The world over, award ceremonies are made and/or marred by the moments that would elicit the most amount of conversation and controversy- days and sometimes weeks after the event has been held and the plaques may have attracted dirt.
At the 2016 edition of the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards, many of such moments were on display.
Here are 10:
Stanley gets cut off
Movie Producer/Director, Stanlee Ohikhuare had a few too many things to say during his speech for winning the Best Lighting Design category.
Stanlee, who got five nominations for his work in- The Feast of Souls and Common Man- didn’t appear embarrassed when he was cut off due to time constraints.
Instead, he was relentless and even begged for more time to say ‘thank you’ to the fans.
A determined soul.
The host of the AMVCA 2016, popular event compere and On-air-personality, IK Osakioduwa is in love with the word ‘professional’.
At least, for the moment.
At the rate IK kept hammering on the word, one would think it just recently entered his vocabulary.
Over the course of the night, he must have blurted out the word ‘professional’ a minimum of 5 times.
When acquired accent gradually fades into Yoruba English
After co-winning Best Indigenous Movie/TV Series, Jumoke Odetola’s first crime was to monopolise the time given for speech-making.
Her second sin of the night was being unable to sustain one accent.
If you’re going to fake, form or employ into use- an accent, then you better maintain it throughout the length of your speech.
For one who started her speech with Queen’s English and a mix of British and American accent, Jumoke Odetola couldn’t control reality as it bit her on the tongue and her mother tongue took over.
Inspirational story of Sambasa Nzeribe
Some stars are made not only on talent alone, but also based on the depth, strength and weight of their story- and for Sambasa Nzeribe, such a star is born.
After winning for A Soldier’s Story, Sambasa, representing to the fullest in his traditional Igbo attire, gave a special thanks to the Catholic Women Organization of St Mary’s for believing in him and sponsoring him to Film School.
Sambassa Nzeribe’s story was very refreshing on an emotional, sometime dour night.
Mama breaks down on stage
‘You all standing for me? – If I stand up, I will fall down, that is why I’m sitting down’, legendary actress and immaculate thespian, Bukky Ajayi quipped, as she sat strong in her wheelchair, quelling the urge to stand triumphantly and gaze over the heads of the audience- with pride- as she accepted her Industry Merit Award, for a lifetime of distinguished service, to the art of movie making.
With old age comes fresh wisdom and perspective- Ajayi exemplified such, when she quipped: ‘All those who I have offended, forgive me. May God bless you very much.’
Overwhelmed with emotions, failing to fight off tears, Bukky Ajayi signed out with ‘Peace’.
Elizabeth Michael weeps and weeps
Winning for the movie- Mapenzi- was too surreal for Tanzanian actress, Elizabeth Michael.
Laden with emotion, relief and all forms of exciting sensations, her body caved in, her wide cleavage shone, and she wept, and wept while sharing her testimony.
For ‘5-6 years, I was dreaming of this. I thank everyone who made it possible’, Elizabeth, beaming with pride, said through flowing tears.
Stephanie Linus, we hail
Leaving the spotlight, stepping out of her comfort zone and fighting for a cause, Stephanie Linus dug in, and produced what would now be called ‘The award-winning movie’- Dry.
Winning Best Movie Overall, the biggest award of the night, was a feat in itself, but Stephanie took it a notch higher by fighting for a cause.
“We need to take care of the voiceless in our society. I dedicate this awards to girls like Ese Oruru and women suffering from VSF around the world.”
Who wasn’t inspired by Adesua Etomi?
Several upcoming actors and actresses discovered a new role model last night.
Everyone who has the dream of making it to the silver screen and is flailing in the ocean of sharks, would have been encouraged last night.
Adesua Etomi, relatively new in the movie industry, has soared at great speed to become the Best Actress in Africa in just a few years.
Cutting yet another emotional picture on the stage of the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards, Adesua Etomi, said: “You don’t have to be scared. You can make it. I know because I used to be scared like you.”
The usually cool Genevieve whose emotional displays are largely contained and controlled, was alas, overwhelmed.
Possibly because she never expected it.
“This is unexpected. This is completely up to the viewers. It could have gone either way. I wish you love Stephanie(Linus). I dedicate the awards to the fans.”