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My wife encouraged me to go into directing – Halloway, AMVCA award winner

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Anis Halloway, a Sierra Leonian born Artiste cum Creative Director, on Saturday said that his wife encouraged him to embrace directing as a profession in spite of his initial pursuit of music.

He made this known in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Lagos.

NAN reports that Halloway won the 2020 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Award (AMVCA) for Best TV Series Drama/Comedy for “Truth”, a crime drama series available for streaming on Showmax.

He came into limelight as a contestant on the second season of the Project Fame and then went on to release several singles like “Speechless” and “Gimme Something” after his run on the show.

Halloway had since directed shows like “Hustle”, “Unmarried” also on Showmax and the award-winning “Truth” which was his first personal project and starred veteran actress, Sola Sobowale, amongst others.

He told NAN that he had always been passionate about films, which saw him dabbled into a couple of projects, saying that he met his wife who further reaffirmed his desire to pursue filmmaking.

“In spite of my initial pursuit of music, I have always had interest in films.

“I met my wife and sometime you go through the transition where you have a partner and you’re not just thinking selfishly about everything because with the passion of music, anything you make, you want to put it in music.

“You’re actually very talented. I’ve seen what you do, I’ve seen how you creatively interpret things and I think you should really direct.

“ When I was growing up I was really fascinated by films.

“I wanted to do films but when I was growing up in the eighties in Sierra Leone, there was really no facility to do that. So I kind of naturally gravitated toward music because my mum was also a guitarist,” he said.

Speaking on getting Sobowale on board his film “Truth” and accommodating her busy schedule, he noted that his previous working relationship with her on “Hustle’’ made things easier.

“We had a good rapport with her because we had worked with her for two and half to three seasons on “Hustle” so we had access and were able to approach her and convince her to star in our own project.

“There was nobody that really stuck out like a sore thumb like she did to deliver a certain range of emotions. So for us it was whatever it takes for us to get her.

“She was willing to work with us to shift things around as much as we could. It wasn’t always a straight up shoot but we pushed it around and to God be the glory we were able to get her to complete her episodes,” he said.

Speaking on his AMVCA win, Halloway told NAN that while he was hoping to win, he was rooting for Uche Odo who was nominated for her show “Life As It Is” to win.

“I was actually rooting for Uche Odo to win because I have known her since I was a presenter at Nigezie all the way back in 2009.

“She was a model then; she hadn’t started film nor was I directing or producing film. I was really just doing presenting then.

“So in our category, if I wanted anybody to win, it would have been her. I was actually even thinking she was going to win and they called my name and I was like `Oh my God`’,” he said.

Halloway revealed plans to drop a single next month and an album later on in the year.

He also added that there were plans in the pipeline for a cinema-targeted crime thriller movie as well as putting his home country Sierra Leone on the map.

“When I won this award, everybody was calling me.

“My Facebook was hot and the phrase that I got was ‘oh you’ve put Sierra Leone on the map’ and it’s an amazing mindset.

“It meant so much to them that I would celebrate the fact that I’m from this country (Sierra Leone).

“So, it would be a letdown for me to forget where I was born and bred till I was 20 years old, to not go back there and contribute my quota to the film industry,” he said.

Edited By: Vivian Ihechu/Adeleye Ajayi
(NAN)

 

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2020 AMVCA: Actors felicitate with Funke Akindele, Toyin Abraham

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Many Nollywood actors on Sunday took to their Instagram handles to felicitate with Funke Akindele and Toyin Abraham over their awards during the 2020 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCA).

The Nigeria News Agency reports that Funke Akindele emerged best Actress in a comedy (Movie/TV series) for her performance in “Moms at War” at the 7th edition of the glamorous award was held on Saturday at Eko Hotels and Suites.

Toyin Abraham got the Best Actress in a Drama (Movie/TV series) category for her role in “Elevator Baby”.

Some of the actors that celebrated their victory on their Instagram handles were: Muyiwa Ademola, Liz Dasilva, Ibrahim Chatta, Fathia Williams, Tayo Sobola, Eniola Ajao and a host of others.

Ademola wrote, “A very huge congratulations to these wonderful souls. Our adorable world best with her husband and of course the very gifted Jennybabe with her husband. Keep growing guys, we love and appreciate you.”

Da Silva with a sign of thumbs up congratulated them saying “Congrats to my own people, more wins.”

Chatta also had this on his Instagram handle with a display of their pictures: “Congratulations to the two. You both are worth being proud of. God bless you and your spouses as well.”

Fathia Williams also wrote: “Congratulations to you both on your awards, may you achieve every success in your life. You worked hard, you deserve it, you have got it. Congratulations on this wonderful recognition of your merits.”

 Tayo Sobola said: “Congratulations my beautiful sisters,” while Eniola Ajao wrote,” Huge congratulations to my beautiful and hardworking sisters, this is a testament that hard work pays. More wins.”

Here is the full list of winners:

Best Makeup Category -Lilian Omozele Paul (God Calling)

Best Costume Designer – Dimeji Ajibola (Ratnik)

Best Picture Editor – Tosin Igho and Byryan Dike (Elevator Baby)

Best Sound Editor – Cristina Aragon (Living in Bondage)

Best Lighting and Designer – Cardoso (God Calling)

Best Cinematographer – John Demps (Living in Bondage)

Best Documentary – Beverly Naya (Skin)

Best Soundtrack – Larry Gaaga and Flavour (Living in Bondage)

Best Writer – Asinogu Nicole and CJ Obasi (Living in Bondage)

Best Indigenous Language Swahili – Raveet Sippy Chadha (Subira)

Best Indigenous Language Hausa – Muhammad T. Finisher (Tuntube)

Best Indigenous Language Yoruba – Yewande Famakin (Alubarika)

Best Indigenous Language Series Igbo – Victor Iyke (Nne)

Best TV Series Drama/Comedy- Anis Halloway (Truth)

Best Short Film or Online Video – Bola ‘Enigma’ Akanbi (Thorn)

Best Multichoice Talent Factory Film – Promises (East Africa)

Best Movie Southern Africa – Dalitso (Abraham Kabwe)

Best Movie East Africa – Plan B (Sarah Hassan)

Best Movie West Africa – Living in Bondage (Steve Gukas)

Industry Merit Award – Peter Igho

Best Supporting Actress in a Movie or TV Series – Gloria sarfo (The Perfect Picture: 10 Years Later)

Best Supporting Actor in a Movie or TV Series – Pascal Tokodi (Disconnect)

Best Actress in a Comedy – Funke Akindele (Moms At War)

Best Actor in a Comedy – Chibunna “Funny Bone” Stanley (Smash)

Best Actress in a Drama – Toyin Abraham (Elevator Baby)

Best Actor in a Drama – Timini Egbuson (Elevator Baby)

Best Dressed Male – Mike Edwards

Best Dressed Female – Mercy Eke

Trailblazer Award – Swanky J.K.A

Best Director – Ramsey Noah (Living in Bondage)

Overall Movie – Living in Bondage.

Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Wale Ojetimi
(NAN)

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AMVCA 2020: ‘Living in Bondage’, ‘God Calling’, ‘Ratnik’ sweep awards

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Fan favourite, ‘Living in Bondage’ snagged the most awards at the 2020 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA).

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the Ramsey Nouah-directed film secured seven awards out of 11 nominations including Best Overall Movie, Best Movie West Africa, Best Director, Best Writer in a Movie among others.

The 7th edition of the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards was held at the Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos on Saturday night.

The event, which was anchored by seasoned broadcasters Amina Abdi Rabar and Ik Osakioduwa, also saw ‘God Calling’ and ‘Ratnik’ follow closely with two wins.

For the acting categories, ‘Elevator Baby’ earned its stars the most awards as Toyin Abraham got the prize for Best Actress and Timini Egbuson got the Best Actor award presented to him by his sister, Dakore Egbuson-Akande.

Music legend, 2baba serenaded the crowd while Cobhams Asuquo performed an emotional musical tribute in honour of Nollywood fallen stars.

NAN reports that Frank Dallas, Patience Oseni, Kelvin Osang Abang, Samuel Alabi Yellow, Victor Olaiya and many other Nigerian entertainers were acknowledged in the performance.

The industry merit award went to seasoned TV and filmmaker, Peter Igho in celebration of his numerous contributions to the industry.

See the full list of winners below:

Best Makeup Category – Lilian Omozele Paul (God Calling)

Best Costume Designer – Dimeji Ajibola (Ratnik)

Best Picture Editor – Tosin Igho and Byryan Dike (Elevator Baby)

Best Sound Editor (Movie/TV Series) – Cristina Aragon (Living in Bondage)

Best Lighting and Designer (Movie/TV Series) – Cardoso (God Calling)

Best Cinematographer – John Demps (Living in Bondage)

Best Documentary – Beverly Naya (Skin)

Best Soundtrack (Movie/TV Series) – Larry Gaaga and Flavour (Living in Bondage)

Best Writer (Movie/TV Series) – Asinogu Nicole and CJ Obasi (Living in Bondage)

Best Indigenous Language (Movie/TV Series) Swahili – Raveet Sippy Chadha (Subira)

Best Indigenous Language (Movie/TV Series) Hausa – Muhammad T. Finisher (Tuntube)

Best Indigenous Language Movie/TV Series Yoruba – Yewande Famakin (Alubarika)

Best Indigenous Language Movie/TV Series Igbo – Victor Iyke (Nne)

Best TV Series Drama/Comedy) – Anis Halloway (Truth)

Best Short Film or Online Video – Bola ‘Enigma’ Akanbi (Thorn)

Best Multichoice Talent Factory Film – Promises (East Africa)

Best Movie Southern Africa – Dalitso (Abraham Kabwe)

Best Movie East Africa – Plan B (Sarah Hassan)

Best Movie West Africa – Living in Bondage (Steve Gukas)

Industry Merit Award – Peter Igho

Best Supporting Actress in a Movie or TV Series – Gloria Sarfo (The Perfect Picture: 10 Years Later)

Best Supporting Actor in a Movie or TV Series – Pascal Tokodi (Disconnect) Best Actress in a Comedy (Movie/TV Series) – Funke Akindele (Moms At War)

Best Actor in a Comedy (Movie or TV Series) – Chibunna “Funny Bone” Stanley (Smash)

Best Actress in a Drama (Movie/TV Series) – Toyin Abraham (Elevator Baby)

Best Actor in a Drama (Movie/TV Series) – Timini Egbuson (Elevator Baby)

Best Dressed Male – Mike Edwards

Best Dressed female – Mercy Eke

Trailblazer Award – Swanky J.K.A

Best Director – Ramsey Noah (Living in Bondage)

Overall Movie – Living in Bondage

Edited By: Ifeyinwa Omowole/Sadiya Hamza
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