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By Gugu Sibiya | Apr 07, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

ONCE again throngs of people from the film industry will converge on Yenegoa, capital of Bayelsa state in Nigeria.

ONCE again throngs of people from the film industry will converge on Yenegoa, capital of Bayelsa state in Nigeria.

The film party that everyone looks forward to takes place on April 10.

Usually hidden by scripts and cameras as the actors go through their paces, film industry stakeholders will on Saturday be dressed to the nines, hoping for a pat in the back.

The awards are a well-deserved accolade, considering the strides made by the African Movie Academy Awards over the last six years.

Interestingly enough the awards have shaken Nollywood, ensuring that executive directors give their best to their work.

They have eliminated faux pas such as images flitting behind actors as they go about their work, hideous make-up, unflattering costumes, poor sound quality, a lack of continuity and are aiming for realistic and captivating films.

How could they not jack up their act since they are all clamouring for recognition and that acknowledgement that will proudly adorn their mantelpiece?

There is no doubt that the academy, through charismatic chief executive Peace Osigwe, has achieved much not only for Nigeria's film industry but also for the continent and diaspora.

Speaking at the announcement of the nominees in Ghana recently, Osigwe said the awards did not belong to her but to all Africans.

She said it felt very good to tell the African story and in that way bring the children of mother Africa together when they realise there are more commonalities than divisions among us.

The standard of the awards is high and competition is stiff.

Last year saw Gugu noAndile, a South African film about love across the tribal divide, with the violence in hostels as its backdrop, win three awards.

Also featuring prominently, Nigerians experienced the joy of Kwela Tebza's kwela music and Deborah Fraser's fine gospel sounds first-hand. They were enchanted.

The cherry on the top, though, was veteran actor Danny Glover and Forest Whitaker being in the audience. A chuffed Whitaker could not believe he was of Nigerian ancestry of the Ibo tribe.


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