Kenya, Uganda and Nigeria Shine at 2009 AMAA Awards

BAYELSA – It was Kenyan’s day at the African Movie Academy Awards AMAA 2009 which was witnessed by host State Bayelsa Governor, Chief Timpire Sylva and members of his cabinet. The Kenyan filmmakers made it up the dais five times to receive the highest number of awards of the evening.

The movie, “From A Whisper” which examines the aftermath of the bombing on the lives of the indirect victims of the blast, also got the award for the best screenplay, best director, best editing and best original soundtrack.

The award night also featured stand-up comic acts and musical performances. Filmmakers from South Africa, Uganda, Burkina Faso, Rwanda and Niger Republic also got rewarded for their artistry in the make-belief world of the movies.

South Africa’s Gugu and Andile got the awards for best promising actress and actor category as well as the best film in African Language.


Uganda received the award for the best film with visual effect with its only entry Battle of the Soul, while Burkina Faso got garlanded for the best animated film with Justin Zerbo’s Kono.

Nigeria’s Funke Akindele has been named by the jury of the 2009 edition of the African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA), as Africa’s best actress in a leading role.


The AMAA jury included international players such as American Festival organiser, Mr. Ayoku Babu, Germany film programmer, Dorothy Wenner and Kenyan-born British festival director, Mr. Keith Shiri.


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