By Benjamin Njoku
Rising actress, Adesua Etomi, who declared that “I’m not afraid any more” after wining the 2016 AMVCA best actress for her role as Muna, in “Falling” is living up to her claims.
The actress is gearing up to rewrite history as she has been nominated again for her role in the same movie in the forthcoming Africa Movie Academy Awards, AMAA.
Adesua was pitched against Thishiwe Ziqubu also nominated for her role in “Tell me Sweet Something”, Maureen Okpoko (Missing God), Ijeoma Grace Agu (Jimi Bendel/ Taxi Driver), Bontte Modiselle (Hear Me Move), Nthati Moshesh (Ayanda), and Linda Ejiofor who was nominated for her role in “Out of Luck.”
She has only sojourned in the industry for two years, but Adesua is already a force to reckon with in Nollywood. By nominating her in the AMAA best actress category, Adesua is on the way to write her name in gold as the best African actress on the continent. But she has actresses such as Linda Ejiofor, Thishiwe Ziqubu, Ijeoma Grace among others to beat in order to set a new record in Africa. No doubt, Adesua has proved to everyone that she’s on top of her game, and the possibility of her clinching the prestigious prize at this year’s AMAA is not in contention.
Looking back, the fair-complexioned actress broke record last year when she beat the likes of Genevieve Nnaji, Nse Ikpe-Etim, Belinda Effah, Fulu Mugovhani and Mary Lazarus to clinch the AMVCA best actress award. Also, OC Ukeje and Daniel K Daniel will be slugging it out in the Best Male in a lead role category alongside their contemporaries from other parts of Africa.
Announcing the nominations at a press parley last weekend, in Lagos, the Head of the jury, Shuaibu Husseini said, AMAA received over 420 films from filmmakers across 25 African countries of which 25 feature films and eight short films were nominated by the jury for the awards.
Nigerian flicks, “Soldier’s Story” and “Osimiri” had the highest nominations this year, followed by South African highly rated flick, ‘Ayanda’ and Ghanaian flick, ‘The Cursed One.’ The awards ceremony is scheduled to hold on June 11, 2016 in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State.