AMVCA 9: The biggest slights and surprises of this year’s edition


With Kunle Afolayannetflix Original, anikulapo leading the pack with 16 nominations, while shanty townand Jade Osiberuaction thriller, Fraternityeach garnering 11 nominations, the stage was set for a dramatic night.

While some of the winners were relatively predictable, the ninth edition of the awards managed to mess us up a lot with the caliber of filmmakers who left empty-handed.

Pulse breaks down the biggest slights and surprises from AMVCA 2023:

As previously stated, Shanty Town had the most nominations, so it stands to reason that the show would get a couple of trophies.

To everyone’s surprise, the series only won one award despite receiving 11 nominations in various categories.

First, let’s start by admitting that this was a tough category. With highly rated names like Nse Ikpe-Etym, and newer contenders like bimbo Ademoye, and Scarlet Gomez in the running, the race for Best Actress was tough.

However, we don’t think anyone saw Ighodaro’s victory; even the actress seemed as surprised as the rest of us when she took the stage. This is going to be a talking point for a while.

Jade Osiberu Fraternity it’s like the baby of the house that everyone continues to adore and rightly so as it’s an enjoyable movie. However, tucked away in the corner away from the spotlight is Trade.

From fantastic acting, an impressive cast to captivating storytelling, this movie has it all. Flower Chukwujekwu he completely disappears into character, delivering arguably his best performance yet.

Despite earning four nominations, being extremely good, and receiving rave reviews, Trade left with nothing, which is a huge disappointment.

It is a well known fact that Nollywood has a writing problem, however we have to admit that there were some interesting scripts from said (Episode 5), kanani to He drowned.

While Anikulapo did get a couple of things right, we don’t think anyone saw that coming when the film won Best Writer. With the rest of the worthy opponents, we have to call this a bona fide snub.

Overall, the ninth edition of the AMVCA was both excellent and disappointing. Congratulations to the winners and a nod of appreciation to the ‘fooled’ filmmakers, we see their hard work.


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