In the world of glitz, glamour and celebrities, come the arena where they all come to play; the red carpet. And award shows pose a very good platform for all these elements to converge. Oh how I love the award season! Its the time we see all the stars come out to play, that is, exhibit their vainness in different proportions under the very scrutinous eyes of fashion critics and roaming lenses of the press.
Just like every other year, the award season kicks off majorly in the first quater and it creates a damn good amount of buzz to last for months on end. The Grammys, the Golden Globes, the screen actors guild awards aka the SAG awards, the BAFTAs and the Oscars are some that are prominent. Now let’s come down to Africa where award shows are fast becoming a fad and celebrities in this part of the world are quickly catching up to the trend of looking good for the cameras.
One of such awards is the just-concluded African Magic Viewer’s choice awards…the AMVCAs 2014! The award Is in its sophomore edition and has been able to garner enough recognition since its inception. The show took place at the prestigious Eko Hotel and suites(by the way, that venue has been over-used choi!) On the 8th of march, 2014 that it was slated for and the hosts for the night were Ik, Vimbai from last and a pleasant new addition, Osas, who has been dazzling everyone on the red carpet with stunning gowns! Ok femi focus…take a breather…sigh. Back to the story. The skies were clear and the elements favourable. Red carpet kicked off at 5pm and the stars began trooping in their drones. The red carpet hosts namely Eku Edewor of 53extra fame and Channel O Vj with the most absurd persona yet likeable, Derenle Edun…quite a pair they were; derenle the crazy and hyper one, Eku the posh and with-a-lotta-finesse one. Then of course, Jara host, Uti Nwachukwu(who is dating saeon now…you know her right?) and Sarah Hassan of Mashariki Mix paired up to analyse the fashion hits and misses of the night, some judgement I do not agree with but then…they were live on national tv yeah? Anyway, interviews were switched intermittently between duos and they all looked ravishing in different designer pieces. The night was all about bright color palettes from red to emerald, pink, white/silver, nude et al…lace, lace and more lacey numbers with trains ruled the night. I was particularly impressed with the fact that some celebrities took it a notch up from what was attainable last year. The men also brought their A-game in dapper tuxedo pieces. I definitely have some favorites from the show. Let me know who brought it for you too. Here are some I think pulled all the stops and the full list of winners. Check it out!
Best Film – Contract
Best Actor (Drama) – Tope Tedela for ‘A Mile From Home’
Best Actress (Drama) – Nse Ikpe Etim for ‘Journey to Self’
AMVCA Merit Award – Pete Edochie
Best Movie (Drama) – ‘The Price’
Best Movie (Comedy) – ‘A Wish’
AMVCA New Era Award – Rita Dominic
AMVCA Trailblazer Award – Michelle Bello
Best Supporting Actor in a Movie/TV Series – Desmond Elliot for the movie ‘Finding Mercy’
Best Supporting Actress in a Drama – Bikiya Graham-Douglas for the movie ‘Flower Girl’
Best Director – Shirley Frimpong-Manson for the movie ‘Contract’
Best Actress in a Comedy – Funke Akindele for the movie ‘The Return of Sheri Koko’
Best Actor in a Movie/TV Series – Osita Iheme for the movie ‘The Hero’
Best New Media – Online Video – Amarachukwu Onoh for ‘Mother Tongue’
Best Short Film – Walter ‘WaltBanger’ Taylaur’s ‘The Wages’
Best Documentary – Dr Gilbert Chigbo’s ‘Dead Wood’
Best Indigenous Movie or series (Hausa) – Abba Mukko Yakassai
Best Indigenous Movie or series (Yoruba) – Mercy Aigbe’s ‘Komfo’
Best Indigenous Movie (Swahili) – Njoki Muhoho’s ‘Mama Duka’
Best Comedy Series – Fred Phiri’s ‘Love Games’ Episode 6.
Best Video Editor – Shirley Frimpon-Manson for ‘Contract’
Best Cinematographer – Christian Almesberger for ‘Nairobi Half Life’
Best Lighting Designer – Mohamed Zain for ‘Nairobi Half Life’
Best Writer (Comedy) – Jigi Bello for ‘Flower Girl’
Best Writer (Drama) – Shirley Frimpong-Manson and Herty Owusu for ‘Contract’
Best Make-Up – Elayne Okaya for ‘Nairobi Half Life’
Best Costume – ‘The Kingdom’
Best Art Director – Barbra Menesh for ‘Nairobi Half Life’
Best Costume – Chiemela Nwagboso for ‘The Kingdom’
Best Art Director – Barbra Meneshi for ‘Nairobi Half Life’