The Bitter, Sweet and Shocking Pill of AMVCA 2020

Big Winners AMVCA’s (L-R)-Timini Egbusen (Best Actor), Toyin Abraham (Best Actress) Swanky Jide.A (Trailblazer Award) – credit/ Africa magic

The seventh version of one of the most popular awards in the African continent is done and dusted.

Stars, Filmmakers, socialites, and a bandwagon of high-level entertainment individuals all gathered at the Eko hotels and suites for the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards

Social space was in full buzz mode as all major sporting events have been suspended due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus

This indirectly gave good breathing space for commentary and hashtags related the award to enter top trends.

This award was meant to take place last year, but due to financial constraints (awards cost a lot money + mundane politicking)

Hence the push off to 2020 all beginning with the nomination announcements in February, nominations party and then the Award Night itself.


The Ceremony was hosted by IK Osakioduwa and Kenya’s Amina Abdi Rabar who were flawless in delivery

Awards were presented in 28 categories, with only 7 categories open to public voting and 21 categories to be decided by the AMVCA panel of judges with the inclusion of a new category, The MultiChoice Talent Factory Award

Nominated stars were giving a 37 days campaign runway to get their fan bases to vote them in the different categories they got nominated for.

A quick look at the nomination list reflects that the award would be a keenly contested one

Living in Bondage Sequel -10

God Calling -10

Ratnik -7

King of Boys- 6

Seven -6

Elevator Baby -6

Smash -3

Merry men- 1

Bling Lagosians -2

Foreigner’s God – 2

The Winners

Leading the pack for the wins is Living in Bondage: Breaking Free that packed home 7 awards out it’s 10 solid nods

Charles of Play (Founder of PlayNetwork) wins 7/10 AMVCA’s

Categories included, the most coveted best director and best movie in West Africa

Play network studio’s debut Living in bondage sequel stormed theaters in November last year with opening weekend figures of N28 Million Naira and was perceived to have had a successful run at the NGN Box Office

Nollywood’s latest star Swanky JKA was minted from this project and with the new landscape of remakes, there would be more faces from this indie studio who are currently working on casting their lead for another remake Nneka the pretty serpent

Nigerian sci-fi movie Ratnik to be screen April 10, 2020 opened the ceremony by quickly snagging two awards that were not in placed in the voting categories: Best Art Director and Costume design

What the Shock!

Migrating to a shocking moment was how Ghanaian actress Gloria Sarfo – took home the best-supporting actress in a category where the following names were included

Toni Tones – King Of Boys

Eucharia Anunobi – The Foreigner’s God

Tina Mba – The Set-Up

Mary Lazarus – Size 12

Gloria Sarfo – The Perfect Picture: 10 Years Later

Watch How She reacted to the news on Instagram

To say it was unexpected – yes but notwithstanding all ladies in this category were all winners

Ha! Zainab balogun not winning a single plaque was distressing, after doing all cool VFX jumping on 3rd mainland bridge and amazing on-screen work in the movie God Calling

Anyway, the AMVCA right from inception has shown it’s a popularity contest so we cannot riot at this point in time

(we need a critic’s award asap!)

Swerving into some fashion disaster

Omashola red carpet’s dress tried to do some death head standing but failed woefully

Pretty Mike is a Naija Paleficient 

The winner of the one million Naira best dressed goes to Mercy and Mike (Winners of BBN 2019) – again not accepted, our top picks are:

Kunle Remi & Denola Grey

Nana Akudo & Uzoamaka Anuinoh

And the winner of the award goes to…*crickets

Kemi Adetiba’s King of Boys action thriller got a whooping 6 nods but did not receive any win and as such, several rants from beloved fans took place on Twitter


It was almost Over

Tick Tock. Nothing yet. Just Cheering the other winners

The Anthill group hadn’t got a single call to the big stage for anything

Four More Categories and they would have suffered the same brutal fate as King Of Boys

And the winner for Best Actor in a Drama goes to…

….Dakore opens the envelope lightly

See’s the winner’s name and screams into the Schoeps mic

Timini Egbuson – Elevator Baby. Phew!

Anthill studios snagged two awards from its 6 list nomination category

Below is a Full List of the AMVCA’S 2020

Best Makeup Category – Lilian Omozele Paul (God Calling)

Best Costume Designer – Dimeji Ajibola (Ratnik)

Best Picture Editor – Tosin Igho and Byryan Dike (Elevator Baby)

Best Sound Editor (Movie/TV Series) – Cristina Aragon (Living in Bondage)

Best Lighting and Designer (Movie/TV Series) – Cardoso (God Calling)

Best Cinematographer – John Demps (Living in Bondage)

Best Documentary – Beverly Naya (Skin)

Best Soundtrack (Movie/TV Series) – Larry Gaaga and Flavour (Living in Bondage)

Best Writer (Movie/TV Series) – Asinogu Nicole and CJ Obasi (Living in Bondage)

Best Indigenous Language (Movie/TV Series) Swahili – Raveet Sippy Chadha (Subira)

Best Indigenous Language (Movie/TV Series) Hausa – Muhammad T. Finisher (Tuntube)

Best Indigenous Language Movie/TV Series Yoruba – Yewande Famakin (Alubarika)

Best Indigenous Language Movie/TV Series Igbo – Victor Iyke (Nne)

Best TV Series Drama/Comedy) – Anis Halloway (Truth)

Best Short Film or Online Video – Bola ‘Enigma’ Akanbi (Thorn)

Best Multichoice Talent Factory Film – Promises (East Africa)

Best Movie Southern Africa – Dalitso (Abraham Kabwe)

Best Movie East Africa – Plan B (Sarah Hassan)

Best Movie West Africa – Living in Bondage (Steve Gukas)

Industry Merit Award – Peter Igho

Best Supporting Actress in a Movie or TV Series – Gloria Sarfo (The Perfect Picture: 10 Years Later)

Best Supporting Actor in a Movie or TV Series – Pascal Tokodi (Disconnect) Best Actress in a Comedy (Movie/TV Series) – Funke Akindele (Moms At War)

Best Actor in a Comedy (Movie or TV Series) – Chibunna “Funny Bone” Stanley (Smash)

Best Actress in a Drama (Movie/TV Series) – Toyin Abraham (Elevator Baby)

Best Actor in a Drama (Movie/TV Series) – Timini Egbuson (Elevator Baby)

Best Dressed Male – Mike Edwards Best

Dressed female – Mercy Eke

Trailblazer Award – Swanky J.K.A

Best Director – Ramsey Noah (Living in Bondage)

Overall Movie – Living in Bondage

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