NOMINEES ANNOUNCED for AfricaMagic Viewers’ Choice Awards

share on:

Tonight, watched by audiences in 47 African countries, the nominees for the first-ever AfricaMagic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCAs) were revealed during a special edition of lifestyle program 53 Extra.  Held in association with MultiChoice, and headline sponsor Amstel Malta, the AMVCAs recognizes and rewards excellence in African film and TV.

Announcing the nominees were stylish Eku Edewor and Dolopo Oni, joined by Jara co-hosts Uti Nwachukwu (Big Brother All Stars winner) and Helen Paul, Biola Alabi (M-Net Africa MD), Femi Odugbemi (AMVCA Executive Judge), Lizz Njagah (Kenyan soap and reality star) and Edem Vindah (Media and Public Affairs Manager, Nigerian Breweries PLC). Also in studio was the elegant AMVCA trophy!

Encompassing 28 awards in 26 categories, the AMVCAs includes 6 categories where viewers will vote for winners and 18 more technically focused categories where winners will be selected by an expert industry based judging panel (judges will be announced at a later date).

This judging panel will also select the rising star TrailBlazer of the Year, and the Industry Merit recipient, a veteran industry professional whose long term contribution will be honored.

And ensuring the awards specifically recognize outstanding achievement, the AMVCAs did not name nominees in two categories (Best Documentary and Best Online Video) as the nominee selection team had preferred to award certificates of encouragement instead to all entrants.

Understanding that there will be a great curiosity about the initial selection team responsible for the nominees list, tonight’s show revealed their identities. They are Allison Triegaardt, Armand-Guy de Beer, Bongiwe Selane, Deborah Odutayo, Ebou Waggeh, Eileen Sandrock, Njoki Muhoho, Phad Mutumba and Richard West. Together this expert team has an extraordinary range of experience and an impressive passion for the art of African storytelling. More info on these accomplished individuals is available at www.africamagic.tv.

Joining this nominee selection team in January was the accounting firm SizweNtsalubaGobodo, who will also verify all winner results going forward.

M-Net Africa MD Biola Alabi says, ““We want the AMVCAs to be transparent, credible, respected and fair. So we selected people to the nominee selection team who embrace this philosophy. We will do the same when selecting the industry judging panel that will pick winners in certain categories. We know that everyone associated with these awards must be diligent and conduct themselves with integrity during what are challenging, tough processes. At this time, I must also say that we are truly delighted with the list of nominees and we wish them all well. Roll on March, we couldn’t be more excited about the big night and promise TV audiences an event to remember!”

However, the focus of the night was the nominees and leading the way was South African hit Otelo Burning with 14 nominations while Nigeria’s brilliant The Mirror Boy grabbed 11, just in front of Man on Ground, another powerful Nigerian offering which garnered 9 nominations.

Other titles scoring multiple nominations included Perfect Picture (8), Two Brides and a Baby (7), Maami (5) and Skeem (5). In total, there were 110 nominees chosen from 43 different productions from countries as diverse as Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

Meanwhile, some of the most eagerly awaited categories also boasted high profile nominees.

In the category for Best Actress in a Drama, the nominees are Bubu Mazibuko, Genevieve Nnaji, Nolwazi Shange, Funke Akindele and Jackie Appiah while in the Best Actress in a Comedy category Funke Akindele, Lilian Esoro and Mercy Johnson are all in the running. In the Best Actor in a Drama category, the nominees are Fabian Adeoye Lojede, O.C Ukeje, Kenneth Uphopho, Edward Kagutuzi and Jafta Mamabolo. Nominees for Best Actor in a Comedy are Hafiz Oyetoro, Kunle Bamtefa, Bovi Ugboma, Francis Odega and Ikhide Isaac.

And in the Best Movie Overall category are Skeem (Tim Greene), Man on Ground (Akin Omotoso, Fabian Adeoye Lojede, Hakeem Kae-Kazim and Rosie Motene), Jozi King (Jamie Ramsay), Otelo Burning (Sara Blecher) and The Mirror Boy (Obi Emelonye).

MultiChoice Africa CEO, Nico Meyer congratulated all the nominees: “Well done to all the selected nominees. The AfricaMagic Viewer’s Choice Awards recognises your hard work, passion and dedication to your trade. The contribution you have made into the development of the African film and television industry is very significant and tonight we honour your role. Keep up the good work and we wish you all the best for the big announcement of winners in March.”

Speaking for the sponsor Adedoyin Owotomo (Brand Manager Amstel Malta) said,

“At the core of the Amstel Malta brand is the conviction that everyone has what it takes to be the best. The brand therefore believes in providing platforms that not only give opportunity to young talented individuals but also inspiration. AMVCA is a platform that recognizes and celebrates the best in the movie and TV industry; a platform of inspiration to encourage young talents in the industry to ensure they make smart choices that will show their originality and that they are unique and discerning individuals that deserve to be recognized and rewarded.”

Now, while the judges deliberate on the non-viewer voted categories, viewers can also start casting their votes for the 6 all-important viewer voted categories. Voting begins tonight (January 28) at 23:00 CAT and closes at midnight CAT on March 3, 2013. Viewers can vote via WEB, WAP or SMS so visit www.africamagic.tv to find out more.

And keep watching the AfricaMagic channels which will profile the nominees over the next few weeks to ensure you know who’s who!  Remember the first- ever AfricaMagic Viewers’ Choice Awards will be screened on DStv and GOtv on Saturday March 9, live from Lagos.  So get ready to check out the fashion on the red carpet, to hear the winner’s speeches and of course, to celebrate great African talent!

AMVCA – NOMINEES

BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA

MOVIE NOMINEE
Man on Ground Bubu Mazibuko
The Mirror Boy Genevieve Nnaji
Otelo Burning Nolwazi Shange
Maami Funke Akindele
Perfect Picture Jackie Appiah 

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY

MOVIE NOMINEE
The Return of Jenifa Funke Akindele
Clinic Matters Lilian Esoro
Dumebi the Dirty Girl Mercy Johnson

BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA

MOVIE NOMINEE
Jacob’s Cross Fabian Adeoye Lojede
Two Brides and a Baby O.C Ukeje
Down & Out Kenneth Uphopho
The Mirror Boy Edward Kagutuzi
Otelo Burning Jafta Mamabolo

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA

MOVIE NOMINEE
Man on Ground Fabian Adeoye Lojede
The Mirror Boy Osita Iheme
Otelo Burning Thomas Gumede
A Good Catholic Girl Matthew Nabwiso
Two Brides and a Baby Kalu Ikeagwu

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY

MOVIE NOMINEE
House a Part Hafiz Oyetoro
Glorious Journey Kunle Bamtefa
The Bovi Ugboma Show Bovi Ugboma
Clinic Matters Francis Odega
Wanna Be Ikhide Isaac

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA

MOVIE NOMINEE
Man on Ground Thishiwe Ziqubu
Otelo Burning Harriet Manamela
Akun Regina Chukwu
Old Cargo Young Blood Taiwo Atigogo
Lies that Bind Maureen Koech

BEST COSTUME DESIGNER

MOVIE NOMINEE
The Mirror Boy Ngozi Obasi
Perfect Picture Jayne Awoonor-Williams
Two Brides and a Baby Frank Osodi Richard
Kawanu Preston Mwila
Spider Nkiru Nwauzor

BEST SHORT FILM

MOVIE NOMINEE
Big Daddy Christopher Ihidero
Yellow Fever Ngendo Mukii
Down & Out Udoka Oyeka

BEST WRITER (COMEDY)

MOVIE NOMINEE
Skeem Tim Greene
Perfect Picture Shirley Frimpong-Manso
Clinic Matters Paul Igwe
The Bovi Ugboma Show Bovi Ugboma
Wanna Be Teru Ekuerhale

BEST SOUND EDITOR

MOVIE NOMINEE
Man on Ground Michael Botha & Joel Assaizky
Otelo Burning Juli vanden Berg & Tiago Correia-Paulo
The Mirror Boy Obi Emelonye
Perfect Picture Elorm Adablah
A Sting in a Tale Elorm Adablah

BEST MOVIE DIRECTOR

MOVIE NOMINEE
Skeem Tim Greene
Man on Ground Akin Omotoso
The Mirror Boy Obi Emelonye
Otelo Burning Sara Blecher
Perfect Picture Shirley Frimpong-Manso

BEST LIGHTING DESIGNER

MOVIE NOMINEE
Otelo Burning Dave Howe
Two Brides and a Baby Eleazu Texas
Maami Oluwole Olawoyin
Down and Out Terry Emmanuel
Perfect Picture Ken Attoh

BEST ART DIRECTOR

MOVIE NOMINEE
Maami Bola Belo
Lies that Bind Carol Mbugua
Kawanu Bernard H. Mulenga
Two Brides and a Baby Blessing Effiom Egbe
Otelo Burning Anita van Hemert & Chantel Carter

BEST MOVIE (OVERALL)

MOVIE NOMINEE
Skeem Tim Greene
Man on Ground Akin Omotoso/Fabian Adeoye Lojede/Hakeem Kae-Kazim/Rosie Motene
Jozi King Jamie Ramsay
Otelo Burning Sara Blecher
The Mirror Boy Obi Emelonye

BEST PICTURE EDITOR

MOVIE NOMINEE
Otelo Burning Megan Gilli
Man on Ground Aryan Kaganof
Two Brides and a Baby Shola Ayorinde
Lies that Bind Reg Chuhi & Kevin Ireri
Clinic Matters Kayode Afolabi

BEST MOVIE (COMEDY)

MOVIE NOMINEE
Skeem Tim Greene
Wisdom of Thomas Collins Chinedu Ezenwa
Phone Swap Kunle Afolayan
The Return of Jenifa Funke Akindele
Open Fire 2 George Edmund

BEST MOVIE (DRAMA)

MOVIE NOMINEE
Man on Ground Akin Omotoso/Fabian Adeoye Lojede/Hakeem Kae-Kazim/Rosie Motene
The Mirror Boy Obi Emelonye
Otelo Burning Sara Blecher
Adams Apple Ken Attoh
A Sting in a Tale Ken Attoh

BEST LOCAL LANGUAGE MOVIE (YORUBA)

MOVIE NOMINEE
Maami Tunde Kelani
Akun Regina Chukwu
Gbajumo Oladipo Ariyeke

BEST LOCAL LANGUAGE MOVIE (HAUSA)

MOVIE NOMINEE
Asirka Aminu Abdullahi/Hafizu Bello
Yunkuri Aminu Abdullahi
Faida Nura A. Ali/Hafizu Bello

BEST LOCAL LANGUAGE MOVIE (SWAHILI)

MOVIE NOMINEE
The Ray of Hope Sameer Srivastava/Sanjni Srivastava
Sakalakata Henry Lenga
Zeinabu Rudi Nyumbani Quentin Hughes/Alex Konstantaras

BEST WRITER (DRAMA)

MOVIE NOMINEE
Otelo Burning James Whyle/Sara Blecher/The Cast Workshop
The Mirror Boy Obi Emelonye/Amaka Obi-Emelonye
Two Brides and a Baby Blessing Egbe
A Sting in a Tale Shirley Frimpong-Manso
Perfect Picture Shirley Frimpong-Manso

BEST TELEVISION SERIES

MOVIE NOMINEE
The XYZ Show Godffrey Mwampembwa/Marie Lora-Mungai
Peep Ken Attoh/Shirley Frimpong-Manso
Jozi Moving the City Lance Stehr
DemiGods Benjamin Odiwuor Abonyo
Makutano Junction Patricia Gichinga/David Campbell

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHER

MOVIE NOMINEE
The Mirror Boy Clive Norman
Skeem Tom Marais
Man on Ground Paul Michelson
Otelo Burning Lance Gewer
Maami Sarafa Abagun

BEST MAKE-UP ARTIST

MOVIE NOMINEE
Otelo Burning Jacqui Bannermen
The Mirror Boy Gabriel Okorie
Tales of Eve Biola Poopola
Perfect Picture Jayne Awoonor-Williams
Kawanu Christin Ngoma

Akinsoga

Akinsoga

The 6 o”clock man.

1 comment

Leave a Reply