With the voting period officially closed, all is now set for the 2018 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCAs) holding at the Eko Hotel & Suites in Lagos on Saturday.
Filmmakers and actors from several African countries including Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Ghana, and Nigeria are all expected to attend the award ceremony.
This year’s nominees list see the heavyweights in the movie industry battle it out in all 27 categories.
Nollywood actresses, Rita Dominic and Adesua Etomi, top the nominee list.
Comic Nigerian rapper, Folarin Falana, better known by his stage name, Falz, is the only Nigerian musician on the nominee list. He bagged a nomination for his role as a supporting actor in the movie “New Money.”
The organisers say they received close to 3000 entries for the 2018 edition of the award.
The Channels Director, Africa Magic, Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu, revealed this in a statement on Tuesday in Lagos. She also added that the event will be broadcast live on all Africa Magic channels on DStv and GOtv from 4pm West African Time (WAT).
She said, “We are delighted to once again celebrate outstanding achievements in the African film and television industry on the platform of the AMVCAs. As always, we promise a night filled with exciting and stellar performances led by some Africa’s biggest names in the music industry. Our viewers at home will not miss a moment of the event, as they can tune in to all Africa Magic channels on Saturday to see who wins the coveted AMVCA titles.”
This year’s edition will see top contenders from across the continent vying for honours in the voting and non-voting categories.
The awards will once again be co-hosted by South African media personality, Minnie Dlamini-Jones, and Nigerian on-air-personality, IK Osakioduwa.
Award-winning musicians including song writer and producer, Cobhams Asuquo, rapper and song writer, Falz and highlife singer, Adekunle Gold, will perform live at the event.
Adekunle Gold will also perform alongside his band, The 70th Element.
The night promises an exciting and diverse line-up of stellar performances as viewers will also get to see live on stage the SEKI traditional dance troupe.
On the other side, there will be a classical performance by Omo Bello, the award-winning Nigerian soprano and a special performance by singer and Big Brother Naija 2017 alumni, Bisola Aiyeola.
Launched in March 2013, the AMVCA celebrates the contributions of African filmmakers, actors and technicians to the success of the continent’s film and television industry.