Nothing says glitz and glamour (with a sprinkle of chaos) like the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCA) red carpet.
With the 2023 edition set to take place on May 20, we look back at some of the fashion moments that’ve taken our breath away since the award show first premiered in March 2013.
Genevieve Nnaji (2013)
This Bridget Awosika piece caused quite a scandal when Genevieve wore it to the maiden edition of the AMVCAs back in 2013. But making a massive statement on the red carpet that night, your favourite actress’s favourite actress looked every bit like the movie star she is. This was a major fashion moment in Nollywood at the time.
Somkele Iyamah (2017)
Somkele Iyamah was and still is a fashion girly. No one wears her sister, Andrea Iyamah’s eponymous line like Somkele does. The colour, the cut, her hair, everything works out with this look. Somkele not only won the trailblazer award that night, but she also won on the red carpet.
Denola Grey (2022)
Denola Grey walked away as the best-dressed male star in 2022 and absolutely deserved it.
Do you know who also deserved an award for serving cunt in a way that pleases the Lord, while wearing a suit that looks like it’s falling apart?
Yes, Denola again, for this look from 2020.
Nana Akua Addo (2020)
We can’t talk about iconic AMVCA fashion moments without talking about Nana Akua Addo in Gaurav Gupta back in 2020. We can argue about Ghanaian and Nigerian jollof from now till tomorrow, but no one can argue about this look. Nana represented the Gold Coast and left everyone gagging.
Erica Nlewedim (2022)
How many yards did Erica’s designer use to make this dress? This is Erica’s best AMVCA look yet, and one of our favourite AMVCA looks of all time.
Toni Tones (2018)
Toni has always been a badass, and this dramatic, high-slit take on a fairytale ball gown is exactly what we’d expect a badass to wear to the AMVCAs.
Nancy Isime (2022)
As the kids on Twitter say, this look is “urethral”. Nancy Isime served so hard at the AMVCA in 2022, we didn’t even have to eat physical food to be satisfied.
Ebuka Obi-Uchendu (2018)
Whether he’s trying to upstage a groom in a burgundy agbada or cosplaying as Angel Gabriel in all white, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu will always be a man after our hearts. This look might look simple and boring, but not every man can pull off an all-white suit with the level of finesse Ebuka displayed in 2018.
Adesua Etomi (2022)
It’s giving a phoenix rising from the ashes. It’s giving Katniss Everdeen promo tour. It’s giving fashion it-girl. Adesua Etomi, the woman that you are?
Eku Edewor (2013)
The first edition had more misses than hits on the red carpet. However, one star has owned it since day one. Eku Edewor is on every fashion girl’s mood board because she understands timeless fashion. I mean, this Clan dress and bob from 2013 looks like it was worn yesterday.
Bonang Matheba (2022)
Bonang, ma pi now. This look was simply divine, and we’re blessed to have witnessed it.
Sola Sobowale (2020)
I hope we all know purple is the colour of royalty. A fitting look for the king of boys.
Tope Tedela (2022)
A Nigerian man who’s not a designer or influencer taking fashion risks? Inject it, please. The shade of green and fabric choice all work well to earn the actor a spot on this list of our all-time faves.
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Osas Ighodaro (2022)
Look at the material. How can you not want to crown Osas best in fashion? This is a look that had everyone shook in 2022.
Rita Dominic (2018)
She is an icon. She is a legend. And she’ll always be the moment with this royal blue look. What would the AMVCA red carpet be without Rita Dominic? Boring.
Idia Aisien (2020)
Something about this outfit on Idia Aisien reminds us of Kim Kardashian, and that’s a good thing in our book. Face is a ten. Body is a ten. Outfit is a ten. What else do you want? Like Beyoncé once said, “Ten. Ten. Ten. Across the board.”
Sika Osei (2022)
The detailing on this dress made me fall to my knees in the middle of the road screaming, “What?” The corset and sheer illusion are so intricate it looks like art. Come on, Picasso.
This orange on her skin, the dramatic sleeves, and don’t get us started on the “show me your stomach” cutout. KieKie ate and left no crumbs.
Classic man in mustard? We love to see it.
Ini Dima-Okojie (2020)
I love this Mazelle dress, but I’m here for the Tower of Babel hair. Why bother winning an award when you have one on your head?
Uti Nwachukwu (2022)
The days of men doing the bare minimum on the red carpet are over. Ditch the overplayed black tux, or overly velvet suits that look like rugs, and give me something colourful and bold like Uti Nwachukwu.