The Chief Executive Officer(CEO) of the Africa Movie Academy Awards(AMAA) during the week said that Nigeria and South Africa has a lot to do in the development of Africa and there should be co-0peration between the two. She said this at the at a gala night which took place at the Emperor Palace Hotel, Johannesburg, South Africa. The event and previous ones held are precursors to the Awards itself.
The event also served as the unveiling of the nominees at AMAA. Frome the nominees list, Nigeria, South Africa and Ghana have the highest number of nominations at the awards scheduled to take place at the oil-rich state of Bayelsa in a couple of weeks.
Celebrities from Nigeria, Ghana, Malawi, Namibia and South Africa were in attendance including representatives of the government of South Africa and Namibia while the delegation from Malawi was led by the daughter of President Joyce Banda, Mrs. Edith Akridge. South African films such as Of Good Report, The Forgotten Kingdom made good showing while Nigeria’s Apaye, Omo Elemosho, Accident, A mile from Home and Lagos Cougar placed the most populous black nation in the world in a strong position.
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Ghana’s Brother’s Keeper, Potomanto and Northern Affairs showed the West African country as a power house in business of film making. Other countries that had good nominations are Kenya, Mali, Cameroun, Mauritius, Malawi and the diaspora Africans from Trinidad & Tobaggo, among other 48 countries where entries came from.
Peace Anyiam-Osigwe, went thus, ‘’Our leaders should invest in our future and creative energy of the young people be it in music, film, fashion and other areas through appropriate funding and regulatory framework that will the creative industry viable just as the governments in India and United States did for their creative entrepreneurs.’’
Also speaking at the event was Director General of Bayelsa State Tourism Development Agency, Mrs Ebizi Brown. ‘’We have beautiful and exotic locations that are good for shooting of your films. Come and experience Bayelsa and we have incentives and talents that will make your work very smooth. We have stayed with AMAA in the last 10 years and we will continue as a state,’’ she said.
Celebrities in attendance were; Ramsey Noah, Funso Adeolu, Fathia Balogun, Fred Amata, Paul Obazele, Segun Arinze, Fidelis Duker, and Lydia Forson from Ghana among others.