In a a statement released to the press by the organizers, The Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) announces Hon. Steve Oluseyi Ayorinde as President of the Jury for the 2nd consecutive year. Hon. Steve Oluseyi Ayorinde who served as a Commissioner for Tourism under His Excellency the Governor of Lagos State Akinwunmi Ambode has been the Chairman of the Governing Council of AMAA for over ten years. He is also a pioneering member of the 17 year old Africa Movie Academy Awards. His rich background in the film and festival circuit makes him best suited to navigate our Jury process during this delicate season in the film industry.
According to the founder, Peace Anyiam-Osigwe “the 2021 has been an interesting year for the film industry in Africa, especially with the continued COVID-19 pandemic waves and its effects on our creative industry. Still, we prevailed and over 500 films were submitted for the 2021 AMA-Awards. This shows the tenacity of African creatives and we are honored to have a platform that celebrates their hard work, creativity and excellence”.
The statement further said that the announcement of the nominations will be on the 21st of October, and the AMA Awards ceremony will be held on the 28th of November, 2021 in Lagos Nigeria hosted by actor and comedian Funnybone.
We know that we gain strength from one another when we gather physically; we also understand that for safety reasons and travel restrictions, from the ongoing Covid -19 wave, many will not be able to attend physically. For this reasons, the ceremonies this year will be a hybrid of both physical and virtual participation. Nominations announcement and the Awards ceremonies will be streamed live from our website and on Rok Tv and Star-times channels across Africa and the globe. We advise all nominees who are planning to attend the awards ceremony to please ensure they are fully vaccinated to facilitate their travel into Nigeria.
The founder stated that as “we build up to the 17th edition of AMAA, we will also be launching our 100 film project on the 1st of oct. The 100 film project is a platform that uses films to create value for brands particularly African brands. This is a way for brands to leverage the continued growth of Nigerian films while supporting the creative industry”.
She added that “as the tide turns in African cinema, we are growing stronger for our future is assured as we continue to take ownership of telling our own stories. Note the dates and follow us on social media so as to receive updates on the events and our projects”.