Watch these AMVCA 2018 winners on Showmax

3 September 2018

Watch these AMVCA 2018 winners on Showmax

The Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCAs) – arguably the continent’s biggest TV/film award ceremony – has always been a Nigerian affair, so much so that it has sometimes been called Nigeria Viewers’ Choice Awards. Therefore, to see Kenya bag not one but six awards at the AMVCAs 2018 ceremony that was held in Lagos on Saturday is an achievement the Kenyan film/TV industry can brag about for a while.

This is the country’s best win yet at any international award stage, and for filmmakers like Njue Kevin, whose first feature film 18 Hours won Best Overall Movie (also Best Movie East Africa and Best Picture Editor), this is an affirmation that local films can get much-needed recognition even far away from home.

More titles by Njue streaming on Showmax include Intellectual Scum, Sticking Ribbons and Plastic Maasai.

Another big win for Kenya was Likarion Wainaina’s 2018 superhero movie Supa Modo, which won Best Indigenous Language (Swahili). Don’t miss these titles by Wainaina on Showmax: Clandestine, Crazies, See Them Blind, Love in the City and Hospital.

Let’s shift the glory away from Njue Kevin and Likarion Wainaina for a second and shine the spotlight on these other AMVCA 2018 winners that you will find on Showmax.

AMVCA 2018 winners on Showmax
(available in Kenya and South Africa)

Nice Wanjeri, Auntie Boss – Best Actress in a Comedy Series

Auntie Boss on Showmax

Nice Wanjeri beat Nigeria’s sweethearts Adesua Etomi, Dakore Akanda and Rita Dominic to win Best Actress in a Comedy Series for her role in Auntie Boss. Wanjeri plays Shiru “Warugongo” as she likes to introduce herself, the naive househelp who will not think twice about selling her boss’ clothes to make a few extra bucks. Believe it or not, Shiru’s crazy antics have earned her a few enemies in the real world as Wanjeri recently revealed in a recent interview with Showmax.

Don’t miss Wanjeri’s award-winning performance, catch Auntie Boss S1-7 on Showmax.

The Flesh Business – Best Documentary

It’s only fair to mention that The Flesh Business is Denis Maina’s first work as a documentary filmmaker. The Flesh Business is a one-hour documentary that sheds light on the rampant prostitution at the Kenyan coast from the point of view of the commercial sex workers. It’s a story that had to be told as Maina says, “Society prejudges sex workers without even knowing their stories. When you get to talk to them and get submerged into their world, you find that there are factors that contributed to them choosing this kind of life.”

Stream The Flesh Business now on Showmax.

This Is It – Best TV Series

This Is It is a comedy series that tells the story of newlyweds Tomide (Kenya’s Nick Mutuma) and Dede (Nigeria’s Chy Nwakanma) as they try to overcome the challenges of married life while staying true to the love that brought them together in the first place. Marriage may not a bed of roses but creator and producer Omolola Adeleke (Lowladee) paints her fairytale tale version in the best way she knows how.

This Is It S1 is streaming on Showmax.

Okafor’s Law – Best Cinematography

Okafor's Law on Showmax

Okafor’s Law is a Nigerian romantic comedy film that follows a serial womaniser and a bona fide smooth operator who chases after his past girlfriends to prove to his friends that he can have all his exes back if he wanted to.

Don’t miss Okafor’s Law on Showmax.

Past AMVCA winners on Showmax

Kati Kati – Best Movie East Africa (AMVCAs 2017)

Kati Kati on Showmax

Mbithi Masya’s Kati Kati takes us to a resort in the middle of nowhere where we meet Kaleche (Nyokabi Gethaiga), a young woman who finds herself stuck in the afterlife with no recollection of how she got there. Watch Kati Kati on Showmax. 

Tinsel – Best Drama (AMVCAs 2017)

Tinsel on Showmax

Nigeria’s longest running soap opera Tinsel brings you the rivalry of two film companies as they fight for dominance in an industry that can only have one king. Stream Tinsel S1-7 on Showmax.

The Johnsons – Best Comedy (AMVCAs 2017)

This sitcom centres around an average Nigerian family and the struggles they face on a daily basis. Stream The Johnsons on Showmax.

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