Hollywood may celebrate their own extravagant awards season with the Oscars, Golden Globes and every other lavish affair in between. This side of the Atlantic we have a handful of film awards that truly matter. Here are the top 5, presented in alphabetical order.
1. AFRICA MAGIC VIEWERS CHOICE AWARDS
The highly rated AMVCA is only 2 years old but it is already enjoying the media blitz of a long term project. Africa Magic and parent body Mnet pulled out all the stops to make the debut event the year’s hottest tickets. Everyone who is anyone in the industry partook in the celebrations and organisers brought in a touch of class and attention to fine details. Majority of the categories are determined by viewers so naturally, the ceremony has been justifiably dismissed as lightweight. The second year’s red carpet event however proved that the AMVCAs have become Africa’s biggest fashion moment.
2. AFRICA MOVIE ACADEMY AWARDS
Africa’s most prestigious film awards has found a home in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State and its founder Peace Anyiam-Osigwe has become one of the most powerful women in Nollywood. AMAA has rewarded everyone from Joke Silva to Genevieve Nnaji and succeeds in attracting Hollywood players like Danny Glover and Angela Basset to Nigeria every year. AMAA is celebrating its tenth year and has built a track record of making legitimate choices in terms of nominees and eventual winners. If ever there is an African Oscars equivalent, AMAA comes closest.
Story: Wilfred Okiche
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