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Promises wins at AMVCA

It was a night full of entertainment, glamour and red-carpet glitz as Africa’s biggest film and television stars gathered at the Eko Hotels and Suites in Lagos for the seventh edition of the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCAs).

Hosted by IK Osakioduwa and Amina Abdi Rabar, the event took place last Saturday. Promises, one of the movies that was premiered by Uganda’s MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF) alumni last September, emerged winner in the Best MultiChoice Talent Factory Film category.

Cissy Nalumansi, who is in Nigeria for an internship with the Tinsel crew following her outstanding performance in the academy, received the award on behalf of her colleagues.

The four Ugandan students who contributed to the movie are Casey Lugada (director), Aaron J Tamale (first assistant Director), Hilda Awori (production coordinator/scriptwriter) and Cissy Nalumansi (music composer).

Promises is a moving story about the life of Mwagi, a boda boda cyclist whose life unravels after the sudden death of his wife during childbirth. Now a single parent, he has to raise his two children and keep the promises he made to his late wife.

“All the films nominated in the MTF category were remarkable for their technical experience and storytelling. The winning film from East Africa, Promises, is an especially poignant tale, told with verve and strong visual aesthetics. It signals a great future for visual storytelling in African cinema,” said Femi Odugbemi, AMVCA’s head judge.

MTF East Africa Academy Director Njoki Muhoho said: “This win is a confirmation of the passion, energy, enthusiasm, hard work and teamwork that was exhibited by the team. The MTF East Africa Academy team couldn’t be prouder.”

The biggest winner of the night was, however, Nigerian thriller Living In Bondage, which took seven awards including Best Overall Movie and Best Director, which went to Nollywood legend, Ramsey Noah.

Timini Egbuson won Best Actor in a Drama while Toyin Abraham won Best Actress in a Drama, both wins for their performances in Elevator Baby. There were also musical performances by, among others, award-winning Innocent ‘2baba’ Idibia, who performed a medley of his popular songs.


Best Overall Movie: Living In Bondage

Best Director: Ramsey Noah (Living In Bondage)

Best Actor in Drama: Timini Egbuson (Elevator Baby)

Best Actress in Drama: Toyin Abraham (Elevator Baby)

Best Actress in Comedy: Funke Akindele (Moms At War)

Best Actor in Comedy: Chibunna Stanley (Smash)

Best Supporting Actor: Pascal Tokodi (Disconnect)

Best Supporting Actress: Gloria Sarfo (The Perfect Picture)

Best TV Series: Anis Halloway (Truth)

Best Short Film: Bola Akanbi (Thorn)

Best South African Movie: Dalitso

Best East African Movie: Plan B

Best West African Movie: Living In Bondage

Best MTF Movie: Promises

Best Soundtrack: Larry Gaaga and Flavour (Living In Bondage)

Industry Merit Award: Peter Igho

Best Documentary: Beverly Maya (Skin)

Trailblazer Award: Swanky J.K.A

Best Dressed Male: Mike Edwards

Best Dressed Female: Mercy Eke


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