Veteran filmmaker, Deborah ‘Debbie’ Odutayo, has been appointed as the Head of Jury of the upcoming 2018 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards.
The AMCVA is an annual award that recognises outstanding achievement in television and film, voted in by the general public usually holds in the month of March.
However, this year has been scheduled to hold on September1.
According to the organisers, said the delay was due to the 2018 edition of the Big Brother Naija show which kicked off in January and ended in April.
Entries into the award ceremony are films and TV series that have been aired on DStv Channels in the previous year and entries for this edition opened on March 1 and closed on April 30.
News Agency of Nigeria reports that organisers of the award M-Net Africa, made the announcement on Wednesday in a statement by its West Africa Director, Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu.
According to Mba-Uzoukwu, Odutayo’s appointment underscores Africa Magic’s commitment to excellence and professionalism.
He said, “Debbie Odutayo is a respected and seasoned television professional who brings extensive experience and renown to the AMVCA judging process.
“Her appointment as Head Judge is in tandem with the AMVCAs being the biggest She said: celebration of film and television talent in Africa.
“Besides being renowned and respected in the African film and TV space, Debbie also boasts experience with the AMVCA judging process, having worked on all previous editions.
“We are thrilled to have her with us as Head Judge, and we ask that our viewers stay tuned as preparations for the show enter the final stages.”
Odutayo is the immediate past President of the Electronic Media Content Owners Association of Nigeria, the umbrella body for Corporate TV Content Producers in Nigeria.
She is a co-founder of a production company, Royal Roots Communication Network, which birthed Royal Roots Television and Royal Roots FM (R2 92.9FM) in Ibadan, Oyo State.
Odutayo has over 30 years experience spanning television production, content creation and administration.
She is also a Member of the National Association of Nigerian Theatre Arts Practitioners and was also the very first Nigerian female judge for the first AMVCAs.