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Winners Announced For The 2016 AMVCAS!

By Mimi Ucheagwu

On Saturday the 5th of March at Eko Hotel, the best of African cinema gathered for a night of excitement, entertainment and red carpet glam as Africa Magic in association with MultiChoice and proud sponsors Amstel Malta, announced the winners of the 2016 edition of the Africa Magic Viewers' Choice Awards (AMVCAs).

The show, which was broadcast live on all Africa Magic channels on DStv and GOtv, began with exciting displays on the red carpet, eventually culminating in a spectacular night for African cinema replete with exciting musical performances, comedic displays and emotional speeches.

The event, hosted by the brilliant duo of IK Osakioduwa and South African TV host Minnie Dhlamini, featured excellent performances by artistes Flavour, Yemi Alade and Zonke, as well as brilliant comedic displays by Ugandan comic Salvador, and Thomas Gumede from South Africa. A highlight of the evening was the receiving of the 2016 Industry Merit Award by Nollywood legends Sadiq Daba and Bukky Ajayi. An emotional Bukky Ajayi received a standing ovation from the audience who acknowledged her contributions to African film and cinema spanning over 50 years.

Another big winner of the night was Daniel K. Daniel, who took home the award for the best actor in a drama category for his role in A Soldier's Story. Screen starlet Adesua Etomi took home the prize of best actress in a drama for her role in Falling.

The visibly excited Kemi 'Lala' Akindoju won the 2016 trailblazer award, and was given a prize of an SUV from JAC motors.

The full list of winners is below.

CATEGORY

WINNER

BEST OVERALL MOVIE (AFRICA)

DRY

STEPHANIE LINUS

BEST WRITER OF A MOVIE/TV SERIES

Ayanda

TRISH MALONE

BEST COSTUME

DRY

UCHE NANCY

BEST MAKEUP

Ayanda

LOUIZA CAROLE

BEST LIGHTING

COMMON MAN

STANLEY OHIKHUARE

BEST DIRECTOR

TELL ME SWEET SOMETHING

AKIN OMOTOSHO

BEST PICTURE EDITOR

Rebecca

SHIRLEY FRIMPONG - MANSO

BEST DOCUMENTARY

FAAJI AGBA

REMI VAUGHAN - RICHARDS

BEST ART DIRECTOR (MOVIE/TV SERIES)

THE REFUGEES

FRANK RAJA ARASE

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHER

TELL ME SWEET SOMETHING

PAUL MICHAELSON

BEST SOUND EDITOR (MOVIE/TV SERIES)

DRY

MARQUEX JOSE GUILLERMO

CATEGORY

WINNER

BEST TELEVISION SERIES

ARIYIKE OLADIPO

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY (MOVIE/TV SERIES)

FOLARIN FALANA

BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA (MOVIE/TV SERIES)

DANIEL K. DANIEL

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY (MOVIE/TV SERIES)

FUNKE AKINDELE

BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA (MOVIE/TV SERIES)

ADESUA ETOMI

BEST MOVIE - SOUTHERN AFRICA

JOYCE MHANGO CHAVULA

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

SAMBASSA NZERIBE

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS (MOVIE/TV SERIES)

TUNBOSUN AIYEDIHIN

BEST SHORTFILM OR ONLINE VIDEO

OLUSEYI AMUWA

BEST INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE MOVIE/TV SERIES - YORUBA

ABIODUN JIMOH AND JUMOKE ODETOLA

Best Movie - West Africa (Drama/Comedy)

CHINNY ONWUGBENU, GENVIEVE NNAJI, CHICHI NWOKO

BEST INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE MOVIE/TV SERIES- IGBO

PAUL IGWE

BEST INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE MOVIE/TV SERIES - HAUSA

SALISU BALARABE

BEST INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE MOVIE/TV SERIES - SWAHILI

JOSEPHAT LUKAZA

BEST MOVIE - EAST AFRICA

ELIZABETH MICHAEL

To find out more about the 2016 AMVCAs and other Africa Magic programming, please visit www.africamagic.tv or www.dstv.com