The African Movies Academy Awards 2018, popularly known as AMAA or AMAA Awards was held last night in Kigali, Rwanda and it is a continental award fabricated to celebrate those with exceptional film making capabilities and creativity in the industry.
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The inaugural award was held in Bayelsa, Nigeria in 2005 and ever since then the award has been rotated around several countries in Africa. Numerous celebrities graced the occasion such as superstar director Kunle Afolayan, comic actor Frank Donga, popular actors such as Chris Attoh, Richard Mofe-Damijo, Rita Dominic, Gideon Okeke, and many more.
In its 14th edition, the event was co-anchored by Nigerian actress Nse Ikpe-Etim and Rwandans’ Arthur Nkusi. Both had hosted the ceremony in time past, Nse hosted it in Lagos in 2017 while Nkusi was the anchor in Lilongwe, Malawi in 2013.
Nkusi aside from being a comedian is also a radio presenter and was a big brother Africa contestant. Both Nse and Nkusi synced together and entertained the audience with their performance and connection. Nonetheless, the night wasn’t about them it was about the cinematographers that have executed their craft exquisitely and to celebrate them.
Here is the list of the big winners at the recently concluded AMAA Awards:
Best Film: Five Fingers for Marseille (South Africa)
Best Short Film: Tikitat Soulima (Morocco)
Best Animation: Belly Flop (South Africa). The award was renamed “Jibril Mailafa” award for best Animation in honor of slain Nigerian Animator.
Best Documentary: Uncertain Future
Best Film in African language: Five Fingers for Marseille
Best Film by African Living Abroad: Alexandra (Nigeria/USA)
Best Diaspora Short: Torments of love (Guadeloupe)
Best Diaspora Documentary: Freedom Fighter (Barbados)
Best Diaspora Narrative Feature: Angelica (Puerto Rico)
Achievement in Production Design: Five Fingers for Marseille
Achievement in Costume Design: Isoken
Achievement in Visual Effect: Lucky Specials
Achievement in Soundtrack: Hotel Called Memory
Achievement in Cinematography: Five Fingers of Marseille
Achievement in Editing: Hotel Called Memory
Best Young/Promising Actor: Amine Lansari- The Blessed Vost
Best Comedy: Banana Island Ghost (Nigeria)
Best actor in Supporting Role: Gideon Okeke- Cross Roads (Nigeria)
Best Actress in Supporting Role: Joke Silva- Potato Potahto (Nigeria)
Best Actor in a leading Role: Richard Mofe-Damijo- Cross Roads
Best Actress in a Leading Role: Dakore Egbuson- Isoken (Nigeria)
Best 1st Feature film by a Director: Michael Mathew- Five Fingers of Marseille
Best director: Frank Rajah Arase- In my country (Nigeria)
Congratulations to the winners and all the nominees. Every personnel in the industry has contributed immensely to the success and development of the film and entertainment business in Africa and its diaspora.