AMAA 2016: Port Harcourt is Ready to Host the World


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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