Read: All That Went Down At The Just Held AMVCA 2015

Do you want to know the whole truth about the
just concluded AMVCA 2015? The whole truth and nothing but the truth?
Who came in with who, who wore what, who she is suspecting are dating,
best dressed, worst dressed? Who made the celebs clothes and the list
goes on. Azuka Ogujiuba is back with another one. And trust me guys you
know her articles are always a blockbuster.  ENJOY in capital letters.
Fake baby bump
When your friends erroneously start
congratulating you on being pregnant just because of your newly acquired
careless ‘puff-puff’ weight, you should discern that ‘water don pass
garri’. My good friend, Gloria Ojeikhoasaw me at the entrance of the
Expo centre of Eko Hotel and Suites, VI, Lagos, were I was waiting for
her so we could walk in together to savour the night. After we exchanged
pleasantries because we had not seen each other in a while, she said. 

“Oh girl congrats, as you don get belle o”,
bewildered by the remark, I swiftly responded, “l am not o”. But was I
happy with that observation? No. Do I utterly blame my friend who made a
sincere comment? It just means l am still fat or maybe still adding,
again l started regretting how l abused food on my last summer trip to
the states. How l turned that Starbuck drink called ‘Frappuccino’ to my
water.
How l would seat on the dining table and devour every food my
lovely sister- in-law cooked or brought home. I must confess l ate like a
glutton, l ate so foolishly and stupidly. I wanted to taste every new
thing aunty Amina brought home. We all know how it is when you are
abroad especially in America; how everything they sell to you is large,
secretly l kept consoling myself that l will shed weight once l am back
home. Now it looks like all the food are still finding my body so
peaceful an abode to grow and multiply.

Back to the matter, now in Wizkid’s tone. I’m
unapologetically a lover of the red carpets, that is where you see,
access, dissect and give a verdict to every beautiful and ugly outfit
worn to the occasion. And now it is African Magic Viewers’ Choice Awrads
(AMVCA)2015. And ‘FAIRGROUND’ was there roving, blinking, sniffing,
laughing, admiring and also wondering if some of the guests actually
left home without looking fellowshiping with their mirrors. To this end,
please let’s enjoy this ride.
The Hosts
The 2015 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice
Awards(AMVCAs) was held in association with MultiChoice Africa and
Amstel Malta. The hosts were IK Osakioduwa and Vimbai Mutinhiri, now
these guys were fantastic that night, there was never a dull moment with
IK on stage and l fell in love with Vimbai style of presentation, she
is what l refer to as black, proud and beautiful. These days when a lot
of ladies want to bleach or tone their  skin, l wonder how they manage
with the present heat. Anyway Vimbai did her job effortlessly well, the
crowd obviously loved and flowed with her, and all the outfits she wore
sat so well on her silhouette frame and l wished my big belle was as
flat as hers.
The Gold Statuettes and the Event
The third annual AMVCAs ceremony presented 33
coveted gold statuettes in 30 categories, tabulated and verified by
auditing firm SizweNtsalubaGobodo and were telecast live to 50 African
countries watching on DStv and GOtv on all Africa Magic channels. The
event saw outstanding achievements in African film and TV recognised
with awards also presented to CJ Obasi as the TrailBlazer of the Year
while the late renowned filmmaker, Amaka Igwe was honoured with the
Industry Merit award. The winner of the trailblazer award walked away
with a luxurious diamond studded watch, courtesy Chris Aire.  The
coveted New Era award was given to Ayo Makun for his exceptional talent.
Kunle Afolayan- Man of the moment
Now let me practice some ‘famzing’ here, my
paddy for wahala jungle, Kunle Afolayan was the man of the night, he was
the biggest winner, undoubtedly the Nigerian psychological thriller,
October 1 produced and directed by him scooped nine awards, including
Best Movie and Best Director and Best Actress (Drama) award for Kehinde
Bankole.  Kehinde’s hair and wedding outfit was not appealing to the
eyes at all. The coloured hair style  and her badly cut dress with a
side bogus veil made her look like a white cock. Kehinde sack your
stylist, biko, except you styled yourself o. He would later  invite me
to his office for launch to celebrate with our usual ogufe (goat meat),
gbegiri and ewedu. Afolayan did look like a winner that night, a proud
African and down to earth guy.
He was born into cinematography, his father Ade
Love, the legendry movie producer will be so proud wherever he is. His
‘goons’ like Bisoye Fagade, Adekunle Ayeni, we call one Yinka Lagbaja,
Kingsley James and his new bride, Ayo Animashaun were in the building to
support their own.
Other winners
Other notable winners included Nollywood
romantic drama, The Meeting which nabbed five awards including Best
Movie (Comedy) award for Rita Dominic and Mildred Okwo, Best Actress
(Comedy) and a Best Actor (Comedy) award for Femi Jacobs. The choice of
the night’s winners fell to respected judges drawn from the African film
and Television industry. The winners of the closely contested
categories included The Meeting for Best Movie (Comedy), A Place in the
Stars for Best Movie (Drama), Femi Jacobs for Best Actor in a Comedy
(Movie/TV Series), a Best Actor in a Drama (Movie/TV Series) award for
OC Ukeje in Confusion Na Wa while Rita Dominic walked away with the Best
Actress in a Comedy (Movie/TV Series). Kehinde Bankole scooped the Best
Actress in a Drama (Movie/TV Series) award while Blossom Chukwujekwu
walked away with the Best Supporting Actor (Movie/TV Series) and Linda
Ejiofor won the Best Supporting Actress (Movie/TV Series) award.
Stellar performances of the night
I like all the artistes that performed that
night, but that did not stop Mr. BOREDOM from taking a front row seat
right inside the hall, apart from all the razzmatazz which trails such
event, it sometimes gets boring maybe because it is a live event, even
the Oscars does have that trail sometimes. Maybe the guests were tired
of the artistes who performed that night, the only thing that felt
refreshing on stage for me was Don Jazzy and the Marvin babies, Dija,
Korede Bello and Reekado Banks, l get bored so fast and can be impatient
l guess. Toward the end of the event when Don Jazzy came on stage and
joined P-Sqaure to deliver the song ‘COLLABO’ the atmosphere became
alive and that was when l realized people loved the song like me, l
wriggled a bit and was scared of falling because my shoes were a bit
tight.
There was nothing wrong with the artistes who
performed it was just that l think an upcoming act could also have
performed that night. I have a feeling if Kiss Daniel had performed
‘WOJU’ that night, some magical moments could have encapsulated the
hall. You see why l keep harping on patronising upcoming acts? They
should be given such platforms to display their talent and such
exposures help their career to grow fast.
It was also possible that during the event, some
viewers were wowed by performances by Osas Ighodaro, the Mavins Crew,
Tuface Idibia and Lola Rae, Diamond Platinumz, and P-Square who rounded
off the event, it could have been possible too that the performances
that night- to many might be unforgettable.
The Wangi brilliant remarks
Well, l remember vividly that Biola Alabi
initiated the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards in September 2012, the
first official announcement was held at the Avenue Suits  and the
eventually the maiden edition was in March 2013. I looked out for Alabi
just to see what she would be putting on to the awards this year. She is
quiet glamorous and sophisticated. I don’t know if there was any
official explanation on why she had to step down from her position
suddenly. I still don’t understand the kind of coup that took place
before we could all say Jack Robbison in the media Alabi was far gone
and Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu took over, just like Alabi who l know to be a
workaholic and an aggressive woman, who knows her onions when it comes
to whatever she is involved in.
She is the M-Net West Africa Regional Director,
Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu, that evening she paid tribute to both the winners and
the nominees saying; “Each year we have hosted this event, it has
become more evident that Africa has truly carved its own mark and
identity in the global film and TV industry. Tonight’s event recognised
all the talented individuals who continue to grow this industry. We’re
very honoured that we could reward them for their exceptional work.  A
special thank you to our partners MultiChoice Africa and Amstel for
their continued support in making sure that African talent is well and
truly recognised in style.”
MultiChoice Africa, CEO Nico Meyer added his
congratulations to the winners and nominees of the 2015 AMVCAs saying:
“It’s been an honour for us at MultiChoice Africa to be part of this
event that celebrates the best in African film and television. The
amount of talent and exciting productions we’ve witnessed tonight keeps
inspiring and motivating us to continue to deliver quality programming
to our DStv and GOtv subscribers on the Africa Magic channels.”
Why do Nigerian stars shun AMAA
When l saw all the big stars in Nollywood all
glammed up for the award night, l kept wondering why they all stopped
attending AMAA which is being organised by a Nigerian, Peace
Anyiam-Osigwe. Why don’t they come out like this, support and attend her
event? Anyway, I’m just thinking aloud. OC Ukeje gave kudos to Peace
and happily announced to the hall how she sponsored his first trip to
the Berlin film festival. And Kunle Afolayan did same thing when he came
on stage to receive his awards, he showered encomium on Peace too but l
noticed the female actors hardly recognised her contributions to their
career or the industry, is there something that we don’t know or they
just can’t be bothered?
Love Alert- Could Tonye & Praiz be dating?
The way Tonye & Praiz walked in made me
stare hard at both of them, they were  spotted holding hands at the
AMVCA 2015 red carpets and chatted like people who just found love
encrusted with diamonds in the deep ocean. They arrived together the
venue and both looked happy hand in hand and super fashionable. Could
this be a  blossoming relationship? Well, your guess is as good as mine.
The ‘Ari Belema’ Singer, Tonye, looked glamorous and made us green with
envy in this flowing Tafetta Empire cut fish-tail dress by Nigerian
designer, Elvira Jude. She styles her Emerald green dress up with a pair
of heels, minimal jewellery consisting only of dropping earrings and
goes for her signature stylish pixie cut carefully put together for the
evening by celebrity hair stylist, Wondrous. Her look is completed by
glam smokey eye make up done by top artist, Lola Maja.  ‘Rich and
Famous’ singer, Praiz equally impressed and complemented Tonye’s look in
a floral monochrome blazer paired with a white shirt, and black
tailored trousers. He finished up his look with a red pocket square, a
black hat and matching shoes. I like and think they look great together.
Omoni and Nnamdi Oboli
Sometimes when you attend an event and it gets
to the boring segment, you tend to chat with friends on your black berry
phone, that was my situation when l heard a whisper ‘ How can he come
dressed like that’ l looked up quickly, l realized it was Omoni Oboli’s
hubby Nnamdi that was the topic. But really why would he attend such an
event dressed like her driver or let me say it mildly her PA? Omoni was
decked in her yellow and black evening gown, walking in front of her
husband majestically while he walked behind carrying her goody bage
given by Amstel Malter. If he was properly dressed for the event they
would have looked like another power couple. He wore a black shirt over a
black pant, his humble demeanor and amicable attitude cannot be
ignored, he is obviously a complete gentle, a loving and a supportive
husband who loves to be casual all the time beside his pretty glamorous
wife but biko, he should also learn to respect dress codes of events. I
didn’t say he should wear a Gucci or a Billionaire jack, we have great
designers like MAI ATAFO, Okunoren Twins, Jasonporshe bespoke, McMeka,
Clothes Sense and many others, they could knock together a nice tuxedo
or a bespoke suit for him. My darling sister try look into oga’s
wardrobe when he is attending such glamorous events with you. After the
event when he gets home he can throw the suit in a trash bin, or he can
dump it in an obscure corner of his wardrobe.
Ik Ogbonna and Sonia
I love seeing lovely and happy couple in love
and that is just because l love romance. I like Ik and his Columbian
pregnant girlfriend, their baby will be so pretty when he or she
arrives, l call such babies ‘Vanilla Ice cream baby’ they both looked
cute so of course their baby will definitely be cute. They came out
ready for the night especially with their outfits. I loved Ik’s
Jasonporshe jacket and pretty Sonia’s baby bump rumbled out from her
dress. I wish them all the best.
The Fashion Rendezvous
The star-studded ceremony also included Africa’s
finest, clad in stylish gowns and suits to rival any fashion ramp. Some
of the Africa’s film and television stars who took to the red carpet
amidst the flashlights and interview ready camera crews included
Genevieve Nnaji, Uti  Nwachukwu, Linda Ejiofor amongst others. I love
the carpet o, maybe part of my vain nature plays another role there.
We are all aware that when an event like this
approaches which is like our consolation after the Oscars, everybody is
getting ready with their outfits, makeup, stylists are running helter
skelter, the artistes are apprehensive maybe even tensed about what to
wear.
I had different options, l had designers who
offered to make outfits for me to wear for free, maybe because l have
published their look books on my fashion file column which is published
every Saturday in THISDAY newspapers.
I did agree to some of the offers, but last
minute, l changed my mind, when l strolled into Yaba market like l do
sometimes to buy my thick pomo and crabs which l use for my okra soup, I
noticed a fabric that looked so similar to a skirt l have at home.  My
friend, Rita Latinwo gave me as a gift when l visited her in London last
year. The next day l was back in Yaba market, l took my skirt there to
be sure the fabrics were not the same. Immediately, l bought two yards
and off to my tailors, one of the designers called me to find out when l
will come for the fitting. I told her l have changed my mind that l
have a fabric l was taking to my tailors now, she insisted l bring to
her, but l thought about the distance and still was not ready to go. l
told her that there would be another time.
By the time my tailor finished my halter neck
top and l appeared on the red carp, l felt so happy and in love with me.
Why l am saying all these is because it is high time our stars really
started patronising African designers. Be original with your creativity,
be yourself and stop trying to look or be like someone else or an
American star who does not know you exist.
Ini Edo and the Ralph Lauren dress
Now, l am not saying she should not wear the
same Ralph Lauren dress Lupita Nyong’o wore to the Golden Globes in
2014, but not exactly the copy. If you are so in love with the dress,
you are such a super rich star- wear the real thing. You could have
changed the color from red to green or yellow, or alternate the style
like Rita Dominic did when she also copied Gweyneth Paltrow long cape
dress to the Oscars in 2012.  Stephanie Coker in 2013 at the Headies
Awards copied exactly the red dress by Azzedine Alaia that Rihanna wore
to the Grammy Awards in 2013. On the red carpet she claimed that the
outfit was designed by Mai Atafo but l heard from a reliable source that
Mai did not design the dress for her, so who did?
Before Ini Edo left her house, what did she see
in the mirror? Did Ini Edo style herself or someone did and who could
that be? What on earth made her feel you could wear a loop earring on a
subtle exotic glamorous evening dress? Or is Lupita her role model or
muse, even at that, she has to explain the shift in cape on her own
Nigerian made Ralph Lauren dress, biko. And her two-tone colored hair
did so much damage to the outfit , l will just drink my Orijin and
pretend l didn’t notice that hairstyle which brings to mind Iyanya’s
song, ‘Ekate wants to dance’ and yes Ekate has finally come to Lagos.
Even the cream jump suit Stephanie Coker wore to
the pre cocktail awards party was created out of Solange Knowles
wedding dress, but this time around there is a great difference.
Can Nigeria stars start being original with
their looks for a change? I know you all aspire to be actors in
Hollywood or be another Julian Rancic on the red carpet, but originality
is the best land for discovery. Patronise your Nigerian designers who
are even ready to give free clothes or even the upcoming designers biko,
maybe next time, Ini Edo should seek advice from Genevive Nnaji and
Kate Henshaw about the Nigerian designers who made the dresses they wore
to the awards, their make-up artistes and hair stylists were awesome.
Susan Peters in her nest or is it a cage?
It will be so arduous to ignore what Susan
Peters wore to this event, it will be mean not to discuss her outfit,
did she truly leave her home that way? I can imagine what everybody
around her thought that night as she made her grand entry at the Expo
centre, was she trying so hard to make a style statement? I guess she
wanted to stand and be the cynosure of all eyes at the event, yes she
succeeded but ended up turning herself to the circus clown of the event.
What shocked me most was how comfortable she
pretended to be in the outfit especially with heat in the hall, l wore a
halter neck that was airy but l still felt hot let alone Peters who
buried herself in a massive white tiered cape, her hair was packed in a
form of a pony tail in a rubber looking tiara, now l’m not sure her
earrings had like a bling-bling chain accessory. I heard Peters and
Aduni Ade were styled by Toyin Lawani and did you guys see what Toyin
wore to the awards, how elegant she looked and her clients a big
mess?(SMH) and gulping my Orijin because my favorite drink Bailey’s was
not available.
Sometimes when l stared hard at Peters she
reminded me of Big Bird in Sesame street series.  She kept parading in
the hall and l saw people giggle, whisper or look so shocked at her
strange outfit. Susan Peters felt so cool in that outfit that maybe her
look sometimes like a hen that is about to lay eggs especially when she
seats down.
Madonna, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga who enjoyed
wearing crazy and dramatic outfits to big events are tired of being
suffocated by their dramatic costumes in the name of showbiz, Lady Gaga
wears normal dresses these days, and Miley Cyrus is tired of clothes and
goes around practically naked, with what Aduni Ade and Kendra Etunfuru
wore, maybe next year some guests might attend the award practically
naked after all Rihanna and Amber Rose had done so, why can’t they?
Fairground best dressed list
1-Betty Irabor
2-Dakore Akande
3Busola Dakolo
4-Genevive Nnaji
5-Kate Henshaw
6-Rita Dominic
7-Funke Akindele
8-Ono Bello
9-Lala Akindoju
10-Oreka Godis
11-Seyi Shay
Fairground Misses
1-Susan Peters
2-Keyinde Bankole
3- Kendra Etunfuwa
4-Adunni Ade
5-Belinda Effah
6- Eku Edewor red carpet outfit by I.A.M.I.S.I.D.G.O
7-Yvonne ‘Vixen’ Ekwere
8-Zoe Chinaka
9-Damilola Oke
10-Ezinne Asinugo
The men did so well in their appearances but
Alex Ekubo’s coat of many colors still makes you want to scream, l just
can’t place it yet despite the fact that it sat so well on him.

Shina Peller, the owner of Quilox night club
wore a billionaire jacket that night, l guess the most expensive jacket
in the hall that evening. l wanted to be sure it was the real thing, l
got closer to him, l asked him if it was the authentic one or a copy? He
was courteous enough to show me the label, ‘me sef gan, l taya for
myself, hehehehehe this  my gbeborun sha.

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