The 17th edition of the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) will hold on November 28, 2021, in Lagos, Nigeria, with the nominations announcement set to hold on October 21 in Lagos, organisers said on Wednesday, September 29, 2021.
The Africa Film Academy, organisers of the movie award, also announced Steve Ayorinde, a former Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture in Lagos, as the President of the Jury for the second consecutive year.
Ayorinde, a former Editor of Punch newspaper, Editor-in-Chief of National Mirror newspaper, and former Commissioner for Information and Strategy in Lagos, is also the Chairman of the Governing Council of AMAA, a position he has held for over 10 years. He is a pioneering member of the 17-year-old Africa Movie Academy Awards with a rich background in the film and festival circuit internationally.
“All this and more make him best suited to navigate our Jury process during this fast-changing season in the film industry,” said Peace Anyiam-Osigwe, AFA founder.
The organisers also noted that 2021 has been an exciting year for the film industry in Africa, especially with the continued COVID-19 pandemic waves and their effects on the creative industry.
“Still, we prevailed, and over 500 films were submitted for the 2021 AMA-Awards. This shows the tenacity of
African creatives, and we are honoured to have a platform that celebrates their hard work, creativity and excellence.”
For safety reasons and travel restrictions, organisers said from the ongoing Covid -19 wave, and many will not be able to attend physically, as the ceremonies this year will be a hybrid of both physical and virtual participation.
“AMAA 2021 Nominations announcement and the Awards ceremonies can be viewed on Startimes and Rok Tv channels across Africa and the globe. We advise all nominees who are planning to attend the awards ceremony to please ensure they are fully vaccinated to facilitate their travel into Nigeria,” said Oyin Talabi, Project Manager, AMAA.
AUTHOR: Michael Orodare
DATE PUBLISHED: October 3, 2021