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19th AMAA: Organisers Reiterate Call For Entries



The African Film Academy (AFA), organisers of the globally-celebrated Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) has reiterated the call for submission of entries for the 19th edition of the annual awards, slated to hold in Lagos, Nigeria later this year.

The call reiterated that submissions started on December 1, 2022 and will be open till March 31, 2023.

Late entry deadline is said to be June 30, 2023.

The reiteration is considered necessary after the sudden death of AMAA Founder, Peace Anyiam-Osigwe, earlier this month.


The family of the deceased, in formally announcing her death, had said the dream of the founder would not perish, promising that both AMAA and the series of film training programmes, such as Film In A Box and the 100 Movie Project initiated by the founder, would continue on a yearly basis through AFA.

As such, nominations for this year’s AMAA will be announced in August 2023, with only “films produced and released between January 2022 and 30th March 2023 maybe submitted,” according to the organisers.

“Each completed entry for 2023 entries must be accompanied by all the supporting materials listed on the submission forms, including a synopsis of the film, the list of credits, marketing stills of the film, filmographies of the directors and producers, emails of cast and crew submissions can be made on

“All films must indicate the year of copyright. The Africa Film Academy will not accept any film that exceeds the 120-minute run as a feature film or a short film that is longer than 40 minutes.

“AMAA awards two major categories of short films and animation. The Academy also awards the category for Best Africa Film in the Diaspora and Best Diaspora Short Film Awards, inclusive of Caribbean Shorts and Caribbean features.”


Organisers also said for this 19th edition, AFA intends to introduce a special category for Asian Foreign Language Film.

The 19th edition of the AMAAs will be held on October 29, 2023 in Lagos in partnership with the Lagos State Government and will be televised globally.

To stay up to date with the latest information regarding the 19th African Movie Academy Awards and for more information on submissions, producers or their agents are urged to visit the African Movie Academy Awards Website at follow us on our social media handles.


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Phone: +234 906 915 2135.

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Barrifest 2024 holds in Ibadan



A release by Secretary of the BarryFest, Asiwaju Ademola Adesingbin indicated that the event would hold between February 9, 2024 when Barrister would have clocked 76 and February 10, 2024.

We are going to observe a special birthday Jumat Prayer at the Muftau Lanihun Mosque, Ibadan. Later, we are going to unveil a Cenotaph in memory of Barrister on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway,” he said.

According to Adesingbin, a gala night would wrap up the Day One at the Ilaji Hotel and Resort, Akanran, Ibadan.

“On Day Two, that is, February 10, we are going to host invited guests such as Senator Sharafadeen Abiodun Alli, Yeye Adunola Oredolapo Adesuyi while Director General of the National Orientation Agency (NOA), Mallam Lanre Issa Onilu will deliver a paper as guest Speaker.”


After the lecture, premiere of the first episode of Fuji documentary titled “Mr Fuji Barry Wonder” by a US-based Professor Saheed Aderinto will hold; followed by presentation of award and live performances by fuji musicians.

“We have done all we should to host yet another historic event in honour of Alhaji Barrister who remains our source of joy 13 years after his death,” Adesingbin said

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40years after, Haruna Ishola’s Son, Wasiu Eulogise Father



It was a memorable event where notable personalities gathered to give the Apala music legend, Alhaji Haruna Ishola Bello (MON) a befitting 40 years remembrance of his demise and great impact he made in the music industry.

The event which was held in 2 different locations, his hometown in Ijebu Igbo and grand reception in Lagos were moments to celebrate his great works and legacies left for his children.

At his home town, the family held a week long events of commissioning of boreholes and official opening of a central Mosque among other activities to eulogised the man who pioneer Apala music in Nigeria.

With the train moving to Lagos, the LTV 8 premises was filled with family,friends and fun lovers who witnessed Cleric prayers for the family , unveiling of some music works of the legend and his children who are into music and live performances of artists in different genre of music.


The Lagos event was attended by business icons,show promoters, media personalities, celebrities to mention just a few.

The concluding electrifying performance of Wasiu Haruna Ishola sealed the day as he dishes out old tunes from his father and newer collections from his stable.

In show of appreciation to those who supported the events morally and financially , representing the entire family, Wasiu Haruna Ishola gave a vote of thanks and pray for all in attendance.

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‘Mami Wata’, ‘Anikulapo’ Shine As Burkina Faso, Senegal Win Big At 19th AMAA [FULL LIST]



Kunle Afolayan’s 2022 epic movie, ‘Anikulapo’, and C.J. Obasi’s multiple award-winning ‘Mami Wata’ were among the winners at the 19th edition of the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA), which took place on Sunday, October 29.

Both film made Nigeria proud at the event that was hosted at the Balmoral Convention Centre in Lagos by Nancy Isime, Rahama Sadau, and Ghana’s Richard Ato Turkson.

‘Anikulapo’ won the Ousmane Sembene Award for Best Film in an African Language, and also earned Afolayan an award for Best Production Design, while ‘Mami Wata’ won the Precious Arebamen Prize for Best Achievement in Make-Up, Achievement in Cinematography and Best Nigerian Film.

However it was the Senegalese 2022 thriller ‘Xale’ that went home with the highly-coveted Best Film plaque, in addition to three other awards.


The ceremony also produced its first Best female director as the Best Director award went to 47-year-old talented Byrkinabe filmmaker, Apolline Traore, for her film ‘Sira’. The film also won in the Best Sound category.

The event featured touching tributes to the late founder of AMAA, Peace Ogechi Anyiam-Osigwe, who passed away earlier in January.

The colourful ceremony witnessed performances by Nigeria Idol’s superstar, Zadok and Kcee among others. It also honored a few veterans, including actor Charles Olumo, popularly known as Agbako, with a lifetime achievement award for more than 60 years of contribution to Nigeria’s film industry.

Here are the Winners of the Academy Awards (AMAA) in various categories:

Efere Ozako Award for Best Short Film
– Winner: “Lions” – Ethiopia
Jubril Malaifia Award for Best Animation
– Winner: “Jabari” – Ghana
Best Documentary
– Winner: “Le Spectre de Boko Haram” – Cameroon
Ousmane Sembene Award for Best Film in an African Language
– Winner: “Anikulapo” – Nigeria
Michael Anyiam Osigwe Award for Best Film by an African-born director Living Abroad
– Winner: “KOFA” – Nigeria/Canada
Best Diaspora Short Film
– Winner: “Raw Materials” – Jamaica
Best Diaspora Documentary
– Winner: “Sound of the Police” – United States
Best Diaspora Narrative Feature
– Winner: “Our Father, The Devil” – United States
Best Achievement in Production Design
– Winner: “Anikulapo” – Nigeria
Best Achievement in Costume Design
– Winner: “Xalé” – Senegal
Best Achievement in Make-Up
– Winner: “Mami Wata” – Nigeria
Best Achievement in Soundtrack
– Winner: “Fight Like a Girl” – Rwanda
Best Achievement in Visual Effects
– Winner: “Gangs of Lagos” – Nigeria
Best Achievement in Sound
– Winner: “Sira” – Burkina Faso
Best Achievement in Cinematography
– Winner: “Mami Wata” – Nigeria
Best Achievement in Editing
– Winner: “Omen” – Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)
Best Achievement in Screenplay
– Winner: “Xalé” – Senegal
National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) Award for Best Nigerian Film
– Winner: “Mami Wata”
Best Young/Promising Actor
– Winner: Maleek Sanni for “Gangs of Lagos”
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
– Winner: Jimmy Jean-Louis for “Rise” – United States
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
– Winner: Rokhaya Niang for “Xalé” – Senegal
Best Actor in a Leading Role
– Winner: Tobi Bakre for “Brotherhood” – Nigeria
Best Actress in a Leading Role
– Winner: Nse Ikpe-Etim for “4-4-44 (Four Four Forty-Four)” – Nigeria
Debut Feature by a Director
– Winner: Baloji for “Omen” – DRC
Best Director
– Winner: Apolline Traore for “Sira”
Best Film
– Winner: “Xalé” – Senegal


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