We’ve not only set the bar sky high for the ninth edition of the AMVCAs, we’ve set it into the stratosphere! That’s right, Africa’s pride and Miss Universe 2019 Zozi Tunzi, is all set for her very first hosting gig at the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards billed for Saturday 20 May, 2023.
As always, our fave, multi-talented media personality IK Osakioduwa returns for his ninth appearance on our stage. The two will be on hand to lead an evening that will be beamed into millions of homes across the continent, as Africa’s brightest gather for the biggest awards show on the continent.
No stranger to big stages, Zozi Tunzi holds the record as the longest reigning queen in the history of the Miss Universe pageant and is also a radio and television host, aspiring actor and a veritable beacon of authentic African expression. She has hosted several prolific events, including Miss South Africa and adds the AMVCAs as another feather in her illustrious cap.
Speaking on her AMVCA co-host debut, Zozibini said, "It’s an incredible honour to be hosting Africa's biggest night in entertainment and film with such a talented co-host. This is my first trip to Nigeria, and it could not have gone any better other than being privileged to host the biggest film award in the continent while celebrating our African stars.”
On his return to the glamorous AMVCA stage, IK said, "It feels good to be hosting the AMVCAs once again; I have been privileged to be on this stage for the past nine years, and I do not take that for granted. I’m excited about the nominees this year and cannot wait to see them all shine.”
Africa Magic mainstay IK, on the other hand, has over 20 years media experience and is renowned for his entertaining presenting skills and unique voice. He has presented Big Brother Africa and is the current host of Nigerian Idol.
Media personalities, Toke Makinwa, Uti Nwachukwu, Sika Osei and VJ Adama will also be hosting on the red carpet in their signature styles of fun and style. They will be speaking to guests, giving viewers a sneak peek into all the glitz and glam of the red carpet. Speaking on the announcement, Busola Tejumola, Executive Head of Content and West Africa Channels, MultiChoice Nigeria, said: "We are excited to have IK and Zozibini as the hosts of the 9th edition of the AMVCA. They are both professionals in their craft, and we trust they will bring in the super energy and professionalism and keep the continent entertained as we celebrate our African stars.”
The duo is set to keep us entertained, delivering a wholesome night geared at celebrating Africa’s biggest stars.
Fast facts about Zozibini ‘Zozi’ Tunzi:
- She was born on 18 September in South Africa’s Eastern Cape
- She is one of four sisters
- She has a degree in Public Relations Management
- She is the first person with afro-textured hair to win the Miss Universe title
- She became the longest reigning Miss Universe 2019 titleholder over (525 days) because of the coronavirus pandemic
- She made her acting debut in the 2022 movie The Woman King, alongside Viola Davis, Thuso Mbedu and John Boyega.
Don’t miss the ninth edition of the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards live on all Africa Magic channels on DStv and GOtv from 16:00 WAT (17:00CAT), on Saturday 20 May, 2023.
The ninth edition of the AMVCAs are brought to viewers across the continent by Africa Magic in association with MultiChoice and proudly sponsored by Amstel Malta and Zagg Energy Drink. Join the conversation using the hashtag #AMVCA9 and follow @africamagictv for live updates.