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AMAA goes to South Africa

Posted: Jun 27, 2015 at 1:50 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

After holding for 10 years in Nigeria, the Coveted African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) will be leaving the shores of Nigeria. According to organizers, the awards will be holding this year in South Africa. This was announced at the annual Gala night hosted by the award. There was also a first for the Gala night as well, this year, it was hosted outside the continent for the first time. Previously, the Gala night which also serves as the announcement platform for the nominees was held in African countries. This year, it was held in Los Angeles, United States.

Kunle Afolayan, Peace Anyiam Osigwe and American guests at the event

Kunle Afolayan, Peace Anyiam Osigwe and American guests at the event

The Jury chaired by the Zimbabwean, Mr. Keith Shiri announced nominations that have Nigeria, South Africa, Ethiopia, Angola and Mauritius leading the pack in the numbers of films from the countries in competition while United States led the pack in the films from the Africans in Diaspora.

Films from Nigerian filmmakers such as October 1, Cheetanah, Iyore, Dazzling Mirage are very prominent on the nominations list while Triangle Going to America from Ethiopia, Timbuktu from Mauritius and Queen of Angola from Angola are very strong in various categories of the award.

Some of the Nollywood practitioners who attended the event and other African counterparts include Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Faithia Balogun,O.C Ukeje, Patience Uzokwor, Kingsley Ogoro, Paul Okoli, Chioma Chukwuka, Kunle Afolayan, Emem Isong, Doris Simon, Eniola Badmus, Aki and Paw Paw, and Ghana-born Lydia Forson, who is also AMAA brand ambassador

The Chief Executive Officer of AMAA, Dayo Ogunyemi said that the leadership of the award body decided to take the nominations event to Hollywood this year to begin the concrete step of taking African cinema to the home of global cinema for a mutually and economically viable cooperation.

A unique aspect of the nomination event this year is that AMAA’s parent organization, the Africa Film Academy (whose advisory board Danny Glover co-chairs) is developing a slate for 10 films that will be co-produced by black filmmakers across the globe. The stories to be pitched within this slate will have a global appeal but will speak to the aspirations and stories of the global black community. Accordingly, the attendees for this event have been selected with a view to ensuring the highest level of returns and enhancing the global value chain for black filmmakers

AMAA main event which is the award night will hold in South Africa in September and it will be the first time the continental awards will take place outside Nigeria in its 11 years having held 10 previous editions in Nigeria.