Somalian film 'The Gravedigger's Wife' sweeps AMAA 2021 wins [See full list of winners]

The Khadar Ayderus Ahmed directed film scooped six wins at the just concluded Africa Movie Academy Awards.

The Gravedigger's Wife AMAA winner [Screen Daily]

The African Academy Awards (AMAA) returned to its pre-Covid glory on Sunday 17 October for its 17th edition after a previous year spent struggling through production woes. Recall that the 2020 edition held without physical attendance in line with government guidelines of Covid-19.

With nominations announced in October, Sunday night's air was expectedly thick with anticipation for major categories including the spotlighted 'Best Actress in a Leading Role' category which saw the nomination of Nollywood royalties Rita Dominic and Funke Akindele-Bello. Both actresses, however, lost to Uganda star Joan Agaba for her role in the Morris Mugisha directed film 'Stain'.

The highest win for the night went to Somalia's 'The Gravedigger's Wife' with six of nine nominations including the 'Best Film' category. Nigeria's 'Eyimofe' followed closely with five of seven nominations.

Here is a full list of winners:

AMAA 2021 AWARD FOR BEST FILM

Mission To Rescue (Kenya)

Fried Barry (South Africa)

The Gravedigger's Wife (Somalia) (WINNER)

Stain (Uganda)

Eyimofe (Nigeria)

Hairareb (Namibia)

Nyara: The Kidnapping (Tanzania)

Black Medusa (Tunisia)

AMAA 2021 AWARD FOR BEST YOUNG/ PROMISING ACTOR

Wilmah Muremera - Shaina (WINNER)

Oluwabamike Olawunmi-Adenibuyan - Collission Course

Faith Fidel - Where I Come From

David Weda - Bangarang

Bertha Abdallah - Nyara (The Kidnapping)

Hannah Sukali - Fatsani: A Tale Of Survival

AMAA 2021 AWARD FOR BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Mulshid Mugabire - Monica

Kelechi Udegbe - Colission Course (WINNER)

Mehdi Hajri - Black Medusa

Cameron Scott - Hotel on the Koppies

Bimbo Manuel - Gone

AMAA 2021 AWARD FOR BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Gloria Anozie-Young - Rattlesnake: The Ahanna Story

Naana Hayford - Chasing Lullaby

Tumi Morake - Seriously Single

Hazel Hinda - Hairareb (WINNER)

Ini Edo - The Citation

AMAA 2021 AWARD FOR BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Gary Green - Fried Barry

Lateef Adedimeji - Ayinla

Melvin Alusa - Mission To Rescue

Jude Akuwudike - Eyimofe

Omar Abdi - The Gravedigger's Wife (WINNER)

David Njavera - Hairareb

Nonso Bassey - La Femme Anjola

AMAA 2021 AWARD FOR BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Lucie Memba Bois - Buried

Funke Akindele - Omo Ghetto: The Saga

Sarah Alina Grosz - Black Medusa

Joan Agaba - Stain (WINNER)

Phumi Mthembu - African America n

Rita Dominic - La Femme Anjola

Claudine de Groot - Hairareb

AMAA 2021 AWARD FOR BEST FIRST FEATURE FILM BY A DIRECTOR

Shaina - Beatrice Masvaure Alf (Zimbabwe)

African American - Muzi Mthembu (South Africa)

Eyimofe - Chuko & Ayie Esiri (Nigeria) (WINNER)

The Gravedigger's Wife - Khadar Ahmed (Somalia) * Black Medusa - Youssef Chebbi & Ismael (Tunisia)

Fried Barry - Ryan Kruger (South Africa)

AMAA 2021 AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTOR

Gilbert Lukalia - (Mission To Rescue)

Ryan Kruger - (Fried Barry)

Khadar Ahmed - (The Gravedigger's Wife)

Morris Mugisha - (Stain)

Chuko & Ayie Esiri - (Eyimofe) (WINNER)

Oshoveli Shipoh - (Hairareb)

Ram Ally Kasongo - (Nyara/The Kidnapping)

Youssef Chebbi & Ismael - (Black Medusa)

AMAA 2021- NATIONAL FILM AND VIDEO CENSORS BOARD (NFVCB) AWARD FOR BEST NIGERIAN FILM

Rattlesnake: The Ahanna Story

Ayinla

Eyimofe (WINNER)

The Citation

Omo Ghetto: The Saga

La Femme Anjola

Collission Course

Shadow Parties

EFERE OZAKO AMAA 2021 AWARD FOR BEST SHORT FILM

Meat - Uganda (WINNER)

Enroute - Bourkina Fasso

A Better Friend - Ghana

Find Me By The River - South Africa

In Extremis - DRC

Portrait of Princess Tutu - Cote d'Ivoire

The Long Night In Abuja - Nigeria

JUBRIL MALAFIA AMAA 2021 AWARD FOR BEST ANIMATION

Room 5 - Ghana

Shaka-Inklosi Yamakhosi - South Africa

The Pyramid - Egypt

Mofiala - Togo

Lady Buckit & the Motley Mopster - Nigeria (WINNER)

A Thousand Fate - Uganda

White Nights - Algeria

AMAA 2021 AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY

Softie - Kenya (WINNER)

The Sacred Woods - Tunisia

Postcard - Morocco

Unmasked: Leadership, Trust & the Pandemic - Nigeria

Linda Under Lockdown - South Africa

Bulembu: History of a Culture - DRC

Noboth - Uganda

Zindet - Niger

AMAA 2021 AWARD FOR BEST DIASPORA SHORT FILM

Three Leaves (Haiti) - WINNER

In Other News (Canada)

Blue (US)

The Berne Identity (Switzerland)

No Comprendo (UK)

AMAA 2021 AWARD FOR BEST DIASPORA DOCUMENTARY

Akwaaba - The Awakening (US)

African Redemption: the Life of Marcus Garvey (US) - WINNER

Race Today Documentary (UK)

AMAA 2021 AWARD FOR BEST DIASPORA SHORT FILM

Three Leaves (Haiti) - WINNER

In Other News (Canada)

Blue (US)

The Berne Identity (Switzerland)

No Comprendo (UK)

AMAA 2021 AWARD FOR BEST DIASPORA DOCUMENTARY

Akwaaba - The Awakening (US)

African Redemption: the Life of Marcus Garvey (US) - WINNER

Race Today Documentary (UK)

AMAA 2021 AWARD FOR BEST DIASPORA NARRATIVE FEATURE

Ride Share (US) - WINNER

Hal King (US)

Residue (US)

MICHAEL ANYIAM OSIGWE AMAA 2021 AWARD FOR BEST FILM BY AN AFRICAN LIVING ABROAD

Black Mail - Obi Emelonye (Nigeria/UK) WINNER

First Call - Angela Onuora (Nigeria/Canada)

K.I.A.B - Eric Zoa & Oleksii Osyka (Cameroon/USA)

Gone - Daniel Ademinokan (Nigeria/US)

OUSMANE SEMBENE AMAA 2021 AWARD FOR BEST FILM IN AN AFRICAN LANGUAGE

Bangarang - Robin Odongo (Kenya)

Ayinla - Tunde Kelani (Nigeria)

The Gravedigger's Wife - Khadar Ahmed (Somalia) - WINNER

Hotel on the Koppies - Charlie Vundler (South Africa)

Nyara - Ram Ally Kasongo (Tanzania)

Stain - Morris Mugisha (Uganda)

AMAA 2021 AWARD FOR BEST DIASPORA DOCUMENTARY

Akwaaba - The Awakening (US)

African Redemption: the Life of Marcus Garvey (US) - WINNER

Race Today Documentary (UK)

AMAA 2021 AWARD FOR BEST DIASPORA NARRATIVE FEATURE

Ride Share (US) - WINNER

Hal King (US)

Residue (US)

AMAA 2021 ACHIEVEMENT IN COSTUME DESIGN

African American (WINNER)

Buried

Oba Bi Olorun

Tecora

Eagles Wing

AMAA 2021 AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN MAKE-UP

Fried Barry

Tecora

The Gravedigger's Wife (WINNER)

The Takers

Mission To Rescue

AMAA 2021 AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN VISUAL EFFECT

Nneka The Pretty Serpent

Stain

Fried Barry (WINNER)

The Takers

Mission to Rescue

AMAA 2021 AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUNDTRACK

The Citation (WINNER)

Nyara (The Kidnapper)

The Gravedigger's Wife

This Lady Called Life

Hotel on the Koppies

AMAA 2021 AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND

Hairareb

African American

The Gravedigger's Wife

Eyimofe (WINNER)

La Femme Anjola

AMAA 2021 AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION DESIGN

Tecora

The Takers

Nyara (The Kidnapping)

The Gravedigger's Wife (WINNER)

Shadow Parties

AMAA 2021 AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY

Ayinla (WINNER)

Black Medusa

Stain

Nyara (The Kidnapping)

The Gravedigger's Wife

AMAA 2021 AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN EDITING

Mission to Rescue

Omo Ghetto: The Saga

Nyala (The Kidnapping)

Fried Barry

Eyimofe

AMAA 2021 AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN SCREEN PLAY

Chasing Lullaby

Where I Come From

Stain

Colission Course (WINNER)

Hairareb

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