Saturday, 5 March 2016


...And the winner is...that was a regular line used by most presenters of the various categories at the 2016 edition of the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards held at the Centre of Excellence, Lagos. It was glitz, glamour and graceful looks by most stylish celebrities across the continent of Africa but one unique thing about the day was an element of green which was very present on the red carpet; 53 Extra host, Ozzy Agu, Actresses Rita Dominic, Funke Akindele, Stephanie Linus, Beverly Naya, Adesuwa Etomi and Kate Hensahw all had some element of green embolished in their outfits...Despite that, some appeared awful in the green.
This was truly a great night and also a thumbs down...but the celebration of African drama and Movies is the reason why this awards is put together...This was the night for Veteran Actress, Bukky Ajayi who was honored alongside fellow Veteran, Sadiq Daba for the Industry Merit Award...I got emotional as Mama was assisted to the stage and she expressed her gratitude while in tears and witha good sense of humor...

Ariyike Oladipo is one Television Professional whose works are very detailed; from sound, screenplay and the stars used in her production and grabbing the Best Tv Drama Series for 'Daddy's Girls' is no surprise...hard work surely pays and that also applies to Oluseyi Amuwa for his effort on 'A Day with Death' which won Best Short Film. One African Woman whose works have always spoken professionalism is Shirley Frimpong-Manso...She also grabbed the Best Picture Editor for the movie, 'Rebecca'...Another creative man and Director like Shirley is Akin Omotosho, He won Best Director for 'Tell Me Sweet Something' and Best Documentary went to Remi Vaughn-Richards for 'Faaji Agba'.

I am particularly thrilled, happy and full of joy for Funke Akindele and Folarin Falana also known as Falz for filling our lives with unending humor every week on Television...All that did not go to waste as they both grabbed Best Actress and Actor in a Comedy Series, Jenifa. This edition has been described by some people as highly motivational because most of the winners are very deserving due to effort that went into their various production...The same applies to Chidozie 'Sambasa' Nzeribe who won Best Actor in a Supporting role in 'A Soldier's Story' and Tubosun Aiyedun who won Best Actress in a Supporting role in 'Before 30'.
There were some big moments for the night and this is so because these particular winners are very hardworking, spirited and quite detailed in their craft as Screen and Stage Actors...I am referring to two talented ladies, Adesuwa Etomi and Kemi 'Lala' Akindoju. My best speeches for the night came from these ladies...Adesuwa won Best Actress in a Drama/Movie for her outstanding role in 'Falling' while Kemi won the Trail Blaizer Award alongside an SUV from one of the sponsors. The much anticipated winner of the night was Daniel K. Daniel for the Best Actor in a Drama/Movie for the movie, A Soldier's Story.

Can the night pass by without Genevieve Nnaji grabbing one award...? I guess the brand she represents that happens to be a major sponsor of the awards might not be happy with it...and so, It was a lucky night as her movie, Road To Yesterday grabbed the Best West African Movie...If you ask me, I will say Its a good one because Its simply close to saying Its the best movie in Africa...
Nollywood Actress, Stephanie Linus who happens to be in the league of Directors now had a fulfilled night as her movie, Dry grabbed the Best Overall Movie and Best Costume Design.

As usual, you cannot witness such a high profile event as this without not witnessing some flaws, drama and surprises...My drama of the Night among the Red Carpet Hosts would have to be Actress and Comedienne, Helen Paul...Her hair was drama personified...more like a fairy-tale African granny. Eku Edowor went into the Shaolin Temple again just like last year..The awkward speech of the night went to Genevieve Nnaji..She would have just said thank you or simply allow her co partners to do the talking...

The musical performances were on point...From Yemi Alade, Flavour to Zonke from South Africa, It was outstanding and please, I would love to see more promotion for Salvador, A Comedian from Uganda..He killed it for me and My best dressed celebrities would be Adesuwa Etomi, Anna Banner and Funke Akindele while My worst dressed Celeb would be Actress, Ini Edo..Do not ask me why..ok..the designers would have done away with the train...
Ex Beauty Queen, Anna Banner- Best Dressed
Best Dressed-Adesuwa Etomi
Best Dressed-Funke Akindele
Worst Dressed-Ini Edo
To the Organizers of the awards, You keep getting better each year but If you get to read this write up, please take total cognizance of the microphone being used by the presenters..there has to be a way it blends with their heights..take a cue from Hollywood...It can be controlled automatically because I find It weird when they have to either bend or somehow adjust their body to the microphone...against all that, It was a wonderful show..and congratulations to Africa!