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Knuckle City, The Milkmaid, Living In Bondage Lead AMAA 2020 Nominations [ Full List]

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After months of uncertainties due to the COVID-19 pandemic and other horrible events that characterized the year, organizers of the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) have finally released the 2020 nominees list.

AMAA jury president, Steve Ayorinde announced the list in a broadcast message shared on AMAA’s social media platforms on Monday, November 30, 2020, ahead of the virtual show billed for December 20, 2020.

This year’s list spots strong contenders across Africa with South Africa’s ‘Knuckle City’ directed by Jahmil X.T Quebeka, leading with 12 nominations including the Best Film, Best Actor, and Best Director categories.

Nigeria’s ‘The Milkmaid’ directed by Desmond Ovbiagele follows with eight nominations and Akin Omotoso’s ‘The Ghost and The House of Truth’ with seven.

  1. EFERE OZAKO AMAA 2020 AWARD FOR BEST SHORT FILM

 

  1. Baxu & the Giant –Namibia
  2. Songs About My Mother – South Africa
  3. Idi Amin’s Boat – Uganda
  4. Yahoo – Nigeria
  5. SEMA (Speak Out) – DRC
  6. The letter reader – South Africa
  7. A Canvas for a Visa – Senegal
  8. After the War – Egypt

 

  1. JUBRIL MALAFIA AMAA 2020 AWARD FOR BEST ANIMATION

 

  1. From Here To Timbuktu – Kenya
  2. Malaika (The Warrior Queen) – Nigeria/USA
  3. A Special Gift – Mozambique
  4. The legend of Lwanda Magere – Kenya
  5. FTFO – Nigeria
  6. Sankofa – Cote D’Voire
  7. I am leaving In Ghana Get Me Out of Here – Ghana
  8. A Gugie Day – Nigeria

 

 

  1. AMAA 2020 AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY

 

  1. January 15, 1970: Untold memoir of the Biafran war- Nigeria
  2. Journey to Kenya – Sudan
  3. No gold for kalsaka – B/Faso
  4. Days of Cannibalism – South Africa
  5. Finding Sally – Ethiopia/Canada
  6. The letter – Kenya
  7. Becoming Black- Togo/Germany
  8. Influence – South Africa

 

  1. AMAA 2020 AWARD FOR BEST DIASPORA SHORT

 

  1. Boxed – USA
  2. June 14 – USA
  3. Egun – Brazil
  4. Brick By Brick – USA

 

 

  1. AMAA 2020 AWARD FOR BEST DIASPORA DOCUMENTARY

 

  1. Once In Hundred Years – USA
  2. Revolution From Afar – USA
  3. Meeting My Father – France
  4. Becoming Black – Germany
  5. If Objects Could Speak – Germany

 

  1. AMAA 2020 AWARD FOR BEST DIASPORA NARRATIVE FEATURE

 

  1. Aiyai: Wrathful Soul – Australia
  2. Lola – USA
  3. A day With Jerusa – Brazil
  4. Black and Blue – USA
  5. Joseph – Barbados

 

 

  1. MICHAEL ANYIAM OSIGWE AMAA 2020 AWARD FOR BEST FILM BY AN AFRICAN LIVING ABROAD

 

  1. Eagles Nest – Olivier Assoua
  2. Two Weeks in Lagos – Kathryn Fasegha
  3. Idemuza – Olaoye Amoke
  4. Between – Daniel Adenimokan
  5. No Shades – Claire Ayiam Osigwe

 

 

  1. OUSMANE SEMBENE AMAA 2020 AWARD FOR BEST FILM IN AN AFRICAN LANGUAGE

 

  1. Milk Maid – Nigeria
  2. Knuckle City – South Africa
  3. This is Not A Burial…it’s a Resurrection – Lesotho
  4. Fiela’s Child – South Africa
  5. The White Line – Namibia

 

  1. AMAA 2020 ACHIEVEMENT IN COSTUME DESIGN

 

  1. This is Not A Burial, It’s a Resurrection
  2. Heroes of Africa; Tette Quarshie
  3. The White Line
  4. Ibi (The Birth)
  5. Foreigner’s God

 

 

  1. AMAA 2020 AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN MAKE-UP

 

  1. Knuckle City
  2. Ratnik
  3. The Milkmaid
  4. 1929
  5. Heroes of Africa; Tette Quarshie

 

  1. AMAA 2020 AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUNDTRACK

 

  1. Fisherman’s Diary
  2. Coming from Insanity
  3. Zulu Wedding
  4. Gold Coast Lounge
  5. For Maria: Ebun Pataki
  6. Walking with Shadows
  7. Living in Bondage
  8. Mirage

 

  1. AMAA 2020 AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN VISUAL EFFECT

 

  1. Heroes of Africa; Tette Quarshie
  2. Desrances
  3. Knuckle City
  4. Living in Bondage: Breaking Free
  5. Badamasi
  6. Ratnik
  7. Foreigner’s God
  8. A Taste of Our Land

 

 

  1. AMAA 2020 AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND

 

  1. Fiela’s Child
  2. Knuckle City
  3. Children of The Storm
  4. The Ghost and House of Truth
  5. For Maria: Ebun Pataki
  6. 40 Sticks
  7. Desrances
  8. Gold Coast Lounge

 

 

  1. AMAA 2020 AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION DESIGN

 

  1. Ratnik
  2. Knuckle City
  3. Zulu Wedding
  4. Perfect Picture: Ten Years Later
  5. This is Not A Burial, It’s a resurrection
  6. Foreigner’s God
  7. Gold Coast Lounge
  8. The Ghost and the House of Truth

 

  1. AMAA 2020 AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY

 

  1. The Ghost and House of Truth
  2. A Fisherman’s Diary
  3. Knuckle City
  4. Milk Maid
  5. 40 Sticks
  6. Desrances
  7. This is Not A Burial, It’s a resurrection
  8. Gold Coast Lounge

 

  1. AMAA 2020 AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN EDITING

 

  1. Perfect Picture: Ten Years After
  2. The Ghost and House of Truth
  3. Knuckle City
  4. 40 Sticks
  5. Desrances

 

 

  1. AMAA 2020 AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN SCREEN PLAY

 

  1. For Maria: Ebun Pataki
  2. The White line
  3. 4th Republic
  4. A Fisherman’s Diary
  5. Knuckle City
  6. 40 Sticks
  7. Perfect Picture: Ten Years After
  8. 3 Days To Go

 

 

 

  1. AMAA 2020- NATIONAL FILM AND VIDEO CENSORS BOARD (NFVCB) AWARD FOR BEST NIGERIAN FILM

 

  1. Cold Feet
  2. Living in Bondage: Breaking Free
  3. 4th Republic
  4. For Maria: Ebun Pataki
  5. The Bling Lagosian
  6. Coming From Insanity
  7. The Ghost and The House of Truth
  1. Milk Maid
  1. AMAA 2020 AWARD FOR BEST YOUNG/ PROMISING ACTOR

 

  1. Faith Fidel – Fisherman’s Diary
  2. Naomi Nemlin – Desrances
  3. Chimezie Imo – Nimbe
  4. Swanky JKA – Living in Bondage: Breaking Free
  5. Wayne Smith – Fiela’s Child
  6. Cina Soul – Gold Coast Lounge
  7. Anthonieta Kalunta – Milk Maid

 

  1. AMAA 2020 AWARD FOR BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

 

  1. Arabrun Nyyeneque – 40 Sticks
  2. Adjatey Annang- Gold Ghost Lounge
  3. Narcissus Afeli – Desrances
  4. Cosson Chinepoh – Fisherman’s Diary
  5. Ramsey Noah Jnr – Living in Bondage: Breaking Free

 

 

  1. AMAA 2020 AWARD FOR BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

 

  1. Maryam Booth – Milk Maid
  2. Chairmaine Mujeri – Mirage
  3. Linda Ejiofor – 4th Republic
  4. Ndano Tramanse – Fisherman’s Diary
  5. Tina Mba – The Set Up
  6. Faniswa Yisa – Knuckle City
  7. Evelyne Juhen – Desrances

 

 

  1. AMAA 2020 AWARD FOR BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

 

  1. Jimmy Jean-Louis – Desrances
  2. Gabriel Afolayan – Coming From Insanity
  3. Kang Quintus – Fisherman’s Diary
  4. Bongile Mantsai – Knuckle City
  5. Alphonse Menyo – Gold Coast Lounge
  6. Eyinna Nwigwe – Badamasi
  7. Robert Agengo/Mwaura Bilal/Andreo Kamau/ Xavier Ywawa – 40 Sticks
  1. Darrin Dewitt Henson – Zulu Wedding

 

 

  1. AMAA 2020 AWARD FOR BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

 

  1. Joselyn Dumas – Cold Feet
  2. Mary Twala Mhlongo – This is Not A Burial, It’s a Resurrection
  3. Stella Damasus – Between
  4. Meg Otanwa – For Maria: Ebun Pataki
  5. Zenobia Kloppers – Fiela’s Child
  6. Elvina Ibru – The Bling Lagosian
  7. Girley Jazama – The White Line
  8. Kelly Khumalo – Zulu Wedding

 

  1. AMAA 2020 AWARD FOR BEST FIRST FEATURE FILM BY A DIRECTOR

 

  1. Coming From Insanity – Akinyemi Sebastine Akinropo
  2. Living in Bondage – Ramsey Noah Jnr
  3. Bling Lagosian – Bolanle Austen- Peters
  4. For Maria: Ebun Pataki – Damilola E. Orimogunje
  5. The Zulu Wedding – Lineo Sekeleoana
  6. A Taste of Our Land -–Yuhi Amuli –
  7. Mirage – Malaika Mushandu
  8. The White Line – Desire Kahikapo

 

 

  1. AMAA 2020 AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTOR

 

  1. Akin Omotoso – The Ghost and House of Truth
  2. Enah Johnscott – A Fisherman’s Diary
  3. Jahmil X.T Quebeka- Knuckle City
  4. Desmond Ovbiagele- Milk Maid
  5. Victor Gatonye- 40 Sticks
  6. Appoline Traore – Desrances
  7. Jeremiah Lemohang Mosese – This is Not A Burial, It’s a resurrection
  8. Pascal Aka – Gold Coast Lounge

 

  1. AMAA 2020 AWARD FOR BEST FILM

 

  1. The Ghost and the House of Truth
  2. A Fisherman’s Diary
  3. Knuckle City
  4. Milk Maid
  5. 40 Sticks
  6. Desrances
  7. This is Not A Burial, It’s a Resurrection
  8. Gold Coast Lounge

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“I Was Lost But Now I’m Found O Allah”, JJC Skillz Prays As He Returns To Islam

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Award-winning songwriter and filmmaker, AbdurRasheed Bello, popularly known as JJC Skills has announced that he has returned to Islam, his father’s religion.

The former husband of popular actress, Funke Akindele, made this known through a series of posts on his verified Instagram handle and corroborated his announcement with an interview with an Islamic online platform, Muslims News, on Thursday.

JJC Skills said he was originally born into an Islamic family but he never practiced it as he chose to follow the faith of his mummy, adding, “I was lost but now I’m found O Allah, I ask You for Your pardon and well-being in this life and the next.

“O Allah, veil my weaknesses and set at ease my dismay, and preserve me from the front and behind and on my right and my left and from above, and I take refuge with You lest I be swallowed up by the earth.”

Speaking to Muslims News, the musician said it was a design of God that he would finally embrace Islam.

“I was born a Muslim, AbdurRasheed by name. My dad, Bello is a Muslim but my mum is a Christian. Back then I used to go Islamiyah but all I remembered about it was getting beaten. They used to scare us with hellfire so, I never practiced.

“It’s God’s design that I will return to Islam. I thank Allah for sparing my life.

“I am so happy I found Islam again because it has given me peace. It has given me direction and focus. I was truly lost but now, I am found,” he maintained.

 

 

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Despite Difficult Times, Firstbank Excited Families With Unique “DecemberIssaVybe” Experiences

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It was glitz and glamour as the premier and leading financial institution in the country, FirstBank thrilled their customer to a memorable “DecemberIssaVybe” at the just concluded Vibe on the Beach, featuring sensational music act, Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun widely known as Big Wiz. The timing of the concert was right, having had Asake and Kiss Daniel’s concert precede that of the grammy award winning music sensation.

DecemberIssaVybe is not just about music but fun, fun and fun in its entirety, from stage plays to art and culture… the list comprised Culturati to Beeta Arts Festival Abuja, Koffi Tha Guru Unorthodox, Duke of Shomolu Production’s Encore, Our Duke Has Gone Mad Again and Ufok Iban.

Others supported by the Bank include; Joromi: The Musical Concert; Osamede, Awo and Ufok Iban by Duke of Shomolu Productions.

So back to the main gist… tell me who does not love gist, especially when it comes to Big Wiz.

Vibes on The Beach was held at Landmark Beach Oniru, Lagos on Friday, December 30th, 2022. It was unarguably an amazing night of fun and nothing but a star-studded show which exploded the audience to the height of ecstasy and rhythm of bliss courtesy of FirstBank.

With the kick time slated for 6 pm, the environs of Oniru were a beehive of activities as thousands thronged Landmark to be a partaker of the grandest Lagos concert of the year.

The organizational skills of the organizers and sponsors were nothing short of perfection as Landmark was transfigured into a haven of an international center, divided into regular, VIP, and VVIP.

Of a truth, the attendees who cut across individuals, friends, family members who came for reunions, and lovers were all smiles as they passed through the passage of entrance branded with FirstBank, the only financial brand which has provided them the opportunity and platform for yet another memorable homecoming experience with their idol, Wizkid.

Those at the regulars, VIPs, and VVIPs stands were mesmerized by the decoration and branding of the venue and the cool atmosphere which prepared them for the entrance of their favorite show hosts, Mr. Macaroni and Kiekie whose real names are Bukunmi Adeaga-Ilori.

Guests and fans of Big Wiz were in High expectations of the fun-filled experience they signed for the night when Popular skit maker cum musician, Oderhohwo Joseph Efe, famously called Carter Efe and Berri Tiga sang their trendy song, Machala, a blend of Afro-fusion. The song is widely attributed to be an anthem in honour of the superstar singer, Wizkid.

Afterwards, Landmark was thrown into a frenzy as Big Wiz, the biggest act of the night was ushered on stage. Interestingly, the entrance of Big Wiz was a barrier breaker and line crosser as those in the regular, VIP, and VVIP stands all melted into unison to the scintillating performance of the music superstar as he took everyone down memory lane starting from his evergreen debut singles to the newest and fresh contemporary songs. And guess what? Wizkid surprised everyone and added a juicy flavour to the event by doing a collaboration with the popular act, Naira Marley.

Truth be told, the 2022 edition of “#DecemberIssaVybe” by FirstBank goes beyond excitement but birthed memories that will be hard to fade off attendees’ minds for many years.

The bank’s dedication to going beyond functional products and benefits for its stakeholders and providing these types of enabling experiences sets it apart in the industry and solidifies its position as a leader in not just directly supporting the arts and entertainment industry but economically impacting its value chain.

Anyone not following the Bank is surely on a long thing but hey, it is never too late as there are still many excitements the Bank creates on its social media ecosystem via @firstbanknigeria (Instagram); @FirstBankngr (Twitter) and First Bank of Nigeria Limited (Facebook).

2023 will surely be another back-to-back hit as the financial giant creates more memorable fun for its customers and followers.

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Nigerian Comedian, Basketmouth Ends Marriage With Wife

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Bright Okpocha, popularly known by his stage name Basketmouth has announced the end of marriage with his wife, Elsie Okpocha.

The famous comedian took to his Instagram page to break the news.

He, however enjoined his fans to respect the family’s privacy as they navigate through this phase.

 

See his post below:

 

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