Daily Trust (Abuja)

2 February 2013

Nigeria: 'Otelo Burning', 'Mirror Boy' Lead AMVCA

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A hundred and ten nominations were made from 43 different movies from Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and South Africa for the 2013 edition of the Africa Magic Viewer's Choice Awards (AMVCA).

At the event organised by Multi Choice, 'Otelo Burning' leads these nominations. The South African production received 14 nods including Best Actor and Best Actress - Drama (Movies/TV); Best Supporting Actor and Actress; Best Movie and Best Picture Editor, among others.

The movie is closely followed by 'Mirror Boy' which has 11 nominations with 'Man on Ground' receiving ten.

Other titles with multiple nominations include 'Perfect Picture' (8), 'Two Brides and a Baby' (7), 'Maami' and 'Skeem' (5 each).

The complete list of nominees was made public last Monday at the inaugural AMVCA announced during a special hour-long edition of MNet's lifestyle series 53 Extra.

Funke Akindele leads the list of artistes nominated with three nominations for Best Actress Drama(Movie/Tv) 'Maami'; Best Actress (Comedy) and Best Movie (Comedy) for 'The Return of Jenifa' and 'The Return of Jenifa'.

Others are O. C. Ukeje and Kalu Ikeagwu for their roles in 'Two Brides and a Baby', Genevieve Nnaji ('Mirror Boy'), Mercy Johnson ('Dumebi The Dirty Girl) and Jacki Appiah ('Perfect Picture')

Other movies nominated were Blessing Egbe's 'Two Brides and a Baby', Obi Emelonye's 'The Mirror Boy' and Shirley Frimpong-Manso's 'Perfect Picture' among others.

Nominees for Best Actor in Comedy are Hafiz Oyetoro, Kunle Bamtefa, Bovi Ugboma, Francis Odega and Ikhide Isaac.

'Skeem' (Tim Greene),' Man on Ground' (Akin Omotoso, Fabian Adeoye Lojede, Hakeem Kae-Kazim and Rosie Motene), 'Jozi King' (Jamie Ramsay), 'Otelo Burning' (Sara Blecher) and 'The Mirror Boy' (Obi Emelonye) are in the Overall Best Movie category

Targeted at recognizing and rewarding excellence in African film and TV industry, the AMVCA is made of 28 honors in 26 categories, including six categories where viewers will be given opportunities to vote for winners while winners from the other 18 technical categories will be selected by a nine-man jury. They include Deborah Odutayo, Allison Triegaardt, Armand-Guy de Beer, Bongiwe Selane, Ebou Waggeh, Eileen Sandrock, Njoki Muhoho, Phad Mutumba and Richard West.

Entries for the Best Documentary and Best On-line Video categories will be awarded certificates of encouragement.

M-Net Africa's MD, Biola Alabi, said, "we want the AMVCA to be transparent, credible, respected and fair. So we selected people to the nominee selection team who embrace this philosophy. We will do the same when selecting the industry-judging panel who will pick winners in certain categories.

"We know that everyone associated with these awards must be diligent and conduct themselves with integrity during what are challenging, tough processes."

Ukeje said he was "actually surprised. Not because I don't think I'm doing my best at what I do, but because when you imagine the possible number of work and actors across Africa, plus the number of films that may have been turned in for screening by the judges, I was just surprised to be on the list. But I'm happy. It gives me some resolution that the many more things I'm aspiring for are possible."

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