AMAA award goes to Kigali

Dorothy Wenne To Head Jury
Having hosted the 2017 edition of the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) Nominees Party in Kigali last year, many anticipated that Rwanda, which is fast becoming a major destination in Africa, might decide to bid for the main show. And with the feelers coming from Kigame’s territory, it seems that will eventually happen this year.

In line with its pan-African and Africa integration agenda, the government of Rwanda, through the Rwanda Convention Bureau and Rwanda Tourism Bureau, has agreed to host the 2018 edition of the AMAAs billed for September 22, at the Radisson Blu Hotel & Convention Centre, Kigali.

The 2018 nominees for the awards will be unveiled on July 21st at a media and industry event. German filmmaker and Berlin Film Festival curator, Dorothy Wenner has also been announced as the President of the AMAA Jury for 2018.

It will be recalled that the awards, which has been in existence since 2005 held the nominations gala event in Kigali in 2017 as part of the activities to expand the frontiers of unity and integration in Africa.

AMAA, according to the founder, Ms. Peace Anyiam-Osigwe, remains the biggest and most credible jury-based reward system for filmmakers and professionals in the motion picture industry from Africa and Africans in Diaspora.

“The interesting thing about AMAA this year is that visitors especially Africans will not struggle to have visa as all visas willbe processed on arrival. We want to thank President Paul Kagame and other African leaders that are making people’s movement within our continent very easy while we call on other African countries to have Visa on arrival policy if we can’t remove visa completely. Our people will prosper and there will be shared prosperity when we can travel and do business and even for holidays easily within Africa,” she said.

Meanwhile, AMAA recently hosted a social media-training workshop in Kigali for young people as a Corporate Social Responsibility project sponsored by Osigwe Anyiam – Osigwe Foundation, Ecobank and Rwanda Convention Bureau, which had tech resource persons drawn from Nigeria and Rwanda.

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