AMA AWARDS 21: Joan Agaba beats Nigerians for Best Actress – See Full list of winners!

All roads led to the popular Marriot Hotel, Lagos, Nigeria on Sunday, November 28, for the highly-anticipated 2021 edition of the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA). The prestigious award ceremony which is known for its recognition and celebration of African talents saw some top names in the movie industry clutching highly-coveted categories. 


Interestingly, the star winner of the night was Eyimofe, a movie by the Esiri brothers that bagged five prizes at the award ceremony. The film scored nods for Best Direction, Best Nigerian Film among others. Ugandan star actress Joan Agaba beat Nollywood veterans Funke Akindele-Bello and Rita Dominic to clinch the Best Actress award in the 2021 Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA).

She won for her performance in Torture. The Gala Night which was hosted by Chioma Omeruah(Chigul), and Stanley Chibuna (Funny Bone), featured the Award presentation to recognize the excellence of professionals in the film industry across Africa. Founded by Peace Anyiam- Osigwe, for the past 17 years, AMAA has consistently supported and celebrated African cinema.


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EFERE OZAKO AMAA 2021 AWARD FOR BEST SHORT FILM • Meat – Uganda (WINNER)• Enroute – Bourkina Fasso• A Better Friend – Ghana• Find Me By The River – South Africa• In Extremis – DRC• Portrait of Princess Tutu – Cote d’Ivoire• The Long Night In Abuja – Nigeria

JUBRIL MALAFIA AMAA 2021 AWARD FOR BEST ANIMATION• Room 5 – Ghana• Shaka-Inklosi Yamakhosi – South Africa• The Pyramid – Egypt• Mofiala – Togo• Lady Buckit & the Motley Mopster – Nigeria (WINNER)• A Thousand Fate – Uganda• White Nights – Algeria

AMAA 2021 AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY• Softie – Kenya (WINNER)• The Sacred Woods – Tunisia• Postcard – Morocco• Unmasked: Leadership, Trust & the Pandemic – Nigeria• Linda Under Lockdown – South Africa• Bulembu: History of a Culture – DRC• Noboth – Uganda• Zindet – Niger

AMAA 2021 AWARD FOR BEST DIASPORA SHORT FILM• Three Leaves (Haiti) – WINNER• In Other News (Canada)• Blue (US)• The Berne Identity (Switzerland)• No Comprendo (UK)

AMAA 2021 AWARD FOR BEST DIASPORA DOCUMENTARY• Akwaaba – The Awakening (US)• African Redemption: the Life of Marcus Garvey (US) – WINNER• Race Today Documentary (UK)


MICHAEL ANYIAM OSIGWE AMAA 2021 AWARD FOR BEST FILM BY AN AFRICAN LIVING ABROAD• Blackmail – Obi Emelonye (Nigeria/UK) WINNER• First Call – Angela Onuora (Nigeria/Canada)• K.I.A.B – Eric Zoa & Oleksii Osyka (Cameroon/USA)• Gone – Daniel Ademinokan (Nigeria/US)

OUSMANE SEMBENE AMAA 2021 AWARD FOR BEST FILM IN AN AFRICAN LANGUAGE• Bangarang – Robin Odongo (Kenya)• Ayinla – Tunde Kelani (Nigeria)• The Gravedigger’s Wife – Khadar Ahmed (Somalia) – WINNER• Hotel on the Koppies – Charlie Vundler (South Africa)• Nyara – Ram Ally Kasongo (Tanzania)• Stain – Morris Mugisha (Uganda)

AMAA 2021 ACHIEVEMENT IN COSTUME DESIGN• African American (WINNER)• Buried• Oba Bi Olorun• Tecora• Eagles Wing

AMAA 2021 AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN MAKE-UP• Fried Barry• Tecora• The Gravedigger’s Wife (WINNER)• The Takers• Mission To Rescue

AMAA 2021 AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN VISUAL EFFECT• Nneka The Pretty Serpent• Stain• Fried Barry (WINNER)• The Takers• Mission to Rescue

AMAA 2021 AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUNDTRACK• The Citation (WINNER)• Nyara (The Kidnapper)• The Gravedigger’s Wife• This Lady Called Life• Hotel on the Koppies

AMAA 2021 AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND• Hairareb• African American• The Gravedigger’s Wife• Eyimofe (WINNER)• La Femme Anjola

AMAA 2021 AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION DESIGN• Tecora• The Takers• Nyara (The Kidnapping)• The Gravedigger’s Wife (WINNER)• Shadow Parties

AMAA 2021 AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY• Ayinla (WINNER)• Black Medusa• Stain• Nyara (The Kidnapping)• The Gravedigger’s Wife

AMAA 2021 AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN EDITING• Mission to Rescue• Omo Ghetto: The Saga• Nyala (The Kidnapping)• Fried Barry• Eyimofe

AMAA 2021 AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN SCREEN PLAY• Chasing Lullaby• Where I Come From• Stain• Collission Course (WINNER)• Hairareb

AMAA 2021- NATIONAL FILM AND VIDEO CENSORS BOARD (NFVCB) AWARD FOR BEST NIGERIAN FILM• Rattlesnake: The Ahanna Story• Ayinla• Eyimofe (WINNER)• The Citation• Omo Ghetto: The Saga• La Femme Anjola• Collission Course• Shadow Parties

AMAA 2021 AWARD FOR BEST YOUNG/ PROMISING ACTOR• Wilmah Muremera – Shaina (WINNER)• Oluwabamike Olawunmi-Adenibuyan – Collission Course• Faith Fidel – Where I Come From• David Weda – Bangarang• Bertha Abdallah – Nyara (The Kidnapping)• Hannah Sukali – Fatsani: A Tale Of Survival

AMAA 2021 AWARD FOR BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE• Mulshid Mugabire – Monica• Kelechi Udegbe – Collission Course (WINNER)• Mehdi Hajri – Black Medusa• Cameron Scott – Hotel on the Koppies• Bimbo Manuel – Gone

AMAA 2021 AWARD FOR BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE• Gloria Anozie-Young – Rattlesnake: The Ahanna Story• Naana Hayford – Chasing Lullaby• Tumi Morake – Seriously Single• Hazel Hinda – Hairareb (WINNER)• Ini Edo – The Citation

AMAA 2021 AWARD FOR BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE• Gary Green – Fried Barry• Lateef Adedimeji – Ayinla• Melvin Alusa – Mission To Rescue• Jude Akuwudike – Eyimofe• Omar Abdi – The Gravedigger’s Wife (WINNER)• David Njavera – Hairareb• Nonso Bassey – La Femme Anjola

AMAA 2021 AWARD FOR BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE• Lucie Memba Bois – Buried• Funke Akindele – Omo Ghetto: The Saga• Sarah Alina Grosz – Black Medusa• Joan Agaba – Stain (WINNER)• Phumi Mthembu – African America n• Rita Dominic – La Femme Anjola• Claudine de Groot – Hairareb

AMAA 2021 AWARD FOR BEST FIRST FEATURE FILM BY A DIRECTOR• Shaina – Beatrice Masvaure Alf (Zimbabwe)• African American – Muzi Mthembu (South Africa)• Eyimofe – Chuko & Ayie Esiri (Nigeria) (WINNER)• The Gravedigger’s Wife – Khadar Ahmed (Somalia) * Black Medusa – Youssef Chebbi & Ismael (Tunisia)• Fried Barry – Ryan Kruger (South Africa)

AMAA 2021 AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTOR• Gilbert Lukalia – (Mission To Rescue)• Ryan Kruger – (Fried Barry)• Khadar Ahmed – (The Gravedigger’s Wife)• Morris Mugisha – (Stain)• Chuko & Ayie Esiri – (Eyimofe) (WINNER)• Oshoveli Shipoh – (Hairareb)• Ram Ally Kasongo – (Nyara/The Kidnapping)• Youssef Chebbi & Ismael – (Black Medusa)

AMAA 2021 AWARD FOR BEST FILM• Mission To Rescue (Kenya)• Fried Barry (South Africa)• The Gravedigger’s Wife (Somalia) (WINNER)• Stain (Uganda)• Eyimofe (Nigeria)• Hairareb (Namibia)• Nyara:The Kidnapping (Tanzania)• Black Medusa (Tunisia)



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