By Taiwo Okanlawon
Attendees of the just concluded Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards have been advised to observe strict self-isolation as they were likely exposed to the novel coronavirus.
According to the Commissioner for Health in the state, Professor Akin Abayomi, in a tweet on Tuesday explained that the participants may have come in contact with one of the confirmed cases in Lagos at the hotel where the event held on March 14.
While the identity of the attendee remains unknown, some celebrities such as Banky W and his wife Adesua, Toke Makinwa have gone into self-isolation after rumours of a positive attendee made the rounds last week after filmmaker, Ifeoma Chukwuogo tweeted that a UK returnee who attended the AMVCA had shown symptoms of the virus.
Shortly after the news broke, a UK returnee identified via his Instagram handle @specialNigerian confirmed that he was the attendee in question and shared videos of an NCDC van picking him up to be tested for the virus.
However, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) is yet to confirm that the alleged carrier is the now confirmed case but with the latest development from the Lagos State Ministry of Health, many celebrities might be affected.
PM News also gathered that aside from the routine health check that the organizers provided at the event, some celebrities were spotted with pocket-sized sanitizers which they used intermittently while socialising as some joked about the dangers of handshakes.
Some celebrities and notable personalities that graced the award night are Toke Makinwa, Uti Nwachukwu, Ronke Odusanya, Ramsey Nouah, Bimbo Ademoye, Ebele Okaro, Swanke J.K.A, Timini Egbuson, Efa Iwara, Shola Shobowale, Zainab Balogun, Victor Afrigold, Ayanda Carter, Jim Franklin, Zimasa Ndamase, Dimeji Ajibola, Iwaotan Olusola Roberts, Omotola Alade, Bolanle Austen Peters.
Celebrity couples such as Funke Akindele and Abdulrasheed Bello (JJC Skillz), Oscar and Titilayo Oyinsan, Banky W and Adesua Wellington, Toyin Abraham and Kolawole Ajeyemi, 2baba and Annie Idibia lovingly showed up together for the event.
Here is the complete list of winners and attendees at the star-studded event.