Akin Omotoso, Nigerian filmmaker, says the African Movie Academy Award (AMAA) is not about the performance of one country or industry — but of the entire continent.

The 43-year-old writer/director made this statement while speaking to TheCable Lifestyle about Nollywood’s performance at the 2017 edition of the awards which held on Saturday.

Although Nollywood movies scooped nine awards, no Nigerian actor won an individual category and only one Nigerian movie, CEO by Kunle Afolayan, clinched an award in the major categories.

When pressed on the issue, Omotoso said: “I wouldn’t say Nollywood movies didn’t meet expectation. We’re here celebrating African movie and African excellence for a year and I think everything is relative.

“It’s not about which country did better, it’s about the jury deciding which films so I don’t get bogged down with that stuff.”

Omotoso, who won the award for best director, saw his film, Vaya, clinch a total of three awards.

In his acceptance speech, he said that it took eight years to produce the South African drama.

“Each production process is different but for Vaya, those eight years made the difference,” he said.

’76, a movie about the 1976 military coup in Nigeria, won best production design, achievement in production and Lagos state award for best Nigerian film.

Oloibiri was awarded achievement in makeup while Three Wise Men took home the Tony Elumelu award for best comedy.



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