Kunle Afolayan’s ‘Anikulapo‘ and C.J Obasi’s ‘Mami Wata‘ were among the top winners at the 2023 Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA).


The 19th edition of the annual awards was held at the Balmoral Convention Centre inside the Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja GRA, Lagos, on Sunday.

‘Anikulapo’ won two categories; the Ousmane Sembene award for Best Film in an African Language while  Pat Nebo, the late art director, secured the Best Achievement in Production Design.

Similarly, ‘Mami Wata’ won three categories; the Best Achievement in Make-Up, the Best Achievement in Cinematography, and the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVB) Award for Best Nigerian Film.


Tobi Bakre and Nse Ikpe Etim also won the Best Actor/Actress In A Leading Role.

Nancy Isime, Rahama Sadau and Richard Ato Turkson hosted this year’s edition of the award ceremony, which celebrates excellence in the African movie industry.

Below is the full list of winners:


Efere Ozaka Award For Best Short Film
Lions (Ethiopia) – Winner

Jubril Malaifia Award For Best Animation
Jabari (Ghana) – Winner

Best Documentary
Le Spectre de Boko Haram (Cameroon) – Winner

Ousmane Sembene Award For Best Film In An African Language
Anikulapo (Nigeria) – Winner

Michael Anyiam Osigwe Award For Best Film By An African-Born Director Living Abroad
KOFA (Nigeria/Canada) – Jude Idada – Winner


Best Diaspora Short Film
Raw Materials (Jamaica) – Directed by Sosiessia Nixon – Winner

Best Diaspora Documentary
Sound of the Police (United States) – Directed by Stanley Nelson – Winner

Best Diaspora Narrative Feature
Our Father, The Devil (United States) – Directed by Ellie Foumbi – Winner

Best Achievement in Production Design
Pat Nebo – Anikulapo – Nigeria – Winner


Best Achievement in Costume Design
Djibril Drame – Xalé – Senegal – Winner

Best Achievement in Make-Up
Campell Precious Arebamen – Mami Wata – Nigeria – Winner

Best Achievement in Soundtrack
Fight Like a Girl – Rwanda – Winner

Best Achievement in Visual Effects
Emmanuel Bassey – Gangs of Lagos – Nigeria – Winner


Best Achievement in Sound
Vianney Aube – Sira – Burkina Faso – Winner

Best Achievement in Cinematography
Lilis Soares – Mami Wata – Nigeria – Winner

Best Achievement in Editing
Bertrand Conard – Omen – DRC – Winner

Best Achievement in Screenplay

Ben Diogay Beye – Xalé – Senegal – Winner

National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVB) Award for Best Nigerian Film
Mami Wata – Winner

Best Young/Promising Actor
Maleek Sanni – Gangs of Lagos – Winner

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Jimmy-Jean Louis – Rise – Winner

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Rokhaya Niang – Xalé – Senegal – Winner

Best Actor in a Leading Role
Tobi Bakre – Brotherhood – Nigeria – Winner

Best Actress in a Leading Role
Nse Ikpe Etim – 4-4-44 (Four Four Forty-Four) – Nigeria – Winner

First Debut Feature by a Director
Baloji – Omen – DRC – Winner

Best Director
Apolline Traore – Sira – Winner

Best Film
Xalé- Senegal – Winner

Copyright 2024 TheCable. All rights reserved. This material, and other digital content on this website, may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or in part without prior express written permission from TheCable.

Follow us on twitter @Thecablestyle