Summary of winners – by movies at AMAA 2017

The 13th Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) was held Saturday night at Eko Hotels LAGOS. The event lived up to the glamour and prestige associated with AMAA. Twenty-seven competitive awards were up for grabs. Meanwhile, Nkem Owoh received a Lifetime Achievement Award, while Mrs Celine Loader was given a Special Recognition Award
Below, we summarise the list of winners but you can find the long list here.


The night’s biggest winner was Senegal’s  film Félicité, which won in six categories including Best Film in an African Language, Achievement in Soundtrack, Achievement in Editing, Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Papi Mpaka), Best Actress in a Leading Role (Vero Tshanda), and the most anticipated award, Best Film.


The film with the highest nominations,  Vaya (South Africa Africa) emerged winners in three categories: Achievement in Soundtrack, Achievement in Achievement in Screenplay and Best Director (Akin Omotosho).


The following films won in two categories:

Wulu (Mali) –  Achievement in Visual Effect and Best First Feature Film by a Director.

Nollywood’s film ’76 –  Best Nigerian Film and Achievement in Production Design.

The Last of Us (Tunisia) – Achievement in Cinematography and Best Actor in a a Leading Role (Jahwar Soudani).

Queen of Katwe (Uganda) –  Achievement in Costume Design and Best Young / Promising Actor (Medina Molanga).


The winners of single awards, excluding diaspora categories include:

Got Flowers  (Nigeria) for Best Animation.

CEO (Nigeria) for Best Actress in a Supporting Role –  Angélique Kidjo.

Oloibiri (Nigeria) for Achievement in Make-up, and

Three Wise Men (Nigeria) for Best Comedy.

Others include:

A Place for Myself (Rwanda) for Best Short Film

Mama Colonel (DRC) for Best Documentary,

While We Live (Burkina Faso/Sweden) for the Best Film by an African Living Abroad.


For the diaspora categories, winners include:

Kbela (Brazil) and 90 Days (USA) for Best Diaspora Short Film

West Indies Gang (Guadeloupe)  for Best Diaspora Features

I Am Not Your Negro (Haiti/France), 13th (USA), Les heritiers du Vietnam (Martinique) and Horace Tapscott, Musical Griot (USA) for Best Diaspora Documentary.

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