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:
|1||BEST ART DIRECTOR|
|RATNIK||DIMEJI AJIBOLA & IWAOTAN OLUSOLA ROBERTS|
|GOD CALLING||LILIAN OMOZELE PAUL|
|3||BEST COSTUME DESIGNER MOVIE OR TV SERIES|
|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|
|LIVING IN BONDAGE||JOHN DEMPS|
|9||BEST SOUNDTRACK MOVIE OR TV SERIES|
|LIVING IN BONDAGE||LARRY GAGA & FLAVOUR – TENE|
|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)|
|14||BEST INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE (IGBO)|
|15||SHORT VIDEO ONLINE|
|16||BEST TV SERIES|
|17||MULTICHOICE TALENT FACTORY FILM|
|18||BEST MOVIE SOUTHERN AFRICA|
|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|
|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|
|RAMSEY NOUAH||LIVING IN BONDAGE|
|28||BEST OVERALL MOVIE|
|LIVING IN BONDAGE||STEVE GUKAS|
|INDUSTRY MERIT AWARD||PETER IGHO|
|TRAIL BLAZER AWARD||SWANKY JKA|