Filmmaker, Bolanle Austen-Peters, has heaped praises on the Africa Movie Academy Awards, saying the African film industry needs awards like AMAA.
This is on the heels of the preparations towards the 2022 edition of AMAA scheduled to hold in Lagos, Nigeria, on Sunday, October 30, 2022.
Speaking about AMAA being a continental award that rewards true, thorough and industry professionalism, she said, “It’s not just about the awards, it’s about people getting recognition for their work. Making films isn’t easy and we need AMAA to keep up the good work of encouraging burgeoning filmmakers on the continent.”
On her film, ‘Man of God,’ which scooped over five nominations at 2022 AMAA, Austen-Peters said her team set out to tell a good story with a globally accepted production, but ended up with honour and several award nominations.
“I am honoured, excited, and humbled. When we set out to make these films, we were thinking about telling a good story with good production value and creating entertainment. So, to get this level of recognition is an honour,” she stated.
Speaking on the preparedness of the 2022 AMAA team, the content director and show producer, Kingsley James, said all was set and promised a good show.
On her part, the founder of AMAA, Peace Anyiam-Osigwe, said activities for the 2022 edition would leave attendees and the African film industry in awe.
She said, “The 2022 AMAA is going to blow your mind. We have been working hard at this and you can be certain that all hands are on the deck. We are being led by our amiable host and Executive Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu; and the Commissioner for Culture, Art and Tourism, Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf.
“Lagos can’t wait to have the African film industry in Lagos for the entirety of a week with different activities ranging from film conferences to training sessions, African Film Academy graduation, fashion show and the awards ceremony itself.”