Nollywood actor, Nkem Owoh popular as Osuofia has dedicated his Lifetime Achievement Award received at the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) on Saturday night at the Convention Centre of Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos to peacemakers all over the world.
The comic actor was honoured for his immense contribution to the development of the Nigerian film industry. While commending AMAA founder Peace Anyiam-Osigwe for her consistency and dedication to promoting the African filmmakers and their works, he recalled that he had in the past attempted to set up an award platform to no avail.
Presenting the award to Nkem Owoh, a member of the AMAA jury, Shaibu Husseini said, the actor deserved the honour, having operated in the industry for more than three decades, including writing scripts for the now rested late Ken Saro-Wiwa’s soap, ‘Bassey and Company’ and TV drama, ‘The New Masquerade’.
Owoh, who won his first AMAA in 2008, was not the only big winner of the night. Though Nigeria won nine awards in all, Senegal ruled the night by carting away major awards with its film, ‘Felicite.’ The film coast home to victory with six awards, winning in three of the five major categories, including Best Film, Best Actress in a Leading Role and Best Supporting Actor, beating Nigerian historical film, ‘76’ which won three awards from its eight nominations, including Lagos State Award for Best Nigerian Film. ‘Felicite’ is a 2017 French drama film directed by Alain Gomis. It was selected to compete for the Golden Bear in the main competition section of the 67th Berlin International Film Festival. At Berlin, the film also won the Jury Grand Prix award. Other winners of the night were ‘Oloibiri,’ which won the Achievement Make-up award, Opa Williams’ ‘3 Wise Men’ (Best Comedy), and Angelique Kidjo, who won Best Actress in a Supporting role for role in Kunle Afolayan’s ‘The CEO.’ South Africa was represented by Akin Omotoso, whose critically acclaimed movie, ‘Vaya’ earned him the Best Director award. The movie also won the Achievement in Screenplay and Achievement in Sound awards. Receiving the award, Omotoso said it took him about eight years to produce the movie, which was screened in the Contemporary World Cinema section at the 2016 Toronto International Film.
“Based on the true story of a group of homeless people, it took seven scriptwriters a total of six years to bring the ‘Vaya’ story to life,” he stated. Mali stood tall with Daouda Coulibaly’s ‘Wulu,’ which won the Best First Feature Film by a Director and an Achievement in Sound. Tunisia emerged one of the top winners of the night with Jahwar Soudan winning the Best Actor award for his role in ‘Last of Us.’ The movie also won the Achievement in Visual Effect award. Other countries include Rwanda for Best Short Film, the Democratic Republic of Congo for Best Documentary and Uganda for Achievement in Costume design. Ghana and Kenya were absent at this year’s AMAA.
Meanwhile, speaking at the glamorous event, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State represented by his Deputy, Dr Idiat Adebule stated that his administration would continue to provide platforms for showcasing and celebrating creative arts, talents and originality. The governor said every successful stakeholder in the industry found Lagos State to be a home as it was the hub of the entertainment industry in Africa.