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BellaNaija presents Our Top 10 Most Unforgettable Moments at the 2015 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards – AMVCA!



Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards - AMVCA 2015 | BellaNaija 004The 3rd edition of the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA) at Eko Hotel on Saturday March 7 2015 was everything an award show should be. Glamorous stars, performances and touching moments made for a memorable night.

You’ve seen our First Look at the Red Carpet & Winner List, BN Red Carpet Fab, Best Dressed List and Most Controversial Red Carpet Looks, now we are giving you all the scoop on the funny, crazy and musical moments at the awards.

We would like to commend the MultiChoice/Africa Magic/M-Net team for a great job on what is fast becoming the most prestigious film and TV award event in Africa.

Here are our 10 Most Unforgettable Moments of the Ceremony!

Osas’ Opening Act

Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards - AMVCA 2015 | BellaNaija 002 Osas Ighodaro proved she’s not just another screen goddess when she led a dance and drumming troupe for the night’s opening performance. “What if I am African?”, she declared in a powerful spoken word piece. She was lifted in the air by able-bodied bare chested dancers, who also spun and jumped in the air for the acrobatic routine.

Vimbai & IK’s Dance & Dip

Vimbai & IK in their 1st Looks

Vimbai & IK in their 1st Looks

Zimbabwean Vimbai Mutinhiri and Nigerian IK Osakioduwa​ made an entertaining pair as the hosts of the night. With flirtatious and funny comments throughout, our highlight of their hosting stint was IK serenading and dipping Vimbai as they sang the blues while in coordinated outfits. 

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Vimbai & IK Matching in Red for their 2nd Look

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The Dip!

Vimbai & IK in their 3rd Outfits

Vimbai & IK in their 3rd Outfits

Shoki Medley  Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards - AMVCA 2015 | BellaNaija 040We hadn’t heard Shoki quite like this! Ace actors and award winners, OC Ukeje, Blossom Chukwujekwu, Femi Jacobs alongside nominee Gideon Okeke harmonized for a surprisingly pitch perfect yet hilarious rendition of the Lil Kesh hit, Shoki.

Eddie Kadi’s Jokes & Dancing 

OMG! When Congolese Eddie Kadi compared the ‘toasting’ (wooing) and dancing styles of Nigerians, Ghanaians, Kenyans and Congolese, we almost fell out of our seats. From the jumping Kenyans to the calm and cool Ghanaians to Nigerians doing Azonto that looks like they’re washing clothes and then turns into Galala, to the pointing and waist winding Congolese, he ‘bodied’ it!

Genevieve Nnaji presenting Checks! Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards - AMVCA 2015 | BellaNaija 054Brand ambassador for the big sponsor of the night, Nollywood superstar looked uber fab and topped most best dressed lists. Checks were presented to four category winners on stage.

Dorobucci – The Mavin Performance Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards - AMVCA 2015 | BellaNaija 022Don Dorobucci! Arguably the biggest and catchiest Nigerian tune in 2014, the song spurred so many slangs of doro-this and doro-that.Don Jazzy, Di’Ja, D’Prince, Korede Bello and Reekado Banks performed, as the crew was missing Dr SID & Tiwa Savage, who was in Uganda. We love seeing the hit-making Mavin crew. 

Don Jazzy’s blinged out walking stick was also a big style statement!Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards - AMVCA 2015 | BellaNaija 024

Industry Merit Award – RMD Crying, A Standing Ovation

The AMVCA Industry Merit Award honoured Amaka Igwe, and was given by Richard Mofe Damijo (RMD), after a montage of people who passed away in the movie industry in the past year, including Muna Obiekwe was shown. The late director’s husband and business partner, Charles Igwe, received the plaque on her behalf, stating that she wanted to leave a notable impact, and she succeeded at that.  Amaka Igwe OvationRMD, who had known her for over 20 years and worked with her from Checkmate and beyond, cried as he gave away the award. She received the only standing ovation of the night, a touching moment for all.

Basketmouth and IK’s Digs Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards - AMVCA 2015 | BellaNaija 030Only a comedian can get away with such shade! Whew. Basketmouth’s routine caused *gasps* and roaring laughter within the crowd. He started off talking about the gold/white and black/blue dress debate, citing experts who said people who see black and blue are depressed. He then said maybe Nigerians are ‘depressed’ because we see a lot of things the ‘wrong’ way.

Patience Jonathan can speak English fluently, Tonto Dike can really sing, D’banj has been churning out hits and we actually have uninterrupted electricity”, among other digs.

Another person who got in on the joke wagon was the host IK, who said “the next performer is someone a lot of ladies would like to date … and have probably already dated,” when introducing 2Face Idibia.

2Face & Lola Rae Perform  "Let Somebody Love You" after Basket Mouth's Routine

2Face & Lola Rae Perform “Let Somebody Love You” after IK’s Introduction

The Big Winners! ‘The Meeting’ & ‘October 1’ Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards - AMVCA 2015 | BellaNaija 058Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards - AMVCA 2015 | BellaNaija 061

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October 1 Cast

Award shows always have their ‘big winners’. The movies that set a new standard of African filmmaking in the recent years. Kunle Afolayan for drama, October 1, which won 9 out of 13 awards it was nominated for and Rita Dominic and Mildred Okwo for comedy, The Meeting were the AMVCA 2015 ‘big winners’.

The Meeting Cast

The Meeting Cast

The Finale! P-Square’s Medley Performance Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards - AMVCA 2015 | BellaNaija 066 P-Square is always ‘double trouble’ but in a good way as they make their mark on the stage. They performed a rousing medley of their songs, including their latest hit, Collabo, with Don Jazzy, making his second appearance on stage that night.

It was a fitting way to end the fabulous night.

Bonus: A Little Banter and a Lot of Tear-Jerking Speeches

No award show is complete without the ‘little’ moments – the presenters’ banter, jokes and a few people going over their time slot to thank the people that helped them to their glory. Here are a few of our faves! AY of 30 Days in Atlanta and his wife, Mabel AY Makun is best known as a comedian, but he also made a pretty awesome comedy movie last year called 30 Days in Atlanta. He won the prestigious New Era award, presented by Rita Dominic, who won it last year.

AY mainly thanked his wife Mabel, who was in a red ball gown, who encouraged him to make a movie as she knows he enjoys making skits, after he complained that stand-up was becoming monotonous.

He received a black diamond encrusted watch from Chris Aire in addition to his award. Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards - AMVCA 2015 | BellaNaija 036Helen Paul and Chinedu Ikedieze were too funny as they made fun of their heights, the mic stand positioning and more. The smiles on their faces in the above photo say it all. Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards - AMVCA 2015 | BellaNaija 046Funke Akindele had everyone hollering when she spoke like the ‘razz’ Jenifa, a character from her unforgettable movie of the same title, when presenting an award. Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards - AMVCA 2015 | BellaNaija 031 It says a lot when your peers scream and get up from their seats in glee when you’re named a winner. The dapper Blossom Chukwujekwu elicited this response. He thanked his manager and more for pushing him and for the opportunity.


All in all it was an entertaining show from the MultiChoice crew.

For more #AMVCA2015 recap, check out our official Twitter and Instagram pages!

Photo Credit: XLR8 for AMVCA


  1. Mizzy

    March 9, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    2face’s performance wt Lola Rae n Mavin’s performance were d most boring. P-Square hit it gud, tws way beta than d rest

    • curious mind

      March 9, 2015 at 7:38 pm

      My comment is totally unrelated to the post, and is directed to those who read books online.
      I’ve seen references to a particular site where books can be read but really can’t recall now, please kindly drop a reply if you know the site(s) in question.
      Thanks, you’d be building a sister!

    • goldfinch

      March 9, 2015 at 9:50 pm They have an app but you can also read from their website if you are registered.
      Also check this link
      I use it a lot mostly for academics but there are many other genres.
      I don’t know what books you mean though. Novels or………..?

    • prince

      March 10, 2015 at 2:20 pm that’s the name of the site

  2. Bbbb

    March 9, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    Mavins performance shouldn’t be on the list.

    That eloquent woman’s speech, funlola and Ali nuhu’s award presentation, Funk Akindele’s presentation too.

    IK and Vimbai did so well. All in all we have really come far. The award was well organized. Better that last year’s


    • concerned

      March 9, 2015 at 6:14 pm

      I’m a Mavin superfan but my bible tells me not to lie so I’ll be honest: their performance was not notable or memorable. It was not coordinated well, D Prince looked like he didn’t want be there, as a matter of fact the only one who stood out was D’ija. It made me miss Tiwa soo much.

    • concerned

      March 9, 2015 at 6:15 pm

      *want to be there*

    • Blessmyheart

      March 9, 2015 at 7:20 pm

      Yes, I loved Funlola and Ali’s presentation. It also got me wondering what those Hausa movies are about because the clips were…
      Correction BN, all Charles Igwe said was, “All Amaka wanted to do was to give her best and I’m grateful for the recognition that she gave her best”. The tribute was really emotional.
      I also loved Funke’s ‘Jenifa’ presentation but was a bit confused when the lady with her announced that there were two winners (the award was for The Meeting which was co-produced by Mildred Okwo and Rita Dominic). I still don’t understand while The Meeting was nominated this year but it was and it won many awards. I like Femi Jacobs but I wished Frank Donga won. I didn’t vote so I guess I have no right to complain.
      The Shoki rendition was unexpected and lovely.
      I was also confused by Genevieve’s comment on Amstel Malta, “get fat”????!!
      All in all, I enjoyed the show from my living room.

    • @oladyy

      March 10, 2015 at 10:02 am

      Yea, me too @get fat… is she not supposed to be their ambassador and promote their interests?? i just concluded that she was nervous, and didn’t know when that came out

    • kay olu

      March 10, 2015 at 10:55 am

      Funny how Bellanaija is yet to spot awkward moments or comments at the AMVCA.

      Who says get fat to an audience when you should be promoting a product. Gene is sometimes awkward.
      Kunle Afolayan at some point refused to get off the stage while giving a speech for his award.

  3. frankteacher

    March 9, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    #viewing centre: Twitter
    Its a NO, somehow I didn’t get all these moments.
    Thanks BN

  4. bruno

    March 9, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    genevieve nnaji saying amstal malta will make u fat.

    • sylvia

      March 9, 2015 at 5:04 pm

      For a brand rep. That is a no no.

    • been there

      March 10, 2015 at 10:02 am

      i tell u dis was just a no no from a brand ambassador. if it was in the UK or USA, the next day the brand will drop her like a bad habit. a case of diarrhea of the mouth

    • jummai

      March 23, 2015 at 5:21 pm

      Yes oo u are right about that, she goofed.

  5. Kunmi

    March 9, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    BN, tell us how much was written on the cheques na so I would know whether acting is my calling.

    • adelegirl

      March 10, 2015 at 9:23 am

      One Million Naira each. A bit poor in my opinion considering all the work that goes into these actors, producers and directors’ craft.

  6. tee

    March 9, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    UGH i am so tired of mavin and their predictable amatuer songs. They need to go aways.

    • tee

      March 9, 2015 at 5:04 pm


    • concerned

      March 9, 2015 at 6:10 pm

      Well, they won’t so just close your ears when you hear their songs

    • AsMyself

      March 9, 2015 at 10:28 pm

      Aways is correct. After all PDP campaign materials says we are going forwards.

    • kenitola

      March 10, 2015 at 10:23 am


    • Moving on Swiftly

      March 10, 2015 at 5:42 pm

      Hahahhahhaahhahaha. So unexpected. I can’t understand why that nationwide huge banner says “let’s keep going FORWARDS”. Your comment made my day

  7. keechi

    March 9, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    Aww Blossom! We were all rooting for ya!


    March 9, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    Many thanks for this BN. From this coverage, there were obviously more hits than misses and i give a big kudos to the AMVCAs.

  9. Tosin

    March 9, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    Osa needs to workout abeg if she wants to show stomach. Is it her skirt wrapping her waist or is her stomach wrapping her skirt? she needs to get her fiancé’s workout coach number ASAP.

  10. Reverse

    March 9, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    Bella Naija is too politically correct, haba… It’s better you say nothing than coming up with your patronising lists! Biko where’s Charles Novia?
    Some I remember : Genevieve’s mega goof;’get fat’ comment on someone’s win of 6months supply of Amstel. Ays wife and her huge ball gown that almost tripped her! Mavins borefest called performance, I love donjazzy but that performance doesn’t even get a pass. Many of the award winners kept going on and on and on…

    • nene

      March 9, 2015 at 8:41 pm


  11. bruno

    March 9, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    uti and eku hosting the red carpet segment.
    this was very painful to watch. they had zero chemistry, they were unprepared and unrehearsed. pls they shouldn’t be allowed to host again next year. even the camera man should be fired also. the camera man refused to show the full outfits of the celebs that were getting interviewed on the red carpet.

    whem kate henshaw was showing off her shoes, the foolish camera man refused to point the camera downwards. it pained me so much, cause I really wanted to see her shoes.

    even the

    • ms.b

      March 10, 2015 at 1:37 am

      Event coverage in naija is very poor. Very very poor. They shud hv more than one camera man, one shud focus on only shoes. When a celebs name is mentioned in a joke or sumtin d camera is meant to focus on dat celeb so we can see his/her reaction but Naaa

  12. Tim

    March 9, 2015 at 6:03 pm

    My own highlights……………………..Basket mouth was dry mhen… Seemed soo unprepared… He had to even beg them to cut to the commercials…. Mavin, I luv u guys, but this was not the right event or performance for you. There was a lady that came up stage bare feet, I was waiting for her to explain how her heels were killing her…. I liked Vimbai’s hosting, very professional. That her red outfit tho…terrible!! The Shoki sing along was unexpected and nice…..

    • nene

      March 9, 2015 at 8:41 pm

      basketmouth was too dry. eddie kadi was amazing.

  13. Tim

    March 9, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    Uti’s & Eku’s red carpet outfits – painful

  14. bruno

    March 9, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    AMVCA stands for Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards. this is a fan voted award so what is the fuss about this award show. it’s not a prestigious award, its a popularity contest, who has the most fans.

    its not about the performance or quality of work, its about who has the most votes from fans.

    if the oscars or grammys were a fan voted award, by now justin bieber will have 20 oscars and 20 grammys.

    I haven’t watched the movie, the meeting but According to Wikipedia the movie was released in 2012, how is it possible, a movie that was released in 2012 is getting nominated in 2015. how manage? not only did this 2012 movie get nominated in 2015 but it one of the biggest winners, how come? where is the credibility.

    isn’t there an eligibility period. are there no rules governing this award show. isnt there suppose to be criterias for a movie to be nominated.

    this is why nobody respects nollywood.

    • timothy

      March 9, 2015 at 9:24 pm

      I also wondered about the nomination of The Meeting. I thot it got some nominations last year, and i know it was released in 2012 or early 2013 cos i remember Rita won d Best Actress at the Nollywood Awards though i wanted Bimbo Akintola to win for Hoodrush. Its d reason i actually remember that the movie was released in 2012/2013 and not 2014. Anyways, this is Africa/Naija……so anything can happen. And like you said, its not like the Oscars or SAG Awards or even the Critics Choice Awards, its more like The Peoples’ Choice Awards but what does it matter. i am happy for all the winners. I saw Nse Ikpe Etim in “I Come Lagos” and i thot she did a pretty good job. Rita’s performance in The Meeting was a bit over-the-top.

  15. bee

    March 9, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    Osas and Gbenro might not last….going by the interview on the red carpet. The questions were directed at Osas but Gbenro kept on butting in and he didnt seem to please – he might just eventually get fed up of the fact that she’s more popular than him…another #RyanandReese

    • Joe

      March 9, 2015 at 8:18 pm

      The question was asked by seka to Osas but Osas told Gbenro to answer in which he did.

    • ttt

      March 10, 2015 at 12:56 pm

      Your prayer or wish…..get your facts right next time….The question was asked by seka to Osas but Osas told Gbenro to answer in which he did.

  16. Tosin

    March 9, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    Really lovely of BN to do this.

  17. Olivia Ruth

    March 9, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    My BN – ever so politically correct! That’s why I will be coming on here everyday 🙂
    I want to read Charles Novia’s take on the night though… he will say everything everyone else doesn’t wanna say! LOL

  18. Uzoigbo

    March 9, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    Bella naija well done o, keep kissing a*s. U mean to tell me u didn’t notice Geneivive’s “get fat” gaffe?

  19. Tralala

    March 9, 2015 at 9:03 pm

    Like joke like joke Charles Novia is catching on. Always liked his critics. Chief Genny has actually goofed on Amstel before. Watch the truth with Olisa where she touched her upper arm saying Amstel was responsible. If her PR people had taken note then this would not have happened. Anyways faux pas will always occur. On another note good job BN!

  20. nne

    March 9, 2015 at 10:42 pm

    Enjoyed watching the show over the weekend. That actor guy Blossom is cute #okbye

  21. Sunshyne

    March 10, 2015 at 12:13 am

    Negative publicity is publicity what If the get “fat” was still part of the whole show. It’s An African orientated award. Are Africans known to be skinny. She couldn’t have said Amstel was responsible for her fat arms on the truth with Olisa and still say it here if it was a wrong move. She’s Mbaise she’s smarter than that.

    • @oladyy

      March 10, 2015 at 10:11 am

      no no no, no enlightened African woman wants to ‘get fat’… there’s no silver lining in her statement one bit!

  22. ms.b

    March 10, 2015 at 1:39 am

    The meeting was also nominated in last year’s AMVCA. I wonder also

  23. Atoo

    March 10, 2015 at 10:40 am

    BN u no try with the best performance list, what happened to diamond platnumz performance, the best of the night….the choreography,the dance, the coordination and the song, that is how an artiste should perform not like the MArvins that there voice was not coordinated and they could not manage the stage well or Tu Face and Lola…it was a noooo for me. We respect these guys and expect soo much from them, so i don’t know why we celebrate mediocre sometimes.
    Then Basketmouth…common! what was that?? abeg next year crack your joke in your sitting
    We overrate GN most times……she just needs to step up her game(not hating)
    Like other comments…i don’t understanding why THE MEETing is still receiving awards in 2015..haba AMVCAs encourage other film makers nau..
    Lastly, i don’t get why Fathia Balogun has to say she s not YOruba….meaning???
    i love Kunle AfolaYAn and his team…kudos!!!!!!!

  24. jefka

    March 10, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    all of u saying basket mouth was dry….i sma for y’all
    BM was awesome, his jokes r intelligently twisted.
    it was the best moment for me, mind u he was timing hmself so dt he doesnt get cut off by a commercial break.
    Eddie smbdy dt u all r rooting for jst cm to show us hs dance skills…….
    chai nigerians, we dont appreciate intelligence even when it stares us in d face we rather opt for blandness.
    dt joke about d blue and black dress………………awesome

  25. Rynyx

    March 10, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    Am I the only one who saw the babe who came up to receive her award and she ad no shoes on? cant remember her name now. my sentiments exactly about the meeting, why was it even readmitted after two years. tot the award was open to movies made within a certain time frame. and 30 days in Atlanta lost to meeting? hmmmnnnn…………….., we are looking in 10D

  26. AK

    March 10, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    If the AMVCA is going to be based SOLELY on popularity, then the rest of the continent need not bother. I have heard some good things about some of the movies which won but have not seen any of them.
    I watched Rita Dominic last year (looking absolutely lovely) pick up an award for “The Meeting”. So how did the same movie get nominated again? To borrow your own words
    “Naija, I hail oh!”

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