The South African film, Gugu and Andile directed by Minky Schlesinger, won the Best Film in an African Language Award at the recent African Movie Academy Awards (AAMA) in Nigeria.
Gugu and Andile picked up two more awards, Most Promising Actor (Litha Booi) and most promising actress Lungelo Dhladha.
The big winner of the evening was the Kenyan production From a Whisper, which won best film, best director, best editing, best original soundtrack and best screenplay. The film was written and directed by Wanuri Kahiu.
Here are the other winners:
BEST DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECT): Coming of Age – (Kenya)
BEST DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE): Jointly awarded to For the Best and for the Onion (Niger Republic) and Malcom’s Echo (USA/Nigeria)
BEST ANIMATION: Kono (Burkina Faso)
AMAA ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND: Seventh Heaven (Egypt)
AMAA ACHIEVEMENT IN ART DIRECTION: Michelle Bello – Small Boy (Nigeria)
AMAA ACHIEVEMENT IN MAKE-UP – Live to Remember (Nigeria)
AMAA ACHIEVEMENT IN COSTUME: Arugba (Nigeria)
AMAA ACHIEVEMENT IN VISUAL EFFECT: Battle of the Soul (Uganda)
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A CHILD ACTOR: Richard Chukwuma – Small Boy (Nigeria)
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE: Joel Okuyo Prynce – Battle of the Soul (Uganda)
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE: Mercy Johnson – Live to Remember (Nigeria)
HEART OF AFRICA AWARD FOR BEST FILM FROM NIGERIA: Arugba – Tunde Kelani
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE: Farouk Alfishawi – Seventh Heaven
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE: Funke Akindele – Jenifa