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Rwanda tops winners’ list at 2019 African Movie Academy Awards

The African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA), a subsidiary of the Africa Film Academy, held the 15th edition of its award on Sunday, October 27 at the Landmark Event Centre in Lagos. Since its debut in 2005, the award show has celebrated African creatives in the film industry and has become the most prestigious event of its kind in Africa.

At the AMAA, the Rwandan movie, Mercy of the Jungle, was the biggest winner of the night, with four awards. It was followed closely by Nigeria’s King of Boys, which won three awards. Sola Sobowale and Adesua Etomi Wellington won Best Actress in a Leading Role and Best Actress in a Supporting Role respectively for their performances in the movie, King of Boys. My Friend Fela, a Brazilian entry, won the Best Diaspora Documentary award.

In attendance were A-list stars, Hilda Dokubo, Dakore Egbuson-Akande, Linda Ejiofor, Jemima Osunde, EyinnaNwigwe, Toni Tones, and many more.

Sola Sobowale
Hilda Dokubo
Toni Tones
Beverly Naya
Chinedu Ikedieze
Linda Ejiofor-Suleiman
Lala Akindoju
Daniel Etim Effiong
Jemima Osunde
Olumide Oworu and Abayomi Alvin Towase
Seyi Awolowo


Here is the list of 2019 winners

  1. Michael Anyiam Osigwe Award for Best Film by an African-Born Director Living Abroad: Julius Amedume – Rattlesnakes
  2. Best Diaspora Short Film: Bail (UK)
  3. Best Diaspora Documentary: My Friend Fela (Brazil)
  4. Best Diaspora Narrative Feature: Hero (Trinidad and Tobago/Canada)
  5. Best Achievement in Production Design: Redemption (Mozambique)
  6. Best Achievement in Costume Design: Mercy of the Jungle (Rwanda)
  7. Best Achievement in Make-Up: Mercy of the Jungle (Rwanda)
  8. Best Achievement in Soundtrack: Mabata Bata (Mozambique)
  9. Best Achievement in Visual Effects: Knockout Blessing (Nigeria)
  10. NFVCB Award for Best Nigerian Film: King of Boys
  11. Best Documentary: Khartoum Offside (Sudan)
  12. Ousmane Sembene Award for Best Film in an African Language: Rafiki (Kenya)
  13. EfereOzako Award for Best Short Film: A Tune of Kora (SENEGAL)
  14. Best Achievement in Sound: Mabata Bata (Mozambique)
  15. Best Achievement in Cinematography: Sew the winter to my Skin (S. Africa)
  16. Best Achievement in Editing: Rafiki (Kenya)
  17. Best Achievement in Screenplay: Redemption (Mozambique)
  18. Best Animation: Choices – Nigeria
  19. Best Young/Promising Actor: Cynthia Dankwa (Esi) BURIAL OF KOJO
  20. Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Jarrid Geduld 9 (Abie) Ellen, the Ellen Parkies Story
  21. Best Actress in a Supporting Role: AdesuaEtomi (Kemi) The King of Boys
  22. Best Actor in a Leading Role: Marc Zinga (Mercy of the Jungle)
  23. Best Actress in a Leading Role: Sola Sobowale (Eniola) King of Boys
  24. Best Director-First Feature Film: Blitz Bazawule – The Burial of Kojo (Ghana)
  25. Best Director: Jahmil X. Qubeka – Sew the winter to My Skin (S. Africa)
  26. Best Film: Mercy of the Jungle (Rwanda)

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