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AMAA Rewards Outstanding Stars

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Patience Uzokwor (2nd left), Kenneth Okonkwo and other actresses.

Patience Uzokwor (2nd left), Kenneth Okonkwo and other actresses.

Though the 10th edition of
the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) held on Saturday, May 24, 2014 at the Gabriel Okara Civic Centre, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State has come and gone with various awards won and lost, the events of the memorable night still echoe loud and clear in the minds of those who were opportuned to witness the continental awards as well as critics of AMAA.
It was indeed a night of glitz, glamour razzmatazz and unadulterated fun. The event paraded a constellation of stars from the African movie industry, showbiz personalities, government officials and distinguished ladies and gentlemen from all walks of life across Africa and beyond.
The event turned out to be unique in various ways from previous ones. In this edition, new award categories were introduced. They include Madeba Achievement Awards for the promotion of the ideas of late Nelson Mandela of South Africa, President Joyce Banda Achievement Award for women empowerment and Jury special prize for short film as well as first time entries from the three African countries like Mauritus, Gabon and Croatia.
South Africa clinched 10 awards at the event which include Award for Best film of Good Report), Award for Best Director, AMAA Award for Best Actor in a leading Role (mothusi magano: of Good Report), Best Actor in a supporting role (Thapelo Mofeken) Best Young/Promising actor and Achievement in screen play as well as Best Child actor.
Others are: Achievement in cinematography (Forgotten Kingdom), Achievement in sound, Achievement in make-up and Best Animation (Kumba).
Nigeria won 8 Awards which include Best actress in supporting role (Patience Ozukwor-After the proposal) Best film in an African Language(B for Boy), Visual effect (A mile from Home), Best Actress in a leading role (Clarion Chukwura-Apaye), Co-Winner in Best Documentary, Bayelsa State Government Best Nigerian Film endowment award (Accident) and President Joyce Banda Award for Film that promotes women empowerment Award.
Others include Jury special prize for short film. While the lifetime Achievement award went to Kenneth Okonkwo. Mali won in the category of Best Documentary with Nigeria, Kenya clinched the awards for achievement in costume design (Nisisi) and the Madeba Awards. Award for Best Diaspora short film went to Bahamas (Passage).
While Ghana won in Editing (Potomanto), Achievement in production design (A Northern Affair) with Mauritius as winner in first feature film by a director, among others.
The led carpet which commenced at 7.00pm with all the rituals duely observed was indeed a constellation of gorgeously dressed stars from all parts of Africa.
The Bayelsa State Government officials were led by Air Vice Marshal Gboribiogha John Jonah (Rtd). The Bayelsa State deputy governor who represented the state governor, Hon Henry Seriake Dickson, he also read the governors keynote address.
Others include Mrs Ebizi Ndioma Brown, DG Bayelsa State Tourism board among others as well as the founder of AMAA Mrs Peace Aniyam Osigwe who announced her decision to step aside as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of AMAA to assume the office of founder and executive chairman of AMAA to enable her concentrate more on creative endeavours for the organization.
Mrs Anyam Osigwe who announced this in her welcome address seized the opportunity to eulogise some of her departed colleagues in the make believe industry who include Amaka Igwe, Justus Esiri, Enebeli Elebuwa, Sam Loco Efe, J.T. Tom West, Ashley Nwosu and Pete Eneh.
The large audience that attended the event were thrilled by entertainers including top Naija artistes, comedians and professional dancers. Among the artistes were Bayelsa State born Gospel artiste Timi Dakolo, Edge, J. Martins and flavor, while the stand up comedians that thrilled the crowd with their hilarious jokes include Stanley Chibunneaka Funny Bone and MC Aproko among others.
Meanwhile, a critic of the AMAA Awards, Pastor Bannerman Embiowei has condemned the awards. In a recent report made available to The Tide Entertainment, he noted that “the unholy marriage between the Bayelsa State Government and AMMA is now given a lot of Bayelsans some concerns.”
According to him, the Bayelsa State Government has been hosting the AMAA awards for the past 10 years.
He observed that the hosting started since the tenure of the former governor, Alameiseigha who handed over to Goodluck Jonathan, then Timipre Sylva and now Seriake Dickson. He noted that Bayelsans are not known for film production or acting, while states like Anambra, Enugu, Imo and Abia who are the major stakeholders of the Nollywood empire have never hosted the AMAA even for once.
He stressed that about N200,000.000 (two hundred million naira) was raised by the state government from different sponsors who donated money which was used to host the AMAA award this year, but AMAA does not have a single office space in Yenagoa and had never tried to help train youths of Bayelsa to become actors and actresses. So, after raising over two hundred million naira to host AMAA, what next? He asked. According to him the hosting of AMAA is a misplacement of priority, he said if the state government must host AMAA, it must have infrastructure that will help to train youths of the state, roaming the streets on film making music and other areas related to Nollyhood as well as address other areas crying for attention like the peace park.
He maintained that Bayelsa State should not be seen as a state that hosts all kinds of event that has no meaning to Bayelsans, Bayelsans money should not be wasted on frivolities he stressed.

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Reno Omokri Writes Open Letter To BBNaija Enthusiasts

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Reno Omokri has written an open letter to BBNaija enthusiasts.
In his letter, the former presidential aide asked ardent followers of the reality TV show to campaign for their businesses as much as they campaign for housemates who do not know them.
His letter reads
‘’Dear #BBNaija enthusiasts,
You see how you campaign for that housemate? Good. Campaign for your success like that. Instead of selling a housemate you don’t know and who does not know you, to me, use that time and energy to sell a product you can profit from to me. Do not be afraid of business or think that it is wrong to make a profit. It is not wickedness for lions to kill and eat antelopes. It is life’s natural order. Don’t be sentimental in business. Set your price competitively. Make your profit. Don’t exploit customers. But dont cheat yourself. A lion that does not kill will itself be killed!’’

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A review Of Tiwa Savage’s Water & Garri EP

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Nigerian multiple award-winning artist Tiwa Savage returns with a brand new extended play “Water & Garri. This comes less than a year after the release of her critically acclaimed third studio album “Celia”.
Water & Garri, a five-track body of work features Grammy Awards winner and veteran rapper, Nas, singer Brandy, the Nigerian underground artist Rich King and Alte singer and soul music stunner, Tay Iwar.
Since her return to Nigeria in 2012, Tiwa Savage has raised the bar for female artists. She embodied the almost frowned on sex symbol attribute in the music industry, her music is filled with flirting words and expressions. No wonder when she called herself African bad gyal, no one disputed the assertion.
Garri is a staple food among Nigerians, water is used to take or make Garri. The title as used in this context refers to her mashed style and global collaboration. She sticks to her heartfelt style in the course of making this album.
Tiwa Savage infused Rnb/Soul with Afro-fusion. The end product is a 19 minutes run of music with themes detailing heartbreak, love, hard work, perseverance, etc.
Nas and Rich King were on the opening track “Work Fada”, the pensive and reflective song preaches hard work and perseverance with Nas almost going preachy in his thought-provoking verse.
The six minutes long track is the perfect opener to the avarde garde album, who opens an EP with this type of lengthy play? Only Tiwa Savage could do such, the theme is distinct and it’s a well-calculated risk.
In 2016, Tiwa Savage’s marriage with talent manager Teebliz hit the rock. Five years later, she seems set to speak her truth. She reveals a little on the Interlude on her last album—Celia. On Water & Garri, Tiwa Savage dedicates two tracks to that ugly incident.
Ade Ori is a soft-light take on past relationships/marriage. She is now independent while she is hopeful about future handling. The lyrics drip with pain and regretful lines.
Tale by Moonlight was a popular weekly storied program on national television. Tiwa Savage details her fairy tale love expectations on this soulful 90s house music. Even though she flirts and gushing about the guy, she is cautious. Amaarae’s whispery vocals compliment Tiwa Savage’s flirt takes.
Seven years ago, American artist Brandy visited Nigeria. At a press conference before her performance at Classic FM Valentine show, she revealed she loved Tiwa Savage’s vocals, she liked it to a 14-year-old. Unknown to her, Tiwa Savage considered the Grammy Winner her role model and one of the reasons she is into music.
When they finally collaborate on “Somebody’s Son”, it is a perfect blend of two songstresses.
They complement one another, Brandy even sings in Yoruba. This track is one of the up-tempo songs on the EP. Its production is filled with Drums and mellow strings. Somebody’s son retains the themes of Ade Ori: it pleads for reciprocal love.
Tay Iwar and Tiwa Savage jointly closed the EP with a rollercoaster of deep expressive expressions. The horn-filled disco makes it sounds like a potential track for a Friday night out.
Veteran producer Pharell Williams called this project a classic but the fans failed to realize his caveat of it not becoming commercially viable. Tiwa Savage is unbothered if her recent promotional talks are anything to go by.
Water & Garri explores Tiwa Savage Rnb/Soul forte with an infusion of Afro-fusion, the EP is a dart between hope and despair. The production is pristine, however, the songwriting is underwhelming.
The featured artists almost overshadowed her. Although it’s obvious that this project is destined for the international market, the collaborations could have been lesser.

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Wizkid Makes History As ‘Essence’ BeComes Most Shazam Song In US

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Nigerian singer, Wizkid has made history in the United States.
The Grammy award-winning superstar made the history with his hit single ‘Essence.’
The 31-year-old father of three registered his name on the book of musical history when ‘Essence’ was announced the most Shazam song in the United States of America.
Apple-owned Shazam, through its Instagram account, announced Wizkid’s ‘Essence’ as the most Shazamed song in the country.
The app, which is used to identify music and TV shows by listening to a short sample of their audio, posted a pictured Wizkid with the caption: ”Big Congrats to @wizkidayo!! #Essence is now the most Shazamed song in the United States.”

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