Cameroonian Movie Wins ‘Best African film of 2013’ at AMA Awards


A scene from 'Ninah's Dowry'

A scene from ‘Ninah’s Dowry’

For the first time ever in an Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) or Africa’s Oscars, a Cameroonian movie has won the Special Jury Award in order words, the award for Africa Movie Academy Awards Best African film of 2013. The Movie is this discussion is called ‘Ninah’s Dowry’ written, produced and directed by Cameroonian born filmmaker and director Victor Viyuoh.“Special Jury Award” is usually “A special Award” given to someone (Actor, Producer, Director, Filmmaker etc) chosen by the jury to recognize a great performance by either an actor, Producer, Director, Filmmaker for that year or for years past.Special Jury Awards are usually awarded with a cash prize and in some cases a certificate of merit. Special Jury Award recipients usually represent the best productions from that Competition. It should be noted that on that night, three films, “Elelwani” from South Africa, “Nairobi Half Life” from Kenya and “Ninah’s Dowry” from Cameroon were battling for the prestigious title of Best African film of 2013.africdating ad

It is a big issue. Cameroon’s Ninah’s Dowry won the prestigious title of “Best African film of AMAA 2013 beating “Elelwani” from South Africa, and “Nairobi Half Life” from Kenya. Ninah’s Dowry was originally nimonated for seven (7) Africa Movie Academy Awards in the following categories: AMAA 2013 Prize For Achievement in Make-up; Prize For Achievement in Screenplay; Prize For Best Child Actor; Prize For Best Actress in a Leading Role (Mbufung Seikeh); For Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Crista Eka); For Best Actor in a Leading Role (Amurin Wumnembom); and finally AMAA 2013 Prize For Best Film. To have an idea of the movie being discussed please read a synopsis of Ninah’s Dowry below.

SYNOPSIS (Summary of the Movie) NINAH’S

DOWRY

About The Director VICTOR VIYUOH

victor Viyuoh (Director)VICTOR VIYUOH is a WRITER, PRODUCER & DIRECTOR. He is the Director of the Africa Movie Academy Awards winning movie ‘Ninah’s Dowry’ and according to the official website of Ninah’s Dowry; he was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Independent Filmmakers to watch.

Victor Viyuoh wrote and directed the short film MBOUTOUKOU which was filmed entirely in Cameroon, Africa. In one year on the circuit, Mboutoukou played at over 100 festivals including Venice in Italy, New Directors/New Films and Rotterdam. Beginning with its nomination for the 2002 Student

 

Academy Awards, Mboutoukou won over 20 awards including Best Short at SXSW, Best Short film at Urbanworld, and the Rights of the Child Award at the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival. Victor is an alumnus of USC’s School of Cinema-Television and IFP/LA’s Directors and Screenwriters labs.

Watch the Trailer of the Africa Movie Academy Awards winning movie ‘Ninah’s Dowry’

Main Characters of the Cast of Ninah’s Dowry

ANURIN NWUNEMBOM (as Memfi)

ANURIN_headshotAnurin caught the performing bug in High School and gave up the pursuit of Law to obtain a degree in Performing Arts at the University of Buea. He went on to Produce and Direct plays staged by the University Theater Troupe. Through workshops and hands on experience he developed Screenwriting and Film Production skills which he has put to the test as 2nd AD, Casting Director, Writer and Director of several shorts. On Ninah’s Dowry he was able to pull these skills together both in front of the camera as the villain, Memfi, and behind the camera as the Unit Production Manager.

MBUFUNG SEIKEH (as Ninah)

ECU_NinahMbufung is a graduate of Linguistics at the University of Buea. As part of the University Theater troupe she performed in several productions. Since graduation she has appeared in several shorts and Ninah’s Dowry is her fourth feature and her first lead.

 

CRISTA EKA (as Clarise)

EKA_CLARISEEKA is a multitalented entertainer whose acting credits include three features and national print campaigns. She recently produced and directed her first short, Doormat, and looks forward to working regularly both in front of and behind the camera.

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