Nancy got Best Costume Designer award, Best Indigenous Movie/TV Series (Hausa) went to Salisu Balarebe for Dandi Kowa, while Best Indigenous Movie/TV Series (Yoruba) was clinched by Binta Ofege.
Best Indigenous Movie/TV Series (Igbo) went to Paul Igwe for Usekwu Igbo, Remi Vaughan won Best Documentary with Faaji Agba, while Best Supporting Actor In A Movie went to Sambassa Nzeriba for his role in A Soldier’s Story. Tunbosun Aiyedihin won Best Supporting Actress for her role in Before 30, Best Actor In A Comedy went to Folarin ‘Falz The Bahd Guy’ Falana for his role in Jenifa’s Diary, Funke Akindele won Best Actress In A Comedy for her movie Jenifa’s Diary.
Nollywood also got the Trail Blazer Award through Kemi ‘Lala’ Akindoju, while AMVCA 2016 Industry Merit Awards were presented to the duo of Bukky Ajayi and Sadiq Daba for their roles in shaping the motion picture industry in Africa.
Meanwhile, Road To Yesterday, a collaborative effort by Genevieve Nnaji, Chinny Onwugbenu and Chichi Nwoko, was voted Best Movie (West Africa).
While receiving her award, veteran actress, Bukky Ajayi, who got a standing ovation from the audience, gave an emotional speech as tears rolled down her cheeks. The octogenarian, who was on a wheelchair, thanked the organisers for the honour done to her, urging practitioners to embrace peace.
Both Stephanie Linus and Kemi Lala Akindoju were presented with keys to brand new Sports Utility Vans (SUVs) at the event, which lasted into the early hours of the following day.