The Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA), sponsored by Telecoms giant Airtel, drew to a close its three-month stomp across Nigeria in which it screened some of its winning films for the year to the general public.
Venue was the upscale Silverbird Galleria, Abuja. The Chief Executive of AMAA, Peace Anyiam-Osigwe revealed that with this, the organization is fully set for 2013. "Entries are already being received for the 2013 edition" she said, adding: "Film makers are encouraged to send in their films early as the event holds in April 2013".
Meanwhile, members of the public who thronged the venue expressed happiness at the opportunity given to them by AMAA to see the films on the large screen. On screen were Adesuwa directed by Lancelot Imasuen, adjudged the Best Nigerian Film and Man on Ground, which garnered the Best Jury Award. The quality of production of the films was all too evident-clean sound, appropriate costuming and well executed special effects complemented by good acting.
There was no doubt that members of the jury did their home work before coming up with their verdict. Adesuwa for instance, was particularly striking with its admixture of lust, betrayal, murder, magic and war! The sheer grit in Man on Ground, also kept the audience glued to their seats. The Abuja affair was the last leg of the public screening which began in Benin in October and subsequently moved to Ibadan, Lagos, Enugu, and Port Harcourt before berthing in Abuja. Four films were screened at the different venues: Adesuwa, Man on Ground, Otelo Burning (Best Cinematography) and Alero Symphony (Best Set Design).
Explaining the rationale for the screening which was introduced this year, the Peace Anyiam-Osigwe said it was for the wider audience to "see, screen and judge for themselves some of the films that got the AMAA laurels". She explained that at the various screening centres, "people were excited to see that the Nigerian film industry vis-a-vis the African film industry are growing in terms of quality and depth".