An inside source explains why ‘King of Boys’ did not win a single award at the 7th AMVCA.
14th of April, 2020, will be remembered by many, myself included, as the day the most anticipated awards for the highly appraised ‘King of Boys’ was usurped and nothing could be done about it.
The date also signifies the biggest scare for most celebrities who thought they had contracted COVID-19 from the young man many knew as the “special Nigerian” who came dressed flamboyantly with the virus.
Back to the greatest shock at the just concluded AMVCA, over 70% of Nollywood lovers anticipated the big win for Kemi Adetiba’s ‘King of Boys’, but to our utmost chagrin, the bulk of the awards went to the sequel of ‘Living in Bondage’ by Charles of Play, directed by veteran actor, Ramsey Nouah.
‘Living in Bondage’ did well in the cinemas but not like ‘King of Boys.’
Everyone in the movie was snubbed, from the veteran actress and living legend, Sola Sobowale, to Toni Tones.
It was obvious that the ‘powers that be’ had tampered with the results and were unbothered by the opinions of the general populace.
I felt played, like I was part of the KOB (King Of Boys) crew. It was a coup, but there was nothing to be done, no one contested it, not the actors of KOB, not the director, so I could only bleed in silence for a movie so deserving of several awards.
It has been over a month but the thoughts of what might have truly happened with the KOB movie keep nudging me.
Who could the brilliant Adetiba have angered to cause her such colossal robbery? In a recent conversation with a source inside Nollywood, it was revealed that she had indeed stepped on the toes of one or more members of the Nollywood cartel who had punished her by deliberately yanking her movie off the award lists. So, she never stood a chance of winning.
All the votes cast were nothing but ridicule on the innocent populace who were only hungry to nominate and see good films awarded. This does not mean that the ‘Living in Bondage’ sequel by Charles of Play and Ramsey Nouah wasn’t good. However, it was not a new storyline per se, unlike ‘King of Boys’ which almost didn’t have any scene that could be criticized.
Well, this is Nigeria! Nouah has been in the industry for ages, paid his dues from the onset and has the backing of the entire Nollywood cartel, unlike Adetiba. Of course, Charles of Play has got some money to throw around. So, if he had to pay off some obstacles in the way of the award, it would not have been a big deal at all.