Glitz, glamour as ‘Anikulapo’ wins big at 2023 AMVCA


The movie Anikulapo, by Kunle Afolayan, started the night on a winning note, swooping five awards at this year’s event, and emerging as the biggest winner.

It was all glitz and glamour as the ninth edition of the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCA), which was held on Saturday to honor some of the finest in the African film industry.

The event was held at the Eko Hotel Convention Hall, Victoria Island, Lagos, with media host presenter Ik Osakioduwa and South Africa’s Zozi Tunzi, Miss Universe 2019, serving as hosts.

The first part of the main event had earlier kicked off in grand style with four red carpet hosts including Toke Makinwa, Uti Nwachukwu, Sika Osei, and VJ Adams.

At exactly 7.00 p.m., the prestigious award began with a cultural presentation that thrilled the audience.

John Ugbe, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Multichoice, reiterated the organisation’s commitment toward an appreciation of artists in the creative industry.

“Rewarding the finest in the continent, inspiring filmmakers for bringing first-class entertainment into the homes of our viewers,” he said.

The movie Anikulapo, by Kunle Afolayan, started the night on a winning note, swooping five awards at this year’s event, and emerging as the biggest winner.

Out of the 16 it was nominated for, Anikulapo won in the categories: Best Indigenous Language’ (Yoruba); Best Overall Movie; Best Sound Editor (movie/TV series); Best Writer (Movie/TV series); and Best Soundtrack (movie/TV series).

‘Best Picture Editor’ went to the Crime and Justice television series, while ‘Best Art Director’ went to Wale Adeleke for the Yoruba epic movie ‘Ageshinkole’.

Skit maker, Bukunmi Adeaga Ilori, known as Kiekie, and Elozonam Ogbolu’s “Back from the Future” won the Best Online Content of the Year.

The duo jointly won the award in the category.

Crime and Justice won the ‘Best Television Series’, while Best Movie in West Africa went to Brotherhood, produced by Jadesola Osiberu.

The announcement of Bimbo Ademoye’s first AMVCA win was welcomed with a loud cheer from the audience as she got the Best Actress in Comedy, while Samuel Perry, popularly known as Broda Shaggy, won the men’s category.

Osas Ighodaro won Best Actress for the movie Man of God, and Tobi Bakare won Best Actor for the movie, Brotherhood. Leaked won Best Multichoice Talent Factory.

Mpali won the Best Mnet Telenovela while King Buga clinched the Best Mnet Unscripted Originals.

Efe Irele won Best Supporting Actress for the 4-4-44 movie, while Abiseta Ahmed won Best Supporting Actor.

Nigerian influencer, Enioluwa Adeoluwa, and former BBNaija housemate, Beauty Tukura, won the coveted title of the Best Dressed male and female category.

Patience Ozokwo won the 2023 Industry Merit Award, for her journey and dedication to the movie industry. The award was presented by Femi Odugbemi, the Head of Judges for the award.

Ozokwo, applauded the organisers of AMVCA for the recognition and also thanked her fans for loving her.

A moment was taken to honor the lives of creative minds who have departed—-Sola Onayiga, Ada Ameh, Sammie Okposo, Leonard Chimezie, Osmond Gbadebo, Gbenga Richards, Johnson Davidson, and Murphy Afolabi.

Iyanya and Tiwa Savage thrilled the audience with some of their hit songs.


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