AMAA movie train makes Ibadan, Benin stopovers

Posted: October 25, 2012 in art/entertainment

Ibadan residents got the thrill of a lifetime last Friday, October 19, when the train of the Africa Film Academy (AFA) organizers of the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) chose to stop over at the ancient city for the public screening of the movie, Alero Symphony, one of the works that bagged awards at the 2012 AMA Awards (AMAA).

The enthusiastic audience thronged the Theatre Art Hall, University of Ibadan, and were treated to the best of African films as they witnessed the best of film aesthetics.

The road show which had started at Benin City, the Edo state capital, has now screened three of the award winning films which include: Adesuwa, Otelo Burning and Alero Symphony. The films which were produced in Nigeria, South Africa are been positioned as pride of African films as they have gone on to win several awards outside the continent.

As part of its commitment to promoting local and international films that focus on Africa, the screening is AFA’s platform for creating an experiential engagement between African movie stakeholders and their numerous fans.

Speaking on the significance of the film screening, Chief Executive Officer of the Africa Film Academy, Peace Anyiam-Osigwe, noted that the viewing of 2012 AMAA winning movies is part of AFA’s efforts to promote African film and cinema locally and internationally.

“Africa film makers work hard with very little and managed to build a virile film industry recognized worldwide in terms of both production quality and profitability while also exploring film as a vehicle for development. AMAA was therefore conceptualized to reward African filmmakers,” said Anyiam-Osigwe.

Also commenting on the screening, the Production Manager, AMAA, Mr. Fredrick Aregogo stated that the credibility given to AMAA has necessitated that fans view the films so they can judge themselves.

According to him, “some of these award winning films sometimes are not released on DVD in time for people to buy and watch them. So, this road show is an avenue to bridge that gap and tell our fans thank you”.

Some of the celebrities, actors and actresses who attended the screening are: Toyin Adegbola, Tola Oladokun, Dupe Jaiyesinmi, Tunbosun Odunsi, Adeola Adeniyi, Bose Akinola among others.

The AMAA road show train moves to Lagos on October 30, 2012.

African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) is the largest and most prestigious awards ceremony for the African film industry with business hubs in Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya and Ghana. The AMAA event has over 53 countries participating annually.

Established in 2005, hundreds of filmmakers and international celebrities have participated in AMAA’s various initiatives. AMAA has a year-long schedule of activities with the major highlight being nomination into the 24 categories of the award. Winners of the awards are announced at an elaborate event usually televised to over 50 million viewers across Africa and the rest of the world.

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