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‘Aníkúlápó’ Shines at 2023 AMVCA, Bags Five Awards

As indigenous movies continue to garner recognition and appreciation, the world is awakening to the rich tapestry of Nigerian stories in Nigerian films.
May 23, 2023
8:52 am
A scene from Anikulapo

The Nigerian indigenous movie, Aníkúlápó, won five categories at the 2023 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA), which was held over the weekend at Eko Hotel and Suites, Lagos.


Nollywood, Nigeria’s renowned film industry, has long been celebrated for its vibrant storytelling and authentic narratives. However, the recent surge in recognition for indigenous movies signifies a profound shift in the global perception of Nigerian films. The AMVCA nominations for films like Aníkúlápó and King of Thieves represent a turning point, as audiences worldwide are captivated by the cultural richness and artistic brilliance of these homegrown stories.


In this Nigerian film, which was directed by Kunle Afolayan, Aníkúlápó whisks viewers away to the majestic Oyo Kingdom, immersing them in a world of intrigue, passion, and mysticism. Shot in Oyo State, the film’s breathtaking cinematography and impeccable production design transport audiences to a bygone era.


What sets Aníkúlápó apart is its unwavering commitment to historical accuracy and attention to detail. Afolayan’s dedication to capturing the essence of Nigeria’s past shines through in every frame. From the intricate costumes to the majestic set pieces, the film paints a vivid portrait of a bygone era, allowing audiences to immerse themselves in the grandeur of the Oyo Kingdom.


Kunle Afolayan and some cast members including well wishers at AMVCA 2023

At the heart of Aníkúlápó lies a tale that seamlessly blends reality with folklore. With its intricate narrative and captivating symbolism, the film delves deep into the realms of love, destiny, and the profound consequences that arise from one’s choices. Aníkúlápó stands not only as an exceptional cinematic achievement but also as a symbol of the broader recognition of Nigerian indigenous cinema.


Beyond the accolades and box office success, Aníkúlápó embodies the resilience, creativity, and indomitable spirit of the Nigerian film industry. It showcases the power of storytelling, enabling viewers to form deep connections with their history, culture, and sense of identity.


With this recent feat, Aníkúlápó has unlocked a new chapter in Nigerian film history, where the enchanting allure of indigenous storytelling takes at the fore. As the industry continues to evolve, the world eagerly awaits the next cinematic masterpiece that will transport audiences to the heart of Nigeria’s vibrant cultural tapestry.


List of the AMVCA award category

Best Indigenous Language’ (Yoruba): Aníkúlápó


Best Overall Movie Africa: Aníkúlápó


Best Sound Editor (movie/TV series): Aníkúlápó


Best Writer (Movie/TV series): Aníkúlápó


Best Soundtrack (movie/TV series): Aníkúlápó


Other Winners:

Best Picture Editor: Crime and Justice television series,


Best Art Director: Wale Adeleke for the Yoruba epic movie, Agẹṣinkólé (King of Thieves).


Best Online Content of the Year: Skit maker, Bukunmi Adeaga Ilori, known as Kiekie, and Elozonam Ogbolu for Back from the Future.


Best Movie in West Africa: Brotherhood (produced by Jadesola Osiberu)


Best Actress in Comedy: Bimbo Ademoye (Selina)


Best Actor in Comedy:  Samuel Perry, popularly known as Broda Shaggy,


Best Actress:  Osas Ighodaro (Man of God)


Best Actor: Tobi Bakare (Brotherhood)


Best Multichoice Talent Factory Film: Leaked


Best Short Film: Adeoye Adetunji (Pa Aromire)


Best Costume Designer (Movie/TV Series): Adeola Art-Alade (“Reunion” episode in The Real Housewives of Lagos)


Best Original Comedy Series: Njoro Wa Uba


Best Original Drama Series: Ricordi


Best Makeup (Movie/TV Series): Maryam Ndukwe, Hakeem Effects Onilogbo (Shanty Town)


Best Lighting Designer (Movie/TV Series): Mathew Yusuf (Brotherhood)


Best Director:  Loukman Ali (Brotherhood)


Best Original Telenovela: Mpali


Best Unscripted Originals:  King Bugar


Best Supporting Actress:  Efe Irele (4-4-44)


Best Supporting Actor: Abiseta Ahmed (Gacal)


Best Dressed Male Nigerian influencer: Enioluwa Adeoluwa


Best Dressed Female: former BBNaija housemate, Beauty Tukura


2023 Industry Merit Award: Patience Ozokwo for her journey and dedication in the movie industry.


Best Indigenous Language, Swahili (Movie/TV Series): Click Click Bang (Philip Karanja Njenga)


Best Indigenous Language, Hausa (Movie/TV Series): Aisha (Abubakar Bashir Maishadda)


Best Indigenous Language, Igbo (Movie/TV Series): Uhuruchi (Victor Iyke)


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