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Africa Movie Academy Awards
10th Africa Movie Academy Awards
AMAA Statuette.jpg
Gabriel Afolayan's AMA Award for playing Tavier Jabari in Hoodrush (2012)
Awarded for Excellence in cinematic achievements
Country Nigeria
Presented by Africa Film Academy
First awarded 2005
Official website www.ama-awards.com

The Africa Movie Academy Awards, popularly known as AMAA and The AMA Awards, are presented annually to recognize excellence of professionals in the film industry. It was founded by Peace Anyiam-Osigwe and run through the Africa Film Academy. The awards are aimed at honouring and promoting excellence in the African movie industry as well as uniting the African continent through arts and culture. The award presentation is attended by numerous media representatives, celebrities, politicians, journalists, actresses and actors from all across the world. The AMA awards are widely considered to be Africa's most important film event[1] and the most prestigious film award in Africa.[2][3][4][5] The most recent ceremony, honouring films in 2013, was held at the Gabriel Okara Cultural Center, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, Nigeria on 24 May 2014.

History[edit]

The first Africa Movie Academy Awards were held in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, Nigeria on 30 May 2005.[6][7] All other subsequent African Academy Awards were also held at the same venue, however for security reasons the venue for the 2008 AMAA Awards was moved to Abuja, Nigeria.[8]

Categories[edit]

Current categories[edit]

As of 2013, the African Movie Academy Awards have approximately 26 categories. Some of these include:[9]

Discontinued categories[edit]

Several categories have been renamed, retired, or merged. Below is a list of some of the retired categories.

Last awarded year Category Name Last Winner
2006 Best Original Effects Day of Atonement
2008 Most Outstanding Actress Indigenous Dorris Simeon
2008 Most Outstanding Actor Indigenous Ayo Akinwale
2013 Best film by an African living Abroad Last Flight to Abuja
2013 Achievement in Lighting Moi Zaphira

Special categories[edit]

  • Lifetime Achievement Awards
  • Special Recognition of Pillars of Nollywood
  • Special Jury Award
  • Madiba Africa Vision Awards

Award statistics[edit]

Most nominations[edit]

By a film[edit]

10 and up

Number
of
nominations
Film Year and Category
14 Across the Niger AMAA 2008 Prize for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress in a leading role, Best Actor in a leading role, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Effect, Heart of Africa, Best Art Direction, Best Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Sound, Best Cinematography and Best Make-up.
14 Otelo Burning AMAA 2012 Prize for Best Film, Achievement in Production design, Achievement in Soundtrack, Achievement in Visual Effects, Achievement in Sound, Achievement in Cinematography, Achievement in Editing, Achievement in Screenplay, Best film in an African language, Best Child Actor, Best Young/Promising Actor (Thomas Gumede), Best Young/Promising Actor (Sihle Xaba), Best Actor in a leading Role and Best Director.
13 Viva Riva! AMAA 2011 Prize for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Actress in Supporting Role, Best Actor in Supporting Role, Best Child Actor, Best Cinematography, Best Achievement in Sound Best Soundtrack, Best Make Up, Best Production Design and Best Editing.
13 Of Good Report AMAA 2014 Prize for Best Film, Best Director, Best Young Actor, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Actress in Supporting Role, Best Actor in Supporting Role, Achievement in Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Achievement in Sound Achievement in Visual Effect, Achievement in Soundtrack, Best Production Design and Best Editing.
13 From a Whisper AMAA 2009 Prize for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress in a leading role, Best Actor in a leading role, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Child Actor, Best Screenplay, Achievement in Sound, Achievement in Editing, Achievement in Art Direction, Achievement in Cinematography, Achievement in Makeup and Best Original Soundtrack.
13 Princess Tyra AMAA 2008 Prize for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress in a leading role, Best Actor in a leading role, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Upcoming Actress(Jackie Appiah), Best Upcoming Actress(Yvonne Nelson), Best Upcoming Actor, Best Costume, Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography and Best Make-up.
12 Rising Moon AMAA 2006 Prize for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress in a leading role, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Upcoming Actor, Best Cinematography, Best Sound, Best Makeup, Best Costume, Best Editing, Best Original Effects and Best Visual Effects.
11 Abeni AMAA 2007 Prize for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Upcoming Artist, Best Performance by a Child, Best Indigenous Film, Best Nigerian Film, Best Cinematography, Best Sound and Best Edit.
11 The Amazing Grace AMAA 2007 Prize for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Upcoming Artist, Best Nigerian Film, Best Cinematography, Best Sound, Best Edit, Best Visual Effect, Achievement in Costume and Achievement in Make-up.
11 I Sing of a Well AMAA 2010 Prize for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress in a Leading role, Best Actor in a Leading role, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Screenplay, Achievement in Sound, Achievement in Art Direction, Achievement in Cinematography, Achievement in Costume and Achievement in Make-Up.
11 How to Steal 2 Million AMAA 2012 Prize for Best Film, Achievement in Production design, Achievement in Soundtrack, Achievement in Sound, Achievement in Cinematography, Achievement in Screenplay, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Actor in a leading Role, Best Actress in a leading Role and Prize for Best Director.
11 Elewani AMAA 2013 Prize for Achievement In Production Design, Achievement In Costume Design, Achievement In Makeup, Achievement In Visual Effects, Achievement In Cinematography, Achievement In Editing, Achievement In Lightning, Best Film In An African Language, Best Actress In A Leading Role, Best Director and Best Film.
10 Battle of the Soul AMAA 2009 Prize for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Most Promising Actor, Best Child Actor, Achievement in Sound, Achievement in Editing, Achievement in Cinematography and Achievement in Visual Effect.
10 The Figurine AMAA 2010 Prize for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor in a Leading role, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Child Actor, Achievement in Art Direction, Achievement in Cinematography, Achievement in Visual Effect, Best Original Soundtrack, Heart of Africa.
9 Gugu and Andile AMAA 2009 Prize for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Most Promising Actress, Most Promising Actor, Best Film in an African Language, Achievement in Sound and Achievement in Cinematography.
9 Nairobi Half Life AMAA 2013 Prize for Achievement In Soundtrack, Achievement In Sound, Achievement In Editing, Achievement In Cinematography, Best Film In An African Language, Most Promising Actor (Joseph Wairimu), Best Actor In A Supporting Role (Olwenya Maina), Best Director (David 'Tosh' Gitonga) and Best Film categories.

By a Director[edit]

2 and up

Number
of
Nominations
Directors Name Category and Year
4 Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen AMAA 2006 Prize for Best Director (Behind Closed Door), AMAA 2006 Prize for Best Director (Family Battle), AMAA 2011 Prize for Best Director (A Private Storm co-directed with Ikechukwu Onyeka) and AMAA 2012 Prize for Best Director (Adesuwa).
3 Leila Djansi AMAA 2010 Prize for Best Director (I Sing of a Well), AMAA 2011 Prize for Best Director (Sinking Sands), AMAA 2012 Prize for Best Director (Ties That Bind).
3 Shirley Frimpong-Manso AMAA 2010 Prize for Best Director (The Perfect Picture), AMAA 2013 Prize for Best Director (The Contract) & AMAA 2014 Prize for Best Director (Potomanto).
3 Teco Benson AMAA 2006 Prize for Best Director (Day of Atonement), AMAA 2008 Prize for Best Director (Mission to Nowhere) & AMAA 2014 Prize for Best Director (Accident).
3 Tunde Kelani AMAA 2007 Prize for Best Director (Abeni), AMAA 2009 Prize for Best Director (Arugba), AMAA 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award.
2 Niyi Akanni AMAA 2011 Prize for Best Director (Aramotu), AMAA 2013 Prize for Best Director (Heroes and Zeroes).

By an Actress[edit]

2 and up

Number
of
nominations
Name of Actress Notes
4 Jackie Appiah AMAA 2007 Prize for Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Beyonce: The President's Daughter), AMAA 2008 Prize for Best Actress in a leading role (Princess Tyra), AMAA 2008 Prize for Best Upcoming Actress (Princess Tyra) and AMAA 2010 Prize for Best Actress in a leading role (The Perfect Picture).
4 Stephanie Okereke AMAA 2005 Prize for Best Actress in a Leading Role, AMAA 2009 Prize for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Reloaded), AMAA 2009 Prize for Best Screenplay (Through the Glass) and AMAA 2010 Prize for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Nnenda).
4 Genevieve Nnaji AMAA 2005 Prize for Best Actress in a leading Role, AMAA 2008 Prize for Best Actress in a leading Role (30 days), AMAA 2008 Prize for Best Actress in a leading Role (Keep my Will) and AMAA 2011 Prize for Best Actress in a leading Role (Tango with Me).
3 Yvonne Okoro AMAA 2011 Prize For Best Actress In A Supporting Role (Pool Party), AMAA 2012 Prize For Best Actress In A Leading Role (Single Six) and AMAA 2013 Prize For Best Actress In A Leading Role (The Contract).
3 Patience Ozokwor AMAA 2008 Prize For Best Actress In A Supporting Role (New Jerusalem), AMAA 2013 Prize For Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Turning Point) and AMAA 2014 Prize For Best Actress in a Supporting Role (After the Proposal).
2 Rita Dominic AMAA 2012 Prize for Best Actress in a leading Role (Shattered) and AMAA 2013 Prize for Best Actress in a leading Role (The Meeting).
2 Lydia Forson AMAA 2009 Prize for Most Promising Actress (Scorned) and AMAA 2010 Prize for Best Actress in a leading role (The Perfect Picture).
2 Omotola Jalade Ekeinde AMAA 2005 Prize For Best Actress In A Supporting Role and AMAA 2012 Prize For Best Actress In A Supporting Role (Ties that Bind)
2 Nadia Buari AMAA 2007 Prize for Best Actress in a leading role (Beyonce: The President's Daughter) and AMAA 2009 Prize for Best Actress in a leading role (Agony of the Christ).
2 Ama Abebrese AMAA 2011 Prize for Best Actress in a leading role (Sinking Sands) and AMAA 2012 Prize for Best Actress in a leading role (Ties that Bind).
2 Yvonne Nelson AMAA 2008 Prize for Best Upcoming Actress(Princess Tyra) and AMAA 2010 Prize For Best Actress In A Supporting Role (Heart of Men).
2 Nse Ikpe Etim AMAA 2009 Prize for Best Actress in a leading Role(Reloaded) and AMAA 2012 Prize For Best Actress In A Leading Role (Mr and Mrs (film)).

By an Actor[edit]

2 and up

Number
of
nominations
Name of Actor Notes
5 Majid Michel AMAA 2009 Prize for Best Actor in a leading role(Agony of the Christ), AMAA 2010 Prize for Best Actor in a leading role (Sin of a Soul), AMAA 2011 Prize for Best Actor in a leading role (Pool Party), AMAA 2012 Prize for Best Actor in a leading role (Somewhere in Africa) and AMAA 2014 Prize for Best Actor in a leading role (Brother's Keeper).
3 Osita Iheme AMAA 2006 Prize for Best Actor in a leading role(Secret Adventure), AMAA 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award and AMAA 2011 Prize for Best Actor in a Supporting role (The Mirror Boy).
3 Mike Ezuruonye AMAA 2008 Prize for Best Actor in a Supporting role(Black Friday), AMAA 2008 Prize for Best Actor in a Supporting role(Mirror of Reality) and AMAA 2009 Prize for Best Actor in a leading role(The Assassin).
2 Justus Esiri AMAA 2006 Prize for Best Actor in a Supporting role(Rising Moon) and AMAA 2013 Prize for Best Actor in a Leading role(Assassin's Practice).

Most wins[edit]

By a film[edit]

5 and up

Number
of
Awards
Name of film Notes
6 Viva Riva! Best Picture,Best Director,Best Actress in Supporting Role,Best Actor in Supporting Role,Best Cinematography and Best Production Design.
5 The Mayors Best Picture,Best Director,Best Actor in Leading Role,Best Actor in Supporting Role, and Best Screenplay
5 Rising Moon Best Picture,Best Director,Best Actor in Supporting Role, Best Editing and Best Visual effects.
5 Sitanda Best Picture,Best Director, Best Upcoming Artist, Best Nigerian Film and Best Original Screen Play.
5 From a Whisper Best Picture,Best Director, Best Screenplay, Achievement in Editing and Best Original Soundtrack.
5 The Figurine Best Picture,Best Actor in Supporting Role, AMAA Achievement in Cinematography,AMAA Achievement in Visual Effect and Heart of Africa.
5 Of Good Report Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor in Leading Role, Most Promising Actor & AMAA Achievement in Screenplay.

By Country[edit]

The Best Picture category has been won by a Nigerian film for a record 5 times.

Number
of
Awards
Country Name of film(s)
5 Nigeria The Mayors (2005), Rising Moon (2006), Sitanda (2007),The Figurine (2010) and Confusion Na Wa (2013)
2 South Africa How to Steal 2 Million (2012), Of Good Report (2014)
1 Ghana Run Baby Run (2008)
1 Kenya From a Whisper (2009)
1 D.R. Congo Viva Riva! (2011)

By an Actress[edit]

Ghanaian actress Jackie Appiah is the only actress that has won the AMAA award for a record two times.

By an Actor[edit]

Late Veteran actor Justus Esiri is the only actor that has won an AMAA award twice.

Other Notable Records[edit]

  • Genevieve Nnaji was the first AMAA award winner for category Best Actress in a Leading Role
  • Richard Mofe Damijo was the first AMAA award winner for category Best Actor in a Leading Role
  • Lydia Forson was the first Ghanaian winner of category Best Actress in a Leading Role
  • Egyptian actor Farouk Al-Fichawi was the first Non-Nigerian actor to win an award. He did so for his role in Seventh Heaven
  • Ghanaian actress Jackie Appiah was the first Non-Nigerian actress to win an award.

See also[edit]

Lists


General:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wenner, Dorothée. "Showtime in Nigeria". Die Zeit (in German) (Stuttgart, Germany: Georg von Holtzbrinck Publishing Group). Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  2. ^ "Nigeria @50: Long trek to Nollywood". The Vanguard (Lagos, Nigeria: Vanguard Media). 1 October 2010. Retrieved 1 April 2011. 
  3. ^ Mokwetsi, John (11 April 2009). "Dangarembga in the Dark". AllAfrica.com (AllAfrica Global Media). Retrieved 1 April 2011. 
  4. ^ Magubane, Khanyi. "African film awards honour SA". Cape Town, South Africa: http://www.Bizcommunity.com. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  5. ^ "Stars shine at African Oscars". CNN. April 30th 2010. Retrieved 31 July 2014. 
  6. ^ Balogun, Sola (11 March 2005). "Movie makers storm Bayelsa for awards". Lagos, Nigeria: Daily Sun. Archived from the original on 4 December 2005. Retrieved 5 September 2010. 
  7. ^ Folaranmi, Femi (13 May 2005). "Rhythm of a new world of movies As Nollywood stars storm Yenagoa for AMAA". Lagos, Nigeria: Daily Sun. Archived from the original on 9 September 2006. Retrieved 5 September 2010. 
  8. ^ Oluikpe, Nkasiobi (15 January 2009). "Artistes in Big Dream for 2009". AllAfrica.com (AllAfrica Global Media). Retrieved 5 September 2010. 
  9. ^ "AMAA Nominees and Winners 2011". African Movie Academy Awards. Retrieved 5 April 2011. 

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