For a first feature film attempt, Ninah’s Dowry directed by US based Cameroonian film maker Victor Viyouh has won more awards than he cares to remember. It was not surprising therefore that the film again won the prestigious title of Best African film and Best Edited film last Saturday September 14 2013. The occasion was the third edition of the Nollywood & African film critic’s Awards 2013 (NAFCA) better known as The African Oscars which took place at the Warner Theater in Washington DC, USA.
Some 200 movers and shakers from Africa and in the diaspora including movie stars, film directors, politicians and some diplomats attended the red carpet ceremony to honour the best that the African continent has in the film, music and entertainment industry.
Critics might argue this is yet another awards ceremony organized by yet another Nigerian but the list of winners does prove the “nollywood” in the name of the awards ceremony is a misnomer.
With 160 million people, Nigeria is not only African most populous nation but now has some of the most creative people on the continent which is not surprising a lot of Nigerians are on the final winners list. International music stars like twin brothers P Square (in Personally) Flavour (in Ashawo) and Yemi Sax are among the winners in the people’s choice categories taking home the best video, best song and best artiste of the year.
According to the president and CEO of NAFCA Victor Olatoye, winners are chosen from a stringent selection process which happens almost on a daily basis as a team of researchers track African entertainers from around the globe. “We review movies all year round…we select movies from all countries, we try to contact most film makers but we can’t contact them all because it is humanly impossible” he told VOA’s Ndimyake Mwakalyelye.
He added that Africans now produced world class films and actors and it was time the real Oscars in the USA included an African category in its awards.
Some politicians including Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan and his wife Patience were also given awards for their humanitarian work and the president for supporting the Nigerian film industry.
“Half of a Yellow Sun, the most expensive nollywood film ever made which is an epic about the Nigerian civil war adapted from the novel of the same name by Nigerian writer Chimamanda Adichie did not make the final list. It only premiered at the Toronto Film festival earlier this month but initials reviews show it will probably be an award winning film.
You can read an interview of Ninah’s Dowry Director Victor Viyouh, winner of the Best film in the general Category here
Herewith a complete list of the winners.
Best Film in Diaspora – One Night in Vegas
Best Drama Diaspora Film – Unguarded
Best Screenplay Diaspora Film – Page 36
Best Cinematography Diaspora Film – Le Silence Pure
Best Actor in a leading role Diaspora Film – Igoni Archibong – Turning Point
Best Actress in a leading role Diaspora Film – Jackie Appiah – Turning Point
Best Actor in a supporting role Diaspora Film – Jimmy Jean Louis – One Night in Vegas
Best Actress in a supporting role Diaspora Film – KD Aubert – Turning Point
Best Director in a Diaspora Film – Bethels Agomuoh – Ungurded
NOLLYWOOD & AFRICAN PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS
Favourite Actor – Benedict Johnson
Favourite Actress – Fatima Jabbe
Favourite Director – Kunle Afolayan
Favourite Screenwriter – Andrew Campbell
Favourite Male Artiste Diaspora – Koby Maxwell
Favourite Female Artiste Diaspora – Twissa
Favourite Artiste of the Year – Yemi Sax
Favourite Song of the Year – Ashawo – Flavour
Favourite Video of the Year – Personally – P Square
Best Film – Ninah’s Dowry
Best Indigenous Film – The Hands of Fate
BEST Drama – Weekend Getaway
BEST Comedy – American Mama
Best Short Film / Trailer – Fetus
Best Sound – Turning Point
Best Visual Effects – Temperamental
Best Costume – Le Silence Pure
Best Makeup – The Blessed Curse
Best Original Score – America The True Dream – The Fetus
Best Docu-Drama – Boys Cry-Bullying
Best Child Actor in a Film – Marisha Nayee – Angel & the Mailman
Best Actor in a leading role – Ramsey Nouah – Weekend Getaway
Best Actress in a supporting role – Ini Edo – Weekend Getaway
Best Actor in a supporting role – Kofi Adjorlolo – The Price
Best Actress in a leading role – Genevieve Nnaji – Weekend Getaway
Best Director in a Film – Charles Novia – Alan Poza
Best Screenplay – Letters to My Mother
Best Cinematography – One Night in Vegas
Best TV/ Online Series – African Connection
Best Editing – Ninah’s Dowry