By Benjamin Njoku
The Garden city of Port-Harcourt, the Rivers State capital will be in the spotlight from tomorrow, as African movie stars, film makers, socialites and business leaders storm there for this year’s edition of the prestigious Africa Movie Academy Awards,AMAA, which holds at the Obi Wali International Conference Centre, Port Harcourt. At the moment, the oil-rich city is bubbling with life, as the movie stars have started arriving there in their tens of thousands ahead of tomorrow’s awards night.
Earlier in the week, the organizers unveiled Ghanaian musician, John Germain, Nigeria’s Mike Ezeuronye and South Africa’s On-Air Personality, Kgopedi Lilokoe, as the hosts for the awards night.
TheMinister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, according to the organizers, will be leading the Federal Government delegation to the awards night, which is designed to celebrate and recognize practitioners in the motion picture industry.
In a statement by the Director of Administration of the organization, Mr. Tony Anih, the 2016 awards event will be the 12th consecutive edition and the 11th time it will hold in Nigeria, having been hosted in 2015, by the City of Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
“It is a great development in the evolution of AMAA that we are back home this year having made the first voyage outside Nigeria last year to South Africa. We are indeed grateful to His Excellency, Governor Nyesom Wike, the government and good people of Rivers State for accepting to host us this year. We are set to forge a good relationship with the state, going forward.
Rivers State is a very strong brand and partnering with AMAA, an equally strong continental awards brand will provide a win-win for the state and the work we do to promote Africa to the rest of the world through our films,” said Mr. Anih.