The fifth yearly 2009 African Movie Academy Awards nomination list has just been released.
Taking place in Bayelsa, Yenegoa in Nigeria, the often colourful and highly anticipated awards are set for next month.
First premiered in 2005, the awards aim to encourage the telling of African tales by Africans to the world and to dispelmyths.
Speaking at last year's AMAA, executive producer Peace Anyiam Osigwe said that the awards sought to create an enabling environment and to bring the people of Africa together.
She said they not only provided a platform for networking but enabled us to break down the invisible walls between Anglophone and Francophone countries.
"The awards give us an opportunity to celebrate both our commonality and diversity," she sad.
She said the occasion demonstrated that despite the many negative stories reported about it, there was life, laughter and happiness in Africa.
South Africa, which until now has had a bad showing, appears destined to do well this year.
In the past, Nigeria entered a large number of films but locals would enter only two or three.
But now that the awards are becoming better known, more South African filmmakers seem intent to test their mettle at our continent's own version of the Oscars.