Africa Movie Academy Awards announced: Nigerian wins Heart of Africa best film award


Kunle Afolayan led Nigeria on the filmmaking landscape of Africa by winning 13 out of the 24 main prizes at the 6th Africa Movie Academy Awards ceremony held on April 10, 2010 in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, Nigeria. Not even assault from a particulary strong Ghana, led by the apparently indefatigable Shirley Frimpong-Manso and Leila Jewel Djansi, could prevent Nollywood commanders Kunle Afolayan from reclaiming the territory he feels is rightfully Nigeria’s.

Led by actor-cum-filmmaker Kunle Afolayan who has been described by ArtMatters.Info (see as ‘taking African cinema to the next level’ and director Lucky Ejim, Nigeria went on the offensive immediately, forcefully taking away the Best Documentary Film Award and even the Best Film by an African Filmmakerin the Diaspora statuette. It was not lost on keen observers that Nigeria had decided to show her might even in animation, short film and documentary categories, areas usually deemed as belonging to nations like Kenya, South Africa and Zimbabwe who work in this non-commercial, purely creative and experimental fields. However on the night of April 10, Nigeria challenged the status quo, as if to state once for all that only she is qualified to discuss the art and science of filmmaking in Africa. Afolayan alone, the director of Araromire/The Figurine, took home five statuettes as Ghana fought back, Kenya clawed and Malawi barked.

Nigerian Kunle Afolayan took five of the 13 statuettes won by Nigeria. He won the trophies for Best Director, Best Picture, Achievement in Cinematography, Achievement in Visual Effect, and Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role. His film had received nine nominations.

Besides Afolayan, other big winners were Ghanaians Shirley Frimpong-Manso Best Director, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for The Perfect Picture and Best Original Soundtrack for A Sting In The Tale, and Leila Jewel Djansi (Achievement in Sound, Achievement in Costume, Special Jury Award).

Below is the full list of the 6th Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) 2010 Winners:

I. Best Documentary Film: Bariga Boys, Nigeria
II. Best Short Film: The Abbys Boys, South Africa
III. Best Animation: Honyan’s Shoe, Egypt
IV. Best Film by an African in the Diaspora: Soul Diaspora, USA/Nigeria
V. Best Film in an African Language: Imani, Uganda
VI. Heart of Africa Award for Best Film from Nigeria: Araromire/The Figurine
VII. AMAA Achievement in Sound: I sing of a well, Ghana
VIII. AMAA Achievement in Editing: The Child, Nigeria
IX. AMAA Achievement in Art Direction: Fulani, Nigeria
X. AMAA Achievement in Make Up: The Child, Nigeria
XI. AMAA Achievement in Costume: I sing of a Well, Ghana
XII. AMAA Achievement in Visual Effect: Araromire/The Figurine, Nigeria
XIII. Best Original Soundtrack: A sting in a Tale, Ghana
XIV. Best Performance by a Child Actor: Teddy Onyango and Bill Oloo—Togetherness Supreme, Kenya
XV. Most Promising Actress: Chelsea Eze—Silent Scandal,Nigeria/Rahema Nanfuka—Imani, Uganda
XVI. Most Promising Actor: Wilson Maina—Togetherness Supreme, Kenya
XVII. Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Adjatey Anang—The Perfect Picture, Ghana
XVIII. Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Tapiwa Gwaza—Seasons of a Life, Malawi
XIX. Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Jackie Appiah, Lydia Farson, Naa Ashoku Mensa-Doku—The Perfect Picture, Ghana
XX. Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Ramsey Nouah—The Figurine, Nigeria
XXI. Best Screenplay: The Tenant, Nigeria
XXII. AMAA Achievement in Cinematography: Araromire/The Figurine, Nigeria
XXIII. Best Picture: Araromire/The Figurine, Nigeria
XXIV. Best Director: Kunle Afolayan—Araromire/The Figurine, Nigeria