5th Africa Movie Academy Awards

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5th Africa Movie Academy Awards
DateSaturday, April 4, 2009
SiteGloryland Cultural Center
Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, Nigeria
Hosted byKate Henshaw-Nuttal
Julius Agwu
Organized byAfrica Film Academy
Best PictureFrom a Whisper
Most awardsFrom a Whisper (5)
Most nominationsFrom a Whisper (12)

The 5th Africa Movie Academy Awards ceremony was held on April 4, 2009 at the Gloryland Cultural Center in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, Nigeria, to honor the best African films of 2008. It was broadcast live on Nigerian national television. Africa Movie Academy Award winner Kate Henshaw-Nuttal and Nigerian stand-up comedian Julius Agwu hosted the ceremony.[1] Numerous celebrities graced the event, including Timipre Sylva (the Governor of Bayelsa State) and Nollywood actresses and actors. Special guests were Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker and Hollywood actor Danny Glover.[2]

The nominees were announced on March 3, 2009 during the 21st Pan African Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO) by AMAA CEO Peace Anyiam-Osigwe. Approximately 403 entries from 54 African countries participated in the bid for an award.[1]

With a total of twelve nominations, the Kenyan film From a Whisper led the nomination count, while Uganda's Battle of the Souls and South Africa's Gugu and Andile followed with ten nominations each. Nigeria's Arugba received nine nominations, Egypt's Seventh Heaven received eight nominations, followed closely by Ghana's Agony of the Christ with seven nominations.

From a Whisper won five awards, including Best Picture, Best Director (Wanuri Kahiu) and Best Soundtrack. Gugu and Andile landed the second spot with three awards. Battle of the Souls, Seventh Heaven, Small Boy, Arugba and Live to Remember each won two awards.


Major Awards[edit]

The winners of the 23 Award Categories are listed first and highlighted in bold letters.[3]

Best Picture Best Director
Best Actress in a leading role Best Actor in a leading role
Best Actress in a Supporting Role Best Actor in a Supporting Role
  • Mercy JohnsonLive to Remember
    • Aggie Kebirungi – Battle of the Souls
    • Mosunmola Filani – Jenifa
    • Daphney Hlomoku – Gugu and Andile
    • Chika Ike – The Assassin
Most Promising Actress Most Promising Actor
  • Lungelo DhladhaGugu and Andile
    • Bhaira McwizuCindy’s Note
    • Bukola Awoyemi – Arugba
    • Lydia Farson – Scorned
    • Béa Flore Mfouemoun – Mah Sa-Sah
  • Litha BooiGugu and Andile
Best Animation Best Film in an African Language
  • Kono (Burkina Faso)
    • Leila (Burkina Faso)
    • Little Learning is different (Kenya)
    • Manani Ogre (Kenya)
    • Cheprono (Kenya)
Best Child Actor Best Screenplay

Additional awards[edit]

Best Documentary Feature Best Documentary Short
  • Coming of Age (Kenya)
    • Per Second Killer (Nigeria)
    • Santos the survivor (Kenya)
    • Lost in the South (Rwanda)
    • Congo my foot (South Africa)
AMAA Achievement in Sound AMAA Achievement in Editing
AMAA Achievement in Art Direction AMAA Achievement in Cinematography
  • Small BoyMichelle Bello
    • Five Apostles – Ifeanyi Onyeabor
    • Agony of the Christ – Jude Odoh
    • From a Whisper – Kay Tuckerman
    • Revolution – Eddybongo Uka
AMAA Achievement in Makeup AMAA Achievement in Costume
  • Live to Remember
  • Arugba
    • Agony of the Christ
    • Apaadi
    • Live to Remember
    • Seventh Heaven
Best Original Soundtrack AMAA Achievement in Visual Effect
Heart of Africa (This award is given to the Best Film in Nigeria)

Films with multiple nominations[edit]

The following films received multiple nominations.

Films with multiple awards[edit]

The following films received multiple awards.

  • 5 awards
  • 3 awards
    • Gugu and Andile
  • 2 awards
    • Arugba
    • Battle of the Soul
    • Seventh Heaven
    • Small Boy
    • Live to Remember


  1. ^ a b Okoye, Chinyere (9 April 2009). "AMAA - Africans Can Speak With One Voice". AllAfrica.com. AllAfrica Global Media. Retrieved 5 September 2010.
  2. ^ Gbemudu, Emma (8 April 2009). "AMAA 2009 - the Crash of Nollywood". AllAfrica.com. AllAfrica Global Media. Retrieved 5 September 2010.
  3. ^ "AMAA Awards and Nominees 2009". African Movie Academy Award. Archived from the original on 6 November 2014. Retrieved 6 November 2014.