Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCA) Nominee Announcement, was watched by audiences in 47 African countries and the nominees for the first ever Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCA) were revealed during a special edition of lifestyle program, 53 Extra. Held in association with MultiChoice and headline sponsor, Amstel Malta, the AMVCA recognizes and rewards excellence in African film and TV.
Encompassing 28 awards in 26 categories, the AMVCA includes 6 categories where viewers will vote for winners and 18 more technically focused categories where winners will be selected by an expert industry based judging panel (judges will be announced at a later date).
This judging panel will also select the rising star TrailBlazer of the Year and the Industry Merit recipient, a veteran industry professional whose long-term contribution will be honoured.
Ensuring that the awards specifically recognize outstanding achievements, the AMVCA did not name nominees in two categories (Best Documentary and Best On-line Video), as the nominee selection team had preferred to award certificates of encouragement instead to all entrants.
Understanding that there will be great curiosity about the initial selection team responsible for the nominees list, the show revealed their identities. They are Allison Triegaardt, Armand-Guy de Beer, Bongiwe Selane, Deborah Odutayo, Ebou Waggeh, Eileen Sandrock, Njoki Muhoho,Phad Mutumba and Richard West. Together, this expert team has an extraordinary range of experience and an impressive passion for the art of African storytelling. More info on these accomplished individuals is available at www.africamagic.tv.
Joining this nominee selection team in January was the accounting firm Sizwe Ntsaluba Gobodo, who will also verify all winner results going forward.
M-Net Africa's MD Biola Alabi, says, “We want the AMVCA to be transparent, credible, respected and fair. So we selected people to the nominee selection team who embrace this philosophy. We will do the same when selecting the industry-judging panel that will pick winners in certain categories. We know that everyone associated with these awards must be diligent and conduct themselves with integrity during what are challenging, tough processes. At this time, I must also say that we are truly delighted with the list of nominees and we wish them all well. Roll on March, we couldn’t be more excited about the big night and promise TV audiences an event to remember”!
However, the focus of the night were the nominees and leading the way was South African hit Otelo Burning with 14 nominations while Nigeria’s brilliant The Mirror Boy grabbed 11, just in front of Man on Ground, another powerful Nigerian offering which garnered 9 nominations.
Other titles scoring multiple nominations included Perfect Picture (8), Two Brides and a Baby (7), Maami (5) and Skeem (5). In total, there were 110 nominees chosen from 43 different productions from countries as diverse as Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.
Meanwhile, some of the most eagerly awaited categories also boasted high profile nominees.
In the category for Best Actress in a Drama, the nominees are Bubu Mazibuko, Genevieve Nnaji, Nolwazi Shange, Funke Akindele and Jackie Appiah while in the Best Actress in a Comedy category Funke Akindele, Lilian Esoro and Mercy Johnson are all in the running. In the Best Actor in a Drama category, the nominees are Fabian Adeoye Lojede, O.C Ukeje, Kenneth Uphopho, Edward Kagutuzi and Jafta Mamabolo. Nominees for Best Actor in a Comedy are Hafiz Oyetoro, Kunle Bamtefa, Bovi Ugboma, Francis Odega and Ikhide Isaac.
In the Best Movie Overall category are Skeem (Tim Greene), Man on Ground (Akin Omotoso, Fabian Adeoye Lojede, Hakeem Kae-Kazim and Rosie Motene), Jozi King (Jamie Ramsay), Otelo Burning (Sara Blecher) and The Mirror Boy (Obi Emelonye).
Now, while the judges deliberate on the non-viewer voted categories, viewers can also start casting their votes for the 6 all-important viewers voted categories. Voting begins tonight (January 28) at 23:00 CAT and closes at midnight CAT on March 3, 2013. Viewers can vote via WEB, WAP or SMS.
Keep watching the Africa Magic channels, which will profile the nominees over the next few weeks to ensure you know who is who. Remember, the first ever Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards will be screened on DStv and GOtv on Saturday 9th March, live from Lagos. So get ready to check out the fashion on the red carpet, to hear the winner’s speeches and of course, to celebrate great African talent.