AMVCA 2020: Living In Bondage, King Of Boys Get Multiple Nominations (FULL LIST)

Africa Magic on Thursday unveiled their nominations for the seventh edition of the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Award (AMVCA).

Block bluster movies including Living In Bondage, King of Boys and Bling Lagosian picked up nominations in multiple categories.

The nominations were unveiled in a live broadcast on all Africa Magic channels and anchored by Nollywood couple Linda Ejiofor and Ibrahim Suleiman.

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Africa Magic on its website said the list was compiled after “a grueling creative process that sought to gives nods to the industry’s greatest creatives.”

The awards will be presented in 28 categories, with seven categories open to public voting and 21 being categories to be decided by the AMVCA panel of judges.

 

 

 

PUBLIC VOTING

Best Actor in a Comedy (Movie or TV Series)

Uzor Arukwe – Smash

Chibunna “Funny Bone” Stanley – Smash

Uzor Arukwe – Size 12

Ramsey Nouah – Merry Men 1

Etim Effiong – Plan B Daniel

 

Best Actress in a Comedy (Movie/TV Series)

Toyin Abraham – Bling Lagosians

Bimbo Ademoye – Looking For Baami

Funke Akindele – Moms At War

Toyin Abraham – Kasanova

Ebele Okaro – Smash

 

Best Actor in a Drama (Movie/TV Series)

Swankey J.K.A – Living In Bondage

Timini Egbuson – Elevator Baby

Efa Iwara – Seven

Gabriel Afolayan – Coming From Insanity

Ramsey Nouah – Levi

 

Best Actress in a Drama (Movie/TV Series)

Shola Shobowale – King Of Boys

Zainab Balogun – Sylvia

Zainab Balogun – God Calling

Toyin Abraham – Elevator Baby

Kate Henshaw – The Ghost And The House Of Truth

 

Best Supporting Actor in a Movie or TV Series

Damijo (Rmd) – Seven Richard Mofe

Ramsey Nouah – Living In Bondage

Nkem Owoh – God Calling

Remilekun ‘Reminisce’ Safaru – King Of Boys

Pascal Tokodi – Disconnect

 

Best Supporting Actress in a Movie or TV Series:

Toni Tones – King Of Boys

Eucharia Anunobi – The Foreigner’s God

Tina Mba – The Set-Up

Mary Lazarus – Size 12

Gloria Sarfo – The Perfect Picture: 10 Years Later

 

Best Short Film or Online Video:

Oga John – Bolanle Akintomide

Thorn – Bola ‘Enigma’ Akanbi

Prueba – Stanlee Ohikuhare

Tokunbo – Bio Arimoro

 

 

NON-PUBLIC VOTING

 

Best Cinematographer:

God Calling – Cardoso

Living In Bondage – John Demps

Ratnik – Niyi White, Gbenga Fifolabi and Abiola Ladipo

The Set Up – Mohammed Attah

 

Best Lighting Designer In A Movie Or TV Series:

God Calling – Cardoso

Ratnik – Abiola Ladipo

Elevator Baby – Eleaxu Texas

Plan B – Odhiambo Walter

 

Best Costume Designer Movie or TV Series:

Living In Bondage – Olohigbe Nwagwu

The Foreigner’s God – Ifan Michael

Ratnik – Dimeji Ajibola

King Of Boys – Yolanda Okereke

 

Best Make-Up Category:

God Calling – Lilian Omozele Paul

The Foreigner’s God – Jude Odoh

King Of Boys – Hakeem Effects

Coming From Insanity – Bio Arimoro

 

Best Writer in a Movie or TV Series:

BB Sasore – God Calling

Tosin Igho – Seven

Vanessa Kanu – Sylvia

Biodun Stephen – Joba

Nicole Asinugo and CJ Obasi – Living In Bondage

Akay Mason and Yusuf Carew – Elevator Baby

 

Best Documentary:

Hidden Euphoria – Aderogba Adedeji

Skin – Beverly Naya

Against All Odds: A Tale Of Resilience – Aderemi Davies

Ibadan: Yoruba Heritage – Tunde Oladimeji

 

Best Indigenous Language Movie/TV Series Swahili:

Raveet Sippy Chadh – Subira

Timoth Conrad Kachumka – Sema

Victor Gatonye – Dream Child

Joan Kabugu – Toy Car

 

Best Indigenous Language Movie/TV Series Yoruba:

Ronke Odusanya – Ajoji Godogbo –

Yewande Famakin – Alubarika

Oyebade Adebimpe – Adebimpe Omo Oba

Wumi Olabimtan – Intent

 

Best Indigenous Language Movie/TV Series Hausa:

Tuntube – Muhammad T. Finisher

Mariya – Abubakar Bashir

Abarawa Rai – Muhammad Adam and Tundun Murtala

Sadauki – Hassan Giggs

 

Best Indigenous Language Movie/TV Series Igbo:

Isianyaocha – Brown Ene

Nekwa – Paul Igwe

Nne – Victor Iyke

Obiakpor – Evan Okechukwu

 

Best Movie Southern Africa:

Kukuri – Philippe Talavera

Dalitso – Abraham Kabwe

Kwacha – Cassie Kabwikta

The Beautiful Hen Behind Yao Mountain – Imran Kaisi

 

 

Best Movie East Africa:

Disconnect – Iman Mueke

Lost In Time – Edijoe Mwaniki

Plan B – Sarah Hassan

94 Terror – Mulinwa Richard

 

 

Best Movie West Africa:

God Calling – Momo Spaine

Seven – Tosin Igho

Elevator Baby – Victoria Akujobi

Living In Bondage – Steve Gukas

Ratnik – Dimeji Ajibola

 

Best Television Series Drama Or Comedy:

Jenifa’s Diary – Funke Akindele

Truth – Anis Halloway

Life As It Is – Uche Odoh

Women – Uchenna Mbunabo

 

Best Picture Editor:

God Calling – Holmes Awa

Ratnik – Dimeji Ajibola

Living In Bondage – Antonio Rebeiro

Seven – Tosin Igho and Bryan Dike

Elevator Baby – Emiola Fagbenle

 

Best Art Director Movie/TV Series:

Living In Bondage – Victor Afrigold, Ayanda Carter, Jim Franklin, Zimasa Ndamase

Ratnik – Dimeji Ajibola, Iwaotan Olusola Roberts

God Calling – Omotola Alade

The Bling Lagosians – Bolanle Austen Peters

 

Best Sound Track Movie/TV Series:

King Of Boys – Sess, Reminisce & Adekunle Gold – Original Gangster

Living In Bondage – Larry Gaga & Flavour – Tene

God Calling – Ighwiyisi Jacobs – Stay With Me

The Gift – Mercy Aghedo – The Gift

Run -Timzil – Run

 

Multichoice Talent Factor:

Life of Bim – West Africa

Dreamchaser – West Africa

Ensulo – East Africa

Promises – East Africa

Savana Skies – Southern Africa

The Painting – Southern Africa

 

Best Director:

Living In Bondage – Steve Gukas, Ramsey Nouah

God Calling – Bb Sasore

The Set-Up – Niyi Akinmolayan

King Of Boys – Kemi Adetiba

Ratnik – Dimeji Ajibola

The Ghost And The House Of Truth – Akin Omotosho

Seven – Tosin Igho

 

Comedian Actor Spiff Announces Engagement To His ‘Soulmate’

Samuel Ajibola (Spiff)

 

Comedian-actor Samuel Ajibola popularly known as Spiff has announced his engagement to his girlfriend, Sandra.

The Nollywood actor announced the news on his Instagram page on Thursday, January 2, 2020.

He shared some pre-wedding photos which he captioned with a loving message.

“S O U L M A T E: I’ve always been big on the kind of Soul I would be spending the rest of my Life with as Forever is a Long time to be Miserable with the wrong person. At some point in my adolescence, It became a fervent prayer request when I figured I couldn’t find you myself. God answered, and it didn’t take long to confirm you as the woman of my Dreams, My Best friend & the very one that would compliment me.

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S O U L M A T E : I’ve always been big on the kind of Soul i would be spending the rest of my Life with as Forever is a Long time to be Miserable with the wrong person . At some point of my adolescence , It became a fervent prayer request when i figured i couldn’t find you myself . God answered , and it didn’t take long to confirm you as the woman of my Dreams , My Best friend & the very one that would complement me . I’m completely certain that i have made the Right choice with you because since we met I haven’t spent a day without thinking of you (which is very rare of me) , and i can’t wait to spend the rest of our Lives laughing and Playing like we do Everyday . 📸 : @aristomixmultimedia #TheAdaAdeRoyals2020 #Adanna&Ademola #Sandra&Samuel #RoyalWeddings #Vision2020 #KingdomUnion

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It’s raining wedding proposals in the Nigerian showbiz world as the news of Ajibola’s engagement follows that of another popular comedian, Crazeclown.

 The Ukrainian trained medical doctor turned comedian took to his Instagram page on Monday, December 30, 2019, to announce his engagement.

In a simple message, the comedian revealed that his girlfriend had agreed to spend the rest of her life with him.

 

 

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… She said YESSSSS!!! 😩❤️ 💍 #BestWayToEndTheYear

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Living In Bondage, Bling Lagosians And Other Movies That Shaped Nollywood In 2019

 

 

2018 brought us the likes of King of Boys, Merry Men, New Money and Lion Heart, amongst others.

2019 on the other hand, has arguably been a far quieter year in movies for the Nigerian film Industry.

While the industry continues to churn out movies, up its game in terms of quality and consequently, global appeal, it still appears as though there was less publicity for most of the top movies of the year compared to years prior.

Channels TV’s Entertainment News, has, however, been able to pull up a list of movies that shaped the year.

From box office hits, to movies that people generally loved according to Google stats, here’s our top 10 movies for 2019 (by month).

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Light In The Dark

 

The challenges of life threaten to tear a couple’s marriage apart. But they struggle to seek the light that only true love can bring.

Starring veteran actors, Joke Silva, Rita Dominic, Ngozi Nwosu and Kalu Ikeagwu, the movie is centered on themes of love, betrayal and tribalism.

Directed by Ekene Mekwunye, it was released in January.

 

Nimbe

The movie tells the story of a teenager suffering from parental negligence, constantly being bullied by his peers but finds consolation, love and relevance in a street gang he is introduced to by an older neighbour who he meets by chance.

In this company, he is introduced to the dangerous world of drugs, hooliganism and thuggery where he experiences the accompanying challenges and consequences prevalent of such a life.

Starring Toyin Abraham, Chimezie Imo, Rachael Okonkwo and Doyin Abiola, the movie addresses issues associated with drug abuse, prostitution, cultism, some of the causes, and how to identify and avoid them.

It was directed by Tope Alake and released in March 2019.

 

Gold Statue

Starring Gabriel Afolayan and veteran actors, Sola Sobowale, Richard Mofe Damijo and Nobert Young, the movie tells a story of two young men, who try to locate a “Gold Statue,” which may have been a deity inherited by their generation.

After discovering that the statue is buried somewhere in a prison in Ilesha, Osun State, one of them decides to risk everything and end up in jail.

Produced by Tade Ogidan, and released in May 2019, the movie bagged several nominations at the Africa Movie Academy Awards.

 

Mokalik (Mechanic)

Directed by Kunle Afolayan, Mokalik tells the story of an 11-year-old boy who, although from a rich home, his life takes a different turn when he is sent to work as an apprentice at a mechanic workshop far from his home in the suburbs.

The comic-drama released in May features Femi Adebayo, Ayo Adesanya and Singer, Simi, amongst others.

It was also nominated for the Durban International Film Festival 2019.

 

Bling Lagosians

So we all know that Lagosians are generally known to love to party hard and it is no different for the Holloways.

A wealthy Lagos family, their mother Mopelola, is about to celebrate her 51st birthday party and she is bent on having a lavish celebration which could become the year’s biggest society event.

But the buzz about the party compels the Asset Management Corporation to foreclose on ST. IVES, the family business.

Drama ensues as Akin Holloway (her husband) makes efforts to cancel the party and maintain a low profile to get them off the radar and also save their business.

Released in June 2019, the Bolanle Austen-Peters film features Elvina Ibru, Toyin Aiyemakun, Osas Ighodalo among others.

 

Love and War

Imagine a couple running against each other in an election, weird right?

Well, that was the crux of the movie, Love and War, starring Richard Mofe Damijo and Omoni Oboli (Mr and Mrs Philips) who ran against each other for the position of governor in the same state.

The comedy-drama was released in September.

 

Kasanova

This romantic comedy is about a single dad who falls in love with the mother of his son’s crush. It is a story that highlights the importance of family, friendship and love.

Directed by Oluseyi Amuwa, the movie was released in September.

It features Iretiola Doyle, Toyin Abraham, Ruby Akubueze and Alvin Abayomi, among others.

 

Farming

The movie tells a story of a young Nigerian boy, ‘farmed out’ by his parents to a white British family with hopes of a better future.

A directorial debut by British-Nigerian actor, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Farming depicts the struggles of the young teenager, struggling with an identity crisis and eventually finding his place in life.

It was very surreal, very cathartic, at times very emotional but ultimately it was like the fruition of a vision that I had carried for so many years,” Akinnuoye-Agbaje had told Channels Television in an interview.

The film released in October features Genevieve Nnaji, Kate Beckinsale, Damson Idris, among others.

 

The Ghost and The House of Truth

A dedicated counsellor, Bola Ogun, facilitates reconciliation sessions between convicts and victims of their crimes.

But when her own daughter goes missing, her belief in forgiveness is tested.
The movie features Susan Wokoma, Kate Henshaw, Tope Tedela, among others.

Directed by Akin Omotoso, it was released in November and has been nominated for the Urban World Film Festival.

 

Living In Bondage: Breaking Free

If you watched Living in Bondage in the 90’s, then chances are, you might be excited to see how the film was re-enacted nearly 27 years after.

Living in Bondage: Breaking Free tells the story of an ambitious young man, Nnamdi Okeke, who, like everyone else, wants more out of life.

However, he can’t afford the kind of life he wants with his current income and an encounter with Chief Ibaka, a family friend with a notoriously dark past opens the door to his dream life.

It all comes at a great price, that could change his life forever.

Within three weeks of its release in November, the Ramsey Nouah film became a huge box office success grossing over 100 million.

It also became the highest-grossing Nigerian film in 2019 surpassing the record set by Bling Lagosians.

The film is also ranked eighth in the overall list of highest-grossing films in Nigeria.

Jonathan Pledges N3billion Grant To Nollywood

President Goodluck Jonathan has declared the creation of  N3billion grant geared to support the nation’s movie industry; Nollywood.

According to the President, a programme called “Project Nollywood” has being established by his administration to “support the key components of the industry’s value chain through a dedicated grant, totaling N3billion.”

The grant will be launched in April.

The President made this known while delivering his speech at a dinner to celebration Nollywood at 20 in Lagos, on Saturday night.

The dinner was organized to celebrate the 20th  anniversary of the first Nigerian movie to be released on home-video; ‘Living in Bondage‘, which was released in September 1992.

Giving more details about the grant, the President stated that the fund will include “grants for the best film scripts; a capacity development fund, and funds for supporting the industry’s infrastructure.”

“The scheme which will be launched in the first week of April, will be managed by the Ministry of Finance in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism” he added.

Dr Jonathan also made it known that he has directed both the NEXIM Bank and Bank of Industry to redouble their efforts in assisting the industry to access loans.

According to him, “NEXIM has extended about N766 million in loans to a number of companies involved in film production, cinemas, and distribution, with another scheduled N1.4 billion for projects in the industry.”

This he noted, “must be sustained.”

The President in his speech commended all stakeholders in the movie industry for making Nollywood one of Nigeria’s export items in the last two decades.

He challenged them to make Nollywood become the major export item in the next 20 years.

“Our national income is currently dominated by the oil sector. I believe that with continued hard work, Nollywood could begin to challenge the oil sector’s domination in the years ahead” he concluded.

Also pledging his support to the industry, the Governor of Akwa-Ibom state, Godswill Akpabio donated the sum of N50 million to the industry as the ‘President’s Award For Creativity.’

One of the main challenges facing the movie industry as highlighted by foremost move director Amaka Igwe at the event was the issue of piracy and poor infrastructure which the President promised to look into.

The event had in attendance numerous practitioners in Nollywood such as Genevieve Nnaji, Chidi Mokeme, Aki and Paw Paw, Olu and Joke Jacobs, Segun Arinze, Stephanie Linus, Patience Ozokwor, Zack Orji, Madam Kofo, Desmond Elliot, Chiwetalu Agu, Cynthia Amadi, Amaka Igwe, Dickson Iroegbu, Zeb and Chico Ejiro, Kunle Afolayan, Tunde Kelani, Andy Chukwu and several others.

President Jonathan also unveiled a pictorial book titled ‘Icons of Nollywood‘.