AMVCA 2023: Directing into the future
Nollywood over the years has been ridiculed for failing to pay attention to detail. Since the inception of the AMVCA in 2013, movies created have made a conscious effort with detailing.
In 2013, Akin Omotoso’s film “Man On Ground” set the tone for directors in the industry. The film which starred Hakeem Kae-Kazim and Fabian Adeoye Lojed, was the rejuvenation the industry needed.
Shirley Frimpong-Manso’s Contract (2014), Kunle Afolayan’s October 1(2015), Izu Ojukwu’s ’76 (2017), and Jade Osiberu’s Isoken (2018), all won at the AMVCA and showcased a bright future for movies in the country.
Ramsey Nouah in 2020 and 2022 further raised the bar for directing in the country with his movies Living In Bondage (2020) and Rattlesnake: The Ahanna Story (2022) win back to back awards in the best director category at the AMVCA after the event failed to hold in 2021.
The 9th edition of the AMVCA will take place from the 18th – the 20th of May, 2023, and will see top directors battle for the ultimate bragging right.
The nominees for the 2023 AMVCA best director include Adebayo Tijani and Tope Adebayo [King of Thieves (Agesinkole)], Babatunde Apalowo (All The Colours of the World are between Black and White), Bolanle Austen-Peters (Man of God), Dimeji Ajibola (Shanty Town), Jade Osiberu (The Trade), Kunle Afolayan (Anikulapo), Loukman Ali (Brotherhood), Mugisha Herbert Morris (Tembele), Obi Emelonye (Black Mail) and Tolu Ajayi/Fiyin Gambo/Ifeoma Chukwuogo/James Omokwe (Diiche).
This impeccable list of directors only speaks of one thing, the future of Nollywood is indeed bright.