May 18, 2024

AMVCA: I wasn’t surprised I didn’t clinch the Best Actress award – Omawunmi Dada

*Shares her experience at Michigan University

By Benjamin Njoku

Sultry actress and model Omawunmi Dada was one of the celebrities that turned heads walking the red-carpet at the just concluded Africa Magic Viewers Choice Award, AMVCA, with her custom made flowing outfit.

She was nominated in the Best Lead Actress category alongside the likes of Funke Akindele, Ireti Doyle, Segilola Ogidan, Adaobi Dibor, Lucie Debay, and Kehinde Bankole.

Bankole however won the coveted award against all predictions for her role in the movie, “Adire.”

In a chat with NollyNow shortly after the award show, Omawunmi said, while Kehinde Bankole deserved the award as an excellent performer, every other actress nominated in that category was also a potential winner. She added that the judges must have had a tough time reaching a decision to give the award to the gap-tooth actress.

Her words: “I wasn’t surprised that I didn’t clinch the award. I know that everybody who was nominated in that category deserved the award. Definitely, the award would not go to all the nominees, it would go to one person. Kehinde Bankole who won the award is a fantastic performer. She deserved the award as well as myself and other nominees. Anybody who won the award deserved it.

“I can imagine what it must have been like for the judges to make the final decision. It would have been difficult because all the actresses in that category gave their best performances. Yes, I was not surprised. The fact that I was nominated in that category was good enough for me.”

She also shared her experience at the artist-in-residence programme, which lasted for a semester at the University of Michigan, last year. The programme saw the actress working with the Department of Afro-American and African Studies, DAAS, language instructors in developing audio-visual materials for teaching African languages as well as engaging with the broader University of Michigan campus community.

Omawunmi described the experience as ‘heart-warming’, adding ‘I feel honoured to champion the celebration of Africa to the world. It was such a beautiful experience, sharing the Nigerian and African culture with the foreign students, many of whom have uninformed opinions about us, ” Omawunmi said.