Felicite, Senegalese movie, was the toast of the night at the 13th African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA).


The movie won six AMAAs, the most of all the contenders.

Even more remarkably, Felicite — a movie about a nightclub singer who grapples to pay for her son’s treatment after a road accident — snagged awards in three of the six major categories.

It won best film, best actress in a leading role, and best supporting actor.


Nigerian historical drama, ’76, won three awards from its eight nominations. The Izu Ojukwu-directed flick won best production design, achievement in production and Lagos state award for best Nigerian film.

Vaya, the most nominated (ten) movie picked up three awards, which include best director for Akin Omotoso and best screenplay while Queen of Katwe won two of its eight nominations.

In total, Nigeria won nine awards, inclusive of the lifetime achievement honour given to veteran comic-actor Nkem Owoh.


The event had in attendance several celebrities including Olu Jacobs, Bimbo Akintola, Ramsey Nouah, among others.

Shina Peters performed at the award ceremony which held at EKO Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Here is the full list of winners.

Best short film


A Place For Myself (Rwanda) & A Place In the Plane (Senegal)

Best animation

Got Flowers (Nigeria)

Best documentary


Mama Colonel (DRC)

Best film in an African language

Felicite‬ (Senegal)

Best film by an African living abroad


While We Live (Burkina Faso/Sweden)

Best diaspora short

90 Days (US) & Kbela‬ (Brazil)

Achievement in production design

’76‬ (Nigeria)

Achievement in costume

Queen of Katwe (Uganda)

Achievement in makeup

Oloibiri (Nigeria)

Best production

’76 (Nigeria)

Best soundtrack

Felicitè (Senegal)

Achievement in sound

Vaya (South Africa)

Achievement in cinematography

The Last Of Us (Tunisia)

Achievement in editing

Felicitè ( Senegal)

Achievement in screenplay

Vaya (South Africa)

Lagos state award for best Nigerian film

’76 (Nigeria)

Best young/promising actor

Madina Nalwanga (Queen of Katwe)

Tony Elumelu award for best comedy

3 Wise Men (Nigeria)

Best actress in a supporting role

Angelique Kidjo (CEO: Nigeria)

Best actor in a supporting role

Papi Mpaka (Felicitè: Senegal)

AMAA lifetime achievement award

Nkem Owoh (Nigeria)

Best actress in a leading role

Vero Tshanda (Felicitè: Senegal)

Best actor in a leading role

Jahwar Soudani (The Last of Us: Tunisia)

Best first feature film by a director

Daouda Coulibaly (Wulu: Mali)

Best director

Akin Omotosho (Vaya: South Africa)

Best film

Felicitè (Senegal)

Special recognition award

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