BY TOCHUKWU AGU
Yes, on Saturday March 5 2016 the 4th edition of the AMVCAs held with all the glitz and glamour and deserving merits to film makers across Africa.
I have read from some quarters were AMVCA was tagged drunk by giving Genevieve’s movie best film West Africa and I ask myself why? and why? The award given to her was one of the categories open to voting and yes, fans voted and she clinched that award. Then again, I ask myself why is nobody complaining of Adesua Etomi’s win?
Okay before you get more surprised, I’ll explain, using Instagram for example, Adesua has less than 40 thousand fans on that platform and on the one hand, Genevieve has over 1.2 million fans following her on that same platform, so now why didn’t Genevieve easily win best actress since it is a voting competition? I mean hands down she could easily have won but because there is more in the universe than meets the eye, she didn’t. Thing is Adesua solicited for votes outside her social media platforms maybe she went through the church route but you know these awards are full of surprises so let that slide, they are both good but did the people complaining about her movie’s win vote?
Why the hate? Why tag Amstel malta ambassadorship to the win? How many awards did her movie win? As for dry, award systems are more than just the message passed across by the movie, a lot also goes in and this was clearly based on votes.
And as for the Ghanaian actress indirectly complaining, where was she when Jackie Appiah won the first AMVCA for actress in lead role? Where was she when Ghanaian Shirley Frimponng-Manso and Yvonne Okoro swept the same AMVCAs with their blockbuster drama ‘the contract?’ where? Let bitterness be put aside and let her submit her movies for awards or forever hush.
In my opinion the AMVCAs is as free and fair as possible, I mean even Aiyedun won for best supporting actress, do you think she has a fan base at all? Well there are more things in this world than social media fan base.
Tochukwu Agu is an aspiring screenwriter and actor. He is a trained agricultural economist by education.
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