Every year comes with its fair share of good, bad and wild moments and 2018 brought nothing short of that in entertainment.
From Davido giving us Assurance to Amaka disappointing us and Wizkid and Tiwa, giving us Fever and eventually some hard goodbyes we had to say, here are some of the top moments that shaped the year.
Black Panther and the tale of Wakanda (February 16)
The movie which tells the tale of a fictitious African country, Wakanda, from the perspective of affluence, light age development and technology was one of the many that had viewers enthralled.
The film particularly appealed to people of colour because they felt it was a shift from the regular plots which always portray Africa as an underdeveloped, forsaken continent.
More exciting for some fans was the fact that Nigerians were among the cast.
Acrimony (March 30)
The psychological thriller starring Taraji P. Henson, tells the story of a loyal wife who decides to take revenge on her ex-husband after he becomes successful, following years of their struggle together.
He remarries and lavishes his new wife with everything he had promised his ex-wife – a situation which infuriates her and makes her hell-bent on revenging.
The movie left most of its viewers in utter shock and in a state of introspection such that months after its release, the debate over who was right or wrong lingered.
It was produced, written, and directed by Tyler Perry.
Davido Gave Chioma ‘Assurance’ (May 1)
2018 was the year singer, Davido, gave his girlfriend ‘Assurance’, proclaiming his undying love for her.
In the music video for the hit single, his girlfriend Chioma Avril Rowland, made a cameo appearance and the artist was seen professing his love for her, crowning it all by gifting a Porshe Car which was said to be between 45 to 50 million Naira.
The song had most people falling in love and seeking similar ‘assurance’.
Consequently, the lovebirds continued to trend for weeks on end.
While fans continued to show them love, some critics, however, called out the DMW crooner for flaunting his relationship despite having several ‘baby mamas’.
Meghan and Prince Harry’s Royal Wedding (May 19)
The Royal wedding had the whole world talking for weeks leading up the event and weeks after.
The new Duke and Duchess of Sussex exchanged vows at the altar in St. George’s Chapel in an emotional event that brought the bi-racial US TV star into the heart of the British monarchy.
Falz’ This Is Nigeria (May 25)
A cover for US Rapper, Childish Gambino’s This Is America, Falz’ This Is Nigeria, became one of the hot topics of the year as it highlighted major issues around the nation’s politics, security and economy.
The video sparked conversations and immediately gained up to 15 million views in the past seven months.
World Mourns ‘Queen Of Soul’ Aretha Franklin (August 16)
Raised on gospel, bathed in rhythm and blues and fluent in jazz and pop, Aretha Franklin came to be known as the “Queen of Soul” through seven decades of electrifying performances.
Lee rose through the ranks to become a comics writer, making millions of superhero fans dream of his fantastic universes and humans with extraordinary powers, and eventually led the Marvel empire for decades as its publisher.
He died in Los Angeles after suffering a number of illnesses in recent years.
Farewell to the ‘voice of Lagos’ Tosyn Bucknor (November 19)
Nigerians bade farewell to on-air-personality, Tosyn Bucknor, popularly known as the ‘voice of Lagos’ on November 20.
She died at the age of 37, following complications from the sickle-cell disease.
Bucknor was reportedly found dead by her husband, Aurelien Boyer, when he returned home from work.
Known and loved by many, the OAP was buried amid tears and tributes.
Ras Kimono: Rub A Dub King Bows Out Under Pressure
Part of the loved ones we lost in 2018 is the Rub A Dub King, Ras Kimono who died of a heart attack in Lagos. Sadly, before we could come to terms with the legendary musician’s demise, we heard the announcement that his wife, Efemena Okedi, had passed on also.
She died just three months after he was laid to rest.
Ras Kimono brought us the Rhumba style and for this, he and his lovely wife will always live on in our memories.
Funke Akindele Welcomes Twins (December 22)
It was a joyful year for actress, Funke Akindele, popularly known as Jenifa as she welcomed a set of twins with her husband, Abdulrasheed Bello, popularly known as JJC Skills.
The news went viral on social media after the actress shared some posts expressing gratitude to God.
Starring Jemima Osunde as Toun Odumosu, the movie tells the story of a young lady, who goes from being a shop girl to a billionaire,after her absentee father leaves her his empire to run.
Directed by Tope Oshin, the movie was released in March 2018 and liked by 92% of the viewers.
The star-studded movie features Folarin Falana, Osas Ighodaro, Wofaifada, Daniel Etim Effiong, Adeolu Adefarasin, Kalu Ikeagwu.
Veteran actress Genevieve Nnaji stars in this flick as Adaeze Obiagu, a young lady who has to step up to the challenge when her father is no longer able to handle the company due to health issues.
Her father Ernest Obiagu (Pete Edochie), leaves the company in the hands of an uncle and both of them have to fight to save the company from a huge debt or lose it altogether.
An inspiring drama which addresses issues around family values, succession, and female empowerment, “Lion Heart” marks Nnaji’s directorial debut.
“It highlights the various challenges faced by women, particularly in male-dominated industries,” she told Women and Hollywood.
Online movie streaming platform, Netflix, also announced that it acquired the worldwide rights for the movie.
According to Google, 96% of viewers liked the movie.
This movie tells the story of a young rebellious heir, Bassey Otuekong (Banky Wellington), who is sent to Bauchi for his NYSC assignment as a punishment and as a way of humbling him, while also being groomed to take over his father’s company.
It explores love, friendship and family politics, all of which collide, creating memories to last a lifetime.
Directed by Tope Oshin, the movie features Rahama Sadau, Kanayo O. Kanayo, Adesuwa Etomi Wellington, Hilda Dokubo.
It hit cinemas in December 2018
“Wedding Party 2”
The romantic comedy starring Banky W as (Dozie) and Adesua Etomi as (Dunni) is a sequel to ‘The Wedding Party’, which became a monster hit after its release in December 2017.
The story is about two people genuinely in love and the unnecessary interference of family members as well as the hassles of inter-cultural marriages.
While the first movie explores the flamboyant Nigerian wedding culture, the sequel, which is also full of humour and warmth, captures the concept of destination weddings, which is gradually gaining ground among Nigerians.
The movie has remained a favourite for many, despite being released on December 15, 2017, and is one of the top trending movies of 2018.
Directed by Niyi Akinmolayan, it was liked by 93% of viewers according to Google.
“Royal Hibiscus Hotel”
In this romantic comedy, a disillusioned London chef, Opeoluwa (Zainab Balogun), visits Nigeria and struggles with her matchmaking mother as well as in restoring the family’s rundown hotel.
She’s heartbroken as she discovers her new lover, Deji (Keneth Okoli), is working on a deal to buy the hotel.
An Ebony Life Films production, the movie which was directed by Ishaya Bako had its world premiere on September 9, 2017.
It was then officially released in February 2018 and is liked by 94% of the viewers.
Nigerian Immigrant Gary Barbar (Jimmy Jean-Louis), works as a teacher in the United States and is quite successful.
However, from time to time, he suffers violent flashes of visions and nightmares of a past that he knows nothing about.
His entire life and aspirations eventually hinge on finding the truth and meaning behind the nightmares.
In trying to find answers, he returns home to Benin City but is totally unprepared for the complications that await him.
Esohe, directed by Charles Uwagbai, is an epic film that explores themes of reincarnation, love and the supernatural.
It features Jemima Osunde, Chris Attoh and Toyin Aiyemakun.
“King Of Boys”
This movie follows the story of Alhaja Eniola Salami (Sola Sobowale), a businesswoman and philanthropist with a promising political future.
As her political ambitions see her outgrowing the underworld connections responsible for her considerable wealth, she’s drawn into a power struggle that threatens everything she holds dear.
To come out of this on top, she is caught up in a game of trust and ruthlessness.
The movie was directed by Kemi Adetiba and is her second film after her directorial debut, The Wedding Party.
It was released in October 2018 and is liked by 97% of the viewers.
The movie tells the story of billionaire industrialist Chief Beecroft, a flamboyant benefactor to a large extended family of relatives, household staff and assorted mistresses.
He lives extravagantly, until the day he dies suddenly and the ‘bullion van’ stops.
“Chief Daddy” also explores the chaos caused by having numerous children from different women who were not aware of the existence of one another, until their father’s death.
Directed by Niyi Akinmoloyan, the movie was released on December 14, 2018.
According to Google, it is liked by 96% of viewers.
This is a movie that explores themes of faith, spirituality, and self-discovery.
Starring Zainab Balogun, the story looks at the life of a young woman, Sade, her family, and her faith through the lens of an unconventional encounter with God in the modern age.
After suffering a personal tragedy, she is taken on a journey of self-discovery and faith which transforms the lives all those around her.
Directed by BB Sasore, the movie features Karibi Fubara, Nkem Owoh, Richard Mofe Damijo, Tina Mba, Onyeka Onwenu, among others.
It was released in December 2018 and is liked by 100% of the viewers.
“Lara And The Beat”
This movie tells a story about the young and beautiful Giwa sisters caught in the center of a financial scandal with their late parents’ media empire.
The sisters are forced out of their privileged bubble, and must learn to build their own future and salvage their family’s past.
Produced by Tosin Coker, the movie was released in July 2018 and it is liked by 94% of the viewers.
Cast: Seyi Shey, Vector, Somkele Iyamma, Sharom Ooja among others.
A combined global audience of 1.12 billion watched the World Cup final between France and Croatia in July, FIFA, the governing body of world football, said on Friday.
In total, FIFA said, a “combined 3.572 billion viewers – more than half of the global population aged four and over – tuned in to world football’s ultimate competition” for at least a minute, over the course of the World Cup’s from June 14 to July 15.
A survey it had commissioned by FIFA found that 3.04 billion viewers caught at least three minutes, a 10.9 percent increase on Brazil 2014, and 2.49 billion watched at least 30 minutes, or one-third of one match, up on 2014’s 1.95 billion.
FIFA calculated that the average live audience for each of the 64 matches was 191 million.
The survey estimated that 9.5 percent of that audience, or 309.7 million people, watched no coverage at home but “caught the action on digital platforms, in public viewing areas or in bars and restaurants.”
That proportion was higher for the final between France and Croatia. FIFA said 884.37 million viewers tuning in to traditional TV coverage and a further 231.82 million watching outside the home or digitally.
The nominees for the 6th Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Award (AMVCA) have been announced.
The list was revealed on Saturday, June 30, by popular Ghanaian actress and TV presenter, Joselyn Dumas, and Nigerian comedian and actor, Bovi via a syndicated broadcast on all Africa Magic channels.
See the complete list of nominees in over 20 categories below.
Best Overall Movie Potato Potahto – Shirley Frimpong-Manso Alter Ego – Moses Inwang 18 Hours – Phoebe Ruguru Devil’s Chest – Hassan Mageye Descent – Awal Abdulfatai The Road to Sunrise – Shemu Joyah
Best Movie West Africa Potato Potahto – Shirley Frimpong-Manso Alter Ego – Moses Inwang – Esther Eyibo Isoken – Jade Osiberu Tatu – Don Omope, Yolanda Okereke, Segun Arinze, Tolu Awobiyi Children of Mud – Imoh Umoren Lotanna – Ifan Micheal
Best Movie East Africa 18 Hours – Phoebe Ruguru Devil’s Chest – Hassan Mageye The Forbidden – Kizito Samuel Saviour Rain – Mathew & Eleanor Nabwiso Bella – Math Bish
Best Movie Southern Africa Descent – Awal Abdulfatai The Road to Sunrise – Shemu Joyah Salute! – Phillipe Talavera Jomako Black Democracy – Abraham Kabwe Nyasaland – Joyce Mhango Chavula
Best Director Moses Inwang – Alter Ego Aloaye Omoake – Idemuza Asurf Oluseyi – Hakkunde Don Omope – Tatu Jade Osiberu – Isoken Mulindwa Richard – The Torture Shirley Frimpong-Manso – Potato Potahto
Best Writer Movie/TV Series Idemuza – Alaoye Omoake Soul Tie – Kehinde Joseph Idahosa Trails – Stanlee Ohikhuare 18 Hours – Njue Kevin The Torture – Mulindwa Richard Alter Ego – Patrick Nnamani/Koye O/Moses Inwang Hakkunde – Tomi Adesina
Best Art Director Isoken – Jade Osiberu Tatu – Don Omope, Yolanda Okereke, Segun Arinze, Tolu Awobiyi Children of Mud – Imoh Umoren Lotanna – Ifan Micheal Idahaso Trails – Stanlee Ohikhuare Hidden – Jibril Mailafia
Best Picture Editor Idemuza – Aloaye Omoake 18 Hours – Mark Maina Alter Ego – Moses Inwang/Tunde Bakare Hakkune – Asurf Oluseyi Hidden – Jibril Mailafia
Best Sound Editor Tatu – Kolade Morakinyo Idahaso Trails – Stanlee Ohikhuare Alter Ego – Zezom Gnawni Ojukokoro – Dayo Thompson Hakkunde – James Coon Falcon
Best Actor in a comedy Kalu Ikeagwu- Dr Meekam IK Ogbonna – Excess Luggage Blossom Chukwujekwu – The Big Fat Lie Odunlade Adekola – A Million Baby OC Ukeje – Potato Potahto Jimmy Olukoya – Guyn Man
Best Actress in a comedy and TV series Rita Dominic – Big Fat Lie Adesua Etomi – 10 days in Sun city Queen Nwokoye – Excess Luggage Bimbo Ademoye – Backup Wife Dakore Akande – Isoken Nyce Wanueri – Auntie Boss
Best Cinematography Movies/TV series Tatu – Akpe Ododoru Idemuza – Dickson Godwin T-Junction – Lester Millado The Torture – Rwamusigazi Kyakunzire Okafor’s Law – Yinka Edward Alter Ego – Bishop Blunt/Adeoye Adeniyi
Best Soundtrack Movies/TV Series M0 – Tom Koroluk Banana Island Ghost – Enyi Omeruah and Funbi Ogunbanwo Bella – Andrew Ahuura Tatu – Evelle Idahosa Trails – Oriri Osayamore 18 Hours – Jacktone Okore
Best Supporting Actor Saidi Balogun – Banana Island Ghost Tomiwa Edun – Banana Island Ghost Falz – New Money Kunle Idowu – Idahosa Trails Gabriel Afolayan – Okafor’s Law Wale Ojo – Betrayal
Best Supporting Actress Toyin Aimakhu – Tatu Dorcas Shola Fapson – Banana Island Ghost Funlola Afofiyebi-Riami – Tatu Ebele Okaro – Blackrose Lydia Forson – Isoken Emem Inwang – Alter Ego
Best Actress in a Drama/TV Series Agaba Joan – The Torture Keira Hewatch – The Witness Box Miriam Kayode – Children of Mud Cinderella Sanyu – Bella Omotola Jalade Ekeinde – Alter Ego Lilian Echelon – Black Rose
Best Actor in a Drama Series Wale Ojo – Alter Ego Kalu Ikeagwu – Benevolence Rushabiro Raymond – The Torture Adjetey Anang – Keteke Adjetey Anang – Sidechic Gang Chris Attoh – Esohe
Best TV series Gina and Friends – Paul Igwe Professor Johnbull – Tchidi Chikere Papa Ajasco Reloaded – Wale Adenuga This Is It – Dolapo Adeleke Relatives – Tunde Adegbola
Best Documentary The Flesh Business – Dennis Wanjohi Nightfall in Lagos – James Amuta God’s Wives – Bolanle Olukanni Omidan, Styles Defunct by Ayaworanho3d – Aderemi Davies Calabar Carnival: What the People Think – Oghenefego Ofili
Best Lighting Designer Movie/TV Series Tatu – Akpe Ododoru, Tunde Akinniyi Kada River – Godwin Gata Hidden – Agbo Kelly Lotanna – McBaror Children of Mud – Sunday Olalekan
Best Short Film/Online Video The Housewife – Jay Franklin Jituboh Tolu – Nadine Ibrahim Penance – Micheal Ama Psalmist’ Akinrogunde Lodgers – Ken Ogunlola Tanwa, The Child We Wanted – Adenike Adebayo
Best Indigenous Language Movie or TV Series – Hausa Mansoor – Ali Nuhu Umar Sanda – Kamal S Alkali Dadin Kowa Sabon Salo – Arewa24 Uwar Bari – Hamisu Lamido Iyantama Rashinsani – Tiana Johnson
Best Indigenous Language Movies or TV Series – Igbo Bound – Lilian Afegbai Ofuobi – Victor Oyke Uwa Na Eme Nyughari – Tiana Johnson Oge Nkem – Tiana Oboyi Johnson Ego Malaysia – Iyooh James Chidozie
Best Indigenous Language Movies or TV Series – Yoruba Alakiti – Abiodun Jimoh, Jumoke Odetola Adaba – Adebayo Salami Etiko Onigedu – Femi Adebayo Egun Iran Kinni – Oyindamola Awotidebe Ogun Sengese – Ibironke Ojo
Best Costume Designer Movie or TV Series Tatu – Yolanda Okereke Isoken – Jade Osiberu Potato Potahto – Christie Brown Hakkunde – Joan Gbefwi The Bridge – Ngozi Obasi and James Bessinone
Best Make Up Artist Movie/TV Series Tatu – Thelma Ozy Smith, Hakeem Effect Onilogbo Ojukokoro – Sandra Oyiana What Lies Within – Cynthia Ububa Disguise – Hakeem Effect Lotanna – Nnenna Emekalam
The AMVCA, which has rewarded excellence in TV and film for five years since 2013, is scheduled to hold on September 1, 2018.
The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara and Nigeria’s former Vice President Atiku Abubakar have sent their New Year messages to Nigerians, wishing citizens the best of the New Year.
Saraki in his message wish Nigerians happiness in 2018 and asked them to look into the year with the understanding that better days lie ahead.
“In this New Year, let us all rise up with the courage and determination to make Nigeria better. Every Nigerian deserves a chance to live a better life. This is why the Senate, and the 8th National Assembly as a whole, will continue to collaborate with the executive to ensure that all the policies and programmes of the present administration that are targeted at making life more meaningful for people across the country become actualised.
“We will not spare any efforts in passing laws that will serve as catalysts for our economic stability and growth. We will always continue pushing to pass pieces of legislation that will help make Nigerian businesses thrive across the nation. We will also continue to work hard to pass Bills that will help to put more money back in the pockets of every Nigerian man and woman — as well as create more jobs and opportunities for all our young people,” he said.
Saraki said further that most of the problems that threatening the unity, progress and peace of Nigeria are rooted in the poor state of the economy, therefore, there is a need for governments at all levels and to citizenry to work together this year to ensure the success of policies that have been set-up to rebuild the economy, attract more foreign investment, and make the nation more self-sufficient.
Former Nigeria’s Vice President Atiku Abubakar in his New Year message expressed hope that Nigerians will remain united in the New Year and called on Nigerians to tell all that 2018 will be the beginning of the renaissance of Nigeria.
“As we step into the New Year, my hope for Nigeria is that all Nigerians will be united. It is my hope that this year will bring out the empowerment of Nigerians and that through increased job opportunities, Nigeria will be working again.
It is my hope that all Nigerians will live in a safe and secure country. It is my hope that all Nigerians will live in an economy that provides them the quality of life they deserve and our youth have the opportunity to receive an education that sets the standard for all of Africa and the world. My commitment in this new year is to help ensure that Nigeria will rise again and that the hopes of all Nigerians become a reality,” he said.
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara wants Nigerians to renew their commitment to the unity and progress of Nigeria in the New Year. In his message he said Nigerians should draw on the lessons learnt in the outgoing year to strengthen the bonds of unity, solidarity and peace.
He commended the resilience and determination of Nigerians in the midst of daunting challenges, expressed optimism that better days are ahead.
“The New Year presents an opportunity for stock-taking and a strong resolve to sustain the gains of Nigeria’s exit from economic recession. Improvement of Nigeria’s economy, security and welfare of Nigerians must remain our priority in the New Year.
“As a people, we must continue to imbibe the spirit of togetherness and love for one another. We must also support government at all levels by contributing our quota in the generation of wealth and alleviation of poverty in the land,” he said.
Nigerians have joined millions of people across the world in welcoming the New Year.
While many, especially in major cities, gathered at fun spots from where they ushered in 2018, some others started the New Year in places of worship, giving thanks.
As fireworks filled the sky in the first minutes of the New Year, many took to the social media to share images and send out greetings to their loved ones.
In the nation’s capital, Abuja Nigerians ushered in the New Year in churches and at the Eagles Square with prayers and thanksgiving.
Apart from thanking God for his protection and blessings throughout 2017, Christians also prayed for the nation with clerics preaching messages of hope and assuring their congregation of God’s abundant blessings in 2018.
The New Year had arrived in Nigeria hours after the people of Samoa celebrated its arrival.
Samoa, south of the equator was the first country in the world to welcome in 2018 and was quickly followed by Australia.
Australia welcomed the New Year in style with a spectacular firework display over the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and opera house.
As Nigerians join the global celebration of the New Year, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara, wants them to renew their commitment to the unity and progress of Nigeria.
In his New Year message to Nigerians, Mr Dogara wants Nigerians to draw on the lessons learnt in the outgoing year to strengthen the bonds of unity, solidarity and peace.
The Speaker, who commended the resilience and determination of Nigerians in the midst of daunting challenges, expressed optimism that better days are ahead.
“The New Year presents an opportunity for stock-taking and a strong resolve to sustain the gains of Nigeria’s exit from economic recession. Improvement of Nigeria’s economy, security and welfare of Nigerians must remain our priority in the new year.”
On his part, President Muhammadu Buhari will address the nation at 7 am.