SA film dominates AfricaMagic awards

2013-03-11 10:11
Cape Town - The first-ever AfricaMagic Viewers' Choice Awards crowned the best in African film and television talent in Lagos, Nigeria, over the weekend.

The ceremony, which was broadcast live to more than 50 countries across the continent on Saturday, was hosted by Big Brother's IK Osakioduwa and StarGist's Vimbai Muntinhiri, reports DStv.

The big winner of the night was South African film Otelo Burning which was named Best Overall Movie. Otelo Burning, produced and directed by South African Sara Blecher, tells the coming-of-age story of a group of township kids who discover the joy of surfing.

Otelo Burning
was awarded four awards, including Best Art Director for Anita van Hemert and Chantel Carter and Best Make-up Artist for Jacqui Bannermen.

Nigerian-born SA-based actor-director Akin Omotoso won Best Director for Man on Ground, which tells of two brothers caught up in xenophobic violence in South Africa.

Another SA film, Skeem, was named Best Comedy Movie. Greene also won for Best Comedy Writer.

Here is the full list of winners of the inaugural African Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCA) 2013:

Best Movie - Overall
Othelo Burning, Sara Blecher

Best Comedy Movie
Skeem, Tim Greene

Best Movie - Drama
The Mirror Boy, Obi Emelonye

Best Movie Director
Akin Omotoso, Man On Ground

Best Actress In A Drama
Jackie Appiah, Perfect Picture

Best Actor In A Drama
O.C Ukeje, Two Brides And A Baby

Best Supporting Actress In A Drama
Maureen Koech, Lies that Bind

Best Supporting Actor In A Drama
Mathew Nabwiso, A Good Catholic Girl

Best Actress in a Comedy
Mercy Johnson, Dumebi the Dirty Girl

Best Actor In A Comedy
Hafiz Oyetoro, House Apart

Best Costume Designer
Ngozi Obasi, The Mirror Boy

Best Make-up Artist
Jacgui Bannermen, Otelo Burning

Best Art Director
Anita Van Hermet & Chantel Carter, Otelo Burning

Best Lighting Design
Dave Howe, Otelo Burning

Best Cinematography
Paul Michelson, Man on Ground

Best Writer in a Comedy
Tim Greene, Skeem

Best Local Language - Swahili
Sameer Srivastava, The Ray of Hope

Best Local Language - Hausa
A. Ali and Hafizu Bello, Faida Nura

Best Local Language - Yoruba
Tunde Kelani, Maami

Best Television Series
Godfrey & Marie Lora-Mungai, The XYZ Show

Best writer - Drama
Precious & Amaka Obi Emelonye, The Mirror Boy

Best Short Film
Ngendo Mukii, Yellow Fever


  • JuliusYouPrick - 2013-03-11 10:41

    My dead granma can make a better film with Windows Movie Maker than the crap that plays on Africa Magic.

      BatRMan959 - 2013-03-11 15:18

      @youPrick - My domestic loves Africa Magic just as much as your granny used to love watch Agter Elke Man!!! - Its not about you dude..

      JuliusYouPrick - 2013-03-11 16:33

      You're right, it's not about me. It's about the laughable quality of West African movies.

  • Tlotlo Phele - 2013-03-11 11:45

    Wake up call to Nollywood to step up

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