Will Malawi shine again at Amaa?


By Sam Banda Jnr:

The 14th edition of the 2018 Africa Movie Academy Awards (Amaa) will be held Saturday in Kigali, Rwanda.

The awards were expected to be held on September 22 but were shifted to Saturday .


Three Malawian films— The Road to Sunrise by Shemu Joyah, Nyasaland by Joyce Mhango-Chavula and My Mother’s Story by Flora Suya— have received nominations in 2018.

Joyah’s award-winning film, which triumphed in the 2018 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards after scooping Best Movie–Southern Africa recently, tops the bill with seven nominations.

The film has received nominations in the categories of Best Director, Best Film, Best Actress in a Leading Role, Achievement in Make-up, Sound, Cinematography and Soundtrack.


Suya and Mhango-Chavula’s films have one nomination each.

Joyah said Thursday he would attend the awards ceremony alongside his wife and actress Miriam Phiri.

He leaves this afternoon.

“I would have loved to have the cast attend the ceremony but we do not have enough resources as we have to pay for our own flights and food. Organisers will only provide expenses for accommodation,” he said.

Joyah said he was looking forward to the event.

“We are looking forward to carrying the day. Malawi has done well and shown potential and all we need is support,” he said.

On their part, Suya and Mhango-Chavula said they were equally optimistic.

Joyah’s The Road To Sunrise has joined the race for the Best Foreign Language in Oscars 2019.

The Malawi Oscars selection committee announced the selection of Joyah’s film last week.

The film is among 87 foreign language films that will compete in the Best Foreign Language category.

The 91st Oscars will be held on February 24 2019 at Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, United States of America.

This is Malawi’s first entry.

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