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SEE FULL LIST: ‘Anikulapo’, ‘Mami Wata’ win big at AMAA 2023



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

The 19th edition of the annual awards was held at the Balmoral Convention Centre inside the Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja GRA, Lagos, on Sunday.

‘Anikulapo’ won two categories; the Ousmane Sembene award for Best Film in an African Language while Pat Nebo, the late art director, secured the Best Achievement in Production Design.

Similarly, ‘Mami Wata’ won three categories; the Best Achievement in Make-Up, the Best Achievement in Cinematography, and the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVB) Award for Best Nigerian Film.

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

Nancy Isime, Rahama Sadau and Richard Ato Turkson hosted this year’s edition of the award ceremony, which celebrates excellence in the African movie industry.

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


Winners Emerge In ArtsForChange Talent Competition




Two artists, Miracle Takumo and Sime Patrick, have emerged joint winners in the second edition of the Arts for Change competition tagged ‘ Nigeria of my dreams’.

Announcing the winners in Lagos on Wednesday at the grand finale of the competition, former commissioner for Arts and Tourism, Steve Ayorinde said the panel of judges ensured that the artists actually produced the works they presented for the competition, otherwise they would have been disqualified.

Also, Imole Oyebamidele and Ibitoye Emmanuel emerged the first and second runners up, respectively.

Abolore Shobayo, a member of the panel of judges, explained that all the artworks were good,adding that three criteria were used in arriving at the winner.

He listed the criteria as a good interpretation of the concept, creativity, and quality of artistic expression.

The facilitator of Arts for Change competition, Loye Amzat, said the competition is getting better from the maiden edition, which was held at Freedom Park last year with a price tag of 500,000.

He, however, thanked Lagos Internal Revenue Service (LIRS), First Bank, GoBet247 and other sponsors who partnered with the project to identify and reward creativity among the youths.

He said; ” Arts for Change competition was conceived to identify and reward talents among our youths. Last year, the theme was Nigeria, Stronger Together. Over 300 artists competed last year during the maiden edition. This year is more robust with the theme: “Nigeria of my dreams.”

Duke Asidionye, an art promoter, spoke on the need for the youths to look beyond the politicians by ensuring that they fix the country through innovations.

He said the youths should focus more on their creative abilities to birth a new nation.

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Five suits every man should have in his wardrobe




Every man has the ability to look good in a well-fitted suit.

That being said, we’re here to help you cover all the bases in your suit life to give you that James Bond suave look for every occasion.


This is the first suit you must have in your wardrobe as it is appropriate for almost every event. You can pair it with any shirt and tie.


This is important for when you want to make a statement and distinguish yourself from the average. It shouts swagger and lets people know you are fashion conscious. Dark grey, dark blue, or black are suitable colors.


A tux is not an everyday suit, but for that rare occasion when you have to attend a gala, auction, or a formal dinner, you must have one handy.

Summer suit 

Summer suits are useful when the weather is hot. They are usually lightweight, bright coloured materials. Summer suits can be worn to the office but are more suited for lunch dates or semi-casual business meetings.

Patterned suit 

Plaid suits or striped suits are useful when you’re tired of plain colours and you want to spice things up. It adds character to your look, making you more interesting.

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20th Abuja International Film Festival opens as film enthusiasts storm Nigeria




The 20th Abuja International Film Festival, with the theme “Beyond Borders: Globalisation and Film Business,” kicked off with a grand opening ceremony that witnessed the presence of several notable figures in the industry.

Among the distinguished guests was the representative of the Minister of Arts, Culture, and Creative Economy, Hajia Hanatu Musawa.

In addition to Musawa, the festival had the honor of hosting ambassadors from Bangladesh, Vietnam, China, Cote d’Ivoire, and Egypt, along with other prominent personalities such as the DG of the National Film and Video Censors Board, the CEO of the Nigeria Film Corporation, and the CEO of Startimes, Joshua Wang. The event was also well attended by local and international filmmakers.

During the ceremony, the festival’s founder took the opportunity to reflect on its humble beginnings, when cinema spaces were scarce in Abuja.

He emphasized how the festival has been instrumental in fostering the growth of the Nigerian film industry, better known as Nollywood.

The ambassadors and high commissioners present at the event expressed their admiration for the festival’s success and longevity, offering commendations and goodwill messages.

They highlighted the sustainability and significance of the festival over its 20-year history.

The Abuja International Film Festival will continue for the next four days with a lineup of daily screenings, panel discussions, and other engaging activities.

The highly anticipated awards ceremony, where winners will be presented with awards in 16 different categories, is scheduled to take place on Thursday, November 2nd, 2023.

With its rich history and international participation, the festival promises to be an exciting showcase of global cinema.

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Bodex F. Hungbo, SPMIIM is a multiple award-winning Nigerian Digital Media Practitioner, Digital Strategist, PR consultant, Brand and Event Expert, Tv Presenter, Tier-A Blogger/Influencer, and a top cobbler in Nigeria.

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