Promises, a production of MTF team from East Africa, shines at AMVCA gala

It was a night full of entertainment, glamour and extravaganza as Africa’s biggest film and television stars gathered 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, 2020 and was organized by Africa Magic in association with MultiChoice and sponsored by Amstel Malta.

(TOP: The Promises team at the AMVCA in Lagos).

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. These are:

  • 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

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 and 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.

Another highlight of the night was the performance by 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:

S/NO CATEGORY  
1 BEST ART DIRECTOR  
  RATNIK DIMEJI AJIBOLA & IWAOTAN OLUSOLA ROBERTS
2 BEST MAKE-UP  
  GOD CALLING LILIAN OMOZELE PAUL
3 BEST COSTUME DESIGNER MOVIE OR TV SERIES  
  RATNIK DIMEJI AJIBOLA
4 BEST PICTURE EDITOR  
  SEVEN TOSIN IGHO & BRYAN DIKE
5 BEST SOUND EDITOR MOVIE OR TV SERIES  
  LIVING IN BONDAGE CRISTINA ARAGON
6 BEST LIGHTING DESIGNER IN A MOVIE OR TV SERIES  
  GOD CALLING CARDOSO
7 BEST CINEMATOGRAPHER  
  LIVING IN BONDAGE JOHN DEMPS
8 BEST DOCUMENTARY  
  SKIN BEVERLY NAYA
9 BEST SOUNDTRACK MOVIE OR TV SERIES  
  LIVING IN BONDAGE LARRY GAGA & FLAVOUR – TENE
10 BEST WRITER  
  LIVING IN BONDAGE ASINUGO NICOLE & CJ OBASI
11 BEST INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE (SWAHILI)  
  SUBIRA RAVNEET SIPPY CHADH
12 BEST INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE (HAUSA)  
  TUNTUBE MUHAMMAD T. FINISHER
13 BEST INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE (YORUBA)  
  ALUBARIKA YEWANDE FAMAKIN
14 BEST INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE (IGBO)  
  NNE VICTOR IYKE
15 SHORT VIDEO ONLINE  
  THORN BOLA AKANBI
16 BEST TV SERIES  
  TRUTH ANIS HALLOWAY
17 MULTICHOICE TALENT FACTORY FILM    
  PROMISES EAST AFRICA
18 BEST MOVIE SOUTHERN AFRICA  
  DALITSO ABRAHAM KABWE
19 BEST MOVIE EAST AFRICA  
  PLAN B SARAH HASSAN
20 BEST MOVIE WEST AFRICA  
  LIVING IN BONDAGE STEVE GUKAS
21 BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MOVIE/TV SERIES  
  GLORIA SARFO PERFECT PICTURE: 10 YEARS LATER
22 BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MOVIE/TV SERIES  
  PASCAL TOKODI DISCONNECT
23 BEST ACTRESS COMEDY IN A MOVIE/TV SERIES  
  FUNKE AKINDELE MOMS AT WAR
24 BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY  
  CHIBUNOR “FUNNY BONE” STANLEY SMASH
25 BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA (MOVIE/TV SERIES)  
  TOYIN ABRAHAM ELEVATOR BABY
26 BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA (MOVIE/TV SERIES)  
  TIMINI EGBUSON ELEVATOR BABY
27 BEST DIRECTOR  
  RAMSEY NOUAH LIVING IN BONDAGE
28 BEST OVERALL MOVIE  
  LIVING IN BONDAGE STEVE GUKAS
 
INDUSTRY MERIT AWARD PETER IGHO
TRAIL BLAZER AWARD SWANKY JKA

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