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“Xalé”, “Mami Wata”, “Aníkúlápó”, Top Winners’ List at 19th Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA)

“Xalé”, “Mami Wata”, “Aníkúlápó”, Top Winners’ List at 19th Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA)

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Nse Ikpe Etim won her first AMAA award as Best Actress in a Leading Role for her stellar performance in 4-4-44 (Four-Four Forty-Four).

By Helena Olori

Senegalese thriller, Xalé, emerged as the standout winner at the 19th Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA), securing four wins out of six nominated categories. Directed by Moussa Sene Absa, the film clinched awards for Best Achievement in Costume Design, Best Achievement in Screenplay, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, and the highly coveted Overall Best Film.

Best Achievement in Screenplay - Xale - AMAA 2023 - Afrocritik

Mami Wata, Nigeria’s entry for the Oscar’s Best International Feature Film category, closely followed with three wins. The film won the accolades for Best Achievement in Make-Up, Best Achievement in Cinematography, and the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) Award for Best Nigerian Film.

Best Nigerian Film - Mami Wata - AMAA 2023 - Afrocritik

 

Meanwhile, critically acclaimed titles – Aníkúlápó, Sira, Omen – each won two awards. 

(Read also: Mami Wata, Aníkúlápó, Gangs of Lagos, Among Top Nominees For 2023 AMAA)

Notable individual wins at the awards night include Tobi Bakre (Brotherhood) who took the prize for Best Actor in a Leading Role, while the renowned Nse Ikpe Etim received the Best Actress in a Leading Role award for her stellar performance in 4-4-44 (Four-Four Forty-Four). The win marked a significant achievement for Ikpe Etim, who had been nominated for the same category multiple times since 2006. 

Best Actress in a Leading Role - Nse Ikpe Etim - AMAA 2023 - Afrocritik

Best Actor in a Leading Role - Tobi Bakre - Gangs of Lagos - AMAA 2023 - Afrocritik

 

(Read also: Ebuka Njoku’s Family Drama, ỤNỌ, Set for Release in Early 2024)

The annual awards, organised by the Africa Film Academy, celebrate the excellence and creativity of African cinema.

This year’s edition, the first since the passing of the founding icon, Peace Anyiam-Osigwe, was hosted by Rahama Sadau, Nancy Isime, and Richard Ato Turkson.  The event brought together industry players and talents from across the continent to applaud the remarkable achievements in African filmmaking.

See all winners at the 2023 AMAA, as announced by the organisers: 

Efere Ozako Award for Best Short Film

 Lions – Ethiopia

Jubril Malaifia Award for Best Animation

Jabari – Ghana

Best Documentary

Le Spectre de Boko Haram – Cameroon

Ousmane Sembene Award for Best Film in an African Language

Aníkúlápó – Nigeria

Michael Anyiam Osigwe Award for Best Film by an African-Born Director Living Abroad

KOFA – Jude Idada (Nigeria/Canada)

Best Diaspora Short Film

Raw Materials – (Jamaica) – directed by Sosiessia Nixon-Kelly

Best Diaspora Documentary

Sound of the Police – (United States) – directed by Stanley Nelson

Best Diaspora Narrative Feature

Our Father, The Devil – (United States) directed by Ellie Foumbi

Best Achievement in Production Design

Aníkúlápó– Nigeria

Best Achievement in Costume Design

Djibril Drame – Xalé – Senegal

Best Achievement in Make-Up

Campell Precious Arebamen – Mami Wata – Nigeria

Best Achievement in Soundtrack

Antoine Nshimiyimana – Fight Like A Girl – Rwanda

Best Achievement in Visual Effects

Emmanuel Bassey – Gangs of Lagos – Nigeria

Best Achievement in Sound

Vianney Aube Sira – Burkina Faso

Best Achievement in Cinematography

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Lilis Soares – Mami Wata – Nigeria

Best Achievement in Editing

Bertrand Conard – Omen – DRC

Best Achievement in Screenplay

Moussa Sene Absa, Pierre Magny, and Ben Diogay Beye – Xalé – Senegal

National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVB) Award for Best Nigerian Film

Mami Wata

Best Young/Promising Actor

Maleek Sanni – Gangs of Lagos

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Jimmy-Jean Louis – Rise

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Rokhaya Niang – Xalé – Senegal

Best Actor in a Leading Role

Tobi Bakre – Brotherhood – Nigeria

Best Actress in a Leading Role

Nse Ikpe-Etim – 4-4-44 (Four-Four Forty-Four) – Nigeria

First Debut Feature by a Director

Baloji – Omen – DRC

Best Director

Apolline Traoré – Sira

Best Film

Xalé– Senegal

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