AMVCA 2017: Bukky Ajayi’s speech, Kemi Lala’s tears and other moments from the 2016 awards

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Bukky Ajayi attended the 2016 African Magic Viewers Choice Awards

Tomorrow, March 4, 2017, Nollywood stars will put on the exquisite and expensive attires they’ve had sewn six months ago and assemble at the Convention Centre, Eko Hotels and Suites for the fifth edition of the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCA).

While there are already indications that Nigeria’s recession has hit the organisers of the most well-organised entertainment award show in Nigeria hard, we still hope that we will have half as much fun as we had last year, tomorrow.

Some of the ladies at the AMVCA

And just in case it turns out to be a bore-fest, you can read this post again on Sunday morning and remind yourself how good we’ve had it in the last few years, especially in 2016.

Below are five key highlights from last year we still remember like it was yesterday.

1. Late Bukky Ajayi‘s emotional speech

‘You’re all standing for me?’

We can’t forget that line. Not in a hundred and fifty-one years from now. It was as inspiring as it was emotional. Many of us, who have human blood flowing in us, cried.

Those who don’t have human blood flowing in them cried. Even the microphones, speakers and cameras cried. No, seriously.

That night, I was proud of the AMVCAs and of Nollywood. It was an amazing moment. Little did any of us know that she would be gone from us a few months later. Everyone loves Mama Bukky Ajayi. Everyone misses Mama Bukky Ajayi.

2. Kemi Lala Akindoju‘s tearful acceptance speech

There was no recession then but it’s not everyday you get an SUV for free

Kemi was named Trailblazer and asked to come and pick up her reward which included a brand new SUV. Nigeria was not yet in full-throttle recession, but that didn’t stop her from crying.

She cried and cried and cried so much that all of us in the audience started to wonder when the organisers would order her a bucket from Jumia.

3. Ugandan comedian, Salvador‘s performance

Salvador cracked up the audience last time around

The dude was simply amazing. He came to Nigeria to skin us alive. In person. In fact, he was so good that if I were in charge of Nigerian Immigration, I would have had him deported before the show ended.

If he is in this year’s line up and manages to deliver a performance half as good as last year’s, then the 100k I’m paying (in my dreams) will be more than justified.

4. Oluseyi Asurf‘s You don’t need to go to a film school, there’s YouTube address

Filmmaker, Oluseyi Asurf

It is because of Asurf’s speech that that biblical ‘flesh or blood has not revealed this to you’ statement was made almost 3,000 years ago.

What the Best Short Film Award winner told us about how there were filmmaking tutorials on YouTube ranks up there among the greatest discoveries we made last year.

5. Despite having Amstel Malta (a non-alcoholic drink) as its title sponsors, AMVCA showed up at the AMVCA drunk as a hunter’s whistle

Too much to drink

Or how else would we explain away them giving Stephanie LinusDry Best Overall African Film and Genevieve Nnaji‘s Road to Yesterday, Best West African Film?

This post first appeared on TNS.

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