Yes, she is hilarious but no one was ready for a stand-up comedy act from TV presenter, Valentina Agyeiwaa, aka Afia Schwarzenegger when she mounted the stage last Friday during the maiden edition of the Ghana Television Prime Time Awards.
She might not have won an award on the night as a nominee but she certainly won the hearts of the patrons at the auditorium of the National Theatre. Afia was on stage for about 10 minutes but the host of Kokooko on UTV had patrons double up with laughter as she told her jokes. She was a pleasant and hilarious surprise.
In addition to Afia, Kwabena Kwabena and Daddy Lumba laced the awards night with performances. Kwabena Kwabena, the first act for the night, treated patrons to a rendition of both his old and new songs.
Daddy Lumba as usual moved the audience although he performed three songs. Patrons danced and sang along with him when he performed Ye Nia Wo Ho Be To Wo(Yentie Obiaa), and Ye Ne Wo Sri Kwa.
At the end of the night, 21 awards were presented in the competitive category which includes 17 primetime and four popular awards. Three honourary awards were given to deserving veterans in the television industry.
The Most Popular Television Show of the Year went to the Fire for Fire Show(Adom TV), Nana Yaa Brefo of Badwam(Adom TV) won the Most Popular Television Hostess of the Year, Prince Amoabeng (Rufus) of Yellow Cafe (Homebase TV) took home Most Popular Television Actor of the Year and the Most Popular Television Actress of the Year went to Jasmine Jamila Baroudi of Heartbreak Hotel, (TV3).
The others are Outstanding Television Magazine which was won by My Community on Joy News, Kwame Dzokoto won Outstanding Actor TV Drama Series for Efiewura(TV3), Outstanding Actress TV Drama went to Gloria Osei- Sarfo for Living with Trisha(Viasat 1) and Emefa Adeti won Outstanding Actress TV Comedy Series for Office Plaver(Viasat 1).
Also taking home award were The Game(GhOne) which received the Outstanding Television Sport Show; the Outstanding Television Reality Show Award went to The Challenge(GhOne) and the Outstanding Television Variety or Music Show went to Rhythms(GhOne).
Madam Grace Nortey was honoured for contributing to local television drama series and film for over three decades, Mr. Ebenezer Lartey aka Ataa Mensah was also awarded for his consistency in writing and acting local television drama series in Ga with the Adabraka Drama Troupe for over 25 years.
Mr. Kofi Middleton-Mends was also recognised for his immense contribution to television drama series and being a pacesetter for training directors for film and television in Ghana, in addition to actively serving the television industry for over 40 years.
The event was organised by Showtyme Television and compered by TV personality, Amanda Jissih, and comedian, DKB.