Victor Okhai, a seasoned producer, scriptwriter, cinematographer, director and film consultant, has been appointed head judge of the eighth edition of the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCAs).
He is the current national president of the Directors’ Guild of Nigeria, founder and director of IN-Short Film Festival, the biggest short film festival in sub-Saharan Africa, and a member of the Nigerian Oscar Selection Committee.
In 2013, Okhai was nominated as Africa’s foremost film promoter by Tanzania-based Africa Film Development Association. He is a board member of the African Film Consortium and the Mokolo project, an Africa film database supported by the German Foreign Ministry, and a member of the National Advisory Committee on film development in Nigeria to the Nigeria Film Corporation.
Busola Tejumola, executive head of content and West Africa Channels at MultiChoice Nigeria, said: “We are delighted to have Mr Okhai head the nomination and judging process for the eighth edition of the AMVCAs. He brings decades’ worth of knowledge and experience in the local and international film and TV industry to this critical role. We are certain his involvement in this edition will further reaffirm the AMVCAs’ commitment to professionalism in recognising and showcasing exceptional works on the continent.”
Okhai said: “I am delighted to be appointed head judge of the AMVCA for 2022. It is, in my view, the most credible and most glamorous awards ceremony on the continent today. You, the viewers, will have a voice in the judging process, experienced industry practitioners will be on the jury and above all, Deloitte will verify and audit the process to guarantee the integrity of the awards. Winning the AMVCA is the ultimate badge of honour and recognition for excellence and hard work.”
The eighth edition of the AMVCAs is scheduled to take place in Lagos later in the year and is produced by Africa Magic in association with MultiChoice and is sponsored by Amstel Malta.