18 Hours

The Kenyan film 18 Hours bagged 3 awards at the Africa Music Viewers Choice Awards this past weekend held at Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos. The aim of the awards is to celebrate talent within the TV and Film industry across Africa.

The awards won by the film indicate the continual rise of women in the industry- the movie was directed by Phoebe Ruguru. Well done Phoebe!

18 Hours is based on the gruelling true story of Alex Madaga, a car accident victim who died in an ambulance after 18 hours of moving from one hospital to another being denied admission. We view the plot unfolding from the viewpoint of Zach, the paramedic working his skin off to keep the patient alive.

The awards the movie clinched are Phoebe Ruguru for Best Movie East Africa and Best Overall Movie, and Mark Maina- Best Picture Editor. This is the first time a Kenyan film has won the Best Overall Movie title.

Kenya also clinched other awards:

Dennis Wanjohi – The Flesh Business – Best Documentary

Sarika Hemi Lhakani – Supa Modo – Best Indigenous Language Movie or TV Series (Swahili)

Nyce Wanjeri – Auntie Boss – Best Actress in a comedy and TV Series

Africa Music Viewers Choice Awards is currently in its 6th year.


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