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Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards: Here’s the full list of winners

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Phoebe Ruguru scooped the Best Movie East Africa at the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards.

Phoebe Ruguru scooped the award for the Best Movie East Africa at the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards.

By Our Reporter

On Saturday, the much anticipated 6th edition of the prestigious Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCAs) was held to much fanfare, glitz and glam at the Eko Hotel and Suites in Lagos.

As expected, the crème de la crème of the African film, TV and entertainment industry turned out on the famous AMVCA red carpet and the show, which was hosted by the returning duo of IK Osakioduwa and Minnie Dlamini, started with an electrifying performance by the critically acclaimed Niger-Delta dance troupe, Seki.

Other performances of the night include renditions by famous singer-producer Cobhams Asuquo, and Nigerian opera singer, Omo Bello who performed together with her orchestra. Nigerian rapper Falz also thrilled on the night, even as he won the ‘Best Supporting Actor in a Drama’ award.

The big winners of the night include Adjetey Anang and Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde for ‘Best Actor in a Drama/Movie’ and ‘Best Actress in a Drama/Movie’ respectively while Jade Osiberu won in the ‘Best Director’ category for the movie ‘Isoken.’

Another highlight of the night was when renowned Nigerian cinematographer Tunde Kelani was presented with the Industry Merit award, a decision that was well received by the audience as evidenced by a prolonged standing ovation. In the same vein, the Trailblazer Award was given to Bisola Aiyeola in recognition of her growing impact in the African film and TV space.

The crowning of the night was the announcement of Phoebe Ruguru’s ’18 Hours’ as the Best Overall movie.

See the full list of winners at the 2018 AMVCAs below:

1. Best Documentary

The Flesh Business – Denis Wanjohi Maina

2. Best Television Series

This Is It – Dolapo Adeleke (Lowla Dee)

3. Best Cinematographer Movie Or Tv Series

Okafor’s Law – Yinka Edward

4. Best Movie East Africa

18 Hours – Phoebe Ruguru

5. Best Writer (Movie/Tv Series)

Alter Ego by Patrick Nnamani, Koye O, Moses Inwang

6. Best Indigenous Language Movie Or Tv Series – Yoruba

Etiko Onigedu – Femi Adebayo

7. Best Lighting Designer Movie Or Tv Series

Tatu – Akpe Ododoru, Tunde Akinniyi

8. Best Picture Editor Movie/Tv Series

18 Hours – Mark Maina

9. Best Indigenous Language Movie Or Tv Series – Igbo

Bound – Lilian Afegbai

10. Best Sound Editor Movie Or Tv Series

Tatu – Kolade Morakinyo, Pius Fatoke

11. Best Sound Track Movie Or Tv Series

Tatu – Evelle

12. Best Costume Designer Movie Or Tv Series

The Bridge – Ngozi Obasi, James Bessinone

13. Best Indigenous Language Movie Or Tv Series – Hausa

Mansoor – Ali Nuhu

14. Best Make Up Artist Movie Or Tv Series

Tatu – Thelma Ozy Smith, Hakeem Effect Onilogbo

15. Best Art Director Movie Or Tv Series

Lotanna – Tunji Afolayan

16. Best Indigenous Language Movie Or Tv Series – Swahili

Supa Modo – Sarika Hemi Lakhani

17. Best Movie Southern Africa

The Road To Sunrise – Shemu Joyah

18. Best Director Movie

Isoken – Jade Osiberu

19. Best Movie West Africa

Isoken – Jade Osiberu

20. Best Overall Movie

18 Hours – Phoebe Ruguru

21. Best Actor In A Comedy (Movie/Tv Series)

A Million Baby – Odunlade Adekola

22. Best Actor In A Drama (Movie/Tv Series)

Keteke – Adjetey Anang

23. Best Actress In A Comedy (Movie/Tv Series)

Auntie Boss – Nyce Wanjeri

24. Best Actress In A Drama (Movie/Tv Series)

Alter Ego – Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde

25. Best Supporting Actor In A Drama (Movie/Tv Series)

New Money – Falz

26. Best Supporting Actress In A Drama (Movie/Tv Series)

Isoken – Lydia Forson

27. Best Short Film Or Online Video

Penance – Michael ‘Ama Psalmist’ Akinrogunde

28. Industry Merit Award

Tunde Kelani

29. Trail Blazer Award

Bisola Aiyeola

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South African based Lubi Lubi brings music back home, features Mikie Wine

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Lubi Lubi is a name you may hear so often henceforth. The South African based Ugandan singer has returned home to concentrate on his music passion that has turned into a career.

Lubi Lubi has lived in South Africa since 2014 and has mostly been a song writer until his ‘Kansasanye’ where he feels his singing passion should come alive. He has promised many more songs this year off his upcoming album of 8 songs like Kutama and some South African house songs that you will love.

The audio was produced by Laura Vdh and the visuals were shot in South Africa by Ugandan videographer Oneal Eyes. Watch the video below

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Philanthropist Achai Wiir brings South Sudan peace talks to Uganda through concert

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South Sudanese business woman and philanthropist Achai Wiir has not given up on her efforts to reconcile South Sudan as a country. The South Sudanese tycoon and business woman has made all efforts and the latest was with a “Together for peace” concert that ahe organised at former Didis world in Kansanga.

Last Friday 17th of January 2019 ‘Together for Peace’ concert took place at the Wonderworld Auditorium and entrance was absolutely free for all. The event was attended by various dignitaries, including Hon. Simon Duku Michael, Ambassador of South Sudan to Uganda who was the Guest of Honor, Lt. Gen Garang Mabil, the chief guest, Brig. Gen. Majier Abdalla Mabior, 1st Counselor and Technical Attaché to South Sudan embassy in Uganda and many more peace delegates from South Sudan. 

The event pulled some of the South Sudane community in Uganda which was the sole aim to unite them as countymen. Ugandans were also not left behind as they too engaged to participate and also have fun on the night.

South Sudanese artists who were fully in attendance also provided memorable performances for the crowd. Legendary, Emmanuel Kembe, John Kudusay, Duop Pur Duop, Silver X, Johnson Jok just to mention a few.

The concert brought a platform for the community to talk about the ongoing peace processes and what everyone can contribute. Several were given an opportunity to express their concerns, appreciations and gratitude, suggestions and general opinions on current matters of peace in the country. 

Here are some moments:

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Why Ssebulime divorced Judith Babirye

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Judith Babirye and Paul Musoke Sebulime during their introduction ceremony.

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Gospel singer and Buikwe Woman MP, Judith Babirye is divorced again. The singer’s marriage to fellow MP Paul Musoke Ssebulime has been dissolved by court.

Babirye and Sebulime were married in a traditional ceremony held in July 2018 in Bunga, Kampala.

But barely a year into their union, Sebulime filed for divorce. According to court documents, Ssebulime testified that he had not seen or heard from Babirye since 22 December 2018. In fact, he did not know of his wife’s whereabouts for seven months he waited before petitioning court.

Ssebulime also accused Babirye of denying him conjugal rights. He said that the couple had not been intimate since the second week of August 2018.

He further said that Babirye’s attitude towards his friends discouraged him from freely interacting with them for fear of upsetting her and this caused him psychological and mental torture because he was forced to live a lonely life.

The family division of the High Court, on 20 December 2019, finally annulled their marriage on grounds of cruelty. It ruled that Babirye’s actions were not a demonstration of any commitment to the success of the marriage and therefore the two could no longer stay together as husband and wife.

Judith Bairye was married to Samuel Niiwo in her first marriage, with whom they have a daughter together. They divorced in 2017.

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