No award for Malawi movies at Amaa 2018


By Sam Banda Jnr:

Three Malawi films namely Nyasaland by Joyce Mhango Chavula, The Road to Sunrise by Shemu Joyah and My Mother’s Story by Flora Suya failed to shine at the 2018 Africa Movie Academy Awards (Amaa) held in Kigali, Rwanda, on Saturday.

Despite receiving five nominations, Joyah’s The Road to Sunrise which won the Best Movie–Southern Africa in 2018 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCAs) missed out on all the five awards.


Chavula’s Nyasaland and Suya’s My Mother’s Story which got a nomination each also missed out.

According to www., Nollywood once again dominated the Amaa 2018 awards in its 14th edition, scooping 14 awards.

However, the biggest single winner of Amaa 2018 was Michael Matthew’s Five Fingers for Marseilles from South Africa.


The film picked up five awards including the biggest award of the night—Award for Best Film.

The event according to, which lasted until the early hours of Sunday, was spiced up by performances from acts such as Rude Boy and Psquare.

Joyah, who travelled to venue of the event could not be reached for his comment yesterday.

But he said before departure that he was happy that his film got five nominations.

In 2013, his second film The Last Fishing Boat also got more nominations but managed to get one award—Best Soundtrack.

The Road to Sunrise, which has also been submitted to the 2019 Oscars, among others, missed the Award for Achievement in Cinematography, which went to Five Fingers for Marseilles.

The film also missed the Award for Best Director which went to Frank Rajah Arase for the film In My Country.

Joyah’s film, was also nominated in the category of Award for Best Film which went to Five Fingers For Marseilles.

The film also missed the Award for Achievement in Soundtrack, Award for Achievement in Make-up, Award for Achievement in Sound and Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role.

Chavula’s Nyasaland failed to scoop the Ousmane Sembene Award for Best Film in an African Language, which went to Five Fingers for Marseilles.

Nyasaland also got a nomination in the 2018 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCAs) but it lost out to Joyah’s The Road to Sunrise.

The other films that were nominated in this category were Mansoor (Nigeria), Icheke Oku (Nigeria), Agwaetiti Obiuto (Nigeria) and Tunu (Tanzania).

“I was sure we would at least come out with two or three awards but it has not happened. It is not a good development but we accept it. The good thing is we had three movies from Malawi this year which was not the case in the past,” Chavula said.

The actress and filmmaker, who made history for Malawi in 2016, scooping the AMVCAs Best Movie–Southern Africa, said the country is making progress in the film industry.

“We should not lose hope. As I have always said there potential and all we need is support and, as filmmakers, we should keep on working hard,” Chavula said.

The filmmaker did not travel to the venue of the awards.

Suya’s My Mother’s Story missed the Best First Feature Film by a Director. The winner in the category was Five Fingers for Marseilles by Michael Mathews.

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