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10th Annual Music Video Critics Association Awards: Nigerians React to Funke Akindele’s ‘A Tribe Called Judah’ Neglecting to Win

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The Eko Hotel and Suites in Lagos, Nigeria, hosted the 10th annual Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA) on Saturday, and reactions to the event have been flowing in.

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The most talked-about aspect of the festival is Funke Akindele’s record-breaking film, ‘A Tribe Called Judah’ dismissal.

From what we can tell from 460PLAY, the night belonged to “Breath Of Life,” the film that took home six awards—Best Picture, Best Sound Design, Best Director (BB Sasore), Best Lead Actor (Wale Ojo), Best Supporting Actor (Ademola Adedoyin), Best Supporting Actress (Genoveva Umeh), and Trailblazer (Chimezie Imo).

In contrast, ‘A Tribe Called Judah’ did not receive any of the five nominations despite making history as the first Nigerian film to earn more than N1 billion at the box office in December.

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There has been an anticipated social media frenzy about the omission of Nigeria’s highest-grossing film.

Some of the responses to X are compiled here by 460PLAY:

“In my opinion, A Tribe Called Judah is the best film of the year,” @abazwhylllz commented. Funke Akindele, always have a high head.

“Funke Akindele is the best in the game, award or not,” @EObaniyi remarked.

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No awards were bestowed upon A Tribe Called Judah, according to @PoojaMedia. Holy cow!

A Tribe Called Judah is the best movie ever, according to @Wizkidfc. Put your flowers in Funke Akindele’s hands.

“I don’t want to hear anything like Funke Akindele was robbed oo. Nobody remembered robbery oo when she bagged all the awards with ‘Omo Ghetto: The Saga.’ So please, let ‘Breath Of Life’ breathe,” Lil Maamiii remarked.

“A Tribe Called Judah was snubbed in all categories, and I’m not even that mad about it,” tweeted EngOguns. The fact that they completely ignored the 1B milestone has me fuming. The fact that #AMVCA10 isn’t involved with Funke Akindele is plain to see.

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The amount of venom sent towards Funke Akindele must have spooked many people, according to @PureMind_.

“Anyway, if we compare both movies [‘Adire’ and ‘A Tribe Called Judah’], Kehinde had a better performance than Funke,” @Ifeobayeji commented. Amazingly, “Breath of Life” beat out “A Tribe Called Judah” for best picture.

“‘Breath of Life’ is a better movie than ‘A Tribe Called Judah’ on every metric,” @Kumms argued fiercely.

“Sha, ‘A Tribe Called Judah’ is better than ‘Adire,'” tweeted Miss Kobell. If we’re being really honest, Funke Akindele is unbeatable in any category.

@tianaadebayo stated, “A Tribe Called Judah” by Funke Akindele presented a new perspective on something we’ve always known, but the plot of “Breath Of Life” was fantastic. “Breath Of Life” deserves to win, but it doesn’t change the fact that Funke Akindele is a winner—now and forever.”

“This is the second year in a row that Funke Akindele’s box office smash has failed to bring home any hardware,” @The Boltife said. A fish is being lured.

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