Kenyans win at the AMVCAs

Kenyan Filmmakers among the heavy weights of African continent in the 2018 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCAs)

The crowning of the 6th Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA) night was the announcement of Phoebe Ruguru’s ’18 Hours’ as the Best Overall movie, in short it was the best movie in the whole of Africa in 2018.

This is a big achievement for the Kenyan filmmakers in an award that attracts the heavyweights of the movie industry in Africa, where Nollywood mostly carries the day.

The pack of winning Kenyans was led by Phoebe Ruguru’s ’18 Hours’ as Kenyans scooped 6 awards out of the 27 categories, 3 of them going to the film 18 hours.

With more than 120 nominations for 27 categories, filmmakers and actors from different African countries including Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Ghana, and Nigeria attended the event.

Here is the list of Kenyan Winners & the respective category:


Best Overall Movie

Potato Potahto – Shirley Frimpong -Manso

Alter Ego – Moses Inwang

18 Hours – Phoebe Ruguru —WINNER

Devil’s Chest – Hassan Mageye

Descent – Awal Abdulfatai

The Road to Sunrise – Shemu Joyah.

Based on a true story, the film is about the Kenyan man who spent 18 hours in an ambulance without getting help. Back in 2015, Alex Madaga, a casual laborer in Nairobi survived a road accident but ended up dying after spending a record 18 hours in an ambulance, while seeking emergency treatment.

Best Movie East Africa

18 Hours – Phoebe Ruguru —WINNER

Devil’s Chest – Hassan Mageye

The Forbidden – Kizito Samuel Saviour

Rain – Mathew & Eleanor Nabwiso

Bella – Math Bish

Phoebe Ruguru is the producer of the movie 18 Hours


Best Picture Editor

Idemuza – Aloaye Omoake

18 Hours – Mark Maina —WINNER

Alter Ego – Moses Inwang/Tunde Bakare

Hakkune – Asurf Oluseyi

Hidden – Jibril Mailafia

Mark Maina


Best Documentary

The Flesh Business – Dennis Wanjohi —WINNER

Nightfall in Lagos – James Amuta

God’s Wives – Bolanle Olukanni

Omidan, Styles Defunct by Ayaworanho3d – Aderemi Davies

Calabar Carnival: What the People Think – Oghenefego Ofili

The Flesh Business is a 60mins documentary film that explores underage prostitution at the Kenyan Coast. We follow the story of three ladies as they take us through the challenges of their profession.

Denis Maina Wanjohi


Best Indigenous Language Movie or TV Series – Swahili

Super Modo – Sarika Hemi Lhakani  —WINNER

Supa Modo is a story about resilience in the face of challenge, of hope in the imminence of defeat... a story of an African Hero in a little Girl


Best Actress in a comedy and TV series

Rita Dominic – Big Fat Lie

Adesua Etomi – 10 days in Sun city

Queen Nwokoye – Excess Luggage

Bimbo Ademoye – Backup Wife

Dakore Akande – Isoken

Nyce Wanueri – Auntie Boss —WINNER

Nyce Wanjeri, popularly known as Shiro of Auntie Boss, won the Best Actress in a comedy and TV series

Nyce Wanjeri the 6th Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA)