Everyone thought it will be the ‘76’ and ’93 Days’ show, but it never happened.

‘76’ won 5 Awards, while ‘Oloibiri’ won 3 awards, but a major highlight of the night were the back to back wins of screen stars who carried their winning streak from 2016 to 2017.

Sambasa Nzeribe who won best supporting actor in 2016 for ‘A Soldier’s Story’ took  it the  next level when he beat Ramsey Nouah, Richard Mofe Damijo and Olu Jacobs to pick up the best actor trophy in 2017.

Funke Akindele ‘expected it’ when she picked 2 awards on the night one for ‘Best Actress in a comedy film or series’ and ‘Best Tv Series’ both for the popular hit series ‘Jenifa Dairies'. The actress won 'Best Actress in a comedy series' in 2016.

Last year, Jumoke Odetola won Best Indigenous Language film in the Yoruba category for 'Binta Ofege' and she returned to the 2017 AMVCA award in the same category to win with 'Somewhere in the dark'.

This year, there were new categories like ‘Best Sound Track/Original score’ and Mnet original series recognition awards, which had different subcategories.

Glamour And Glitz

One remarkable moment of the show was when South Africa singer, Lira, sang with Nigeria’s Waje on a new song titled ‘Mountains’ and at the end of the song, they held hands together and Lira said ‘Stop xenophobia’! This was to recognize the xenophobic attacks on foreigners living in South Africa.

Winner of ‘The Voice’ Nigeria, Araese, belted out melodic notes on ‘After a while’ to pay tribute to late screen stars in Africa, who have died in the past five years. Chika Okpala (Chief Zeburudaya of the ‘New Masqurade’ fame), an acting legend who is still alive, was rightfully recognized in the Industry Merit Award which comes with a brand new SUV.

‘76’ shone bright like diamonds on the night winning Best costume design, Best Art direction, Best Actress, Best Director and Best Overall Film.

‘Oloibiri’ which had less nominations than ’93 Days’  won in the ‘Best Makeup Artist’, ‘Best Picture Editor’ and ‘Best Movie in West Africa’

'93 Days' had over 10 nominations, but won just 1 award on the night in the category for ‘Best Lighting Design’

See full list of winners below

Trailblazer Award


Somkele Idhalama


Best Make Up Artiste (Movies/TV series)


Oloibiri - Hakeem Onilogbo Ajibola, Perekeme Odon


Best Costume Designer


76 - Pat Egwurube


Best Art Director


76 - Pat Nebo


Best Sound Editor (Movies/TV series)


Vaya


Best Picture Editor (Movie/TV series)


Oloibiri - Nnodim Chigozie, Paula Peterson


Best Lighthing Designer (Movies/TV series)


93 Days - Elliot Sewape


Best Cinematographer


Happiness is a Four Letter Word - Lance Gewer


Best Documentary


Alison


Best Short Film or Online Video


Cat Face


Best Actress in an M-Net original comedy series


Deborah Anugwa - Hustle


Best Actor in an M-Net comedy series


Samuel Ajibola - "The Johnsons"


Best Actress in an M-Net original drama series


Meg Otanwa - "Hush"


Best Actor in an M-Net original drama series


David Jones David - "Hotel Majestic"


Best M-Net original comedy series


The Johnsons


Best M-Net original drama series


Tinsel


Best Indigenous Language  TV series/movies (Swahili)


Zilizala


Best Indigenous Language  TV series/movies (Hausa)


Yaki Da Zuciya


Best Indigenous Language  TV series/movies (Yoruba)


Somwhere in The Dark - Abiodun Jimoh, Jumoke Odetola


Best Indigenous Language  TV series/movies (Igbo)


Amoye-Bu-Onye


Best Soundtrack/ Original Score


The Encounter - Michael 'The Truth' Ogunlade


Best TV series


Jenifa's Diary


Best Writer


Vaya


Best Supporting Actress


Ebele Okaro Onyuike - Four One Love


Best Supporting Actor In A Drama (Movie/TV series)


Rotimi Salami - Just Not Married


Best Actor in a Comedy


Imeh Umoh Bishop - The Boss is Mine


Best Movie East Africa


Kati Kati


Best Movie West Africa


Oloibiri


Best Movie Southern Africa


All About Love


Best Actress in a Drama (Movies/TV Series)


Rita Dominic - 76


Best Actor in  a Drama


Sambasa Nzeribe - Slow Country


Best Overall Movie


76


Best Director


76 - Izu Ojukwu


Life Achievement Award


Chika Okpala