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2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards Winners and Nominees



The Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards of 2016 have revealed some hot picks. Nollywood movie Dry was the most nominated movie. Hot on its heels was South African movie Ayana with 8 nominations. Dry, which was produced and directed by Nollywood’s Stephanie Linus took home the most awards. Below is a list of all nominees and winners in each category.


Dry – Stephanie Linus (WINNER)
Ayanda – Sara Blecher
Freetown – Adam Abel and Garrett Batty
House Arrest – Joseph Kenneth Ssebaggala
Road To Yesterday – Chinny Onwugbenu, Genevieve Nnaji, Chichi Nwoko
Silverain – Juliet Asante
Tell Me Something Sweet – Akin Omotoso

Stephanie Linus for Dry

Stephanie Linus for Dry


Mapenzi – Elizabeth Michael (WINNER)
Call 112 – Joseph Kenneth Ssebaggala
Daddy’s Wedding – Honeymoon Aljabri
House Arrest – Joseph Kenneth Ssebaggala
Kitendawili – Single Mtambalike
Mpango Mbaya – Staford Kihore


Lilongwe – Joyce mhango chavula (WINNER)
Ayanda – Sara Blecher
Tell Me Sweet Something – Akin Omotoso


Joyce Chavula and actress Brenda Nselu


Road To Yesterday – Chinny Onwugbenu, Genvieve Nnaji, Chichi Nwoko (WINNER)
Common Man – Stanlee ohikhuare
Dry – Stephanie Linus
Silverain – Juliet Asante
Stigma – Dagogo Diminas
The Visit – Biodun Stephens
The Refugees – Frank Rajah Arase

Genevieve Nnaji

Chinny Onwugbenu, Genvieve Nnaji, Chichi Nwoko for Road to Yesterday


Usekwu Igbo – Paul Igwe (WINNER)
Chetanna – Chigozie Atuanya
Nduka – Charles Novia
The Missing God – Ubaka Joseph Ugochukwu
Udo Gba koi koi – Onyekachukwu Okeke


Dadin Kowa – Salisu Balarabe (WINNER)
Baya Da Kura – Nuhu Abdullahi
Inji Yan’ Ca Ca – Najjashi SB Jakara
Sakaina – Abubakar mai shadda and Hafizu Bello
Sarki Jatau – Bashir Abdullahi


Kitendawili – Josephat Lukaza (WINNER)
Fihi – Caroline Mbaturia
Nyumba 10 – Damaris Irungu-Ochieng
Samaki Mchangani – Amil Shivji
Sumu – Anne Hamberger


Binta Ofege – Abiodun Jimoh and Jumoke Odetola (WINNER)
Ayomi – Bukunmi Oluwasina
Shadow – Aishat Lawal
Taxi driver (Oko Ashewo) – Don Omope, Daniel Emekeoriah and Ayobami Macaulay
Victims – Mercy Aigbe Gentry


A Day with Death – Oluseyi Amuwa (WINNER)
A Cup of Sugar – Bongiwe Selane
Blood Taxi – Folasakin Iwajomo
Panic Button – Bongiwe Selane
Yawa – Kassim Braimah


Faaji Agba – Remi Vaughan-Richards (WINNER)
Dawn to Dusk – Nanmet Anthony
Demystifying Autism – Dotun Akande/Grace Edwin-Okon
Goge Africa Encounters Wild Gorilla – Nneka Isaac-Moses
The New Africa – Ada Afoluwake Ogunkeye


Daddy’s Girls – Ariyike Oladipo (WINNER)
How to Find a Husband – Erica Sugo Anyadike
Jane and Abel – Dorothy Ghettuba
Officer Titus – Olabisi Jinadu
Santalal – Gbenga Kayode


Jenifa’s Diary – Folarin Falana (WINNER)
Caught in the Act – Bishop Imeh Umoh
Head Gone – Bowoto Jephthah
Officer Titus – Kelechi Udegbe
Stop – IK Ogbonna

Jennifas Diary Folarin Falana

Folarin Falana for Jennifa’s Diary


Jenifa’s Diary – Funke Akindele (WINNER)
An African City – Nana Mensah
Being Mrs Elliot – Lepacious Bose
Desperate House Girls – Ini Edo
Skinny Girl in Transit – Abimbola Craig

Jennifas Diary

Funke Akindele for Jennifa’s Diary


A Soldier’s Story – Daniel K. Daniel (WINNER)
A Long Night – Van Vicker
Being Mrs Elliot – Majid Michael
Breathless – Mike Ezuruonye
Falling – Blossom Chukwujekwu
Jaja The Great – Segun Arinze

Daniel K Daniel

Daniel K. Daniel for A Soldier’s Story


Falling – Adesua Etomi (WINNER)
Ayanda – Fulu Mugovhani
Don’t cry for me – Mary Lazarus
Road to yesterday – Genevieve Nnaji
Stop – Belinda Effah
The Visit – Nse Ikpe-Etim


A Soldier’s Story – Sambasa Nzeribe (WINNER)
A soldier’s story – Olumide Oworu
Stigma – Soibifaa Dokubo
Stolen Water – Blossom Chukwujekwu
The Department – O.C. Ukeje

A Soldiers Story

Sambasa Nzeribe for a Soldier’s Story


Before 30 – Tunbosun Aiyedihin (WINNER)
Before 30 – Beverly Naya
Dry – Zubaidat Ibrahim Fagge
Tell Me Sweet Something – Thishiwe Ziqubu
The Green Necklace – Lepacious Bose


Tell me Sweet Something – Akin Omotoso (WINNER)
Ayanda – Sara Blecher
Dry – Stephanie Linus
Gbomo Gbomo Express – Walter ‘Waltbanger’ Taylaur
Rebecca – Shirley Frimpong-Manso
Road to Yesterday – Ishaya Bako


Rebecca – Shirley Frimpong-Manso (WINNER)
A Soldier’s Story – Frankie Ogar
Road To Yesterday – Chuka Ejorh
Special Crimes Unit: Lasgidi Cops – Adeyemi Olowoshagba
Tell me Sweet Something – Vuyani Sondlo


The refugees – Frank Raja Arase (WINNER)
Common Man – Stanlee Ohikhuare
Dry – Gabriel Okorie
Elephant in the Room – Patrick ‘koinage’ Nnamani
Stigma – Dagogo Diminas


Ayanda – Trish Malone (WINNER)
Anniversary – Afe Olumowe
Iquo’s Journal – Blessing Egbe
Freetown – Melissa Leilani Larson
Road to Yesterday – Emil B. Garuba/Ishaya Bako


Dry – Uche Nancy (WINNER)
Being Mrs Elliot – Obijie Oru
Cougars – Angel Nwakibie/Yolanda Okereke
Oracle Online – Ejiro Amos Tafiri/Vanessa Otarva
The First Lady – Tomi Adeoye
Silverain – Patrick Asante


Dry – Gabriel OkorieAyanda – Louiza Calore (WINNER)
Being Mrs Elliot – Adenike Adepoju
Jaja the Great – Innocent Abba
Ojuju – Funke Olowu


Common Man – Stanlee Ohikhuare (WINNER)
Being Mrs Elliot – Oluwole Olawoyin
Gbomo Gbomo Express – David Wyte and Paul Gambit
House Arrest – Francis Lubanjuma
Kpians-the feast of souls – Stanlee Ohikhuare


Tell Me Something Sweet – Paul Michaelson (WINNER)
Ayanda – Jonathan Kovel
Common Man – Stanlee ohikhuare
Couple of Days – Tolu LordTanner
Dry – Angel Barroeta
The Refugees – Okey Oku and Robert Peters


Dry – Marquex Jose Guillermo (WINNER)
Ayanda – Guy Steer
Bambitious – Maurice Kings
Candle in the wind – Bernie Anti
Road to yesterday – Kulanen Ikyo
Tell me Sweet Something – Gavin McCullough

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Nollywood Movie Featuring Beverly Naya and Mawuli Gavor Premieres At Cannes Film Festival



Nigerian movies are gradually gaining recognition on the international stage. Every year, filmmakers from around the world attend the Cannes Film Festival to showcase their works cut across all genres. Consequently, Nigeria’s romantic movie, ‘Two Weeks In Lagos’ premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in France.

Two Weeks In Lagos’ is one of the two African movies to screen at the event. The other is ‘Atlantics’ by Matip Diop, a Senegalese French director. The Kathryn Fasegha’s directorial was screened at the Pavillion Afriques dedicated to Pan-African film industry on Friday, May 17. A worldwide screening will follow subsequently. The award-winning writer and director said,

“I am very excited to be at the Cannes Film Festival. For me, it’s not just about directing a movie, it is also exciting to see my movie placed at one of the biggest film platforms in the world.”

Now in its 72nd edition, the Cannes Film Festival opened on the 14th of May and will end on May 25. The Canadian-based filmmaker thanked everyone that contributed to the success of ‘Two Weeks In Lagos’.

“The Cannes film festival is one where movies from different parts of the world are showcased to promote film making. I am grateful to everyone who contributed to bringing this movie to life, from the cast to the crew and everyone indeed.”

A peek into ‘Two Weeks In Lagos’

Two Weeks In Lagos’ captures the vibrant and exciting everyday life in Lagos. However, it also portrays the complexity of the city where anything is possible within a short time. The movie follows the turbulent and thrilling romantic relationship existing between Lola (Beverly Naya) and Ejikeme (Mawuli Gavor).


Ejikeme is an investment banker in the United States. However, his path cross with Lola when he comes home (Nigeria) to invest. Theirs is a case of love at first sight. However, they have to fight the sinister motive of Ejikeme’s mother who is making plans for him to marry the only daughter of a political juggernaut, Otumba Ayodeji.

Ayodeji is making plans to pick Ejikeme’s father as his running mate for the Presidency. A clash of interest between Ejikeme and his mother also puts Lola’s family in danger. Other casts of the movie include Joke Silva, Jide Kosoko, Toyin Abraham, and Shaffy Bello. Consequently, Mawli Gavor, Beverly Naya, and Joke Silva are in France for the premiere.

Matip Diop’s Atlantics

Unlike ‘Two Weeks In Lagos’, Matip Diop’s ‘Atlantics’ also made history at the Cannes Film Festival. The movie screened in the Palme d’Or on the 16th of May. Palme d’Or is a competition segment of the film festival. Consequently, in the 72 years history of the Cannes Film Festival, this is the first time an African movie will be screening in this category. Reacting to this development, Diop said,

“It’s pretty late and it’s incredible that it is still relevant. My first feeling to be the first black female director was a little sadness that this only happened today in 2019. But if for some young black female film directors I can represent a new dynamic, I’m obviously extremely happy.”

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Top 10 Most Popular Songs From Davido



Unlike many artists that base their success on the number of studio albums they have, Davido has just one. However, since coming into the music industry in 2011 he has not shown signs of slowing down. Each year he thrills fans with solo tracks or collaborations that quickly turn to an anthem. Here are 10 of Davido’s most popular songs.

  1. Fall

Not many critics gave Davido a chance when he released Fall in 2017. Fall was his second single for the year and a follow-up to ‘IF’. However, a few weeks after its release ‘Fall’ became the top pick for most celebrations, thanks to its comic love lyrics. With over 100 million YouTube views and platinum rank by the Recording Industry of South Africa (RISA), ‘Fall’ is by far his most popular song.

  1. If

Released in February 2017, ‘If’ has garnered over 77 million views on Youtube. The phrase ‘30 billion for the account’ has become a popular slogan in the country and beyond. ‘If’ also earned the singer awards like Best African Act (MTV EMA), Best Worldwide Act, and Artist of the Year.

  1. Aye

Aye is a love song. Released days before Valentine’s Day gave the song a head start. The lyrics which separates true love from materialism quickly caught the attention of fans. Davido went ahead to win the prestigious Headies song of the year award in 2014 for Aye. Aye has over 53 million views on YouTube.

  1. FIA

Davido fans will not forget 2017 in a hurry. Late in that year Davido released FIA which is another love song told in a comic way. Fia has also garnered over 59 million views on YouTube

  1. Skelewu

The popularity of skelewu cannot be separated from its unique dance step. At that time people were scampering to participate in what would have been tagged ‘Skelewu dance challenge’ today. Ace footballers like Samuel Eto’o and Emmanuel Adebayo were caught dancing to the song.

  1. Assurance

Davido is familiar with drama and keeps his love affair public. Earlier in 2018, Davido broke the Internet when he released the song ‘Assurance’ dedicated to his long-time girlfriend, Chioma. What thrilled fans the most is the Porsche with a custom plate number ‘Assurance’ the artist gifted his girlfriend. The song has over 36 million views on YouTube.

  1. Dami Duro

Full of energy and new in the industry, ‘Dami Duro’ was more of a statement of his intention. The song and its strong beat quickly became a major club song. The song also won the ‘Hottest single of the Year’ at the Nigeria Entertainment Awards.

  1. Back When

‘Back When’ is one of Davido’s breakthrough songs. It was the first off his debut album, ‘Omo Baba Olowo’. He featured established rapper, Naeto C on the track. The single won him the 2012 ‘Best Newcomer’ at the Kora Awards.

  1. Ekuro

Davido’s history of love songs began with Ekuro which was released in 2012. After making a hard entrance the previous year, Davido showed off his romantic side in Ekuro. The success of Ekuro paved way for other romantic hits.

  1. All of You

Davido used this track to pay respect to veterans like D’banj, P-Square, and 2baba who were already household names. Released in 2012, ‘All of you’ quickly became a hit.

Which of Davido’s songs do you like the most?

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Zambian Author Wins The Commonwealth Short Story Prize For Africa



Commonwealth Short Story Prize has announced the list of regional winners. Zambia’s Mbozi Haimbe is Africa’s regional winner. However, she is the second Zambian to achieve that feat. Haimbe won the Commonwealth Short Story Prize for her short story, “Madam’s Sister”.

The last time someone from Zambia won a commonwealth story prize was in 2007. Ellen Banda-Aaku took home the Commonwealth Short Story Competition (now defunct) for her short story, “Sozi’s Box”. Reacting to the announcement, Haimbe said,

“I am absolutely thrilled to have been selected as the regional winner and feel privileged to contribute to Africa’s literary landscape. Although a social worker by profession, I have always considered myself a writer. Winning the regional prize validates my aspiration. I thank the judges, and give acknowledgment to Zambia, which remains deeply influential to my writing.”

A brief biography of Mbozi Haimbe

The story of Mbozi Haimbe is a reassurance that you can aspire any height irrespective of your background. Notwithstanding Haimbe was born and raised in Lusaka, Zambia she believed she could make it to the global stage. Consequently, her passion for writing led her to the University of Cambridge where she completed an Mst in Creative writing in 2018. Mbozi Haimbe is currently working on a short story collection inspired by African events. The summary of her Commonwealth Short Story Prize-winning story, “Madam’s Sister” says,

“The arrival of madam’s sister from London causes upheaval within the household but has an unexpected bonus for the guard, Cephas.”

Each regional winner will get £2,500. However, the global winner selected from the regional winners will get £5,000. Till date, only one African has been able to will the overall prize. Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi went ahead to win the overall prize in 2014 after winning the regional prize for her short story, “Let’s Tell This Story Properly”.

About the Commonwealth Short Story Prize

The Commonwealth Short Story Prize is an annual award open from 1st September to 1st November every year. Authors from commonwealth regions are encouraged to submit unpublished short story between 2,000 and 5,000 words. Now in its 8th year, the Commonwealth Short Story Prize received a total of 5,081 entries. However, this was streamlined to 21 shortlists. Sixteen of the 53 British Commonwealth nations made it to the shortlist. Speaking about the regional winners, Caryl Phillips, one of the jurors for the 2019 competition said,

“The regional winners of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize explore a remarkably diverse range of subject-matter, including stories about war, love, abuse, and neglect. What unites the stories is a common thread of narrative excellence and dramatic intensity. The voices of a truly global cast of characters enable us to engage with, and recognize, universal emotions of pain and loss.”

Submission of entries for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize can be in Turkish, Tamil, Swahili, Samoan, Portuguese, Malay, Greek, English, Chinese, and Bengali. However, English translations of shorts stories in other languages are also eligible. The Digital Director and Online Editor and Granta, Luke Neima, said,

“This year’s Commonwealth Short Story Prize-winning stories showcase the short story in a range of guises, innovations of form that stretch but never exhaust the potential of the short story to address the regional and universal questions this gifted crop of authors seeks to address. These outstanding stories capture the breadth of talent writing today across the Commonwealth.”

Other regional winners

In total, there are 5 regions considered for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. This includes Africa, Asia, Canada & Europe, Caribbean, and Pacific. The other regional winners and their stories are;

  • Asian Winner: Saras Manickam from Malaysia for “My Mother Pattu”
  • Canada and Europe Winner: Constantia Soterious from Cyprus for “Death Customs”
  • Caribbean Winner: Alexis Tolas from The Bahamas for “Granma’s Porch”
  • Pacific Winner: Harley Hern from New Zealand for “Screaming”.

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