Monday, 18 March 2013



Yvonne Okoro & Ken Attoh
The only Ghanaian movie that managed to get nominations for the African Movie Academy Awards (AMAAs) scheduled for Bayelsa State, Nigeria, next month is ‘The Contract’

For the Short Film Category, Ghana also bagged a nomination with ‘Kweku Ananse’.
 While actress Yvonne Okoro is Ghana’s only hope for the acting fraternity as she got nominated for Best Actress in Lead Role for the role she played in the movie, the movie’s director, Shirley Frimpong Manso, got nominated for Best Director.
Yvonne Okoro produced ‘The Contract’ and played a lead role in the movie. In all, ‘The Contract’ obtained 6 nominations in the following categories: ‘AMAA 2013 Prize For Best Director’, ‘AMAA 2013 Prize For Best Actress In A Leading Role’, ‘AMAA 2013 Prize For Best Actor In A Leading Role’, ‘AMAA 2013 Prize For Achievement In Screenplay’, ‘AMAA 2013 Prize For Achievement In Editing’ and ‘AMAA 2013 Prize For Achievement In Production Design’.
 This year’s AMAA nominations list was released at a huge party in Malawi over the weekend, which was witnessed by a number of top African stars including Ghana’s Lydia Forson.  

This year, AMAA received a total of 671 films for consideration, including 184 short films, 108 Diaspora features – documentaries and shorts films, 60 documentaries from Africa and 319 feature films from within and outside Africa, including films made by Africans living abroad.
Yvonne Okoro and South African actor Hlomla Dandala were nominated in the ‘Best Actress In A Leading Role’ and Best Actor In A Leading Role’ respectively while Shirley Frimpong Manso was nominated in Best Director’ category alongside Niji Akanni (Hereos And Zeroes), David Kitounga (Nairobi Half Life), and Ntshavheni Wa Luruli (Elelwani).
Yvonne Okoro will be facing challenges from Florence Masebe (Elelwani), Mariam Ouedraogo (Moi Zaphira), Rita Dominic (The Meeting), Mbutung Seikeh (Ninah’s Diary) and Flora Suya (Last Fishing Boat).



Below Nominees For The 2013 Edition Of The African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA):
AMAA 2013 Prize For Best Short Film
Dead River – Namibia
Elegy For A Revolutionary- Sa
Yellow Fever – Kenya
KWAKU ANANSE – GHANA
Nhamo– Zimbabwe
Big Daddy – Nigeria
Release- South Africa
Burnt Forest- Kenya
AMAA 2013 Prize For Best Documentary
Fuelling Poverty – Nigeria
Gun To Tape- South Africa
Swimming The Zambezi – South Africa
Give Me Back My Home – Kenya
The African Cypher Fly On The Wall- South Africa
AMAA 2013 Prize For Best Diaspora Feature
Against The Grain -USA
Between Friends- Trinidad Tobago
Stones In The Sun- Haiti/USA
AMAA 2013 Prize For Best Diaspora Documentary
Fan Do Brasil (Brazil/Guatamela)
My Thiero Boys (USA)
Red, White, Black And Blue (USA)
AMAA 2013 Prize For Best Animation
Tageni’s Dol- (Namibia)
Adventure Of Zambezia– (South Africa)
Mission Impossible – (Nigeria)
Oba – (Nigeria)
Lion Of Judah (South Africa)
AMAA 2013 Prize For Best Film By An Africans Abroad
Turning Point – USA/Nigeria
Assasins Practice – UK/Nigeria
Last Flight To Abuja– UK/Nigeria
Bianca – USA/Nigeria
Wolwich Boys – UK/Nigeria
AMAA 2013 Prize For Achievement In Production Design
Virgin Magarida
Elelwani
The Twin Sword
THE CONTRACT
Blood And Henna
Okoro The Prince
AMAA 2013 Prize For Achievement In Costume Design
Twin Sword
Elelwani
Virgin Magarida
Blood And Henna
The Meeting
Cobweb
AMAA 2013 Prize For Achievement In Make-Up
The Meeting
Twin Sword
Elelwani
Ninah’s Dowry
Okoro The Prince
Uhlanga, The Mark
AMAA 2013 Prize For Achievement In Soundtrack
Journey To Self
Okoro The Prince
The Last Fishing Boat
Hoodrush
Nairobi Half Life
The Twin Sword
AMAA 2013 Prize For Achievement In Visual Effects
Okoro The Prince
The Twin Sword
Elelwani
Last Flight To Abuja
Uhlanga, The Mark
Awakening
AMAA 2013 Prize For Achievement In Sound
Last Flight To Abuja
Streets Of Calabar
Hereos And Zereos
Zama Zama
Virgin Magarida
Nairobi Half Life
AMAA 2013 Prize For Achievement In Cinematography
Virgin Magarida
Nairobi Half Life
Uhlanga, The Mark
Swirl In Bamako
The Twin Sword
Elelwani
AMAA 2013 Prize For Achievement In Editing
Last Flight To Abuja
THE CONTRACT
Elelwani
Nairobi Half Life
Uhlanga The Mark
Hereos And Zereos
AMAA 2013 Prize For Achievement In Lightning
Zama Zama
The Flower Girl
Moi Zaphira
Elelwani
Uhlanga The Mark
AMAA 2013 Prize For Achievement In Screenplay
The Contract
Ninah’s Dowry
Hereos And Zereos
Alan Poza
Blood And Henna
Zama Zama
AMAA 2013 Prize For Best Nigerian Film
Blood And Henna
Hereos And Zereos
The Meeting
Confusion Na Wa
The Twin Sword
Kokomma
Okoro The Prince
AMAA 2013 Prize For Best Film In An African Language
Moi Zaphira – Burkina Faso
Elelwani (South Africa)
The Last Fishing Boat (Malawi)
Nairobi Half Life (Kenya)
Blood And Henna – Nigeria
Sherifa – Togo
Kokomma- Nigeria
AMAA 2013 Prize For Best Promising Actor
Belinda Effah – Kokomma
Sumela Maculuva – Virgin Magarida
Joseph Wairimu – Nairobi Half Life
Shonelo Mbutho – Ulanga The Mark
Karoumwi Olakunle – The Twin Sword
AMAA 2013 Prize For Best Actor In A Supporting Role
Gabriel Afolayan – Hoodrush
Ali Nuhu – Blood And Henna
Olwenya Maina – Nairobi Half Life
Alfred Atungu – Twin Sword
Ikponmwosa Gold – Confusion Na Wa
AMAA 2013 Prize For Best Actress In A Supporting Role
Hermelinda Cimela – Virgin Magarida
Patience Ozokwo – Turning Point
Linda Ejiofor – The Meeting
Crista Eka – Ninah’s Dowry
Foluke Daramola – Cobweb
AMAA 2013 Prize For Best Actor In A Leading Role
OC Ukeje – Alan Poza
Bimbo Manuel – Hereos And Zereos
Lindani Nkosi – Zama Zama
Justus Esiri – Assasins Practice
Hlomla Dandala – The Contract
Femi Jacobs – The Meeting
Amurin Wumnembom – Ninah’s Dowry
AMAA 2013 Prize For Best Actress In A Leading Role
Yvonne Okoro – The Contract
Florence Masebe – Elelwani
Mariam Ouedraogo – Moi Zaphira
Rita Dominic – The Meeting
Mbutung Seikeh – Ninah’s Diary
Flora Suya – Last Fishing Boat
AMAA 2013 Prize For Best Director
Kenneth Gyang – Confusion Na Wah
Shemu Joyah – Last Fishing Boat
Shirley Frimpong Manso- Contract
Niji Akanni – Hereos And Zeroes
David Kitounga – Nairobi Half Life
Ntshavheni Wa Luruli – Elelwani
AMAA 2013 Prize For Best Film
Nairobi Half Life  (Kenya)
Ninah’s Dowry (Cameroun)
Last Fishing Boat – (Malawi)
Virgin Margarida (Mozambique)
Elelwani (South Africa)
Last Flight To Abuja (Nigeria)
Confusion Na Wa (Nigeria)

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