Lagos State Ministry of Health has directed all participants who attended the seventh edition of the African Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA) held on March 14 to isolate after an attendee tested positive for Covid-19.
According to a statement from the state, attendees who included Kenyan actor Pascal Tokodi and The Trend host Amina Abdi Rabar might have been exposed to coronavirus. Amina co-hosted the AMVCA with Nigerian radio icon IK Osakioduwa.
“I hereby notify you that all participants at the African Magic Viewers’ Choice Award (AMVCA) held on14th March at @EkoHotels may have come in contact with one of the confirmed cases in Lagos and are most likely to have been exposed to #COVID19 Infection,” read a tweet from the ministry.
Taking to Instagram Tokodi, who walked away triumphantly with the Best Supporting Actor award courtesy of his role in the movie Disconnect, buttressed the need for quarantine.
A message echoed by other stars who graced the event including singer Olubankole Wellington alias Banky W and his wife Adesuwa Etomi as well as Big Brother Naija winner Mercy Eke, media personality Toke Akinwa and actress Toyin Abraham among others, who are in self-quarantine.
“Mrs W and were already self-isolating since last week... And here's the thing... everyone else who attended the AMVCA's should already have been doing the same. This threat is real. Don't wait until you know an infected person before you take it seriously. Please,” shared Banky in response to the notice by health officials.
Toke Makinwa posted: “I hope you and yours are keeping safe, thank you all for your messages and prayers, I have been off air and self-isolating, making TikTok videos to entertain you, not sharing unverified information and just trying to keep my mind active. My team members and I have been hydrating and staying healthy, exercising, washing our hands and monitoring ourselves.”
While British-born Nigerian actress Beverly Naya tweeted, “I’ve been doing the needful since it was announced last week that there was a suspected case at the #AMVCAs. Postponed my travel plans, cancelled all of my meetings and have been self-isolating ever since. It is well, God’s got us! Thanks for the concern. Stay safe, stay blessed.”
For producer cum director Kemi Lala Akindoju, the process was already in motion, “I’m telling everyone that we’ve been isolating and its day 10 since possible exposure. We are watching ourselves within the next 4 days as we continue to stay home. My phone is already filled with messages telling me I attended AMVCA.”
“Stop sending me concern DMs. I’m isolating and sending videos around so more people can understand the risk and social distance. It’s 10 days since the AMVCAs so we all wait and do the responsible thing. Do same too,” added filmmaker Niyi Akinmolayan.
As of March 24, Nigeria had forty-two confirmed cases. A rising statistic that has since seen Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, in a bid to curb the spread, announce new measures that include a shutdown of markets and stores.
“Today, we are taking further measures and giving new directives and guidelines to stop the spread of coronavirus in our State. All open markets and stores are directed to close for seven days, except for sellers of food and medicines, medical equipment and other essential life-saving products. For those that fall into the aforementioned categories, it is imperative that they observe necessary precautionary measures of social distancing.
“The Chief Judge of Lagos has been directed to ensure that all Magistrate and High Courts in the State close immediately to the public and suspend all court sittings. As may be possible, all essential services should be transacted electronically,” said the governor.