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African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) April 2013
The popular African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) with the theme "Africa One" held on Saturday 20th April 2013. The event was held at the Gloryland Cultural Center, located at the capital city of Bayelsa State – Yenagoa, Nigeria. The event was hosted by Dakoru Akande, Comedian AY and supposedly British/Ghanaian television presenter and actress Ama K. Abebrese.
Late nollywood actor, Justus Esiri, clinched the best actor in a leading role award, while Florence Maseba of South Africa was awarded best actress. Of the 27 categories of the awards, Nigeria clinched 13, followed by South Africa with 4 awards. Belinda Effah, from the film “Kokoma,” won the award in the category of best promising actor, while best director went to Niyi Akanni, of the film, “Heroes and Zeros.” Kweku Ananse of Ghana won best short film, while best animation was won by the South African film, “Adventures of Zambezi.”
Best diaspora feature award went to the United States and Haiti, with the film “Stones In The Sun.” Chief Pete Edochie and Tunde Kelani were recipients of the AMAA lifetime achievement awards, while the Nigerian documentary, “Fueling Poverty,” received the best documentary category award
The event closed out in the early hours of Sunday morning, and was attended by the Bayelsa State governor, Mr Seriake Dickson; deputy governor of Rivers State, Mr Tele Ikuru, who stood in for Governor Rotimi Ameachi; Minister of Culture and Tourism, Chief Edem Duke, who represented President Goodluck Jonathan; South African High Commissioner to Nigeria, Lulu Loius Nmguni, as well ministers and family members of Malawian president, Joyce Banda, among others.
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