Social – High glamour as Africa honours its best in TV and film

2014-03-10 10:24

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South Africa returned empty-handed from this weekend’s Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards held at the Eko Hotel in Lagos, Nigeria.

Nominees Hlomla Dandala, who was up for best actor in a drama and best actor in a comedy, Themba Masondo for best cinematographer for the movie Taxi Ride, and Vincent Moloi, whose film Berea was nominated for best short film, lost to their Nigerian and Kenyan counterparts.

The only consolation for South Africans is that Contract, the Ghanaian film starring Dandala, took top honours as best film of 2013. It also won in three other categories.

Zambia is the only southern African country to have won a statuette for best TV comedy/drama, for Love Games.

Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o’s much talked of victory at The Oscars seems to have cast a good-luck spell on her home country. The film, Nairobi Half Life, raked in four awards, mostly for technical achievments.

Nigerian filmmakers took home 18 awards in total.

Nollywood superstar Rita Dominic won the New Era award for The Meeting, a film she produced. The trailblazer award went to Michelle Bello for her promising career on the Nigerian movie circuit.

Pete Edochie, the 67-year-old Nigerian acting legend, was honoured with the industry merit award, which he accepted via a video-recorded speech.

Tope Tedela and Nse Ikpe-Etim are the new acting king and queen after scooping the best actor and actress in the drama awards.

It was a night of high glamour as the continent honoured its TV and film personalities and bling outfits were the order of the day.

Some of the highlights of the evening were the performance of Nigerian star Flavour, famous for his hit, Nwa Baby, which got guests on their feet, swivelling their hips.

The event paid homage to 100 years of Nigeria’s existence as a country and several of the winners paid tribute to victims of terrorists attacks including Kenya’s tragic shopping mall attack.

Turning out in their finery were Nollywood drawcards Ramsey Nouah, Joselyn Dumas, O Ukeje, Osita Iheme, Chinedu Ikedieze and Gideon Okeke. The night was compered by IK of Big Brother Africa fame and Vimbai Mutinhiri, the South African personality who was born in Zimbabwe.

Among the VIPs were former presidential spokesperson Zizi Kodwa, producer and actor Akin Omotoso, actor and publisher Moky Makura and MTV’s head honcho, Alex Okosi.

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