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Monday 14 December 2015

AMVCA 2016: Actresses take over Nollywood

AMVCA 2016: Actresses take over Nollywood

As the much anticipated nominees for the 2016 edition of the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA) were unveiled on Friday, December 12, one thing was clear; Nollywood actresses are no longer comfortable with being confined to the sidelines.

Evidently, some of Nigeria’s finest actresses who have taken to producing their own movies were nominated in the best categories. Three of them, Genevieve Nnaji, Stephanie Linus and Omoni Oboli, especially stood out.

Nnaji’s movie, Road to Yesterday, for instance, is nominated in six out of the 26 categories. The movie is in contention for the Best Overall Movie (Africa) category with five other films; Dry (Stephanie Linus), Freetown(Adam Abel and Garrett Batty) Ayanda (Sara Blecher), Tell Me Sweet Something (Akin Omotosho), Silverain(Juliet Asante) as well as House Arrest (Joseph Kenneth Ssebaggala)

It is also nominated in Best Writer of a Movie/TV Series (Emil B. Garuba), Best Director (Ishaya Bako), Best Actress in a Drama (Genevieve Nnaji), Best Picture Editor (Chuka Ejorh), Best Movie – West Africa (Chinny Onwugbenu, Genevieve Nnaji, Chichi Nwoko) and Best Sound Editor (Kulanen Ikyo)

Stephanie Linus’ Dry also made a statement in eight categories; Best Overall Movie (AFRICA), Best Costume Designer (Uche Nancy), Best Makeup Artist (Gabriel Okorie), Best Director (Stephanie Linus), Best Supporting Actress (Zubaidat Ibrahim Fagge), Best Art Director (Gabriel Okorie), Best Cinematographer (Angel Barroeta),Best Movie – West Africa as well as Best Sound Editor (Marquex Jose Guillermo)

Omoni Oboli also establishes her presence in the 2016 AMVCA nominees like with her two movies, Being Mrs Elliot and The First Lady. While neither of them make it to the most coveted category, the Best Overall Movie (Africa), they are prominent in several others; Best Costume Designer (Being Mrs Elliot/The First Lady), Best Makeup Artist (Being Mrs Elliot), Best Lighting Designer (Being Mrs Elliot), Best Actor in a Drama (Being Mrs Elliot) and Best Actress in a Comedy (Being Mrs Elliot).

In a special live broadcast beamed on all Africa Magic channels on DStv and GOtv last Friday, nominees for the 2016 edition of Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA) were revealed.

The show was hosted by popular Kenyan broadcaster, Larry Madowo and Nigerian comedienne Chigurl.

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