Nollywood actors Jim Iyke, Mike Eze Ruonye, Ini Edo, Aki, Joke Silva, Kate Henshaw and others The seventh Edition of the Annual African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) has come and gone. The Prestigious award ceremony took place at the Gloryland Cultural Centre, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State on Saturday, March 26, 2011 and was well attended by various Nigerian movie stars including Mike Ezeruonye, Majid Michel, Joke Silver, Jim Iyke, Kate Henshaw, Chinedu Ikedieze (Aki), Ini edo among others. Notable performances on the night includes African pop duo P-square who wowed the audience with their dance routines. Congolese movie ‘Viva Riva’ which initially led with 13 nominations received the most awards on the night; an outstanding number of six awards were for Best Production Design, Best Cinematography, Best Director (Djo Tunda Wa Munga) , Best Actor in Supporting Role (Hoji Fortuna), Best Actress in Supporting Role (Marlene Longage) and Best Film. Surprisingly, Nigerian star actresses Genevieve Nnaji and Omoni Oboli who were up against each other in the Best Actress in Leading Role category for the movies ‘Tango with me’ and ‘Anchor baby’ respectively, both lost out to Manie Malone for the movie ‘Viva Riva’. However, Nigeria bagged five awards on the night. They include Edward Kagutuzi in the movie ‘Mirror Boy’ for Best Young actor, ‘Inale’ for Best Soundtrack, ‘In America: The Story Of The Soul Sisters’ by Rahman Oladigbolu for Best Film for African Abroad and ‘Aramotu’ for Best Costume Design and Best Nigerian Film by Niji Akanni. Best Film Viva Riva – Djo Tunda Wa Munga (Congo) Best Director Viva Riva – Djo Tunda Wa Munga Best Actress In Leading Role Amake Abebrese – Sinking Sands Best Actor In Leading Role Themba Ndaba – Hopeville Best Actress In Supporting Role Marlene Longage – Viva Riva Best Actor In Supporting Role Hoji Fortuna – Viva Riva Best Young Actor Edward Kagutuzi – Mirror Boy Best Child Actor Sobahle Mkhabase (Thembi), Tschepang Mohlomi (Chili-Bite) And Sibonelo Malinga (Khwezi) – Izulu Lami Best Film In African Language Izulu Lami – Madoda Ncayiyana (South Africa) Best Nigerian Film Aramotu – Niji Akanni Best Screenplay Sinking Sands Best Editing Soul Boy Best Cinematography Viva Riva Best Achievement In Sound Shirley Adams Best Visual Effects A Small Town Called Descent Best Soundtrack Inale Best Make Up Sinking Sands Best Costume Design Aramotu Best Production Design Viva Riva Best Film For African Abroad In America: The Story Of The Soul Sisters – Rahman Oladigbolu (Nigeria/USA) Best Diaspora Short Film Precipice – Julius Amedume (UK) Best Diaspora Documentary Stuborn As A Mule – Miller Bargeron Jr & Arcelous Deiels (USA) Best Diaspora Feature Suicide Dolls – Keith Shaw (USA) Best Documentary Kondi Et Le Jeudi Nationale – Ariana Astrid Atodji (Cameroun) Best Short Documentary After The Mine – Diendo Hamadi & Dinta Wa Lusula (DRC) Best Short Film Dina – Mickey Fonseca (Mozambique)
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