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AMAA rocks Bayelsa as Founder/CEO, Peace Anyiam Osigwe steps aside

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On Saturday, May 24, 2014, the 10th edition of the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA), held in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital.

The awards began at about 8pm with doses of entertainment from Bayelsa born artistes. More comic acts including FunnyBone would take the centre stage.

AWARDS PRESENTATION

Patience Ozokwor receiving an award

Patience Ozokwor receiving an award

The award proper started around 10:37pm after the National Anthem, the address of the jury read by Mr. Steve Ayorinde and goodwill messages from the Bayelsa State Tourism Board General Manager, Mrs. Ebizi Ndiomu-Brown and the Bayelsa State governor, who was ably represented by the Deputy Governor, Gboribiogha John Jonah.

In their various speeches, they all enumerated the benefits of AMAA to the state in the last decade. They also pledged to continue to work with AMAA for more socio-economic needs of Bayelsans.

WHAT HOLLYWOOD STAR, DANNY GLOVER SAID

Africa-American Hollywood actor, Danny Glover also addressed the capacity filled hall. In his words, Africans must be united through creative enterprises. He urged filmmakers to continue to tell their stories. Danny Glover also stressed the need for cooperation among nations of African descent, irrespective of where they come from.

AMAA CEO/FOUNDER BOWS OUT

The Chief Executive Officer and Founder of AMAA, Peace Anyiam Osigwe, MFR surprised her guests at the 10th edition of the awards when she announced she would be stepping down as CEO.

She said, it was the best thing to do after a decade. But from what we gathered, the visioner, who would be going full time into film making and community cinema would still be very much around to ensure things run smoothly.

The AMAA boss had told the story of how the awards started and the huge progress it had made in just 10 years.

AMAKA IGWE REMEMBERED

The out-going AMAA CEO literarily dedicated this year’s awards to the late veteran filmmaker, Amaka Igwe, who she eulogized as her mentor, sister and oke osisi (a big tree).

While calling for a minute silence to honour the producer of one of Nigeria’s longest running soaps (Checkmate  and Fuji House of Commotion), she prayed God will give her soul eternal rest in His bosom.

BOB MANUEL HONOURED WITH RECOGNITION AWARD

Bob Manuel Udokwu, veteran actor and Special Adviser on Entertainment and Nollywood to the Anambra State governor, Chief Willie Obiano, was honoured with AMAA Recognition Award for his contribution to the development of Nollywood. In his remarks, the four-time host of Gulder Ultimate Search thanked the organizers of the awards. He also assured he would continue to contribute to the growth and development of the industry until he passes on. “Nollywood is my life”, he said.

HOW THE SHOW ENDED

Rated as one of the best, the awards was rounded off at about 2pm, with a wondrous performance by rave of the moment, Flavour N’abania. Two other popular acts, J-Martins and Bez also thrilled the excited audience that included top government officials and former political office holders in the state.

WHY GOV. DICKSON MISSED THE AWARDS

For the first time in the history of AMAA, the host governor was unavoidably absent. ENCOMIUM Weekly learnt that the state governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson, who was reportedly in the United States had issues with connecting a flight back to Nigeria which was why the amiable governor missed the fun.

Despite his absence, his able Deputy, Chief John Jonah was on ground to make guests feel at home.

HARVEST OF SPONSORS

Many top brands identified with AMAA this year. With their corporate logos and banners dotting the awards venue, it was obvious that the organizers had more than enough pillars of support from corporate Nigeria and government.

Top in the list of sponsors included telecom giant, Globacom, Sterling Bank, FCMB, BUA Group, EbonyLife TV, Cool FM/Wazobia, Info FM, Malawi, South Africa and of course, the host, Baylesa State, among many others.

NATION’S SECURITY CHALLENGES RE-ECHOES…

With the activities of insurgents threatening the peace of the nation, it was only wise for the Bayelsa government to mount water tight security for the safety of guests.

Stern faced security operatives armed to the teeth were stationed strategically in Yenagoa and at the awards venue to ensure safely of attendees.

Even the hall, where the event held was also tightly secured with police sniffers.

CLARION CHUKWURAH IS AFRICA’S BEST ACTRESS

Veteran actress, Clarion Chukwurah was adjudged the best actress in Africa, courtesy of her lead role in Apeye. And so much moved by the honour done her, Chukwurah thanked her fans, family and AMAA for the coveted prize.

TECO BENSON’S ACCIDENT WINS BAYELSA STATE GOVT. ENDOWED AWARD FOR BEST NIGERIAN FILM

Renowned film maker, Teco Benson, is back and better. And winning the best Nigerian film which was endowed by Bayelsa State government more than gladdened his heart. In his words, this came more like a surprise to him. The movie that gave the famous director the award is, Accident, a story he got 12 years ago as a wedding gift from a friend.

PATIENCE OZOKWOR WAS ALSO CELEBRATED!

Perhaps one of the most popular actresses in Africa, Patience Ozokwor, MFR, also won the Best Supporting Actress award. The film that took her to this level is After the Proposal.

WHAT CRITICS SAID ABOUT AMAA 2014

Much of the usual logistics problems associated with AMAA were taken care of this time.  In the view of AMAA critics, a lot really changed this year, from the timing to the entertainment content and overall organization.  And beating their chests, some of AMAA officials ENCOMIUM Weekly spoke with on this positive development assured they would do better next year.

GUEST LIST

Like every other AMAA, the 10th edition was attended by A-list actors/actresses and top filmmakers.  Here are some of them: Richard Mofe Damijo, Kanayo O. Kanayo, Kenneth Okonkwo, Patience Ozokwor, Chinedu Ikedieze, Bob-Manuel Udokwu, Ibinabo Fiberesima, Clarion Chukwurah, Rita Dominic, Fred Amata, Desmond Elliot, Jackie Appiah, Linda Forson, Teco Benson, Dickson Iroegbu, Chidi Nwaokeabia, Segun Arinze, Justice Atigogo, Mary Uranta, Charles Awurum, Barbara Soky, O. C. Ukeje, Millicent Jack, Lancelot Imasuen, Paul Obazele, Sunny McDon, Frank Dallas, Tony Ani, among many others.

 -UCHE OLEHI

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