Malawi wins best soundtrack at Africa Movie Awards

Amidst high expectations, the huge contingent of Malawians that has travelled the Nigeria for the Africa Academy Movie Awards cast disappointed faces as only acoustic artist Agorosso emerged triumphant out of the five nominations.

The 9th Africa Movie Academy Awards winners were announced on Saturday in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State in Nigeria.

The African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) are presented annually to recognize professionals in the African movie industry.

The icing on the cake for Malawi, little known for film, is that Flora Suya got nominated for the AMAA 2013 Prize for Best Actress in a leading role for her role in ‘Last Fishing Boat’, which walked away
with four other nominations including the prize for Best Film.

Agoroso,  Lloyd Paundi
Agoroso, Lloyd Paundi

Of these, ‘The Last Fishing’ boat only won the Prize For Achievement In Soundtrack. Shire Valley musician Agorosso, real name Lloyd Paundi, provided the soundtrack for the movie.

The movie is set in Lake Malawi, Mangochi. The film shows the clash between two different civilizations, the African and the Western, and how this conflict is reflected on an ordinary Malawian family.

One day, a young tourist meets a charming young girl , the third wife of a polygamist, and promises (declares) his love. This will cause her a deep conflict that will force her to choose between her husband and the rich stranger.

The African Movie Academy Awards, popularly known as AMAA Awards, are presented annually to recognise excellence of professionals in the African film industry, including directors, actors, and writers.

It was founded by Peace Anyiam-Osigwe and run through the Africa Film Academy.

The awards are aimed at honouring and promoting excellence in the African movie industry as well as uniting the African continent through arts and culture.

The award presentation is attended by numerous international media representatives, Hollywood celebrities, Nigerian politicians, journalists and actresses and actors from all across Africa. The AMAA
awards are widely considered to be Africa’s most important film event and one of the most prestigious African film awards.

A variety of international observers have fondly called the African Movie Academy Awards the “African Oscars”.

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