Kenyans Shine At AMVCA’s, Bag 4 Awards

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It was an emotionally charged night full of entertainment, glamour and red-carpet extravaganza as Africa’s biggest film and television stars gathered at the Eko Hotels and Suites in Lagos for the seventh edition of the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCAs).

Hosted by the duo of Amina Abdi Rabar and IK Osakioduwa, the event was held on Saturday, March 14, and was organized by Africa Magic in association with MultiChoice. The 7th edition of the AMVCAs was also sponsored by Amstel Malta.

The biggest winner of the night was Nigeria. Nigerian thriller ‘Living in Bondage’ walked home with seven awards including Best Overall Movie and Best Director which went to Nollywood legend, Ramsey Nouah. Timini Egbuson won Best Actor in a Drama whilst Toyin Abraham won in the Best Actress in a Drama, both wins for their performances in the movie ‘Elevator Baby’. One of the highlights of the night was a family affair as a cinematic father-son duo took home awards. The Industry Merit award was presented to veteran broadcaster, Peter Igho who is best known for his achievements with the Nigerian Television Authority where many of his produced works laid the foundation for the Nigerian film and television industry. Breakout Living in Bondage star, Swanky JKA won the 2020 Trailblazer award.

Kenya was recognized in 4 categories out of the 7 categories where they were nominated.

  • Best Supporting Actor in a Movie or TV Series – Pascal Tokodi – Disconnect – Winner
  • Best Indigenous Language Movie/TV Series Swahili – Raveet Sippy Chadh – Subira – Winner
  • Best Movie East Africa – Plan B – Sarah Hassan – Winner
  • MultiChoice Talent Factory Award – Promises – MultiChoice Talent Factory Academy East Africa (Details attached)

Promises is moving story about a boda-boda driver who struggles to raise his children after the death of his wife during childbirth. The film was directed by Casey Lugada & Karanja Ng’endo, produced by Jane Moshi and Fisehatsion Nibret was the Director of Photography (DOP). When asked about the Promises win, MTF East Africa Academy Director Njoki Muhoho had this to say “This win is a confirmation of the passion, energy, enthusiasm, hard work and teamwork that was exhibited by the team. The MTF East Africa Academy team couldn’t be prouder. May the MTF experience and this recognition by the best in the industry be a catalyst for these young creatives to ignite Africa’s creative industries.”

Promises was among six films in the newly launched category, which aims to reward excellence in storytelling and provide a platform for alumni of MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF) Academies in West, East and Southern Africa.

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Another highlight of the night was the performance by award-winning African music icon Innocent ‘2baba’ Idibia who performed a medley of his popular songs, whilst talented vocalists Mercy Aghedo, Adeniyi Timilehin Adeola, Ighwiyisi Jacobs also gave special renditions of songs nominated for the Best Soundtrack award.

See the full list of winners below:

BEST ART DIRECTOR

RATNIK

DIMEJI AJIBOLA & IWAOTAN OLUSOLA ROBERTS

BEST MAKE-UP

GOD CALLING

LILIAN OMOZELE PAUL


BEST COSTUME DESIGNER MOVIE OR TV SERIES

RATNIK

DIMEJI AJIBOLA

BEST PICTURE EDITOR

SEVEN

TOSIN IGHO & BRYAN DIKE

BEST SOUND EDITOR MOVIE OR TV SERIES

LIVING IN BONDAGE

CRISTINA ARAGON

BEST LIGHTING DESIGNER IN A MOVIE OR TV SERIES

GOD CALLING

CARDOSO

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHER

LIVING IN BONDAGE

JOHN DEMPS

BEST DOCUMENTARY

SKIN

BEVERLY NAYA

BEST SOUNDTRACK MOVIE OR TV SERIES

LIVING IN BONDAGE

LARRY GAGA & FLAVOUR – TENE

BEST WRITER

LIVING IN BONDAGE

ASINUGO NICOLE & CJ OBASI

BEST INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE (SWAHILI)

SUBIRA

RAVNEET SIPPY CHADH

BEST INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE (HAUSA)

TUNTUBE

MUHAMMAD T. FINISHER

BEST INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE (YORUBA)

ALUBARIKA

YEWANDE FAMAKIN

BEST INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE (IGBO)

NNE

VICTOR IYKE

SHORT VIDEO ONLINE

THORN

BOLA AKANBI

BEST TV SERIES

TRUTH

ANIS HALLOWAY

MULTICHOICE TALENT FACTORY FILM

PROMISES

EAST AFRICA

BEST MOVIE SOUTHERN AFRICA

DALITSO

ABRAHAM KABWE

BEST MOVIE EAST AFRICA

PLAN B

SARAH HASSAN

BEST MOVIE WEST AFRICA

LIVING IN BONDAGE

STEVE GUKAS

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MOVIE/TV SERIES

GLORIA SARFO

PERFECT PICTURE: 10 YEARS LATER

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MOVIE/TV SERIES

PASCAL TOKODI

DISCONNECT

BEST ACTRESS COMEDY IN A MOVIE/TV SERIES

FUNKE AKINDELE

MOMS AT WAR

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY

CHIBUNOR “FUNNY BONE” STANLEY

SMASH

BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA (MOVIE/TV SERIES)

TOYIN ABRAHAM

ELEVATOR BABY

BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA (MOVIE/TV SERIES)

TIMINI EGBUSON

ELEVATOR BABY

BEST DIRECTOR

RAMSEY NOUAH

LIVING IN BONDAGE

BEST OVERALL MOVIE

LIVING IN BONDAGE

STEVE GUKAS

INDUSTRY MERIT AWARD

PETER IGHO

TRAILBLAZER AWARD

SWANKY JKA