Nigerian flicks, Soldier’s Story and ‘Osimiri’ have led movies with highest nominations in the 2016, Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) scheduled to hold on June 11, 2016 in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State.
Announcing the nominations at a press briefing that held in Protea Hotel, Ikeja GRA on Sunday, May 15, 2016 was the Head of the jury for the 12th edition, Shuaibu Husseini.
According to Husseini, 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.
Joining the Soldier’s Story and Osimiri are South African highly rated flick, ‘Ayanda’ and Ghanaian flick, ‘The Cursed One.’
Competing for the best film category are Dry (Nigeria), Ayanda (South Africa), Tell Me Sweet Something (South Africa), The Cursed One (Ghana), Fifty (Nigeria), Eye of the Storm (Burkina Faso), La Pagne (Niger) and Behind Closed Doors (Morocco).
Nigeria’s 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. Husseini disclosed that AMAA received nominations from Cape Verde, Gambia, Morocco, Uganda, Togo, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Cameroun, Mali, Ethiopia, Niger, Kenya, Algeria and Egypt, including Nigeria and expressed satisfaction about the quality of the films.
“We are very happy about the quality of works that came into the competition this year and it gladdens our heart that every year the objectives of the awards are being achieved with film makers in Africa and beyond upping their game,” said Husseini.
The 12th edition of the AMA Awards will also be honouring late Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, the pillar of the awards ceremony, who was touted as the man that bore it all by the founder, Peace Anyiam Osigwe.