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Since the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has delayed the presidential election from April 9 until April 16, voters now have more time to enjoy campaign ads. The one above is funded by the Gesi Asamaowei Foundation and is produced by Del-York International Productions. It features Genevieve Nnaji, Ramsey Noah, Olu Jacobs, and Stephanie Okereke.

Who will you vote for?

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Banner welcoming AMAA guests to the Bayelsa Tourism Development and Publicity Bureau. Photo © 2011 Bic Leu

Chairman of AMAA Selection Committee Shaibu Husseini with the AMAA Jury at the March 26 press briefing at the Bayelsa State Tourism Development & Publicity Bureau. Photo © 2011 Bic Leu

On March 26-27th, I was fortunate to be invited to the 7th annual African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) hosted in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State. The event is promoted by AMAA CEO Peace Anyiam-Osigwe as the “first and only award system for African cinema“. According to Chairman of the AMAA Selection Committee Shaibu Husseini, 320 films (consisting of 180 features and 140 shorts) were submitted all over the world for consideration in 25 categories. These submissions were narrowed down to the 30 nominated works, which Shaibu felt were “truly representative of African cinema in 2010“.

With Best Diaspora Short nominee Temi Ojo and Carmen McCain at the Bayelsa State Tourism Development & Publicity Bureau. Photo © 2011 Carmen McCain

With Best Diaspora Short Film nominee Sowande Tichawonna and Best Diaspora Feature winner Laquita Cleare at the Bayelsa State Tourism Development & Publicity Bureau. Photo © 2011 Carmen McCain

Best Diaspora Feature double-nominee Wayne Saunders getting interviewed at the Bayelsa State Tourism Development & Publicity Bureau. Photo © 2011 Carmen McCain

With Best Short Film nominee Mak Kusare at the Bayelsa State Tourism Development & Publicity Bureau. Photo © 2011 Bic Leu

Along with Hausa cultural advocate Carmen McCain, I was part of the 500 guests that were flown in from three different continents for the ceremony, which included 154 nominees and 45 members of the press. As the event’s major sponsor, the Bayelsa State Government hosted many of the pre-ceremony activities–including the press briefing and meals for invited guests–at the Bayelsa State Tourism Development & Publicity Bureau.

[Update April 3] To read Carmen McCain‘s detailed account of the awards in her Weekly Trust column, please click here.

Best Young Actor winner Edward Kagutuzi and 'Inale' actor Hakeem Kae-Kazim. Photo © 2011 Carmen McCain

With actor Razaaq Adoti, Carmen McCain, and 'Inale' actor Hakeem Kae-Kazim pre-ceremony. Photo © 2011 Carmen McCain

With Carmen McCain, Best Short Film nominee Zipporah Nyaruri, Best Diaspora Short nominee Temi Ojo, and Best Diaspora Feature winner Laquita Cleare on the AMAA red carpet. Photo © 2011 Carmen McCain

With Chairman of the AMAA Selection Committee Shaibu Husseini on the AMAA red carpet. Photo © 2011 Carmen McCain

AMAA CEO Peace Anyiam-Osigwe on the red carpet. Photo © 2011 Carmen McCain

Majid Michel on the AMAA red carpet. Photo © 2011 Carmen McCain

Carmen McCain and Kunle Afolayan. Photo © 2011 Bic Leu

AMAA co-hosts Jim Iyke and Nse Ikpe-Etim (in Wanger Ayu) on-stage at the Gloryland Cultural Centre. Photo © 2011 Carmen McCain

At the March 27 ceremony at Gloryland Cultural Centre, the Congolese gangster movie, Viva Riva!, swept the awards by winning 6 statuettes, including Best Film, Best Actress In Supporting Role (Marlene Longage), Best Actor In Supporting Role (Hoji Fortuna), Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, and Best Director (Djo Tunda Wa Munga). The Nigerian productions that received awards were Aramotu (Best Costume Design and Best Nigerian Film), Inale (Best Soundtrack), and Mirror Boy (Best Young Actor). Click here for the complete list of nominees and winners.

The event also featured performances from Wande Coal and Dr. Sid.

Best Diaspora Feature winner Laquita Cleare with Olu Jacobs post-ceremony. Photo © 2011 Carmen McCain

After the six-hour long ceremony culminated at 2AM, Bayelsa State Governor Chief Timipre Sylva and his wife, Mrs. Alanyingi Sylva, hosted invited guests at an opulent after-party at the Governor’s Mansion.

AMAA After-party at the Governor's Mansion. Photo © 2011 Carmen McCain

Our table at the AMAA After-party boasted 2 awards. Photo © 2011 Carmen McCain

 

 

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The crowded red carpet at Wale Adenuga's 'The Perfect Church' premiere, Silverbird Galleria. Photo © 2011 Bic Leu

I caught up with veteran television producer, Wale Adenuga, last night during the premiere festivities at Silverbird Galleria for his first feature film in years, The Perfect Church. According to Adenuga, “The message is two-fold: It is never too late to turn over a new leaf. Secondly, we must learn humility because we are just ordinary human beings before God.”

The crowded red carpet at the premiere of Wale Adenuga's 'The Perfect Church', Silverbird Galleria. Photo © 2011 Bic Leu

The “inspirational” film features an all-star cast, including Olu Jacobs; Ramsey Noah; Funke Akindele; Ngozi Ezeonu; Hakeem Rahman; Norbert Young; Olayinka Olukunga; and Jibola Dabo.

Inside the theater at the premiere of Wale Adenuga's 'The Perfect Church'. Photo © 2011 Bic Leu

Adenuga plans a 6-month cinema run in theaters across Africa, including Ghana and Kenya.

[DISCLAIMER] While this blog is not the appropriate forum to discuss this, I completely abhorred the film’s treatment of the subject of homosexuality. I recognize that it’s a reflection of the majority of Nigerians’ opinion, but I’ll leave it to the great Chinua Achebe to say what I feel:

Without doubt, the times in which we live influence our behavior, but the best or merely the better among us…are never held hostage by their times.

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