The Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) is the premier event celebrating African movies, stars, and the professionals behind them. The awards were founded by Peace Anyiam-Osigwe, a producer and heavyweight in the Nigerian and African film industries. The AMAA is largely considered to the the most important African film event, sometimes referred to as the African Oscars. It is a prestigious gathering of the biggest names in the African motion picture industry. The AMAA 2016 will take place in Port Harcourt, Nigeria on June 11, which is this coming Saturday. Port Harcourt will henceforth be the home of the awards after an agreement with the state and tourism authorities.

 

 

The nomination list was released last month and showed a truly pan-African compilation with motion pictures from Morocco to Senegal. Burkina Faso was represented in the “Best Short Film” category with the film “Nourah The Holy Light” and with “The Pencil” in the “Best Animation” category to name some.  Cape Verde made an appearance in the documentary section with “Tchindas,” which follows members of the country’s trans community as they prepare for Carnival.  However, a good number of films and people nominated come from Ghana suggesting that Ghana will likely win big at the AMAAs this year.

 

Ghana has a total of 15 nominations with five films. Director Nana Obiri Yeboah of “The Cursed Ones” stands a chance at winning the “Best Director” award. Highly acclaimed, “The Cursed Ones” is based on true events surrounding children accused of witchcraft. The movie appears in several other categories, including “Best Actor in Supporting Role” and “Best Young/Promising Actor.”

 

The AMAA also celebrates African languages with the provision of an award for “Best Film in an African Language.” Films nominated in that category include “Cursed Treasure” and “Daggers of Life” from Ghana. Uganda also had two slots in the list with “Bala Bala Sese” and “Wako.” In addition to this, several award categories are reserved for African filmmakers living in the Diaspora.

 

Will you be tuning into the AMAA this year? Which movies do you want to win big? Share your thoughts in the comments section below or on Twitter @rafeeeeta