Events, Interviews

Africa Magic Awards extravaganza(2) – Winners speak

‘This is our own Oscars’ – Actress, Mercy Aigbe

mercy aigbe

Mercy Aigbe

Nollywood actress spotted in an Ejiro Amos Tafiri design at the AMVCA 2014 went home with the Best Indigenous Language Movie, Komofo.

Congratulations, was this award something you expected?

No, I wasn’t expecting this award. I actually prayed I win. I wasn’t expecting it; so, I am excited. I give glory to God and I thank the organizers for this honour.

Why did you dedicate this award to your husband?

Because my husband has always supported me. He is my hero. He actually told me I would win. Right from the day he saw the nomination, he told me I would win. And for me just being nominated alone makes me feel good.

What would you say to those who didn’t win in your category?

I want to say all the movies in my category are all fantastic jobs.

What does this award mean to you?

It is going to spur me to do great works more and more. We are going on location very soon. We have a movie to be released this year. So, my fans should expect great things from me.

How would you rate the award ceremony?

This is our own Oscars. So, getting it is a great honour.

You look gorgeous, who made your dress?

Ejiro Amos Tafiri.

‘The award is encouraging’- Actress, Rita Dominic


Rita Dominic

Super star actress, whose movie, The Meeting won the New Era Award has this to say.

“This award is encouraging. It is like a tonic for us to keep working. To complete my movie, The Meeting, I went through challenges. But I thank God this is the result of my labour. We joined this industry when there was no money. We were just passionate about acting and not the money.”




Desmond Elliot

Desmond Elliot

‘I want more awards’- Actor, Desmond Elliot

After many rounds of awards presentation without a Nigerian on stage, Desmond Elliot’s name came up as the winner of Best Supporting Actor in a Drama.

How do you feel to have won the award in your category. It seemed tight?

I feel good and blessed. Other nominees are very good. I thank God. I am grateful to the organizers for the honour. This is just the beginning of great things to come.

Where do we go from here?

The award will make me do more great works. It will encourage me to do more than my best.

Which award do you still cherish to win one day?

The award for the Best Director. I am waiting for that.

‘What this award means to me’ -Ashionye Carl Raccah

Carl Raccah, wife, Ashionye and son

Carl Raccah, wife, Ashionye and son

Actress and singer, Ashionye Carl Raccah’s movie, Journey to Self won an award.

One of your works, Journey to Self won an award tonight, how does that make you feel?

Fantastic! It feels great. Getting the nomination alone is something. The film got two nominations, one for sound design and best actress. I will say I feel great about that. This is my first time of producing and my work got the desired recognition.

What do you think this award would do for you?

To do more than I was doing. I have already started. The award is like an addition. Once I start something, I put my all into it. The next film that I will produce or do the screen writing will win more awards.


Yul Edochie

Yul Edochie

‘It’s an honour to represent my dad’ -Pete Edochie’s son, Yul

Movie great, Pete Edochie won the award for Industry Merit. He got a Hyundai car for that. He wasn’t at the awards but his son, Yul, who is gradually becoming a darling of movie watchers, stood in for him very well.

You got an award on behalf of your father, Peter Edochie?

It is a big honour for me. I think I am blessed to have a father like him who taught me a lot in this profession. He couldn’t make it, so I came to represent him. Yesterday, he was 67, so this car is a birthday gift to him.

How do you take the car to him?

I will get a driver to take it down to him.

What is your impression about the awards itself?

I think it is a very good one, a big one indeed. It’s in a class of its own. It will make a great impact on the industry and the players. The organizations was great. This year’s bigger!

‘It’s a great honour’-Yvonne Okoro

Yvonne Okoro

Yvonne Okoro

Her movie, Contract won the Best Movie, 2013. Yvonne Okoro, who doubles as film producer and lead actress is counting her blessings.

What role did you play in the movie, Contract that just won an award?

I am the producer and the lead actress.

You seem to carry the role very well, what actually brought about the idea?

I and my sister decided on a movie that would give us freedom to express ourselves. We chose the director, the cast and every other thing and made money at the end of the day.

Did it come out the way you planned it?

Exactly, we are impressed. The movie won four awards this night. It feels good to have witnessed all these.

The winners are

Best Movie 2013

Obi Emelonye – Last Flight to Abuja

Udoka Oyeka & Orode Ryan – Living Funeral

Shirley Frimpong-Manso, Yvonne Okoro & Ken Attoh – Contract (WINNER)

Michelle Bello – Flower Girl

James Omokwe – Awakening

Best Movie Drama

Obi Emelonye – Last Flight to Abuja

Edwin Maina Kariuki – Nairobi Half Life

Udoka Oyeka & Orode Ryan – Living Funeral

Frank Rajah Arase  -The Groom’s Bride (WINNER)

Jumafor Ajogwu & Chris Eneaji – Murder at Prime Suites

Best Movie Comedy

Uche Jombo – Lies Men Tell

Shirley Frimpong-Manso, Yvonne Okoro & Ken Attoh –  Contract

Elvis Chucks – A Wish (WINNER)

Martins Onyebuchi Onyemaobi – The Fighter

Martins Onyebuchi Onyemaobi – The Hero

Best Movie Director

Obi Emelonye – Last Flight to Abuja

Tosh Gitonga – Nairobi Half Life

Shirley Frimpong-Manso  – Contract (WINNER)

Udoka Oyeka – Living Funeral

Frank Rajah Arase – Price

Amil Shivji – Shoeshine

Best Actress in a Drama

Stephanie Wilson – Living Funeral

Veronica Waceke – Higher Learning

Nse Ikpe-Etim – Journey to Self  (WINNER)

Nkiru Sylvanus – Kiss And The Brides

Ivie Okujaiye  -The Volunteers

Best Actor in a Drama

Juma Rajab Rashid – Siri Ya Mtungi

Majid Michel – Somewhere in Africa

Hlomla Dandala – Contract

Majid Michel – House of Gold

Tope Tedela – A Mile From Home  (WINNER)

Best Supporting Actress

Valerie Kimani – Higher Learning

Jazymn Batchan – Still Standing

Liz Ameye – Living Funeral

Lance Handabile – Love Games

Tamara Eteimo – Desperate House Girls

Bikiya Graham-Douglas – Flower Girl (WINNER)

Best Supporting Actor

David Mulwa – Higher Learning

Ian Mbugua – House of Lungula

Desmond Elliot – Finding Mercy (WINNER)

Bimbo Manuel  – Torn

Chris Attoh – Flower Girl

Best Actress in a Comedy

Funke Akindele – The Fighter

Funke Akindele – The Hero

Funke Akndele – Return of Sheri Koko  (WINNER)

Mary Ogbonna – Clinic Matters

Jackie Appiah – Cheaters

Yvonne Okoro – Contract

Best Actor in a Comedy

Hlomla Dandala – Contract

John Okafor – Return of Sheri Koko

Osita Iheme  – The Hero (WINNER)

Osita Iheme – The Fighter

Chinedu Ikedieze – The Hero

Best Television Series Comedy/Drama

Grace Kahaki Munthali – Prem Episode 2

Fred Phiri – Love Games Episode 6 (WINNER)

John Riber – Siri Ya Mtungi

Paul Igwe  – The Benjamins

Benson Akindeju – Nowhere to be Found

Best Short Film

Vincent Moloi – Berea

Amarachukwu Onoh – Mother Tongue

Amil Shivji – Shoeshine

Walter “Waltbanger” Taylaur -The Wages (WINNER)

Enuma Chigbo – The Deadwood

Best Documentary

Dr Gilbert Chigbo (Narrator) – The Deadwood (WINNER)

Sonia Maingi  Tumanka – Goes to School

Peter Murimi  Matatu – My Life, My Art

Peter Murimi – Guardians of the Wild

David Campbell – Shamba Shape Up

Best Indigenous Language Movie/Series (Swahili)

Edwin Maina Kariuki – Nairobi Half Life

Jordan Riber – Siri Ya Mtungi

Ann Hamberger – Nina

Njoki Muhoho – Mama Duka  (WINNER)

Musa Venerable Mziba – Vagabond

Best Indigenous Language Movie/Series (Yoruba)

Afeez Eniola – Arinnakore

Mercy Aigbe  Komfo  (WINNER)

Abdulrasaq Abdullahi – Edidi

Olatunji Akeem Balogun – Aye Kooto

Olatunji Akeem Balogun – Mufu Olosa Oloko

Best Indigenous Language Movie/Series (Hausa)

Yasin Auwal, Umar K, Mazugal  Wana Gari 1& 2

Hafizu Bello – Bakin Kishi

Abba Muko Yakassai – Habib  (WINNER)

Nasir Sa’ad Gwangwazo – Runan Jakara

Mikail I. Bin Hassan – Kurman Gari

Best Online Video

Stacy McDermott & Neville Ossai  Jungle Jewel: The Short Film

Mary Kaiyare – Deceit

Stanlee Ohikhuare – Kpian’s Premonition

Dorothy Ghettuba, Oyunga Pala – Next Big Host

Amarachukwu Onoh – Mother Tongue  (WINNER)

Best Writer (Drama)

Shirley Frimpong-Manso & Hertey Owusu – Contract  (WINNER)

Patrick Yaadar & Andy Boyo – Off The Hook

Akpor Kagho – Living Funeral

Fatima Jabbe – Battered

Pascal Amanfo – Single & Married

Best Writer (Comedy)

Jigi Bello  Flower Girl  (WINNER)

Jahmal Holland – Still Standing

Ohis Udofia  Kuti’s – Career Palace

Patrick Onyeka – The Place

Seun Arowojolu – Squatterz

Best Cinematographer

James Michael Costello – Last Flight to Abuja

Christian Almesberger – Nairobi Half Life  (WINNER)

Idhebor Kagho – Living Funeral

Imoh Umoren – Have a Nice Day

Themba Masondo – Taxi Ride

Best Art Director

Barbara Minishi  Nairobi Half Life (WINNER)

Ken Attoh & Shirley Frimpong-Manso – Contract

Shirley Frimpong-Manso – Apples Miniseries Part 1&2

Kyle Quint – Siri Ya Mtungi

Best Sound Editor

Sola Awoponle-  Ilari

Obi Emelonye & Luke Corradine – Last Flight to Abuja  (WINNER)

Jordan Riber – Siri Ya Mtungi

Carl Raccah – Journey to Self

Maurice Kings – Murder at Prime Suites

Paul Apel – Blue Flames

Best Video Editor

Ben Nugent & Obi Emelonye – Last Flight to Abuja

Austin Faani Ikechukwu – Battle for Wealth

Shirley Frimpong-Manso – Contract  (WINNER)

Chucks Madu Success – Oga On Top

Jack Esterhuizen – Love Games Episode 25

Best Lightning Designer

Don Izuchukwu – Brother’s Keeper

Godwin Daniel – Living Funeral

Ifeoluwa Balogun – The Benjamins

Mohammed Zain – Nairobi Half Life  (WINNER)

Eric Aghimien – A Mile from Home

Best Costume Designer

Adeola Ramonu  Adebola Omo Oba

Doreen Estazia Noni  Siri Ya Mtungi

Catherine Kibugi  Sumu La Penzi Episode 5

Ruth Ndulu Maingi  Lies That Bind Episode 2 Season 2

Chiemela Nwagboso  The Kingdom  (WINNER)

Best Make-up Artist

Elayne Okaya – Nairobi Half Life (WINNER)

Olabimpe Cole – Lekki Wives

Alex Gakumo – Sumu La Penzi Episode 1 Season 1

Michael Wawuyo – The Felistas Fable

Rehema Samo – Siri Ya Mtungi

Israel Moses – A Wish

Rosemary Obika – Redemption

New Era Award Movie  Rita Dominic – The Meeting

Trailblazer Award – Michelle Bello





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