AFRICA. Nigeria: The overall winner of the 2022 Africa Movie Academy Awards has been named as Enobong Nkanta (AMAA). Nkanta will receive $3000 and a brand new laptop for his short video Mama’s Song, for which he was nominated.
Nkanta, a Nigerian actor from Akwa Ibom state, defeated Ghana’s Frank Dzikonu, who was named 1st runner-up for his animation film titled Sad Story of Kojo and will receive a prize of $2000 and a phone, and Nigeria’s Frank Abasiekong, who was named 2nd runner-up for his short film titled Room 10 and received a prize of $1000.
Meanwhile, Edmond Tawale of Uganda won the special prize for a documentary with the film ‘Ateker’ and received a prize of $1000.
According to a statement from one of the event’s organisers, Peace Anyiam-Osigwe, Founder of AMAA, the award received over 500 submissions, of which 220 were shortlisted for screening and the winners were selected.
“The number of entries received showed how many young talented actors are coming up to become filmmakers and as such they must be young and groom for the future ahead of them,” Anyiam-Osigwe said.
Speaking at the Award ceremony, Peace Anyiam-Osigwe, Founder of AMAA said, “I’m delighted with this initiative to reward our young filmmaker and happy with the synergy StarTimes is having with the movie industry.”
“Filmmakers need to understand the process of filmmaking. We approached StarTimes for partnership and StarTimes is willing to help us nurture these resourceful people,” he added.
Alex Jian, the StarTimes’ Chief Executive Officer (CEO), stated that the award is intended to recognise the best and most excellent individuals who have demonstrated uniqueness, ingenuity, and hard work throughout their careers.
For the past two years, StarTimes has been actively engaging Nollywood by creating a number of films on its channel, allowing the company to identify and select young, creative, and productive content creators to develop and inspire.
“The event was put together with the aim of helping and motivating young promising and talented filmmakers to have a place to grow and succeed in the industry,” the organizers said.
The programme was organized and sponsored by StarTimes, in partnership with The Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) to reward outstanding short filmmakers across Africa.