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“Breath of Life” Leads 2024 AMVCA Winners With Five Major Prizes

The Nigerian drama scores Best Movie award amongst others, while some heavyweights miss out.
May 13, 2024
10:43 am
Wale Ojo - Breath of Life
Wale Ojo - Breath of Life

“Breath of Life,” the 2023 Nigerian drama film, emerged as the top winner at the 2024 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards, claiming five major accolades including Best Movie.


The Amazon Prime Video original, executively produced by BB Sasore and Derin Adeyokunnu, which was written and directed by Sasore, won Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Lead Actor, Best Director, and the marquee Best Movie award.


Kehinde Bankole
Kehinde Bankole

While “Breath of Life” exceeded expectations with its sweeping wins, some other films with multiple nominations failed to convert them into major AMVCA trophies.


“Over the Bridge,” which led the field with 12 total nods, only secured two wins on the night. The critically-lauded “Mami Wata,” nominated 11 times, took home just one award for Best Makeup.


Richard Mofe Damijo
Richard Mofe Damijo

Additionally, the record-breaking box office hit “A Tribe Called Judah” and Kayode Kasum’s “Afamefuna” did not win any of the categories they were nominated in, despite strong expectations.


The winners for “Breath of Life” included Wale Ojo for Best Lead Actor, and Genoveva Umeh and Chimezie Imo, who won Best Supporting Actress and the Trailblazer award, respectively.


Idowu Philips
Idowu Philips

While “Breath of Life” celebrated its multiple wins, the results contrasted with the number of nominations garnered by some other films like “Over the Bridge,” “Mami Wata,” “A Tribe Called Judah” and “Afamefuna”


Check out the complete list of 2024 AMVCA winners across all film categories here


Demola Adedoyin
Demola Adedoyin


Best Makeup: Campbell Precious (“Mami Wata”)

Best Art Direction: Abisola Omolade (“Over The Bridge”)

Best Costume Design: Lola Awe (“Jagun Jagun: The Warrior”)

Best Writing TV Series: “Volume”

Best Writing in a Movie: Tunde Babalola (“Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti”)

Best Sound Design: Grey Jones Ossai (“Blood Vessel”)

Best Editing: Antonio Ribeiro (“The Black Book”)

Best Indigenous Language Film (West Africa): “Jagun Jagun” (Femi Adebayo)

Best Indigenous Language Film (East Africa): “The Strong One” (Ormoilaa Ogol)

Best Indigenous Language Film (South Africa): “Motshameko O Kotsi” (Merlin Tafou)

Best Cinematography: “Over The Bridge” (KC Obiajulu)

Best Indigenous M-Net Original: “Irora Iya”

Best Digital Content: “Medical Negligence and Copyright Infringement” (Isaac Ayomide Olayiwola aka Layi Wasabi)

Best Short Film: “Broken Mask”

Best Unscripted M-Net Original: “Foreign Wives” (Nwuyee Bekee)

Best Scripted M-Net Original: “Slum King”

Best Supporting Actress: Genoveva Umeh (“Breath of Life”)

Best Supporting Actor: Demola Adedoyin (“Breath of Life”)

Trailblazer Award: Chimezie Imo (“Breath of Life”)

Industry Merit Award: Idowu Philips (Iya Rainbow); Richard Mofe-Damijo

Best Lead Actress: Kehinde Bankole (“Adire”)

Best Lead Actor: Wale Ojo (“Breath of Life”)

Best Multichoice Talent Factory Movie: “Her Dark Past”

Best Scripted Series: “Itura”

Best Director: BB Sasore (“Breath of Life”)

Best Movie: “Breath of Life”


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