The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts and MultiChoice Ghana hosted the 2014 Ghanaian AfricaMagic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA) winners and nominees at a cocktail reception on Monday 17th March 2014 at the La Palm Beach Hotel.
The event celebrated the achievements of the Ghanaian winners and nominees of the 2014 Africa Magic Viewer Choice Awards, and was attended by the Deputy Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Hon. Dzifa Gomashie, the AMVCA Ghanaian winners;Yvonne Okoro, Ken Attoh, Shirley Frimpong Manso, Herty Owusu and Patrick Yada.
Other guests included the General Manager of MultiChoice Ghana, Mr. Cecil Sunkwa-Mills, Artistic Director of the National Theatre, Ms. Akosua Abdallah, some Ghanaian movie stakeholders, players in the Ghanaian arts and culture industry as well as members of the media.
In his welcome address, the General Manager of MultiChoice Ghana, Mr. Cecil Sunkwa-Mills congratulated the winners and the nominees for their achievement and added that “The content arms of the group Africa Magic and SuperSport will continue to invest in areas of creativity and education in Ghana and Africa in general. This can be seen from investments being made in the area of football and boxing recently with the production of the Ghana Premier League now the First Capital Premier League with the provision of state of the art OB vans and training of Ghanaian crew and soon to come are the investments in studios and magazine programmes to further boost the league.The movie industry has also seen some good level of collaboration and support. This is scheduled to grow further in coming months to cover more local production and direct acquisition of more content and partnerships for the DStv and GOtv platforms for the growth of the industry”.
Winners of the AMVCA Best Movie of the Year 2013, Shirley Frimpong Manso, Ken Attoh and Yvonne Okoro, each expressed their excitement at winning the most coveted categories of the awards and dedicated the award to the entire team that worked on the movie “Contract”. Herty Owusu also dedicated her award to her family and thanked them for supporting her career.
The Deputy Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Hon. Dzifa Gomashie urged Ghanaian film makers to use their stories to project Ghana positively. She said “The gains we can make for our industry and country if we use our films to promote our culture and tourism potential, cannot be said during one story time. I wonder about the trend that some of us are making, marking faces of actors and actresses that are not recognizable to their own families. Ladies and Gentlemen, America got the world to think like, act like and talk like them through the medium of film and television. The African American community used it to create a model functional family in the Cosby series”.
The AMVCA is a collaboration between AfricaMagic and MultiChoice Africa with support from Amstel Malt. The AMVCA rewards outstanding achievement in African television and film annually and at the maiden event last year in Lagos, Ghanaian actress Jackie Appiah won the category for Best Actress, Drama, for the movie Perfect Picture.
AfricaMagic was launched in 2003 as a general entertainment television channel dedicated to content made in Africa by Africans for Africans. That pioneering first channel has grown and evolved into a series of AfricaMagic branded channels transforming AfricaMagic from a single TV channel into a multi-channel brand.Over the years, AfricaMagic has become the home of the best African productions and dedicated to African programming from soaps and drama, series to lifestyle shows, documentaries and movies.
The cocktail reception for the 2014 AMVCA winners and nominees was supported by La Palm Beach Hotel, Bacardi, the Marina Group Ghana, and Unique Floral.
For more information about AfricaMagic and the AMVCA, visit www.africamagic.dstv.com.