The Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) has Hon. Steve Oluseyi Ayorinde as president of the jury for the year 2020 honors.
Steve Ayorinde has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors of AMAA, a pioneer of the Academy, which has been with the Academy for sixteen years, for over ten years.
The jury chief for the 2020 edition of the award is the immediate commissioner for tourism, arts and culture in the state of Lagos, Nigeria. He previously served as commissioner for information and strategy when he was appointed on 19 October 2015 by Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, former governor of Lagos State, was sworn in. He was also previously the managing director / editor-in-chief of the newspaper National Mirror. , and before that, the editor of the newspaper The Punch in Nigeria.
He is also regarded as one of Nigeria’s most renowned film and art critics, having served on the Juries for some of the world’s most acclaimed film festivals and awards, such as the Toronto International Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival . and Mumbai International Film Festival. He returns from a 4-year sabbatical year to his normal circle, which is the film industry. This is the second time he would be the president of the AMAA jury.
Organizers of AMAA in a statement signed by the founder, me. Peace Anyiam-Osigwe, noted that the year 2020 was a compelling and interesting year with the COVID-19 pandemic negatively affecting the creative and tourism sector worldwide. The statement added that AMAA could not think of a more experienced personality who could embrace the film industry at the moment than Mr. Ayorinde, which is expected to inspire filmmakers across Africa and the Diaspora in an era in which the industry needs inspiration.
The nominations for the awards in all the categories will be announced on November 20, 2020, and the AMA Awards event will be held on December 20, 2020.
“Because of the pandemic, there were delays and changes in the date this year because we hoped the world would open up so we could physically rally for the AMAAs. Film production and awards are about team and network, rooms filled with happiness, laughter, wine, dances and cheers, for the hard work of the year.Unfortunately, COVID-19 made it impossible as the world goes through the second wave of barriers and Nigeria continues to recover after the aftermath of the #EndSARS dilemma– where youths demanded for the renewal of the values of togetherness, a better police force, better Nigeria and Africa.While we meet for the 16th edition of AMAA, it is to reward the Afrikaans film and accept the fact that we are already working even in this difficult and difficult times, ”reads the statement.
The founder of AMAA promises that all professionals in the film and creative industries will once again recover from the impact of the coronavirus.
“We pray that every filmmaker will be cured and survive this pandemic physically, commercially and economically, because the world has seen our industry completely drained by the complexity of our inability to work at the moment. As we in the show business , ‘the show must go on.’ Sign up for all our networks for the announcement of the nominees on 20 November 2020, and look out for AMAA 2020 on 20 December as we celebrate Afrikaans theater – which will be the 16th edition this year.We have chosen HOPE as the theme for this year’s celebration, because that’s what kept the world going. And we’re sure our hope will not let us down. “