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The African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) is the largest and most prestigious awards ceremony for the African film industry. The awards has 53 countries participating annually. Established in 2005, hundreds of filmmakers and international celebrities have participated in AMAA’s various initiatives. Nigeria is set to host Africa and the international film community at the eighth Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA), taking place this Sunday, 22 April 2012, at the Expo Centre, Eko Hotel & Suites. Some of the biggest names from black Hollywood will be at The AMAAs, including Emmy winner and Golden Globe nominee Lynn Whitfield (The JosephineBaker Story and Without a Trace); Morris Chestnut (American Horror Story, Boyz in the Hood); Rockmond Dunbar (Prison Break, Sons of Anarchy) and Maya Gilbert (General Hospital, Days of Our Lives). Heroes star Jimmy Jean-Louis will host the prestigious awards, which will include performances from Asa, 2Face Idibia and Senegal’s Viviane Ndour. AMAA received 328 entries from across Africa in 2012, up from 220 in 2011. Nigeria has a narrow lead with 52 nominations, followed closely by South Africa with 45, Ghana with 17, and Kenya with 14. South Africa’s Otelo Burning scooped the most nominations (13), followed by South African film How 2 Steal 2 Million (11) and Nigeria’s Benin-set historical epic Adesuwa (10). The full list of nominees can be found here. Full list of ticket categories including table tickets and reservation options can be found here. Take a look at the AMAA 2012 trailer Tell a Friend. See you there!

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This article was first published on 22nd April 2012 and updated on May 10th, 2012 at 12:30 pm

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