Lagos, Nigeria – The Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA) 2023 witnessed a spectacular showdown as two Nigerian films, “Anikulapo” and “Brotherhood,” claimed multiple honours during an electrifying ceremony held at the Eko Hotels and Suites on Saturday night. The awards night celebrated the exceptional talent and creativity within the African film and television industry.
In a display of remarkable achievements, both “Anikulapo” and “Brotherhood” secured five awards each, leaving a lasting impact on the AMVCA 2023. Directed by the acclaimed Kunle Afolayan, “Anikulapo” captivated audiences with its compelling narrative and outstanding performances. The film emerged as the night’s big winner, clinching accolades for Best Overall Movie, Best Director, Best Writer in a Movie or TV Series, Best Soundtrack in a Movie or TV Series, and Best Sound Editor in a Movie or TV Series. Afolayan’s vision and meticulous craftsmanship shone through, solidifying his status as a powerhouse in African cinema.
Not to be outdone, “Brotherhood,” directed by Jade Osiberu, captivated audiences with its emotional storyline and exceptional execution. The film took home awards for Best Indigenous Language Movie or TV Series – Yoruba, Best Cinematographer, Best Actor in a Drama, Movie or TV Series (Tobi Bakre), Best Lighting Designer in Movie or TV Series, and Best Picture Editor in a Movie or TV Series. The remarkable achievements of “Brotherhood” reaffirmed the film’s impact and its place among the best productions of the year.
The AMVCA 2023 recognized a plethora of exceptional talent across various categories. Osas Ighodaro’s powerful portrayal in “Man of God” earned her the Best Actress in a Drama, Movie, or TV Series award, while Bimbo Ademoye’s comedic brilliance in “Selina” secured her the title of Best Actress in a Comedy/TV Series. Samuel A. Perry’s outstanding performance in “Inside Life” garnered him the Best Actor in a Comedy Drama, Movie, or TV Series award.
The event also honored the remarkable contributions of behind-the-scenes professionals. Shola Dada’s exceptional writing in “Anikulapo” earned him the Best Writer in a Movie or TV Series award, while Loukman Ali’s remarkable directorial skills in “Brotherhood” secured him the Best Cinematographer and Best Director accolades. The technical excellence displayed by the winners in various categories highlights the depth of talent and creativity within the Nigerian film industry.
The AMVCA 2023 celebrated not only the outstanding achievements of individual films but also the diversity and richness of African storytelling. The event paid tribute to the remarkable growth and influence of the Nigerian film industry, showcasing its ability to captivate audiences and tell compelling stories that resonate with viewers across the continent and beyond.
The Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards serve as a platform to recognise and celebrate the exceptional talents within the African film and television industry. The triumphs of “Anikulapo” and “Brotherhood” at the AMVCA 2023 further solidify their status as must-see productions and underline the immense potential of African cinema.