Stephanie Linus, Others Stun At AMAA 2017

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Celebrities stunned with various glam looks at the 2017 African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) 2017.

The event which took place on July 15, at the Eko Hotels Victoria Island, Lagos State saw actresses such as, Bimbo Akintola, Bervely Osu, Stephanie Linus, Beverly Naya, Big Brother Naija Stars, among others walk the red carpet in style.

The 13th edition of the awards was hosted by actress Nse Ikpe Etim and saw veteran, Nkem Owoh being honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

See other winners at the event

Best film in an African language: Felicite‬ (Senegal)

Best film by an African living abroad: While We Live (Burkina Faso/Sweden)

Best diaspora short: 90 Days (US) & Kbela‬ (Brazil)

Achievement in production design: ’76‬ (Nigeria)

Best short film: A Place For Myself (Rwanda) & A Place In the Plane (Senegal)

Best animation: Got Flowers (Nigeria)

Best documentary: Mama Colonel (DRC)

Achievement in costume: Queen of Katwe (Uganda)

Achievement in makeup: Oloibiri (Nigeria)

Best production: ’76 (Nigeria)

Best soundtrack: Felicitè (Senegal)

Achievement in sound: Vaya (South Africa)

Tony Elumelu award for best comedy: 3 Wise Men (Nigeria)

Best actress in a supporting role: Angelique Kidjo (CEO: Nigeria)

Best actor in a supporting role: Papi Mpaka (Felicitè: Senegal)

AMAA lifetime achievement award: Nkem Owoh (Nigeria)

Best actress in a leading role: Vero Tshanda (Felicitè: Senegal)

Best actor in a leading role: Jahwar Soudani (The Last of Us: Tunisia)

Best first feature film by a director: Daouda Coulibaly (Wulu: Mali)

Best director: Akin Omotosho (Vaya: South Africa)

Best film: Felicitè (Senegal)

Special recognition award: Celine Loader

Achievement in cinematography: The Last Of Us (Tunisia)

Achievement in editing: Felicitè (Senegal)

Achievement in screenplay: Vaya (South Africa)

Lagos state award for best Nigerian film: ’76 (Nigeria)

Best young/promising actor: Medina Molanga (Queen of Katwe)

Kunle Afolayan, A-listers Talk About Nollywood Journey So Far

kunle afolayan, a-listers, nolywoodA-listers such as Kunle Afolayan in the Nigerian film industry, popularly called Nollywood, have continued to break new grounds within international circles.

The industry seems slowly but surely attaining new heights, as directors appear to have flipped the scripts and begun to churn out rich content as well as captivating plots that leave viewers spellbound.

Among other successes this year, Nollywood’s Kunle Afolayan, premiered his movie the CEO, aboard a Paris bound flight from Lagos.

Eight Nollywood films were also screened at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival.

These feats among many others, have caused optimistic Nollywood followers to suggest that the industry is almost at par with Hollywood.

Menace Of Piracy

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Movie Director, Seyi Babatope

However, Director Seyi Babatope, quickly punctures that bubble as he holds the opinion that the menace of piracy has made it a bit difficult to lure huge investments into film making.

Kunle Afolayan, who on his own had led street protests against bootleggers, hinted Channels Television on what it was like to be a Nollywood filmmaker.

Although the entertainment industry has been identified by the government as a potential source of revenue, some have said the government was not doing enough to support the industry.

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Stephanie Linus

Actress turned director, Stephanie Linus, whose movie ‘Dry’, also received international attention, is one of those who believe the government is not doing enough for the industry.

Pascal Atuma, who operates as an independent filmmaker in America where he directed Nollywood budget movies, such as his latest films ‘LAPD African Cops’ and ‘Blood Lines’ shot in the US, recorded impressive box office figures in Nigeria.

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Pascal Atuma

He explained some of the roles the American government played within the entertainment industry and asked that such should be replicated in Nigeria.

Producer and director, Kingsley Ogoro, who made the blockbuster ‘Osofia in London’, way back in 2015, believes that the biggest challenge the industry faces is the idea that the quality of Nollywood films are inferior.

Ogoro explained that he got paid double his initial fee, showing that industry practitioners have been heavily underrated.

Although Nollywood is still plagued by drawbacks like piracy and lack of government support, it continues to grow organically and continues to command the attention of the entire world.

AMVCA 2016: Full List Of Winners

AMVCAThe 2016 edition of the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA) took place on Saturday, March 5 in Lagos.

The award, which held at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos had several African celebrities appearing in style.

It was the best of African fashion as top stars climbed the stage to present and receive the AMVCA plaque.

The AMVCA rewards the most outstanding performances in African cinema.

The 2016 edition was hosted by seasoned media personality IK Osakioduwa and Minnie Dlamini.

Below is the full list of winners on the night:

Best Art Director – Frank Rajah (The Refugees)
Best Television Series Award – Ariyike Oladipo (Daddy’s Girls)
Best Makeup Artist in a Movie or Series – Louiza Calore for Ayanda
Best Short Film or Online Video Award – Oluseyi Amuwafo (A Day With Death)
Best Writer for Movie and TV series – Trish Malone (Ayanda)
Best Lighting Designer (Movies/TV) – Stanley Ohikhuare (Common Man)
Best Cinematographer – Paul Michaelson (Tell Me Sweet Something)
Best Sound Editor – Jose Guillermo (Cry)
Best Picture Editor – Shirley Frimpong-Manso (Rebecca)
Best Costume Designer – Uche Nancy (Dry)
Best Local Language Movie/TV Series (Swahili) – Single Mtambalike (Kitendawali)
Best Indigenous Movie/TV Series (Hausa) – Salisu Balarebe (Dandi Kowa)
Best Indigenous Movie/TV Series (Yoruba) – Binta Ofege
Best Indigenous Movie/TV Series (Igbo) – Paul Igwe (Usekwu Igbo)
Best Documentary – Remi Vaughan (Faaji Agba)
Best Supporting Actor In A Movie – Sambassa Nzeriba (A Soldier’s Story)
Best Supporting Actress – Tunbosun Aiyedihin (Before 30)
Best Actor In A Comedy – Folarin ‘Falz The Bahd Guy’ Falana (Jenifa’s Diary)
Best Actress In A Comedy – Funke Akindele (Jenifa’s Diary)
Trail Blazer Award – Kemi ‘Lala’ Akindoju
AMVCA 2016 Industry Merit Award – Bukky Ajayi and Sadiq Daba
Best Movie (Southern Africa) – Joyce Chavura – (Lilongwe)
Best Movie (East Africa) – Elizabeth Miachael – (Mapenzi)
Best Movie (West Africa) – Genevieve, Chinny Onwugbenu and Chichi Nwoko – (Road to Yesterday)
Best Actress In A Movie/Drama/TV Series – Adesua Etomi (Falling)
Best Actor In A Movie/Drama/TV Series – Daniel K. Daniel (A Soldier’s Story)
The Best Director – Akin Omotosho (Tell Me Sweet Something)
Best Overall Movie – Stephanie Linus (Dry)

Funke Akindele, Stephanie Linus’ New Reality TV Shows In The Works

Funke Akindele -Stephanie LinusNollywood super stars, Funke Akindele – who rose to unending fame after her “Jenifa” movies hit screens nationwide and Stephanie Linus, who has been a screen diva for many years, are both working on new projects.

Channels TV’s Entertainment News correspondent – Mayowa Ogundele – can confirm that the two actors are working on Reality TV shows.

Funke Akindele, who attended the Genevieve Pink Ball fundraiser over the weekend, stunned in a Jovani earth-tone dress, with pink accessories to fit the “pink” theme of the party.

Asked what fans should expect as 2014 winds down, Funke Akindele dished about her new TV series, called “Jenifa’s Diary”, which has started filming. So for fans expecting another Jenifa movie, sorry!

“The Reality Show is just in pre-production” she said, adding that fans should expect a new movie by December.

As far as we know, the movie would speak against stigmatisation of those living with HIV/AIDS.

“I’m very passionate about people not stigmatising people living with HIV/AIDS… We want to say a big no to stigmatisation of people living with HIV/AIDS,” she said.

Meanwhile, Stephanie Linus, who had a dream location wedding in 2012 and never fails to gush about her husband, is out for young couples and wants to help them “have a fabulous time with one another”, with her own show.

If you guessed that “Make Me Fabulous” would be a great name for the show, you guessed right!

Her movie, Dry, will also go through a private screening in Wales, United Kingdom and should be released soon.

Asides that, Stephanie is working on a few movie projects, which are still under wraps, as well as a perfume line.