On Monday night, the nominees for the first-ever AfricaMagic Viewers' Choice Awards (AMVCAs) were revealed during a special edition of lifestyle program 53 Extra.
Kenyan productions bagged a total of six nominations for four local productions. The top nominations went to the Lies That Bind production in the Best Picture Editor - Reg Chuhi and Kevin Ireri and Best Art Director - Carol Mbugua.
Kenyan actress Maureen Koech will battle for Best Supporting Actress In a Drama against other African actresses like Thishiwe Ziqubu of Man on Ground, Harriet Manamela of Otelo Burning, Regina Chukwu of Akun and Taiwo Atigogo of Old Cargo Young Blood.
The other nominees under the Best Television Series are The XYZ show's Godffrey Mwampembwa and Marie Lora-Mungai. They are joined in the category with DemiGods' Benjamin Odiwuor Abonyo and Makutano Junction's Patricia Gichinga and David Campbell.
Announcing the nominees were Kenyan soap and reality TV star Lizz Njagah, former Big Brother housemates Uti Nwachukwu, stylish Eku Edewor and Dolopo Oni, M-Net Africa MD Biola Alabi and Femi Odugbemi (AMVCA executive judge).
Encompassing 28 awards in 26 categories, the AMVCAs includes six categories where viewers will vote for winners and 18 more technically focused categories where winners will be selected by an expert industry based judging panel. This judging panel will also select the rising star TrailBlazer of the Year, and the Industry Merit recipient, a veteran industry professional whose long term contribution will be honoured.