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CJ Obasi’s “Mami Wata” Leads With 12 Nominations At AMAA 2023

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CJ Obasi’s ‘Mami Wata’ takes the lead with an impressive 12 nominations. The anticipation for the 19th edition of the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) is building as the nomination list has been officially unveiled.

Among the standout submissions, CJ Obasi’s ‘Mami Wata’ takes the lead with an impressive 12 nominations. These nominations span various categories, including Best Film in an African Language, Best Cinematography, Best Sound, Best Screenplay, and Best Director.

This honour highlights the remarkable influence that CJ “Fiery” Obasi’s “Mami Wata” has had on the African film industry. The movie has gained praise from critics and now stands as evidence of the director’s skill and commitment to the medium. It is a fantastic accomplishment for CJ Obasi and the entire team behind “Mami Wata”.

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Coming in closely behind ‘Mami Wata’ is Kunle Afolayan’s Netflix Original, ‘Anikulapo‘, with nine nominations.

Additionally, Izu Ojukwu’s period drama, ‘4:4:44’, secured eight nominations. These films, alongside ‘Mami Wata,’ promise to be strong contenders at the prestigious AMAA awards ceremony.

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The 19th edition of the AMAA, themed “The Renaissance,” is poised to redefine continental honours, setting the foundation for future plans and the grand 20th edition. The awards ceremony is slated to take place on Sunday, October 29, 2023, at The Balmoral event centre, situated within Sheraton Hotels in Ikeja GRA, Lagos.

Below is the comprehensive list of nominations for the 2023 AMAA:

Efere Ozako Award for Best Short Film

  • Lions – Ethiopia
  • Riel – Namibia
  • Enmity Djin – Mauritania

Jubril Malaifia Award for Best Animation

  • Lost – Uganda
  • Azania Rises – South Africa
  • Jabari – Ghana
  • Bashorun Gaa – Nigeria

Best Documentary

  • Africa Cradle of Humanity and Modern Civilization – Senegal/Canada
  • Nightlife in Lasgidi – Nigeria
  • Maayo Wonaa Keerol – The River Is Not a Border – Senegal
  • Ifine (Beauty) – Sierra Leone
  • Le Spectre de Boko Haram – Cameroon

Ousmane Sembene Award for Best Film in an African Language

  • Pusha Pressa Phanda – South Africa
  • Anikulapo – Nigeria
  • The Kitera Chronicle – Uganda
  • Four Walls – South Africa
  • Mami Wata – Nigeria

Michael Anyiam Osigwe Award for Best Film by an African-born Director Living Abroad

  • Talia’s Journey – Christophe Rolin (Senegal/Belgium)
  • Golden Stripes – Peace Osigbe (Nigeria/UK)
  • KOFA – Jude Idada (Nigeria/Canada)

Best Diaspora Short Film

  • We Were Meant To – (United States) – directed by Tari Wariebi
  • The Ballad of Olive Morris – (United Kingdom) – directed by Alex Kayode-Kay
  • FiWy-Four Days – (United Kingdom) – directed by Cat White and Phoebe Torrance
  • Raw Materials – (Jamaica) – directed by Sosiessia Nixon-Kelly

Best Diaspora Documentary

  • Sound of the Police – (United States) – directed by Stanley Nelson
  • FantasHco Negrito – Have You Lost Your Mind Yet – (United States) – directed by Yvan Iturriaga and Francisco Nuñez
  • Black Rio – (Brazil) directed by Fernando Sousa and Gabriel Barbosa

Best Diaspora Narrative Feature

  • Chee$e – (Trinidad & Tobago) directed by Damian Marcano
  • Our Father, The Devil – (United States) directed by Ellie Foumbi
  • The Pastor and the Revolutionary – (Brazil) directed by José Eduardo Belmonte

Best Achievement in Production Design

  • Pat Nebo – Anikulapo – Nigeria
  • Eve Martin – Omen – DRC
  • Sira – Burkina Faso
  • Antoine Nshimiyimana – Fight Like a Girl – Rwanda
  • Chantel Carter – Gereza – South Africa

Best Achievement in Costume Design

  • Bunmi Demilola Fashina – Mami Wata – Nigeria
  • Toyin Bifarin Ogundeji – Anikulapo – Nigeria
  • Millicent Jack – 4-4-44 (Four Four Forty-Four) – Nigeria
  • Djibril Drame – Xalé – Senegal
  • Elkehoste and Baloji Omen – DRC
  • Sidi Ouedraogo Sira – Burkina Faso

Best Achievement in Make-Up

  • Campell Precious Arebamen – Mami Wata – Nigeria
  • ‘Hakeem Effect and Toyin Bifarin Ogundeji’ for ‘Anikulapo’ (Nigeria)
  • ‘Lila Vander Elst’ for ‘Omen’ (DRC)
  • ‘Our Lady of the Chinese Shop’ (Angola)
  • ‘Omowunmi Okungbure’ for ‘Gangs of Lagos’ (Nigeria).

Best Achievement in Soundtrack

  • ‘Fight Like a Girl (Rwanda)
  • ‘L’Axe Lourd (The Highway)’ (Cameroon)
  • ‘Gereza’ (South Africa)
  • ‘Omen’ (DRC)
  • ‘Obinna Arua’ for ‘4-4-44 (Four Four Forty-Four)’ (Nigeria).

Best Achievement in Visual Effects

  • ‘Omen’ (DRC)
  • ‘Mami Wata’ (Nigeria)
  • ‘The Trade’ (Nigeria)
  • ‘Emmanuel Bassey’ for ‘Gangs of Lagos’ (Nigeria).

Best Achievement in Sound

  • ‘Juliana Oswald’ for ‘Our Lady of the Chinese Shop’ (Angola)
  • ‘Vianney Aube Sira’ (Burkina Faso)
  • ‘Erik Griekspoor’ for ‘Omen’ (DRC)
  • ‘Samy Bardet’ for ‘Mami Wata’ (Nigeria)
  • ‘Michel Tsagli’ for ‘Xalé’ (Senegal).

Best Achievement in Cinematography

  • ‘Lilis Soares’ for ‘Mami Wata’ (Nigeria)
  • ‘Joachim Philippe’ for ‘Omen’ (DRC)
  • ‘Richard Henkels’ for ‘Fight Like a Girl’ (Rwanda)
  • ‘Thomas Wilski’ for ‘Talia’s Journey’ (Senegal/Belgium)
  • ‘Eduardo Kropotkine’ for ‘Our Lady of the Chinese Shop’ (Angola).

Best Achievement in Editing

  • ‘Nathan Delannoy’ for ‘Mami Wata’ (Nigeria)
  • ‘Bertrand Conard’ for ‘Omen’ (DRC)
  • ‘Sylvie Gadner’ for ‘Sira’ (Burkina Faso)
  • ‘Layla Swart’ for ‘Gereza
  • ‘Madhew Leutwyler’ for ‘Fight Like a Girl.’

Best Achievement in Screenplay

  • ‘C.J. ‘Fiery’ Obasi’ for ‘Mami Wata’ (Nigeria)
  • ‘Ufuoma MeHHri’ for ‘4-4-44 (Four Four Forty-Four)’ (Nigeria)
  • ‘Moussa Sene Absa,’ ‘Pierre Magny,’ ‘Ben Diogay Beye’ for ‘Xalé’ (Senegal)
  • ‘Madhew Leutwyler’ for ‘Fight Like a Girl’ (Rwanda).

National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVB) Award for Best Nigerian Film

  • Mami
  • Anikulapo
  • 4-4-44 (Four Four Forty-Four)
  • Gangs of Lagos
  • The Trade
  • L.I.F.E.
  • Brotherhood

Best Young/Promising Actor

  • ‘Maleek Sanni’ for ‘Gangs of Lagos’
  • ‘Ewube’ for ‘L’axe Lourd (The Highway)’
  • ‘Darisimi Nadi’ for ‘Obara’m’
  • ‘Sanou Titiama’ for ‘Le chant des fesits (The Song of the Rifle)’
  • ‘Eyiyemi Afolayan’ for ‘Anikulapo’

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

  • ‘Francis Onwuchei’ for ‘The Trade’ (Nigeria)
  • ‘Jeff Jackson’ for ‘Four Walls’ (South Africa)
  • ‘Hakeem Kae-Kazim’ for ‘Fight Like a Girl’ (Rwanda)
  • ‘Jimmy-Jean Louis’ for ‘Rise’ (United States).

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

  • ‘Uzoamaka Aniunoh’ for ‘Mami Wata’ (Nigeria)
  • ‘Rokhaya Niang’ for ‘Xalé’ (Senegal)
  • ‘Clarck Natmbwe’ for ‘Fight Like a Girl’ (Rwanda)
  • ‘Peter Mensah’ for ‘Rise’ (United States).

Best Actor in a Leading Role

  • ‘Richard Mofe Damijo’ for ‘4-4-44 (Four Four Forty-Four)’ (Nigeria)
  • ‘Marc Zunga’ for ‘Omen’ (DRC)
  • ‘Fernando Kamugisha’ for ‘The Fallen Advocate’ (Uganda)
  • ‘Tobi Bakre’ for ‘Brotherhood’ (Nigeria)
  • ‘Justine Murichii’ for ‘Shimoni’ (Kenya)
  • ‘Mike Danon’ for ‘Sira’ (Burkina Faso).

Best Actress in a Leading Role

  • ‘Lucie Debay’ for ‘Omen’ (DRC)
  • ‘Ehle Mbali Mlotshwa’ for ‘4 Walls’ (South Africa)
  • ‘Nafissatou Sisse’ for ‘Sira’ (Burkina Faso)
  • ‘Adesua Etomi’ for ‘Gangs of Lagos’ (Nigeria)
  • ‘Nse Ikpe Etim’ for ‘4-4-44 (Four Four Forty-Four)’ (Nigeria)
  • ‘Bimbo Ademoye’ for ‘Anikulapo’ (Nigeria)
  • ‘Ama Qamata’ for ‘Fight Like a Girl’ (Rwanda).

First Debut Feature by a Director

  • ‘Baloji’ for ‘Omen’ (DRC)
  • ‘Ery Claver’ for ‘Our Lady of the Chinese Shop’ (Angola)
  • ‘Jean Elliot Ilboudo’ for ‘le Chant des fusils (The Song of the Riffle)’ (Cameroon).

Best Director

  • ‘Moussa Sene Absa’ for ‘Xalé’
  • ‘C. J. ‘Fiery’ Obasi’ for ‘Mami Wata’
  • ‘Baloji’ for ‘Omen’
  • ‘Apolline Traore’ for ‘Sira’
  • ‘Izu Ojukwu’ for ‘4-4-44 (Four Four Forty-Four)’
  • ‘Kunle Afolayan’ for ‘Anikulapo’
  • ‘Kgosana Monchusi’, ‘Menzi Mzimela’ and ‘Juvaiś Dunn’ for ‘4 Walls’.

Best Film

  • ‘Xalé’ (Senegal)
  • ‘Mami Wata’ (Nigeria)
  • ‘4-4-44 (Four Four Forty-Four)’ (Nigeria)
  • ‘Omen’ (DRC), ‘4 Walls’ (South Africa)
  • ‘Sira’ (Burkina Faso)
  • ‘Anikulapo’ (Nigeria).

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Korede Bello Celebrates 29th Birthday With New Songs

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It’s 2024, and Nigerian singer Korede Bello is turning a year older today! This isn’t just any birthday, though, as it falls on a leap year, making it extra special. Bello is so excited about this milestone that he declared he’d be celebrating all year long!

To mark the occasion, he took to Instagram and posted a series of photos from a birthday photoshoot, calling it “Koreday.” He donned two stylish outfits, one white and the other mustard, expressing his gratitude in the caption.

 

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It’s Koredayyy. Happy Birthday to me 🤍You guys have almost finished me with love today. A ton of DMs, posts, and calls. I can’t respond to all of you but I sincerely appreciate you. Thank you for celebrating M3GA.”

The birthday celebration doesn’t stop there! Korede Bello took to Instagram again to announce a party happening today, March 1st, 2024, at Ballr Lagos, inviting his followers in Lagos to join him for the festivities.

In addition to the party, Bello also announced the release of two new singles as birthday gifts to his fans. These songs, titled “Happy Birthday To Me” and “Minding My Business,” are the first tracks released from his highly anticipated “Koreday” album.

 

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Fans flooded Korede Bello’s comment section with birthday wishes and prayers to celebrate his special day. Don Jazzy joined in on the well wishes saying, “Happy birthday Omo Lope. May GOD continue to win in your life. More blessings,” and actress Adesua Etomi said, “Happy birthday Koredeeee.”

In another Instagram post, Korede Bello was dancing with joy, his flowing outfit adding to the celebratory atmosphere of his birthday.

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Jennifer Lopez And Ben Affleck Look Adorable In PDA Display

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Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck were seen together in Los Angeles, displaying affection for each other. This comes shortly after returning from a quick trip to Japan with her children.

Pictures captured by photographers show the couple holding hands and sharing a passionate kiss during a lunch date in the Venice Beach area on Sunday. Ms. Lopez was dressed casually. She wore a beige long-sleeved top, a cream-coloured puffer vest, and loose-fitting jeans.

To stay warm, she bundled up in a light brown scarf. She then finished her casual yet stylish outfit with tinted shades, platform Uggs, silver hoop earrings, and a dark brown handbag slung over her shoulder.

Mr. Affleck, 51, opted for a relaxed look, sporting a black button-down shirt paired with a navy blue jacket and jeans. Completing his casual attire, the Academy Award-winning actor from “Good Will Hunting” added Nike sneakers and Aviator sunglasses. As they waited for their car, Ms. Lopez leaned against a wall, her arms affectionately wrapped around her beau.

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With eyes full of admiration, he looked deeply into her eyes before gently leaning in to share a kiss. This tender moment came just a few days after the dedicated mother of twins, Max and Emme, whisked them away on a delightful adventure to Tokyo to celebrate their sweet sixteenth birthdays.

The 54-year-old Jennifer Lopez, her highlighted hair sleeked back in a ponytail, stood beside her partner. She was beaming with a radiant smile as they entered their black BMW and drove off.

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The “Maid in Manhattan” actress, who co-parents her children with her former husband, Marc Anthony, with whom she was married from 2004 to 2014, offered her fans a glimpse into the heartwarming getaway through a charming video montage on Instagram.

She captioned the post, “16 🥥🥥 Birthday trip 2024 🤍🤍,” “Happy Birthday to my coconuts I love you.”

Jennifer Lopez also shares parenting duties for Ben Affleck’s children, Violet (18), Seraphina ( 15), and Samuel (11). Affleck shares these children with his former wife, Jennifer Garner.

This adds to what has already been a busy year for Lopez, who recently released her successful ninth studio album, “This Is Me… Now,” earlier this month.

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck first crossed paths on the set of the movie “Gigli” in 2001. Just one year later, he presented her with a stunning 6.1-carat pink diamond engagement ring from Harry Winston. While they originally planned to walk down the aisle in 2003, they ultimately chose to postpone their wedding celebration. Their paths diverged as they both went on to marry other people.

However, after nearly two decades, love found its way back to them. They rekindled their romance and officially said “I do” in 2022.

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Bella Shmurda Opens Up On Being A Father Again In New Documentary

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Nigerian singer Bella Shmurda recently participated in a documentary by WeTalk Sound. In the documentary, Shmurda spoke candidly about how fatherhood has significantly impacted his life and music career.

He revealed that the birth of his son has motivated him to become a better person and pursue personal growth. Additionally, Shmurda shared his aspirations to build a lasting legacy—one that would make his child proud to have him as a father.

“I think fatherhood inspired me. What’s in my head is ‘Wetin’ this boy go see in the next 10 years?’ I don’t want him to see my old videos, I want him to see the new Bella who is still doing things. I don’t want him to hear ‘history’ like his daddy used to sing. I want to be the type of father that when he turns on the TV, he’d see and then say ‘That’s my daddy’, that’s what I want to be to my child. He’s an inspiration to me,” he said.

In July 2023, Bella Shmurda shared the joyful news of his son’s arrival on his official social media platform. The post, which included a heartfelt message and a photo of his newborn baby, was met with an outpouring of love and congratulations from fans, followers, and fellow celebrities.

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However, the announcement also revealed a painful experience Shmurda had endured in 2022. He shared that he had suffered the heartbreaking loss of a child, expressing the emotional toll it had taken on him.

He wrote,

“A few days to the drop of my album last year, I was an emotional and mental wreck. I’d just gotten to the UK where I was scheduled to do some promotional activities when I heard the news that I’d lost the child I was expecting at birth. I got the news that my little boy is here. I’m happy and blessed. What’s lost can never be replaced, but I have another chance, a new lease on life. A new purpose. I’m a new Daddy; DO NOT DISTURB.”

In November 2023, Bella Shmurda was eager to share more about his growing family. He took to his social media platform to post new pictures of his son. Two of the heartwarming photos showcased the adorable child, giving fans a glimpse into Shmurda’s life as a father.

This update followed the initial announcement of his son’s birth in July, which was accompanied by a heartfelt message and well-wishes from many.

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