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Viva La Riva! DRC’s “Viva Riva!”, Nigeria’s “Aramotu” & Ghana’s “Sinking Sands” win at the 2011 Africa Movie Academy Awards – Photos & Winners List



The 2011 African Academy Movie Awards (AMAA) took place in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, Nigeria on the 27th of March 2011. Democratic Republic of Congo produced movie, “Viva Riva!” by Djo Tunda Wa Munga began the night as front-runners with a total of 12 nominations. The movie ended the night ahead of the pack with 6 awards including the most coveted award, the prize for Best Film.

As usual, Nollywood star power was in effect with Nollywood superstars, Jim Iyke and Nse Ikpe Etim as the hosts and major stars including Rita Dominic, Chioma Chukwuka-Akpotha and Kate Henshaw-Nuttall in attendance.

Ghanaian movie, “Sinking Sands” enjoyed a sterling night with awards including the Best Actress prize going to leading lady, Ama K Abebrese, other awards won by the movie include Best Screenplay and Best Makeup. South African actor, Themba Ndaba won the Best Actor in a Leading Role prize for his role in “Hopeville“. The Nigerian movie industry was not locked out as “Inale” won the award for Best Soundtrack while “Aramotu” won the award for Best Nigerian Film and Best Costume Design. Overall, it was an exciting night with Nse and Jim exchanging banter and wisecracks while Wande Coal, Malaika, Tee Mac, Dr. SID and Ebisan added flavour with their musical performances. Check out the list of winners and photos from the show.

2011 African Movie Academy Awards – Winners
Best Film
Viva Riva! – Djo Tunda Wa Munga (DRC – Congo)

Best Director
Viva Riva! – Djo Tunda Wa Munga (DRC – Congo)

Best Actress In Leading Role
Ama K Abebrese – Sinking Sands (Ghana)

Best Actor In Leading Role
Themba Ndaba – Hopeville (South Africa)

Best Actress In Supporting Role
Marlene Longage – Viva Riva! (DRC – Congo)

Best Actor In Supporting Role
Hoji Fortuna – Viva Riva! (DRC – Congo)

Best Young Actor
Edward Kagutuzi – Mirror Boy (Nigeria)

Best Child Actor
Sobahle Mkhabase (Thembi)
Tschepang Mohlomi (Chili-Bite)
Sibonelo Malinga (Khwezi)
All from the movie – Izulu Lami (South Africa)

Best Film (Performed) In African Language
Izulu Lami – Madoda Ncayiyana (South Africa)

Best Nigerian Film
Aramotu – Niji Akanni

Best Screenplay
Sinking Sands (Ghana)

Best Editing
Soul Boy (Kenya)

Best Cinematography
Viva Riva! (DRC – Congo)

Best Achievement In Sound
Shirley Adams (South Africa)

Best Visual Effects
A Small Town Called Descent (South Africa)

Best Soundtrack
Inale (Nigeria)

Best Make Up
Sinking Sands (Ghana)

Best Costume Design
Aramotu (Nigeria)

Best Production Design
Viva Riva! (DRC – Congo)

Best Film (by an) African Abroad
In America: The Story Of The Soul Sisters – Rahman Oladigbolu (Nigeria/USA)

Best Diaspora Short Film
Precipice – Julius Amedume (UK)

Best Diaspora Documentary
Stuborn As A Mule – Miller Bargeron Jr & Arcelous Deiels (USA)

Best Diaspora Feature
Suicide Dolls – Keith Shaw (USA)

Best Documentary
Kondi Et Le Jeudi Nationale – Ariana Astrid Atodji (Cameroun)

Best Short Documentary
After The Mine – Diendo Hamadi & Dinta Wa Lusula (DRC – Congo)

Best Short Film
Dina – Mickey Fonseca (Mozambique)

*(Country Name) identifies the home country of the films

2011 AMAAs

Red Carpet

Rita Dominic

Olu Jacobs

Kate Henshaw-Nuttall, Jim Iyke & Rita Dominic

Kate Henshaw Nuttall & Rita Dominic

Kate Henshaw-Nuttall

Lydia Forson

Thelma Okoduwa

Yvonne Okoro

Kunle Afolayan

Chioma Chukwuka-Akpotha

Hakeem Kae-Kazim

Majid Michel


Lonzo Nzekwe & Omoni Oboli

Celine Loader

Peace Anyiam-Osigwe

Omoni Oboli & Jimmy Jean-Louis

AMAA 2011 hosts, Nse Ikpe Etim & Jim Iyke

Photo Credit: AMAA | Facefront Concepts | Ameyaw Debrah


  1. pupu

    March 30, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    1st yayyyyyyyyyyyyyy

    • French Naira/Lady Gaga

      March 30, 2011 at 9:08 pm


  2. ogg

    March 30, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    ermm wat happened to Ije? Tango with me? or are they feeling guilty that over the years, they’ve given the awards to mostly nigerian productions?

    • chiko

      March 30, 2011 at 4:27 pm

      my dear ije’s producer didnt submit it 4 d AMAA and she said its 4 pro4essional reasons. i believe that we would have won more awards with ije in 4 tano with me i was shocked too cos 4rm d preview the movie had amazin picture quality and an interestin storyline. some nollywood stars didnt show up 2 like omot,ini edo, uche jumbo,emem cos they were on set. while ms nnaji chose to attend d citypeople awards @ d balmoral venue which went in2 4lames .

  3. Nee

    March 30, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    seems like am first oh !


      March 30, 2011 at 4:17 pm

      NOT QUITE!!!

  4. Tiki

    March 30, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    First, Yay!
    *thinking* ‘…hmmm…so why the sneaky feeling The Amaka is about to catch up with me?’

    • Purpleicious Babe

      March 30, 2011 at 7:20 pm

      loool….. i know…. the catch phrase NOT QUITE comes to mind….


      March 31, 2011 at 4:05 am

      NOT QUITE!!! LOL

  5. Kechy

    March 30, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    Not Quite…
    Majid…I repect you as an actor: however, some of teh roles you play are quite nasty, and tehre’s hardly anything remotely intriging about you 🙁 No mystique! You have potential, but you really need to do less sleazy movies.
    People look okay!
    thanks Bella.

  6. Kechy

    March 30, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    teh and tehre…shld be the and there 🙂

  7. dewowo

    March 30, 2011 at 4:16 pm


  8. Mee...

    March 30, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    KATE! KATE!! , oh my KATE!!!

  9. dewowo

    March 30, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    no distraction pleaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaase! (concentrating on Jim Iyke’s ‘boxer suit’)

    • Mysterioso

      March 30, 2011 at 4:47 pm


    • Straight4ward

      March 30, 2011 at 11:14 pm

      Hahahahahahahahah!!!! i have been laughing since i saw that picture of him in the “boxer suit”…I quite don’t know what to make of it. make some people no kolo on top fashion oo Nigerians ah ah!

    • Bleadu

      March 31, 2011 at 12:32 am

      loooolll!! can’t figure it either.

  10. Tiki

    March 30, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    lol, BN abeg di accept comments quickly, I tire this false ‘first’ hopes oh!
    Chioma and Kate are the only people who look ok in my opinion…
    Rita, PLEASE lose the lace front…it’s tired…
    Jim Iyke, Lawd have mercy…boi, aint u got no sense at all? all ur outfits do is make u look like a stuffed penguin…Euuuuggghhh!

  11. bluebubbles

    March 30, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    what was Jim Iyke thinking wen he wore a suit with knickers?Rita Dominic didnt impress me that gown wud ve looked better if worn to d burial of a style icon nt on AMAA awards.Olu Jacobs wins best dressed for me.At dat age he still knows how to put it together.

  12. NIRA

    March 30, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    @ Nee,not quite! Who is the mgbeke in Kente??

  13. chiko

    March 30, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    apart 4rm chioma,kate ,rita a lil bit, d rest look blahhh.dnt wanna waste my time 2 comment on each persons look

  14. Jade82

    March 30, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    Kate and Chioma looking really beautiful…
    As for Rita i don’t know if it’s just me but, she isn’t attractive at all and this outfit and lace front is horrible……
    Olu Jacobs is hot loving his GROWN & SEXY outfit….

  15. Kathryn Cage

    March 30, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    How can u ask Rita to stop the lace front wig, will you borrow her your own hair to fill her front hair line? Lace wigs were made for people like her, she has no hair in front and d lace wig has concealed that conveniently. What’s on Omoni’s feet, i don’t get it, are those shoes? Ofia pls stop spreading your legs like an igbo trade who’s stepping out from his favourite restaurant. Nse i think u look lovely in that outfit but i would have preferred it in another color.

    • deluxe

      May 8, 2011 at 4:46 pm


  16. gbeborun

    March 30, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Olu jacobs is a LEGEND, bless him & his wife,class acts

  17. Demilade

    March 30, 2011 at 5:38 pm


    hahhahahahah sorry both the ‘shorts suit’ looks wan kain :s

  18. Miss-cRaZy

    March 30, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    ^^. . .Jim Iyke is looking more handsome ds days….maybe dat Jamaican girlfriend of hez is giving him a real treat. Majid…..super-fly!!! Evry1 else looked fab.

  19. YeahIsaidIt

    March 30, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    I guess if I dont have anything nice to say dont say I should not say it at all abi?

    • Ready

      March 30, 2011 at 8:05 pm

      Lol…concerning the attendees and their interesting dresses and weaves, I’m with you. But I have to point out that the decor for the events was super Tacky (yes, with an upper-case T). This is the freaking African movie awards, and I ‘m sure we’ve seen weddings on BN with much more sophisticated decor.

  20. Jess

    March 30, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    Bellanaija, I see y’all zooming in on Majid’s face *side eye* lol. But yea, I like Nse Ikpe Etim, she looks like a cool person. Dear, Rita dominic, I’m pretty sure a well done lace wig doesn’t need that much hair in front. Methinks it’s time for a new hairdresser gurl.

  21. fashion guru

    March 30, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    rita has neva dissapointed me at alllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll.she is super sweet.omoni oboli me not likey.kate n chioma looked very lovely too.olu toh badt.jim is is a style icon his haters shud get a life i mean all his outfits were very kul.majid was at 1 of the best ive eva seen him

  22. fashion guru

    March 30, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    ikpe etim has a very great sense of style.when i saw her i was like OMG a true movie star

  23. MOYO

    March 30, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    Everyone looks horrible except Kate Henshaw, the bald chick on the right amongst the group of 3 and the guy in the bow tie (not Jim Iyke o!)


  24. Jade

    March 30, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    oh yeah Jim Iyke boxer suit, OMG!!!! i didnt fancy Nse either but hey it cud pass oh. and yes what happened to Tango, that movie looked great!!! btw olu was dapper that night, must mention and kate, lovely kate quite beautiful.

  25. TRINAH

    March 30, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    Where were the real celebrities ? the Genes, the Omos, and others

  26. dlapikin

    March 30, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    Omoni Oboli needs a stylists… Ruined the dress wth dem ugly platforms.. Nse and rita killed it! Chioma too!

  27. Kay

    March 30, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    YAYYYY for Kate and Chioma 🙂 Gorgeous ladies! Nicely done!

  28. Dmz

    March 30, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    My darling Majid…………. too sexy 🙂

  29. Nne

    March 30, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    IoI…..I can’t stop laughing at Jim Iyke’s Shorts Suit IoI…PLEASE GUYS DON’T COPY HIM OOOO E DEY ONE KIND.

  30. e-Bukun

    March 30, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    First of all I need to flog the photographer…these pictures are not cutting it; the flash bleaches out everything. And yes, Rita…that lace front needs to go, haba how long naa? Honestly, this whole things isn’t offering much.

  31. kenora

    March 30, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    i only saw olu jacob..jim ad rita u guys adispointed m..where is others like gene, omotola chidi mokeme,mercy,

    • chiko

      March 31, 2011 at 12:36 am

      omoT is on a movie set in Accra,ms nnaji didnt attend, she was at the citypeoples awards instead, the others i dnt know. majid looked sexy as usual.

  32. she

    March 31, 2011 at 12:59 am

    wtf is rita wearing and whats on her head…with her money and class i expected more…jim iyke is fool for those shorts and sunglasses…Kate hanshaw looked banging i think she was the best of them all, some of the ladies looked good too. olu jacob Gob bless you jor

  33. Now

    March 31, 2011 at 2:04 am

    Omo Jim Iyke don dey old.

  34. NNENNE

    March 31, 2011 at 2:35 am

    Nse Ikpe Etim did it for me.Not only do I love her outfit, I love her figure too.She is a very good actress.Olu Jacobs is well put together.Iyk looks nice is his black suit also. Over all, nice occassion although the scene looked tacky.

  35. Lalala

    March 31, 2011 at 3:59 am

    Majid…. *sigh*
    Nse is pretty bt I wnt lie d make up mkes her look ten times her age nd her body looks younger…:\
    yh everyother person looks….ok…I’m going to blame it on d camera people…


    March 31, 2011 at 4:05 am

    Rita Dominic totally disappointed me with her hair. does she not have friends? who told her that was cute before she walked out of the door? I’m sorry to deviate away from the topic, but I MUST ADDRESS SOMETHING. why is it that SOME black women (and it seems like a trend catching on to more black women) hate their hair so much that they are willing to put a lace front on their heads as if they have “good hair” and have baby hairs that are “slicked” down??? i dont get it. is our God-given course/kinky hair so bad that we use something so unattractive to cover it up, all in the name of conforming to eurocentric standards of beauty? MY BLACK/AFRICAN WOMEN, WAKE UP!!!! lets stop letting this extreme self hate poison our communities. im not totally against weave, because i think dew-ins are just fine. but putting a WIG on top of your head that clearly doesn’t look good just to try and decieve people into thinking its your actual hair growing out from the root is utterly sickening. I never really fancied the hair Rita always wore from 2007- late 2010, but i prefer that over this ANYDAY, ANYTIME.
    i am at loss for words. even in our movies, they will wear lace wigs that are so tacky and make them look cheap (even when many are naturally pretty). it just ends up taking away from them. it seems to be this way for most Nollywood movies of recent. so my question is, IS OUR HAIR THAT SHAMEFUL THAT WE MUST GO TO EMBARRASSING LENGTHS TO HIDE IT? if you cannot wear a lace wig right, please dont wear it.
    BELLA, I REALLY HOPE YOU PUBLISH MY COMMENT, because i wanna reach out to some of the readers on your site. pretty please….thanks 🙂


      March 31, 2011 at 4:09 am

      i meant to say “sew-ins” lol

    • Ifeanyi

      March 31, 2011 at 3:12 pm

      You are on point. I have to agree with you in regards to the particular point you have raised. Lace front wigs phenomenon is quite alarming these days. It is hard to see the beauty in it. Some people are looking at beyonce, and the fact is that beyonce has a standy by hairstylist by the name: kimberly kimble who styles her hair which means that the sew in is not left in, it is taken off as soon as it has been used for maybe concerts, events, e.t.c. Beyonce’s real hair is natural; without any perm and so is queen latifah’s and mary j blige’s. What they do is that they press their hair to fix the weave and that’s it. I guess it has to do with affordability as well 🙂


    March 31, 2011 at 4:13 am

    now for my actual comment. why do some people like to misrepresent? some of the people looked super tacky and the shoes were off or it was just too much going on. I love Olu Jacobs, btw!!!!
    we need to come better next time. the AMAAs is like the Oscars for African cinema, and I’ve seen some events on Bella Naija where socalites gather that look better than this event. na wa! we’ve really got a LONG way to go. a better venue, etc etc.

  38. TUSQI

    March 31, 2011 at 7:12 am

    tacky venue, tacky placements, tacky organization. please Amaa, with all the monies pumped in to this event, make una try now.

  39. Attended-AMAA

    March 31, 2011 at 7:47 am

    Oh please!!! Some of these pictures are WHACK! Some of these dresses looked so gorge in person. Miss Ikpe Etim for example changed 4 times and was every bit the star host at the “African Oscars” and oh so beautiful and sexy. The lovely details and colours are lost in these pictures. The long-sleeve dress for example was actually a beautiful purple.
    Rita’s dress also looked stunning on her (comments about the LFW reserved though!)
    BN by now you should have some Fashion Police style photogs who can really capture the truth with his/her lens especially for those who rely on these pages for information, because the criticisms start to become unfair especially when some of us were there.
    We love you BN and your efforts though. Keep it up and step it up!
    PS. OH! How I Loved Lydia Forst’s look! When she stepped on stage I thought “this is how to own your curves”!

  40. Dee

    March 31, 2011 at 7:52 am

    One name: Sean Parker! Has he starred in an African movie? If not, does anyone know if he’s tied to any Nollywood movie that has him in Nigeria?

    Also, please correct the spelling of the Bayelsa capital to Yenagoa. It’s embarrassing that we can’t spell our own states and capitals.

  41. Adenike Royals

    March 31, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Nse Ikpe Etim on point with her dressing…..
    Lydia Forson dress is nice too, fit her shape
    Omoni Oboli Iya rashida the tailor didn’t do well on your dress…..

  42. Kamal

    March 31, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    I think Omoni Oboli needs a good stylist asap. She’s a good actress but why does she always look tacky? Not good at all, I mean what’s that she’s wearing?

  43. faith

    March 31, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    i no gbadu rita n kate’s makeup…looking so old!!! madjid looking like he is holding his breath…for wat naa…my guy pls relax….

  44. awe

    March 31, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    kate n choima look good..majid looks like an IBO BOY..heheee:-)…loving olu jacobs here. lydia looks FABULOUS!!,AWESOME….I THNK BEST LOOKN BABE DER ;w)…if am wrg correct me! and who called omoni oboli’s name?she looks jst der.serzly i dnt care if ikpe etim wears sack clothes bt i love her!!!..n excuse me,cn i ask jst one question b4 i leave, who is dat babe 4 pictures b4 d last…jst askn

  45. Nikky

    March 31, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    Guess am the only one that saw Nate parker…..Hey sweets

  46. awe

    March 31, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    I apologise for nt saying anythng abt jim iyke…he looks like a WANNABE!!!..EVEN IF HE WEARS D MST EXPENSIVE CLOTHES..HE WNT LOOK IT, EVEN WEN HE GETS D REALL ACCENT HE’L NEVA B IT…SO CN HE PLEASE FOGET IT. u guyz i dnt v any thng aginst IGBO guyz….so bck to wot we were sayn he looks like IGBO WANNA BUBBLE!…heeheheee…lmao!!!

  47. ijeoma

    March 31, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    I dont know what Amaa is doing wrong.Probably everything !gosh they need to grt the real stars to attend this AMAA now, its a movie awards who are these ones? Omotola, Ramsey noah, Genevive went to city people awards instead of amaa?hmmm, nice to see Jim iyke…

  48. Chibaby

    March 31, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    Kate, Rita and some of the stars looked good. Jim Iyke and his shorts and majority of others just don’t know how to dress. Hair, makeup and clothes were just hot mess.

  49. Gosh!

    March 31, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    The venue is what i don’t get…what’s with people climbing the iron bars?? Looks really tacky…

  50. OMO

    March 31, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    kate and rita’s dresses are nice,d makeup not good at dressed olu jacobs he looks so young,chioma ok not bad.

  51. Sally

    April 1, 2011 at 5:23 am

    Rita dominic probably gave omoni’s tailor the remnanta of her fabric to use,notice that ghey r the same material(scroll up if u have too).
    rita dominic fell my hand jor.she looked better @ the nominations in kenya.totally disppointed.she has a better fashion taste than that.the gown is just boring and the fabric looks cheap,when actually it may not be ( because its Rita Dominc wearing it),As for omoni ,i dont have words for her.totally lousy.Kate Henshaw looks stunning and is the best dressed.

  52. Dee

    April 1, 2011 at 5:25 am

    Nikky I saw him too. I don’t know why I said Sean Parker oh. I actually know his name is Nate. Guess it was the late night studying break I took at 6 am that caused. But does anyone know if he’s in any Nollywood or even African movie?

  53. nameless

    April 1, 2011 at 11:26 am

    with all the amazing photographers we have in Naija is this the best we could come up with for our supposed movie awards!! not a good look

  54. dela

    April 1, 2011 at 6:37 pm


  55. canada's finest

    April 2, 2011 at 8:54 am

    jim iyke’s stylists should be flogged and locked up for this blunders ‘gini bu iha’ wat is this?!?!

  56. Titi

    April 2, 2011 at 9:15 am

    I’m sorry but I don’t see movie stars in these pictures. I’ve seen better presentation from regular people. RITA used to make us forget she wore lace wigs but I think this time she wanted to have bangs. Her dress is less than stylish and quite ill fitting on her. KATE looks nice but her makeup needs to be cleaner. More defined shadows instead of just spreading silver all over the place. NSE looks good. At least she looks the most elegant of the lot.
    My best dressed would be Celine Loader and Lydia Forson.

  57. Peperempe

    April 2, 2011 at 11:47 am

    JIMBO done it again with his teacher Chike knicker-suit! Bad taste! He’s trying to be fashion forward, but he hasn’t a clue. the fabric, colour and cut needs to be a lot more casual for that look to work.

    I think we need to start a nollywood branding fund so that we can help these our clueless stars. This is getting too much!

  58. Timma

    April 2, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    Olu Jacobs is the best dressed for me, Chioma Chukwuka, 2nd and Kate 3rd. As for the boxer suit???? Hmmmm!!!! No comment!

  59. Timma

    April 2, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    And Thelema Okoduwa’s outfit is simply lovely!

  60. Adelaide

    April 2, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    Kate, my Kate, please stop using blue and gold combo eyeshadow it makes you look old and you are 38 years young! For your dark chocolate skin tone, vintage golds/browns/siennas/bronzes work best you can add pale greens in the inner curve of your lids for more oomph and cinch it all with gold, clear, raisin-brown or light wine lip-gloss. As for Rita Dominic, nne why now?

    Best dressed: Olu Jacobs! Nuff respect! Chioma & Nse come next (tho Nse lost me a bit with the effluvium of navy blue on her lids with that white/navy dress)

    Best looking female: That short haired girl in the picture with the others holding a stature on the right and Ms. Forson. Everyone else nna fall my hand!

  61. valentyn blacksmith

    April 3, 2011 at 3:03 am



    April 3, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    too bad….and i really wished Genny would have worn that black Meena dress that appeared here on BN. she would have looked HOLLYWOOD FAB!! too bad she didn’t attend. 🙁
    but these awards really need to step it up, its like the Oscars for Africa, no excuses.

  63. Critical

    April 3, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    contrary to wat anyone thinks….i think dis NSE girl is trying too hard.her dresses where just not right,and i really wonder wat she was going on about.

  64. Pam

    April 3, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    What d he’ll is Jim iyke wearing? Suit and jacket? Definitely from a different planet…..

    Chioma looks lovely……love her! Rita would look nice without the lace wig…..


    April 4, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    but i seriously think the photos/camera does no one any justice. my two cents.
    the camera looks sorta generic

  66. kingsley

    April 4, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    wat was rita wearing omg..what happend??from the red dress to this??

  67. belladash

    April 4, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    peeps! im so dispointed with Rita’s hair, wat a Big Disgrace.Is dat a Lace wig or Ace wig?

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