The over 10 year’s partnership between Bayesla government and the African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) is yielding positive results in the socio-political development of the state, Gov. Seriake Dickson, has said.
The governor, who made the statement on Saturday night in Yenagoa at the 2014 AMAA Awards, said his administration was proud to be associated with the awards.
He said: “as a state, we are proud to be associated with this annual event mainly because of the immense benefits that are derivable from it.
“The partnership forged between Bayelsa and AMAA over the last ten years has yielded positive results.
“In the first place, the awards bring together movie producers and practitioners from across the globe to interface and share ideas,’’
Dickson added that AMAA serve as a “springboard and veritable channel’’ in showcasing the rich cultural heritage of the state.
According to him, it also contributes in the promotion of tourism and investment opportunities in Bayelsa.
The governor, who was represented by his deputy, retired Rear Adm. John Jonah, said the Federal Government recently entered into partnership with UNESCO to provide financial and technical support to the tourism industry.
He said that partnership with the UN agency would also help in the establishment of an Underwater Research and Imaging Centre in the state.
He said that his administration was committed to a `conscious re-awakening’ of the state’s cultural values to the international community with a view to harnessing budding indigenous talents inherent in the youth.
“This informed our high premium to human capacity building and we see the movie industry as one of the platform to achieving this’’ he said.
Dickson pointed out that since government alone could not provide jobs for the youths; it had resolved to encourage the talented ones amongst them in arts and other aesthetics to develop their talents.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the 2014 AMAA awards witnessed a roll call of African movie makers and practitioners from across the continent.
The ceremony, which was presided by a 10 -member jury headed by Mr Steve Ayorinde, a renowned journalist, film and art critic, was drawn into thirty various categories of movie excellence.
The Chief Executive of AMAA, Mrs Peace Anyiam-Osigwe (MFR), said that part of the objective of the awards, was to reward excellence in African cinema.
She said that non recognition and acknowledgement which had over the years characterised African films and arts, made her to set up the Film Makers Cooperatives.
“After my over 27 years of stay in the UK, I realised the difficulties black film makers faced in getting access to funds.
“So, as the network of film makers’ cooperatives grew in Nigeria, I recognised it was time to set up the African Film Academy to project an African creative film industry as an economic power-house.
NAN reports that nominations for African movie awards featured films from Nigeria, Ghana, South African, Kenya, Morocco, Burkina Faso, Gabon, Mozambique, Mauritius, Uganda, Ethiopia and Mali.
The nominations for the best Diaspora films and documentaries featured films and short stories from Denmark, Trinidad and Tobago, USA, Venezuela, Jamaica, Canada, and Curaçao.
Some of the films and documentaries that came tops in various categories, include, “Bfor Boy’’ a Nigeria movie which was adjudged the best “African Language Film’’.
Others are: Hamu Beya (Kenyan), Best African Documentary; Khumba (South Africa), Best African Animation; Northern Affair (Ghana), Best African Film in Production Design, and Potomanto (Ghana), Best African Film in Achievement in Editing.
Actors and Actresses who won awards for excellence include, popular Nollywood actress, Patience Ozokwor, “Best Actress in a Supporting Role’’ and kid sensation, Lebohang Ntsane from Lesotho, who won “Best Child Actor’’.
South African Mothusi Mogano, emerged the “Best Actor in a Leading Role’’, with his performance in the movie “Of Good Report”, while Nigeria’s Clarion Chukwura won the “Best Actress in a Leading Role’’