Kenyans miss out on AMVCA awards as Nigeria dominate
Kenyans missed out on all the categories they were nominated at the 2017 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA) on Saturday night in Lagos, Nigeria.
Nigerian finalists were the big winners of the night as they scooped the lion’s share in most of the categories.
Two Kenyan movies, Kati Kati and Mganga Bomba, failed to win any award same as spoken word artiste and actor, Elsaphan Njora, who had been nominated for best supporting actor in Kati Kati.
Dorothy Ghettuba, Victor Gatonye and Daudi Otieno were also nominated for best indigenous language movie or TV series – Swahili in Urembo, Fihi and Zilizala respectively.
The movie, ’76, directed by Izu Ojukwu, emerged the biggest winner at this year’s awards.
Actress Funke Akindele also won two awards, while the Trailblazer Award went to Somkele Iyamah-Idhalama while Chika Okpala aka Chief Zebrudaya took home the Industry Merit Award.
’76 stole the show, winning Best Movie, Best Actress, Best Costume Designer, Best Art Director and Best Director.
Here is the full list of the winners:
Best Lighting Designer – Elliot Sewape – 93 Days
Best Cinematographer – Lance Gewer – Happiness Is A Four Letter Word
Best Short Film/Online Video – Ogo Okpue – Cat Face
Best Documentary – Uga Carlini – Alison
AMVCA Recognition Award for the best MNet series – Hustle
Best Actor in a Comedy Series – Samuel Ajibola – The Johnsons
Best Actor in MNet Drama Series – David Jones David – Hotel Majestic
Best Comedy Series – The Johnsons
Best MNet Drama Series – Tinsel
Best Indigenous Language Movie (Swahili) – Zilizala
Best Indigenous Language (Hausa) – Tijani Shehu Yahaya – Yaki Da Zuciya
Best Indigenous Language Movie (Yoruba) – Abiodun Jimoh and Jumoke Odetola – Somewhere In The Dark
Best Indigenous Language Movie/Series (Igbo) – Crey Ahanonu – Amonye Bu Onye
Best Soundtrack (Original Score) – Michael Ogunlade – The Encounter
Best TV Show – Funke Akindele – Jenifa’s Diary
Award for Best Writer (Movie/TV Series) goes to the writers of VAYA
Best Supporting Actress – Ebele Okaro Onyuike – Four One Love
Best Supporting Actor – Rotimi Salami – Just Got Married
Best Actress Comedy (Movie/TV Series) – Funke Akindele – Jenifa’s Diary
Best Actor Comedy (Movie/TV Series) – Ime Bishop Umoh – The Boss is Mine
Trailblazer Award – Somkele Iyamah – Idhalama
Industry Merit Award – Chika Okpala aka – Chief Zebrudaya
Best Movie East Africa – Sarika Hemi Lakhani – Kati Kati
Best Movie West Africa – Rogers Ofime – Oloibiri
Best Movie Southern Africa – Elvis Chuks – All About Love
Best Actress (Drama/Movie/TV Series) – Rita Dominic – ’76
Best Actor (Drama/Movie/TV Series) – Sambasa Nzeribe – Slow Country
Best Director – Izu Ojukwu – ’76