Big wins, shocking losses, dramas at AMVCA

The 10th edition of the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards, which held on Saturday, May 11, 2024, was indeed a night to remember. From glittering gowns and electrifying performances to history-making wins and some unexpected twists, the glitzy ceremony had it all, The PUNCH reports.

But, the drama did not stop there. Saturday Beats takes a look at the biggest wins, the most surprising losses, as well as the social media firestorm that erupted after the awards and more

Big wins and surprising losses

The movie, ‘Breath of Life’, directed by BB Sasore, dominated the AMVCA, taking home a slew of awards including Best Movie, Best Director (BB Sasore), Best Lead Actor (Wale Ojo), Best Supporting Actor (Demola Adedoyin), and Best Supporting Actress (Genoveva Umeh).

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On its part, critically acclaimed movie, ‘Mami Wata’ secured the Best Make-up award. It, however, did not win awards in other major categories it was nominated for.

Similarly, the box office blockbuster, ‘A Tribe Called Judah’ by Funke Akindele, despite grossing N1.5bn, did not snag any award. Akindele missed out on the Best Actress award to Kehinde Bankole for her performance in ‘Adire’.

Many of the Akindele’s fans on social media felt she was snubbed, while others were of the opinion that having won different categories of the award over the years, not winning any this year was not a slight on her career.

Non-voting categories applauded

One of the twists of this year’s edition was the introduction of non –voting for categories such as Best Actor or Best Actress in a Leading or Supporting Role, with winners determined by the jury. That was a deviation from the previous audience voting system. Those categories used to be won based on popularity.

Unseen red carpet moments

The radiant couple, Lateef Adedimeji and Mo Bimpe, stole the spotlight as they graced the red carpet hand in hand, a testament to their enduring love. Amidst the excitement, Lateef tenderly assisted Mo Bimpe with her dress, wowing onlookers with their bond.

Reality TV sensations, Liquorose and Kiddwaya, also ignited a flurry of whispers as they strolled into the venue hand in hand, exuding an aura of romance that left fans captivated and intrigued.

In a heartwarming display of support, veteran actor, Norbert Young; and his wife, Gloria, graced the carpet together; their intertwined hands symbolizing years of unwavering companionship.

When Funke Akindele, she set off a storm of media frenzy, as paparazzi clamoured to capture her in her exquisite dress, showcasing her undeniable star power and magnetic allure.

On his part, Denrele Edun, who is known for his unusual fashion sense, made a striking statement in a resplendent blue and silver ensemble, captivating all with his bold choice of attire.

Star singer, Tiwa Savage, also commanded attention in a luminous butter-coloured gown, with her daring neckline captivating onlookers as she graced the red carpet.

Nana Akua Addo vs Ezinne Olivia

Ghanaian model and actress, Nana Akua Addo, has taken legal action against a Nigerian designer, Ezinne Olivia, for allegedly making defamatory remarks about the outfit the former wore to the recent AMVCA event.

Nana claimed that she paid Ezinne in full for her work. The drama began when another Ghanaian designer, Yoli, was credited for the dress, instead of Ezinne. Ezinne publicly criticised Nana for not acknowledging her contribution (to making the dress). Before the social media drama, Nana had allegedly given Ezinne the option of either being tagged or paid. Despite choosing payment, Ezinne felt it was unfair that she was not tagged on social media, and expressed her grievances on social media. This led to backlash against Nana for not crediting Ezinne.

 Nana’s lawyers then issued a cease and desist letter to Ezinne, demanding removal of all posts related to Nana, an apology in two national newspapers, and payment of damages if their conditions were not met within 48 hours.

Tacha raises eyebrow over alleged cost of dress

Another incident that caused a stir on social media was when controversial reality TV star, Tacha, revealed that the dress she wore to the event was worth $100,000.

During an interview with a content creator, Timi Agbaje, Tacha was asked, “You wore a $20,000 outfit to the AMVCA last year. How much did this one cost?”

Tacha then responded that the white dress cost her $100,000.

However, her answer elicited diverse comments on social media, with many doubting the authenticity of her claim.

Vee vs Isilomo

After the event, a former Big Brother Naija contestant, Isilomo, shared her thoughts on the outfits of some of the attendees. Referring to another ex-BBN contestant, Vee, who rocked a pink gown with a plunging neckline, complemented by a long train and matching gloves, Isilomo rated it a low 2/10, stating that it was ill-fitting, poorly made, and of cheap quality.

Not one to take such comments lying low, Vee responded on social media, “I didn’t even know someone called Isilomo existed until today.”

RMD’s outfit criticised

Ossai Success, an aide to the former Governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa, bashed veteran actor, Richard Mofe Damijo, for the lilac-coloured agbada he wore to the event.

According to him, RMD did not represent the Urhobo culture on the global stage but instead wore a Yoruba attire. He wrote, “Uncle RMD messed up by not wearing Urhobo attire, considering he is an Urhobo man from Delta State, to the AMVCA 2024.

“I appreciate his creativity, but this attire is not fitting for an Urhobo man. He should showcase the rich Urhobo culture, especially on a global stage like this.

“I am disappointed. Anyway, congratulations to him for winning the AMVCA 2024 (Industry Merit) award.”

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