Sunday’s Delight:Senegalese movie Felicite scoops six awards, ’76 wins three at AMAA 2017


Olamilekan Okeowo

Felicite, Senegalese movie, was the toast of the night at the 13th African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA).


The movie won six AMAAs, the most of all the contenders.


Even more remarkably, Felicite — a movie about a nightclub singer who grapples to pay for her son’s treatment after a road accident — snagged up awards in three of the five major categories.


It won best film, best actress in a leading role, and best supporting actor.


Nigerian historical drama, ’76, won three awards from its eight nominations. The Izu Ojukwu-directed flick won best production design, achievement in production and Lagos state award for best Nigerian film.


Vaya, the most nominated (ten) movie picked up three awards, which include best director for Akin Omotoso and best screenplay while Queen of Katwe won two out of its eight nominations.

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In total Nigeria won nine awards, inclusive of the special recognition honour given to veteran comic-actor Nkem Owoh.


The event had in attendance several celebrities including Olu Jacobs, Bimbo Akintola, Ramsey Nouah, among others.


Shina Peters performed at the award ceremony which held at EKO Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.


Here is the full list of winners.


Best short film


A Place For Myself (Rwanda) & A Place In the Plane (Senegal)


Best animation


Got Flowers (Nigeria)


Best documentary


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Mama Colonel (DRC)


Best film in an African language


Felicite (Senegal)


Best film by an African living abroad


While We Live (Burkina Faso/Sweden)


Best diaspora short


90 Days (US) & Kbela (Brazil)


Achievement in production design


’76 (Nigeria)


Achievement in costume


Queen of Katwe (Uganda)


Achievement in makeup


Oloibiri (Nigeria)


Best production


’76 (Nigeria)


Best soundtrack


Felicitè (Senegal)


Achievement in sound


Vaya (South Africa)


Achievement in cinematography


The Last Of Us (Tunisia)


Achievement in editing


Felicitè ( Senegal)


Achievement in screenplay


Vaya (South Africa)


Lagos state award for best Nigerian film

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’76 (Nigeria)


Best young/promising actor


Medina Molanga (Queen of Katwe)


Tony Elumelu award for best comedy


3 Wise Men (Nigeria)


Best actress in a supporting role


Angelique Kidjo (CEO: Nigeria)


Best actor in a supporting role


Papi Mpaka (Felicitè: Senegal)


AMAA lifetime achievement award


Nkem Owoh (Nigeria)


Best actress in a leading role


Vero Tshanda (Felicitè: Senegal)


Best actor in a leading role


Jahwar Soudani (The Last of Us: Tunisia)


Best first feature film by a director


Daouda Coulibaly (Wulu: Mali)


Best director


Akin Omotosho (Vaya: South Africa)


Best film


Felicitè (Senegal)


Special recognition award


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