…as Eyimofe, Somalia’s ‘The Gravedigger’s Wife lead the way
By Benjamin Njoku
Governor Babajide Sanwo Olu of Lagos State has stressed the need for African countries to work together to boost the creative industry, saying “there is power in oneness as a continent.”
Sanwo-Olu made the remarks at the 17th edition of the Africa Movie Academy Awards,AMAA, which was held Sunday night, at the popular Marriot Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos.
According to him, Lagos state government is making a commitment to host AMAA for the next three years in the bid to strengthen African unity through creativity.
“This is the time for us to come together. And with the creative world, you can see that when we work together, there is power in unity in Africa; there is power in oneness . That’s why the Lagos State government is making a commitment to host AMAA for the next three years,” the governor said.
This year’s AMAA, held amid gaiety had in attendance movie stars, producers and directors across Africa, government officials, stakeholders and captains of industry.
The night was ruled by Nigeria’s “Ëyimofe” and Somalia’s first-ever submission for the Academy Awards ‘The Gravedigger’s Wife.’
While ‘The Gravedigger’s Wife’ won five awards, “Eyimofe” also known as ‘This Is My desire’ directed by Arie Esiri and Chuko Esiri won four awards, including Best Nigerian Film, Best Director , Best Achievement in Sound and Best first feature film.
Also, Somalia’sThe Gravedigger’s Wife’ won the Best Film award, Best Film in African Language, Achievement in make-up, Achievement in production Design and Best Actor in a lead role won by Omar Abdi.
Ugandan star actress, Joan Agaba defeated Nigeria’s Funke Akindele-Bello and Rita Dominic to clinch the Best Actress award for her role in the movie titled “Torture.”
Kunle Afolayan’s “Citation”won AMAA Best Achievement in Soundtrack, while “Ayinla”,a musical eponymous film based on the life of Ayinla Yusuf popularly known as Ayinla Omowura, directed by
Tunde Kelani won AMAA Best Achievement in Cinematography.
The award night hosted by Chioma Omeruah (Chigul), and Stanley Chibuna popularly known as Funny Bone, featured electrifying performances from 9ice among