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Charles Novia‘s reviews of the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA) have become a yearly tradition. Article originally published on www.charlesnoviadaily.com | Visit his site for more great reviews and editorials.

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At 21:52 pm CAT, when IK Osakioduwa and Vimbai, hosts of the 2015 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards, had signed off from the show and brought in P-Square, I was left scratching my head a bit as I walked out slowly out of the hall with some of the invited guests.

I was puzzled. There was something about this year’s AMVCA which lacked the punch the last two editions had. I couldn’t place my finger on it and it kept nagging me all night as I played the event over and over in my mind. You see, I have attended lots of high-profile events and the AMVCA is one I always look forward to attending, not just as a filmmaker but also as a reviewer and this year’s was no exception. And the chaps at MNET have told me a number of times that my annual reviews are read sometimes in post-event meetings and no matter how scathing the reviews might be in some areas, they good-naturedly take the corrections and plan to plug loopholes for the next edition. And so, I decided to understand more of the behind-the-scenes planning of the AMVCA this year. A day before the event, I silently sneaked into the hall at Eko Hotels and Suites, where I watched the professional crew rehearse both the presenters and the host and hostess, painstakingly. No one really noticed me in the hall and the attention to detail during the rehearsals was impressive. I only spent thirty minutes in the hall but I appreciated the efforts put in by the crew.

And so, the evening of the show came upon us all. And walking on the red carpet to the main hall, one had to appreciate the fashion sense on display. I can bet that the fashion and make-up industry must have made a few millions in Nigeria yesterday because of the AMVCA. Everyone looked quite glam in their own estimation! Everyone? So, it seemed to me, even though I can safely say that the fashion on display was a combination of the outstanding, the outlandish and the outrageous! Fashion wise, I think the irrepressible Denrele Edun flew over the cuckoo’s nest. I noticed earlier a masked lady walking the red carpet and thought to myself that someone was perhaps doing an artistic Peter Cech of Chelsea on the red carpet. Imagine my surprise when the ‘lady’ walked up to me and called my name in Denrele’s voice! It was Denrele, dressed as a lady, with butt pads and all!

‘Uncle Charles, that’s the idea!’ He laughed as I took a picture with him, telling him in the process that he was crazy! Did I say he was doing a Cech? Change that to Bruce Jenner, maybe! I can safely say though, that Seyi Shay could take appropriate dress lessons from Denrele though, when next she’s performing for the President or top dignitaries!

But I digress.

The show started at 6.30pm CAT with an opening performance by an African dance troupe. An interesting monologue by Osas Ighodaro, dressed somewhat like an African queen, asked the niggling African question ‘What if I am African?’. I don’t know how the Shakira-styled hip shaking which Osas and a couple of female dancers did while that question was being asked, had to do with being African but I kinda thought those hips onstage lied a bit during the wriggle. The opening performance was average, in my opinion. It seemed more like the kind of performance for a boring gala night for African Heads of states than for a top profile event like AMVCA.

That flat opening skit set the tone for the drone first half of the show. The show dragged a bit and looking at some faces seated in the hall, behind the heavily caked make-up of some people in the hall, one saw a bit of irritation during the first thirty minutes of the show.

IK and Vimbai tried to spike up the show those first few minutes. However, I had the feeling that Vimbai’s sing-song voice wasn’t helping the nerves in the hall. IK and Vimbai tried a couple of banter which the audience received with polite laughter. IK cracked a joke about make-up and how a white lady he shagged turned out to be Mercy Johnson the next morning! Now, that was…well..politically inappropriate…for lack of a better phrase. That joke was overboard and IK got away with it, perhaps. Anyway, I think IK and Vimbai found their presenting mojo later in the show though.

Nonso Diobi and Linda Ejiofor came onstage to present the first award of the night. Nonso seemed to like the sound of his voice as he went on a bit about how it was a tough category and how every nominee bla bla bla. Next time, keep it straight and simple, please!

Next duo of Presenters were Akin Lewis and Oge Okoye. Oge Okoye got quite some appreciative applause from the audience for her outfit. By the way, I think her character in ‘Hotel Majestic’ is one of my favourite characters in the serial and she interprets that role quite well.

During the commercial breaks in the hall, the audience was a bit restless. Last year, there was a Disc Jockey who spinned some vibes which kept the audience all hyped up by the time the cameras returned to the live event. I wonder why that was not the case this year? Africa needs to see excited faces all thrilled and happy at the end of such breaks. Little details such as those help the overall tempo of the event. And what was wrong with the cooling system in the hall? The temperature was quite humid in most areas inside the hall and not a few people were fanning themselves.

Tunde Babalola won two awards in the Writing categories and gave kudos to both Kunle Afolayan and Mildred Okwo, the Producers of the films which won him both awards in separate categories.

Tomi Odunsi of ‘Tinsel’ and the dreadlocked actor in ‘Hotel Majestic’ presented the ‘Best Editor’ award to Victoria Akujobi, a young lady. She kept giggling shyly in her acceptance speech like a village virgin and her gush got the audience laughing too. It was heartwarming though to see that a woman won in that category, which is usually male dominated.

One of the disappointments of the event was the performance by the Mavins. It was below par. I do not know how it looked to those who watched it live on television but to us in the hall, it didn’t do jack. They performed their hit song ‘Dorobucci’ and I must say that maybe the audience was ‘Doro-weary’ because the performance lacked excitement. The artistes kept singing over each other’s lines in an ‘I-too-know’ kind of way. Dija sang (or rather mimed) for Tiwa Savage who was absent probably for obvious reasons-pregnancy or another engagement? The performance was sluggish and received just some polite applause. I wonder why they didn’t move the audience much. I can only believe that it must be because their appearance in the awards was massively overhyped and people really didn’t have anything to look forward to. It was a bit too much of MTN to have hyped their performance so much before the awards that when they came up and we all expected a bomb (oops..no apologies to Boko Haram!) all we got was a firecracker!

Funlola Aifoyebi and Ali Nuhu had quite a good banter on stage as they presented the ‘Best Indigenous Language-Hausa’ awards. And when Faithia Balogun won in the Yoruba category, she identified with her roots by revealing that she’s just an Urhobo Babe who speaks Yoruba fluently, even though she had a couple of her Yoruba ‘supporters club’ members with her onstage. Obi Emelonye, who won in the Igbo category, commendably spiked the audience with his Igbo acceptance speech, after Mike Ezuronye had gingered the category with his ‘Igbo Kwenu’ greetings.

Comedians, Eddie Kadi and Basketmouth gave good account of themselves in their stand-up segments.

Tuface Idibia also performed. I felt it was an average performance. Maybe it had to do with the din from his live band or his raunchy-looking dancers onstage, which seemed unlike Tuface. I’m wondering if he’s trying hard at this period in his career to show us he too can do the lewd background dancers stuff too? I think he’s too much of a superstar to fall for that.

Ivie Okujaye, another actress who has impressed me in her outing on ‘Hotel Majestic’, presented The Trailblazer Award which was won by CJ Obasi. Obasi climbed up the stage and seemed to snatch the microphone from Ivie!

The late Amaka Igwe got a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award which was presented by Richard Mofe-Damijo, whose voice broke in pain when he called up Charles Igwe to receive the award on her behalf. The whole hall gave a standing ovation in her honour. Rest in peace, Amaka. It was heartwarming to note that she was remembered and honoured. Before that category, the names of the departed artistes in the past year scrolled across the screen, most poignantly was Muna Obiekwe’s.

OC Ukeje won the ‘Best Actor in a drama’ category, making it the second time he would be winning an AMVCA. He was gracious enough to recognise Peace Anyiam-Osigwe of AMAA who gave him his big break, according to him. His award was presented to him by Genevieve Nnaji , who really looked good in her evening gown. Genevieve though, made a slip when she extolled Amstel Malta. She announced that the winner in that category gets a million Naira and six months of Amstel Malta, a brand which she endorses as a brand ambassador. She ended her speech by cheekily saying ‘Get fat!’. Huh? I thought Amstel Malta projects itself as a low sugar, healthy, low fat beverage? Why would a brand ambassador quip on international television that it has fat, even if it was light-hearted? If I talk now, una go say….anyway. Lef matter.

Kunle Afolayan won the ‘Best Director’ and ‘Best Movie’ categories and I think it was well deserved. ‘October 1′ is quite a formidable movie. Congrats, Kunle.

The show ended with a performance by P Square, which was more for the watching viewers as most of the guests trooped out of the hall.

Having observed a bit of the rehearsals a day before, I must commend the organisers for planning an event which had less mistakes this year. Everyone seemed guarded and one could not really point to any bloopers during the awards. However, in my honest opinion, I think the event lacked the full punch.

Perhaps the show had been overhyped and one expected more? Or what? Let me put it this way; the show scores full marks for glamour. I am yet to see a more glamorous entertainment event like the AMVCA. But the excitement for the show itself was damp. My thoughts? Next year, give us a surprise guest appearance or something. I can bet that current raves like Kiss Daniels could have spiked that crowd. Give us better entertainment value. A movie award show should leave the audience and viewers gasping. This year, people are going to talk more about who wore what ( or is it who wore who as those sneer-inducing Naija red carpet presenters would ask!)than who won which. Perhaps a Bovi could join next year as host or even Eddie Kadi or Basketmouth? Perhaps something not expected could be added to the show? It’s Africa Magic, come on! Where did the magic go?

And something has to be upgraded about the writers who scripted the show? I didn’t feel the jokes, if any. The Presenters mostly improvised unlike last year which had a good script prompt. This year was quite bland.

The 2015 AMVCA had the best of glamour and much guts. I just didn’t see the glitter in the event.

56 Comments

  1. bbbbb

    March 10, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    Well another part was when Lala said to the guy she was presenting the award to

    ‘take your award, oya hug me’

    Na by force? Lol

  2. bruno

    March 10, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    as I said ealier the amvca award is over hyped. its not about who gave the strongest performance, its about who has the most fan votes.

    in future toke makinwa will beat actresses like uche jumbo, joke silva and kate henshaw and win best actress because she has more fans than them.

    were is the credibility in this award. the movie the meeting was released in 2012, and it is getting nominated in 2015 and winning in 2015. the amvca awards are celebrating old work. they are celebrating an old project. this is not progress at all. I haven’t watched the movie the meeting but I have seen clips and the hype about the movie is they made rita Dominic look old.

    the movie gravity staring sandra bullock was a ground breaking movie in visual effects and it won so many oscars in 2014 but was it nominated this year at the oscars? NO. it is an old project, it has passed the eligibility period

    does the amvca have an academy that screens movies and vote on which movie that should be nominated, are there any rules governing this award show,

    pls we need a proper award show that will celebrate nollywood movies and set a particular standard in acting and story telling. not a popularity contest award.

    the oscars the golden globes are award shows that helped shape hollywood into what it is today.

    so many critical acclaimed nigerian movies like mother of George and b for boy (the female director and the lead female actress in b for boy were praised heavily by critics,I was surprised when I saw the movie on an american website) where not even nominated instead they are nominating ik ogbonna.

    • AsMyself

      March 10, 2015 at 5:44 pm

      I couldn’t have said this any better. Have a bottle of whatever you drink, on me.

    • bruno

      March 11, 2015 at 2:09 pm

      I meant toke makinwa has more online fans who will have time to vote when compaired to other talented actresses.

    • Ms Geeky 30

      March 10, 2015 at 6:16 pm

      I agree on b for boy. The director is a friend and i can vouch for how passionate she is about her work. An underrated genius in the indie type movie genre in my opinion.

    • S!

      March 10, 2015 at 8:23 pm

      I was also upset that The Meeting which won an award last year, was also nominated & won awards this year.
      And was most annoyed that Femi Jacobs beat Frank Donga and won best actor in a comedy.
      Like! The Meeting is more of a drama than a comedy. Few comedic scenes in the movie. And to think it beat 30 Days I. Atlanta…

    • Nife

      March 10, 2015 at 8:27 pm

      Pls tell tell them. They said Viewers choice awards and to me I feel hey suld be movies that DSTV has even shown us sef. All these ones we neva watch

    • Stella Bee

      March 11, 2015 at 1:07 pm

      i love this…u no lie at all

    • AK

      March 10, 2015 at 9:54 pm

      “pls we need a proper awards show that will celebrate nollywood movies…”
      AMVCA is meant to celebrate Nollywood? Hmm…

  3. bruno

    March 10, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    lastly, pls they should redesign that trophy they hand out to the winners. that trophy looks cheap, it looks dangerous like a sharp object that can puncture someone’s eye or something.

    if I had a child, I swear I can not allow he or her to play with that trophy cause they will wound themself with it.

    • Uzo

      March 10, 2015 at 6:40 pm

      Dangerous? Well, mayb, but I’m sure d awards are not toys 2 be played wit by children…

  4. AsMyself

    March 10, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    Very objective, Charles Novia.

    Next thing now, Etcetera too will want to “talk him own”.

  5. anon

    March 10, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    You make sense for once Bruno.

  6. jummai

    March 10, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    well said, I was expecting to see kiss Daniel perform, that would have added more bubble.

  7. Tell It

    March 10, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    Why do the call it Africa Awards, clearly its a Nigerian Awards show. Dont insult the intelligence of rest of Africa (Ghana, Kenya, SA etc) clearly we all see its a Nigerian award show.

    its like americans calling their baseball finals The World Series, what effing world yall talking about. seriously,??

    This show is a joke

    • Fossil

      March 11, 2015 at 6:03 am

      @ Tell it ….Did u know if the film makers in those countries forwarded thier films 4 evaluation ? even may be the film forwarded was not up to standard, should AMVCA now lower the standard just to satisfy Africans , @ the expense of those with good films? U people should stop dividing Africa with ur evil mind. If ur work is of standard it ll speak for it self. WINDECK the Angola soap opera aired in 2012 got nominated for Emmy award in America was it a magic ?Fact is , no body ll notice a shallow movie or give u a magic award for a move that u did not forward 4 evaluation. Lastly remember that Africa is a continent & USA is a country so stop over working ur shallow mind by comparing & diving Africa.

    • Eni

      March 11, 2015 at 11:19 am

      U still sent ahead and mentioned only Anglophone African countries. What about Francophone African Countries? How many movies have been nominated before from French-speaking Ffrican countries – yet they claim it’s African? Who are they fooling? They should just rename it to Anglophone Africa VCA or better still Nollywood VCA.

    • Eni

      March 11, 2015 at 11:20 am

      *went ahead

    • Blessmyheart

      March 11, 2015 at 4:57 pm

      I understand your frustration @Eni but to be fair, I doubt Africa Magic caters to the Francophone countries and it is Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards after all. In the same vein, the logistics of BBA including Francophone countries may also be problematic because of the language barrier.

    • African Salon Dubai

      March 12, 2015 at 8:15 pm

      ANGOLA is LUSOPHONE not Anglophone! But while still on your rant, why not throw in Arabic -after all is the North not Africa? My point being that Africa is not just English and French..

    • African Salon Dubai

      March 13, 2015 at 5:45 pm

      I addition to our earlier comment, Equitorial Guinea is the only Spanish speaking so there you have it ! English, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Arabic – A real tower of Babel called Africa! Hopefully one day we will wake up to see what injustice they did to Africa and put our act together.

  8. Zayt

    March 10, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    Bruno ooo! Kai! You are a case! Totally agree with you on ‘the meeting’ being nominated in 2015! After it was nominated last year, and actually won. Like seriously??!!

  9. Aneetah

    March 10, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    Mr Novia the critic

  10. Tim

    March 10, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    I’ve never watched the AMVCA’s before, I actually enjoyed this year’s award show. No doubt there were a couple low points, but lets be realistic, all event shows have that dulling moment. I believe with more out of the box ideas, our award shows can only get better and better…

  11. Kamal

    March 10, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    The performance by the Mavin Crew was horrible! Disaster!

  12. awesome

    March 10, 2015 at 6:54 pm

    Thumbs up @charles. Felt like was this all? It had too many loose ends. @ Bruno, don’t get the very hype about the movie “the meeting “..,,

  13. Chiamaka

    March 10, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    I was very dissappointed in IK for that cheap joke that ended with Mercy Johnson’s name. I thought he had standards! not to mention Basket Mouth’s…. Phew!

  14. sisi

    March 10, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    Once again Bruno shows up with his longggggg speeches full of criticism and very bad grammar. Guy can u give it a rest please.U ave expressed this same opinion on the amvca on all the post that has come up on it and in your bid to show us that u are knowledgeable u just keep exposing your lack of it. Not trying to deny u the freedom to express your opinion just try and do it in English abeg. Too annoying.

    • Lie lie lie

      March 10, 2015 at 8:48 pm

      Sisi this one you talk na correct LIE! Haba? Pained much? Then UP your game!

  15. ...just saying

    March 10, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    Half of basket mouth’s jokes were copied from Live @the Apollo that’s why he couldn’t say them well compared to the originator. SMH!!!

  16. frank teacher

    March 10, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    I’m not a fan of Charles Novia,
    but the guy can talk sense
    didn’t watch the awards, seen a lot of reviews about; “who wore who”,lol
    this is a rather more full summary, I like.
    anyway, always loved books than movie adaptations of it… makes you see more…

  17. frank teacher

    March 10, 2015 at 8:05 pm

    for the “I-n0-watch-am”s like myself,
    African Magic go still dey show am tire

  18. Dolly

    March 10, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    That tasteless joke about Mercy Johnson has to be a complement coming from a less than attractive I.K himself. Oh I bet MJ must have flipped her hand fan with that evil grin, and say “Yes I.K, I actually met your wife tonight”

  19. Ada

    March 10, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    Thank you soooooo much Charles Novia. Every single thing you wrote were my exact thoughts

  20. DIMBO ATIYA

    March 10, 2015 at 11:21 pm

    Charles I must say that I am disappointed with this review because the real issues with the award event you did not touch on being a renowned film maker in Nigeria. The award itself I strongly believe is a channel for all these people to wear their fancy cloths and get picture ops at the expense of the hard work film makers like me put to make these films or TV shows. I was expecting you to go a bit technical but you were concerned with the itinerary of the event. First of all let me state here that this award event should be called a “variety night” not film award. And since when have we started subjecting films and tv productions to popularity contests? The science of film making can never be a thing for the public to select, lets get that clear. Secondly I heard their was a judging panel also headed by Femi Odugbemi, and why you have not mentioned him here beats me. I was completely shocked that a renown film maker like him sat over a panel that rewarded a gaffer and denied the Director of Photography that worked with the gaffer. I HAVE NEVER HEARD WHERE A GAFFER WON AN AWARD OVER A DP- Abomination! For those who don’t know, DP’s are the ones who light every scene or shot and the gaffer makes sure the lights are right where the DP ask him to put them. So there was no way the DP for October 1 didn’t win and his gaffer won. And PLEEEEEAAAASSSEEEE! who in this world judges a short film with a feature films? the two can never be in the same category, yet “Verdict” won best cinematography where A Place in The Stars and October 1 were nominees. Verdict is a short film. And since when did basic film school 3 point lighting become an award winning cinematography work when they had burry shots all over the place. Another observation was the sound design category. There was no other film in the whole of that event that had the sort of sound design A Place In The Stars had, I dare anyone to come and we will play all the films in a theatre and you tell me the difference, Yet October 1 took that one. At best this was a night for fashion and cocktails but not an award event for films and television. So next time please focus on the substance and leave fashion talk to BellaNaija.

    • diesel

      March 11, 2015 at 6:23 am

      @ Dimbo Atiya … its a free world , u re free to make your own review, leave Charles out of your grief

    • Charles Novia

      March 11, 2015 at 8:53 am

      Dimbo Atiya. ..whatever your anger is with the nominations and winners, you might as well channel to the organisers in your own review. I would think you have expressed some here. My annual reviews of Amvca never touch on the movies which win or lose. I’m not interested in film politics in my reviews. I am only interested in the hue and blue of the whole event. That has always been my style for the AMVCA. And though your anger at the awards in categories where you feel undeserving recipients won is yours to express, you have also stated in your comment that the awards are judged by public votes. So if a gaffer can mobilise hundreds of thousands of funds to vote over another nominee who might have been indolent over his category, you should expect upsets.

  21. Bee

    March 11, 2015 at 6:35 am

    I want to thank Charles for his words n as for Bruno a biggest thank u for ur observation on the meeting i too was pissed, to me that movie is just overrated for nothing. Besides where did the rest africa go? Or did they not produce anything worthy of an award? We had more naija movies n a few “decorative” ghanaian movies. If we call it an african award then why are the french speaking africans left out? Or are they not good enough to be showcased? or even to take part in this event? After 3 yrs i think its time we made dis award a “real” african and serious award winning business. Giving entertainers n filmmakers from all africa equal opportunities, but also a sincere reason to come into lagos and not just to show off n endorws designers.

    • Fossil

      March 11, 2015 at 10:23 am

      @ Bee & Tell it ….Did u know if the film makers in those countries forwarded thier films 4 evaluation ? even may be the film forwarded was not up to standard, should AMVCA now lower the standard just to satisfy Africans , @ the expense of those with good films? U people should stop dividing Africa with ur evil mind. If ur work is of standard it ll speak for it self. WINDECK the Angola soap opera aired in 2012 got nominated for Emmy award in America was it a magic ?Fact is , no body ll notice a shallow movie or give u a magic award for a move that u did not forward 4 evaluation. Lastly remember that Africa is a continent & USA is a country so stop over working ur shallow mind by comparing & diving Africa.

      Loved! 46 Reply

    • Eni

      March 11, 2015 at 11:32 am

      Puhlease!!! stop with the “Did u know if the film makers in those countries forwarded thier films 4 evaluation ? even may be the film forwarded was not up to standard, should AMVCA now lower the standard just to satisfy Africans “.
      It’s getting irritating. So according to you, all of Francophone Africa could not produce 1 movie in 3 years worth nominating. I watch French African films on Canal+ ( equivalent to DSTV but French) and I have seen great movies from Mali, Senegal, Tunisia and the likes which are even better than some of these movies nominated by AMVCA!! So what are you talking about.
      The so-called Big Brother Africa has had how many housemates from Francophone Africa since the show started?? Yet it is dubbed BB ‘Africa’. Abeg free people!!

  22. B

    March 11, 2015 at 10:01 am

    Very “apt” review! I agree! To the lovely people who are complaining that those better deserving did not win, my question to you is……did you vote for them? I agree with some of the comments but as I no vote I no get mouth talk!

  23. Debby

    March 11, 2015 at 11:01 am

    Everyone has spoken well, my own pains are; Why is the movie “The meeting” still winning award in 2015,was there no movie last year?
    Then how can Femi Jacob “the meeting” win the award for the comedy category over Frank ” the interview”. For a seconds I thought to my self so the “the meeting was that funny’? I didnt realise that because I have seen the movie. Frank Donga was robbed of his award.

  24. eyong

    March 11, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    I just knew his award show was fraud the second I heard IK Ogbonna was nominated for Best Actor. As in, for where? As in, in which universe? As in, can he even speakus correctus enlishus? Abeg.and they better explain why the meeting keeps getting nominated THREE FREAKING YEARS LATER! GBAM!

  25. wumi

    March 11, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    One would have thought Ivie would win for her movie or even Itse Etim sef for devil in the detail. Kehinde acted well in Oct 1 but abeg didn’t strive me as one that deserved the award. Well I know publicity had it’s own role since it w as on the platform of Oct 1. #my opinion

  26. wumi

    March 11, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    *strike

  27. joanna

    March 11, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    This is why I will NEVER respect any nigerian award show whether held home or abroad. Its all a 419 scheme.

    Like som one said don’t insult other African nations talent by calling it African movie Awards. Nollywood in my opinion produces QUANTITY MEDIOCRE Crap, while francophonrs, kenyans, sputh Africans do quality movies which makes it yo international film festivals. Nigeria movie entertainment is a complete joke.

    Change the title of this rubbish awards to Nigerian Movie Awards. Nigeria is not Africa. God forbid ypu dont represent the rest of africa. Dont insult our intelligence

    • Diesel

      March 11, 2015 at 4:19 pm

      Joanna… Did u vote? And pls ask any body complaining if they actually submitted their film to be rated/ nominated, If the answer is NO then don’t complain . This people re not witches or wizards that ll rate your film when u did not forward it for rating.. Next time u don’t just sit down and fold your arms , do something ( vote or summiteers ur film) & c if there ll be changes.

    • Chioma

      March 12, 2015 at 10:34 pm

      Thank you so much diesel. Did they vote? Noooooooooo so why are they complaning. Viewers choice award! Voteeeeeeeeee!

    • JustSaying

      March 11, 2015 at 6:25 pm

      It’s called the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards. That is, Awards secifically for content broadcast on Africa Magic channels, as voted by the viewers. Not the entire African film industry.

    • JustSaying

      March 11, 2015 at 6:26 pm

      *specifically

  28. Bee

    March 11, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    @Fossil displaying ur ignorance by calling french speaking movies low standard is just a lack of respect towards thier hard work and an insult to all thier efforts. But venting useless words seems to be ur hobby. Don’t worry next year the AMVCA will give u a job as a film critic and that will be better than just throwin words on this site. Yam!!

  29. Imani

    March 11, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    Please next year, pair IK and Omalicha. I think they make a great onstage combo.

  30. O~Intuition!

    March 12, 2015 at 4:04 am

    Is ‘Black November’ a Nollywood Movie?
    I saw No Mention on It being Nominated or winning g any Category.

  31. ...just saying

    March 12, 2015 at 7:48 am

    Charles, how could you have forgotten to mention that Omotola was conspicuously absent.

  32. M

    March 12, 2015 at 10:08 am

    How is omotola’s absence so important to the point of giving it the kind of attention you were expecting Charles to give it. ZACK ORJI was absent too. And many other prolific , highly talented as well respected actors were absent. That is what you should draw Charles’ attention to not just about one person. She is good but she doesn’t make or mean nollywood. And it so sad most of the very good ‘old’ actors are not too seen during the event. Its just some high profile old actors that are invited as if their other colleagues are less classy and are a form of shame . But guess what without them there wouldn’t any plateform for events like this

  33. Archy Naija

    March 12, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    This write up is just an opinion of someone in the industry. If you don’t agree, you can as well come up with your review. Why the argument on the past?? Wouldn’t you rather focus on the future??

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