And so, the nominations are out for the films that will vie for AMAA glory on March 27 in Bayelsa State, Nigeria.
The big contender for Nigeria is the forthcoming film, 'Aramotu', a Niji Akanni directed film entirely in Yoruba and starring Idiat Shobande as the eponymous heroine. Aramotu garnered 6 nominations including Best Actress, Best Director and Best Film! Aramotu premieres in March in Lagos.
Perhaps the strongest film overall is Sinking Sands, by Ghanaian director Leila Djansi and starring Ama K. Abebrese and Haitian actor, Jimmy Jean-Louis. All three are rewarded with nods in the Director, Best Actress and Best Actor category. Altogether, Sinking Sands has at least 8 nominations.
Other strong films in the nominations are Viva Riva! (Congo), A Small Town Called Descent (South Africa), Izulu Lami (South Africa), Hopeville (South Africa) and Shirley Adams (South Africa).
There are respectably showings for Nigerian films like Mahmood Ali-Balogun's 35mm film, 'Tango With Me', for which Genevieve Nnaji gets a Best Actress nod; Tunde Kelani's 'Maami' (nomination for young newcomer, Ayomide Abatti); A Private Storm and Yoruba film, Yemoja (Best Actor nomination for Antar Laniyan).
As everyone here is saying, see you in Bayelsa March 27.
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