+ DETAILS OF THE STAR STUDDED AWARD
It was a night of glitz and glamour on Saturday, 5th March, 2016, as the 4th edition of the annual prestigious Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards held in grand style, at the Expo Hall, Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos. The Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards is a prestigious movie awards held in association with MultiChoice Africa and Amstel Malta. The. Award which rewards and recognizes excellence in acting, directing, writing, editing, costume design, sound, lighting, make-up, cinematography, and art direction across a variety of productions and genres, from drama and comedy features to documentaries, online video and short film, with special emphasis on the Trailblazer, Industry Merit. The award kicked off with a special Red Carpet broadcast hosted by different TV personalities from Ebony Life TV, Jara, Channels and several others, who welcomed some of Africa’s hottest stars to one of Africa’s biggest film and television events. The red carpet paraded a galaxy of stylish stars who dazzled in mind blowing outfits but among them, these 30 stood out. From star actress Rita Dominic who dazzled in an emerald green custom gown designed by Elvira Jude,Uzor Osimkpa in green & gold unique piece by AMVCA Best Costume Designer nominee Obijie Byge Oru of Bygecollections,Mercy AIgbe Gentry who stole the show in her studded silver gorgeous gown by House of Luminee,Osas Ighodaro Ajibade slayed in a peach ball gown designed by Toju Foyeh,Lilian Esoro Franklin simply shone in her Swarovski crystals studded yellow maternity dress by House of Dorothy Bridals, Stephanie Linus stood tall in her custom Lisa Folawiyo Studio shimmering green dress with butterfly details,ex beauty queen Anna Banner stunned in her ivory blue dress Styled by Moses Ebite of MoAshy styling,Genevieve Nnaji rocked a custom piece from Tope FnR,styled by Veronica Odeka,
Best Actress award winnerAdesua Etomi kept it glam in a custom green dress from April by Kunbi, Co-host of the show and gorgeous South African TV personality Minnie Dhlamini garnered attention in her breath taking custom piece from South African designer Gert Johan Coetzee,Oge Okoye glittered in her glamorous gold ensemble,Chioma Chukwuka Akpotha stepped up her game in her black dress by Ayovanlemar, Annie Idibia rocked a purple dress styled by Harvella,media gal Toke Makinwa looked simple yet very stylish in her bejewelled gold dress styled by Harvella,Fade Ogunro caused a stir in her sexy revealing outfit by Weiz Dhurm Franklyn,fast rising star Beverly Naya’s olive custom made gown by Sisiano Paolo,Linda Ejiofor wore a red ball gown by Womanbyaisha,sexy actress Rukky Sanda sparkled in white fitted sexy halter neck gown designed by her, Kate Henshaw kept it modest but glamorous in her red “kate”dress designed by Bunmibunmi,Caroline Danjuma was adorned in all gold by same designer Bunmibunmi,Best Actress Comedy award winner Funke Akindele was garbed in Lagos top stylist Ndidi Obioha’s Enthyst collection,Iyabo Ojo settled a beautiful mix of Ivory & cream gown designed by Toyin Lawani’s Tiannah outfit,Thelma okoduwa looked glam in her all gold flower designed gown,Michelle Dede settled for the simple but chic black mono strap dress styled by Yummie Ogbebor,Omoni Oboli wore a black and white dress by AprilByKunbi,Nse Etim Ikpe’s purple look was styled by Yolanda Okereke in a custom made dress by Ejiroamostafiri,Toni Tones rocked a sexy look in her Yemishoyemi couture,Trail blazer award winner Kemi Lala Akindoju rocked a flowing red gown with a touch of African design,so also Uru Eke who settled for a tradition styled beautiful dress by Esosa stores,Stylish actress Ebube Nwagbo also kept her look African in her white shirt and Ankara skirt,Bimbo Akintola looked chic in her black gown, while Mide Martins sashayed in her crystal studded pink gown by House of Luminee. From the red carpet, all guests were ushered into the cocktail session, followed by the award proper. The opening performance showcased a host of dancers dressed in white who entertained guests with an African themed performance, followed by introduction of the hosts for the night, they were none other than the dynamic duo of renowned media personality Ik Osakioduwa and South African TV/radio personality Minnie Dlamini who both gave stunned all with their rapt delivery and glamorous looks. They changed into 3 different classy outfits before the end of the event. Shortly after the hosts came on stage, the CEO of Mnet Yolisa Phahle gave a short welcome speech where she expressed her gratitude to all over the overwhelming support the brand has received in Nigeria and Africa at large while assuring all of a continued premium service from Mnet. After her welcome speech, the first set of awards were presented by showbiz stars Chris Attoh,Ireti Doyle,Gideon Okeke,Adunni Ade,Thelma Okoduwa,Yaw,Eku Edewor,Uti Nwachukwu,Blossom Chukwujekwu,Nse Etim Ikpe Kunle Idowu,Osas Ighodaro,Gbenro AJibade among several others including a representative from Dubai Tourism who also supported the awards with an all expense paid trip to Dubai for 4 winners. It was followed by an interlude of comedy and music performances, top Nigerian and International artists such as Senator, Mc Bash, Salvador from Uganda , Yemi Alade, Zonke, Alikiba (Tanzania) and Nigeria’s celebrated singer Flavour who thrilled the audience with his stage prowess. The other sets of awards were presented by a host of entertainment personalities, among them were Chioma Chukwuka Akpotha, Rita Dominic, Ego Boyo,Wangi Mba Uzoukwu( Mnet Africa Regional Director),Chioma Ude,Ik Ogbonna,Mr Ibu,Chigurl,Dakore Egbuson,John Ugbe (Multichoice MD),Femi Odugbemi,Majid Michel,Ego Boyo among several others. The big moment of the event came when two veteran actors Bukky Ajayi and Sadiq Daba were honoured with the Industry Merit Award. It was a very emotional moment as Nollywood’s most respected thespian that has been in acting for over 50 years; Bukky Ajayi gave a heartfelt speech that moved many to tears. The aged actress got a standing ovation from all the moment she was wheeled up the stage to receive her plaque. She used the golden opportunity to apologize to all she had offended in the past and also sought for forgiveness for all she had offened.She prayed for everyone and gave some words of encouragement to her colleagues. Then came the big wins of the night, they are fast rising actress cum producer, the brain behind The Make It Happen productions, Kemi Lala Akindoju who clinched the Trail Blazer Award plaque, accompanied with a brand new SUV from GAC motors, star actor Daniel K Daniel won the Best Actor, Adesua Etomi won the Best Actress Award while star actress Stephanie Okereke Linus’ movie DRY won the best Overall movie award, with a brand new SUV from Gac motors. Other winners include Akin Omotosho – Best Director, Chinny Onwugbenu, Genevieve Nnaji, Chichi Nwoko win Best Movie – West African , Funke Akindele – Best Actress, Comedy (Jenifa’s Diary) *Folarin Falana – Best Actor ,Paul Michaelson wins Best Cinematographer award *Elizabeth Michael – Best Movie ( East African) *Joyce Mhango Chavula – Best Movie – Southern Africa *Tunbosun Aiyedehin -Best Supporting Actress (Before 30) *Sambassa Nzeribe – Best Supporting Actor (A Soldier’s Story) *Remi Vaughan-Richards – Best Documentary *Paul Igwe – Best Indigenous Language Movie/TV Series (Usekwu Igbo ) *Abiodun Jimoh and Jumoke Odetola – Best Indigenous Language Movie (Yoruba) (Binta Ofege) *Salisu Balarabe – Best Local Language Movie ( Hausa) *Josephat Lukaza – Best Indigenous Language Series or Movie (Swahili) ( Kitendawili ) *Uche Nancy – Best Costume Designer for (Dry) *Shirley Frimpong-Manso – Best Picture Editor Award *Paul Michaelson – Best Cinematographer *Stanlee Ohikhuare – Best Lighting *Trish Malone – Best Drama Writer *Oluseyi Amuwa – Best Short Film /Online Video. The star studded award ceremony had a long list of movie practitioners and entertainment stars in attendance, they include Genevieve Nnaji, Funke Akindele,Michelle Dede,Obi Emelonye,Ramsey Noah,RMD,Lancelot Immasuen,Kunle Afolayan,Victor Olaitan,Jide Kosoko,Mike Ezuruonye,Hilda Dokubo,Liz Benson,Ego Boyo,Blessing Egbe,Mildred Okwo,Segun Arinze,Kate Henshaw,Rita Dominic,Oge Okoye, Carolyn Danjuma,Ibinabo Fiberesima,Majid Michel,Ken Erics,Van Vicker,Frank Rajah Arase,Femi Odugbemi,Arinze Okonkwo,Desmond Elliot,Uche Jombo,Bishop Umeh,Mercy Aigbe,Fathia Balogun,Iyabo Ojo,Ronke Oshodi Oke,Eniola Badmus,Seun Ajayi,Deyemi Okanlowo,Chuks Omalicha,Kenneth Okolie,Racheal Okonkwo,Nicole Banna,Lisa Omorudin,Damiloa Attoh,Ebube Nwagbo,Susan Peters,Rukky Sanda,Uzor Osimkpa,Munachi Abi,Sarah Ofili,Toke Makinwa,Gbemi,Femi Jacobs,Linda Ejiofor,Lilian Esoro,Ubi Franklin,Beverly Naya,Adunni Ade,Uche Nancy,Bob Manuel Udokwu,Kemi Adetiba,Fade Ogunro,Mbong Amata,Tope Tedala,Kiki Omeili,Ini Edo,Kehinde Bankole,Chigozie Atuanya,Mike Godson,Belinda Effah,Darey Art Alade, Tamara Eteimo,Anna Banner,Annie Idibia,Chelsea Eze,Padita Agu,Nosa Rex,Omoni Oboli,Byran Okwara,Ninalowo,Gideon Okeke,Kemi Adetiba,Yvonne Jegede,John Dumelo and among several others.