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Sunday, 29 April 2012
Real Reasons Why Rita Dominic And Majid Michel ruled African cinema at AMAA
Where the prestigious Africa Movie Academy Award (AMAA) is concerned,
the jury has the final say. But this year, fan’s favourites Nollywood
star actress, Rita Dominic and Ghollywood leading man, Majid Michel went
home respectively with Best Actress in a Leading Role and Best Actor in
a Leading Role plaques.
Rita Dominic got the judges nod for her sterling role in Shattered
while Majid Michel’s outstanding dual role in Somewhere in Africa gave
him the edge among the lot.
It was the year for the big players as the three giant countries of
South Africa, Nigeria and Ghana stood out tall at the yearly convergence
of Africa’s best in filmmaking, which held on Sunday at the New Expo
Hall, Eko Hotel and Suites, Lagos.
South Africa was the biggest winner with Charlie Vundla scooping Best
Director and his debut, film noir thriller How 2 Steal 2 Million was
adjudged Best Film at the eight AMAAs.
Clearly, with four awards, How 2 Steal 2 Million was the most awarded film of the night.
Similarly, South African actress Terry Pheto was named Best Supporting
Actress for her role in the same film, which also won Best Achievement
in Editing (Garreth Fradgely).
Following closely was, Nigeria’s Benin-set historical epic Adesuwa by
Lancelot Imasuen, it came a close second with three awards, for Costume
Design, Visual Effects, and Best Nigerian Film.
But that was not the end of the award haul by the South Africans. Crime
drama, State of Violence won Best Film in an African Language and Best
Achievement in Sound. Also, Man on Ground, a Nigerian/South African
xenophobia-themed co-production, won the Special Jury Award – given for
only the third time since the inception of AMAA – and Best Supporting
Actor was grabbed by Fana Mokoena.
Overall, Nigeria was the most awarded country of the night, receiving
12 awards, followed closely by South Africa with 10. Danny Glover’s
Toussaint Louverture was named Best Diasporan Film.
Heroes star, Jimmy Jean-Louis hosted the prestigious awards alongside
fast-rising Nollywood actor, O.C Ukeje. Colour was also added to the
show with performances from Asa, 2Face Idibia and Senegal’s Viviane
Ndour. Their performances put into insignificance minor setbacks such as
the late take-off of the event among other hiccups.
AMAA re-established reckoning with the corporate world as it received
the backing of Airtel Nigeria, the leading pan-africa GSM telecom
A powerful Hollywood contingent that included Isaiah Washington, Lynn
Whitfield, Morris Chestnut, Rockmond Dunbar and Maya Gilbert, all graced
Pledging his loyal support for the continental award, Chairman of
Airtel Nigeria, Oba Otudeko in a short address said the mobile telephone
giant has found a worthy partner in AMAA as a platform to contribute to
the growth and development of the film industry in Nigeria and across
Signifying an improvement in the awards, Dr. Asantewa Olantunji, head
of jury and director of programming of The Pan African Film Festival,
disclosed that this year AMAA received 328 entries from across Africa in
contrast with a lower 220 that came in last year.