Winners of the 2015 AfricaMagic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCAs) held in association with MultiChoice Africa and Amstel Malta were announced during a live broadcast hosted by IK Osakioduwa and Vimbai Mutinhiri at the EKO Expo Centre in Lagos, Nigeria on Saturday, 7 March.
The third annual AMVCAs ceremony presented 33 coveted gold statuettes in 30 categories, tabulated and verified by auditing firm SizweNtsalubaGobodo and were telecast live to 50 African countries watching on DStv and GOtv on all Africa Magic channels.
The event saw outstanding achievements in African film and TV recognised with awards also presented to CJ Obasi as the TrailBlazer of the Year while the late renowned filmmaker, Amaka Igwe was honoured with the Industry Merit award. The winner of the trailblazer award walked away with a luxurious diamond studded watch, courtesy Chris Aire. The coveted New Era award was given to Ayo Makun for exceptional talent.
However, the night’s biggest winner was undoubtedly the Nigerian psychological thriller October 1 which scooped nine awards including Best Movie and Best Director for Kunle Afolayan and Best Actress (Drama) award for Kehinde Bankole.
Other notable winners included Nollywood romantic drama, The Meeting which nabbed five awards including Best Movie (Comedy) awards for Rita Dominic and Mildred Okwo, Best Actress (Comedy) for Rita Dominic and a Best Actor (Comedy) award for Femi Jacobs.
The choice of the night’s winners fell to respected judges drawn from the African film and Television industry. The winners of the closely contested categories included The Meeting for Best Movie (Comedy), A Place in the Stars for Best Movie (Drama), Femi Jacobs for Best Actor in a Comedy (Movie/TV Series), a Best Actor in a Drama (Movie/TV Series) award for OC Ukeje in Confusion Na Wa while Rita Dominic walked away with the Best Actress in a Comedy (Movie/TV Series). Kehinde Bankole scooped the Best Actress in a Drama (Movie/TV Series) award while Blossom Chukwujekwu walked away with the Best Supporting Actor (Movie/TV Series) and Linda Ejiofor won the Best Supporting Actress (Movie/TV Series) award.
During the event, viewers were wowed by performances by Osas Ighodaro, the Mavins Crew, Tuface Idibia and Lola Rae, Diamond Platinumz, and P-Square who closed off the event with an electrifying performance that made the night unforgettable. The star-studded ceremony also included Africa’s finest, clad in stylish gowns and suits to rival any fashion ramp. Some of the Africa’s film and television stars who took to the red carpet amidst the flashing lights and interview ready camera crews included Genevieve Nnaji, Uti Nwachukwu, Linda Ejiofor amongst others.
M-Net West Africa Regional Director Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu paid tribute to both the winners and the nominees saying; “Each year we have hosted this event, it has become more evident that Africa has truly carved its own mark and identity in the global film and TV industry. Tonight’s event recognized all the talented individuals who continue to grow this industry. We’re very honoured that we could reward them for their exceptional work. A special thank you to our partners MultiChoice Africa and Amstel for their continued support in making sure that African talent is well and truly recognised in style.”
MultiChoice Africa, CEO Nico Meyer added his congratulations to the winners and nominees of the 2015 AMVCAs saying: “It’s been an honour for us at MultiChoice Africa to be part of this event that celebrates the best in African film and television. The amount of talent and exciting productions we’ve witnessed tonight keeps inspiring and motivating us to continue to deliver quality programming to our DStv and GOtv subscribers on the Africa Magic channels. MultiChoice will continue to invest in promoting local film and television while collaborating and supporting television and film producers to further build this vibrant and exciting industry. A big thank you to our subscribers who continue to show their dedication and participation in these awards.”
FULL LIST OF WINNERS
|Best Movie (Comedy)||The Meeting||Mildred Okwo & Rita Dominic|
|Best Movie (Drama)||A Place in the Stars||Steve Gukas|
|Best Movie 2014||October 1||Kunle Afolayan|
|Best Television Series||Shuga||Georgia Arnold|
|Best Indigenous Language – Swahili||Veve||Sarika Hemi Lakhani|
|Best Indigenous Language – Yoruba||Iya Alalake||Faithia Balogun|
|Best Indigenous Language – Hausa||Bincike||Hafizu Bello & Abubakar Bashir|
|Best Indigenous Language – Igbo||Onye Ozi (The Messenger)||Obi Emelonye|
|Best Director||October 1||Kunle Afolayan|
|Best New Media Online Video||Hard Times||Imoh Umoren|
|Best Writer (Drama)||October 1||Tunde Babalola|
|Best Writer (Comedy)||The Meeting||Tunde Babalola|
|Best Cinematographer||Verdict||Stanlee Ohikhuare|
|Best Short Film||Oblivious||Ekene Mekwunye|
|Best Art Director||October 1||Pat Nebo|
|Best Costume Designer||October 1||Deola Sagoe & Obijie Oru|
|Best Documentary||The Gift of the Nile||Yvonne Bassey|
|Best Make-up Artist||October 1||Sacred Lola Maja|
|Best Lighting Designer||October 1||Lanre Omofaiye|
|Best Video Editor||Reflections||Victoria Akujobi|
|Best Sound Editor||October 1||Kulanen Ikyo|
|Best Actor (Comedy)||The Meeting||Femi Jacobs|
|Best Actor (Drama)||Confusion Na Wa||OC Ukeje|
|Best Actress (Comedy)||The Meeting||Rita Dominic|
|Best Actress (Drama)||October 1||Kehinde Bankole|
|Best Supporting Actor (Drama)||Knocking on Heaven’s Door||Blossom Chukwujekwu|
|Best Supporting Actress (Drama)||The Meeting||Linda Ejiofor|
|Merit Award||Amaka Igwe|
|New Era Award||Ayo Makun|
|Trailblazer Award||CJ Obasi|
For more information on the awards and rescreening of the AMVCA ceremony on Africa Magic channels, visit www.africamagic.tv.