AMAA 2011: Ama K Abebrese Beats Genevieve Nnaji, Omoni Oboli & Others To Win ‘Best Actress’ In Africa As Majid Michel & Yvonne Okoro Miss Out On Glory!

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Before the winners of the 2011 AMAA was declared yesterday in Bayelsa State, Nigeria. Ghanaian actress Lydia Forson, a co-winner [with Jackie Appiah and Naa Ashorkor] of the AMAA Best Actress Award last year expectation was to see another Ghanaian pick that award.

She said: “It’s a very tight competition but I’m hoping Ghana will come up with great awards. It will be great to hand over to another great actress from Ghana”, she said to GhanaCelebrities.Com few hours to the awards.

True to her wish, her compatriot Ama K. Abebrese was adjudged as the Best Actress in Africa for her role in ‘Sinking Sands’. The actress whose role in the movie was her first major role was picked ahead of her colleagues in a tight category which comprises of Nollywood heavyweights Genevieve Nnaji (Tango With Me), Omoni Oboli (Anchor Baby), Idiat Shobande (Aramotu) as well as Congolese Manie Malone (Viva Riva) and South African Denise Newman (Shirley Adams).

‘Sinking Sands’ also won for Ghana ‘AMAA Best Achievement In Makeup’ and ‘Best Screenplay’. ‘Viva Riva’, a movie from Congo topped the night with 6 awards. The Best Actor and Best Supporting awards were picked from the movie. The director of the movie Djo Tunda Wa Munga was picked as the Best Director. The movie also won ‘Best Production Design’, ‘Best Cinematography’ and overall award ‘Best Film’.

For Majid Michel, his hopes of picking the Best Actor to add up to the ‘Best Actor’ he won at the 2010 Ghana Movie Awards and 2010 edition of the Zulu African Festival Academy Awards was dashed by South African actor Themba Ndaba. Ghanaian actor Ekow Blankson was also nominated in the category of “Best Actor” which he missed out.

Yvonne Okoro on the hand co-won the Best Actress in Ghana last year but she couldn’t pick the AMAA Best Supporting Actress award which went to Congolese Actress Marlene Longage from the movie ‘Viva Rive’.

The Jury Special Award went to South African movie ‘Shirley Adams’. The awards night took place on Sunday at the Bayelsa Cultural Centre, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State in Nigeria.

It was attended by film makers across the African continent. It was also witnessed by the Executive Governor of the State, Chief Timipre Slyva.

Nollywood stars Jym Ike and Nse Ntim Ikpe MCed the event. Wande Coal, Dr. SID, Bayelsa Cultural Troupe and South African group Malaika spiced the night with cultural dance and music.

BELOW IS THE FULL LIST OF THE AMAA 2011 WINNERS

Best Short Film: Dina – Mickey Fonseca (Mozambique)

Best Short Documentary: After The Mine – Diendo Hamadi & Dinta Wa Lusula (DRC)

Best Documentary: Kondi Et Le Jeudi Nationale – Ariana Astrid Atodji (Cameroun)

Best Diaspora Feature: Suicide Dolls – Keith Shaw (USA)

Best Diaspora Documentary: Stubborn As A Mule – Miller Bargeron Jr & Arcelous Deiels (USA)

Best Diaspora Short Film: Precipice – Julius Amedume (UK)

Best Film For African Abroad: In America: The Story Of The Soul Sisters- Rahman Oladigbolu (Nigeria/USA)

Best Achievement In Sound: Shirley Adams (South Africa)

Best Achievement In Editing: Soul Boy (Kenya)

Best Production Design: Viva Riva (Congo)

Best Achievement In Makeup: Sinking Sands (Ghana)

Best Costume Design: Aramotu (Nigeria)

Best Nigeria Film: Aramotu by Niji Akanni

Best Child Actor: Sobahle Mkhabase (Thembi), Tschepang Mohlomi (Chili-Bite) And Sibonelo Malinga (Khwezi) – Izulu Lami (South Africa)

Best Soundtrack: Inale (Nigeria)

Best Actor In Supporting Role: Hoji Fortuna from Viva Riva (Congo)

Best Actress In Supporting Role: Marlene Longage- Viva Riva (Congo)

Best Visual Effects: A Small Town Called Descent (South Africa)

Best Young Actor: Edward Kagutuzi – Mirror Boy (Nigeria)

Best Actress In Leading Role: Ama K. Abebrese In Sinking Sands (Ghana)

Best Actor In Leading Role: Themba Ndaba – Hopeville (South Africa)

Best Cinematography: Viva Riva (Congo)

Best Screenplay: Sinking Sands (Ghana)
Best Film In African Language: Izulu Lami – Madoda Ncayiyana (South Africa)

Jury Special Award: Shirley Adams (South Africa)

Best Director: Viva Riva – Djo Tunda Wa Munga (Congo)

Best Film: Viva Riva – Djo Tunda Wa Munga (Congo)

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Congo:

Best Production Design: Viva Riva (Congo)

Best Actor In Supporting Role: Hoji Fortuna from Viva Riva (Congo)

Best Actress In Supporting Role: Marlene Longage- Viva Riva (Congo)

Best Cinematography: Viva Riva (Congo)

Best Director: Viva Riva – Djo Tunda Wa Munga (Congo)

Best Film: Viva Riva – Djo Tunda Wa Munga (Congo)

 

South Africa:

Best Achievement In Sound: Shirley Adams (South Africa)

Best Child Actor: Sobahle Mkhabase (Thembi), Tschepang Mohlomi (Chili-Bite) And Sibonelo Malinga(Khwezi) – Izulu Lami (South Africa)

Best Visual Effects: A Small Town Called Descent (South Africa)

Best Actor In Leading Role: Themba Ndaba – Hopeville (South Africa)

Best Film In African Language: Izulu Lami – Madoda Ncayiyana (South Africa)

Jury Special Award: Shirley Adams (South Africa)

 

Ghana:

Best Achievement In Makeup: Sinking Sands (Ghana)

Best Actress In Leading Role: Ama K. Abebrese In Sinking Sands (Ghana)

Best Screenplay: Sinking Sands (Ghana)

 

Nigeria:

Best Costume Design: Aramotu (Nigeria)

Best Nigeria Film: Aramotu by Niji Akanni

Best Soundtrack: Inale (Nigeria)

Best Young Actor: Edward Kagutuzi – Mirror Boy (Nigeria)

Best Film For African Abroad: In America: The Story Of The Soul Sisters- Rahman Oladigbolu (Nigeria/USA)

 

Kenya:

Best Achievement In Editing: Soul Boy (Kenya)

 

Cameroun:

Best Documentary: Kondi Et Le Jeudi Nationale – Ariana Astrid Atodji (Cameroun)

Mozambique:

Best Short Film: Dina – Mickey Fonseca (Mozambique)

 

By Ebenezer Anangfio Jnr./GhanaCelebrities.Com/Nigeria



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