Rising star, Adesua Etomi, on Saturday, beat screen diva, Genevieve Nnaji, to snag the highly coveted Best Actress in a Drama plaque at the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA), was held in Lagos, Nigeria.
Other actresses in the category include Nse Ikpe-Etim (The Visit), Mary Lazarus (Don’t Cry For Me) and Fulu Mugovhani (Ayanda).
The actress won the award for her role as Muna in the 2015 movie, Falling, which also stars, Blossom Chukwujekwu, Kunle Remi, Desmond Elliot, Deyemi Okanlawon, Tamara Eteimoh and Kofi Adjorlolo.
I Am Completely And Utterly Overwhelmed!!!
— Adesua Etomi (@AdesuaEtomi) March 6, 2016
Accepting the award, a very grateful Etomi – in a green alter neck gown – thanked God, her entire family as well as the cast and crew of the movie.
She also used the opportunity to urge up and coming actors to believe in their dream.
“To all of you out there, don’t be scared about making it. I was once scared but not anymore,” she said.
Actress cum director, Stephanie Linus, however, emerged the biggest winner of the night as her latest franchise, Dry, took home the award of Best Movie Overall.
The movie bested Road To Yesterday, Freetown, Ayanda, Tell Me Something Sweet and House Arrest.
The movie which was inspired by the true story of a young girl named Aisha who had to endure a life not designed for a child, also picked up the award for Best Sound Editing and Best Costume Designer.
New mom, Stephanie Linus, accepted the award with grace as she appreciated everyone who helped make the movie a success.
Other notable winners of the night include Akin Omotosho who won the award from Best Director for the movie for Tell Me Sweet Something and Daniel K. Daniel who took home the Best Actor award for his role in A Soldier’s Story.
Full list of winners
Best Art Director – Frank Rajah for The Refugees
Best Television Series Award – Ariyike Oladipo for Daddy’s Girls
Best Makeup Artiste in a movie or series – Louiza Calore for Ayanda
Best Short Film or Online Video – A Day with Death by Oluseyi Amuwafo
Winner for Best Writer for movie and TV series – Trish Malone (Ayanda)
Best Lighting Designer (Movies/TV) – Stanlee Ohikhuare
Best Cinematographer – Paul Michaelson for Tell Me Sweet Something
Best Sound Editor – Jose Guillermo for Cry
Best Picture Editor – Shirley Frimpong- Manso for Rebecca
Best Costume Designer – Uche Nancy for Dry
Best Local Language Movie/TV Series (Swahili) – Single Mtambalike for Kitendawali
Best Indigenous Movie/TV (Hausa) – Salisu Balarabe (Dandi Kowa)
Best Indigenous Movie/TV (Yoruba) – Binta Ofege
Best Indigenous Movie/TV (Igbo) – Paul Igwe for Usekwu Igbo
Best Documentary – Remi Vaughan for Faaji Agba
Best Supporting Actor In A Movie – Sambassa Nzeribe for A Soldier’s Story
Best Supporting Actress – Tunbosun Aiyedihin for Before 30
Best Actor In A Comedy – Folarin Falana (Falz The Bahd Guy) for Jenifa’s Diary
Best Actress In A Comedy – Funke Akindele for Jenifa’s Diary
Trail Blazer Award – Kemi ‘Lala’ Akindoju
AMVCA 2016 Industry Merit Award – Bukky Ajayi and Sadiq Daba
Best Movie (Southern Africa) – Lilongwe (Joyce Chavura)
Best Movie (East Africa) – Mapenzi (Elizabeth Michael)
Best Movie (West Africa) – Road to Yesterday (Genevieve Nnaji, Chinny Onwugbenu and Chichi Nwoko)
Best Actress In A Movie/Drama/TV Series – Adesua Etomi for Falling
Best Actor In A Movie/Drama/TV Series – Daniel K. Daniel for A Soldier’s Story
The Best Director – Akin Omotosho for Tell Me Sweet Something
Best Overall Movie – Dry (Stephanie Linus)