Saturday, 16 March 2013

AMVCA- COULD THIS BE THE REAL OSCARS OF AFRICA?




African Magic is an household brand channel in Africa and when this idea came up, it was completely welcomed by most followers of the Film industry in Africa..It is a viewers choice and that makes it unique in a way, except if other factors were outlined to get the winners..The most significant thing about this award was the glam and posh behind the stage and the guests present, from the actors, producers, directors and major corporate brands present...the type you can get at the Oscars.

An expert judging panel with a wealth of continental and international experience; and led by AMVCA Head Judge, Femi Odugbemi; were responsible for selecting the winners in non-viewer voted categories. The panel included Antonio Katakwe, Charles Asiba, Desiree Markgraaff, Joyce Fissoo, Kole Omotoso, Linus Abrahams, Simon Ratcliffe, Steph Ogundele and Zik Zulu Okafor.

The category wins for Best Supporting Cast in a Drama went to Uganda’s Matthew Nabwiso for A Good Catholic Girl and Kenya’s Maureen Koech for Lies That Bind. The prestigious award for Best Director went to another Nigerian, Akin Omotoso for Man on Ground. The announcement of the winners of the hotly-contested Best Movie Overall and Best Television categories produced the biggest ovation of the night, with Otelo Burning and The XYZ Show scooping top honours.

Big individual winners on the night included Nigeria’s Mercy Johnson as Best Actress in Comedy for Dumebi – The Dirty Girl, Ghanaian Jackie Appiah as Best Actress in Drama for Perfect Picture, Nigeria’s Hafiz Oyetoro as Best Actor in Comedy for House a Part and his compatriot and OC Ukeje as Best Actor in Drama for Two Brides and a Baby.

This might shake the standard created by African Movie Academy Awards(AMAA), which most people have come to recognize as the big screen awards...but with the emergence of the AMVCA, premiered in Lagos..the battle has just begun for other top notch awards...and for the actors, this is a time to up their game and prove they still have some seats in the Film Industry.

As for me, watching the event live on TV, makes me feel i was at the Oscars...The pre-event red carpet saw the stars dazzle, flaunting the finest continental fashion.  Capturing all the glitz was a team of on-air personalities, including Big Brother alumni Uti Nwachukwu and Nic Wang’ondu alongside Eku Edewor, Dolopo Oni, Sarah Hassan and Helen Paul.