Still recovering from success of the recently held AfricaMagic Viewers’ Choice Awards winning a whooping three awards, Obi Emelonye has yet again landed a record breaking with his 2012 film, “Last Flight To Abuja”, recieving the highest number of nominations for this year’s Africa Movies Academy Awards. Not fogetting Rita Dominic in The Meeting…..
At the AMAA nomination gala held this weeks Friday night at Bingu Conference Centre in Lilongwe, Malawi, Emelonye’s blockbuster hit scored five nominations in different categories of the award which will take place in Nigeria in April. It was nominated for AMAA Prize For Best Film By An African Abroad, AMAA Prize For Achievement In Visual Effects, AMAA Prize For Achievement In Sound, AMAA Prize For Achievement In Editing and AMAA Prize For Best Film.
Here is an acknowledgement of the nominations written by Emelonye on his Facebook page
“Win or lose, it doesn’t matter. These nominations from ‘Africa Oscars’ come as a vindication of all the hard work of my team and I. It is also a clear lesson for anyone in any sphere of life that hard work, dedication, doggedness and prayers give the best chance of success,”
“Last Flight To Abuja” starred some of the most talented and finest Nollywood stars like, Omotola Jalade-Ekehinde and Hollywood star, Hakeem kae-Kazim.
Another Nigerian movie, “The Meeting”, with a debut production of star actress, Rita Dominic also got nominations in three categories of Prize For Achievement in Costume Design, Prize For Achievemnet In Make Up and Prize For Best Nigerian Film. Like this didnot warrent enough excitement, the film also earned another three individual nominations for the starlet Rita Dominic (Prize For Best Actress In A Leading Role), Linda Ejiofor (Prize For Best Actress In A Supporting Role) and Femi Jacobs (Prize For Best Actor In A Leading Role).
This nomination gala was attended by the Malawi’s President Joyce Banda, who said;
“We have learnt from Hollywood and Nollywood the potential that the film industry has in creating employment particularly for the youth. I am told the Nollywood is the second highest employer from government…it is for this very fact that my government, through the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, is working hard to promote the arts and culture industry…and faciltating many more arts and culture festivals including films,”
According to many reports and the organisers of AMAA , this gala took place in the country for the first time to put her Execelency in the spotlight as far as movie-making is concerned. Madam Banda attended the event with her husband, her Vice President and all the cabinet members.