Veteran broadcaster and filmmaker Peter Igho and his son Tosin Igho have made history at the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA) after winning the Legend award and Best Picture award respectively at the 7th edition of the awards on Saturday.
The pair’s win made it the first time father and son would win awards on the same night at the AMVCA.
Earlier in the night, Tosin Igho and Bryan Dike were announced as winners of the ‘Best Picture’ award for their work in ‘Seven’, beating tough competition from Holmes Awa (God Calling), Dimeji Ajibola (Ratnik), Antonio Rebeiro (Living In Bondage), and Emiola Fagbenle (Elevator Baby).
When Peter Igho was called to the stage to receive his Legend award in recognition of his tremendous contribution to the film and television industry, the hall erupted in thunderous applause. He had earned it.
For those who may not know, Peter Igho is the brain behind some of the most popular drama series on NTA that dominated Nigerian households in the 70s to 90s. He shot and produced the series, Cockcrow at Dawn, and played vital roles in bringing other series such as New Masquerade, Samanja, Village Headmaster, Things Fall Apart, and Behind The Clouds to Nigerian homes.
While at NTA, the Jos-born broadcaster handled programme content, management, and marketing for 33 years, until his mandatory retirement at the age of 60 in 2008. Peter Igho’s zeal and enthusiasm would earn him another role shortly after his retirement, as he was called back to serve as the Director General of the Lottery Regulating Commission.
Tosin was a proud son as he stood right beside his father on the AMVCA stage, and Peter went on to give his acceptance speech to a raucous ovation.
Other memorable moments at the AMVCA include Timini Egbuson’s first AMVCA award which was presented by his big sister, Dakore Egbuson-Akande, and Chibunna ‘Funny Bone’ Stanley’s emotion-laden speech as he dedicated his Best Actor in a Comedy (Movie or TV Series) award to his late mom.
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