FULL LIST: ‘Anikulapo’, ‘Mami Wata’ Win Big at AMAA 2023

The films ‘Anikulapo’ by Kunle Afolayan and ‘Mami Wata’ by C.J Obasi were among the top winners at the 2023 Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA).

On Sunday, the 19th annual awards were held at the Balmoral Convention Centre inside the Sheraton Hotel in Ikeja GRA, Lagos.

‘Anikulapo’ earned two awards: the Ousmane Sembene prize for Best Film in an African Language and the Best Achievement in Production Design for Pat Nebo, the late art director.

Similarly, ‘Mami Wata’ earned three awards: Best Achievement in Make-Up, Best Achievement in Cinematography, and Best Nigerian Film from the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVB).

Tobi Bakre and Nse Ikpe Etim won Best Actor/Actress In A Leading Role as well.

This year’s award event, which recognizes excellence in the African film business, was hosted by Nancy Isime, Rahama Sadau, and Richard Ato Turkson.

Below is the full list of winners:

Efere Ozaka Award For Best Short Film
Lions (Ethiopia) – Winner

Jubril Malaifia Award For Best Animation
Jabari (Ghana) – Winner

Best Documentary
Le Spectre de Boko Haram (Cameroon) – Winner

Ousmane Sembene Award For Best Film In An African Language
Anikulapo (Nigeria) – Winner

Michael Anyiam Osigwe Award For Best Film By An African-Born Director Living Abroad
KOFA (Nigeria/Canada) – Jude Idada – Winner

Best Diaspora Short Film
Raw Materials (Jamaica) – Directed by Sosiessia Nixon – Winner

Best Diaspora Documentary
Sound of the Police (United States) – Directed by Stanley Nelson – Winner

Best Diaspora Narrative Feature
Our Father, The Devil (United States) – Directed by Ellie Foumbi – Winner

Best Achievement in Production Design
Pat Nebo – Anikulapo – Nigeria – Winner

Best Achievement in Costume Design
Djibril Drame – Xalé – Senegal – Winner

Best Achievement in Make-Up
Campell Precious Arebamen – Mami Wata – Nigeria – Winner

Best Achievement in Soundtrack
Fight Like a Girl – Rwanda – Winner

Best Achievement in Visual Effects
Emmanuel Bassey – Gangs of Lagos – Nigeria – Winner

Best Achievement in Sound
Vianney Aube – Sira – Burkina Faso – Winner

Best Achievement in Cinematography
Lilis Soares – Mami Wata – Nigeria – Winner

Best Achievement in Editing
Bertrand Conard – Omen – DRC – Winner

Best Achievement in Screenplay

Ben Diogay Beye – Xalé – Senegal – Winner

National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVB) Award for Best Nigerian Film
Mami Wata – Winner

Best Young/Promising Actor
Maleek Sanni – Gangs of Lagos – Winner

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Jimmy-Jean Louis – Rise – Winner

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Rokhaya Niang – Xalé – Senegal – Winner

Best Actor in a Leading Role
Tobi Bakre – Brotherhood – Nigeria – Winner

Best Actress in a Leading Role
Nse Ikpe Etim – 4-4-44 (Four Four Forty-Four) – Nigeria – Winner

First Debut Feature by a Director
Baloji – Omen – DRC – Winner

Best Director
Apolline Traore – Sira – Winner

Best Film
Xalé- Senegal – Winner

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