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The 2015 AMAA Nomination Gala was held in glitzy Los Angeles, Califonia. This year Nollywood meet Hollywood as several stars from both sides of the Atlantic came together to celebrate African Cinema. The 2015 AMAA Jury chaired by the Zimbabwean, Mr. Keith Shiri announced nominations that have Nigeria, South Africa, Ethiopia, Angola and Mauritius leading the pack in the numbers of films from the countries in competition while United States led the pack in the films from the Africans in Diaspora.

Amaa chioma Akpotha

Chioma Chukwuka-Akpotha

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Doris Simeon

Films from Nigerian filmmakers such as October 1, Cheetanah, Iyore, Dazzling Mirage are very prominent on the nominations list while Triangle Going to America from Ethiopia, Timbuktu from Mauritius and Queen of Angola from Angola are very strong in various categories of the award. On the West African end, Nigerian actress Ini Edo & Ghanian-born actress, Jocelyn Dumas both vie for the best Actress category for their roles in While You Slept and Silver Rain respectively. Two new revelations in the Most Promising Actor/Actress category are Demola Adedoyin for his role in Kunle Afolayan’s October 1 and Kemi Lala Akindoju for her role in Tunde Kelani’s Dazzling Mirage.

Some of the Nollywood practitioners who attended the event include Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Faithia Balogun,O.C Ukeje, Patience Uzokwor, Kingsley Ogoro, Paul Okoli, Chioma Chukwuka, Kunle Afolayan, Emem Isong, Doris Simon, Eniola Badmus, Lydia Forson, who is also AMAA brand ambassador.

Peace Anyiam Osigwe (Founder, AMAA) & Dayo Ogunyemi (CEO AMAA)

Peace Anyiam Osigwe (Founder, AMAA) & Dayo Ogunyemi (CEO AMAA)

Amaa Lydia Forson

Lydia Forson


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Fathia Balogun

The Chief Executive Officer of AMAA, Dayo Ogunyemi said that the leadership of the award body decided to take the nominations event to Hollywood this year to begin the concrete step of taking African cinema to the home of global cinema for a mutually and economically viable cooperation. It should be noted that this year AMAA 2015 College of Screeners received over 800 entries from over 50 countries of the world within and outside Africa covering feature films, short films, animations and documentaries.

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Amaa groupie Amaa FoxAMAA main event which is the award night will hold in South Africa in September and it will be the first time the continental awards will take place outside Nigeria in the 11 years of its existence.

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