July 18, 2017 – AMAA 2017: Bad Year For Nollywood As Foreign Movies Win More Awards Than Nigerian Movies
By The Nation
A Senegalese movie titled Félicité’ on Saturday stole the show by hauling six awards out of 30 awards at 2017 Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) which held at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.
At the ceremony which was hosted by Nse Ikpe Etim, African filmmakers thronged to celebrate themselves.
And coming tops was ‘Felicite’, a movie about a woman who sings in a bar in Kinshasa. It won in six categories (Best film, Best Actress, Best Actor in a supporting role, Best Film in an African Language, Achievement in Editing, and Achievement in Soundtrack.)
Also honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award was comedian Nkem Owoh while Celine Loader got a Special Recognition Award. And Medina Molanga emerged Best Young/Promising Actor (Queen of Katwe).
Lagos State governor Akinwunmi Ambode who was represented by his deputy, Dr Idiat Adebule, promised that his administration would continue to support and celebrate creative talents.
“Hosting these awards is a great boost to our determined efforts to maximise the huge and largely unharnessed social and economic potentials of the entertainment and tourism industries in our state,” Ambode said.
“As a government, we will create the enabling environment in terms of infrastructure, policies and avenues for movie producers to get their work across to a larger audience.”
Convener of AMAA, Ms Peace Anyiam-Osigwe, reiterated the need for government’s support in the movie industry.
“Our films and film makers are breaking boundaries in the global film making business and they need all the support from government, organisations and individuals,” she said.
“We can use the entertainment industry to forget our ethnicity, remove borders, stop the hate, promote peace and be happy with our diversity.”
According to AMAA’s head of jury, Berni Goldbiat, about 800 submissions were received.
Tailing Senegal with five awards was Nigeria with ‘Oloibiri’ (Achievement in Make-up), ‘76’ (Achievement in Production Design and Lagos State Award for Best Nigerian Film), ‘Three Wise Men’ (Best Comedy) and ‘Got Flowers’ (Best Animation).
Vaya, a South African movie, also won three awards (Achievement in Screenplay, Achievement in Sound and Best Director). The director of Vaya, a Nigerian, Akin Omotoso, while receiving the award, said the movie which is based on a true life story of a group of homeless people took seven scriptwriters six years to write and a total of eight years to produce.
‘Wulu’, a Malian movie directed by Daouda Coulibaly, won Best First Feature Film by a Director and Achievement in Visual Effect. Jahwar Soudani (Tunisia) also won Best Actor in a Leading Role for the movie ‘Last Of Us.’ The movie also won Achievement in Cinematography.
Beninese Grammy singer Angélique Kidjo won the Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her part in Kunle Afolayan’s ‘The CEO’.
Other movies on the winning list were ‘Mama Colonel’ for Best Documentary (Democratic Republic of Congo), ‘A Place For Myself’ (Rwanda) and ‘A Place In The Plane’ (Senegal) for Best Short Film, and ‘Queen of Katwe’ for Achievement in Costume design (Uganda).