AMVCA 9: Here are all the women killing it in the makeup and costume categories

For the last 9 years, the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCA) has honoured film and television projects from across the continent that have thrilled audiences, shone a light on relevant issues and promoted African culture. It has also been a wonderful platform for female African creatives in the film and television industry, whose work would otherwise go unnoticed. 

For its 9th anniversary, the AMVCA awards has expanded the categories being recognised to acknowledge the rise of social media content creators, many of whom have become household names because of their innovative storytelling and their creativity. We are celebrating the brilliant women who have been honoured with nominations this year and spotlight the brilliant work they are doing. 

The projects recognised at the AMVCA this year have thrilled audiences on the continent and beyond and had social media talking. included the drama-filled –The Real Housewives of Lagos Reunion Episode, Kunle Afolayan’s Anikulapo and the Jade Osiberu helmed  crime action capers – Brotherhood & the Trade. With a total of 33 nomination categories, two categories caught our attention: Best costume designer (movie/TV series) and best makeup (movie/TV series). 

This year’s nominations are indeed a celebration of women and their efforts in the film and television. Both categories have a record 15 women nominated for honours and highlights their contributions to film and television projects across various genres in the last year.

Millicent T. Jack, last year’s winner for the best costume designer category, is back on the list this year for her work on Four Four Forty Four. She goes neck and neck with the nine other nominees for the prize.

Shanty Town, directed by Dimeji Ajibola and produced by Chinenye “Chichi” Nworah has enough main character energy from women, action and flair to keep viewers engaged from start to finish. The plot revolves around a group of women trapped in forced sex work, who attempt to free themselves from the control of a slum kingpin and escape to a newer and better life. 

The movie scored two nominations in both categories with the combined efforts of Bunmi Fashina, Toyin Lawani of Tiannah’s Place Empire & Secrets of April for best costume designer and Maryam Ndukwe (with Hakeem Effects Onilogbo) for best makeup. 


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Below, see the full list of the women who made the list:


Adeola Art-Alade The Real Housewives of Lagos Reunion Episode

Bolanle Austen-Peters, Clement Effanga, Juliana Dede Man of God

Bunmi Fashina , Tiannah Empire & Secrets of April Shanty Town

Ezugworie Franca Brotherhood

Millicent Jack Four Four Forty Four

Toyin Ogundeji Anikulapo


Carina SFX The Trade (carina okojo)

Feyzo Artistry Ile Owo

Francisca Otaigbe King of Thieves (Agesinkole)

Jemila Sedik & Hakeem Effects Onilogbo Battle on Buka Street

Maryam Ndukwe & Hakeem Effects Onilogbo Shanty Town

Sandra Oyiana-Ogbeni Tarella

Costuming and makeup are integral to the success of any film project and we are delighted to see so many women receive recognition for their professionalism and ingenuity. We know only one person can win in each category but we are definitely rooting for all of them. 



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