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AMAA announces 2012 award nominees

Adesuwa gets 7 nominations, including prize for Best Film and Best Nigerian Film

The nominees of the 2012 Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA), the continent's most prestigious awards for film makers, have been announced. The event took place at the Kairaba Hotel in Banjul, Gambia and was attended by a host of Nollywood and Gollywood celebrities.

The movie, Adesuwa, received over 7 nominations at the 2012 AMAA. Starring Olu Jacobs, Bob-Manuel Udokwu, Cliff Igbinovia, Kofi Adjorlolo, Iyobosa Olaya and Ngozi Ezeonu, Adesuwa is the true life story of Chief Obi Olise who demeans his throne because of a woman already betrothed to Oba Akengbuda of Benin.

This fascinating tale reveals the dangerous power of unbridled lust and its psycho-sociological implications. The movie treats this powerful emotion as a potent force capable of turning an otherwise sane human into a brutal beast, and sets on fire, two friendly and peaceful neighbours.

The categories for which the film was nominated are: Achievement in Production Design; Achievement in Soundtrack; Achievement in Visual Effects; Achievement in Costume Design; Best Nigerian Film; Best Film, and Best Director.

Iyobosa Olaya was nominated for Best Young/Promising Actor for his role in Adesuwa, while Ngozi Ezeonu was nominated for Best Supporting Actress.

After a successful premiere in London at the Odeon cinema in Greenwich, Adesuwa hits Nigerian cinemas on Friday May 4, 2012.

Rita Dominic, Nse Ikpe Etim, Yvonne Okoro, Uche Jombo are nominees for Best Actress in a Leading Role, while Majid Michel and Wale Ojo have been nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role.

Full list of nominees below:

AMAA 2012 BEST SHORT FILM
JAMAA – Uganda
Look Again – Kenya
Maffe Tiga – Guinea
Braids On Bald Head – Nigeria
Hidden Life – South Africa
Mwansa The Great – Zimbabwe
Chumo – Tanzania
The Young Smoker – Nigeria

AMAA 2012 BEST DOCUMENTARY
African Election – Nigeria/Germany
Beyond The Deadly Pit – Rwanda
Awa Ogbe An African Adventure – Algeria
Dear Mandella – South Africa
White & Black, Crime And Colour – Tanzania
The Niger Delta Struggle – Ghana
There Is Nothing Wrong With My Uncle – Nigeria
How Much Is Too Much – Kenya

AMAA 2012 BEST DIASPORA FEATURE
Toussanat Louverture – France
Ghetta Life – Jamaica
High Chicago – Canada
Elza – Guadelupe
Better Must Come – Jamaica
Kinyanrwanda – USA

AMAA 2012 BEST DIASPORA DOCUMENTARY
The Education Of Auma Obama – Germany
White Wash – USA
Almendron Mi Corazon – Guadeloupe
All Me The Life And Times Of Winfred Hubert – USA

AMAA 2012 BEST DIASPORA (SHORT FILM)John Doe – USA
White Sugar In A Black Pot – USA
The Lost One – USA

AMAA 2012 BEST ANIMATION
The Legend Of Ngog Hills – Kenya
Oba – Nigeria
Climate Change Is Real – Kenya
Egu – South Africa
Chomoka – Kenya

AMAA 2012 BEST FILM BY AN AFRICAN LIVING ABROAD
Mystery Of Birds – USA/Nigeria
Housemates – United Kingdom/Nigeria
Ben Kross – Italy/Nigeria
Paparezzi Eye In The Dark – USA/Nigeria/Ghana

AMAA 2012 ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION DESIGN
Somewhere In Africa – Ghana
Phone Swap – Nigeria
Otelo Burning – South Africa
Adesuwa – Nigeria
How To Steal 2 Million – South Africa

AMAA 2012 ACHIEVEMENT IN COSTUME DESIGN
Adesuwa – Nigeria
Rugged Priest – Kenya
Somewhere In Africa – Ghana
Queens Desire

AMAA 2012 ACHIEVEMENT IN MAKE-UP
Rugged Priest – Kenya
State Research Bureau –Uganda
Adesuwa – Nigeria
Somewhere in Africa – Ghana
Shattered – Kenya

AMAA 2012 ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUNDTRACK
Otelo Burning – South Africa
Alero’s Symphony – Nigeria
Adesuwa – Nigeria
How To Steal 2 Million – South Africa
Somewhere In Africa – Ghana

AMAA 2012 ACHIEVEMENT IN VISUAL EFFECTS
Behind The Mask
Somewhere In Africa – Ghana
Adesuwa – Nigeria
State Research Bureau – Uganda
Otelo Burning – South Africa

AMAA 2012 ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND
State Of Violence – South Africa
Otelo Burning – South Africa
How To Steal 2 Million – South Africa
Man On Ground – South Africa
Algiers Murder – South Africa

AMAA 2012 ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY
How To Steal 2 Million – South Africa
Otelo Burning – South Africa
Rugged Priest – Kenya
Masquerades – Ghana
Man On Ground – South Africa / Nigeria

AMAA 2012 ACHIEVEMENT IN EDITING
Algiers Murder – South Africa
Man On Ground – South Africa / Nigeria
Unwanted Guest – Nigeria
How To Steal 2 Million – South Africa
Otelo Burning – South Africa
Alero’s Symphony – Nigeria

AMAA 2012 ACHIEVEMENT IN SCREENPLAY
Ties That Bind – Ghana
Mr & Mrs – Nigeria
How To Steal 2 Million – South Africa
Otelo Burning – South Africa
Unwanted Guest – Nigeria
Two Brides And A Baby – Nigeria

AMAA 2012 BEST NIGERIAN FILM
Unwanted Guest
Family On Fire
Alero’s Symphony
Adesuwa
Phone Swap

AMAA 2012 BEST FILM IN AN AFRICAN LANGUAGE
Chumo – Tanzania
State Of Violence – South Africa
Family On Fire – Nigeria
Otelo Burning – South Africa
Asoni – Cameroun

AMAA 2012 BEST CHILD ACTOR
Rahman Junior Bande (Greg) – Behind The Mask
Tsepang Mohlomi (Ntwe) – Otelo Burning
Reginna Danies (Jenny) – Bank Job
Benjamin Abemigisha and Racheal Nduhukire (Derick and Margaret) – JAMAA
Ayinla O Abdulaheem – ZR-7

AMAA 2012 BEST YOUNG / PROMISING ACTOR
Neo Ntatleno (OJ) – State Of Violence
Ivie Okujaye (Alero) – Alero’s Symphony
Iyobosa Olaye (Adesuwa) – Adesuwa
Martha Ankomah – Somewhere In Africa
Thomas Gumede and Sihle Xaba – Otelo Burning

AMAA 2012 BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Rapuldna Seiphemo (Twala) – How To Steal 2 Million
Fano Mokoena – Man On Ground
Hafiz Oyetoro – Phone Swap
Okechukwu Uzoesi – Two Brides And A Baby
Godfrey Theobejane – 48
Lwanda Jawar – Rugged Priest

AMAA 2012 BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Terry Phetto – How To Steal 2 Million
Ebbe Bassey – Ties That Bind
Empress Njamah – Bank Job
Ngozi Ezeonu – Adesuwa
Thelma Okoduwa – Mr & Mrs
Omotola Jalade Ekeinde – Ties That Bind

AMAA 2012 BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Menzi Ngubane – How To Steal 2 Million
Majid Micheal – Somewhere In Africa
Chet Anekwe – Unwanted Guest
Jafta Mamabolo – Otelo Burning
Karabo Lance – 48
Wale Ojo – Phone Swap
Hakeem Kae-Kazim – Man On Ground

AMAA 2012 BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Nse Ikpe Etim – Mr & Mrs
Yvonne Okoro – Single Six
Ama K. Abebrese – Ties That Bind
Rita Dominic – Shattered
Uche Jombo – Damage
Millicent Makheido – 48
Kudzai Sevenzo-Nyarai – Playing Warriors

AMAA 2012 BEST DIRECTOR
Adesuwa – Lancelot Oduwa Imaseun
Ties That Bind – Leila Djansi
Rugged Priest – Bob Nyanja
How To Steal 2 Million – Charlie Vundla
State Of Violence – Khalo Matabane
Man On Ground – Akin Omotoso
Otelo Burning – Sara Bletcher

AMAA 2011 PRIZE FOR BEST FILM
State Of Violence – South Africa
Adesuwa – Nigeria
Otelo Burning – South Africa
Rugged Priest – Kenya
How To Steal 2 Million – South Africa
Ties That Bind – Ghana
Man On Ground – South Africa/Nigeria