It’s been about a week since the AMVCA nominees for 2018 were announced, and we are honestly still reeling from all the egregious snubs and ridiculous picks that seem set to make this their most embarrassing outing yet.
So, although we hate the fact that an AMVCA is one the most revered accolades in the Nigerian entertainment industry, we’d be lying if we said they haven’t ever gotten it right — especially with a bunch of their past nominees.
With all that in mind, we decided to scour Netflix to select the best (and most deserving) AMVCA nominees currently available on the streaming platform. From the impeccably acted The Visit to the solidly directed Gbomo Gbomo Express, here are our eight picks.
The Visit, which was directed by Funke Fayoyin, follows Chidi and Eugenia (Femi Jacobs and Bayray Mcnwizu), an uptight couple, who have their lives thrown into disarray when a hard-partying, loudmouthed couple (Nse Ikpe-Etim and Blossom Chukwujekwu) move in next door.
AMVCA Nominations: 'Best Actress in a Drama' for Ikpe-Etim and 'Best Movie (West Africa)'.
The Arbitration, which was directed by Niyi Akinmolayan, follows Gbenga (OC Ukeje), a charming entrepreneur, running a very profitable tech company, who is sued for sexual assault by Dara (Adesua Etomi), a computer engineer, who helped Gbenga's company become successful.
AMVCA Nomination: 'Best Actress in a Drama' for Etomi.
Falling, which was directed by Niyi Akinmolayan, follows Muna (Adesua Etomi), who's love for her husband, Imoh (Kunle Remi), is put to the test when an accident leaves him in a coma for months, and a handsome new man (Blossom Chukwujekwu) walks into her life.
AMVCA Nominations: 'Best Actress in a Drama' for Etomi (won) and 'Best Actor in a Drama' for Chukwujekwu.
Road to Yesterday, which was directed by Ishaya Bako, follows the story of an estranged married couple, Victoria and Ezu (Genevieve Nnaji and Oris Erhuero), who are hoping to mend their strained marriage whilst on a road trip to a relative’s funeral.
AMVCA Nominations: 'Best Actress in a Drama' for Nnaji, 'Best Movie (West Africa)' (won), 'Best Movie Director' for Bako, 'Best Picture Editor', 'Best Sound Editor', 'Best Writer' and 'Best Overall Movie'.
When Love Happens, which was directed by Seyi Babatope, follows Mo (Weruche Opia), an unlucky-in-love event planner, who becomes fed up with coordinating weddings for everyone else, and decides to turn to the internet to see if she can find her own Mr. Right.
AMVCA Nominations: 'Best Actress in a Comedy' for Opia, 'Best Supporting Actor' for Ukeje and 'Best Writer (Comedy)'.
Gbomo Gbomo Express, which was directed by Walter Taylaur, follows a night that spins out of control when a club-hopping record executive (Ramsey Nuoah) and a socialite (Osas Ighodaro) are held for ransom by incompetent kidnappers.
AMVCA Nominations: 'Best Movie Director' for Taylaur and 'Best Lighting Designer'.
A Soldier's Story, which was directed by Frankie Ogar, follows an injured soldier (Tope Tedala), who, after a battle between peacekeepers and rebels, is slowly nursed back to health by a scavenger (Linda Ejiofor).
AMVCA Nominations: 'Best Actor in a Drama' for Daniel K Daniel (won), 'Best Picture Editor' and 'Best Supporting Actor' for Sambassa Nzeribe (won) and Olumide Oworu.
The Department, which was directed by Remi Vaughan-Richards, follows a former industrial saboteur (Osas Ighodaro), who is lured back by her former employer for one last job, but her husband (Majid Michel) disapproves and decides to take action.
AMVCA Nominations: 'Best Supporting Actor' in OC Ukeje.