Nigeria’s seasoned actor and broadcaster Sadiq Daba has been adjudged the Best Actor in a Leading Role as Inspector Danladi Waziri in Kunle Afolayan’s thriller, October 1, at the 11th edition of the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) held Saturday night in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
At the glittering ceremony, Daba was announced the best ahead of Tony Kroroge (Cold Harbour); Sdumo Matshali (INumber Number); Abdoul Kareem Konate (RUN) and Gerard Essomba (Le President).
During the night, Afolayan’s ‘October 1’ also clinched awards in two other categories: Best Nigerian Film and Best Costume Design.
Nollywood stars, Ini Edo and Queen Nwokoye lost out to Angola’s Lesliana Pereira in the Best Actress in a Leading Role. Pereira’s role in the movie, “Njinga: Queen of Angola” fetched her the AMAA 2015 statuette.
AMAA 2015 Best Actress in a Supporting Role went to Hilda Dokubo (Stigma). Kemi Lala Akindoju won the Best Promising Actor for her role in the movie “Dazzling Mirage”. She shared the honour with Hassan Spike Insingoma who thrilled in Uganda crime drama “Boda Boda Thieves”. Best Comedy Film was clinched by Ayo ‘AY’ Makun’s “30 Days in Atlanta”.
Mauritanian Abderrahmane Sissako shone brightly at the ceremony as his film “Timbuktu” clinched the highest number of awards. Sissako emerged the Best Director with his film also won AMAA 2015 Best Film and Best Film in an African Language. Timbuktu also won in the Best Editing category. The Best Child Actor honour went to Layla Walet Mohammed and Mehdi A.G Mohammed – Timbuktu.
Also on AMAA 2015 honour list was Mauritius’ Lobraz Khan who won double statuettes for Best Sound and Best Cinematography.
South Africa’s “iNumber Number” won the Best Visual Effects and Best Production Design. Best Actor in a Supporting Role went to Samson Tadesa for his delivery in “Triangle Going to America”; Best First Feature Film by a Director was won by Destiny Ekeragha for “Gone Too Far”; Best Make-up: Njinga: Queen of Angola – Angola and Best Soundtrack: Triangle: Going to America – Ethiopia.
Others are Best Screen Play: Le President; Best Short Film: Twaaga – Burkina Faso; Best Animation: The Legacies of Rubies – Nigeria; Best Documentary: Egypt Modern Pharaohs – Egypt; Best Film by an African Living Abroad: Fevers – France/Morocco and Best Diaspora Short Film: Sound of Tears – Canada. The Best Diaspora Documentary award was won by “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution” – USA; Best Diaspora Feature: Supremacy – USA.
Special Jury Award went to Le President – Cameroon and Triangle: Going to America – Ethiopia.
Lifetime Achievement Award was bestowed on Tony Vander Heyden and Posthumous Award was bestowed on late Oronto Douglas, a top aide of former Nigeria president, Goodluck Jonathan.
Africa Magic and Kingsley Ogoro were both awarded Special Recognition by AMAA organisers.
Elated Dayo Ogunyemi, AMAA CEO thanked everyone especially filmmakers and the audience for making this year’s AMAA a success. It was first AMAA awards night to be held outside Nigeria.