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Winners and Scoops From the 2013 AMAA Awards Ceremony

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Bayelsa state was the place to be this weekend as movie professionals from all over Africa and the diaspora gathered for what is arguably the biggest movie award ceremony this side of the world, the African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA).
From Nigeria and South Africa to Malawi, Kenya, Burkina Faso and several other African countries, the stars turned out in their Sunday best for the 2013 AMAA awards ceremony which was tagged ‘Africa One’. On hand to host the show were comedian AY Makun, who had the audience reeling in laughter with his jokes(several of which were aimed at Chinedu Ikedieze and Osita Iheme aka Aki and Paw-Paw), British-Ghanaian Actress and TV presenter, Ama K. Abebrese and uber-classy Dakore Egbuson-Akande. Several celebrities including Kemi ‘Lala’ Akindoju, Uti Nwachukwu, Alex Ekubo, Doris Simeon and several others were also on hand to present the awards in several categories.
No award ceremony is complete without a musical performance and the 2013 AMAA awards was no different as several artistes including P-Square, Waje, Flavour, Timi Dakolo and Magic  Band from Malawi got the audience rocking at several points of the show. Also worthy of note is the rousing applause Nollywood veteran, Kenneth Okonkwo was given on  his appearance on stage to receive his Pillars of Nollywood award. Okonkwo, who is rarely seen in public gave a heartfelt acceptance speech as he thanked his wife and fans for their love and support. Check out the full list of winners below:
Best Documentary: Fuelling Poverty (Nigeria)
Best Diaspora Feature: Stones In The Sun (Haiti/USA)
Best Diaspora Documentary: Fan Do Brasil (Brazil/Guatamela)
Best Animation: Adventure Of Zambezia (South Africa)
Best Film By An Africans Abroad: Last Flight To Abuja (UK/Nigeria)
Achievement In Production Design: Elewani (South-Africa)
Achievement In Costume Design: Blood And Henna (Nigeria)
Achievement In Make-Up: The Meeting (Nigeria)
Achievement In Soundtrack: The Last Fishing Boat (Malawi)
Achievement In Visual Effects: The Twin Sword (Nigeria)
Achievement In Sound: Nairobi Half Life (Kenya)
Achievement In Cinematography: Uhlanga, The Mark (South-Africa)
Achievement In Editing: Hereos And Zereos (Nigeria)
Achievement In Lightning: Moi Zaphira (Burkina Faso)
Achievement In Screenplay: Hereos And Zereos (Nigeria)
Best Nigerian Film: Confusion Na Wa (Nigeria)
Best Film In An African Language: Moi Zaphira (Burkina Faso)
Best Child Actor: Benjamin Abemisiga (Uganda)
Best Promising Actor: Belinda Effah – Kokomma (Nigeria)
Best Actor In A Supporting Role: Gabriel Afolayan – Hoodrush (Nigeria)
Best Actress In A Supporting Role: Hermelinda Cimela – Virgin Magarida (Mozambique)
Best Actor In A Leading Role: Justus Esiri – Assasins Practice (Nigeria)
Best Actress In A Leading Role: Florence Masebe – Elewani (South-Africa)
Best Director: Niji Akanni – Hereos And Zeroes (Nigeria)
Best Film: Confusion Na Wa (Nigeria)
Lifetime Achievement Awards: Tunde Kelani, Chief Eddi Ugbomah, Sir Ositadinma Okeke Oguno (Ossy Affason), Ayuko Badu and Chief Pete Edochie
Special Recognition of Pillars of Nollywood at 20: Emem Isong, Kanayo O. Kanayo, Kenneth Okonkwo and Film/Video Producers and Marketers Association of Nigeria (FVPMAN)
Special Jury Award: Ninah’s Dairy (Cameroon)

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