The Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA), an award show organized by MultiChoice to recognize and reward excellence in Africa’s TV series films and documentaries is set to host its seventh edition on Saturday, 14th of March 2020.
The AMVCA is one of the biggest African award shows (if not the only one) I look forward to every year, from the hot servings the celebrities bring to the red carpet to the nervousness of some nominees, the hope that your faves win, the hosts, the performances on stage, the wins and the speeches… I just love the AMVCA.
This year’s AMVCA is looking at works between April 1, 2018, to November 30, 2019, as there was no AMVCA last year.
Over the years, however, I’ve found out my favourite award category is usually the AMVCA Trailblazer Award. I like how every single person who has won in this category has been deserving –in my opinion, of course – and more, I love to see the shock on the winner’s face – priceless!
The Trailblazer award, which has no official nominees, is usually presented to budding and promising talent for noteworthy achievement in the industry in the past year.
Here is a list of talents who have won the Trailblazer Award since the inception of AMVCA.
IVIE OKUJAYE – 2013
Nigerian actress, producer, scriptwriter, dancer, singer and winner of 2009, Amstel Malta Box Office (AMBO) reality TV Ivie Okujaye, won the very first AMVCA Trailblazer Award in 2013.
MICHELLE BELLO – 2014
British Nigerian film director and producer, Michello Bello won this award in 2014.
If you ever saw the romantic comedy film starring Damilola Adegbite, Flower Girl, then you know why Michelle went home with this award.
C.J. OBASI – 2015 (first male winner)
Film Director, C.J Obasi. is the first and so far, the only male to have won this award. His debut feature, a zombie thriller film titled Ojuju which he wrote and directed, shut him into the limelight as he won the AMVCA 2015 Trailblazer Award as an emerging director. Also, the film won the award for Best Nigerian Movie at the 4th Africa International Film Festival. All wins within the space of 5 months in the industry.
KEMI “LALA” AKINDOJU – 2016
Nigerian actress, drama instructor, casting director and producer, Lala won an Africa Magic Trailblazer Award in 2016 for her role in the film adaptation of Dazzling Mirage, a film about a young sickle-cell sufferer which was produced and directed by Tunde Kelani
SOMKELE IYAMAH-IDHALAMA – 2017
Beautiful Nigerian actress and model, Somkele Iyamah-Idhalam took the baton from Kemi Lala Akindoju in 2017 for her roles in 93 Days, The Wedding Party, The Arbitration, and the TV series Gidi Up.
BISOLA AIYEOLA – 2018
At the last edition of the AMVCAs which held in September 2018, Nigerian Actress and singer, Bisola Aiyeola bagged the sixth Trailblazer Award.
Bisola who gave a beautiful performance that night at the award show was the 1st runner-up of the 2017 Big Brother Naija Reality TV Show and also the fourth runner-up at the MTN Project Fame West Africa in 2008.
It was a much deserving win and her speech that night… memorable!
It’s 2020 and in a few days, the 7th edition of the AMVCA is set to hold. Could this be the year another man wins? Could this be the year a non-Nigerian wins?
Who do you think will win the award?
Make your predictions in the comment section between now and Saturday, March 7th by 12 pm and if your prediction is right, you get a prize from me, Bolaji Gelax.
Let’s do this, guys!
In my heart of heart, I’m rooting for either Bukola Oladipupo (actress) or Efa Iwara (rapper & actor) to win this year’s AMVCA Trailblazer Award.
Image sources - Efa Iwara: zibem Bukola Oladipupo: judithaudu
SWANKY JKA – 2020
UPDATE: Jide-Kene Achifusi aka Swanky JKA won the 2020 AMVCA Trailblazer Award for his role in Living In Bondage: Breaking Free.