Malawi to host 2013 African Movie Awards: P–Square coming

Malawi has been chosen to host this year’s African Movie Awards (AMA) slated for March this year and popular Nigerian Afro-pop duo P-Square is expected to be among the key performers at the event.

A Nigerian Africa Movie Academy Film Maker Chief Executive Officer, Peace Anyiam Osigwe disclosed this on Thursday during a news conference held at Crossroads Hotel in Lilongwe.

Osigwe said before conducting this year’s African Movie Awards there will be a pre-concert by the popularly known music icons P-Square to make the Awards more attractive to the film making and arts industry.

She said Malawi has the potential to have more young people in the film making industry because she said the country’s scenery was conducive for film making.

Special Assistant to the President Martha Chikuni second from right at the Press Conference for the African Movie Award.

Special Assistant to the President Martha Chikuni second from right at the Press Conference for the African Movie Award.

Chikuni: President Joyce Banda who has since endorsed AMAA's Film in a Box project set to offer training programme to the locals,

Chikuni: President Joyce Banda has endorsed AMAA’s Film in a Box project set to offer training programme to the locals

“Malawi has beautiful scenery for film making and can also become one of the good countries in the film making industry in Africa,” said Osigwe.

Osigwe explained that film making is an easy job because she said people tell their own stories about day to day experiences within their cultural setups.

AMAA organisers met President Joyce Banda who has since endorsed AMAA’s Film in a Box project set to offer training programme to the locals who would be interested to venture into film making.

She said after the training her academy will establish a film making studio and provide equipment to enable those that will be trained to make use of it for film making activities.

Special Assistant to President Banda, Martha Chikuni said the Malawi leader is impressed with the project which will accord an opportunity to young Malawians to become vibrant film makers.

Chikuni said the President will provide full support to the project to ensure that a lot of Malawians benefit from the academy.

“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.

Tony Anih, the Administrative Secretary of AMAA, says that the event will take three days (March 14-17) 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 Anih 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”.

Alongside the action, the Africa Film Academy will start a training programme in the first week of March for young Malawians interested in a career in audiovisual media.

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