BY ADEDIWURA OKELEYE
All roads will lead to the Garden City of Port Harcourt for the 2016 African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) on Saturday, June 11, 2016. The state of Rivers will host celebrities, filmmakers and various shareholders of the movie industry from different African countries and the world as a whole.
According to Vanguard, the state government will be welcoming the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed who will lead the Federal Government delegation to the most prestigious and respected Pan-African awards designed to celebrate and recognise practitioners in the motion picture industry.
The 2015 African Movie Academy Awards was hosted by the city of Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Speaking about the decision to let Rivers State play host to the AMAAs this year, Director of Administration of the organization, Mr. Tony Anih said in a statement:
“It is a great development in the evolution of AMAA that we are back home this year having made the first voyage outside Nigeria last year to South Africa. We are indeed grateful to His Excellency, Governor Nyesom Wike, the government and good people of Rivers State for accepting to host us this year. We are set to forge a good relationship with the state, going forward. Rivers State is a very strong brand and partnering with AMAA, an equally strong continental awards brand will provide a win-win for the state and the work we do to promote Africa to the rest of the world through our films.”
The 2016 African Movie Academy Awards will be hosted by Ghollywood actor, Chris Attoh, Nollywood actor, Mike Ezuruonye and popular South African On-Air Personality, Kgopedi Lioane.
The event will take place at the Obi Wali International Conference Centre, Chief GU Ake Road, Port Harcourt.