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Nollywood Flops As ‘Just A Whisper’ Rules AMAA 2009



The 2009 UBA African Movie Academy Awards popularly known as the AMAAs have come and gone.
The jury and audience have spoken and Kenya’s ‘Just A Whisper’ by Wanuri Kahiu emerged as the big winner by scooping multiple awards.
The event was held in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State and hosted by comedian Julius Agwu and actress Kate Henshaw-Nuttall. Hollywood was also represented by veteran actors Danny Glover and Forest Whitaker .
While Funke Akindele and Mercy Johnson grapped awards for best actress and best supporting actress respectively, Nollywood was shut out of many categories leading many critics to question the quality and potential of the Nigerian movie industry.
Perhaps a sign of the tide turning in Nigerian cinema, first time producer Nigerian Michelle Bello’s movie ‘Small Boy’ received 2 awards.

Photos from the awards ceremony below. What are your thoughts on Nollywood? How can they turn things around?


amaa-awards-bella-naija_027amaa-awards-bella-naija_017UBA-AMAA AWARDS 2009 WINNERS LIST

Best Documentary (Short Subject)

Coming of Age (Kenya)

Best Documentary (Feature)

Joint winners:
For the Best and for the Onion (Niger)
Malcom’s Echo (Nigeria)

Best Short Film

No winner announced

Best Animation

Lolo (Burkina Faso)

AMAA Achievement in Sound

Seventh Heaven (Egypt)

AMAA Achievement in Editing

From a Whisper (Kenya)

AMAA Achievement in Art Direction

Small Boy – Michelle Bello (Nigeria)

AMAA Achievement in Make-Up

Live to Remember (Nigeria)
AMAA Achievement in Visual Effect

Battle of the Soul (Uganda)

Best Original in Soundtrack

From a whisper (Kenya)

Most Promising Actor

Litha Booi – Gugu and Andile (South Africa)
Most Promising Actress

Lungelo Dhladha – Gugu and Andile (South Africa)

Best Performance by a Child Actor

Richard Chukwuma – Small Boy (Nigeria)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

Farouk Alfishawi – Seventh Heaven (Egypt)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

Funke Akindele – Jenifa (Nigeria)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

Joel Okuyo Prynce – Battle of the Soul (Uganda)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

Mercy Johnson – Live to Remember (Nigeria)

Best Film in African Language

Gugu and Andile (South Africa)

AMAA Achievement in Cinematography
Cindy’s Note – Izu Ojukwu (Nigeria)

AMAA Achievement in Costume

Arugba (Nigeria)

Heart of Africa Award for Best Films from Nigeria

Arugba – Tunde Kelani

Best Screenplay

From a Whisper (Kenya)
Best Picture

From a Whisper (Kenya)

Best Director

Wanuri Kahiu – From a Whisper (Kenya)

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  1. lola

    April 15, 2009 at 7:53 am

    I’m not sure what you mean by “Nollywood Flops” because I see quite a number of Nigerian winners on that list. In order for Nollywood to improve, I think the focus needs to be on quality and not quantity. Also, it would be nice if the actors could receive some kind of training just to perfect their craft because it’s quite obvious that some actors have the talent required, they just need a little bit of fine tuning.

  2. sweetie

    April 15, 2009 at 9:40 am

    Nollywood needs to focus on quality and not quantity just as lola rightly said. For God´s sake this is naija….Pride of Africa!!!. We cannot just be dishing out less than quality products just for the sake of entertainment. Though there have been some really good movies sha…e.g i just watched reloaded starring desmond, ini, etc. Here are some things that were terribly wrong with dat movie in my opinion
    1. what the heck was rita dominic doing in dat movie?? Her part was soooo unnecessary, it was painful to watch 2. uche jombo´s acting was so terrible, i felt ashamed. It was really awful.
    3. Some parts needed to be edited e.g rita´s part and the part where rita was in the toilet…what d heck did that have to do with d movie, was dat supposed to be funny or what?
    4. The part where desmond was choking and punching ini, the sound effects was ridiculous…at this stage in naija we still have those ridiculous sound effects in our movies??? pls if the sound effects aint good, it is not by force to put it in d movie.5. Uche jombo´s part was sooo unnecessary too. It was a good movie though kudos to the woman dat played ramsey´s wife, she was d star of dat movie, her acting was on point, stephanie and ini did really good jobs too.
    We should concentrate on producing quality stuff and not just trash abeg, both producers, directors and actors/actresses need to get sound training fast!!!! we should be the ones packing the awards….sorry i love my country and i am very passionate about my country even if i may sound harsh!

  3. Paris

    April 15, 2009 at 9:56 am



  4. mary

    April 15, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    You are so so right,good critic keep it up

  5. egg

    April 15, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    Slum dog director is actually British.

  6. me

    April 15, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    forgive my ignorance..but isn’t Alamieyeseigha meant to be in jail?

  7. randommer

    April 15, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    i just loooooooooooove omonze ‘driver driveeeeeeeeeeee this car’

  8. Ladi

    April 15, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    When last did you read the news? lol, you’re forgiven! He’s not in jail oh but he should be.How many corrupt guys actually get punished?

  9. Ladi

    April 15, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    True, the director Boyle is Brit and Slumdog Millionaire was really a British movie based in India. Even the lead actor Dev Patel isn’t exactly Indian (he’s claims British by birth, upbringing and culture…bros disowned his!).

    If Clint Eastwood made a movie about/ in Nigeria, it won’t be considered Nollywood because he’s bringing established Hollywood goods and doesn’t reflect Nollywood’s progress.

    Nollywood is getting better but investing in infrastrure, education for directors, writers and producers is really necessary. We don’t need to bring Boyle in though it would help (in colonial mentality terms).

  10. Paris

    April 15, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    Oops! i actually meant British! And u guys do have a point. the stars of the movie to me tho, were d kids. Not undermining the outstanding work of the other cast members. All in all, nollywood needs a revamp.

  11. Anya

    April 16, 2009 at 12:13 am

    I don’t get it. Why are some people dressed like they’re going to a club. Didn’t they know it was International Awards show. They should take outfit cues from the women in LONGER dresses, like Kate Henshaw & the like.

  12. Sugabelly

    April 16, 2009 at 5:54 am

    Kate Henshaw-Nuttal’s dress : But why?

  13. kay

    April 16, 2009 at 10:08 am

    @ sweatie…wow..u have just taken the words out of my mouth,i know the movie reloaded was a kinda copy of vivica fox’s movie but that rita dominics part wasnt necessary atall.and uche jumbo.s part was the worst in the whole movie..wwwhhhaaattttt??? Nse was the best i think and stephenie and ini didnt do badly atall.uche jumbo shld try and be versatile with her expressions in movies,as an actor one needs to be able to be versatile in parts interpretations.other than that it was a good movie but i have seen better naija movies so i dont get the hype…..

  14. kaffy

    April 16, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    my contention with nollywood movies is the lack of attention to detail i.e. correct expressions for the right emotons, wardrobe, subtitling, trailers are really bad PR work. Those sort of things affect the overall feel of a movie,. I do think scriptwriters have their work cut out for them but directors need to step up to the plate anf take it to the next level. it is going to take alot but it would also mean a lot of new skills deployed into a sector that is currently run by a few people.

  15. kaffy

    April 16, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    bella naija, you need to get out the fashion police on some of these guests you’ve featured in your pictures. they need to be off our so fashionable streets

  16. jojo

    April 16, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    what do i think about nollywood flop @ the awards. oh well it was going to happen, the movie business in Naija is saturated with business men who are not concerned about quality but rather on quantity, people who want to produce a movie in two weeks rease it into the market, with no idea of professionalism behind technicality.

  17. Elpee

    April 17, 2009 at 12:06 am

    OMG see the woman in yellow with no bra lol that dress is just so wrong….. omo these outfits don’t gbadun…i didnt know people still wore glasses smaller than their eyeballs.

    This is the first nywayz there;s room for improvement.

    I’m not suprised naija did not win big.. With the way movies are being chugged out of the industry with little content in terms of storyline and weak wardrobes and very poor skills in some actor/acteresses cases… e.g beyonce and rihanna. and very bad directing and quality… the list is endless….i dont think we had much of a chance compared to other african country’s who do better much better… even naija music videos are much better by far.

    I hardly watch naija movies again cuz im commenting, rolling my eyes and whatnot.. i thibnk yoruba movies are ok tho… the comedy is hhilarious and the scripts are better.. not much better tho

  18. atina

    April 18, 2009 at 7:13 am

    hu even invited all these pple sef? they all look so random. ah ah!

  19. miss random

    April 20, 2009 at 7:56 am

    Kate Henshaw’s dress is the BIDNESS!!!

  20. Cynthia Ikenwe

    April 20, 2009 at 11:14 pm

    tnx Kate for representing 9ja! I think there should be some kind of TV/online/magazine awareness on dress code for AMAA……kai, i’m highly disappointed.

  21. Dee

    April 20, 2009 at 11:35 pm

    Just when I thought we were beginning to get it right…………What’s with all them outfits?? Sheesh, what an eye sore!! lol.

  22. moroundia

    April 22, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    kate, u really representd 9ja, i am so proud, nd hw can mercy win an award……………………………..

  23. reen

    April 29, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    Am sorry, but kate’s pix is beginning to get boring. its taking too long before it is replaced. I mean no harm sha, afterall, when i first saw it, i went “waoh”

  24. mulimuli

    April 29, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    sirens blaring!!!!! i mean the dresses worn by most of them starlets are horrifying….major fashion flop…

  25. mulimuli

    April 29, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    and please i think it’s time they changed the venue of the awards to abuja or even lagos as these places are the citadel of nigerian entertainment and they at least have good venues to host such an awards show…i dont want to see rented seats…lol…

  26. reen

    April 30, 2009 at 10:41 am

    ha,ha,ha.We really do not want to see rented seats and poorly lighted event venue which makes some of the starlets look funny

  27. mulimuli

    April 30, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    hmmmmm at least someone agrees…

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