AMVCA AWARDS: Top 10 Actresses With The Highest Number of AMVCA Awards.

The Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA) is a yearly award given by MultiChoice to honor exceptional accomplishments in the realm of television and cinema. The inaugural Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards ceremony was held in Lagos State, Nigeria on 9 March 2013; and since then the AMVCA award has risen to become one of the globally most esteemed and anticipated ceremony.

Over the years of amazing film productions by the Nollywood Industry, some women have proven to be exceptional in the very act of filmmaking. AMVCA stands to award these amazing women for their unending effort in this industry to make fascinating movies and shows for all to see.

In this article, Trybe City explores into the world of these amazing actresses with outstanding performances bringing out the top 10 actresses with the highest numbers of AMVCA awards. As you go further, you’ll discover their exceptional talent, versatility and ability to captivate audiences with their performances. They have portrayed memorable characters in movies that resonated with viewers across Africa, earning them critical acclaim and recognition.

1. FUNKE AKINDELE

Olafunke Ayotunde Akindele, a powerhouse in Nollywood, has left an indelible mark on the entertainment scene. Her multifaceted talents as an actress, director, and producer has earned her a devoted fan base across Africa.

Known for her versatility, Funke Akindele forte’s lies in comedy, a genre where she reigns supreme. Her remarkable string of victories as the most awarded Best Actress at the prestigious Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards (AMVCA) speaks volumes about her prowess. With an impressive five wins under her belt, she has cemented her status as a comedic icon in Nigeria cinema.

Funke Akindele’s journey to this astonishing AMVCA success began in 2014 with her win for her role in “The Return of Sheri Koko” amongst two other comedy (“The Fighter” and “The Hero”) that she was also nominated for. She continued to captivate audiences with her portrayal of the beloved character Jenifa in “Jenifa’s Diary” earning consecutive wins in 2016 and 2017. Her comedic brilliance shone once more in 2020 with “Moms At War” and in 2022 “Omo Ghetto: The Saga” securing her fifth AMVCA award.

Although her latest project, “Battle on Buka Street”, didn’t secure her a sixth AMVCA award, Funke Akindele remains undaunted. The anticipation for the AMVCA 2024 is palpable, with hopes high for her potential nomination and triumph in the Best Actress in a Movie/Drama Series category for her role in “A Tribe Called Judah”.

2. RITA DOMINIC.

Rita Dominic Anosike is a leading figure in Nigeria’s film industry, where she is renowned for her exceptional performances and impactful productions.

She has earned three prestigious Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards (AMVCA) in 2014, 2015, and 2017. In 2014, she received accolades like the Best New Era Award for the comedy “The Meeting” she co-produced with Director Mildred Okwo in 2012.

Her wonderful role in the movie “The Meeting” also earned her the title of Best Actress in Comedy at the 2015 AMVCA, highlighting her versatility.

In 2017, Rita’s portrayal in the critically acclaimed “76” as the wife of a soldier caught in historical events earned her the Best Actress at the AMVCA. The film also won Best Overall Movie, underscoring its impact.

Rita Dominic continues to inspire as a trailblazer in Nollywood, showcasing her talent and commitment to storytelling; impacting the Nollywood industry with her amazing prowess. Her talent and dedication continues to inspire audiences, cementing her legacy as one of Nollywood’s finest talents.

3. OSAS IGHODARO.

Osas Ighodaro, a standout in Nollywood, continues to shine bright in the entertainment realm with her exceptional talent and captivating performances. Her illustrious career, spanning many years, showcases her as a formidable presence, earning her praise and acclaim for her remarkable contributions to the movie industry.

At the 8th Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA) in 2022, Ighodaro claimed the title of Best Actress in a Movie/Drama Series for her portrayal of Amara in “Rattlesnake: The Ahanna Story.” Directed by Ramsey Nouah, the film gripped audiences with its compelling storyline and powerful performances, solidifying Ighodaro’s position as a leading actress in Nollywood.

Beyond her acting prowess, Ighodaro also dazzled with her impeccable sense of style, winning the Best Dressed Female award at the same event.

Continuing her winning streak, Ighodaro triumphed once more at the 2023 AMVCA, earning the Best Actress in a Movie/Drama award for her role in “Man of God.” Her captivating performance yet again mesmerized viewers and garnered well-deserved recognition for her talent and commitment to her craft.

Known for her exceptional acting skills and magnetic on-screen presence, Ighodaro’s award-winning performances highlight the vast talent and potential of the African film industry. With each role, she leaves an unforgettable mark on audiences, showcasing the richness and diversity of storytelling in Nollywood.

4. NSE IKPE-ETIM.

Nse Ikpe-Etim, an acclaimed Nigerian actress, has made a significant impact on the entertainment scene, especially within Nollywood, through her extraordinary talent and range. Making her mark in the early 2000s, she has appeared in more than 100 films, enchanting viewers with her compelling performances.

Her career reached a pinnacle at the 2014 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA), where she won Best Actress in the Movie/Drama Series “Journey to Self”. This film highlighted Ikpe-Etim’s exceptional acting skills, as she brought depth and realism to her character, earning her widespread praise and recognition.

Ikpe-Etim continued to demonstrate her versatility and talent, receiving nominations for Best Actress in the Comedy (Movie/TV Series) “Quam’s Money” in 2022, and Best Actress in another Movie/Drama series “Shanty Town” in 2023. These nominations underscore her consistent performance and impact in the industry.

Though she didn’t win awards in these later categories, her 2014 AMVCA win remains a highlight of her career. Ikpe-Etim’s commitment to her art and her ability to deeply connect with her audience have cemented her position as one of the most esteemed actresses in Nollywood.

5. MERCY JOHNSON.

Mercy Johnson Okojie, a celebrated figure in Nollywood, reached a significant milestone in her career when she secured the esteemed Best Actress in a Comedy (Movie/TV Series) award for her memorable portrayal in the hilarious film “Dumebi the Dirty Girl”. This groundbreaking achievement took place at the inaugural Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA), marking Johnson as the first actress to receive this honor in the comedy category.

In the following years, Johnson continued to demonstrate her versatility and comedic talent, earning nominations for her roles in acclaimed productions like “Battle on Buka Street” and “Passport”. While she didn’t secure victories in these categories at the 2023 AMVCA, her nominations served as a testament to her enduring influence and contributions to Nigerian comedy.

Furthermore, Johnson’s nomination for Best Supporting Actress (Movie/TV Series) in 2022 for her role in “The New Normal” exemplified her ability to excel across diverse roles and genres within the industry. While she did not emerge victorious in this category, her nomination served as evidence of her versatility and continued relevance as a leading figure in Nollywood.

6. TOYIN ABRAHAM.

Toyin Abraham Ajeyemi stands as a formidable figure in Nollywood, constantly pushing the envelope as a visionary and leader in the industry. Over a career that has spanned more than twenty years, her exceptional talent and steadfast commitment have brought her a wealth of accolades and broad acclaim.

In 2020, Abraham’s standout performance in “Elevator Baby” earned her the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Award (AMVCA) for Best Actress in a Drama (Movie/TV Series), a testament to her skill in bringing characters to vivid life on screen.

While her AMVCA win highlighted her dramatic capabilities, Abraham’s versatility shines through her nominations in other genres. That same year saw her in the running for Best Actress in a Comedy (Movie/TV Series) for her work in “Bling Lagosians” and “Kasanova”, demonstrating her adeptness in a range of roles; though was won by the multi-talented Funke Akindele, emphasizing the intense competitiveness of the field.

Her notable filmography includes works like “Lani Baba Labake” and “Ebimi Ni”, which highlight her broad acting range. Abraham’s collection of awards, beyond her AMVCA victory, cements her position as a preeminent figure in Nollywood.

Despite challenges, such as not winning the Best Supporting Actress award for her role in “Tatu” in 2018, Abraham’s drive and ambition remain strong. Her film “Ijakumo” earned three awards at the 2023 AMVCA nominations, demonstrating her continuous evolution and her commitment to setting new industry standards with each project she undertakes.

7. BIMBO ADEYEMO.

Bimbo Ademoye has rapidly ascended to become one of the shining lights in Nollywood, a testament to her talent underscored by her win at the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA) 2023. Her victory in the Best Actress in a Comedy category for her captivating performance in the hit series “Selina” is a landmark achievement in her flourishing career.

Ademoye’s role in the movie “Selina” won over audiences with her brilliant comedic timing and flawless portrayal, making her a standout in a field packed with seasoned performers. Her knack for bringing her character to vibrant life and weaving humor into every scene garnered her the accolade at this esteemed event.

Additionally, her nomination for Best Actress in a Movie/Drama series for her role in “Anikulapo” the same year showcases her acting range. While she didn’t win in this category, her inclusion among the top names in the industry underscores her escalating stature and impact within Nollywood.

Before her triumph at the 2023 AMVCAs, Ademoye had been recognized as the Best Actress in a Comedy (Movie/TV series) category in 2018 for “Backup Wife”, and again in 2020 for “Looking For Baami”, although she did not win.

Her role in the 2022 film “Breaded Life” brought her critical acclaim and another nomination for Best Actress in Comedy (Movie/TV Series).

8. ADESUA ETOMI.

Adesua Etomi Wellington solidified her status as one of Nigeria’s most gifted actresses by securing her first Best Actress award at the celebrated Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA), Africa’s premier film awards event. Etomi’s outstanding performance in the 2016 movie “Falling” earned her this accolade amid stiff competition from some of the industry’s finest talents.

Her compelling depiction of “Muna”, a fiercely loyal and loving wife, won over both audiences and critics, showcasing her profound emotional range and genuine portrayal.

Continuing to demonstrate her breadth of talent and versatility, Etomi received further recognition in the years that followed. In 2017, she was nominated for Best Actress in a Drama (Movie/TV Series) for her powerful performance in The Arbitration”, underscoring her prominence in the industry despite not winning the award.

Her talent across different film genres was again recognized in 2018 with a nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy (Movie/TV Series) for her role in “10 Days in Sun City”. Though she didn’t win, the nomination highlighted her consistent ability to engage and entertain audiences with her performances.

Adesua Etomi’s AMVCA win not only propelled her into the limelight within the Nigerian film industry but also established her as a significant force in African cinema. Her exceptional skill in embodying characters and expressing genuine emotion has left a lasting impression on viewers globally, promising a bright and successful future in acting.

9. KEHINDE BANKOLE.

Kehinde Bankole, a celebrated figure in the Nigerian film scene, was honored with the Best Actress in a Drama (Movie/TV Series) award at the 2015 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA) for her riveting role in the critically acclaimed movie “October 1”.

Bankole’s depiction of “Tawa” in “October 1” deeply touched both viewers and critics, earning her accolades for her exceptional acting skills and dedication. Her authentic and nuanced performance demonstrated her extensive range as an actress, affirming her position as one of the luminaries of Nollywood.

Her achievement was further highlighted by a N1 million prize from Amstel Malta, acknowledging her significant contribution to the Nigerian film industry.

Though Bankole continued to be recognized in the years that followed, with nominations such as Best Supporting Actress in a Drama (Movie/TV Series) for “8 Bars & A Clef” in 2017, her landmark win at the 2015 AMVCAs remains a career highlight. Her subsequent nominations underscored her ability to consistently deliver captivating performances across a variety of roles and genres.

In 2022, Bankole was again in the running for Best Actress in a Drama (Movie/TV Series) for her exceptional work in “Dear Affy”. Despite stiff competition, including Osas Ighodaro who won the award, her nomination highlighted her lasting influence and talent in the industry.

Kehinde Bankole’s ongoing journey in captivating audiences and her legacy as a potent force in Nollywood are encapsulated in her 2015 AMVCA triumph, a shining moment that reflects her dedication to her craft and her significant impact on Nigerian cinema.

10. OMOTOLA JALADE.

Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, a celebrated icon in Nollywood, marked a significant achievement in her distinguished career by winning her first Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Award (AMVCA) for Best Actress in a Drama/TV Series at the 2018 ceremony. Her win was in recognition of her powerful performance in the film “Alter Ego”, where she delivered a captivating portrayal of the lead character.

This award was particularly noteworthy as it represented her first nomination and win at the AMVCAs, highlighting the extraordinary nature of her accomplishment.

Over the years, Jalade-Ekeinde has collected numerous accolades, but this AMVCA win is especially meaningful, underlining her lasting influence and versatility in the Nigerian film industry. Her role in “Alter Ego” demonstrated her profound acting skills and her capability to engage deeply with intricate characters, reinforcing her position as one of Nollywood’s most esteemed talents.

 

While the spotlight often shines on the top 10 Nollywood actresses with the most AMVCA wins and nominations, it’s vital to acknowledge the contributions of others in the industry. Actresses like Omowunmi Dada and Ebele Okaro, amongst many others who have won in the Best Supporting Actress category, exemplify Nollywood’s rich talent pool.

These actresses, whether aiming to continue their streak of wins or seeking their inaugural AMVCA victory, serve as an inspiration with their exceptional talent and commitment to their art. As Nollywood continues to evolve, celebrating and supporting the wide range of talent that contributes to its success and development remains essential.