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Africa Movie Academy Awards
12th 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][2] and the most prestigious film award in Africa.[3][4][5] The 2016 ceremony is scheduled to hold in June 2016 and will take place in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.[6]

History[edit]

The first Africa Movie Academy Awards were held in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, Nigeria on 30 May 2005.[7][8] 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.[9]

Categories[edit]

Current categories[edit]

As of 2014, the Africa Movie Academy Awards have approximately 26 categories. Some of these include:[10]

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
2010 Achievement in Art Direction The Figurine
2008 Most Outstanding Actor Indigenous Ayo Akinwale
2013 Achievement in Lighting Moi Zaphira
2015 Best Comedy Film 30 Days in Atlanta

Special categories[edit]

  • Lifetime Achievement Awards (2006-2007; 2013-present)
  • Special Recognition of Pillars of Nollywood (2013 only)
  • Special Jury Award (2012-present)
  • Madiba Africa Vision Awards (2014 only)
  • Best Film for Women Empowerment (2014 only)

Jury members[edit]

Awards statistics[edit]

The statistics below are valid as at the 10th edition.

Most nominations[edit]

By a film[edit]

10 and up

Number
of
nominations
Film Year and category
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.
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 Effects, Heart of Africa, Best Art Direction, Best Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Sound, Best Cinematography and Best Make-Up.
13 The Cursed Ones AMAA 2016 Prize for Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Actor in Supporting Role, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Sound, Best Soundtrack, Best Make-Up, Best Production Design, Best Young/Promising Actor, Best Costume Design, and Best Editing.
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 Effects, 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 Make-Up, Best Costume, Best Editing, Best Original Effects and Best Visual Effects.
12 iNumber Number AMAA 2015 Prize for Best Film, Best Director, Best Lead Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Film in an African Language, Best Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Visual Effects, Best Sound, Best Makeup, Best Costume Design and Best Production Design
12 Run AMAA 2015 Prize for Best Film, Best Director, Best Lead Actor, Best Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Visual Effects, Best Sound, Best Makeup, Best Costume Design and Best Production Design, Best Supporting Actress and Best Screenplay
11 Timbuktu AMAA 2015 Prize for Best Film, Best Director, Best Film in an African Language, Best Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Soundtrack, Best Child Actor, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress, Best Sound and Best Production Design
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 Effects, 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 Elelwani 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 Souls 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 Eye of the Storm AMAA 2016 Prize for Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Actor in a Leading Role,Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Costume Design, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Screenplay and Best Sound
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.

By a director[edit]

Twice and more:

Number
of
Nominations
Director's name Category and year
3 Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen AMAA 2006 Prize for Best Director (Behind Closed Door), AMAA 2006 Prize for Best Director (Family Battle) 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 Izu Ojukwu AMAA 2008 Prize for Best Director (White Waters), AMAA 2008 Prize for Best Director (Across the Niger), AMAA 2007 Prize for Best Director (Sitanda).
2 Tunde Kelani AMAA 2007 Prize for Best Director (Abeni) and AMAA 2009 Prize for Best Director (Arugba)
2 Niji Akanni AMAA 2011 Prize for Best Director (Aramotu), AMAA 2013 Prize for Best Director (Heroes and Zeros).
2 Kunle Afolayan AMAA 2010 Prize for Best Director (The Figurine), AMAA 2015 Prize for Best Director (October 1).
2 Akin Omotoso AMAA 2012 Prize for Best Director (Man on Ground), AMAA 2016 Prize for Best Director (Tell Me Sweet Something).
2 Sara Blecher AMAA 2012 Prize for Best Director (Otelo Burning), AMAA 2016 Prize for Best Director (Ayanda).

By an actress[edit]

Twice and more:

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).
3 Genevieve Nnaji AMAA 2005 Prize for est Actress in a leading Role, AMAA 2008 Prize for Best Actress in a leading Role (30 days & Keep My Will) and AMAA 2011 Prize for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Tango with Me).
3 Stephanie Okereke AMAA 2005 Prize for Best Actress in a Leading Role, AMAA 2009 Prize for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Reloaded) and AMAA 2010 Prize for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Nnenda).
3 Uche Jombo AMAA 2012 Prize for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Damage), AMAA 2014 Prize for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Lagos Cougars) and AMAA 2008 Prize for Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Keep My Will).
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).
3 Nse Ikpe Etim AMAA 2009 Prize for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Reloaded), AMAA 2012 Prize For Best Actress in a Leading Role (Mr. and Mrs.) and AMAA 2016 Prize For Best Actress in a Leading Role (Fifty).
3 Stella Damasus AMAA 2006 Prize for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Behind Closed Door), AMAA 2008 Prize For Best Actress in a Leading Role (Widow) and AMAA 2009 Prize For Best Actress in a Leading Role (State of the Heart).
3 Ireti Doyle AMAA 2007 Prize for Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Sitanda), AMAA 2008 Prize For Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Across the Niger) and AMAA 2016 Prize For Best Actress in a Leading Role (Fifty).
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 Omoni Oboli AMAA 2011 Prize For Best Actress In A Lead Role (Anchor Baby) and AMAA 2016 Prize For Best Actress In A Lead Role (Fifty)
2 Bimbo Akintola AMAA 2008 Prize For Best Actress In A Supporting Role (Cash Money) and AMAA 2010 Prize For Best Actress In A Lead Role (Freedom in Chains)
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 Joke Silva AMAA 2006 Prize for Best Lead Actress (Widow's Cot) and AMAA 2008 Prize For Best Actress In A Supporting Role (White Waters & 30 Days).
2 Linda Ejiofor AMAA 2013 Prize for Best Supporting Actress (The Meeting) and AMAA 2016 Prize For Best Actress In A Supporting Role (Out of Luck).
2 Joselyn Dumas AMAA 2014 Prize for Best Lead Actress (A Northern Affair) and AMAA 2015 Prize For Best Lead Actress (Silverain).

By an actor[edit]

Twice and more:

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).
5 OC Ukeje AMAA 2008 Prize for Best Upcoming Actor (White Waters), AMAA 2008 Prize for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Check Point), AMAA 2013 Prize for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Alan Poza), AMAA 2016 Prize for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Ayanda) and AMAA 2015 Prize for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Love or Something Like That).
3 Kanayo O. Kanayo AMAA 2006 Prize for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Family Battle), AMAA 2008 Prize for Best Actor in a Lead Role (Across the Niger) and AMAA 2014 Prize for Best Actor in a Lead Role (Apaye).
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 Osita Iheme AMAA 2006 Prize for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Secret Adventure) and AMAA 2011 Prize for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (The Mirror Boy).
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).
2 Desmond Elliot AMAA 2006 Prize for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Behind Closed Door) and AMAA 2013 Prize for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Finding Mercy).
2 Ali Nuhu AMAA 2007 Prize for Best Upcoming Artist (Sitanda) and AMAA 2013 Prize for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Blood and Henna).
2 John Dumelo AMAA 2011 Prize for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (A Private Storm) and AMAA 2010 Prize for Most Promising Actor (Heart of Men).
2 Adjetey Anang AMAA 2014 Prize for Best Actor in a Lead Role (Potomanto) and AMAA 2010 Prize for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Perfect Picture).

Most wins[edit]

By a film[edit]

Five times and more:

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 Timbuktu Best Film, Best Director, Best Child Actor, Best Film in an African Language & Best Editing
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 Screenplay.
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 Film" category has been won by a Nigerian film for a record five 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 Mauritania Timbuktu (2015)
1 Ghana Run Baby Run (2008)
1 Kenya From a Whisper (2009)
1 D.R. Congo Viva Riva! (2011)
1 Burkina Faso Eye of the Storm (2016)

By an actress[edit]

Number
of
awards
Name of actress Notes
2 Joke Silva 2006 Best lead actress and 2008 Best Supporting actress
2 Jackie Appiah 2007 Best Supporting actress and 2010 Best lead actress.

By an actor[edit]

Number
of
awards
Name of actor Notes
2 Justus Esiri 2006 Best Supporting actor and 2013 Best lead actor

Other notable records[edit]

  • 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]

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