By Temitope Ajayi
Published April 21, 2017
The dates and venues for the Nomination, Sponsorship and Gala ceremonies for the 13th annual Africa Movie Academy Awards have been set.
RwandAir, Rwanda Development Board, Radisson Blu and Kigali International Convention Centre are partnering with Africa Film Academy, the organisers of AMAA, in hosting the Nomination Night in Kigali on May 13-14, 2017.
Tony Anih, the Director of Administration of AMAA, says the organisation will use the occasion to run a Creative Entrepreneurs’ Workshop in Kigali on May 13 ahead of the Nominations gala night on May 14 as part of activities for what has been described a ‘Weekend Get Away to Kigali”.
The Nomination gala night where nominees into the 28 categories of the awards will be announced will be headlined by the Nigerian musician, KCEE and other talents from Rwanda.
“We are very happy with our collaboration with RwandAir, Rwanda Development Board, Radisson Blu and the Kigali Convention Centre which is in the spirit of value creation and integration within the continent which the African Union is promoting. AMAA’s holding the nominations in Rwanda will promote tourism and bilateral relations between Nigeria and Rwanda,” Anih says.
Previous AMAA Nomination Night has been held in Accra, Nairobi, Johannesburg, Banjul, Lilongwe, Ouagadougou and Los Angeles.
Meanwhile AMAA, with the support of the Lagos State Government, the official host state for the AMAA 2017, is scheduled to hold a Sponsors’ Night in Lagos on May 4 where Joyce Banda, the former President of Malawi, is expected to deliver a keynote address titled ‘The Imperative of the Creative Economy for Africa’s Socio-Economic Development”.
The sponsors’ night is designed to seek corporate support for the event holding in Lagos and the creative sector, especially the film industry, in Nigeria. Business leaders and top government officials are expected at the event.
The main award event is scheduled to hold in Lagos on Sunday, June 18, 2017 with guests and and nominees from more than 50 African countries, Europe, North America, and North and South America.