Major award shows have been criticised for their lack of diversity – most of the honours go to the majority of mostly
white men. And in our case here in Africa, Nigerian women hardly win as many awards as their male counterparts .
However, things are a bit different in 2018 as a number of Nigerian women also won awards across diverse categories. From Jade Osiberu’s award-sweeping Isoken to Bisola’s deserved win, the 2018 AMVCA shows that more women are doing great things on screen and behind the scenes. While this change is welcome, the nomination system is still hella broken as some of the best contenders such as Chigul were snobbed while a certain IJGB earned a ‘Best Supporting Actor’ nomination for making a glorified cameo.
Therefore, having eight female winners in Africa’s most prestigious film award show is not enough. Thankfully, directors such as Kemi Adetiba and Tope Oshin have made award-worthy projects this year and we hope to see other derserving women take the stage in 2019.
On that note, here are eight women who won an AMVCA in 2018.
1. Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde – ‘Best Actress in a Drama/Comedy’
Omotola won her first ever AMVCA for ‘Best Actress’ award for her role as Ada Igwe in Alter Ego.
2. Jade Osiberu – ‘Best Movie West Africa’
Jade Osiberu deservedly received the award for ‘Best Movie West Africa’ for her acclaimed movie, Isoken.
3. Dolapo Adeleke (Lowla Dee)- ‘Best TV/Comedy Series’
Lowla Dee’s This Is It is unarguably one of the best Nigerian web series and so, it was no surprise she bagged the award for the TV series category.
4. Bisola Aiyeola – ‘Trailblazer Of The Year’
Before winning the 2018 ‘Trailblazer’ award, Nigerians slept on Bisola for way too long. She is a talented actress, musician and one of the funniest celebrities on Instagram.
5. Lilian Afegbai – ‘Best Indigenous Film (Igbo)’
Lilian Afegbai is yet another underrated actress and producer. Thankfully, her efforts were rewarded with an AMVCA award for her film, Bound.
6. Evelle – ‘Best Soundtrack’ (Tatu)
At the peak of Nollywood’s golden years, it seemed like all the movies had the same soundtrack – West Life’s entire discography. Thankfully, the talented Evelle, the 2014 winner of Nigerian Idol, is one of the talented singers working painstakingly to change this narrative.
7. Thelma Ozy Smith – ‘Best Makeup’
In addition to doing general makeup for clients, Thelma is also one of the well-known theatrical makeup professionals in the country– and this artistry earned her an AMVCA award in 2018 for work in Tatu.
8. Ngozi Obasi – ‘Best Costume Designer’ (The Bridge)
Although we were rooting for the costume designer for Isoken, we’re glad this award went to Ngozi, who is one of the long-standing costume designers in the game.