By BENJAMIN NJOKU
The stage is set again as this year’s edition of the prestigious African Movie Academy Awards, AMAA, holds tonight in the beautiful city of Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
Already, expectations are high with the rainbow country bubbling with live, as leading African movie stars and industry operators throng the country in their tens of thousands ahead tonight’s awards ceremony.
But besides the various awards that will be given out by the organizer to the deserving practitioners tonight, there seems to be an uncontrollable anxiety over who wins the coveted Best Actress and Best Actor in a leading role awards.
Particularly, for the Best Actress award, the battle, according to some pundits, will likely be between Nigeria’s Ini Edo and her Ghanaian counterpart, Jocelyn Dumas. The two leading actresses were nominated for their roles in “While You Slept” and “Silver Rain” respectively. Ironically, they were also nominated in the same category last year, but none of them won the award.
While some pundits are tipping Ini Edo for the Best Actress award because she gave an excellent performance in her gripping role as Amaka in the emotional film,
“While You Slept”, others are certain that the award will go to either Jocelyn Duma or Lesliana Pereira for her role in “Njnga:Queen of Angola.”
However, those who have been privileged to see the film “Cheetenah” starring Queen Nwokoye as the lead act and “Juliet and Romeo” starring Aida Wang have no doubt that the actresses are strong contenders for the award.
Meanwhile, going by a recent survey conducted by IrokoTV, Jocelyn Dumas appears to be more popular among the fans than other contestants. She scored (58%, 2,282 votes) to beat Queen Nwokoye who scored (36%, 1,402 Votes) and Ini Edo (5%, 214 Votes). Lesliana Pereira-Njinga scored 0%, (15 Votes) and Aida Wang (0%, 9 Votes). Unfortunately, the score represents the fans’ choice, and not the verdict of the AMAA judges which is based on the quality of the film and performance of the lead act. But the question on everyone’s lips is: Who will win AMAA Best Actress award tonight?
Notwithstanding, the films to watch out tonight are Kunle Afolayan’s “October 1”, “Cheetanah, Iyore”, “Dazzling Mirage” by Tunde Kelani, “Triangle Going to America from Ethiopia”, Timbuktu from Mauritius and Queen of Angola from Angola. They are very strong in the various categories of the awards which they were nominated for.
But it should not be forgotten that the battle for this year’s AMAA awards will be between Nigeria and South Africa. Other countries like Ethiopia, Angola and Mauritius may not pose as threats to the two countries.