South African and Nigerian Movies Headline Nominations List for AMAA 2020

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South African movie, Knuckle City and Nigeria's The Milkmaid led the nomination list for this year's Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA).

Knuckle City, which directed by Jahmil X.T Quebeka bagged 12 nominations for categories including, Best Film, Best Actor, Best Director and Best Actress in Supporting role.

Knuckle City is closely followed by Desmond Ovbiagele’s The Milkmaid with eight nominations. The Ghost and The House of Truth, directed by Akin Omotosho comes in at third place with seven nominations.

The Milkmaid, inspired by the abduction of Chibok school girls in North-east Nigeria, tells the story of a Fulani Milkmaid in search of her younger sister while confronting the terrorist who kidnapped her. The movie stars Anthonieta Kalunta, Maryam Booth and Gambo Usman.

Knuckle City, with a running time of 111 minutes was released in 2019 and combines the genre of crime and sports. It stars Bongile Mantsai, Sivuyile Ngesi, Patrick Ndlovu, amongst others.

The nominations were announced by head Jury, Steve Ayorinde on Monday after a series of postponements due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. Other nominated movies include Living in Bondage, Fisherman’s Diary, The White Line, Desrances, 40 Sticks, This is not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection and Gold Coast Lounge.

The award features over 29 categories of nominations that cut across all movie stages including editing, cinematography, sound, production design, visual effects, amongst others.

AMAA 2020 is scheduled to hold virtually on December 20, 2020.

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