BY BENJAMIN NJOKU
LAGOS—Legendary actor, Pete Edochie and producer of the award-wining film, “Flower Girl”, Michelle Bello, emerged the big winners at this year’s edition of the AfricaMagic Viewers Choice Award, AMVCA, which held weekend, with each walking away with a brand new Hyundai SUV car.
Edochie, who has sojourned in the movie industry for 35 years after playing the lead role of Okonkwo in an NTA adaptation of Chinua Achebe’s all time best selling novel, “Things Fall Apart” in the 80s, was honoured with the Industry Merit Award for his contribution towards the growth of the film sector in Africa. He was presented with a brand new Hyundai SUV car which was received on his behalf by his son,Yul Edochie.
Also, Michelle Bello whose ‘Flower Girl” film won the Best Writer in a Comedy award smiled home with an Hyundai SUV car, having won the Trailblazer award. Rita Dominic won the Best New Era Award as the award came with a trip to Dubai.
Other Nollywood stars who won big at the event were Funke Akindele – Best Actress in Comedy, Nse Ikpe-Etim- Best Actress in Drama for her role in “Journey To Self’, Osita Iheme–Best Actor in Comedy for his role in “The Hero”, Desmond Elliot – Best Supporting Actor in Drama for his role in “Finding Mercy”, Elvis Chucks – Best actor in Comedy, Obi Emelonye-Best Sound Editor and Luke Corradine(Last Flight to Abuja), Mercy Aigbe – Best Indigenous Language Yoruba award among others.
However, Kenyan’s film, “Nairobi Half Life” was the highlight of the night as the movie won 4 of the 5 awards won by Kenyan actors. Also, Ghanaian ace-producer, Shirley Frimpong-Manso won three awards for the movie, “Contract.”
The awards night, which held at the Expo Hall, Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, and hosted by IK Osakioduwa, Osas Ighodaro and Vimbai Mutinhi was filled with glamour and glitz, as Nollywood and Ghollywood stars, legends graced the event. Thrilling the audience with live performances were Davido, Bez, Waje and Cobhams.
Speaking at a press conference after the event, the Managing Director of M-net Africa, organisers of the event, Mrs Biola Alabi said, the essence of organsing the award is to celebrate the African film makers as well as promote their works. The award night was held in association with MultiChoice Africa and Amstel Malta