FILMMAKERS, actors and actresses and musicians will next month storm Malawi for the 2012 edition of the African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA), slated for March 14 to 17, 2013.Afro-pop stars, P-Square is expected to showcase his talents during the show. Chief Executive Officer, AMAA, Mrs. Peace Anyiam Osigwe made the revelation at a press conference at Crossroads Hotel in Lilongwe, Malawi.
“Malawi has beautiful scenery for film making and can also become one of the good countries in the film making industry in Africa,” she said, stressing that film making is an easy job since people tell stories about day to day experiences within their cultural setups. Already the show has been endorsed by President Joyce Banda. Special Assistant to President Banda, Martha Chikuni told journalists that the President is impressed with the project, stressing that it will accord an opportunity to young Malawians to become vibrant film makers. “Let me tell you that the President is in full support of this initiative which will only not benefit young Malawians but also boost economic growth of the country,” Chikuni said.
AMAA Administrative Secretary, Tony Anih says that the event will take three days and will not only accommodate celebrities from across Africa, but also the Malawian business community and political class. “The government and people of Malawi are excited about the prospect of having movie icons and other players in the motion picture industry coming to the country for the nominations event,” promised Annih in a statement. He explained the Nomination Night as an event where films that make it into the 25 categories of the awards are announced ahead of the main ceremony that will be in Lagos in April. “AMAA is a continental brand… While the award ceremony usually takes place in Nigeria, we always move the nominations event from one country to another. It is our way of promoting the ‘Africanness’ of the award… We have had the nominations previously in Burkina Faso, The Gambia, Kenya, Ghana and South Africa”. AMAA is also expected to start a training programme in the first week of March for young Malawians interested in a career in audiovisual media.