18 Hours winners from left, Kevin Njue, Phoebe Ruguru and Mark Maina. The film bagged a total of 3 awards during the AMVCAs.

It was big night for Kenya in Nigeria on Saturday, after bagging a total of six awards during the 6th Annual Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards (AMVCAs). The prestigious event was held at the Eko Hotel and Suites in Lagos.

The movie 18 Hours, which was inspired by true events won a total of three awards including Best Overall Movie in Africa (Phoebe Ruguru), Best Movie East Africa (Phoebe Ruguru) and Best Picture Editor (Mark Maina).

Nyce Wanjeri, popularly known as Shiro on the comedy Auntie Boss, was declared the best actress in Africa. She could not hide her shock after she beat some of the big names in Nollywood to be named Best Actress in a comedy and TV Series.

Other Kenyan winners include Denis Maina Wanjohi whose documentary “The Flesh Business” was declared the Best Documentary and Sarika Hemi Lakhani for her movie “Supa Modo” which bagged the Best Indigenous Language movie or TV series.

Speaking after the event, MultiChoice Kenya Managing Director Eric Odipo congratulated the winners for their hard work and win.

“Kudos to all the winners for their high-flying achievement in Africa. We are proud to know that Kenyan content has come of age and can compete globally and in Nollywood. At Multichoice, our role is to enrich lives. As Africa continues to change rapidly, the entertainment industry is ever more relevant. We are using our influence and resources to play a positive role in Africa, helping to grow Africa’s people and creative industries into vibrant, economic powerhouses,” said Odipo.

As expected, the crème de la crème of the African film, TV and entertainment industry turned out on the famous AMVCA red carpet and the show, which was hosted by the returning duo of IK Osakioduwa and Minnie Dlamini started with an electrifying performance by the critically acclaimed Niger-Delta dance troupe, Seki.

Other performances of the night include renditions by famous singer-producer Cobhams Asuquo, and Nigerian opera singer, Omo Bello who performed together with her orchestra. Nigerian rapper Falz also thrilled on the night, even as he won the ‘Best Supporting Actor in a Drama’ award.

The biggest winner of the night, Nyce Wanjeri, who was declared the Best Actress in Africa, at the just concluded 6th Annual Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards in Lagos, Nigeria.

Another highlight of the night was when renowned Nigerian cinematographer Tunde Kelani was presented with the Industry Merit award, a decision that was well received by the audience as evidenced by a prolonged standing ovation. In the same vein, the Trailblazer Award was given to Bisola Aiyeola in recognition of her growing impact in the African film and TV space.

The crowning of the night was the announcement of Phoebe Ruguru’s ’18 Hours’ as the Best Overall movie, a fitting tribute to an event that featured many other Kenyan winners.

 “Congratulations to all winners! Kenya showed we are the pride of Africa and we’re proud of the contribution we make to keep our communities entertained, and our business has grown hand-in-hand with local economies by forging long-term partnerships with film-makers and entrepreneurs,” said MNet Channel Director, East and Southern Channels, Timothy Okwaro.

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See the full list of winners at the 2018 AMVCAs below:

 

S/NOCATEGORY 
1BEST DOCUMENTARY 
 THE FLESH BUSINESSDENIS WANJOHI MAINA
   
2BEST TELEVISION SERIES 
 THIS IS ITDOLAPO ADELEKE (LOWLA DEE)
   
3BEST CINEMATOGRAPHER MOVIE OR TV SERIES 
 OKAFOR’S LAWYINKA EDWARD
   
4BEST MOVIE EAST AFRICA 
 18 HOURSPHOEBE RUGURU
   
5BEST WRITER (MOVIE/TV SERIES) 
 ALTER EGOPATRICK NNAMANI, KOYE O, MOSES INWANG
   
6BEST INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE MOVIE OR TV SERIES – YORUBA 
 ETIKO ONIGEDUFEMI ADEBAYO
   
7BEST LIGHTING DESIGNER MOVIE OR TV SERIES 
 TATUAKPE ODODORU, TUNDE AKINNIYI
   
8BEST PICTURE EDITOR MOVIE/TV SERIES 
 18 HOURSMARK MAINA
   
9BEST INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE MOVIE OR TV SERIES – IGBO 
 BOUNDLILIAN AFEGBAI
   
10BEST SOUND EDITOR MOVIE OR TV SERIES 
 TATUKOLADE MORAKINYO, PIUS FATOKE
   
11BEST SOUND TRACK MOVIE OR TV SERIES 
 TATUEVELLE
   
12BEST COSTUME DESIGNER MOVIE OR TV SERIES 
 THE BRIDGENGOZI OBASI, JAMES BESSINONE
   
13BEST INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE MOVIE OR TV SERIES – HAUSA 
 MANSOORALI NUHU
   
14BEST MAKE UP ARTIST MOVIE OR TV SERIES 
 TATUTHELMA OZY SMITH, HAKEEM EFFECT ONILOGBO
   
15BEST ART DIRECTOR MOVIE OR TV SERIES 
 LOTANNATUNJI AFOLAYAN
   
16BEST INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE MOVIE OR TV SERIES – SWAHILI 
 SUPA MODOSARIKA HEMI LAKHANI
   
17BEST MOVIE SOUTHERN AFRICA 
 THE ROAD TO SUNRISESHEMU JOYAH
   
18BEST DIRECTOR MOVIE 
 ISOKENJADE OSIBERU
   
19BEST MOVIE WEST AFRICA 
 ISOKENJADE OSIBERU
   
20BEST OVERALL MOVIE 
 18 HOURSPHOEBE RUGURU
 

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