Organisers of the annual Africa Movie Academy Award (AMAA) have unveiled a set of stimulating plans to make this year's event even better than previous ones. One of such is the announcement that popular Hollywood stars like Morris Chestnut, Lynn Whitfield, Maya Gilbert and Rockmund Dumbar will be in the country as special guests as the awards ceremony hold later this month.
Among changes in the award announced earlier, the award will hold in Lagos for the first time in its eight year's journey. According to Peace Anyiam-Osigwe, founder and CEO of AMAA, widely regarded as Africa's best movie awards event, the choice of Lagos is due to consideration of logistics. The prestigious award had, since its inception in 2005, been hosted and sponsored by Bayelsa State.
"We are happy to have Lagos State Government and Airtel on board and other sponsors like Arik Air, Lufthansa, Bayelsa State Government who are still behind us. It is a big year for AMAA as we turn 8 and there will be lots of films from several countries in the world and other areas of excellence for which AMAA is known, Peace said.
|Maya Gilbert -Image By Zimbio|
Shuiabu Husseini, head of screening at AMAA, said the nominations were arrived at after a very rigorous and painstaking process, adding that the same will be employed in deciding the eventual winners as members of the jury will be on ground from April 15.
The awards ceremony proper holds on Sunday, April 22 at the Eko Hotel and Suites with Haiti-born Hollywood star, Jimmy Jean- Louis as host to be assisted by O.C Ukeje.