It was a glitzy evening at the weekend when the 10th edition of the Africa Movie Academy Award (AMAA) held at the Gabriel Okara Cultural Centre in Yenogoa, the capital of Bayelsa State.
The awards show, which rewards excellence in African cinema, was graced by dignatories from Africa and the Diaspora. There was a huge turnout of filmmakers, actors, actresses as well as top officials from Bayelsa State government.
This year, the colourful event attracted over 500 entries, including short films, documentaries, features and animation. Interestingly, there were new additions to the existing categories: The Madiba Award, which recognises any movie that foregrounds the principle of the late freedom fighter, Nelson Mandela and the Joyce Banda Award, which recognizes women empowerment.
The 10th anniversary of AMAA was headed by one of Nigeria’s best known film and art critics, Steve Ayorinde. Other panelists include: Ayuko Babu, Dorothee Wenner, Asantewa Olatunji, June Givanni, Prof. Hyginus Ozoemen Ekwuazi, John Akomefrah and Keith Shiri.
The event, which has been described as the best in history of AMAA, scored a plus in so many ways.
Although it has come and gone, winners in different categories will, for a long time, treasure the memory.
In particular, South Africa literally stole the day, as a number of creative works from her movie industry clinched the highest number of awards at the ceremony.