The 18th edition of the Africa Movie Academy Awards, held on the 30th October 2022, will remain memorable to attendees and winners as Nigerian movies led the way with eight awards.
At the awards ceremony that had Evergreen musical maestro King Sunny Ade serenading nominees and African film enthusiasts, and practitioners, Tanzania’s ‘Tug of War and South Africa’s ‘Surviving Gaza’ came after Nigeria with four awards each, while ‘Borga,’ a film shot by a German director in Ghana came next with three awards.
Other films that won different categories include Somalia and Kenya’s ‘Ayaanle,’ Senegal’s ‘Astel,’ Uganda’s ‘No way out’ and ‘Tembele,’ USA’s ‘Contraband’ and ‘Remember Me: The Mahalia Jackson Story’ and Peru’s ‘The Rumba King.’
The 2022 edition of the film awards ceremony was held at the Jewel Aeida Hall, Lekki, Lagos, with Funnybone, Chigul, and Kachi Offia as hosts.
The Nigerian films that won the eight awards were Bolanle Austen Peters’ ‘Man of God with two awards, Kunle Afolayan’s ‘Swallow’ with two awards, Tope Oshin’s ‘Here love lies’ with one award, Tunde Aina’s ‘Underbelly’ with one award, Ogo Okpue’s ‘A Song from the Dark’ with one award and Walter Banger’s ‘Jolly Roger.’
With several nominees from different parts of Africa and the diaspora in attendance, the 2022 AMAA also had thrilling performances from P-Square twins, Choc City’s Young Jon and Candy Bleakz, Zadok, and Yinka Davies.
Two of the high points of the awards ceremony include P-Square’s performance and King Sunny Ade’s two-time performance on the AMAA stage.
Speaking at the event, Peace Anyiam-Osigwe, the founder of AMAA and Chief Executive Officer of the African Film Academy, chided African filmmakers to shun ego and embrace more collaboration to enhance the growth of the African film industry.
She stressed the need for African film practitioners to unite and chart a pathway for African leaders in supporting the creative sector.
The event had in attendance several film practitioners, including Richard Mofe Damijo, Keppy Ekpeyong Bassey, Daniel K. Daniel, Enyinna Nwigwe, Deyemi Okanlawon, Osas Ighodaro, Denrele Edun and Osita Iheme amongst several others.