Nollywood a secret gold mine!

Nollywood touted to be the third largest movie industry in the world after Hollywood and Bollywood.

In recent times, it has even been referred to as second to Hollywood after many argument that it is now producing more movies than its Indian counterpart. Quantity alone is what Nollywood has got to show almost two decades after its redefinition
Until recently, the industry as presumably large as it is still remains obscure to the international market that matters.

Outside Africa it is almost non-existent, Hollywood actors who have visited the country including Forest Whitaker, Danny Glover and Morris Chestnut have all admitted knowing next to nothing about this supposedly world movie power house until a little before their arrival in the country.

Having experienced the industry firsthand, albeit peripheral, these Hollywooders all admit that the industry is living way below its potentials and they have all shown interest in wanting to be a part of the industry.

However while some of them are talking the talk, Hollywood top actor, Isaiah Washington and Vivica Fox and a few others are already walking the walk.

In what appears to be the first authentic Hollywood meets Nollywood project, Washington and Fox alongside Jimmy Jean Louis, Bern Cohen and Victor Browne will be teaming up with Genevieve Nnaji, Stephanie Okereke and Desmond Elliot for a Tony Abulu flick titled Dr. Bello.

While most of these professional moviemakers feel excited about testing new career waters, they didn’t mince words sharing that knowledge of the potentials of Nollywood is also super convincing.

Washington told pressmen in Nigeria that the American government is already looking to explore the sleeping giant called Nollywood for economic reasons.

Coming to Nigeria!

Living up to its past standard, the African Movies Academy Awards brought top “Hollywood acts” to the 8th edition of the award ceremony which held on Sunday April 22, at the Expo Hall of Eko Hotel and Suites.

Visiting this year, were ‘The Best Man’ actor, Morris Chestnut who presented the statuette for the top prize of the evening ‘Movie of the Year’

Jimmy Jean Louis, who co-hosted the ceremony with Nigerian counterpart O.C Ukeje; Lynn Whitefield, who handed Majid Michel the coveted ‘Best Actor in a Lead Role’ prize; and ‘Prison Break’ co-star, Rockmond Dumba.




See what they have to say in the videos below.

“How to steal 2 Million” stole AMAA 2012 show

South African Charlie Vundla scooped Best Director and his debut film, noir thriller How 2 Steal 2 Million, was named Best Film at the eight Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA), held on Sunday night, at The Expo Centre, Eko Hotel & Suite in Lagos, Nigeria.

South African actress Terry Pheto was named Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film, which also won Best Achievement in Editing (Garreth Fradgely). With four awards, How 2 Steal 2 Millionwas the most awarded film on the night.

Nigeria’s Benin-set historical epic Adesuwa was a close second with three awards, for Costume Design, Visual Effects, and Best Nigerian Film.

South Africa’s crime drama State of Violence won Best Film in an African Language and Best Achievement in Sound.

Man on Ground, a Nigerian/South African xenophobia-themed coproduction, won the Special Jury Award – given for only the third time since the inception of AMAA – and Best Supporting Actor for South African Fana Mokoena.

Nigeria’s Rita Dominic was named Best Actress for her role in Kenyan film Shattered, while Ghanaian Majid Michel won Best Actor for his role in Somewhere in Africa.

Danny Glover’s Toussaint Louverture was named Best Diaspora Film.

Nigeria was the most awarded country on the night, receiving 12 awards, followed closely by South Africa with 10.

The pre-event kicked off with the red carpet which lasted for a while, after which the main event started with National Anthem and the founder and CEO Peace Anyiam-Osigwe gave her speech.

Anchors of the events were Ambo awards winner O.C Ukeje and Hollywood actor Jimmy Jeans Louis.

The first performance was by Nigerian Idol judge Yinka Davies, also performing was musician Edge.

After some set of awards, Senegal artiste Vilia showed their dancing skills.

Nigerian’s own queen of soul Asa thrilled the audience with her hit song “Jailer”, the audience still in the spirit of more music the two baba himself Innocent Idibia popularly called Tuface killed it with his performance.

Also in attendance were Hollywood stars Morris Chestnut, Lynn Whitfield,Maya Gilbert, Rockmond Dunbar amongst others.

So much display of emotions as the winners collected their awards.

A full list of winners

Best short films – Braids on a bald head

Best Documentary – African Election: Nigeria/Germany

Best Diaspora Feature – Toussaint Louverture: France

Best Documentary in Diaspora – The Education of Auma Obama: Germany

Best Diaspora (short film) – White Sugar in a Black Pot

Best Animation – The Legend of Ngog Hills – Kenya

Best Film by an African Living Abroad – Mystery of Birds

Achievements in Production Design – Phone Swap: Pat Nebo

Achievements in Costume Design – Adesuwa Iyen Agbonifo

Achievement in Make-up – Shattered: Sarah Wanjiru

Achievement in Soundtrack – Alero’s Symphony: Chibuzor Orji (Faze)

Achievement in Visual Effects – Adesuwa: Victor Ehi-Amedu

Achievement in Sound – State of Violence: (S.A) Jim Petrack

Achievement in Cinematography – Otelo Burning: Lance Gewer

Achievement in Editing – How to Steal 2 Million: Mick Audsley

Achievement in Screenplay – Ties that Bind: Leila DJansi (Ghana)

Best Nigerian Film – Adesuwa: Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen (Nigeria)

Best Film in African Language – State of Violence: (South Africa)

Best Child Actor – Reginna Davies

Best Young/promising Actor – Ivie Okujaye: Alero’s Symphony

Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Fano Mokena: Man on Ground

Best Actress in Supporting Role – Terry Pheto: How to Steal 2 Million

Best Actor in Leading Role – Majid Michel: Somewhere in Africa

Best Actress in a Leading Role – Rita Dominic: Shattered

Best Director – Charlie Vundla: How to Steal 2 Million

AMAA Jury Award – Man on Ground

Movie of the Year – How to Steal 2 Million