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Read Nollywood Director Charles Novia’s Review of the 2013 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA)

The invitation cards for the first Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards were as much in demand as one would wish for an oil block from President Jonathan.

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OC Ukeje star of Charles Novia's New Movie "Alan Poza" with his award at the AMVCA

OC Ukeje star of Charles Novia’s New Movie “Alan Poza” with his award at the AMVCA

The invitation cards for the first Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards were as much in demand as one would wish for an oil block from President Jonathan. And if getting an oil block is so easy in Nigeria, then it means those of us who received the beautiful and well-packaged jewel- encrusted invitations with an ATM-cloned VIP card attached, got our ‘allocations’ for the event quite easily. One good thing the card did for whoever got it; it made one feel special and honoured. On that level of planning, the organisers deserve an ‘A plus’.

The night was one of glamour,glitz, fun and little screw-ups: at least to the discerning eye present in the hall. I was among many of the invited guests from Nigeria and other parts of Africa; a mix of the artistes, business men, government officials and perhaps the usual event crashers. Almost everyone present looked dapper and dazzling, with fashion designers having a field day for this event, I can bet my last buck on that!

The venue, Eko Hotel and Suites, was the perfect event centre for this show. The ambience of hospitality could be felt as guests trooped in. There was much mingling and lots of greetings and hugging going on with almost everybody looking so resplendent, it seemed surreal!

With guests seated inside the hall, the show kicked off at exactly 7pm. I must commend the MNET team and the broadcast crew for the strict time-keeping. There was no silly ‘African Time’. It showed the guys meant business and those who came late were either asked to lounge a bit at the built-in bar at the foyer or had to wait a bit for the commercial breaks before they were allowed entry.

I’m sure millions of people watched the live broadcast on satellite television so I need not explain much. However, inside the hall, what you saw in your homes must have been a well-packaged broadcast? Because I was following trends on twitter and facebook about the live show and many people were twitting that it was ‘like the Oscars in Africa!’. Really? I will point out the good, the bad and the ridiculous in my opinion of the whole show in no particular order; irrespective of whose ox is gored.

I got into the hall about ten minutes to the live broadcast and sat down in the middle row, facing the stage. I do not know if the audience in the hall were told by the floor managers before I got in that being a live show, they should expect a long stretch of breaks in between the show which to the viewers at home was packaged as commercial breaks with sponsors messages. To many in the hall, there were murmurs about what was going on during the first couple of breaks. Many in the hall thought there were hitches in the planning until they were brought up to speed by the very talented IK, the presenter, who mercifully did a few stand -up acts for the audience to keep them concentrated on the mood of the live broadcast. I would have thought that in between those breaks, for the benefit of the ‘studio audience’, some three minute entertainment should have been arranged.

The performance by Femi Kuti ,who was the first musician of the night, was quite pulsating. Some who sat next to me wondered why Femi Kuti would start a show of such magnitude with a lewd song like ‘Bang, Bang, Bang‘. Thinking about it, I think it was better he sang ‘Bang, Bang, Bang’ than the politically-charged songs like ‘I sorry for Nigeria‘ which would have been disastrous and out of place, being that the show was being broadcast to fifty-two countries! I have seen Femi live on stage many times over the past twenty years and he’s always a great performer. However, at the awards, he seemed restrained and lacked the energy his stagecraft is known for. It was as if, true to his song, he had been ‘banged’ out of his performance mojo. He just gave an average performance and left. The guy next to me whispered; ‘Na so? Dem pay am. He ‘Bang, Bang, Bang’ collect money and waka go?’. I didn’t know what to make of that statement but Femi Kuti made amends at the end of the show when he came back to perform.

The trio of the Federal Ministers, High Chief Edem Duke, Olusegun Aganga and Diezani Allison-Madueke, all gave a good account of themselves in their speeches. Judging them on composure and oratory, Duke and Aganga were masterful and inspiring, although High Chief Duke took a bit longer than necessary. Mrs Allison-Madueke read a good speech like a trained newscaster on behalf of the President of the Federal Republic. Someone could tell her that a little smile here and there won’t hurt her appearance in such events. There’s a difference between reading a speech at a Petroleum Forum and reading one at an Entertainment Award Night. In the former, one can be all sour-puss and scowls but for an event like the AMVCA, a loosening up of the facial muscles is required! Duke and Aganga did very well in that regard. None-the-less, the three Ministers showed last night why they are assets to the Presidency. Some other government representatives would have fumbled with long, boring and drone-like speeches.

I didn’t know what to make of Iyanya‘s performance which seemed tepid but Tiwa Savage and Banky W were quite good. Especially Banky W. Almost all the ladies in the hall sang his new song along with him. He still knows how to pull the heartstrings of the ladies, our Banky!

Olu Jacobs gave a very inspiring and motivational speech when he received his special recognition award. Its a well deserved honour to an actor who has left his large footprints on the sands for others to step into. Curiously, no one seemed to remember or even mention the late Justus Esiri all through the event. Only Obi Emelonye did that at the tail end of the awards in his speech. One would have thought that with the late Esiri being one of the staple faces on Africa Magic Channel, just a little mention by the organisers would have been perfect?

Ivie Okujaye got the Industry Trailblazer Award. I know Ivie and I have been following her body of work in the past couple of years, which is quite promising. No doubt, since winning the final edition of the Amstel Malta Box Office reality show, Ivie has proved that she’s one for the stars. However, I find her winning an Industry trailblazer award purportedly sponsored by the same Amstel Malta she once proxy-represented, a bit contrived. I guess the sponsors of that category made their choice and who better to give than one of their own? Just a hypothesis here. But notwithstanding, Ivie is one to watch out for. With the right script and direction, she will go places. Her acceptance speech was quite confident and from the heart. Congrats, Ivie.

Mercy Johnson deservedly won one of the ‘Best Actress in…’ Awards. Something tacky happened there. Patience Ozokwor took the long walk through the aisle to the stage to pick up the award on Mercy’s behalf. Everyone left the stage and IK continued his presentation. Then, the stuff unscripted bloopers are made of happened. A lone figure of a lady walked up the stage interrupting IK, who hid his fluster with a Professional quip as she walked up to him. It was Tricia Esiegbe, actress and Presenter of ‘Bold Faces’. ‘ Mercy asked me to accept the award on her behalf and to dedicate…blah, blah, blah’ she said. What the friggin’ flakes? Now, Tricia is my pal but I don’t understand why she had to do that, especially after the show had just moved to another segment. Tricia, if Mercy Johnson send you message, you nor see say dem don take the award on her behalf? You go tell me later weda na by force to deliver message or say you just wan be show face for telly so dat Mercy fit see say you true true deliver am! Next time, its advisable for Tricia and perhaps fastidious ‘on-behalf-of… friends’ of absent awardees to read the mood and timing before hopping on stage.

And IK! The most exciting, composed, articulate and engaging emcee and OAP of his time. The dude knows his onions! He makes us so proud when he ideally represents on continental platforms. His female co-presenter, Vimbai, was good too. She was adequately rehearsed for the show and gave a confident performance. Those two did quite well. Kudos to them.

Majid Michel and Stephanie Okereke tried to pull off a comic banter when called to present their awards. Majid, it didn’t ‘wek’ for me. Sometimes, actors don’t know when to draw the line between acting on screen and acting on stage in ceremonies like this. It would have been more dignified for Majid to be all cucumber cool and present, rather than trying to leave Stephanie in the lurch, which he actually did as they both were called out!

One repititive phrase kept ringing throughout the show from most presenters; ‘You didn’t come for rehearsals’. Really? Must you tell the world that? Aren’t some secrets of the show sacrosanct? The viewers are supposed to guess if the show was unscripted and perfect. Telling them that someone never showed up for rehearsals is so ‘akamu-ish’, depending on how you like your akamu! And if someone didn’t show up for such rehearsals, why wasn’t a replacement immediately used? *(whispering: this doesn’t happen at the Oscars!)*

The fellow who presented with Genevieve Nnaji, Tony, either out of excitement or over-familiarity, could not keep his hands off her shoulder or her waist when he did lower them. Made me wonder if he was living out a dream or a wish. Genevieve gave a cheesy ‘You all in the audience look beautiful’ or something close to that. Didn’t we all give our same cheesy applause! In fairness to the lady though, she looked beautiful and dignified. A worthy screen star; if only for looks and talent.

Now, if I wrote a bit about Omotola and what my thoughts are about her outfit, many people would draw allusions from my ‘fight’ with her as misconstrued by many, in my book. So, I am not going to write that I honestly thought that her beautiful dress made her look fat on stage. Beautiful as always but it seemed her body was popping out at the seams. I won’t write that. I would only write that she’s still much of a fantastic actress any day, in my opinion. Would that take the sting out of the erroneous impression that when it comes to Omotola, I am sometimes ‘The Real Mean’ if we face the ‘reality’ of it? Did anyone see my wink right now? She’s one of my favourite actresses though. Honestly. But I digress.

The perfect definition of style and charisma of the night for me, was RMD and Rita Dominic. RMD’s jacket? Very Cool. He has always been a power dresser and Rita has always been a lady of high style. They were both composed and assured on stage. A good pairing for presentation.

I literally screamed the hall down when OC Ukeje won the ‘Best Actor’ award. I have always believed in the prowess of OC since I judged him as a Judge in the Amstel Malta Box Office Season 2 reality where he was a contestant and he won. He’s the lead actor in my new movie ‘Alan Poza‘ and one thing I can say is that I have seen the positive future of Nollywood right now. And OC Ukeje is the power artiste of his generation and that future. A worthy actor and very, very hard-working and interpretative in roles.

I must commend the organisers and sponsors of the award for the initiative. It raises the profile of the African film industry and also has added to the reward system of the larger film industry. Every penny spent on the award was worth it. Being the first, I’m very sure it will get better in years to come. I must note too that for those people who still don’t believe in Nollywood, what further proof do you need that we are going up? Within twenty years, an industry springs up and now has all sectors of the country jostling to be part of it and you think we are joking? With such support structures like AMVCA, AMAA, AFRIFF and many others, Nollywood will reach its zenith. Despite my reservations and candid criticism of President Jonathan’s policies in the past, there’s no disputing the fact that he’s the first President ever to firmly believe in and support Nollywood. That support draws ancillary goodwill from other sectors of the country. And that is what a cultural industry like Nollywood deserves.

The AMVCA was a night of Screen Magic. Next time though, the organisers must wave their wands better. However, this first edition was a good ‘Presto’!

71 Comments

  1. Iphie

    March 13, 2013 at 7:54 am

    Nice one bro

  2. giggy

    March 13, 2013 at 7:54 am

    i don’t understand this man o!

    • Bunmi

      March 13, 2013 at 10:10 pm

      You cannot read but you can write.

    • Gigi

      March 14, 2013 at 12:21 am

      Lmaooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo. Best ans ever to all these illiterates. lollll

  3. lola

    March 13, 2013 at 8:05 am

    Nice write-up, but you forgot to mention the very obvious temperature of the venue. I observed that some of the attendees were fanning themselves while others that couldn’t cope had to removetheir jackets and rol up their sleeves.

  4. OGO

    March 13, 2013 at 8:06 am

    Nice writeup Charlie!!!! I think u r very intelligent and wise!!lol @ jokes about Omosexy

  5. MJ

    March 13, 2013 at 8:06 am

    You. Did not talk about Derele been all over the place…asking stupid questions. Please AMVCA should a better person in coordinating de red carpet.also too many people coordinating de red carpet making it too busy.

  6. pynk

    March 13, 2013 at 8:13 am

    gbogbo write up on top awards?

    • hayzey

      March 13, 2013 at 9:17 am

      Ehen? What’s your point?
      But anyway…..
      A very well-written piece. Honest, fair, constructive and witty. Nicely done, Mr Novia.

  7. dexter

    March 13, 2013 at 8:14 am

    Thank u so much Mr Charles Novia. This is constructive criticism that i really hope the “organizers” see and note down.The quality of this event wz not even up to 5% of the Oscars.Its our first,I know so they have a long long way to go if they want to earn international respect and appeal.There is no local appeal even not to talk of international.I have so many low points of this event but my lowest was when Omoni Oboli and someone(cant remember who) came to present an award for Best Male and on the screen were the nominees for best female and Omoni and partner did not just handle it well and the technical crew did not act fast and it was just a sad moment.At that point i just prayed to God that no hollywood insider was watching it,CNN would not carry it IJN(Runner up for lowest point-Tricia crashing the stage to do the unecessary).The whole show was just not well packaged and personally,the presence of those ministers was not needed at all!Despite the generally “bad” show,my best moment was Banky W’s performance.He gave me the hope i needed to believe in Nigeria’s entertainment industry.Banky is a good performer in all respect.Clean presentation,entertaining factor on a high level.Just my 2 cents y’all.God bless Nigeria

    • Titi

      March 13, 2013 at 10:51 am

      I believe Gideon handled that glitch very well!

  8. Chyke

    March 13, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Must u talk? But thank goodnes u made same comment I made on Omotola. D lady is just being 0verrated as Naija people call her Omosexy when she is soooo fat. N0thing is sexy about her. Leave my darling Genevieve alone o. Rita n RMD has always represented class just like Genevieve does. Oc Ukeje deservedly won even though 2 brides n a baby was a joke, he played his role well. Ivie Okujaye sh0uldn’t have w0n. As 4 Tricia Esiegbe or wateva dat her name be sef, if I could give her a punch through ma tv screen, I would have given her several black eyes. Na by force to deliver message when d time limit is up? Her busybody way of lyf na e go land her into wahala. She just insulted Mama G. Make she beta apologise to Mama G o. IK is good @what he does. Am suprised u said nothing about Rukky Sanda. I guess we b0th don’t give a damn about her. *sighs* but errrrmmmmm Mr Charles did u recieve any award? Dis ya Alan Poza na stupid movie. It w0n’t even make it to AMAA so stop judging others n think of how to improve ya production skills. I hate u 4 wasting Oc Ukeje’s talent on ya p00r film. U are a fault f!nder so sharrrrap.

    • sona

      March 13, 2013 at 9:54 am

      The insults @ d end are unneccessary.. If u don’t like d film den don’t spoil it for others that wanna watch… Pls dis is not an insultive response but I just feelu shouldn’t tear down someones work like that…

  9. Chyke

    March 13, 2013 at 8:39 am

    @MJ u just said it right. He forget to mention Denrele who was hovering all over d place n asking stupid questions. AMVCA should beta look for someone else next time.

  10. Mee

    March 13, 2013 at 8:40 am

    For me, I will rather nollywood focuses on producing quality movie than the high quantity the churn out without making impact on the continent. Pls Mr Novia, work on that toooo

  11. Chyke

    March 13, 2013 at 8:47 am

    @Mee dats exactly what I said.

  12. Ajobi

    March 13, 2013 at 8:47 am

    Very good write up sir, thumbs up to you, i have been looking for an avenue to give my own feedback too cus i watched the show from start to finish. i wouldnt want to duplicate your points but just maybe talk about my own low points…All the guys doing the red carpet interview did a shurdy job apart from Dolapo. Imagine the way they were dismissing our highly placed “celebs” without a courtesy “thank you for stopping by” or “hope you enjoy the show” i particularly felt sorry for Amaka from Tinsel who was still standing with Denrele and Denrele was introducing an oncoming Rita Dominic whom the camera had not even captured, the embarassment on Amaka”s face was obvious. Secondly, someone should please tell Iyanya to study his audience next time, its not all shows you go and be whining waist in front of people (i was embarrased for him). Finally, many of the award presenters were so uncordinated, one person was trying to hug the mic alone and just leave d partner looking. Overall, it was a nice first attempt and if all these feedbacks are taken in good faith, then i believe the second edition would be the BOMB

    • Tinuke

      March 13, 2013 at 1:41 pm

      @Ajobi Good Observation

  13. Miami

    March 13, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Yeeaaa. Tracia’s flop was obvious. See how she was panting on stage. Was she running from the bathroom? Oh well, shows there was little or no security for stage-climbers

  14. Chris Ayo Joseph

    March 13, 2013 at 9:07 am

    Nice one Charles, but let me remind you of some few things you forgot to write about. Did you observed that the whole hall was stuffy? I wonder why the Air- Conditioners weren’t working at an event of such magnitude. Anyway, i think there other Pros and Cons or do i say “Spectacles Beyond” the AMVCA . There was something very intriguing about the guest at the AMVCA. Several times, i ask myself what was going on here. Did everyone just get off from the British Airways Flight to attend this event? It seemed everyone at the event developed a British accent or maybe it was mandatory to have a British accent at the AMVCA. Before the event though, there were unconfirmed rumors that the criteria for getting an Invitation was a British Accent. Hmmm!! A lady approached me and during our conversation, in order to impress me, she quickly switched to a British Accent she just acquired 15mins ago and this is a lady i know very well that eats Eba just like me. Even the Oyinbo’s in attendance had a complex they could not even speak English with confidence again. Na Wa oo Naija! What is wrong with us, why do we think being fake is a status thing? I hope Nigerians will someday start being real, because when you fake an accent it is usually obvious to an educated ear and a fake accent is actually very annoying and starts to give people an insight on how insecure you really are about your real self. Anyway, there are other things that happened backstage and even out side the hall, but i’ll publish it in the April edition of The Redsheet Entertainment Magazine. Cheers!
    @Chris_ayojoseph

    • cynthia

      March 13, 2013 at 10:50 am

      Ha ha so funny. Naijas and our ‘fone’. Thats why I loved funke ogunde on ndani tv… so real!!!

  15. Anne

    March 13, 2013 at 9:11 am

    I love reading C.Novia’s write-ups. Great writer!

  16. Doks

    March 13, 2013 at 9:11 am

    haaha!!! Excellent right up. I salute the literay quality of your write up (smth I usually look out for). Your diction, use of euphemisms, metaphors, sarcasm, irony all worked in perfect unism. Very well written.

    You have put down a detailed account and I must confess, you almost got it all. Anyone who missed the show would have a good understanding of how it all went down after reading your review.

    Anyways, I watched the show and I completely agree with tou that Banky W was off da hook!!! Undoubtedly the best performer of the night.

    As for Madam Petroleum Minister, I believe shez in dire need of a good roll-in-the-hay with her husband. She needs to de-stress, scream out lout and relax.

    Tricia Esigbe shlda been flogged!!! Silly girl.

    You forgot to mention Liz Benson’s stint too – “Uncle Olu Jacobs, Aunty this, Aunty that…” Someone shlda reminded er she was on National TV and “aunty/uncle” titles howbeit respectful add-ons are highly innapropriate for certain fora. Gosh! We Nigerians sha! Perhaps if she had mentioned her husband first and not last as she did, she would have been more coordinated???

    How come you didnt mention Jim Iyke’s outfit and RIta Dominic’s charging nipples??? loll.

    btw, pls leave Omosexy alone o. We still like her and her booty.

    Overall- Fantastic review Charles!!! Thumbs up

  17. Doks

    March 13, 2013 at 9:12 am

    write up

  18. Egbuche Pope

    March 13, 2013 at 9:12 am

    I think that it was a great show, but the lighting & stage design where less impressive. They coul have been more creative considering the number of lighting equipments & lamps i saw there. They could do better, enroll the service of a good technical director/design who undestands how such events works. Because no one have critic them to this regard, they might keep up making same mistake. This is another area of our entainment sector that needs professionalism and creativity. Having the equipments alone doesn’t make it a powerful event, it takes some deep knowledge in stage craft to understand what i mean. Its no field for event planners, who knows everything in Nigeria.

  19. YVONNE

    March 13, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Everything said here is so true,many of our old actors and actresses were not really recognised on the red carpet,denrele didn’t know how to dismiss them properly and seriously he was too loud.and for that guy who almost made out with Genny on stage hmmmm.please is Helen-Paul pregnant again?her dress didn’t do justice @ all.Charles Novia maybe a critic but he’s a good writer*thumbs up*

  20. YVONNE

    March 13, 2013 at 9:22 am

    It’s Iyanya..lmfao,he made a fool of himself with those wogly dancers on hot pants..hehehehe.Tiwa baby and Banky killed the show.and that Congolese comedian did a good job too. Can someone please tell African Magic to stop showing the award show already.

  21. Sexxie

    March 13, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Mr Novia, it was Fabian wt Genevive, not Tony. Well for me, Amstel Malta was the major sponsor of the awards, Ivie and OC won because they came from AMBO. Shikena! They were way better nominees for that category, Fabian for Jacob’s Cross/Man on ground, Jafta from Othelo burning. That said, I’m sure the organisers would do better next year.

  22. dami

    March 13, 2013 at 9:32 am

    charles might sometimes get on my nerves but i must say that he’s a very intelligent person, highly intelligent.

  23. Annie

    March 13, 2013 at 9:36 am

    Lol..good and intelligent review, but na wa for u..after u stated u weren’t going to write abt Omotola and all, u still did..i found that funny tho.

  24. mona

    March 13, 2013 at 9:41 am

    did no one see liz benson?!?! wettin she dey yarn for stage…..she was asked to present an award but the raz thing took over and started thanking her husband, bishop blah blah blah…..oh pls, na u marry pass o! smh. next time these presenters shld be given a script and they shld stick to it. no unnecessary freestyling!!!

    • Gigi

      March 14, 2013 at 12:32 am

      Lmaooooo, srzly???? I tink these old cargoes take any little recognition as a form of reward n run wit it! lolll

  25. Stella Kashmoney

    March 13, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Too long. I have a short attention span. Off to the next post.

    • FRB

      March 14, 2013 at 9:15 am

      I’m tired of seeing comments like urs, it’s one of Nigeria’s problem. Please don’t pass your incompetence to your kids for a better future.

  26. ijaysugarbel

    March 13, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Loving the write up!!!

  27. esosa

    March 13, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Mr Charles Novia…. I usually take what he says with a pinch of salt but in this case i take it allllllll in. Apt, well crafted and constructive. I wish i could especially kiss you for the comments on omotola. She needs to stop living in denial and hit the gym fast. The truth is i couldn’t be bothered to sit up and watch the show, not after watching well organized shows like the oscars, BAFTA’s, Grammy’s etc. i went swimming and only caught snippets from the pool. (Unlike the Oscars which i would either record or stay up late to watch every min). Next day i wasn’t surprised when i started to hear from friends who went for the show, how poorly organized. Denrele on the red carpet at such a prestigious event? COMEEEEE OOOOOOOOOON MNET!!!!! I read what the fool told Genevieve, about leaving her bra at home or something equally as daft. Shamee!!!

    I saw the hot and rowdy red carpet. Uti and co kept fanning themselves. Then what happened to recognizing veterans in the industry AND fallen heroes of the African movie industry NOT JUST JUSTUS ESIRI?Charles this is a good piece not well rounded thought you would start from the red carpet, then to the VERY VISIBLE TECHNICAL BLOTCHES….who was that little man always running on stage to set the mic? couldn’t we afford to get a mic that appeared on cue? Then the camera man never seemed to get where the nominees or winners sat. My best dressed for that event remain Kunle Afolayan, where did Jim Iyke and Chidi Mokeme think they were going to? calabar carnival? We have a loooooooooooooooooooooong way to go when it comes to organizing quality shows in Nigeria.God help us.

    • NELLIEDIVA

      March 13, 2013 at 2:46 pm

      I totally agree wit evrytn u said. D nonsense Denrele said abt Genny’s undies is unforgivable. Denrele shud watch E!’s Live From The Red Carpet and see how Ryan Seacrest, Giuliana Rancic and co. host the red carpet. Even if they av somtn -ve to note abt ur outfit. Dey don’t embarrass u by putting u on d spot like dt. I love Denrele buh I was really peeved by dt behaviour. 🙁

  28. zeenie

    March 13, 2013 at 10:01 am

    beautifully written but i think he left derenle out , he was all over the place and giving unnecessary comments. considering the fact that they had lost some actors in recent times i would have expected to some form of tribute to them. all in all it was a good show but they could have done better.

  29. brenda

    March 13, 2013 at 10:05 am

    whats with Charles Novia?he is really being nitpicky gosh!!!! leave omosexy alone

  30. Autoprincess

    March 13, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Since the “Oscars” seems to be what the organisers were going for, they should note that people do not even come on stage to receive awards on absentee winners’ behalf, the presenters simply note their regretted absence and more on! No mgbeke “i collect this award on her behalf” .

    Also, what is it with people inviting their husbands/wives along to receive awards, some spouses even went as far as giving their own speeches, smh.

    I was part of the “studio audience” and I thought that Vimbai spoke too fast. Whoever dressed her must have hated her: horrible dresses, all of them!

    Lastly, dem big wigs must have been disappointed to note that there were no VVIP banquet tables (with champagne displayed) for them to sit. lolll

  31. Chris Ayo Joseph

    March 13, 2013 at 10:20 am

    I think Tricia Esiegbe only embarrassed herself and disrespected Veteran Nollywood Actress Patience Ozorkwo. There was no need for her coming up on stage whatsoever. Mercy Johnson called you from USA and so What? Didn’t she call me too? And i’m very sure she would have called some of her close friends too. In my opinion, i think she just wanted to be noticed and i guess she got it wrongly. Nigerians should learn how to co-ordinate themselves….! No Beef!!!
    Twitter- @Chris_ayojoseph

  32. Uche

    March 13, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Nice write up. but you left out some bits:
    – The fact that they should have deployed my stand alone A/Cs since theyhad all that light.. no see the heat.
    – There was no need for Jim Iyke to be on stage if was going to be treated like dirty by Biola abi na Bola of M-net… if not for TV, i bet Jim would have walked off that stage.
    – Denrele has no business on the red carpet for such classy high profile events. Same for helen Paul.. they irked my very being.
    – ermm… i cannot remember the rest now! hisss
    @ Ajobi you are so write…..no courtesy….sad sad sad!!!.

  33. Enigma

    March 13, 2013 at 10:25 am

    So it is ‘arrangee’ that Ivie and yet OC’s was fully deserving of his? Please have seat here. \_

  34. Enigma

    March 13, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Ivie won* my bad. Both are good actors but both wins were arranged biko.

  35. leila

    March 13, 2013 at 10:45 am

    First off, i don’t know why Mnet didnt have a gala night to entertain the ministers and the government officials. Mixing an award show with speeches was a no-no.
    Aganga, though quite put together upset me with part of his speech. He said something along the line of “Cameron commending Africa for having the highest number of countries transitioning to democracy”. How is that an achievement. which other continent can transition to democracy asides africa anyway; such a dumb statement.

    The show was good, considering it was the first try.

  36. cynthia

    March 13, 2013 at 10:56 am

    Who is this Charles Novia guy? I like his reviews!!! So funny!

  37. Toya Delazy

    March 13, 2013 at 11:16 am

    Nicely written,best piece ever…what I agree more was about Omosexy,which I wrote in the other post
    (Which took hours,for BN to post it,comment waiting for moderation)….I was even thinking may be it was my TV screen that made her look so huge! Habba,what kind of booty was said? Moderation is always the best!…..pls we need more write up like this next time!

  38. tessa

    March 13, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Nigeria has a long way to go.Basic things they need to learn.I think next year the awards should be held in South Africa,they seem to be organised there when it comes to such things.I’ve had the opportunity to watch the Metro fm awards,the South African music awards,Channel O etc and everything was so organised to a tee.Nigeria has a long way to go in hosting events of such magnitude.

    • Autoprincess

      March 13, 2013 at 1:38 pm

      Take a knock on your head for that statement.

  39. Bassi & company

    March 13, 2013 at 11:37 am

    Your statement s all through lacked intelligence. Just as blah as this so called charles Novia whose movies have never won an award but is perhaps more interested in becoming famous off his colleagues. I’m not sure what his so called problem with Omotola is ,as I never heard of his book…. But he is obviously obsessed with her from what I sense in this write up .
    You on the other hand chyke are afraid of omotola to say all those silly and totally biased things.
    People who talk the most never achieve. They talk about the ones who are achieving!

  40. Quety

    March 13, 2013 at 11:54 am

    This is exactly what I’m talking about. Well constructive criticism! I would have been so disappointed if u didn’t talk about the Tricia lady. I practically hid my head in shame when she came on stage to pull that her ‘notice-me-or-I-die’ stunt. This is a good one Charles, well done!

  41. ogo

    March 13, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    i absolutely love your write- up ,Mr. Novia!!! and it is so on point..i always look forward to your pieces ,and i agree with your comment on Omotola’s outfit,she looked ready to pop at the seams..

  42. teepee

    March 13, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Honest, for someone who knws about brand name, what it takes to build it and all that, i think charles should apply hie sense in this regard. How on earth will u be attacking omotola s if u have a personal score to settle with her, you of all people should know what that can do to her, well, she’s on top and u also can attest to that.

  43. sunday

    March 13, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Mr charles, i think you should talk less and let your work do the talkin. What problem have u got with our ever sexy omosexy? is there anything we dont know? Pls let her be and face your life so that you also can enjoy the success she is enjoying today.

    • Princess

      March 13, 2013 at 1:29 pm

      Thank you my brother. They should leave her fat nature alone, must everyone stay slim. Haba…….na wa o.

    • Bunmi

      March 13, 2013 at 10:30 pm

      You don’t have to slim my dear but she has to stop squeezing into a slim person’s dress. It’s like Eku’s lending some of these women her dresses. Everything has to be too tight on them… The attempt to look sexy becomes unsuccessful.. it’s just painful to see people squeeze into tight clothes all in the name of showing “curves”.. Joselyn Dumas is not slim but her dress looked perfect on her body. I didn’t like that dress but she just exudes effortless sex appeal. Omotola is naturally sexy but those tight things she wears look forced…like she has to dance while wearing them. The best look I’ve seen of her was when she wore denim pants, heels and a nice shirt in London..she looked like a star.

  44. Anon

    March 13, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    Not even interested in the message being passed across but I must say this man is a good writer! Amazing. Very learned.

  45. BNr

    March 13, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    Thank you Charles Novia, felt like i was at the event. Reminded me so much of home and what i miss most about it. As for Tricia and her Booooooooold Feeeeaces! I cringe each time i come across that show. I am still in shock but then she should never have been granted rights to be on TV in the first place. Edition 2 should be better. Go Nollywood and thanks for filling up my Saturday Nights!

  46. okromouth

    March 13, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    i dint particularly enjoy derenle’s stage presence. i would have tot that he just wanted pple to knw he had gotten over his bff’s death,but then again,he came back with even more energy..all that unwanted gragra nor b for that kind show abeg,he was just really annoying on stage.

  47. Adewale

    March 13, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Well written piece, you can always tell when a professional writes.

  48. nene

    March 13, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    excellent writer and funny too. i like the fact that he’s opinionated and doesn’t give a damn.

  49. kemi

    March 13, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    i think BellaNaija needs to recruit Charles Novia to their writing department, maybe he can give us movie reviews so we don’t have to waste our money on crappy “New Nollywood” movies. who’s with me? Amazing and witty writing!

    • Gigi

      March 14, 2013 at 12:22 am

      100% agree!

  50. Abimbola Dare

    March 13, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    excellent writing.

  51. Bunmi

    March 13, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    The eyepencil Tricia uses to draw those eyebrows is messing with her abi?
    Too many awards but most of us cannot show some of our friends in the West a lot of these movies the film makers are putting out for viewers. Not because their opinions matter but I cannot show my friends a film where a husband is treating his wife like a dog and the entire storyline is this woman being a full time mumu, and praying to God that her abusive husband becomes a better husband. F*ck no! I don’t know how to explain that this sh*t really happens. There is no law protecting women from abuse and that our society celebrates misogyny.
    I wish quality would be a priority for us rather than create more award shows with Tiwa, I Go Die, AY and the rest to perform the same thing at Eko Hotel..again. However, I am happy that we are taking the arts more seriously. After all, not everyone can be from any of the favorite Nigerian occupations- doctor, lawyer, accountant, banker, and engineer.
    I am not surprised they did not pay any tribute to Justus Esiri. Do they care? Their peers are falling sick and dying but you only hear from these ones when they donate something.

    I like your review..We need to see more of your posts on Bella etc. Nigerians must hear the truth and stop living in mediocrity and their fantasy land.

  52. Aisha

    March 14, 2013 at 12:20 am

    Very nice article. U truly know what’s up man

  53. Gigi

    March 14, 2013 at 12:40 am

    HAHAHA!!!!

    I love this review. Usually Charles Novia comes off as bitter but here, he has done a great job balancing sarcasm with a healthy dose of possible human compassion.
    It’s great that you’ve done this Mr. Novia, people HAVE GOT TO LEARN! And unlike the usual ass-kissing that s ever so present in Naija, this honesty is breath of fresh air!

    LMAO @ akamu-ish

  54. onyi

    March 14, 2013 at 11:47 am

    Lol am impressed but dosent any one remember eddicaddy the congolese he was awesome. Rita dominic and Rmd just had me grinning to myself, when that Tricia lady came up I was embarrassed for her I couldn’t watch ….. I loved Derenle and funlola when they were presenting. Omoni oboli just didn’t do it for me she actually wanted to call out the winner though her dress was beautiful, Gideon was just a professional Jackie appiah looked so scattered with her dress that was ill-fitting showing off her butt cheeks. Ik, Genny, Olu Jacobs and banky were awesome . Please iyanya its a formal event you don’t were shirts that show off your six pack I was relieved when he didn’t unbutton it you don’t wine waist and say sexy ladies in events like this, its beautiful ladies. Two brides and a baby was really a great joke, Oc’s speech was too rehearsed. Don’t quite get what jim iyke wore he was given the honour of presenting the last and best category he was just a big flop. Joseph benjamin and kate henshaw could have presented why did they repeat that amstel malta guy and osas Ighodaro there are other good actors. Olisa was hilarious. I hope Genny hooks up with that her fellow presenter or hakkem kae kazim.

  55. obitalk

    March 14, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    This event might be similar to the oscars in one way, that many reactions will be written and we keep on spotting then every where like this one. informationng.com/2013/03/the-2013-amvcas-hits-and-misses-according-to-aacgo.html the oscars had a lot of reactions so this might just be the one event that causes us to start talking. Please bring them rolling in. I looking forward to reading more and do point out where they are too

  56. Jennifer

    March 15, 2013 at 3:17 am

    The guy that wrote this article, although some things he said are true, he however should get his facts right! The guy with Genevieve on stage isn’t Tony but Fabian Adeoye Lojede.
    Tricia shouldn’t have come out, even if Mercy J ohnson left a message, because Patience Ozokwor already came out she didn’t need to. She disgraced herself and not Patience. No offence.

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