10 Nigerian Actors Who Have Won Africa Movie Academy Awards
The Africa Movie Academy Awards , popularly known as AMAA and The AMA Awards , are presented annually to recognize excellence among professionals working in, or non-African professionals who have contributed to, the African film industry. It was founded by Peace Anyiam-Osigwe and is 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 media representatives, celebrities, politicians, journalists, actresses and actors from all across the world. The AMA Awards are widely considered to be Africa's most important film event and the most prestigious film award in Africa.
Here are 11 nigerian actors who ahce won the awards:
#1. OC Ukeje
Okechukwu Ukeje , known as OC Ukeje is Nigerian actor, model and musician. He came into prominence after winning the Amstel Malta Box Office (AMBO) reality show. He has featured in several award winning films including Two Brides and a Baby ,Hoodrush, Alan Poza, Confusion Na Wa and Half of a Yellow Sun.
Okechukwu Ukeje, a native of Umuahia was born and bred in Lagos State , Nigeria. He is the second child of a family of three.
He won AMAA 2008 Prize for Best Upcoming Actor (White Waters ), AMAA 2008 Prize for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Check Point ), AMAA 2013 Prize for Best Actor in a Leading Role ( Alan Poza), AMAA 2016 Prize for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Ayanda ) and AMAA 2015 Prize for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Love or Something Like That ).
#2. Kanayo O. Kanayo
Anayo Modestus Onyekwere, popularly known as Kanayo O. Kanayo , born March 1, 1962 in Mbaise , Imo State , Nigeria, is a Nigerian actor. In 2006 he won the African Movie Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role.
In 1992, Kanayo made his debut movie appearance in the film Living in Bondage. Kanayo has starred in over 100 films.
He is currently a United Nations ambassador and bears the title of MFR. Kanayo along with Kenneth Nnebue (producer of Living in Bondage ), Olu Jacobs, Enoch Adeboye , Queen Elizabeth and Fela Kuti were among Nigerians honored by the government in 2014 during the centenary celebration.
He won AMAA 2006 Prize for Best Actor in a Leading Role ( Family Battle ), AMAA 2008 Prize for Best Actor in a Lead Role (Across the Niger) and AMAA 2014 Prize for Best Actor in a Lead Role (Apaye ).
#3. Mike Ezuruonye
Mike is from Uzoakoli in Abia State , Nigeria. He was born on September 21, 1982 in Lagos . He attended the Federal Government College ,Wukari , Taraba and Archbishop Aggey Memorial school, Lagos before studying Accounting at Nnamdi Azikiwe University. He worked as a banker prior to becoming an actor. He has featured in several Nollywood movies.
He won AMAA 2008 Prize for Best Actor in a Supporting role (Black Friday), AMAA 2008 Prize for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Mirror of Reality ) and AMAA 2009 Prize for Best Actor in a Leading Role ( The Assassin ).
#4. Osita Iheme
Osita Iheme, MFR, born 20 February 1982, is a Nigerian actor. He is widely known for playing the role of Pawpaw in the film Aki na Ukwa alongside Chinedu Ikedieze . He is the founder of Inspired Movement Africa which he founded to inspire, motivate and stimulate the minds of young Nigerians and Africans. In 2007, Iheme received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the African Movie Academy Awards. He is considered to be one of Nigeria's most famous actors. In 2011, he was honored as a Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR) by President Goodluck Jonathan.
He won AMAA 2006 Prize for Best Actor in a Leading Role ( Secret Adventure ) and AMAA 2011 Prize for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (The Mirror Boy ).
#5. Justus Esiri
Justus Esiri, 20 November 1942 – 19 February 2013, was a veteran award-winning Nigerian actor, generally considered to be one of the pillars of Nollywood with an acting career that goes way back to the 1960s. He came into prominence for his role in popular Nigerian Television Authority TV-series The Village Headmaster and the film adaptation of Chinua Achebe 's book Things Fall Apart. He was honoured as the inaugural recipient of the " Goodluck Jonathan Lifetime Achievement award" at the 2013 Nollywood Movies Awards . The Nigerian government honoured him with several National honours with the highest being an Officer of the Order of the Niger , OON for his contribution to the development of Film-Making in Nigeria. He is the father of popular Mavin Records Musician Dr Sid.
He was awarded AMAA 2006 Prize for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Rising Moon ) and, posthumously, AMAA 2013 Prize for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Assassin's Practice ).
#6. Desmond Elliot
Desmond Elliot, born Desmond Oluwashola Elliot ; 4 February 1974, is a Nigerian actor, director, and politician who has starred in over two hundred films and a number of television shows and soap operas. He was elected as a lawmaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Surulere Constituency, in the 11 April 2015 Nigerian General Elections.
He was awarded AMAA 2006 Prize for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Behind Closed Door) and AMAA 2013 Prize for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Finding Mercy ).
#7. Ali Nuhu
Ali Nuhu Mohammed, born 15 March 1974, is a Nigerian actor and director. He acts in both Hausa and English movies and he also known as king of kannywood or "sarki” Ali by the media; Kannywood is the Hausa film industry headquartered in Kano, Nigeria. Ali Nuhu has appeared in more than 500 Nollywood and Kannywood films, and earned numerous accolades, Nuhu is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential actors in the history of Hausa Cinema as well as Nigerian Cinema In terms of audience size and income, he has been described as the most successful Hausa film star in the world. He is the first Nigerian celebrity to act in both the Northern Kannywood and Southern Nollywood of the country with full dominance and bringing the two cinemas together.
He won AMAA 2007 Prize for Best Upcoming Artist (Sitanda ) and AMAA 2013 Prize for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Blood and Henna).
#8. Olu Jacobs
Oludotun Baiyewu Jacobs , born 11 July 1942, known professionally as Olu Jacobs, is an internationally acclaimed Nigerian actor and film executive. He has starred in several British television series and international films. Olu Jacobs has been hailed by many as one of the greatest and most widely respected African actors of his generation. Together with Pete Edochie, Justus Esiri, Enebeli Elebuwa and Sam Loco Efe , he is considered by several media, film commentators, critics, and other actors to be one of the most influential African actors of all time, and is widely regarded as a cultural icon.
Fondly called Uncle Olu by his colleagues and teeming admirers, Olu Jacobs has made his mark in the Nigeria's movie industry. With more than 40 years acting experience under his belt, Jacobs is seen as a bridge between the old and new breed of actors. Trained at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, England, Jacobs remains one of Africa's creative gifts to the world, having worked with various repertoire theatres in Britain and starred in some international movies.
Olu Jacobs has distinguished himself as a godfather in Nollywood, paving a successful path for many emerging actors and actresses in the industry. His love for acting was inspired by the late legendary film maker, Hubert Ogunde's annual concert party which held at Colonial Hotel in Kano, thereafter, he travelled to England where he studied acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. He has been described as 'one of Nollywood 's finest actors, best role interpreter and the best manipulator of words'. For his dedication to his acting career spanning over five decades, he was honoured with the Industry Merit Award for outstanding achievements in acting at the 2013 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards.' Also, AMAA conferred its Lifetime Achievement Awards on him in 2016.
Olu Jacobs is married to veteran actress Joke Silva. The couple founded and operate the Lufodo Group, a media corporation that consists of film production, distribution assets and the Lufodo Academy of Performing Arts.
In 2020 there were rumours of Jacobs' death, however the actress Kemi Lala Akindoju rejected these reports.
He won AMAA 2007 Prize for Best Actor in a Lead Role (Dancing Heart ) and AMAA 2017 Prize for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Oloibiri ).
#9. Ramsey Nouah
Ramsey Nouah, born Ramsey Tokunbo Nouah Jr. ; 19 December 1970, is a Nigerian actor and director. He made his directorial debut with the film Living in Bondage: Breaking Free in 2019.
Nouah was born in Lagos to an Israeli father and a Yoruba mother who hails from Owo ,Ondo State . He grew up in Surulere, Lagos , where he attended Atara Primary School and Community Grammar School. He obtained a diploma in mass communications at the University of Lagos , after which he pursued a career in acting.
He was awarded AMAA 2010 Prize for Best Actor in a Lead Role (Figurine ) and AMAA 2017 Prize for Best Actor in a Lead Role (76 ).
#10. Richard Mofe Damijo
Richard Eyimofe Evans Mofe-Damijo, popularly known as RMD, born 6 July 1961, is a Nigerian actor and former Commissioner for Culture and Tourism in Delta State.
He won AMAA 2005 Prize for Best Actor in a Lead Role (The Mayors ) and AMAA 2017 Prize for Best Actor in a Lead Role ( Oloibiri ).
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