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8 things we loved about the AMVCAs – AMVCA 8

18 May 2022
Oh, what a night it was!

We’re still on a high after an amazing weekend filled with fashion, Hollywood stars and golden AMVCA statuettes. From the Red Carpet to the Main Event, #AMVCA8 Saturday was everything and more!

Here are some of our favourite moments from our event.

Remember, you can watch the rebroadcast of the AMVCA 8 Red Carpet and Awards Show on Africa Magic Urban, Africa Magic Epic and Africa Magic Showcase this week.


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© Don't miss the AMVCA 8 rebroadcasts!


                                                        Rebroadcast days:


Africa Magic Showcase

  • Red Carpet – Tuesday 17th May 2022 - 9:30 CAT, Tuesday 24th May 22:00 CAT
  • Live Show – 17th  Tuesday 22:00 CAT, Saturday 21st May 2022 – 13:45 CAT
  • Live show – 18th Wednesday at 11:30 CAT (10:00 WAT) – will affect My Flatmates S6 Eps 42 repeat

Africa Magic Urban

  • Red Carpet – Wednesday 18th May 2022 - 15:00 CAT, Thursday 19th 11:30 CAT
  • Live Show - Tuesday 17th May 2022 – 14:00 CAT, Thursday 23rd 22:30 CAT, 9:30 WAT

Africa Magic Epic

  • Red Carpet – Friday 20th May 2022 – 09:20 CAT, Tuesday 24th 8:10 CAT
  • Live Show - Wednesday 18th May 2022 – 01:30 CAT, Friday 20th 22:50 CAT


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Our favourite moments!


The Tweets

What’s an event without the Twitter Power Rangers gathering under one hashtag for a Tweetup like no other? Fashion, celebrity culture and cinema lovers from all corners of the continent showed up bright and early across social platforms to Tweet their excitement via the #AMVCA8 hashtag (which had its own fancy Twitter emoji by the way 🔥 – we’re not kidding; go look). We quickly climbed to the top of the trends list as soon as the Red Carpet show started because naturally, everyone became a high-flying fashion critic from behind their phone screens. The conversation continued through the night during the awards ceremony, and it was a joy to see the amazing Tweets you sent in support of your faves.



The Red Carpet

As expected, the Red Carpet ‘fits were to die for. We saw it all; from sheers numbers and sparkly creations that blinded us, to amazing suits from the fellas! At the end of the night, Osas Ighodaro won the ‘Best Dressed Female’ award, while Denola Grey deservedly snagged the ‘Best Dressed Male’ trophy.


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© Osas celebrates her 'Best Dressed Female' award.


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© Denola Grey with his 'Best Dressed Male' award.


You all had a lot to say about the outfits on the night – and won’t lie, we’re still thinking about this one especially. Talk about literal G.O.A.T status! 😭




Our Red Carpet Hosts

It was so amazing to watch Ebuka, Toke Makinwa, Sika Osei and Sir Uti collaborate to bring us the best pre-show interviews, with a unique fashion focus. The team was confident, looked perfectly turned out (we didn’t expect anything less honestly), had the jokes on deck and asked the right questions. Go, dream team!


Our stars walk the Red Carpet


IK and Bonang

Apart from catching South Africa’s Bonang up on what’s new in Naija, IK almost had a hair-raising Chris Rock and Will Smith moment. In the end, security showed up and no one was slapped luckily, but at one point, we were holding onto our chairs for dear life. 😂 All’s well that ends well! Once that “beef” had settled, our favourite found time to give his knees a test spin with a ‘twerk and drop’ that would give Megan Thee Stallion a run for her money. And how’s that chemistry between IK and Bonang? Love it for all of us!

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© Nigeria's IK and South Africa's Bonang on stage.


The performances

We had an idea the performances would be great, but honestly, we had no idea they would be THIS amazing! Kicking things off and setting the tone for the night was superstar Yemi Alade who opened the show in high style, accompanied by a troupe of spirited dancers. Later in the evening, The Nigerian Idol Season 7 Top 12 took to the stage for a rousing medley. There wasn’t a dry eye in sight later, when last season’s Top 2, Kingdom and Akunna, performed a tribute in memory of all the stars we lost in the last two years. When Lagbaja and Rema collaborated for a little old school vs new school, we were on our feet because who could ever resist? Then putting the glittery bow on everything? The amazing D’Banj with a ‘banga’ of a closing performance! Confession: our feet still hurt from all that dancing.


Singing their hearts out!


The speeches

After watching those rousing winner’s speeches, we are more inspired than ever to work hard and be the very best we can be. We broke down when a teary Osas Ighodaro dedicated her win to her mother in heaven, and jumped up and clapped when a dazed, disbelieving Oga Sabinus walked to the podium to collect his ‘Best Online Social Creator’ award. The night gave us plenty of these moving moments, and we’re so glad the AMVCAs are this impactful for Africa’s television and movie industry.


All hail the 'Best Online Social Content Creator'


The Hollywood stars

We love, love, LOVED hosting all of our Hollywood stars at AMVCA 8. Our guests announced some of the category winners for the night and did a sterling job at this, might we add. We also had some surprise video drop-ins from other stars including Terry Crews. Definitely a night full of surprises!


The afterparty

Our stars sure know how to let their hair down and have a good time. This year's AMVCAs were no exception. Here's an exclusive, inside look at what went down after the awards show.


Ain't no party like an AMVCA party!


There you have it; some of our favourite moments from the eighth AMVCAs. Make sure you tune in to the rebroadcasts this week!

The eighth edition of the Africa Magic Viewers' Choice Awards was brought by Africa Magic in association with MultiChoice and was proudly sponsored by Amstel Malta.