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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  1. Congrats to Ama! That is a great achievement I think! The only way is up and sky is the limit as the saying goes. I still really need to watch this movie. Sounds like y’all had a blast out there! Ah trust GC to be in there right where the action is 😉 where are the pictures oh! lol 

  2. Congrats to all the winners. Ama K a special congratulations to you. Wonderful job. Yvonne and Majid, the fact that you were nominated says a lot. Hopefully next time you’ll walk away with the ultimate prize. You guys are good at what you do. Pls be mindful of the scripts you select to do, the competition is getting stronger each year and poor scripts can be detrimental to your careers. It’s time to step it up now.

        1. So this weekend was the Birthday and you didn’t invite me? Ah, I thought it was next weekend cos I was even telling Sassychic about it. I guess I didnt look at the date well in your email.Gosh!, How did it go thou?

  3. WINNING AN AMA IS A BIG DEAL,ITS THE AFRICAN OSCARS,SO AMA I AM SOO PROUD OF U
    U DESERVED IT…
    NB: I SEE THE NIGERIANS HAVE BEEN SUFFERING TO WIN OF LATE.JUST SHOWS THAT THEY LIKE TO EMPHASISE ON QUANTITY AND NOT QUALITY

    1. my dear nigerian is not finding anything hard to win because i know u will be the first to condem amaa had nigeria toped the awards,time after time amaa has shown and proved that it is an african award not a nigerian award,nigeria was the third biggest winners after congo and southe africa,by the way who was the biggest winner at last year’s amaa,ur guess is as good as mine,the fact is u don’t always get to win all the time which is what makes awards and competitions exciting,fun,and above all worth it.One more thing i can confidently assure u that nigeria produced more quality movies than ghana last year,and not just last year,overall nigeria have produced more quality movies than ghana.

      1. @flint pls pls pls spare us
        gh>9ja all day everyday
        and also ghana was the third highest technincally
        cos 1 of 9ja’s wins was for best 9ja film
        that doesnt count

        1. please explain to me how ghana won technically,just because the writer didn’t do a good job present the acurate list in a bid to put ghana ahead does not mean the fact are not there for verification(let me also state that i don’t consider the best nigerian film either since is limited to just nigerians),now haven said that,nigeria won four awards besides the best nigerian film,and they are best costume design(aramotu),best soundtrack(inale),best young actor(edward kaguruzi for the movie the mirror boy),and best diaspora film(the movie: in america),so who is greater now.

  4. So this weekend was the Birthday and you didn’t invite me? Ah, I thought it was next weekend cos I was even telling Sassychic about it. I guess I didnt look at well in your email.Gosh!, How did it go thou?

    @Chris not to worry my apologies I was even thinking that my email didn’t go through but we all had fun and it was more like back to the eighties party I was even surprised with a lap dance lol I’m not getting ready or wembley I got all my friends from holland Germanyciming to the game 

  5. Ama K congrats for defeating the anago alata people ,well we have defeated them in the football already ehee

  6. congrats Ama for best actress and Leila for best writer. Congrats leila. you took a chance and birthed an actress. you trained her to beat supposed heavyweights. more grease. 

  7. kr. its not Joy. Cecelia beware has been locked into my computer now and I kinda like it. Joy is not the only person who can defend leila. leila has a lot of lovers who stand up for her. 

    once again, congrats! maker of stars.

  8. Ghanaians always think everything’s a competition with Nigeria. dey also beat congo and south africa, but dey decided 2 use Nigerian actresses as de headline! NB: Julia roberts, Kate winslet Angelina Jolie etc, have lost oscar awards too….de ignorant ones wouldn’t know! everyone deserves to win! bet if Genevieve had won, Ghanaians’ll say it wasn’t fairly done…Nigerians rigged de award…some silly stories….shame 2 say there are no matureminds in Ghana yet! dey still see Naija as their biggest competition, dey carry it on their head! Go 2 Nigeria, no one even cares…de entertainment industry dey’re bragging about, Nigeria helped them build it! dey can deny all dey want! Every mother wants de best for her child! Genevieve Nnaji is no doubt one if not the best actress in africa…Oprah winfrey herself has testified to that. she doesn’t need to prove aything to the world again! Congrats 2 Ama 4 her win..she did pretty well….all actresses in dat category did very ell! it’s not easy to be nominated..it shows u’re indeed talented! Cheers!!

    1. i beg hu helped hu built wat.where were da nigerians when agya koo started it after da indusrty was collapsed.i hate it when nigerians finks ghaians owns them somthin.

  9. all i see is congo, SA, congo, SA. ……………………………..
    anyway, congrats to A.K.A. to the other Ghanaians who didn’t win, better luck next time. 

  10. congrats to all the winners. wow it looks like the AMAA competition is getting tougher. ghanaian filmmakers need to step up their game. anyways when is sinking sands going to be on DVD? i feel like i’ve waiting forever for it.

  11. By the way, who is this Ama Aberese ? It seems these organizers pick pple to win out of Pity ,,,,,,,,,,,,,Its a shame

  12. Congrats 2 all the amaa winners dis year and let me remind you guys dat genevieve nnaji is the first winner of amaa best actress award.she won her amaa in2005 for critical decision.so those saying amak is better dan genny dnt knw wat dey are tolkin abt.genny has been nominated 3times 4 best actress.she was nominated first in 2005 which she won.she was nominated again in 2008 for 30 days and keep my will.then dis year 4 tango with me.so u see she is a great actress.so pple who tink ama k is betta dan genny ve no idea wat they tolkin of.dis year everybody thought omoni oboli will win the amaa for her outstanding performance in anchor baby.so congrats ama k.

  13. Congrats 2 all the amaa winners dis year and let me remind you guys dat genevieve nnaji is the first winner of amaa best actress award.she won her amaa in2005 for critical decision.so those saying amak is better dan genny dnt knw wat dey are tolkin abt.genny has been nominated 3times 4 best actress.she was nominated first in 2005 which she won.she was nominated again in 2008 for 30 days and keep my will.then dis year 4 tango with me.so u see she is a great actress.so pple who tink ama k is betta dan genny ve no idea wat they tolkin of.dis year everybody thought omoni oboli will win the amaa for her outstanding performance in anchor baby.so congrats ama k.genny will still win best actress the second time for amaa.but the biggest snub so far was majid michel I mean dis is 3rd time back 2 back nomination I wonder y d judges can’t favour em.as 4 yvonne okoro you will definately win an amaa dis time 4 best actress.as for omoni oboli thank god you were nominated dis year.after beign snubbed twice.for best supporting actress 4 rivals in 2008,best actress 2010 4 figurine.and this year that they nominated you.you didn’t win.its well at least nw u ar an amaa nominee.

  14. Ghanaians Grow up award was organized by a Nigerian, if it were a Ghanaian, only Ghana would have swooped all the awards, cos u guys are so childishly sentimental. I pray u guys grow up someday, cos civilization is kinda miles away from you.