AMVCA 2017: The '76', '93' and 'Oloibiri' Show
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
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)
Best Picture Editor (Movie/TV series)
Oloibiri - Nnodim Chigozie, Paula Peterson
Best Lighthing Designer (Movies/TV series)
93 Days - Elliot Sewape
Happiness is a Four Letter Word - Lance Gewer
Best Short Film or Online Video
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
Best M-Net original drama series
Best Indigenous Language TV series/movies (Swahili)
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)
Best Soundtrack/ Original Score
The Encounter - Michael 'The Truth' Ogunlade
Best TV series
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
Best Movie West Africa
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 - Izu Ojukwu
Life Achievement Award