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2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards Winners and Nominees

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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.

BEST OVERALL MOVIE (AFRICA)

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

BEST MOVIE – EAST AFRICA

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

BEST MOVIE – SOUTHERN AFRICA

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

Lilongwe

Joyce Chavula and actress Brenda Nselu

BEST MOVIE – WEST AFRICA (DRAMA/COMEDY)

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

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

BEST INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE MOVIE/TV SERIES- IBO

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

BEST INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE MOVIE/TV SERIES – HAUSA

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

BEST INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE MOVIE/TV SERIES – SWAHILI

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

BEST INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE MOVIE/TV SERIES – YORUBA

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

BEST SHORTFILM OR ONLINE VIDEO

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

BEST DOCUMENTARY

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

BEST TELEVISION SERIES

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

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY (MOVIE/TV SERIES)

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

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY (MOVIE/TV SERIES)

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

BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA (MOVIE/TV SERIES)

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

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Daniel K. Daniel for A Soldier’s Story

BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA (MOVIE/TV SERIES)

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

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

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

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS (MOVIE/TV SERIES)

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

BEST DIRECTOR

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

BEST PICTURE EDITOR

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

BEST ART DIRECTOR (MOVIE/TV SERIES)

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

BEST WRITER OF A MOVIE/TV SERIES

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

BEST COSTUME DESIGNER (MOVIE/TV SERIES)

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

BEST MAKEUP ARTIST (MOVIE/TV SERIES)

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

BEST LIGHTING DESIGNER (MOVIE/TV SERIES)

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

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHER (MOVIE/TV SERIES)

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

BEST SOUND EDITOR (MOVIE/TV SERIES)

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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Netflix Will Release It’s First African Original Series in 2019 Starring This African Actress

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South African Actress Pearl Thusi

Netflix has ordered its first African original series, “Queen Sono,” a drama about a secret agent who fights crime while dealing with crises in her personal life. The series will launch globally in 2019.

“Queen Sono” stars veteran South African actress Pearl Thusi, who tweeted in an emotional video that she “cannot wait for…every woman on this continent, and actually on this planet, to meet Queen Sono.” Of the deal with Netflix, she added: “It’s going to change the game for every artist on this continent.”

ALSO READ: 5 Must Watch African Centered Movies Streaming on Netflix (January 2019)

The announcement came last month, barely a week after Erik Barmack, Netflix’s vice president of international originals, told a gathering in London that the company would begin commissioning original series in Africa starting in 2019.

Speaking about “Queen Sono” with South Africa’s Independent Online, Barmack said: “Taking talent like this and telling stories to the rest of the world puts Pearl in the same category as other strong female characters like Claire Underwood in ‘House of Cards’ and Jessica Jones.”

He added: “Over time, our roots will get deeper in Africa and South Africa, and we’re moving pretty quickly to that now, and plan to invest more in local content.”

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5 Must Watch African Centered Movies Streaming on Netflix (January 2019)

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We are tickled with excitement as more and more African stories make their way into streaming giant platforms like Netflix. As African stories are told by Africans, the world can take a sneak peak into our diversity.

ALSO READ:10 African Movies Streaming On Netflix (September 2016)

So with that said, let’s get right into it. Here is my short list of movies that you should check out this month. My picks are from 2017/2018 releases only, however, there are many more exciting movies from prior years that have been added to Netflix’s growing African Movie genre. I want to know what you think and if there are other notable mentions that I missed, please let me know. 

#1 – Lionheart: Released 2018 (Watch It Here)

This is Nollywood’s first ever Netflix original … AND it is really a BIG deal for the industry; Certainly one to watch. It is a refreshing story and worth making an evening of it.

  • Directed By: Genevieve Nnaji
  • Starring: Genevieve Nnaji, Nkem Owoh, Pete Edochie

Lionheart Synopsis

In order to save her father’s ailing bus company, competent but perennially overlooked Adaeze must find a way to work alongside feckless uncle Godswill, in the sharp and comically observed directorial debut from Nollywood star Genevieve Nnaji. 

Determined to fight her way to the top, but not wanting to go against her father’s wishes, Adaeze feels like the proverbial bus has left the station without her. She must quickly shift gears, however, when she and Godswill discover that Lionheart is running on fumes, financially. Together, the unlikely duo must come together to save the company and their family name. Sharply and comically observed, Nnaji’s film deals with the everyday sexism that saturates workplaces everywhere, and captures the delicate balance between honoring one’s family while finding the courage to strike out on one’s own.

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#2 – Sarah’s Notebook: Released 2018 (Watch It Here)

This is one of those impactful social dramas that will awaken the western conscience. The movie is in Spanish with English subtitles and takes you on a journey into the darkest sides of human nature.

  • Directed By: Norberto Lopez Amado
  • Starring: Belén Rueda, Marian Álvarez, Iván Mendes

Sarah’s Notebook Synopsis

Laura has been looking for years for her sister Sarah, who disappeared in the middle of the Congo jungle. Neither the NGO for which she worked nor the Embassy had news of her whereabouts… until a photo of a mining town in Eastern Congo appears with the blurred image of Sara. Without hesitation, Laura travels to Kinshasa ready to enter the territory of the warlords, leaving behind the differences that separated her from her sister.

She goes through an unsuspecting journey that reveals and reveals disturbing, violent and hidden backrooms of some great Western powers operating in Africa.

#3 – Catching Feelings: Released 2017 (Watch It Here)

This South African movie captures a South African couple’s relationship and life. It is a captivating ‘dramedy’ as someone put it certainly makes our list. What I like about this movie is that it takes you into what contemporary South African life could look like.

  • Directed By: Kagiso Lediga
  • Starring: Kagiso Lediga, Pearl Thusi, Andrew Buckland

Catching Feelings Synopsis

Catching Feelings is a dark romantic comedy which follows an urbane young academic and his beautiful wife, as their lives get turned upside down when a celebrated and hedonistic older writer moves into their Johannesburg home with them.

#4 – He Even Has Your Eyes: Released 2017 (Watch It Here)

This subtitled French movie uses humor to explore the racial, cultural and social challenges that come with interracial adoption. Thing is people have gotten ‘almost’ comfortable with the idea that white parents can adopt black children even though I suspect there are still raised eyebrows and challenges as these parents go about their business of raising their child. What is rarer to find are black African parents adopting white children and that is the backdrop of this movie which explores this topic with comedy while tackling very legitimate challenges and issues along the way.

  • Director: Lucien Jean-Baptiste
  • Stars: Lucien Jean-Baptiste, Aïssa Maïga, Zabou Breitman

He Even Has Your Eyes Synopsis

In their mid-thirties, Paul and Sali, a Parisian couple of Caribbean and West African origin, are happily married and the proud new owners of a flower shop. The only cloud on their horizon is the long wait to adopt a child. Just when the couple has given up hope, the adoption agency calls with good news. The couple’s new baby boy is six months old, his name is Benjamin, he’s beautiful, he has lovely blue eyes…and he’s white. Director and star Lucien Jean-Baptiste explores what race and ethnicity mean when it comes to being a family; where love is concerned, do they mean anything at all?

#5 – Black Panther: Released 2018 (Watch It Here)

I want to believe that every one of our readers has watched this movie, but I suspect there are still a few that just didn’t care about all the fuss this movie made when it was released last year. Well I have it here to nudge you a little to check it out. It is now on Netflix so you don’t have to deal with any crowds and you can just immerse yourself in the story in the privacy of your home.

  • Director: Ryan Coogler
  • Staring: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira

Black Panther Synopsis

After the death of his father, T’Challa returns home to the African nation of Wakanda to take his rightful place as king. When a powerful enemy suddenly reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king — and as Black Panther — gets tested when he’s drawn into a conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk.

ALSO READ: The Looks That Afronized The Black Panther Hollywood Movie Premiere

What Are Your Favorites This Month?

Just so you know, there are some really good movies out there but for this short list, I didn’t go further than 2017 even though I was itching to. So please share some of your favorite movies.

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Egypt Is Confirmed As Host for The 2019 African Cup Of Nations After Cameroon Loses Its Spot

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Egypt beat South Africa, the only other nation to bid, by 16 votes to one with one abstention at a CAF executive committee vote in Senegal to become the 2019 hosts of the tournament in Cameroon’s place.

Cameroon team players hold up the winner’s trophy as they celebrate beating Egypt 2-1 to win the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations final football match between Egypt and Cameroon at the Stade de l’Amitie Sino-Gabonaise in Libreville on February 5, 2017. (Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS / AFP)

ALSO READ: Egypt Lands Top Spot For Where To Invest In Africa

Since stripping Cameroon of this year’s event, Caf has offered the country the chance to stage the finals in two years’ time, which has meant that the original hosts for both the 2021 and 2023 finals have been asked to delay their tournaments.

Ivory Coast, which was set to host the 2021, has protested against the decision at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Guinea’s football federation announced on Monday that it has agreed to move its staging of the Nations Cup from 2023 to 2025.

The Cup of Nations will take place from June 15 to July 13 and Egypt is hosting the competition for a fifth time, having also done so in 1957, 1974, 1986 and 2006.

Egypt has just six months to prepare for the expanded 24-team finals, which kick off in June.

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