The AMVCAs Are Over And Here’s What We Think…. 93 Days And Best Actor?

The prestigious AMVCAs; a night filled with glitz, glamour, great coordination, amazing production quality, and limited after-party passes, has come and gone. Did anyone else notice how the organizers made us sit through them awarding themselves with Special Recognition Awards?

Well, at the end of the day, if you don’t appreciate yourself, who will?

The question for us, here at MoviePencil is: were the winners deserving? For the most part, we would say yes. However, before I really get into my thoughts, I would like to say a HUGE congratulations to all the winners, nothing I say here is targeted at you as a person, even where I say you don’t deserve it. Also, if you need a recap of what I felt about the nominees, you can click here.

Without much ado, let’s get into the full list of winners (in bold)… you can check out my thoughts within the list (including who we predicted and if they got a plaque).

Best Supporting Actress

Ivie Okujaye – Something Wicked

Somkele Idhalama – 93 Days (We thought she would get it)

Adunni Ade – It’s Her Day

Ebele Okaro – Four One Love (But she got it instead)

Kehinde Bankole – 8 Bars and a Clef

Khanyi Mbau – Happiness is a Four Letter Word

Namonde Mbusi – Vaya

Best Supporting Actor In A Drama (Movie/TV series)

Gideon Okeke – 93 Days

Warren Masemole – Vaya

Kofi Adjorlolo – Ghana Must Go

Mpho Sebeng – The Jakes Are Missing

Rotimi Salami – Just Not Married (We predicted this one and we’re glad he got it)

Nkem Owoh – Ghana Must Go

Elsaphan Njora – Kati Kati

Best Art Director

76 – Pat Nebo (We are looking good on the prediction scale aren’t we)

93 Days – Bola Bello

Oloibiri – Chima Adighije

Happiness is a Four Letter Word – Gary Smith

Ghana Must Go – Godwin Ashong

Best Soundtrack/ Original Score

Oloibiri – Rex Ricketts

93 Days – George Kallis, Tunde Jegede and Banky W

No Good Turn – Brymo (Ok, we’re not so great after all, we got this one wrong)

The Encounter – Michael ‘The Truth’ Ogunlade (I did some research on him after the nomination list was released. Dang! Brother is really ‘The Truth’. Y’all check out his work on Lotanna when it gets released next month, I see him getting another nomination for that next year. AMVCAs are you listening?)

76 – Hyacinth Ogbu, Daps Agwom, Ukachi Nnachi

Best Cinematographer

Mrs Right Guy – Adze Ugah

93 Days – Yinka Edward

Happiness is a Four Letter Word – Lance Gewer

Oloibiri – Curtis Graham

76 – Yinka Edward (We really thought he would win this, even before he bagged a freaking BAFTA!!! AMVCAs o ma ga o. Ok, I take that back, I haven’t seen Hapiness is a Four Letter Word, so I can’t really say.)

Best Actress in a Drama (Movies/TV Series)

Bimbo Akintola – 93 Days (It seemed like her award till the very end)

Ivie Okujaye – Slow Country (I still have strong sentiments against this nomination)

Rita Dominic – 76 (Well deserved!)

Adesua Etomi – The Arbitration (She didn’t get it back to back but we still love her so)

Zimkhita Nyoka – Vaya

Meg Ottamwa – Derailed

Hannah Ojo – Love is A Prank

Best Actor in  a Drama

RMD – Oloibiri

Ramsey Nouah – 76 (Ramsey has been Leonardo DiCaprio-ed by the AMVCAs this year)

Sambasa Nzeribe – Slow Country (This is the most undeserving award of last night. I remember saying this when the nominations were released …. “if a film/nominee wins for a Feature/TV Show/Short that is not publicly available or hasn’t been seen by the mass public does it not just confirm that ‘popularity’ and not necessarily ‘quality’ or even ‘excellence’ is the key to victory at a viewers’ choice awards?”  You see, I loved Slow Country, I loved Sambasa’s performance. He deserves the award but he should not have been nominated till next year when people had actually watched the film. Do you know why? Because all this has done is make him win a voting award for a film that the voters (which I assume are the mass public) haven’t watched. So ultimately, they have just voted for Sambasa, not his acting chops in this particular film or the awesomeness of his character. Quite unfortunate in my opinion, as this will always over shadow the win in my eyes. 

Gregory Ojefua – The Encounter

Olu Jacobs – Oloibiri

Femi Jacobs –  Femi Jacobs

Best Actress in a Comedy

Tina Mba – Meet the In-Laws

Uche Jombo – Wives on Strike

Dineo Moeketsi – Mrs Right Guy

Chioma Akpotha – Wives on Strike

Funke Akindele – Jenifa’s Diary (Kudos to all the other nominees but Funke keeps slaying with this one… I believe our Nostradamus game is back on track)

Funke Akindele – A Trip to Jamaica

Omoni Oboli – Wives on Strike

Best Actor in a Comedy

Imeh Umoh Bishop – The Boss is Mine (Kudos to him, been a long time coming)

Ayo Makun – A Trip to Jamaica

Bovi Ugboma – It’s Her Day

Blossom Chukwujekwu – Ghana Must Go

Mike Ezuruonye – Brother Jekwu

Okey Uzoeshi – The Life of a Nigerian Couple 

Amechi Munagor – Meet the In-Laws

Best Writer

76 – Emmanuel Okomaiyi

The CEO – Tunde Babalola

A Trip to Jamaica – AY Makun (The most undeserving nomination in the first place)

Oloibiri – Samantha Iwowo

Ghana Must Go – Tunde Babalola

Vaya – Akin Omotoso (We got this one right too guys! The writing for this is just amazing)

Best Movie West Africa

93 Days


Oloibiri (What the!!!!!!!!!!!!!! People actually voted for this more than the two films above? I think they need to show us the card where this was written, someone is playing a prank, maybe they need to recount. Abi, is it just me?) 

A Trip to Jamaica


Best Movie South Africa

Mrs Right Guy

Happiness is a Four Letter Word


The Jakes are Missing

All About Love (Someone said the South Africans almost went home empty handed…. Imagine even this film was made by a Nigerian…. It was someone that said it o, not me).

Best Movie East Africa


Naomba Niseme

Kati Kati



Best Overall Movie

Mrs Right Guy

Happiness is a Four Letter Word


93 Days

76 (It just had to be! And we got this too)

Naomba Niseme

Best Short Film or Online Video



Meet the Parents

Cat Face

Light Diaries: Spin Around

Best Documentary

Roots Gambia

Makoko: Futures Afloat


Amaka’s Kin: The Women of Nollywood (We predicted this)

Petra’s Nebatean Heritage

Best Picture Editor (Movie/TV series)

Oloibiri – Nnodim Chigozie, Paula Peterson

Vaya – Vuyani Sondlo (we thought this would win)

76 – Emeka Ojukwu

Happiness is a Four Letter Word – Nicholas Costaras, Melanie Jankes Golden

93 Days – Antonio Ribeiro

Best Costume Designer

76 – Pat Egwurube (Deserving and predicted 🙂 )

Oloibiri – Dele Akinleye, Chelsea Oliver

Ghana Must Go – Chiemela Nwagboso, Asantewa Clara Adjoa

Casino – Shileola Ibironke, Mojisola Sapara

King Invincible – Obijie

Best Indigenous Language  TV series/movies (Igbo)



Obi Nwanyi

Mmakwara series

Ikpe Omuma

Best Indigenous Language  TV series/movies (Hausa)


Mafarin Tafiya

Yaki Da Zuciya


Best Indigenous Language  TV series/movies (Yoruba)

Somwhere in The Dark – Abiodun Jimoh, Jumoke Odetola

Ode Iku – Samsideen Adesiyan

Ajoke Aiye – Olaide Olabanji

Tobajewo – Omirefa Titus

Iman – Oluwatoyin Bankole

Best Indigenous Language  TV series/movies (Swahili)

Siri Ya Mtungi

Mganga Bomba




Best TV series

Jenifa’s Diary (talk about going global….. yep we knew this was destined!)

Sokhulu and Partners season 3


Beneath the Lies

Beyond Your Sight: The Police Story

Best Lighthing Designer (Movies/TV series)

93 Days – Elliot Sewape (Yep!, we got this too)

Oloibiri – Amisu Alade, Edwin Lau

76 – Yinka Edwards

Happiness Is A Four Letter Word – Lance Gewer Sasc

A Trip To Jamaica – Fabian Hooks

Best Sound Editor (Movies/TV series)

93 Days – Pius Fatoke, Mzukisi Mtshiselo

Oloibiri – Mike Barnitt

76 – Solomon Emmanuel

Mrs Right Guy – Jean Niemandt

Vaya – Richard Mohlari, Dave Hawkins

Best Make Up Artiste (Movies/TV series)

76 – Chinwe Elovah

Oloibiri – Hakeem Onilogbo Ajibola, Perekeme Odon (This guy Hakeem is a great talent, period!)

Umililo – Ronwyn Jarrett

93 Days – Thema Ozzy Smith, Lola Maja-Okojevoh, Adetunmi Imoteda

Happiness Is A Four Letter Word- Dianne Allen

Best Director

Mrs Right Guy – Adze Ugah

93Days – Steve Gukas

Oloibiri – Curtis Graham

76 – Izu Ojukwu (Did anyone else plan to win this?)

A Trip to Jamaica – Robert O Peters

Ghana Must Go – Frank Rajah

Trailblazer Award

Somkele Iyamah-Idhalama

Industry Merit Award

Chika Okpala aka Chief Zebrudaya

And the ‘Let’s Award Ourselves’ winners are:

Best Actress in an M-Net original comedy series

Deborah Anugwa – Hustle

Best Actor in an M-Net original comedy series

Samuel Ajibola – “The Johnsons”

Best Actress in an M-Net original drama series

Meg Otanwa – “Hush”

Best Actor in an M-Net original drama series

David Jones David – “Hotel Majestic”

Best M-Net original comedy series

The Johnsons

Best M-Net original drama series


That ends my thoughts on the 2017 AMVCAs….. Lies! What happened with 93 Days!!!!!!!!!! O ma se o. How can such a film win just best lighting? A non-voting category for that matter. Did the general public not think it worthy? This movie looked so promising in the Best Actress, Best Supporting and Best West African Film Categories, but this life!

Nonetheless, it was a great night, and the AMVCAs remain a great platform for African film making/film makers. Please share your thoughts in the comments.

The AMVCAs Are Over And Here’s What We Think…. 93 Days And Best Actor?
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  1. Guy

    29th March 2017 at 9:09 am

    Look 76 and 93 days deserved all the awards of the night. If not for anything else, but to boost National morale and pride in our history. And they were damn good movies. But what do I know?

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