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THE second edition of Africa magic Viewers Choice Awawrds (AMVCA), which was broadcast live from Lagos to 50 African countries on DStv and GOtv, presented 29 awards in 27 categories.

It featured orchestrated performances and appearances from the best African entertainers, including actors, actresses and musicians from Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Uganda and other African countries.

Speaking at the ceremony, MNet Africa Director for Special Projects, Biola Alabi, paid tribute to both the winners and the nominees.
“We know that Africa’s film and TV industry is making a powerful contribution to the social, economic and cultural development and diversity of this continent.

The awards honoured rising star, Michelle Bello, who was voted TrailBlazer of the Year, and veteran actor, Pete Edochie, who bagged the Industry Merit Award. Both stars were also given a Hyundai car each courtesy of Stallion Motors. Star actress, Rita Dominic, who was named the New Era Award winner, was awarded a Dubai cruise holiday for four, courtesy of World and Travel Land.

The night featured musical performances by some of Africa’s most gifted artistes such as Davido, Flavour, Waje, Bez and Cobhams. Glamorous actors, actresses – including Genevieve Nnaji, Uche Jombo, Mercy Aigbe, Kate Henshaw, Yvonne Okoro, Jocelyn Dumas, Kunbi Oyelese, Chioma Chukwuka-Akpotha, Joseph Benjamin, Alex Ekubo, IK Ogbonna, Jide Kosoko, Ramsey Nouah, Nick Mutuma, Sarah Hassan, Brian Okwara, Juliet Ibrahim, Rukky Sanda, Jackie Appiah and Funke Akindele all set the mood for a brilliant gala event.

Most African countries were duly honoured and represented as the night’s biggest winners at the Eko Exhibition Centre included Contract and Nairobi Half Life which scooped no less than four gongs each. Contract won the Best Movie Director (Ghana’s Shirley Frimpong-Manso), Best Movie award (Shirley Frimpong Manso, Yvonne Okoro and Ken Attoh), Best Video Editor (Shirley Frimpong-Manso) and Best Writer (Shirley Frimpong-Manso and Hertey Owusu).

Nairobi Half Life took home awards for the Best Lighting Designer (Mohammed Zain), Best Art Director (Barbara Minishi), Best Cinematographer (Christian Almesberger) and Best Make-Up Artiste (Elayne Okaya).

Nigeria gave a close chase as winners of the categories were: A Wish (by Elvis Chucks), which won the Best Movie Comedy; while The Price (by Frank Rajah Arase) bagged the Best Movie Drama award. Comedian and actor, Osita Iheme, won the Best Actor in a Comedy Movie/TV Series for his role in the movie, The Hero.

Other winners include Funke Akindele, Best Actress in a Comedy Movie/TV Series (The Return of Sheri Koko), Nse Ikpe-Etim, Best Actress in a Drama Movie/TV Series (Journey to Self), Desmond Elliot, Best Supporting Actor Movie/TV Series (Finding Mercy), Bikiya Graham-Douglas, Best Supporting Actress Movie/TV Series (Flower Girl) plus Best New Media – Online Video.

Judges who viewed the votes and determined the outcome for the night were led by Femi Odugbemi (executive judge), Deborah Odutayo, Huthy Phad Mutumba, Jahman Anikulapo, Simon Ratcliffe, Steph Ogundele, Abraham Haile Biru, Zik Zulu and Linus Abraham.

During the event, which was hosted by Big Brother host, IK Osakioduwa, Osas Ighodaro and Vimbai Mutinhiri, with Eku Edewor and Denrele Edun on the Red Carpet, a host of other stars gave out awards to their counterparts, including Majid Michel, Mike Ezuronye, Mercy Johnson, Gideon Okeke, Bimbo Manuel, Folake Coker, Uti Nwachukwu, Joke and Olu Jacobs.

At the end of the awards nite, MultiChoice Africa CEO, Nico Meyer, said “We congratulate all the winners and nominees of this year’s event. The impressive selection of original and exciting productions is truly inspiring and we feel honoured to be able to deliver this standard of programming to our DStv and GOtv subscribers on the Africa Magic channels.”

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