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On Monday night (28 January), watched by audiences in 47 African countries, the nominees for the first-ever AfricaMagic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCAs) were revealed during a special edition of lifestyle program 53 Extra. Held in association with MultiChoice, and headline sponsor Amstel Malta, the AMVCAs recognizes and rewards excellence in African film and TV.

Announcing the nominees were stylish Eku Edewor and Dolopo Oni, joined by Jara co-hosts Uti Nwachukwu (Big Brother All Stars winner) and Helen Paul, Biola Alabi (M-Net Africa MD), Femi Odugbemi (AMVCA Executive Judge), Lizz Njagah (Kenyan soap and reality star) and Edem Vindah (Media and Public Affairs Manager, Nigerian Breweries PLC). Also in studio was the elegant AMVCA trophy!

Encompassing 28 awards in 26 categories, the AMVCAs includes 6 categories where viewers will vote for winners and 18 more technically focused categories where winners will be selected by an expert industry based judging panel (judges will be announced at a later date).

This judging panel will also select the rising star TrailBlazer of the Year, and the Industry Merit recipient, a veteran industry professional whose long term contribution will be honored.

Understanding that there will be a great curiosity about the initial selection team responsible for the nominees list, tonight’s show revealed their identities. They are Allison Triegaardt, Armand-Guy de Beer, Bongiwe Selane, Deborah Odutayo, Ebou Waggeh, Eileen Sandrock, Njoki Muhoho, Phad Mutumba and Richard West. Together this expert team has an extraordinary range of experience and an impressive passion for the art of African storytelling. More info on these accomplished individuals is available at

Leading the way of the nominations was South African hit Otelo Burning with 14 nominations while Nigeria’s brilliant The Mirror Boy grabbed 11, just in front of Man on Ground, another powerful Nigerian offering which garnered 9 nominations.

Other titles scoring multiple nominations included Perfect Picture (8), Two Brides and a Baby (7), Maami (5) and Skeem (5). In total, there were 110 nominees chosen from 43 different productions from countries as diverse as Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

Kenya has 8 nominations in this years AMVCAs with popular soap opera leading the way with 3 nominations as follows

-Yellow Fever | Ngendo Mukii-BEST SHORT FILM
-Lies that Bind | Maureen Koech - BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
-Lies that Bind | Carol Mbugua - BEST ART DIRECTOR
-Lies that Bind | Reg Chuhi & Kevin Ireri - BEST PICTURE EDITOR
-Zeinabu | Rudi Nyumbani Quentin Hughes/Alex Konstantaras--BEST LOCAL LANGUAGE MOVIE (SWAHILI)
-DemiGods | Benjamin Odiwuor Abonyo-BEST TELEVISION SERIES
-Makutano Junction | Patricia Gichinga/David Campbell-BEST TELEVISION SERIES
-The XYZ Show | Godffrey Mwampembwa/Marie Lora-Mungai:

See the full list here

AricaMagic Viewers’ Choice Awards will be screened on DStv and GOtv on Saturday 9 March 2013, live from Lagos. So get ready to check out the fashion on the red carpet, to hear the winner’s speeches and of course, to celebrate great African talent!

Viewers can also start casting their votes for the 6 all-important viewer voted categories. Voting begins on Monday January 28 at 23:00 CAT and closes at midnight CAT on 3 March, 2013. Viewers can vote via WEB, WAP or SMS.

The only nomination eligable for voting out of the 8 kenya nominations is for Best Supporting Actress- Maureen Koech. VOTE FOR HER HERE

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