Kenya’s new sensation in the acting fraternity, Gerald Langiri, has been nominated for “Best Actor In A Comedy” at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards 2015 (AMVCA) for his outstanding role as Joseph in the movie Fundi-Mentals by Historia films.
Fundi-Mentals is set to premiere in Kenya on 12thFebruary 2015 at the 20th Century Nairobi.
Apparently, Langiri is the only Kenyan actor to be in the nomination list of this year’s AMVCA and also the only East African in the prestigious awards that have been christened, the African Oscars.
Langiri has become a household name in the country’s acting industry within a very short period of time, thanks to his determination and prowess. He is currently featured alongside the continent’s celebrated actor, Desmond Eliot from Nigeria in the new TV series, Santalal, which premiered on Citizen TV a week ago.
However, there are five other categories in which Kenyan productions and crew have been nominated;
The Kenyan Movie, VEVE , which premiered last year in August, has been nominated in 3 different categories i.e Best Art Director, Best Indigenous Swahili and Best Video Editor.
Mama Duka by Njoki Muhoho and Almasi by Fredrick Odhiambo have been nominated under the Best Indigenous Swahili category while the XYZ Show, Shuga and Rush have all been nominated under Best TV Series Category.
Now in its third edition, The Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards is an initiative by AfricaMagic (DStv channel 114), in association with MultiChoice, which seeks to honour outstanding talent in film and television across Africa.
The late Tiona Wangeci, who died in a road accident, has been nominated in the Best Costume category in the TV series Rush.
WINNERS OF 2014 AMVCA
Below is the list of winners who made Kenya proud in the AMVCA 2014
Njoki Muhoho (Mama Duka) Best Indigineous Swahili
Christian Almesberger (Nairobi Half Life) Best Cinematographer
Barbara Minishi (Nairobi Half Life) Best Art Director
Mohamed Zain (Nairobi Half Life) Best Lighting Designer
Elayne Okaya (Nairobi Half Life) Best Make Up Artist
The gala event for AMVCA 2015 is expected to take place on 7th of March, 2015 in Lagos, Nigeria and public voting is now open and will close on 28 February 2015. The public can vote up to 100 times for the following categories
1. Best Supporting Actress
2. Best Supporting Actor in a drama
3. Best New Media – Online Video
4. Best Movie Comedy
5. Best Movie Drama
6. Best Actor In a Comedy
7. Best Actress in a Comedy
8. Best Actress in a Drama
9. Best Actor in a Drama