Uche Jombo’s Damage, Anchor Baby jostle for Best film award

Uche Jombo’s trilogy film, ‘Damage” is on the threshold of making history again going by the nominations for the Best film in this year’s edition of the prestigious Nollywood and African Film Critics Awards(NAFCA), scheduled to hold on Sunday, September 16, at Carolina Theater, Durham North Carolina, USA.

Uche Jombo

The list of nominations released by the event organisers, show that ‘Damage’  which has four  nominations out of the nine categories will be jostling for the prize alongside  such films as “The Professor”, ‘Anchor baby’, “Treacherous Heart” and “Ünge’s War.’ The film is also nominated for Best Docu-Drama, Best Drama and Best Screenplay.

It was followed by ‘Ünge’s War’ produced by US based Nigerian film maker, GuGu  E. Michaels, which has three nominations; Best Traditional film, Best Film, and Best Visual Effects.

Lancelot Imasuen’s epic film, “Adesuwa’ and Lilian Bach’s ‘Eletan” respectively had two nominations each; Best Traditional film and Best Visual Effects.

Also, “Kajola’ is being nominated for the Best Trailer/Short Film  just as ‘Champion of Our Time’ is to jostle for the prize of Best Docu-Drama with “films such as “As I die Slowly”, “Wamba”, “Eyes on Hope”and “Damage.”

Nominated for the Best Original Score  award nominees are; ‘Lost in Abroad-Katumbela, Immoral Affairs-Joyce  Ngimah, “Stolen’, Nigerian National Anthem-The Professor and I love Africa-The Professor.

Meanwhile, organsiers  named Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola of Lagos State and President Yahya AJJ Jammeh of the Gambia as among the dignitaries that will be honoured during the event.  They will be given the Special NAFCA Life Time Achievement awards.

Others are Olu Jacobs and  Pete Edochie who will bag the Special NAFCA Life Time achievement in Cinema awards, Zeb Ejiro and Patience Ozokwor(Special NAFCA Most Influential People), Moses Adejumo Olaiya (Baba Sala) and  Zebrudaya Okoigwe Nwogbo (Chika Zerudaya Alias 4:30) who will also receive the Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre awards amongst others.

Commenting on the nominations,the founder and the CEO of NAFCA , Dr. Victor O. Olatoye said  “we received over 200 films from African filmmakers worldwide and we are very proud of our filmmakers for the significant improvements we continue to see as we review the films.

NAFCA 2012 is going to be our biggest award to date and we are partnering with the North Carolina Museum of Art here in the United States and over 50 members of the press, (prints and online) to help spread the good news.

This year,  we have new and improved categories we feel are needed based on our research within the industry, such as Lifetime Achievement in Cinema and Theater.”

Olatoye also added, “this year’s entries in 40 major categories are judged against a stringent set of registered movie star ratings standards. I want to personally thank all the filmmakers for their trust and support. I also want to congratulate all the nominees for their hard work, it was not an easy process, but we appreciate the opportunity given to us.”

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