The Landmark Event Centre is Lagos played host to a galaxy of actors, actresses and moviemakers who all gathered to witness the 15th edition of the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) 2019.
However, the event once more raised fears that the rest of Africa may be catching up with Nollywood as non-Nigerian films and actors carted home the biggest awards on the night.
Categories like the Best Achievement in Production Design: Redemption, Best Achievement in Costume Design: Mercy of the Jungle, Best Achievement in Make-Up: Mercy of the Jungle (Rwanda), Best Achievement in Soundtrack, Best Documentary and Best Short Film were all dominated by non-Nigerian films and thespians.
However, veteran Nollywood actress, Sola Sobowale, was the cynosure of all eyes on the night when she was crowned Africa’s best actress for her role as “Alhaja Eniola Salami” in Kemi Adetiba’s blockbuster, “King Of Boys.”
The movie which was on the lips of many for days before the awards ceremony set the standard by becoming the Nigerian film with the highest number of awards at 2019 AMAA.
The movie got nine nominations and won in three categories – NFVCB Best Nigerian Film, Best Actress in a Supporting Role and Best Actress in a Leading Role.
The event which was co-hosted by Kemi Lala Akindoju, Lorenzo Menakaya and comedian, Funnybone also witnessed wins for stakeholders in the Nigerian movie industry.
Below is the full list of the winners:
1. Michael Anyiam Osigwe Award For Best Film by an African-Born Director Living Abroad: Julius Amedume – Rattlesnakes
2. Best Diaspora Short Film: Bail (UK)
3. Best Diaspora Documentary: My Friend Fela (Brazil)
4. Best Diaspora Narrative Feature: Hero (Trinidad and Tobago/Canada)
5. Best Achievement in Production Design: Redemption (Mozambique)
6. Best Achievement in Costume Design: Mercy of the Jungle (Rwanda)
7. Best Achievement in Make-Up: Mercy of the Jungle (Rwanda)
8. Best Achievement in Soundtrack: Mabata Bata (Mozambique)
9. Best Achievement in Visual Effects: Knockout Blessing (Nigeria)
10. NFVCB Award For Best Nigerian Film: King of Boys
11. Best Documentary: Khartoum Offside (Sudan)
12. Ousmane Sembene Award For Best Film in an African Language: Rafiki (Kenya)
13. Efere Ozako Award For Best Short Film: A Tune of Kora (SENEGAL)
14. Best Achievement in Sound: Mabata Bata (Mozambique)
15. Best Achievement in Cinematography: Sew the Winter to My Skin (S. Africa)
16. Best Achievement in Editing: Rafiki (Kenya)
17. Best Achievement in Screenplay: Redemption (Mozambique)
18. Best Animation: Choices – Nigeria
19. Best Young/Promising Actor: Cynthia Dankwa (Esi) BURIAL OF KOJO
20. Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Jarrid Geduld 9 (Abie) Ellen, The Ellen Parkies Story (WINNER)
21. Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Adesua Etomi (Kemi) The King of Boys
22. Best Actor in a Leading Role: Marc Zinga (Mercy of the Jungle) (WINNER)
23. Best Actress in a Leading Role: Sola Sobowale (Eniola)
24. Best Director-First Feature Film: Blitz Bazawule – The Burial of Kojo (Ghana)
25. Best Director: Jahmil X. Qubeka – Sew the Winter to My Skin (S. Africa)
26. Best Film: Mercy of the Jungle (Rwanda)
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