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AMVCA 2022 Award: Of recognition, glamour as Sabinus, Hairareb, Freddy Feruzi, others win big

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It was a night of recognition and appreciation for practitioners in the African movie industry as the eighth edition of the African Magic Viewers Choice Awards yesterday Saturday.

The award event, which was full of glamour, was held at the Eko Convention Centre in Lagos, Nigeria.

The AMVCA is an annual accolade presented by MultiChoice recognizing outstanding achievements in television and film. The inaugural Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards ceremony was held in Lagos, Lagos State in Nigeria on 9 March 2013, and was broadcast live in more than 50 countries. Entries into the award ceremony are films and TV series that have been aired in the previous year.

While it was a show to reemphasize the excellent works of some veterans like actress Funke Akindele who won the award for Best Actress in a Comedy movie. The same can also be said of another veteran in the game Ramsey Nouah won the award for Best Director.

The show also recognized the works of seeming rookies in the industry like in the case of popular social media comic, Emmanuel Ejekwu, popularly known as Sabinus, who became the first-ever recipient of the Best Online Social Content Creator, a newly created award category.

Here is the full list of winners:

Best Actress In a Drama : Osas Ighodaro – Rattlesnake: The Ahanna Story

Best Actor in a Drama: Stan Nze – Rattlesnake: The Ahanna Story

Best Actress in a Comedy (Movie/TV Series): Funke Akindele-Bello – Omo Ghetto the Saga

Best Actor in a Comedy (Movie/TV Series): Broda Shaggi – Dwindle

Best Supporting Actress (Movie/TV Series): Omowummi Dada – Country Hard

Best Supporting Actor (Movie/TV Series): Odunlade Adekola – Jankariwo

AMVCA Trailblazer Award: Teniola Aladese

Best Director: Ramsey Nouah – Rattle Snake: The Ahanna Story

Best Art Director (Movie/TV series): Tunji Afolayan – Amina

Best Picture Editor: Tunde Apalowo – For Maria Ebun Pataki

Best Sound Editor (Movie/TV series): Jim Lively and James Nelson – Amina

Best Lighting Designer (Movie/TV Series): Mathew Yusuf for Rattlesnake- The Ahanna Story

Best Writer (Movie/TV Series): Manie Oiseomaye, Donald Tombia and Biodun Stephen – Introducing The Kujus

Best Cinematographer: Muhammed Atta Ahmed – Rattlesnake: The Ahanna Story

Best Makeup: Balogun Abiodun – Omo Ghetto The Saga

Best Costume Designer: Millicent T. Jack – Amina

Best Indigenous Language Movie or TV Series (Swahili): Freddy Feruzi – Obambo

Best Indigenous Language Movie or TV Series (Hausa): Rogers Ofime – Voiceless

Best Indigenous Language Movie or TV Series (Yoruba): David Akande, Demola Yusuf and Edgard Leroy – Alasie

Best Indigenous Language Movie or TV Series (Igbo): Uche Nnanna Maduka – ‘Nne-Ka

Best Television Series (Drama/ Comedy): Rogers Ofime – The Mystic River

Best Documentary: Saitabao Kaiyare, Mumo Liku, Elena Schilling, Daniella Fritz and Ann Katrina Boberg – If Objects Could Speak

Best Short Film Or Online Video: Taiwo Ogunnimo – I Am The Prostitute Mama Described

Best Online Social Content Creator: Oga Sabinus – Mr Funny

Best Movie (Southern Africa): Hairareb – Dantagos Jimmy-Melani

Best Movie (East Africa): The Girl In The Yellow Jumper – Morocco Omar

Best Movie (West Africa): Bolanle Austen-Peters and Joseph Umoibom – Collision Course

Best Soundtrack (Movie/TV Series): Pascal Aka and Raquel – Gold Coast Lounge

Best Africa Magic Original Comedy SeriesThe Johnsons

Best Africa Magic Original Drama Series: Dimbo Atiya – The Rishantes’

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Repentant Germany signs accord to return stolen Nigerian artifacts, Benin Bronzes

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Germany and Nigeria have signed a memorandum of understanding for the return of centuries-old sculptures known as the Benin Bronzes that were taken from Africa in the 19th century.

The memorandum of understanding was signed by German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock and Culture Minister Claudia Roth, as well as Nigeria’s Culture Minister Lai Mohammed and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Zubairo Dada.

The German Foreign Minister admitted “it was wrong to take the bronzes; it was wrong to keep them for 120 years.”

Two pieces of artifacts, a head of a king and a relief slab depicting a king with four attendants were handed over to commemorate the return of the pieces.

 

“This is just the beginning of more than 1,000 pieces from the Kingdom of Benin that are still in German museums, and they all belong to the people of Nigeria,” German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said. “It was wrong to take the bronzes; it was wrong to keep them for 120 years.”

 

The bronzes “are some of Africa’s greatest treasures, but they are also telling the story of colonial violence,” Baerbock said.

African arts litter many museums in Europe and North America. Some of the countries have sought to resolve ownership disputes over objects looted during colonial times.

One of such museums, the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, an authority that oversees many of Berlin’s museums, announced last year that it was beginning formal negotiations on returning pieces that are in its collection.

According to washingtonposthundreds of African artifacts were sold to collections such as the Ethnological Museum in Berlin, which has one of the world’s largest groups of historical objects from the Kingdom of Benin, estimated to include about 530 items, including 440 bronzes. Many of them date from the 16th to the 18th centuries.

Historyextra reports that Benin Bronzes are a collection of more than 3,000 figures and other decorative pieces looted by the British in 1897. The artifacts are housed in at least 161 public and private collections scattered around the world.

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First ever African Fashion exhibition debuts in the UK Saturday

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The first ever African Fashion exhibition which has been touted to be UK’s most extensive exhibition of African fashion artistry is set to debut in London on Saturday, July 2, according to the show organisers.

The epoch making African Fashion event which is aimed at showcasing designers from the black continent, as well as exoose Africa’s diverse heritage and cultures, which will open at London’s prestigious Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum, is also the country’s first exhibition dedicated to the medium.

Apart from the fashion show, there will also be an exhibition are African objects, sketches, photos and film from across the continent, starting from the African liberation years in the 1950s to 1980s to up-and-coming contemporary designers, according to the event organizers.

The project curator, Elisabeth Murray, in a statement, said the scene is set with a section on “African Cultural Renaissance”, highlighting protest posters and literature from independence movements that developed in conjunction with fashion.

“The Vanguard is the central attraction, displaying iconic works by well-known African designers including Niger’s Alphadi, Nigeria’s Shade Thomas-Fahm and Kofi Ansah of Ghana.

“Over 250 objects are on display for the African Fashion exhibition, with approximately half of these drawn from the museum’s collection, including 70 new acquisitions.

“Many of the garments on show are from the personal archives of a selection of iconic mid-twentieth century African designers with one of the highlight being the centre-piece made by Moroccan fashion designer Artsi Ifrach, called “A Dialogue Between Cultures” which was Inspired by the British trench coat and headscarf,” Murray said.

“The conversations and collaborations that have shaped the making of the Africa Fashion exhibition are a testbed for new equitable ways of working together that allow us to imagine and call into being the V&A of the future,” she added.

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