The AMAA 6th Edition Awards

By David Ajiboye

THE 6th edition of African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) held last recently in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, Nigeria saw Kunle Afolayan’s movie The Figurine emerged the top winner of the night, claiming all of five awards. However, Afolayan, who only yesterday returned from the New York African Film Festival to attend the event, did not get the coveted Best Director Award. Ghana’s Shirley Frimpong-Manso, director of The Perfect Picture clinched the award. Ramsey Nouah, who’s away in the US,  missed the event, but was able to give his acceptance speech (for winning Best Actor in a leading role) after Kunle Afolayan placed a call to his mobile phone and placed the phone on speaker.

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AMAA 2010: Malawi’s Flora Suya In Top Race for Best Actress Award

By David Ajiboye

Malawian top actress, Flora Suya, is a top contender in this year’s Best Actress category at the African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA), scheduled to take place on Saturday,  April 10, in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital. Suya’s role in the movie, Season of a Life, earned her the nomination, alongside other A-list actresses like Ghanaian Jackie Appiah, Lydia Forson, Naa Ashorkor Mensah-Doku, Stephanie Okereke and Bimbo Akintola, who just got her first nomination at AMAA for her excellent performance in the movie Bond and Fred Amata’s Freedom in Chain.

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Nominees/winners: 6th Abuja Film Fest

NOMINEES AND WINNERS LIST OF 6th ABUJA FILM FESTIVAL

BEST FEATURE FILM (INDIGENOUS)

1. CLOSE ENEMIES – Niyi Bamiro/Lancelot Imasuen (Nig)

2. ARUGA – Tunde Kelani (Nig)

3. THE PERFECT PICTURE (GHANA)

Winner – CLOSE ENEMIES

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African Film Awards Holds In London

 David AjiboyeTHE  AFRICAN FILM & TOURISM AWARDS 2009 Mike Abiola, founder and CEO, Afro Hollywood Awards jets into Nigeria to announce nominees for the annual awards. Abiola explains that the awards popularly referred to as Afro Hollywood Awards now African Films & Tourism Awards is attracting key brand partners who will use it as a vehicle for corporate communication. Over the past 14 years, winning African Film Awards a.k.a Afro Hollywood Awards has become a distinct mark of superior achievement.
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THE THRILLS AND FRILLS OF 2009 AMAA

By David Ajiboye

The fifth edition of the annual African Movie Academy Award (AMAA), which ended last Saturday night, April 4, in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, sprang up surprises among the audience.

Many least expected the outcome of the award ceremony. The fiesta saw films from other African nations dominating their Nigerian colleagues. Stakeholders in the entertainment industry were in agreement that the award winners deserved the award, given their hard work and commitment.

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Nollywood Award/Dinner

White House, Toyin Street in Ikeja was the place to be last Sunday as top Nollywood practitioners and journalists converged on the popular rendezvous to honor some of the best brains the industry has to offer. The facilitator of the event, Mr. Seun  Oloketuyi thanked attendees for finding time to attend while assuring them that he’ll strive hard to improve on the award next year.lb0y0066

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Thrills Of The African Film Awards In London

By David Ajiboye
Bisi receives Best Actress Awards

Bisi receives Best Actress Awards

The 13th African film Awards formerly referred to as the Afro Hollywood Awards has come and gone but the memories linger on. The awards came barely eight days after the first African-American won the US presidential election. President-Elect Barack Obama predicated his campaign message on change and hope. According to him, the change we need and the change we believe in are most important constructs that must now move the world forward.

Perhaps it was this change element that was preeminent in this year’s African Film Awards ceremony, which took place on the 12th of November, 2008. First the venue was changed from the traditional West End Hilton Hotel where the award has always been in the past. This year the venue was at The 02 (indig02), in North Greenwich London, an unfamiliar terrain for black events. But the event was full of glamor and glitz. What with the beautiful faces of film stars, politicians, VIP guests and a coterie of supporting musical artistes who accompanied the entertainers, the show can be regarded as a huge success.

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