4:30PM – The AMVCAs 2017 red carpet has kicked off with Eku Edewor, Nick Mutuma, Helen Paul and Uti Nwachukwu hosting the red carpet
4:35PM – Eku Edewor is looking gorgeous in an all-white outfit. Her snapback game is tight!
4:39PM – Actress Adunni Ade is the first guest on the red carpet for Uti and Helen Paul as she talks about her AMVCA nomination in the movie “It’s Her Day”
4:40PM – So cute! Adunni Ade’s date for the evening is her son
4:41PM – Adunni Ade is speaking Yoruba effortlessly on the red carpet
4:42PM – Somkele Idhalama wearing a gorgeous dress by Andrea Iyamah on the red carpet as she chats with Eku Edewor.
4:45PM – Somkele can’t wait to see what Rita Dominic will have one as well as Zina, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde and Denola Grey
4:46PM – Sika Osei and Adebayo Oke-Lawal are hosting the style corner and they love the mono-strap trend already spotted on the two actresses that have stepped on the red carpet.
4:48PM – Eku and Nick are chatting with Falz in his head-to-toe white outfit! We called it that he’d step out of the box.
4:49PM – Falz says his all-white look is to channel the Yoruba Angel look. We love it!
4:50PM – Commercial break
4:54PM – And we’re back!
4:54PM – Tope Tedela just stepped onto the red carpet in a dapper red velvet blazer and black pants. He’s wearing Nathan Cole.
4:57PM – The ever-stylish Zainab Balogun is on the red carpet chatting with Uti and Helen Paul. She’s stunning in Nigerian fashion brand Onalaja.
4:59PM – Zainab says she’s down for any role that can challenge her.
5:00PM – A video reel of the funny moments that the AMVCAs have had
5:05PM – Eku Edewor is chatting with first time AMVCA nominee Okey Uzoeshi who is looking oh-so-fine in a black agbada with gold embroidery.
5:09PM – Sika and Bayo can’t get over the detailing on Okey’s agbada.
5:10PM – A quick reel of all the amazing hairstyles that have been spotted on the AMVCA red carpet
5:12PM – Samuel Ajibola, mostly known as ‘Spiff’ from the hilarious TV series The Johnsons in on the red carpet with Uti and Helen and of course, he’s as hilarious as ever.
5:14PM – Nick is chatting with Meg Otanwa who is gorgeous is a black ball gown with amazing embroidery by Jane Michael.
5:17PM – Uti and Helen are chatting with Kemi ‘Lala’ Akindoju who won the Trailblazer Award last year. She’s rooting for Lowla Dee, Somkele Idhalama and Judith Audu to win the award for this year.
5:19PM – Aww..we have Olu Jacobs and Joke Silva on the red carpet matching in their outfits, styled by Yolanda Okereke.
5:22PM – A quick look at the couples that have slayed on the red carpet in the AMVCA history
5:26PM – Commercial break
5:29PM – And we’re back!
5:29PM – Lilian Esoro just stepped on to the red carpet and she’s looking fab in a black dress with white embroidery and she’s wearing TiannahStyling.
5:31PM – The style corner is up next with Bayo and Sika talking about the gorgeous dresses and attention to details.
5:32PM – A quick recap of the men that have slayed on the red carpet.
5:34PM – We spot Susan Peters on the red carpet.
5:41PM – Desmond Elliot with Helen and Uti on the red carpet. He’s dapper in a blue and black suit by Tayor Gabriels.
5:44PM – John Ugbe also on the red carpet, chatting with Eku and Nick, wearing Tayor Gabriels.
5:45PM – A retrospective look at the first time nominees
5:48PM – Rita Dominic is on the red carpet and she’s gorgeous as ever, styled by Yummie Ogbebor in a gold dress by Lanre DaSilva Ajayi.
5:52PM – Blossom Chukwujekwu and his gorgeous wife Maureen on the red carpet chatting with Uti and Helen.
5:54PM – Commercial break
5:58PM – And we’re back!
5:58PM – Ik Osakioduwa, host of the night, and his gorgeous wife Olohi are on the red carpet chatting with Nick. Ik looks good in a blue full agbada while his wife is in a gorgeous green dress.
6:10PM – A quick look at the non-Nigerian first time nominees
6:12PM – Co-host of the night Minnie Dlamini is on the red carpet with Eku Edewor. She says we can expect some old glamour and culture as her hosting outfits later in the day.
6:14PM – Bimbo Akintola spotted on the red carpet with Uti and Helen and she’s a first-time nominee.
6:17PM – Commercial break
6:20PM – And we’re back with new couple Funke Akindele-Bello and JJC on the red carpet with Eku Edewor
6:22PM – Michelle Dede is on the red carpet in a gorgeous dress by Zizi Cardow.
6:26PM – Waje is on the red carpet in a gold shimmery dress as she chats with Uti Nwachukwu and Helen Paul. Her dress was made in less than 24 hours.
6:27PM – How exciting! Waje and Lira will be performing their new song “Mountain” later tonight.
6:29PM – The red carpet has come to an end
6:30PM – A look back at the past five years of the AMVCAs.
7:00PM – The show is about to kick off!
7:01PM – Opening performance is by Timi Dakolo and he pays a tribute to Africa with energetic dancers.
7:06PM – Hosts of the night, Ik Osakioduwa and Minnie Dlamini, are on the stage now and we love Minnie’s totally Nigerian-inspired look.
7:07PM – Ik and Minnie are acting a little drama scene as Ik comes up at 4AM with lipstick on his shirt. Hilarious. Plot twist, a half-naked man walks up to Minnie and gives her a kiss on the cheek…was he in the house all along? Ooops. Did someone say Pot? Kettle?
7:13PM – Let the awards begin!
7:14PM – WINNER Best Makeup Artist – Hakeem Onilogbo Ajibola for Perekem Odom for ‘Oloibiri’
7:16PM – WINNER Best Costume Designer – Pat Egwurube for ’76’
7:20PM – WINNER Best Art Director – Pat Nebo for ’76’
7:27PM – WINNER Best Sound Director – Guy Steer for ‘Vaya’
7:28PM – WINNER Best Picture Editor – Nnodim Chigozie and Paula Peterson for ‘Oloibiri’
7:29PM – “The Voice” runner up Chike is on stage to perform his new single called “Fancy U”
7:36PM – More Awards!
7:36PM – WINNER Best Lighting Designer – Elliot Sewape for 93 Days
7: 37PM – WINNER Best Cinematographer -Lance Gewer for Happiness is a Four Letter Word
7:40PM – WINNER Best Short Film or Online Video – Ogo Okpue for Cat Face
7:42PM – Best Documentary – Uga Carlini for Alison
7:43PM – Commercial break
7:47PM – And we’re back!
7:47PM – A dance choreography from the Bolanle Austen-Peters dancers as they dance to Fela Kuti’s “Open and Close”
7:52PM – The dancers are now doing a fun rendition of Fela’s “Yellow Fever”. We love the colourful outfits.
8:00PM – It’s time for the Special Recognition Award for Mnet Original Productions
Best Actress In a Comedy – Deborah Anungwa for Hustle
Best Actor in a Comedy – Samual ‘Spiff’ Ajibola for The Johnsons
Best Actress in a Drama – Meg Otanwa for Hush
Best Actor in a Drama – David Jones David for Hotel Majestic
Best Comedy Series – The Johnsons
Best Drama Series – Tinsel
8:15PM – Time to honour some of the icons of the movie industry that we lost, with music by A’Rese.
8:19PM – Commercial break
8:22PM – And we’re back!
8:23PM – The next performer is South African singer Lira.
8:28PM – Time for more awards!
Best Indigenous Language (Swahili) – Dauda Otieno Anguka for Zilizala
Best Indigenous Language (Hausa) – Tijani Shehu Yahaya for Yaki da Zuciya
Best Indigenous Language (Yoruba) – Abiodun Jimoh and Jumoke Odetola for Somewhere In the Dark
Best Indigenous Language (Igbo) – Crey Ahanonu for Amonye-bu-Onye
8:40PM – Ik and Minnie have got jokes for days. They are acting a love scene.
8:40PM – More awards!
8:41PM – Best Soundtrack/Original score – Michael Ogunlade for The Encounter
8:44PM – Best TV Show – Funke Akindele-Bello for Jenifa’s Diary
8:46PM – Commercial break
8:50PM – And we’re back!
8:54PM – Newly signed DNA Twins are performing their new single “How Can”.
8:57PM – More awards!
Best Writer – Craig Freimond, Tshabalira Lebakeng, Anthony Mafela, David Majoka, Madoda Ntuli, Robbie Thorpe and Harriet Perlman for Vaya
Best Supporting Actress – Ebele Okaro Onyuike for Four One Love
Best Supporting Actor – Rotimi Salami for Just Not Married
Best Actress in a Comedy – Funke Akindele-Bello for Jenifa’s Diary
Best Actor in a Comedy – Imeh Bishop Umeh for The Boss Is Mine
9:15PM – Simi is performing her hit song “Love Don’t Care”
9:19PM – Time for the Trailblazer award which goes to a young person who, despite their youth, has made an impact in the movie industry.
Trailblazer Award – Somkele Idhalama
AMVCA Industry Merit Award – Chika Okpala
Best Movie (East Africa) – Kati Kati
Best Movie (West Africa) – Oloibiri
Best Movie (Southern Africa) – All About Love
9:44PM – Commercial break
9:47PM – And we’re back!
9:48PM – IK is just here enjoying himself, serenading a guest in the audience. It’s getting hot in here.
9:48PM – Nigeria’s Waje and South Africa’s Lira are performing their new song “Mountain” for the first time. Girl power!
10:01PM – More Awards!
Best Actress in a Drama – Rita Dominic for 76
Best Actor in a Drama – Sambasa Nzeribe for Slow Country
Best Director – Izu Ojukwu for 76
Best Movie – 76 by Adonijah Owiriwa and Izu Ojukwu
10:13PM – “This movie took seven years to make. Victory comes to those who refuse to quit” – Adonijah Owiriwa. What amazing words to end the night with!
10:15PM – And it’s a wrap!
Thanks guys! That’s it for the night.
— BellaNaija.com (@bellanaija) March 4, 2017
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