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Nominees for 6th Africa Movie Academy Awards Announced in Accra



The 6th African Movie Academy Awards () nominees were announced at the Mensvic Grand Hotel in East Legon, Accra Ghana. The actual event shall be held in Yenagoa, the capital of the oil-rich Bayelsa State, Nigeria, on April 10, 2010.

In 2009 Kenya took the lead but this year, they have been surpassed by Ghana and Nigeria who will be going neck to neck in many different categories. It did not help that Wanuri Kahiu opted not to enter her futuristic Scifi short, Pumzi for the AMAA 2010.

Nominees as reported on Art Matters are:

Best Documentary

  • Mwamba Ngoma, Tanzania
  • Peace Wanted Alive, Kenya
  • Bariga Boys, Nigeria
  • En quette d’identite, Burkina Faso
  • Innovating for Africa, Nigeria

Best Short Film

  • Mahala, Mozambique
  • The Abbys Boys, South Africa
  • The Painter, Uganda
  • Suara La, Nigeria
  • The Camera, Nigeria

Best Animation

  • Honyan’s Shoe, Egypt
  • Adventure of Alayo, Nigeria
  • Zoodo, Burkina Faso
  • Lyrics, Algeria
  • One Step of Love, Algeria

Best Film by An African in the Diaspora

  • Soul Diaspora
  • Okra Principle
  • China Wahala
  • Crunch

Best Film in an African Language

  • Omo Iya Kan, Nigeria
  • Aldewolem, Ethiopia
  • Togetherness Supreme, Kenya
  • Imani, Uganda
  • Game of my Life, South Africa

Heart of Africa Award for Best Film from Nigeria

  • The Child
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Nnenda
  • Lillies of the Ghetto
  • The Figurine

AMAA Achievement in Sound

  • The Tenant, Nigeria
  • Season of a Life, Malawi
  • The Perfect Picture, Ghana
  • I sing of a well, Ghana
  • Soul Diaspora, Diaspora

AMAA Achievement in Editing

  • Season of a Life, Malawi
  • The Child, Nigeria
  • The Perfect Picture, Ghana
  • Heart of Men, Ghana
  • Lilies of the Ghetto, Nigeria

AMAA Achievement in Art Direction

  • I sing of a well, Ghana
  • Fulani, Nigeria
  • The Child, Nigeria
  • The Figurine, Nigeria
  • Imani, Uganda

AMAA Achievement in Make Up

  • Heart of Men, Ghana
  • The Child, Nigeria
  • The King is Mine, Ghana
  • I sing of a well, Ghana
  • Fulani, Nigeria

AMAA Achievement in Costume

  • The Perfect Picture, Ghana
  • Prince’s Bride, Ghana
  • The Child, Nigeria
  • I sing of a Well, Ghana
  • Lilies of the Ghetto, Nigeria

AMAA Achievement in Visual Effect

  • The Child, Nigeria
  • The Figurine, Nigeria
  • A sting in a Tale, Ghana
  • Fulani, Nigeria
  • Heart of Men, Ghana

Best Original Soundtrack

  • Seasons of a Life, Malawi
  • Imani, Uganda
  • A sting in a Tale, Ghana
  • The Child, Nigeria
  • The Figurine, Nigeria

Best Performance by a Child Actor

  • Teddy Onyango and Bill Oloo—Togetherness Supreme, Kenya
  • Tobi Oboli—The Figurine, Nigeria
  • Feyisola Ewulomi—Champions of our Time, Nigeria
  • Treasure Obasi—Champions of our Time, Nigeria
  • Mfanafuthi Magudulela—Game of my Life

Most Promising Actress

  • Martha Kisaka—Togetherness Supreme, Kenya
  • Chelsea Eze—Silent Scandal,
  • Martha Ankomah—Sins of the Soul, Ghana
  • Ashionye Michelle Ugboh—Jungle Ride, Nigeria
  • Rahema Nanfuka—Imani, Uganda

Most Promising Actor

  • Wilson Maina—Togetherness Supreme, Kenya
  • Wale Ojo—The Child, Nigeria
  • John Dumelo—Heart of Men, Ghana
  • Pethro Tumba Mbole—Game of My Life
  • Sunny Chikezie—Lilies of the Ghetto, Nigeria

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Godwin Kotey—I sing of a well, Ghana
  • Francis Duru—Nnenda, Nigeria
  • Yemi Blaq—High Blood Pressure, Nigeria
  • Adjatey Anang—The Perfect Picture, Ghana

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Doris Sakitey—A sting in a Tale, Ghana
  • Funlola Aoifeyebi-Raimi—The Figurine, Nigeria
  • Tapiwa Gwaza—Seasons of a Life, Malawi
  • Yvonne Nelson—Heart of Men, Ghana

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

  • Bimbo Akintola—Freedom in Chains, Nigeria
  • Jackie Appiah, Lydia Farson, Naa Ashoku Mensa-Doku—The Perfect Picture, Ghana
  • Stephanie Okereke—Nnenda, Nigeria
  • Flora Suya—Season of a Life, Malawi
  • Akofa Edjeani Asiedu—I sing of a Well, Ghana

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

  • Lucky Ejim—The Tenant, Nigeria
  • Majid Michel—Sin of a Soul, Ghana
  • Ramsey Nouah—The Figurine, Nigeria
  • Sadiq Abu—Soul Diaspora, Diaspora
  • John Osie Tutu Agyeman—I Sing of a well, Ghana

Best Screenplay

  • Seasons of a Life, Malawi
  • The Tenant, Nigeria
  • Freedom In chains,
  • Guilty Pleasure, Ghana
  • I sing of a well, Ghana

AMAA Achievement in Cinematography

  • The Perfect Picture, Ghana
  • The Figurine, Nigeria
  • I sing of a Well, Ghana
  • The Child, Nigeria
  • The Tenant, Nigeria

Best Picture

  • Seasons of a Life, Malawi
  • The Tenant, Canada/Nigeria
  • The Perfect Picture, Ghana
  • The Figurine, Nigeria
  • I sing of a well, Ghana

Best Director

  • Charles Shemu Joyah—Seasons of a Life, Malawi
  • Shirley Frimpong-Manso—The Perfect Picture, Ghana
  • Kunle Afolayan—The Figurine, Nigeria
  • Leila Jewel Djansi—I sing of a well, Ghana
  • Jude Idada and Lucky Ejim—The Tenant, Nigeria

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  1. Rosine

    April 3, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    I just realised there are no films from french africa, and I know countries like senegal are doing quite good. Where french films taken into consideration for these awards?

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Top 10 Most Popular Songs From Davido



Unlike many artists that base their success on the number of studio albums they have, Davido has just one. However, since coming into the music industry in 2011 he has not shown signs of slowing down. Each year he thrills fans with solo tracks or collaborations that quickly turn to an anthem. Here are 10 of Davido’s most popular songs.

  1. Fall

Not many critics gave Davido a chance when he released Fall in 2017. Fall was his second single for the year and a follow-up to ‘IF’. However, a few weeks after its release ‘Fall’ became the top pick for most celebrations, thanks to its comic love lyrics. With over 100 million YouTube views and platinum rank by the Recording Industry of South Africa (RISA), ‘Fall’ is by far his most popular song.

  1. If

Released in February 2017, ‘If’ has garnered over 77 million views on Youtube. The phrase ‘30 billion for the account’ has become a popular slogan in the country and beyond. ‘If’ also earned the singer awards like Best African Act (MTV EMA), Best Worldwide Act, and Artist of the Year.

  1. Aye

Aye is a love song. Released days before Valentine’s Day gave the song a head start. The lyrics which separates true love from materialism quickly caught the attention of fans. Davido went ahead to win the prestigious Headies song of the year award in 2014 for Aye. Aye has over 53 million views on YouTube.

  1. FIA

Davido fans will not forget 2017 in a hurry. Late in that year Davido released FIA which is another love song told in a comic way. Fia has also garnered over 59 million views on YouTube

  1. Skelewu

The popularity of skelewu cannot be separated from its unique dance step. At that time people were scampering to participate in what would have been tagged ‘Skelewu dance challenge’ today. Ace footballers like Samuel Eto’o and Emmanuel Adebayo were caught dancing to the song.

  1. Assurance

Davido is familiar with drama and keeps his love affair public. Earlier in 2018, Davido broke the Internet when he released the song ‘Assurance’ dedicated to his long-time girlfriend, Chioma. What thrilled fans the most is the Porsche with a custom plate number ‘Assurance’ the artist gifted his girlfriend. The song has over 36 million views on YouTube.

  1. Dami Duro

Full of energy and new in the industry, ‘Dami Duro’ was more of a statement of his intention. The song and its strong beat quickly became a major club song. The song also won the ‘Hottest single of the Year’ at the Nigeria Entertainment Awards.

  1. Back When

‘Back When’ is one of Davido’s breakthrough songs. It was the first off his debut album, ‘Omo Baba Olowo’. He featured established rapper, Naeto C on the track. The single won him the 2012 ‘Best Newcomer’ at the Kora Awards.

  1. Ekuro

Davido’s history of love songs began with Ekuro which was released in 2012. After making a hard entrance the previous year, Davido showed off his romantic side in Ekuro. The success of Ekuro paved way for other romantic hits.

  1. All of You

Davido used this track to pay respect to veterans like D’banj, P-Square, and 2baba who were already household names. Released in 2012, ‘All of you’ quickly became a hit.

Which of Davido’s songs do you like the most?

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Zambian Author Wins The Commonwealth Short Story Prize For Africa



Commonwealth Short Story Prize has announced the list of regional winners. Zambia’s Mbozi Haimbe is Africa’s regional winner. However, she is the second Zambian to achieve that feat. Haimbe won the Commonwealth Short Story Prize for her short story, “Madam’s Sister”.

The last time someone from Zambia won a commonwealth story prize was in 2007. Ellen Banda-Aaku took home the Commonwealth Short Story Competition (now defunct) for her short story, “Sozi’s Box”. Reacting to the announcement, Haimbe said,

“I am absolutely thrilled to have been selected as the regional winner and feel privileged to contribute to Africa’s literary landscape. Although a social worker by profession, I have always considered myself a writer. Winning the regional prize validates my aspiration. I thank the judges, and give acknowledgment to Zambia, which remains deeply influential to my writing.”

A brief biography of Mbozi Haimbe

The story of Mbozi Haimbe is a reassurance that you can aspire any height irrespective of your background. Notwithstanding Haimbe was born and raised in Lusaka, Zambia she believed she could make it to the global stage. Consequently, her passion for writing led her to the University of Cambridge where she completed an Mst in Creative writing in 2018. Mbozi Haimbe is currently working on a short story collection inspired by African events. The summary of her Commonwealth Short Story Prize-winning story, “Madam’s Sister” says,

“The arrival of madam’s sister from London causes upheaval within the household but has an unexpected bonus for the guard, Cephas.”

Each regional winner will get £2,500. However, the global winner selected from the regional winners will get £5,000. Till date, only one African has been able to will the overall prize. Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi went ahead to win the overall prize in 2014 after winning the regional prize for her short story, “Let’s Tell This Story Properly”.

About the Commonwealth Short Story Prize

The Commonwealth Short Story Prize is an annual award open from 1st September to 1st November every year. Authors from commonwealth regions are encouraged to submit unpublished short story between 2,000 and 5,000 words. Now in its 8th year, the Commonwealth Short Story Prize received a total of 5,081 entries. However, this was streamlined to 21 shortlists. Sixteen of the 53 British Commonwealth nations made it to the shortlist. Speaking about the regional winners, Caryl Phillips, one of the jurors for the 2019 competition said,

“The regional winners of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize explore a remarkably diverse range of subject-matter, including stories about war, love, abuse, and neglect. What unites the stories is a common thread of narrative excellence and dramatic intensity. The voices of a truly global cast of characters enable us to engage with, and recognize, universal emotions of pain and loss.”

Submission of entries for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize can be in Turkish, Tamil, Swahili, Samoan, Portuguese, Malay, Greek, English, Chinese, and Bengali. However, English translations of shorts stories in other languages are also eligible. The Digital Director and Online Editor and Granta, Luke Neima, said,

“This year’s Commonwealth Short Story Prize-winning stories showcase the short story in a range of guises, innovations of form that stretch but never exhaust the potential of the short story to address the regional and universal questions this gifted crop of authors seeks to address. These outstanding stories capture the breadth of talent writing today across the Commonwealth.”

Other regional winners

In total, there are 5 regions considered for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. This includes Africa, Asia, Canada & Europe, Caribbean, and Pacific. The other regional winners and their stories are;

  • Asian Winner: Saras Manickam from Malaysia for “My Mother Pattu”
  • Canada and Europe Winner: Constantia Soterious from Cyprus for “Death Customs”
  • Caribbean Winner: Alexis Tolas from The Bahamas for “Granma’s Porch”
  • Pacific Winner: Harley Hern from New Zealand for “Screaming”.

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Nigeria’s Uzo Aduba Plays First Black Female Congress Member In Upcoming FX Series



Uzo Aduba, the Nigerian-American sensational actress will play Shirley Chisholm in upcoming FX series, ‘Mrs. America’. Shirley Chisholm was the first black woman to gain entry into the United States Congress. From 1969 to 1983, she represented New York’s 12th congressional district. However, this is not the only ‘first’ in her record. Breaking the news on her official Instagram page @uzoaduba she said,

“Telling the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Excited to share! Link in bio”

In 1972, Shirley Chisholm became the first black candidate to run for president of the United States under the Democratic platform. Joining Uzo Aduba in this epic series are Sarah Paulson, Rose Byrne, James Marsden, and Cate Blanchett.

A peek into Mrs. America

Mrs. America tells the story of how a group of conservative women fought for the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). Undoubtedly, this is one of history’s toughest cultural wars. Leading the war was Phyllis Schlafly, a role played by Oscar-winning actress, Blanchett. However, the culminating events changed the political landscape forever. It also led to the rise of the Moral Majority.

Dahvi Waller, the Emmy-winning producer will also be the executive producer of Mrs. America. Waller will share this role with Blanchett, Ryan Fleck, Anna Boden, Coco Francini, and Stacey Sher. The directors of the first two episodes will be Boden and Fleck. The duo is famous for co-writing and directing Captain Marvel. Mrs. America will premiere as a nine-episode series. However, there is no release date for the series just yet.

Uzo Aduba’s career and awards

Uzo Aduba came to limelight in 2007 after starring in ‘Coram Boy’. She is currently the first actress to win an Emmy in drama and comedy. She won the 2014 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy for her role in Netflix’s ‘Orange is the New Black’. The following year she won the Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. The other person to have won Emmy in comedy and drama is Ed Asner. However, these are not her only achievements.

Uzo Aduba has also won the SAG Award in 2015 and 2016 for Best Actress in Comedy. Three times, she has won the Best Ensemble in a Comedy (2015, 2016, and 2017). This is a rare opportunity to tell the story of past heroes to future generations.

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