Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Award Night is June 11, Nominations Night May 11
The prestigious pan-African reward system for the motion picture practitioners,
African Movie Academy Awards has found a new home in the garden city, Port
Harcourt, Capital of Rivers State - following very successful nine consecutive
editions in Bayelsa State, one in Abuja, Lagos and Port Elizabeth, South Africa
The Governor Nyesom Wike led state which is the headquarters of the Oil & Gas
industry in Nigeria signed the hosting rights with the management of AMAA,
making Rivers State the second sub-national government in Nigeria to tap into the
huge potentials of AMAA for destination branding.
In a statement jointly signed by the state Commissioner of Culture & Tourism,
Mrs. Tonye Briggs (on behalf of Governor Wike) and the founder of the awards
organization, Ms. Peace Anyiam-Osigwe, hosting the award this year will be the
beginning of a partnership that will add immense value to the people of the state
and the host city in particular as the government is determined to position Port
Harcourt as a destination of choice in Nigeria and West Africa.
“We are repositioning Rivers State as a state ready for business to Nigerians and
the rest of the world and our partnership with AMAA will become a veritable
platform to attract tourists, global and Nigeria icons in business and the
entertainment industry. We want to showcase Rivers State as a peaceful place
where socio-economic activities thrive and also the hospitality of our people. There
is a huge economy around entertainment and show business in Port Harcourt.
While our state is known for her hydrocarbon resources, His Excellency, Governor
Wike’s administration through the Ministry of Culture & Tourism (through
initiatives like AMAA) wants the world to know and take advantage of the
business opportunities that abound in Rivers State,” Mrs. Briggs said.
The commissioner also added that the state will soon unveil a calendar of
entertainment and tourist activities that will create job opportunities for the
teeming youths of the state.
Speaking on the new partnership with the state, the awards founder, Ms. Anyiam-
Osigwe said that it marks the beginning of a new phase in the journey of the
continental awards that started 12years ago, “We are very happy with this
development and express our gratitude to Governor Wike and the good people of
Rivers State. We value this partnership and we promise that it will be a rewarding
one for the government and people of this great state.”
This year’s awards will now take place on Saturday 11th June, 2016 and the
nomination night where nominees into the 28 categories will be announced will
hold on Wednesday May 11th, 2016. The previous nomination nights had taken
place in Accra, Nairobi, Johannesburg, Banjul, Lilongwe, Ouagadougou and Los
As part of the pre-AMAA activities, the state will host a sponsorship night in
conjunction with the Africa Film Academy to mobilize corporate sponsors for the
awards which the organizers maintain that AMAA is the most transparent and
respected rewards system for African Cinema and with the support of The Ministry
of Information, Culture and Tourism and the River state government, while the
Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) has been signed on as the major broadcast
partner for the awards night with a Live Telecast to over 100 million people across
the globe. Other media partners include Africa Magic, OHTV UK, SABC South
Africa and ONTV
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