ON Saturday the 5th of March at Eko Hotel, the best of African cinema gathered for a night of excitement, entertainment and red carpet glam as Africa Magic in association with MultiChoice and proud sponsors Amstel Malta, announced the winners of the 2016 edition of the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCAs).
The show, which was broadcast live on all Africa Magic channels on DStv and GOtv, began with exciting displays on the red carpet, eventually culminating in a spectacular night for African cinema replete with exciting musical performances, comedic displays and emotional speeches.
The event, hosted by the brilliant duo of IK Osakioduwa and South African TV host Minnie Dhlamini, featured excellent performances by artistes Flavour, Yemi Alade and Zonke, as well as brilliant comedic displays by Ugandan comic Salvador, and Thomas Gumede from South Africa. A highlight of the evening was the receiving of the 2016 Industry Merit Award by Nollywood legends Sadiq Daba and Bukky Ajayi. An emotional Bukky Ajayi received a standing ovation from the audience who acknowledged her contributions to African film and cinema spanning over 50 years.
Another big winner of the night was Daniel K. Daniel, who took home the award for the best actor in a drama category for his role in A Soldier’s Story. Screen starlet Adesua Etomi took home the prize of best actress in a drama for her role in Falling.
The visibly excited Kemi ‘Lala’ Akindoju won the 2016 trailblazer award, and was given a prize of an SUV from JAC motors.