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AMAA 2019: Reminisce, Seyi Shay, Adesua, Joke Silva bag nominations [See full list]


The Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) on Wednesday night announced nominations for the 2019 edition of the much-coveted continental awards with Nigeria’s ‘The Delivery Boy’ and ‘King of Boys’ snagging the most nominations.

AMAA is Africa’s oldest and biggest academy award for films. It is presented annually to recognize excellence among professionals working in, or non-African professionals who have contributed to, the African film industry.

The much-anticipated nomination list, featuring films from across Africa, was live broadcast by the academy on Wednesday night.

Nigeria scored the most nominations with the Adekunle ‘Nodash’ Adejuyigbe-directed film ‘The Delivery Boy’ scoring 12 nominations while Kemi Adetiba-directed ‘King of Boys’ pulled eight nominations.

Nigerian singers Remilekun Safaru popularly known as Reminisce was nominated as ‘Best Actor in Supporting Role’ for his role in ‘King of Boys’, while Seyi Shay got nominated for ‘Best Actress in a Leading Role’ for her role in ‘Lara and the Beats’.

Adesua Etomi also bagged nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for starring as Kemi in The King of Boys.

Actors in ‘The Delivery Boy’, a film that explores the backstory of terrorists, earned nominations for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Jemima Osunde) and Promising Actor (Jammal Ibrahim).

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Veteran Nollywood actresses Joke Silva and Sola Sobowale also earned nominations for Best Actress in a Leading Role and Best Actress in a Supporting Role respectively.



See full list of nominees:

1. Efere Ozako Award For Best Short Film And the nominees are:

1 The Fisherman Ghana

2 A Tune of Kora SENEGAL

3 ICYASHA Rwanda


5 Vagabond GHANA

6 Measure of a Woman South Africa

7 Mma Moeketsi

8 Motswakwa BOTSWANA

9 Tonight’s Opening Act EGYPT

10 Hello Rain NIGERIA


2. AMAA 2019 Award For Best Animation

1.​ Kitwana Journey – Kenya

2.​ Choices – Nigeria

3. ​Isolated- Kenya

4. ​Afrogames – Burkina Faso


3. AMAA 2019 Award For Best Documentary

1. ​Djambar, Sembene the Unsubmissive Cameroon

2.​The State Against Mandela South Africa

3.​Golden Fish, African Fish Senegal

4.​Skin Nigeria


4. AMAA 2019 Award For Best Documentary

5.​ Khartoum Offside Sudan

6.​Le loups d’or de Balole Burkina Faso

7. ​Sur Les Traces de Mamani Abdoulaye Niger

8.​No Gold For Katsaka Burkina Faso

9. ​Mother, I am Suffocating, This Is My Last Film About You ~ Lesotho

5. Ousmane Sembene Award For Best Film in an African Language ​

1. Makeroom Nigeria

​2. Mabata Bata Mozambique

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​3. Rafiki Kenya
4. Bahasha -The Envelope Tanzania

​5. Azali Ghana


6. Michael Anyiam Osigwe Award For Best Film by an African-Born Director Living Abroad ​

1. Julius Amedume – Rattlesnakes

​2. Tosin Coker – Lara and the Beats

​3. Robert O. Peters – Makeroom


7. #AMAA2019 Award For Best Diaspora Short Film

​1.​ Bail United Kingdom

2.​ Oath Bound United Kingdom

3. ​Fevah USA

4. ​I Am Superman Brazil


8. #AMAA2019 Award For Best Diaspora Documentary

1.​ Wax Print 1 FABRIC, 4 continent United Kingdom

2. ​The Guardian of No Return Guadalope

3. ​Dare to Dream USA/CUBA

4. Drugs as Weapons Against Us USA

5. ​My Friend Fela Brazi


9. #AMAA2019 Award For Best Diaspora Narrative Feature​

1. ​Nine Nights UK

2.​ Olympia USA

3. ​Traffik USA

4. ​Hero Trinidad and Tobago/Canada

5. ​Sprinter Jamaica

10. #AMAA2019 Award For Best Achievement in Production Design

​1. Redemption Mozambique 🇲🇿

​2. Rafiki Kenya 🇰🇪

​3. Ellen, The Ellen Parkies Stories South Africa 🇿🇦

​4. Urgent Morocco🇲🇦

​5. Burial of Kojo Ghana🇬🇭

​6. Sew the Winter to My Skin South Africa 🇿🇦

​7. Mercy of the Jungle Rwanda 🇷🇼

​8. Delivery Boy Nigeria o


11. #AMAA2019 Award For Best Achievement in Make-Up

​1 Makeroom Nigeria


​2 Gold Statue Nigeria🇳🇬

​3 Veronica’s Wish Uganda🇺🇬

​4 Sew the Winter to My Skin South Africa🇿🇦

​5 Before the Vows GHANA🇬🇭

6 Mercy of the Jungle Rwanda🇷🇼

7 The Burial of Kojo Ghana🇬🇭


12 #AMAA2019 Award For Best Achievement in Soundtrack

​1 Subira Kenya🇰🇪

​2 Mabata Bata Mozambique🇲🇿

​3 Farewell Ella Bella South Africa🇿🇦

​4. Mercy of the Jungle Rwanda 🇷🇼

5. Sew the Winter to My Skin South Africa 🇿🇦

​6. Lara and the Beats Nigeria 🇳🇬

​7. The Delivery Boy Nigeria 🇳🇬

​8. Redemption​ Mozambique 🇲🇿

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13 #AMAA2019 Award For Best Achievement in Visual Effects

​1. Makeroom 🇳🇬

​2. Sew the Winter to My Skin 🇿🇦

​3. Knockout Blessing 🇳🇬

4. Mabata Bata Mozambique 🇲🇿

5. The Delivery Boy 🇳🇬

6. The King of Boys 🇳🇬

7. Burial of Kojo 🇬🇭


14 #AMAA2019 Award For Best Achievement in Sound

​1. The Last Victim 🇿🇦

2. Sew the Winter to My Skin 🇿🇦

3. Makeroom 🇳🇬

4. The Delivery Boy 🇳🇬

5. The Burial of Kojo 🇬🇭

6. Urgent 🇲🇦

7. Mabata Bata Mozambique 🇲🇿

8. Redemption 🇲🇿


15 #AMAA2019 Award For Best Achievement in Cinematography

1. Mabata Bata Mozambique 🇲🇿

2. Sew the Winter to My Skin🇿🇦

3. Mother, I am Suffocating, This Is My Last Film About You Lesotho 🇱🇸

4. Redemption Mozambique 🇲🇿

5. Rafiki 🇰🇪

6. Delivery Boy 🇳🇬

7. The Burial of Kojo 🇬🇭

8. Redemption Mozambique 🇲🇿


16 #AMAA2019 Award For Best Achievement in Editing

​1 The Delivery Boy 🇳🇬

​2 The Burial of Kojo 🇬🇭

​3 The Last Victim🇿🇦

​4 Rafiki 🇰🇪

​5 The Gold Statute🇳🇬

​6 Diamond in the Sky🇳🇬

​7 Mercy of the Jungle Rwanda🇷🇼

​8 Sew The Winter To My Skin 🇿🇦


17 #AMAA2019 Award For Best Achievement in Screenplay

​1 The Delivery Boy 🇳🇬

​2 The Last Victim 🇿🇦

​3 Rafiki 🇰🇪

​4 Diamond in the Sky 🇳🇬

​5 Gold Statute 🇲🇦

​6 Lara and the Beats 🇳🇬

​7 Redemption Mozambique 🇲🇿

​8 Up North 🇳🇬


18 #AMAA2019 /National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) Award For Best Nigerian Film

​1 The Delivery Boy

​2. Lara and the Beats

​3 Makeroom

​4 King of Boys

​5 Gold Statute

​6 Up North

7 Knockout Blessing


19 Award For Best Young/Promising Actor

​1 Youssef Alaoui (Ayoub) URGENT

​2 Angel Onyinyechi Unigwe (Adaeze) LIGHT IN THE DARK

​3 Cynthia Dankwa (Esi) BURIAL OF KOJO

​4 Emilio Bilo (Azarias) Mabata Bata

​5 Jamma Ibrahim (Amir) The Delivery Boy

6 Catherine Credo (Neema) Fatuma


20. AMAA 2019 Award For Best Young/Promising Actor

1. Youssef Alaoui (Ayoub) URGENT
2. Angel Onyinyechi Unigwe (Adaeze) LIGHT IN THE DARK
3. Cynthia Dankwa (Esi) BURIAL OF KOJO
4. Emilio Bilo (Azarias) Mabata Bata
5. Jamma Ibrahim (Amir) The Delivery Boy
6. Catherine Credo (Neema) Fatuma

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21. AMAA 2019 Award For Best Actor in a Supporting Role

1. Remilekun “Reminisce” Sarafu (Makanaki) – King of Boys
2. Jarrid Geduld 9 (Abie) – Ellen, The Ellen Parkies Story
3. Zolisa Xaluva (Wyatt Earp) – Sew the Winter to my Skin
4. Kanayo O. Kanyayo (Chief Otuekong) – Up North
5. Kobina Amissah-Sam (Kwabina) – The Burial of Kojo
6. Bucci Franklyn (Dagogo) – Knockout Blessing


22. AMAA 2019 Award For Best Actress in a Supporting Role

1. Eniola Shobayo (Vivian) – Knockout Blessing

2. Linda Ejiofor (Oby) – Knockout Blessing

3. Kandyse McClure (Golden Eyes) – Sew the Winter to My Skin

4. Adesua Etomi (Kemi) – The King of Boys

5. Joke Silva (Mama Jumoke) – Light in the Dark

6. Arlete Bombe (Mia) – Redemption


23. AMAA 2019 Award For Best Actor in a Leading Role

1. Gabriel Afolayan – Gold Statue

2 Joseph Otsiman (Kojo) – The Burial of Kojo

3 Chinedu Ikedieze (Big Chi) – Lara and the Beats

4 Jimmy Jean Louis (RobertMcQueen) – Rattlesnakes

5. Gil Alexandre (Bruno) – Redemption

6. Marc Zinga – Mercy of the Jungle

7. Ezra Mabengeza (Samson) – Sew The Winter To My Skin

8. Ayoub Bombwe (Mwanyusi) – Fatuma


24. AMAA 2019 Award For Best Actress in a Leading Role

1 Sheila Munyiva (Ziki) – Rafiki

2. Rita Dominic (Jumoke Arinze) – Light in the Dark

3. Jill Levenberg (Ellen) – The Ellen Parkies Story

4. Beatrice Taisamo (Fatuma) – Fatuma

5. Seyi Shay (Lara) – Lara and the Beats

6. Sola Sobowale (Eniola) – King of Boys

7. Jemima Osunde (Nkem) – The Delivery Boy

8. Samantha Mugatsia (Kena) – Rafiki


25. AMAA 2019 Award For Best Director-First Feature Film

1. Blitz Bazawule – The Burial of Kojo (Ghana)

2. Adekunle “Nodash” Adejuyigbe – The Delivery Boy (Nigeria)

3. Sippy Chadha – Subira (Tanzania)

4. Nicole Amarteifo – Before the Vows (Ghana)


Bollywood, Nollywood good to work in, says Nigerian actress who broke into Indian film industry



Nigerian actress, Kehinde Omisande, believes collaborations between the Nigerian film industry and their Indian counterpart will yield good fruits.

Omisande recently broke into Bollywood after she featured in a Netflix original, ‘Little Things’, an Indian movie.

Though she is yet to work in the Nollywood industry, the actress vowed to contribute her quota to its development.

She said,

“I can’t compare both because I haven’t worked in the Nigerian movie industry, but from what I have seen, I think I would prefer to work in my country home’s industry more just because I think it will be easier for me mostly because of the language.

“I don’t understand Hindu, which will make it a little bit hard for me, but all the same, I think both industries are good to work in. I have a better plan for both industries. I will do my best to contribute my quota to the industries. I am committed to impacting greatly to foster the industry especially that of my country by extending qualities that will improve the standard of the industry.”


“I think there are a lot of opportunities. I have an example of someone who has made appearances here which shows that it is possible. I don’t know if it is up to me to foster synergy.

“Hopefully, the authorities or agents or whoever influences both sides can see. I hope it is possible. I think it should be. I will do my best in my way.”

On her challenges as a Nigerian in Bollywood, she said,

“As I said earlier, it should be a language barrier. Although in Bollywood movies, they speak the English language, Hindi is their main language. So, as a Nigerian in their midst, it has not been easy and if you watch ‘Little Things’ season three on Netflix, you would see that I spoke little Hindi and luckily for me, my siblings taught me some Hindi words when I came to India, so, when I see them on the script I know what they mean.”

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Mercy Aigbe speaks on crushing on 2Baba, first encounter with Sola Sobowale



Mercy Aigbe

Nigerian actress, director and businesswoman, Mercy Aigbe, has revealed her first encounter with Nollywood veteran, Sola Sobowale.

According to the 42-year-old, before she got into the industry, she admired Liz Benson and Sola Sobowale; the former for her beauty and the later for the way she interpreted her roles.

However, her first encounter with the Sobowale a.k.a Toyin Tomato ended in tears.

Recounting the first encounter she had with Sobowale, Aigbe said,

“Before I got into the industry, I admired Sola Sobowale because she knows her onions. One day, I got a call to come on set for a movie titled, ‘Ohun Oko So Mi Da’.

“The movie was produced by Aunty Sola and I was shivering when I got to the set. I asked myself, ‘Would I be able to act in the presence of my role model?’ I went to a corner and prayed to God and told myself, ‘This is my opportunity. I shouldn’t allow Aunty Sola overshadow me. I should let my star shine.’

“Unfortunately for me, in that particular scene, I wasn’t meant to talk at all. I acted the role of her husband’s secretary and was dating her husband. She came to my character’s house to warn her. I was not supposed to say anything but I thought that as an up-and-coming actress, she would just kill my ‘star’ if I didn’t say anything. Guess what I did. I gave myself lines. As she was ranting, I was reacting to her rants. When she held me, I put my hands inside her brassiere. She just told the director to end the scene at that point, asking where they found ‘this kind of girl’.”

The ‘77 Bullets’ actress also maintained that she learnt consistency and doggedness from her mother. She added,

“I learnt being dogged from my mum. She is a very strong woman, who never gives up. She is very consistent and hardworking. I believe that whatever one wants to do, one has to keep at it until one succeeds.”

Actress, Mercy Aigbe, has revealed that for a long time, she had a crush on ‘African Queen’ singer, 2baba (formerly 2face Idibia).

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Aigbe stated this during the week as a guest on Gbenga Adeyinka’s Instagram Live chat. After Adeyinka played ‘African Queen’ while on the video call, Aigbe said with a broad smile,

“Don’t tell anybody o. For a very long time, I had a crush on 2baba.”

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Bollywood actor Ranjit Chowdhry, who appeared in ‘The Office’ and ‘Prison Break’, dies at 65



Famous Bollywood actor, Ranjit Chowdhry, who appeared in two episodes of “The Office and Prison Break has died at the age of 65.

According to local reports, the actor died on Wednesday at a Mumbai hospital after he travelled to his home country from the US several months ago.

Local theatre personality Dolly Thakore told the Orissa Post that Chowdhry suffered a ruptured ulcer on April 14 and was taken to a local hospital, where he died during surgery.

‘He got a ruptured ulcer in the intestine which happened April 14. A physician was called who said he needs to go to the hospital and he was taken to Breach Candy hospital. They operated on him but he died at the hospital yesterday at 4 in the morning,’ Dolly said.

Chowdhry first starred in Indian comedies of the late ’70s and early ’80s before moving to the US. He appeared in two episodes of The Office in season 5 of the NBC sitcom.

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In the United States Ranjit is best known for his appearance in Prison Break, Girls, and Law & Order as well as the Last Holiday starring Queen Latifah and the 1990 film Lonely in America among others.

Chowdhry, who has acted in films including ‘Khoobsurat’ and ‘Khatta Meetha’, died in the US on April 15. He was 65.

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His half-sister Raell Padamsee made the announcement on social media.

Chowdhry, who was the stepson of theatre personality Alyque Padamsee,  acted in films including ‘Khatta Meetha’ and ‘Baton Baton Mein’. He also worked with Deepa Mehta for her 2002 film ‘Bollywood/Hollywood’.

Rahul Khanna, who acted with him in ‘Bollywood/Hollywood’, tweeted:

“Despite his diminutive frame, he was a towering icon of Indian diaspora cinema and a master of his craft. By far, one of the most endearingly quirky and acerbically witty people i have had the pleasure of knowing.”

He was born in Mumbai and grew up with a theatre background. He was an outstanding character actor who could do justice to any role, no matter how quirky or brief.

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Acclaimed directors Deepa Mehta and Mira Nair have expressed their condolences and grief at the actor’s death. The remember him as a blazing, maverick talent.

According to a report in English daily, Nair intends to hold a tribute meeting for Chowdhry over Zoom as they are all amidst a coronavirus lockdown.

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