The 2018 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Award (AMVCA) held in Lagos last Saturday. It featured the nominations and victories of young creative minds, with some expressing gratitude for what they described as their first-ever industry recognition.
It was also the first time some of Nollywood’s early stars won awards on the platform.
Leading the list of the first time awardees was Denis Wanjohi Maina, winner of the Best Documentary category with the movie, ‘The flesh Business.’
Maina said when he was working on the movie, many who were watching him could not understand what he was doing. He said the award has helped to proved to the world that he is on the right track.
Adjetey Anang who emerged Best Actress in a Comedy, said, the award brought about her first-ever travelling experience in an aircraft and the first major recognition, since she began her career.
Similarly, Lydia Forson who won the Best Supporting Actress category for her role in ‘Isoken,’ said in her previous attendance at the annual award ceremony she has always been presenting to others but never lifted one for herself.
Tunji Afolayan, who emerged as Best Art Director for ‘Lontanna,’ Evelle, winner of the Best Sound Track category with the movie, ‘Tatu’ and Bisola Aiyeola, who won in the Trailblazer award category, all expressed excitement with what they described as major “breakthroughs and great leaps” for their careers.
Music sensation, Falz the bad guy, also claimed his first ever major movie award after being recognized as the Best Supporting Actor for the movie, ‘New Money.’
Equally, Nollywood thespian, Omotola Jalade-Ekehinde, who emerged Best overall Actress in a movie/drama series, described it as “overwhelming” as that was her first recognition in the six -year-old annual event.
“I can say I have stayed away for so long. But this award has no doubt made it a worthy return because it simply tells that I can still act and still get recognized for my effort. I must confess that since AMVCA has been on as an annual award, this is the first time I would be nominated and even went [sic] on to win. This will no doubt spur me to do more great movies.
“I must add that the success story is not just for me alone, but also for every other act and crew who participated in the movie, ‘Alter Ego.’”
The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode in a televised address at the event saluted the organizers even as he expressed the State’s readiness to do more for the development of the creative industry.
He said as “a beat never goes off” Lagos will be prepared to host more global events in the arts, entertainment and tourism sector.
The Managing Director, Multichoice Nigeria, John Ugbe said the AMVCA is one of the success stories of the Multichoice Nigeria which kick-started operation in the country, 25 years ago.