A trip to Lagos: We go behind-the-scenes at the AMVCAs

2016-03-09 12:20

Lagos – The first thing that hits you when you step out of Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos is the heat.

It's Thursday evening around 20:30 and outside the airport it's a hub of activity. 

Passengers scurry, dragging their luggage behind them and line up waiting to be collected. Cars idle along the side of the road and petrol fumes fill the air. They fill up quickly and hit the road at an almost manic speed. 

We hurry to our shuttle and breathe a sigh of relief when the cool air from the air conditioner hits our skin. It's like drinking an ice cold glass of water after running a marathon.

The drive to the hotel is a roller coaster ride, bumper to bumper traffic, tuk-tuks and motorcycle taxis fly past at an almost terrifying speed and then there's the incessant hooting. I learn later on during my stay that this is how driver's indicate that they're about to overtake. 

These tuk tuks are fast! #C24inLagos

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I got to experience Lagos during a recent three day trip to Nigeria for the fourth annual AfricaMagic Viewers' Choice Awards (AMVCAs).

It's the biggest night of the year for the African film and television industry. In association with MultiChoice, the awards set out to recognise the best the industry has to offer. 

The awards weekend kicked off with a nominees cocktail party that allowed us to mingle with the actors and actresses.

The big night was all glitz and glamour!

Party time! #AMVCA2016 #C24inLagos

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Minnie Dlamini wowed everyone on the red carpet and made us all proud when she hosted the show with such professionalism. 

Host @minniedlamini working the red carpet. #slay #AMVCA2016 #C24inLagos

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Comedian Thomas Gumede did a stand up set during the show and Zonke blew everyone away with her amazing performance.

Zonke performing. #AMVCA2016 #C24inLagos

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We didn’t leave the awards empty handed.  Ayanda scooped two wins from its seven nominations and Tell Me Sweet Something won best cinematographer and a best director win for Akin Omotoso.

Akin Omotoso is up for a Best Director award for Tell Me Sweet Something. #amvca2016

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See more of our snaps here:

Market life. #C24inLagos #AMVCA2016

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Art. #C24inLagos. #AMVCA2016

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Bikes are one of the fastest ways to beat the traffic here. #c24inlagos

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*Channel24's trip to Lagos was sponsored.
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