The leading films clinched multiple nominations in voting and non-voting categories.
By Helena Olori
The African Film and Television Industry is abuzz with excitement and anticipation as Africa Magic, on Sunday, unveiled the nominations list for the much awaited 9th edition of the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards, AMVCA. The live nominations show which had fans on the edge of their seats was gracefully hosted by the charismatic duo of Big Brother Naija Alumni, Bisola Aiyeola, and Ghanaian star actor, Adjetey Anang.
Topping the nominations chart is Kunle Afolayan’s mystical folklore drama, Aníkúlápó, with 16 nods. Following closely are Jade Osiberu’s Crime Thriller, Brotherhood and the riveting thriller series, Shanty Town, with 11 nominations each. Funke Akindele’s box office hit, Battle on Buka Street, also garnered 9 nominations.
Aníkúlápó, which was recently lauded as the best performing film on Netflix Nigeria, and top 10 best foreign films in 11 countries on the streaming platform, will compete for the most coveted title of “Best Overall Movie” against other acclaimed titles such as Brotherhood, Battle on Buka Street, King of Thieves (Agesinkole), Four Four Forty Four, Ile Owo, and Ugandan mental health thriller, Tembele.
14 of the listed categories, including Best Drama Series, Best Comedy Series, Best Unscripted Originals, Best Actresses, Best Actors, And Online Social Content Creators, etc., are open to public voting. 21 categories are to be decided by the Femi Odugbemi-led Jury.
The voting portal is now open for viewers’ participation ahead of the awards ceremony slated for May 20, 2023.
See full list of nominees.