The Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) held their 19th edition yesterday at the Balmoral Convention Centre, Ikeja, Lagos. The AMAA is the most prestigious and important film awards event in Africa. This year’s ceremony was a remarkable celebration of African cinema, hosting esteemed filmmakers from all over the world.
Nancy Isime, Rahama Sadau, and Richard Ato Turkson hosted this year’s awards ceremony.
“Anikulapo,” an epic movie directed by Kunle Afolayan, won the Ousmane Sembene Award for Best Film in an African Language. This historical epic boasted performances by Kunle Remi, Sola Sobowale, and Bimbo Ademoye.
Maleek Sanni was awarded the Best Young/Promising Actor award for his role in “Gangs of Lagos”. Similarly, Emmanuel Bassey was also awarded the prestigious Best Achievement in Visual Effects award for the same series.
Jude Idada, the director of “KOFA,” won the Michael Anyiam Osigwe Award for Best Film by an African-Born Director Living Abroad. Tobi Bakre’s performance in “Brotherhood” earned him the Best Actor in a Leading Role.
In Addition, “Jabari,” produced by a Ghana-based animation studio, secured the Jubril Malaifia Award for Best Animation in the animation category.
In the spirit of celebrating excellence in African cinema, the 2023 AMAA Awards recognized a diverse array of outstanding talents. These people have enriched the world of film and contributed to the ever-evolving world of African storytelling.
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Here is the list of 2023 AMAA Winners:
Efere Ozako Award for Best Short Film
- Lions – Ethiopia
Jubril Malaifia Award for Best Animation
- Jabari – Ghana
- Le Spectre de Boko Haram – Cameroon
Ousmane Sembene Award for Best Film in an African Language
- Anikulapo – Nigeria
Michael Anyiam Osigwe Award for Best Film by an African-Born Director Living Abroad
- KOFA – Jude Idada (Nigeria/Canada)
Best Diaspora Short Film
- Raw Materials – (Jamaica) – directed by Sosiessia Nixon-Kelly
Best Diaspora Documentary
- Sound of the Police – (United States) – directed by Stanley Nelson
Best Diaspora Narrative Feature
- Our Father, The Devil – (United States) directed by Ellie Foumbi
Best Achievement in Production Design
- Anikulapo – Nigeria
Best Achievement in Costume Design
- Djibril Drame – Xalé – Senegal
Best Achievement in Make-Up
- Campell Precious Arebamen – Mami Wata – Nigeria
Best Achievement in Soundtrack
- Antoine Nshimiyimana – Fight Like a Girl – Rwanda
Best Achievement in Visual Effects
- Emmanuel Bassey – Gangs of Lagos – Nigeria
Best Achievement in Sound
- Vianney Aube Sira – Burkina Faso
Best Achievement in Cinematography
- Lilis Soares – Mami Wata – Nigeria
Best Achievement in Editing
- Bertrand Conard – Omen – DRC
Best Achievement in Screenplay
- Moussa Sene Absa, Pierre Magny, Ben Diogay Beye – Xalé – Senegal
National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVB) Award for Best Nigerian Film
- Mami Wata
Best Young/Promising Actor
- Maleek Sanni – Gangs of Lagos
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
- Jimmy-Jean Louis – Rise
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
- Rokhaya Niang – Xalé – Senegal
Best Actor in a Leading Role
- Tobi Bakre – Brotherhood – Nigeria
Best Actress in a Leading Role
- Nse Ikpe-Etim – 4-4-44 (Four Four Forty-Four) – Nigeria
First Debut Feature by a Director
- Baloji – Omen – DRC
- Apolline Traoré – Sira
- Xalé- Senegal