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Rita Dominic, Yvonne Okoro, OC Ukeje, Kas & More Nominated for the 2013 AMAA Awards | See the Full Nominees List



Nominations have been released for the 2013 African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA), with several actors and filmmakers across the continent nominated in several categories.

This year’s nomination was released at a party in Malawi on Friday 15th March 2012. Last year, South African movies ‘Otelo Burning’ and ‘How to Steal 2 Million’ and Nigerian movie ‘Adesuwa’ garnered the most nominations for the award ceremony which was held in Lagos.

However, this year, Rita Dominic & Mildren Okwo‘s “The Meeting” as well as Yvonne Okoro‘s “The Contract” were nominated in six categories each.

Actor OC Ukeje who recently won an award at the Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Award is nominated in the Best Actor in a Leading Role category for his role in “Alan Poza” so as the late veteran, Justus Esiri for his movie, “Assasins Practice“. Yvonne Okoro and Rita Dominic were also nominated in the Best Actress in a Leading Role category. Making a surprising debut on the AMAA Nominees list is ‘Fimile’ crooner, Karoumwi Olakunle popularly known as Kas who was nominated in the Best Promising Actor category for his role in his first movie, “The Twin Sword”.

The awards ceremony is scheduled to hold on 25th April in Bayelsa state.

Below is the full list of nominees:

1. AMAA 2013 Prize For Best Short Film 
1. Dead River – Namibia
2. Elegy For A Revolutionary- SA
3. Yellow Fever – Kenya
4. Kwaku Ananse– Ghana
5. Nhamo– Zimbabwe
6. Big Daddy – Nigeria
7. Release- South Africa
8. Burnt Forest- Kenya

2. AMAA 2013 Prize For Best Documentary 
1. Fuelling Poverty – Nigeria
2. Gun To Tape- South Africa
3. Swimming The Zambezi – South Africa
4. Give Me Back My Home – Kenya
5. The African Cypher Fly On The Wall- South Africa

3. AMAA 2013 Prize For Best Diaspora Feature
1. Against The Grain -USA
2. Between Friends- Trinidad Tobago
3. Stones In The Sun- Haiti/USA

4. AMAA 2013 Prize For Best Diaspora Documentary
1. Fan Do Brasil (Brazil/Guatamela)
2. My Thiero Boys (USA)
3. Red, White, Black And Blue (US)

5. AMAA 2013 Prize For Best Diaspora (Short Film)
AMAA is not considering nominations in this category because the AMAA jury does not feel the entries were representative of the genre.

6. AMAA 2013 Prize For Best Animation
1. Tageni’s Dol- (Namibia)
2. Adventure Of Zambezia– (South Africa)
3. Mission Impossible – (Nigeria)
4. Oba – (Nigeria)
5. Lion Of Judah (South Africa)

7. AMAA 2013 Prize for Best Film by an African abroad
1. Turning Point – USA/Nigeria
2. Assasins Practice – UK/Nigeria
3. Last Flight To Abuja– UK/Nigeria
4. Bianca – USA/Nigeria
5. Wolwich Boys – UK/Nigeria

8. AMAA 2013 Prize for Achievement in Production Design
1. Virgin Magarida
2. Elelwani
3. The Twin Sword
4. The Contract
5. Blood And Henna
6. Okoro The Prince

9. AMAA 2013 Prize for Achievement in Costume Design
1. Twin Sword
2. Elelwani
3. Virgin Magarida
4. Blood And Henna
5. The Meeting
6. Cobweb

10. AMAA 2013 Prize for Achievement in Make-Up
1. The Meeting
2. Twin Sword
3. Elelwani
4. Ninah’s Dowry
5. Okoro The Prince
6. Uhlanga, The Mark

11. AMAA 2013 Prize For Achievement In Soundtrack
1. Journey To Self
2. Okoro The Prince
3. The Last Fishing Boat
4. Hoodrush
5. Nairobi Half Life
6. The Twin Sword

12. AMAA 2013 Prize For Achievement In Visual Effects
1. Okoro The Prince
2. The Twin Sword
3. Elelwani
4. Last Flight To Abuja
5. Uhlanga, The Mark
6. Awakening

13. AMAA 2013 Prize For Achievement In Sound
1. Last Flight To Abuja
2. Streets Of Calabar
3. Hereos And Zereos
4. Zama Zama
5. Virgin Magarida
6. Nairobi Half Life

14. AMAA 2013 Prize For Achievement In Cinematography
1. Virgin Magarida
2. Nairobi Half Life
3. Uhlanga, The Mark
4. Swirl In Bamako
5. The Twin Sword
6. Elelwani

15. AMAA 2013 Prize For Achievement In Editing

Yvonne Okoro

1. Last Flight To Abuja
2. The Contract
3. Elelwani
4. Nairobi Half Life
5. Uhlanga The Mark
6. Hereos And Zereos

16. AMAA 2013 Prize For Achievement In Lightning
1. Zama Zama
2. The Flower Girl
3. Moi Zaphira
4. Elelwani
5. Uhlanga The Mark

17. AMAA 2013 Prize For Achievement In Screenplay
1. The Contract
2. Ninah’s Dowry
3. Hereos And Zereos
4. Alan Poza
5. Blood And Henna
6. Zama Zama

18. AMAA 2013 Prize For Best Nigerian Film

OC Ukeje

1. Blood And Henna
2. Hereos And Zereos
3. The Meeting
4.Confusion Na Wa
5. The Twin Sword
6. Kokomma
7. Okoro The Prince

19. AMAA 2013 Prize For Best Film In An African Language
1. Moi Zaphira – Burkina Faso
2. Elelwani (South Africa)
3. The Last Fishing Boat (Malawi)
4. Nairobi Half Life (Kenya)
5. Blood And Henna – Nigeria
6. Sherifa – Togo
7. Kokomma- Nigeria

20. AMAA 2013 Prize For Best Child Actor
The AMAA admin will provide the names of the specific child actors that have been nominated in this category and that can be looked up on the website. But the films that produced the Best Child Actors are-
1. Cobweb
2. The Ugandan
3. Imbabazi, The Pardon
4. Ninah’s Dowry
5. Swirl In Bamako
6. Salimatu Traore (Moi Zaphira)

Karoumwi “Kas” Olakunle

21. AMMA 2013 Prize For Best Promising Actor
1. Belinda Effah – Kokomma
2. Sumela Maculuva – Virgin Magarida
3. Joseph Wairimu – Nairobi Half Life
4. Shonelo Mbutho – Ulanga The Mark
5. Karoumwi Olakunle – The Twin Sword

22. AMAA 2013 Prize For Best Actor In A Supporting Role
1. Gabriel Afolayan – Hoodrush
2. Ali Nuhu – Blood And Henna
3. Olwenya Maina – Nairobi Half Life
4. Alfred Atungu – Twin Sword
5. Ikponmwosa Gold – Confusion Na Wa

23. AMAA 2013 Prize For Best Actress In A Supporting Role
1. Hermelinda Cimela – Virgin Magarida
2. Patience Ozokwo – Turning Point
3. Linda Ejiofor – The Meeting
4. Crista Eka – Ninah’s Dowry
5. Foluke Daramola – Cobweb

24. AMAA 2013 Prize For Best Actor In A Leading Role
1. OC Ukeje – Alan Poza
2. Bimbo Manuel – Hereos And Zereos
3. Lindani Nkosi – Zama Zama
4. Justus Esiri – Assasins Practice
5. Hlomla Dandala – The Contract
6. Femi Jacobs – The Meeting
7. Amurin Wumnembom – Ninah’s Dowry

Rita Dominic

25. AMAA 2013 Prize For Best Actress In A Leading Role
1. Yvonne Okoro – The Contract
2. Florence Masebe – Elelwani
3. Mariam Ouedraogo – Moi Zaphira
4. Rita Dominic – The Meeting
5. Mbutung Seikeh – Ninah’s Diary
6. Flora Suya – Last Fishing Boat

26. AMAA 2013 Prize For Best Director
1. Kenneth Gyang – Confusion Na Wah
2. Shemu Joyah – Last Fishing Boat
3. Shirley Frimpong Manso- Contract
4. Niji Akanni – Hereos And Zeroes
5. David Kitounga – Nairobi Half Life
6. Ntshavheni Wa Luruli – Elelwani

27. AMAA 2013 Prize For Best Film
1. Nairobi Half Life (Kenya)
2. Ninah’s Dowry (Cameroun)
3. Last Fishing Boat – (Malawi)
4. Virgin Margarida (Mozambique)
5. Elelwani (South Africa)
6. Last Flight To Abuja (Nigeria)
7. Confusion Na Wa (Nigeria)

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at


  1. sarafina

    March 17, 2013 at 1:44 pm


    • goldfinch

      March 17, 2013 at 4:16 pm

      LOL……….na real yawn

  2. Joe

    March 17, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    This is great weh my small country Cameroon has one nomination
    and that comes under best film
    oh i wish my fellow Cameroonians vote vote vote
    and the rest of Africa join us to vote,but yet i see strong movies in this category like
    1) Last flight to Abuja
    i really do respect this movie cause its based on a true life story and so real
    all the same let the best win
    Long live Africa,
    Long live Cameroon

    • Lydie

      March 17, 2013 at 4:44 pm

      I am very happy to see that! But we also have another nomination in the Best Supporting Actress category. Christa Eka – Ninah’s Dowry. OMG I know her personally, I am more than excited lol

    • Joe

      March 18, 2013 at 9:02 am

      Yes Lydie i personally know Christa Eka too and my fingers are crossed its just to vote vote vote

  3. seun olaiya

    March 17, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    To the AMAA awards organisers,this I think is a bias and sentimental act cause out of ALL the yoruba films submitted none is being nominated @ all which is sooooo bad and discouraging,its discriminatory and unfair.I challenge the AMAA organisers that the yoruba film makers have been cheated and AMAA 2013 nominations is prejudiced and is one-sided selected.

    • Msunderstood

      March 18, 2013 at 12:42 am

      One thing I know for certain in all my years is that most Yoruba movies make more sense than d english ones, even wen u don’t understand d language u always get a lesson at d end of d day. Good picture, storyline, n definitely better actors. U raised a good point Seun.

  4. Chyke

    March 17, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    Kas? Ok na. Yvonne Okoro should beta win d best lead actress. I would have said Rita Dominic but she won it last year so make Yvonne carry go. Last flight to Abuja got those nods? Hmmmmm. Dr Bello should have gotten a nom na even if na one. Streets of Calabar I see u. Congrats Mildred Okwo cos ‘The Meeting’ deserves it. Awwwww! Congrats Oc Ukeje. I pray u win d best actor cos u have realy worked hard n u are d only one from Alan Poza dat made d list. Thank God o. But d list still luks sumhw boring to me.

  5. gistyinka

    March 17, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    nice lists…

  6. seun olaiya

    March 17, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    To the AMAA organisers, I think this is a bias and sentimental act to imagine that of ALL the Yoruba films submitted none is being considered as good enough for nomination this to me is sooooo bad and discouraging,I want to say that its discriminatory and unfair.I challenge the AMAA organisers that the yoruba film makers have been cheated and AMAA 2013 nominations is prejudiced and one-sided.

  7. Bassi & company

    March 17, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Amaa…. I guess it’s safe to now call Rita domnic , the anew Amaa baby! Political Amaa ! Never giving the right movies/people awards. Next!

  8. osa

    March 17, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    Where is Ije?

    • Partyrider

      March 17, 2013 at 10:32 pm

      Ije? That movie was released like 3 years ago..

    • nene

      March 18, 2013 at 6:10 am

      ije ke? that film came out a while ago.

    • e-bukun

      March 18, 2013 at 6:22 am

      From where?

  9. osa

    March 17, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    Last flight to Abuja is awesome.

  10. Sope

    March 17, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    How can a movie be nominated for best film and have no other nomination? Na wa oo. Flower Girl is nominated! Whooop

  11. Nelly

    March 17, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    Really nice kudos to Rita dominic

  12. cha-cha

    March 17, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    I agree with Seun….no yoruba film nominated at all??!!?? This is ridiculous! I never knew AMAA awards was based on blatant favouritism…such a shame!

  13. belinda

    March 17, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    I hope they win something better than nominations… Great post!

  14. V

    March 18, 2013 at 2:57 am

    Which one is “Best Nigerian Film”?
    How about “Best Ghanaian Film”? or “Best Ivorian Film”?

  15. Nana

    March 18, 2013 at 3:23 am

    Congrats to all winners.

  16. nene

    March 18, 2013 at 6:09 am

    the AMAAS’s are rubbish. good luck with their awards.

  17. Tosin

    March 18, 2013 at 6:21 am

    Pity that I haven’t watched any of the films, although I’ve heard of some, and my friend is involved in two. Is there a film festival or something where I can go soak up all this stuff?

  18. e-bukun

    March 18, 2013 at 6:31 am

    Not an exhaustive list, the choices are rather linear considering all the good movies from this past year. And didn’t Flower Girl JUST come out? It’s still showing in theaters, how is it a nominee? Also, pardon my french but The Twin Sword and Okoro the Prince were such shitty productions that I don’t know how they made the cut. #justsaying


    March 18, 2013 at 9:27 am

    hope u guys can borrow a leaf from a top to toe write-up on d AMVCA in Friday’s Guardian… please let the organisers partner with an electronic media station and lets get a chance to experience this movies @seun olaiya hope u re not refering to AMAA as an IGBO-TIC AWARD..LOL

  20. Mocha

    March 19, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Pls! Yorubas are never satisfied until they are the only ones raking in everything in every nook and cranny. The best you can be nominated for is “best movie in an African language” and if there are other better movies at the time, too bad. My two cents is that they shouldn’t just keep recycling the young/modern actors for these awards. How about honoring the veteran thespians who have been excelling at this art for years? I have always suggested that a Nollywood ‘Walk of Fame’ (like Hollywood’s) should be created for those long term achievers of the industry to honor their work, keep their memories alive, and help us trace our beginnings.

  21. dAIY

    March 19, 2013 at 10:59 am

    Na wa oooo where is Kunle Afolayan and his movies in all of this! one word “Rubbish” Most of this film sef i neva watch dem.

  22. Enigma

    March 19, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    Isn’t AMAA for english speaking movies? At least for those made in Nigeria? Biko how did Flower Girl and Alan Poza make the cut? Didn’t they both just come out. AMAA’s year in review is from when to when? They sha wan give OC Ukeje Best Actor by force! Not that i mind, i think he’s bloody talented but we should sha not make it so obvious nah haba?

  23. Huraira

    March 23, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    Rita congrat.i pray 2013 will be ur year 2 setle down . I will B very happy 2 see ur baby just like mercy johnson .

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