Nollywood Rules 2017 AMAA Nominations

The Nigerian movie industry, Nollywood, once again dominated the African movie stage as it received the highest numbers of nomination for the 2017 installment of the Africa Movie Academy Awards.

In the general competitive categories, Nollywood earned 43 nods from a total of 136 beating its closest rival the South-African movie industry by more than fifteen nominations.

Nigerian films also recorded a surprising three nominations from four in the Best Animation category which had never been a strong genre within the Nigerian movie circle. The animations include Abiola Tayo-Afolabi’s ‘Gyrow’ about malaria.

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Izu Ojukwu’s ‘76’, Kunle Afolayan’s ‘CEO’, Steve Goukas’ ‘93 Days’ and Curtis Graham’s ‘Oloibiri’ earned multiple nominations in various categories including in technical and acting classes.

Also, Nollywood provides two contenders for the coveted award for Best Film in Izu Ojukwu’s ‘76’ and ’93 Days’ about the dark days when Nigeria battled the Ebola disease virus in 2014.

Multiple Grammy Award winner Angelique Kidjo goes head-to-head with Somkele Idhalama from ’93 Days’, Taiwo Ajai Lycet from ‘Oloibiri’, Theresa Edem from ‘Ayamma’ for the Best Supporting Actress prize for her role as the enigmatic Dr Zimmerman in kunle afolayan’s ‘CEO’.

Nollywood, despite all its critical commendations and international recognition even at the world stage when it headlined a segment of the Toronto International Film Festival, failed to provide a worthy candidate in the cinematography category.

Shaibu Husseini, a member of the AMAA jury, explained that the category considered a combination of camera works and lighting to determine who deserved a nomination.

“For us cinematography is beyond drone shots,” Husseini said in a telephone conversation with Entertainment News on Channels Television.

“We found out that some of the movies didn’t do well when you consider camera and lighting as a unit. Some of them to many static shots, while the ones with beautiful camera movement lacked quality lighting”.

Ebola Anniversary: Friends Set Up Adadevoh Health Trust

adadevohThe family and friends of late Ebola heroin, Dr Stella Adadevoh, have set up an initiative in her name called, the Dr Ameyo Stella Adadevoh Health Trust.

The initiative has been designed to help Nigeria to better prepare and plan ahead of any possible infectious disease outbreak in the country.

This is to mark the one year anniversary of the containment of the deadly virus in Nigeria.

Adadevoh was the lead doctor that initiated the diagnosis and restrained the index Ebola case from going into the larger public space and spreading the virus in Nigeria.

Many Nigerians have said that the best way to immortalize those who lost their lives to Ebola in Nigeria and celebrate the survivors is the institution of an effective and efficient disease control mechanisms in most parts of the country, thereby improving and advancing Nigeria’s healthcare system.

It was a trying time for Nigeria and her health system between July 20, 2014 when the Liberian-American, Patrick Sawyer, imported the Ebola virus into the country and October 19 when the spread of the disease ended.

First Consultant Medical Center in Lagos, the hospital where the index case landed, bore the most impact.

Four of the hospital’s doctors and nurses, including late Dr. Stella Adadevoh, lost their lives defending the nation’s public health. The total number of deaths finally stood at eight while 12 other people who were infected survived.

The World Health Organisation declared Nigeria Ebola-free on October 20, 2014 and many worldwide have been trying to learn from Nigeria how it contained the deadly virus.

However, the WHO declaration stated that education and training on infectious diseases influence policies to ensure better quality healthcare for all patients.

It also highlighted the need to promote local research into causes and treatment of infectious diseases, which would assist in the prevention and control of infectious disease outbreaks and epidemics.

Reps Recommend Scholarships For Ebola Heroine, Adadevoh’s Children

EbolaThe House of Representatives has urged the Federal Government to give scholarships to the children of late Dr Ameyo Adadevoh for her sacrifice in preventing further spread of Ebola in the country back in 2014.

This followed a motion by Rep Akinade Taofeek, who also urged the federal government to consider a posthumous national honour for the late doctor in recognition of her heroic sacrifice.

Rep Taofeek also said that the “effort, courage and sacrifice of those persons who lost their lives in the course of treating Patrick Sawyer need to be acknowledged, including the management and other staff of the hospital.”

The lawmaker said that the sacrifice of Dr. Adadevoh saved the country from further spread of the deadly disease, which calls for a gesture from the federal government to her children.

A movie, ’93 Days’ has been produced to demonstrate the bravery of the late Dr. Adadevoh and her colleagues from their encounter with the late American-Liberian, Patrick Sawyer, who was the index case of the Ebola Virus in Nigeria.


93 Days: A Nation’s Story on Survival and Sacrifice

93 days- Steve Gukas93 Days is a movie centred on the true-life story of men and women who risked their lives and made sacrifices to save people from the consequences of the  Ebola Virus outbreak.

It was a compelling human story of dedication, sacrifice, resilience and survival.

The movie demonstrated the bravery of the late Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh and her colleagues from their encounter with the late American-Liberian, Patrick Sawyer, who was the index case of the Ebola Virus.

The movie was, however, centred towards ensuring that the right medical procedures were in place to stop the spread of the disease in the country.

In celebrating the icons, the producers celebrated their potential to stand for what is right, serve selflessly and make a difference in their world.

According to the producers, 93 Days is definitely a must-watch with a perfect blend of both local and international casts to ensure excellent quality and international exposure was achieved.

Renowned American Theatre practitioner and Filmmaker, Pemon Rami also joined the team as producer.

“Our aim is to create a feature film that would resonate with many people across the world particularly in Nigeria and its sub-region.

“At its core, 93 Days is a tale of common humanity and just how much we can achieve when we stand united.”

The project was a co-production between Michel Angelo Production, Bolanle Austen-Peters Production (BAP) and Natives Film Works.

Bolanle Austen-Peters added, “We recognize that we have to tell our own stories, we also recognize that hardly ever are all the stars aligned to allow Nigeria and Nigerians shine on the international scene, our role is to celebrate our heroes and Nigeria on the global scene.”

93 Days was directed by Steve Gukas, and produced by Bolanle Austen-Peters, Dotun Olakunri and Steve Gukas.