Ama K Abebrese To Host 2013 African Movie Academy Awards.
One of Ghana’s seasoned television presenters, Ama K. Abebrese, Nigeria’s Dakore Egbuson and comedian AY, have been invited to host this year’s African Movie Academy Awards, which will be held on April 20, in the Yenagoa capital of Bayelsa State, Nigeria.
The awards are aimed at honouring and promoting excellence in the African movie industry as well as uniting the African continent through arts and culture.
The event is presented annually to recognize excellence in the African film industry, rewarding directors, actors, and writers.
Ama K. Abebrese, who is billed to host the event this year, is a television presenter, producer and actress. In 2011 she won the African Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role. Other awards won include the 2010 Media Personality at the Ghana UK Based Achievement Awards (GUBA), and 2013 International African Film Personality at Screen Nation Awards.
Her film credits include the international multi award winning film ‘Sinking Sands’, directed by 2011 BAFTA LA and Pan African Film festival prize winner Leila Djansi. The film received 12 nominations in the 2010 Ghana Movie Awards, including Best Actress in a Leading Role. The film won four awards including Best Film. Other film credits are Revele film’s ‘Elmina’ and ‘London Get Problem’.
The Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) is an offshoot of the Africa Film Academy. The Academy, founded on the best film tradition, is geared towards research, training and propagating film making in Africa.
Established in 2005, AMAA aims to facilitate the development and relevance of African film & cinema by providing a rewards & recognition platform for film makers on the continent.
African film makers work hard with very little and have, not through serendipity but through sheer audacity, managed to build the third largest film industry in the world and are poised to take the pole position, beating America and India.
Today, African films serve as a link for Africans in the Diaspora with Africans at home. These films have the potential to serve as a shared collective experience, a reminder that Africa is a vibrant continent filled with colour, energy and possibility.
AMAA is therefore conceptualized as an annual celebration of the brightest and the best in African movie. Today, AMAA is the most prestigious and glamorous entertainment industry event of its kind in Africa.
By George Clifford Owusu/Daily guide