AMAA 2023: Tobi Bakre, Nse Ikpe Etim, others win big at 19th edition

The 19th edition of the Africa Movie Academy Awards, which was held on Sunday, October 29, will remain memorable to attendees, film and media practitioners, and winners.

At the awards ceremony that had Ghana’s Camidoh, Nigeria’s KCee and highly talented Yinka Davies serenading nominees, African film enthusiasts, and practitioners, Nigeria’s Tobi Bakre, and Nse Ikpe Etim won big awards of the night for their roles in ‘Gangs of Lagos’ and ‘4.4.44’ respectively.

Kunle Afolayan, Bimbo Ademoye and Seun Soyinka
Kunle Afolayan, Bimbo Ademoye and Seun Soyinka

Other films that won different categories include Senegal’s ‘Xale,’ which won Best Film and Best Costume design categories, Kunle Afolayan’s ‘Anikulapo,’ which won Best Film in African Language, and Best Production Design, as well as CJ ‘Fiery’ Obasi’s ‘Mami Water,’ which won the Best Cinematography.

The 2023 edition of the film awards ceremony was held at the Balmoral convention centre, Ikeja GRA, Lagos, with Nancy Isime, Rahama Sadau, and Richard Ato Turkson taking the host positions.

Other highlights of the show include the moving tribute to the late founder of AMAA, Peace Marie Ogechi Anyiam-Osigwe, who passed away in January 2023. The moving tribute left several members of the Anyiam-Osigwe clan teary as well as AMAA jury members, attendees, and other film practitioners

Speaking at the event, Raymond Anyiam-Osigwe, a director of the board of AFA, owners of AMAA promised that the family will continue with the legacies of late Peace Anyiam-Osigwe, who impacted on the African film industry and filmmakers before her passing away. He stressed that the preparation for the 20th edition of AMAA has begun and promised to continue partnerships that have been created and made since the inception of the continental film award.

Raymond Anyiam-Osigwe at the 2023 AMAAs
Raymond Anyiam-Osigwe at the 2023 AMAAs

The continental awards ceremony also has had performances from Nigeria Idol’s superstar, Zadok, who left the attendees and guests asking for more with his sterling performance.

Also flying the Nigerian flag high with films by Nigerians, Jude Idada’s ‘Kofa’ won the Film by an African Abroad category. Cameroonian documentary film ‘Le spectre de Boko Haram’ also won the Best Documentary category while ‘Lions’ and ‘Jabari’ won the awards for Best Short FIlm and Best Animation categories.

Jude Idada at the AMAAs 2023 with his award
Jude Idada at the AMAAs 2023 with his award

Another highlight of the night was the honour given to veteran actor Charles Olumo aka Agbako. He was honoured with a lifetime achievement award for his contribution to Nigeria’s film industry as an actor of over 50 years of experience.

Foluke Daramola, Tony Akposheri, Charles Olumo aka Agbako and children
Foluke Daramola, Tony Akposheri, Charles Olumo aka Agbako and children

Tony Anih, the Chief Operating Officer of AMAA also expressed delight at the turn out of leading film practitioners saying it was fulfilling seeing all plans come to fruition. Anih also thanked his team, the AMAA jury, and the board of AFA, owners of AMAA saying the support the planning committee received is commendable.

The event had in attendance incumbent Commissioner for Tourism, Arts, and Culture in Lagos state, Toke Benson-Awoyinka, former commissioner for Tourism, Arts, and Culture, Pharmacist Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf, George Anyiam-Osigwe, Raymond Anyiam-Osigwe, and Kite Anyiam-Osigwe.

Also in attendance were the Jury led by Keith Shiri, Shaibu Husseini, Steve Ayorinde, and several film practitioners that include Jimmy Jean-Louis, Tony Anih, Bimbo Manuel, Kunle Afolayan, Odunlade Adekola, Ngozi Nwosu, Charles Otudor, Ralph Nwadike, Bimbo Ademoye, Ibinabo Fiberesima, Tony Akposeri, Osita Iheme, Chinedu Ikedieze, Foluke Daramola-Salako, Enyinna Nwigwe, Fred Amata, Segun Arinze, Seun Soyinka, Clarion Chukwurah, Papa Ajasco, and several others.

Osita Iheme at AMAA 2023
Osita Iheme at AMAA 2023


1. Efere Ozako Award for Best Short Film

• Lions – Ethiopia

2. Jubril Malaifia Award for Best Animation

• Jabari – Ghana

3. Best Documentary

• Le Spectre de Boko Haram – Cameroon

4. Ousmane Sembene Award for Best Film in an African Language

• Anikulapo – Nigeria

5. Michael Anyiam Osigwe Award for Best Film by an African-Born Director Living Abroad

• KOFA – Nigeria/Canada

6. Best Diaspora Short Film

• Raw Materials – Jamaica

7. Best Diaspora Documentary

• Sound of the Police – United States

8. Best Diaspora Narrative Feature

• Our Father, The Devil – United States

9. Best Achievement in Production Design

• Anikulapo – Nigeria

10. Best Achievement in Costume Design

• Xalé – Senegal

11. Best Achievement in Make-Up

• Mami Wata – Nigeria

12. Best Achievement in Soundtrack

• Fight Like a Girl – Rwanda

13. Best Achievement in Visual Effects

• Gangs of Lagos – Nigeria

14. Best Achievement in Sound

• Sira – Burkina Faso

15. Best Achievement in Cinematography

• Mami Wata – Nigeria

16. Best Achievement in Editing

• Omen – DRC

17. Best Achievement in Screenplay

• Xalé – Senegal

18. National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) Award for Best Nigerian Film

• Mami Wata

19. Best Young/Promising Actor

• Maleek Sanni – Gangs of Lagos

20. Best Actor in a Supporting Role

• Jimmy Jean-Louis -Rise – United States

Jimmy Jean-Louis at the AMAA 2023
Jimmy Jean-Louis at the AMAA 2023

21. Best Actress in a Supporting Role

• Rokhaya Niang – Xalé – Senegal

22. Best Actor in a Leading Role

• Tobi Bakre – Brotherhood – Nigeria

23. Best Actress in a Leading Role

• Nse Ikpe-Etim – 4-4-44 (Four Four Forty-Four) –


24. Debut Feature by a Director

• Baloji – Omen – DRC

25. Best Director

• Apolline Traore – Sira

26. Best Film

• Xalé – Senegal

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