The Award-winning Women from the AMVCAs


I want to mark the annual International Women’s Day (March 8) by celebrating the women who won at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards, AMVCA 2016. On one hand, there are those who won in categories reserved for women. Then there are those who beat other women and men to come tops.

So let’s hear it for Adesua Etomi who emerged Best Actress in Drama/TV series (Falling); Funke Akindele Best Actress in a Comedy for her role in TV series, Jenifa’s Diary; Tunbosun Aiyedihin as Best Supporting Actress in Before 30.

Then there are those women who won across board: Ariyike Oladipo won the Best Television Series Award for ‘Daddy’s Girls’. Uche Nancy as the Best Costume Designer for the film ‘Dry’. Jumoke Odetola was half of the winning team for the Best Indigenous Movie/TV Series (Yoruba)-Binta Ofege. Kemi ‘Lala’ Akindoju won the Trail Blazer Award complete with a brand new car. Remi Vaughan’s ‘Faaji Agba’ clinched the Best Documentary Award. Bukki Zainab Ajayi was given the AMVCA 2016 Industry Merit Award (alongside Sadiq Daba). The powerful trio of Genevieve Nnaji, Chinny Onwugbenu and Chichi Nwoko clinched the award for the Best Movie (West Africa) for their film ‘Road to Yesterday.’

And the award for the Best Overall Movie in Africa went to Stephanie Linus for Dry. By the way, Dry won two other awards: Best Sound and Best Costume. And so, if we had to pick the overall winner for this International Women’s Day edition, that crown would go to Stephanie Okereke Linus, actress, director/producer.

Still on the 2016 edition of the AMVCA, there were other women achievers responsible for the success of the event. There is Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu, Regional Director (West Africa) MNET and Yolisa Phahle, MNET’s chief executive officer.

AMVCA 2016: View from the Inside
I attended the AMVCA 2016 which held at the Eko Hotel, Lagos on Saturday March 5. I’m not going to bore you with all the celebrity sightings or rehash the awards. I assume by now you’ve had your fill of the AMVCAs? Quite significantly, this was my first time of watching the awards first hand. Usually, I catch all the fun from the comfort of my living room. Both do have their advantages.

I was mostly impressed by the fact that the awards did not drag. For about two hours, from 7-9 pm-ish, all the awards had been presented. In that same time, guests had been thoroughly entertained with music, dance and comedy. I imagine even those watching from the comfort of their living rooms would have appreciated the fact that the ceremony didn’t drag on forever. Host IK Osakioduwa along with first time host Minnie Dlamini helped to move the event.

It was also nice to see some stars up close. This can be good or not so good depending on what you are expecting. Seeing some of the pictures from this year’s AMVCAs, I have to say some people are very photogenic. Up close, not all the dresses, hair styles or even suits were as glamorous. But then conversely, quite a few actresses/actors looked better in real life.

Spot The Teleprompter
No one needed to be told award presenters were reading from something or somewhere. Each time a presenter got on stage, they stared away into space. So, the audience naturally moved their eyes away from the presenters in search of what or where they were reading from. And some presenters made it rather too obvious they weren’t speaking from their hearts.

Undeserving Award Winners?
For some reason I’m in a celebratory mood. So, I won’t rain on anyone’s parade. The AMVCAs are largely determined by votes from viewers. Although in the first instance, viewers have to be presented with a list of nominees to choose from. Some people have a problem with this. Bearing in mind that even if an academic Faculty of Judges was instituted, there would still be people not happy with the outcome.
However, there’s a point to be made about nominees who pushed hard to win. If there were an award for this, it would go to Daniel K. Daniel (DKD) who won as Best Actor in a Soldier’s Story. He campaigned hard thanks to @Nollywood Tweets on Twitter. Some nominees in the same category may have thought campaigning for votes was beneath them. In any case, if something’s important to you, what’s the virtue in being coy? It’s the same way, participants in the TV reality show Big Brother Africa used to go to great lengths to deny having a ‘ game plan’. Sounding like broken records, they all wanted the viewers to think they were just ‘being themselves’. You want to win $300, 000 and you don’t have a game plan?
Well, as for DKD, his efforts paid off handsomely on the night.


  • Best Art Director – Frank Rajah (The Refugees)
  • Best Television Series – Ariyike Oladipo (Daddy’s Girls)
  • Best Makeup Artist in a Movie or Series – Louiza Calore for Ayanda
  • Best Short Film or Online Video – Oluseyi Amuwafo (A Day With Death)
  • Best Writer for Movie and TV series – Trish Malone (Ayanda)
  • Best Lighting Designer (Movies/TV) – Stanley Ohikhuare (Common Man)
  • Best Cinematographer – Paul Michaelson (Tell Me Sweet Something)
  • Best Sound Editor – Jose Guillermo (Dry)
  • Best Picture Editor – Shirley Frimpong-Manso (Rebecca)
  • Best Costume Designer – Uche Nancy (Dry)
  • Best Local Language Movie/TV Series (Swahili) – Single Mtambalike (Kitendawali)
  • Best Indigenous Movie/TV Series (Hausa) – Salisu Balarabe (Dandi Kowa)
  • Best Indigenous Movie/TV Series (Yoruba) – Abiodun Jimoh and Jumoke Odetola-(Binta Ofege)
  • Best Indigenous Movie/TV Series (Igbo) – Paul Igwe (Usekwu Igbo)
  • Best Documentary – Remi Vaughan (Faaji Agba)
  • Best Supporting Actor In A Movie – Sambassa Nzeriba (A Soldier’s Story)
  • Best Supporting Actress – Tunbosun Aiyedihin (Before 30)
  • Best Actor In A Comedy – Folarin ‘Falz The Bahd Guy’ Falana (Jenifa’s Diary)
  • Best Actress In A Comedy – Funke Akindele (Jenifa’s Diary)
  • Trail Blazer Award – Kemi ‘Lala’ Akindoju
  • AMVCA 2016 Industry Merit Award – Bukky Ajayi and SadiqDaba
  • Best Movie (Southern Africa) – Joyce Chavura – (Lilongwe)
  • Best Movie (East Africa) – Elizabeth Michael – Mapenzi
  • Best Movie (West Africa) – Genevieve Nnaji, Chinny Onwugbenu and Chichi Nwoko – Road to Yesterday.
  • Best Actress In A Movie/Drama/TV Series – Adesua Etomi (Falling)
  • Best Actor In A Movie/Drama/TV Series – Daniel K. Daniel (A Soldier’s Story)
  • The Best Director – Akin Omotosho (Tell Me Sweet Something)
  • Best Overall Movie (Africa)- Dry by Stephanie Linus

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