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AMAA: Behind the scenes at 2021 edition – The Nation Newspaper

  • December 5, 2021
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AMAA: Behind the scenes at 2021 edition – The Nation Newspaper

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AFTER a brief hiatus due to COVID-19 lockdown, the prestigious African Movie Academy Award (AMAA) was held on Sunday, November 28, 2021 at the Marriot hotel, in Ikeja GRA.
Three films, Ayinla, Eyimofe, and The Citation, out of the many Nigerian films that were nominated, shone like bright stars.
The event also had several filmmakers, actors, actresses and film practitioners from several African countries in attendance. There were performances by Maka and 9ice.
Here are some of the gist from the five-hour long movie awards ceremony.
Funnybone, Chigul make a perfect duo
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The awards ceremony was ably anchored by the duo of Stanley Chibunna aka Funnybone and Chioma Omeruah aka Chigul. The hosts kept dignitaries and attendees laughing from the beginning till the end of the show. The duo compliment and complement each other while conducting the show’s process till the end.
And Nollywood stars shine like million stars
The event paraded Nollywood stars, who shone like a million stars. Most popular amongst the attendees are Rita Dominic, Chinedu Ikedieze, Kalu Ikeaguwu, Fred Amata, Moji Oyetayo, Collins Talker, Charles Granville, Agoha, Keppy Ekpeyong Bassey, Funke Akindele Bello, Don Pedro-Aganbi, Emeka Okoro, Victor Omeghara, Francis Onwochei, Dayo Amusa, Songito, Mike Nliam, among many others.
Sanwo-Olu promises to host AMAA in three years
The award ceremony had in attendance, the Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Lagos state commissioner for arts, culture and tourism, Uzamat Akinbile Yussuf. The jovial Lagos State governor expressed his happiness partnering with AMAA while promising to ensure that the AMAA award holds in Lagos in the next three years. He also expressed his support to South Africa saying, “We stand with our people in South Africa. We heard what is happening there. Africans should come together because we are stronger when we are together.”
In the same vein, Akinbile-Yusuf reeled out the many possibilities in Lagos saying the state provides an enabling environment to make movie practitioners thrive.
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While welcoming all and sundry to the occasion, the founder of AMAA, Peace Anyiam Osigwe explained why the movie award did not hold last year. She said it’s good to be back after the award couldn’t hold in 2021 as a result of the outbreak of COVID-19.
Anyiam-Osigwe went further to urge all filmmakers in Africa and in the Diaspora to take the present time saying, “our time is now. We must tell our own stories in our own words and in our ways. The creative world kept the world going during the lockdown. Let us not make it so easy for everyone to take our stories. Our stories are unique. Let us not go into a second slavery of not telling our stories our own way. Creativity is the essence of life. There are 177 jobs in the creative industry. Everything you do revolves around creativity.”
Chairman of AMAA Jury brings good tidings
Chairman of AMAA Jury, Steve Ayorinde also conveyed a message of goodwill at the awards ceremony. He said, “It is a privilege to take the lead to celebrate the beautiful art of filmmaking in Africa. Our message this year after watching hundreds of films, documentaries, short movies etc, is that we should continue to be resolute in telling African stories. We have seen the determination of how the African continent is dealing with covid and the way filmmakers are capturing the event. We have kept faith after 17 years of unbroken years of celebrating the African continent.”
AMAA 2021 winners
Best Diaspora short film –Three Leaves (Haiti)
Best Promising Actor –Wilmah Muremera , Shainia
Best actress in a Supporting Role –Hazel Hinda, Haorareb (Namibia)
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