AMVCA 2024: Funke Akindele, 2 Other Celebs Whose Losses Were Unforeseen

AMVCA 2024: Funke Akindele, 2 Other Celebs Whose Losses Were Unforeseen

  • The African Magic Viewers Choice Awards is one of the most prestigious and highly anticipated shows in the Nigerian movie industry
  • The 10th edition, which was held at Eko Hotel, was well-attended by celebrities, content creators, and everyone who mattered in the industry
  • Wins were recorded, and so were losses which have been trailed by anger on social media

The 2024 African Magic Viewer's Choice Award (AMVCA) could be described as the Oscars of the Nigerian movie industry.

Many creatives, actors, and actresses look forward to being recognised and adding one or even several of the beautiful plaques to their shelves.

Some of the shocking events at the 2024 AMVCA
Funke Akindele and others who lost at this year's AMVCA Credit: @funkeakindele, @timini
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It has been 10 years of making dreams come true and rewarding frontliners and underdogs in the moviescape. However, like every year, the 10th edition also recorded its fair share of shocking events.

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1. Funke Akindele loses to Kehinde Bankole and Breathe of Life

Despite being nominated in multiple categories, including Best Makeup, Best Writing in a Movie, Best Lead Actress, Best Movie, and Best Supporting Actor, Funke Akindele’s blockbuster and record-breaking movie, ‘A Tribe of Judah,’ failed to take home any awards.

Thespian Kehinde Bankole won The Best Lead Actress for her role in Adire, and although she has been highly praised, the majority cannot seem to shake off their surprise.

The film smashed box office records, becoming the first Nigerian movie to earn N1 billion in local cinemas. Her fans did not take this development well, as many opined that she was robbed.

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That was not the most painful part. How does a movie that made history and grossed a vast amount lose the award for the best movie?

When Funke lost the Best Lead Actress category, her fans hoped other categories would come through. Sadly, A Tribe called Judah lost to Breathe of Life.

2. Ademola Adedoyin wins over Timini Egbuson

Timini Egbuson’s lovers have not recovered from the shock of his loss. Despite his epic performance in A Tribe of Judah, his loss to Ademola Adedoyin in the best supporting role left a plaster of trauma on the faces of his supporters.

We have seen Timini carry his movie roles with grace and originality. He embodies his characters to a fault and leaves no stone unturned regarding his craft.

Reacting to his loss on Instagram, he shared a photo meme of himself looking perplexed. Fans trooped to his comment section to offer words of encouragement.

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3. RMD loses Best Lead Actor award to Wale Ojo

Richard Mofe Damijo's failure to clinch an award after his phenomenal performance in the film Black Book did not go unnoticed. RMD lost the Best Lead Actor award to Wale OJo for his astounding performance in Breathe of Life.

The movie The Black Book portrays the life of a father who had lost his only son to police brutality. The bereaved deacon takes justice into his own hands and fights a corrupt police gang to declare him free of guilt.

Although he did not win an award, the stylish 62-year-old man and Idowu Philips, also known as Iya Rainbow, were honoured with the Industry Merit Awards.

Bovi laments not winning AMVCA since inception earlier reported that Nigerian comedian Bovi Ugboma, called Bovi, congratulated the winners of the just-concluded AMVCA, which took place on Saturday, May 11, 2024, while recounting his loss.

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In his remark, he noted that he had bagged seven nominations since the award started many years ago, but has not won any.

Many of his fans took to the comment section to cheer him up. Letting him know that he does not need an award plaque to be a winner.

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