‘B’ella’ misses out on Africa Movie Awards


The B’ella movie produced by Dikamawoko Arts in partnership with boNGO Worldwide on Saturday failed to pull awards in the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) 2015 which were held at Broad Walk Centre in South Africa.

The film, which was written and directed by Tawonga Nkhonjera received two nominations in the categories of AMAA 2015 Award for Best Young/ Promising Actor and AMAA 2015 Award for Best First Feature Film by a Director.

But the movie found it tough to grab the awards which went to KemiLala Akindoju (Dazzling Marriage) and Hassan Spike (Boda Boda Thieves) for the Promising Actor Award and Destiny Ekaragha for Gone Too Far for Best First Feature Film Award respectively.


Nkhonjera said on Tuesday that they were sad that they missed the awards but was quick to point out that they were judged based on their film which was work in progress.

“We did not submit the revised film which we worked on and so we were judged based on the work in progress movie. Actually I have been trying to contact them but I could not go through. We did not attend the ceremony but we also did not submit the movie but we are happy that the film got two nominations,” he said.

The movie received a nomination in the category of Best Young/Promising Actor through Vinjeru Kamanga, who is the main character starring as B’ella.


In the category of Best First Feature Film by a Director, the movie notched the nomination through Nkhonjera.

The movie, whose cinematography was done by Peter Mazunda and Chipi Khonje and produced by Tereza Mirovicova and Zdenek Janacek, tells the story of B’ella (Vinjeru Kamanga), a 17- year old girl who lives and attends school in Chazunda, Blantyre.

Along with her friends she experiences the ups and downs of adolescent life – bullying, friendship, school, romantic advances and love, HIV and Aids.

This year’s nominations were announced in Los Angeles, USA.

B’ella is the only movie from Malawi which received nomination in the awards which were once again dominated by Nigeria and Ghana.

Running for the 11th year under the theme ‘The Stories never End,’ AMAA held its nomination gala for the first time in Malawi in 2013 where renowned film maker Shemu Joyah’s movie The Last Fishing Boat received five nominations.

The film went on to claim one award of Best Sound track through musician Agorosso out of the five nominations during the grand finale in Nigeria.

Last year there was one nomination for the country for actress Joyce Mhango Chavula for Best Feature Film by Director for her movie No More Tears but she failed to make it.

AMAA is a platform that projects African film industry to Africa and the rest of the world. It is a celebration of honouring excellence in African film making and cinema.

Meanwhile the Life Achievement Award went to producer Tony Vander Heyden.

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