Veve, Shuga bag prestigious continental award
This year’s edition of the Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards turned to be yet another Nigerian affair with Kenya receiving only two awards during the AMVCA 2015 held in Eko Hotel, Lagos on Saturday.
TV series Shuga scooped the Best Television Series as the Best Indigenous Language – Swahili category was awarded to Veve.
Veve, whose producer Sarika also produced Nairobi Half Life, received most nominations locally to feature in three different categories; Best Art Director, Best Indigenous Swahili and Best Video Editor.
The movie is set to debut on DSTV’s Maisha Magic channel in December 2015.
Shuga, which stars Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o; is a hard-hitting three-part drama series that follows the lives and loves of a group of cool young students whose bright lives and fabulous futures are balanced on a knife-edge due to their love of risk and danger. It is a story of love, sex, Friday nights and the indelible marks we leave on one another.
On the other hand, Veve, (which is a sheng term for miraa), is an action thriller with just enough romance and political intrigues.
The movie’s cast present fresh new faces that will be seen on screen when it come out next year, including Emo Rugene, Adam Peeves, and Victor Munyua, all of whom have leading roles in the film yet come from various backgrounds.
Other Kenyan nominations did not win in any category with Nigerian productions stealing the show.
TV series Mama Duka by Njoki Muhoho and Almasi by Fredrick Odhiambo were also listed under Best Indigenous Swahili category.
Actor Gerald Langiri had been nominated in the Best Actor in Comedy category for his role in Fundamentals movie that premiered last month.
The winner in that category was Femi Jacobs for his role in the comedy The Meeting.
Tv Series Shuga won the Best TV Series Award beating Buni Tv’s XYZ Show and Rush in that category.
The late Tiona Wangeci of Rush had also been nominated in the Best Costume category that was taken by Nigerian Deola Sagoe and Obijie Oru for their role in the movie October1.
Nigerian movie, October 1, whose story line is based on the British invasion, was the overall winner of the night bagging ten awards among then Best Actress in a Drama, Art Director and Movie Director.
The third annual AMVCAs ceremony presented 33 coveted gold statuettes in 30 categories and was telecast live to 50 African countries watching on DSTV and GOtv on all Africa Magic channels.
AMVCA, is an annual event organized by Africa Magic and Maisha Magic in partnership with Multichoice Africa and is aimed at recognizing exceptional talent in the African television and movie industry.
The full list of the winners:
Best Actor in a Comedy – Femi Jacobs – The Meeting
Best Actress in a Comedy – Rita Dominic – The Meeting
Best Actor in a Drama – OC Ukeje – Confusion Na Wa
Best Actress in a Drama – Kehinde Bankole – October 1
Best Art Director (Movie/ TV) – Pat Nebo – October 1
Best Cinematographer (Movie/ TV) – Stanlee Ohikhuare – Verdict
Best Comedy Writer (Movie/ TV) – Tunde Babalola – The Meeting
Best Costume Designer (Movie/ TV) – Deola Sagoe & Obijie Oru – October 1
Best Documentary – Yvonne Bassey – The Gift of The Nile
Best Drama Writer (Movie/ TV) – Tunde Babalola – October 1
Best Lighting Designer – Lanre Omofaiye – October 1
Best Local Language Hausa – Hafizu Bello & Abubakar Bashir – Bincike
Best Local Language Igbo – Obi Emelonye – Onye Ozi (The Messenger)
Best Local Language Swahili – Sarika Hemi Lakhani – Veve
Best Local Language Yoruba – Fathia Balogun – Iya Alalake
Best Make Up Artist – Sacred Lola Maja – October 1
Best Movie (Comedy) – Mildred Okwo & Rita Dominic – The Meeting
Best Movie (Drama) – Steve Gukas – A Place in The Stars
Best Movie Director – Kunle Afolayan – October 1
Best New Media Online Video – Imoh Umoren – Hard Times
Best Movie of 2014 – Kunle Afolayan – October 1
Best Short Film – Ekene Mekwunye – Oblivious
Best Sound Editing – Kulanen Ikyo – October 1
Best Video Editor – Victoria Akujobi – Reflections
Best Supporting Actress – Linda Ejiofor – The Meeting
Best Supporting Actor – Blossom Chukwujekwu – Knocking on Heavens Door
Best Television Series – Georgia Arnold – Shuga