Saturday, April 14, 2012

Will Rita Dominic Win the 2012 AMAA Best Actress Award?

Rita Dominic

Will Rita Dominic Win the 2012 AMAA Best Actress Award?

1. Nse Ikpe Etim - Mr & Mrs
2. Yvonne Okoro - Single Six
3. Ama K. Abebrese - Ties That Bind
4. Rita Dominic - Shattered
5. Uche Jombo - Damage
6. Millicent Makheido - 48
7. Kudzai Sevenzo-Nyarai - Playing Warriors

The competition for the African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) 2012 Best Actress in a Leading Role will definitely be between the Nigerian actresses Rita Dominic for Shattered, Nse Ikpe Etim for Mr & Mrs and Uche Jumbo for Damage versus the South African actresses Millicent Makheido for 48 and Kudzai Sevenzo for Playing Warriors.

The nominees for the African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) 2012 Best Actress in a Leading Role are among the best actresses in the continent and from all the reviews by film critics, everyone of them deserves to win the highly coveted trophy, but the prize can only be won by one actress.

Of the three leading Nigerian actresses, I am tipping Rita Dominic, because she gave an Oscar performance in her gripping role as Keziah Njema in the Kenyan movie Shattered by Gilbert Lukalia and is the most challenging in all her years of acting so far.

Rita Dominic in Shattered.

Nse Ikpe Etim as Mrs. Abba in Mr & Mrs by Ikechukwu Onyeka is not the best she can do so far as she admitted herself.

Nse Ikpe Etim

“Let me say that my most challenging role hasn’t come yet. I am grateful to the directors I have worked with and their impact on me. I am also grateful for those productions, but I still think that we can go further. I haven’t reached the point that I will say I can’t do this anymore. So I think I still have the most challenging roles ahead of me. It is still yet to come,” Nse said.

Yvonne Okoro as Titania in Pascal Amanfo‘s Single Six is commendable, but cannot be compared to Rita Dominic’s role as the troubled young woman Keziah Njema whose traumatic childhood in a seemingly ideal middle class family becomes a precursor to a life of turmoil, depression, and self destructive behaviour. This role brought out the best in Rita’s acting prowess beyond all the previous roles she has played in scores of Nollywood movies.

Yvonne Okoro

Rita’s closest challenger in this psychoanalytical scenario is Uche Jombo as Sarah in Moses Inwang’s Damage as she really portrayed the manic depressive insanity of a traumatized abused woman for which film critics have said is her best performance to date.

Uche Jumbo

I don’t see Ama K. Abebrese as Buki Ocansey in Ties That Bind as a strong contender even though she won the 2011 African Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role in Leila Djansi’s multiple award winning Sinking Sands. In fact, Leila Djansi the same director of Ties That Bind said Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde as Adobea Onyomena would have been a better contender than Ama K. Abebrese and was surprised when the Chairman of the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) Screening Committee, Shaibu Shaibu Hussein defended their choice of the Ghanaian actress.

Ama K. Abebrese

"…As far as we are concerned, the story of Ties that Bind revolves round the medical doctor who returns to revive the village clinic and encounters two other women with situations that bound them. The filmmaker may have intended for all three ladies to play lead, but in terms of the 'weighting' of the roles played by each character, Ama K is lead while the others, including Ebbe Bassey (the woman with the daughter that was defiled and infected), assist in advancing her story., " said Mr. Husseini.

Kudzai Sevenzo

Millicent Makheido

The beautiful Millicent Makheido who played Margaret Mphahlele "Maggie" in Bonginhlanhla Ncube’s 48 and Zimbabwean Kudzai Sevenzo who played Nyarai in Rumbi Katedza’s Playing Warriors are the other strong contenders who will really threaten Rita’s chances.

~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima, Founder of Eko International Film Festival (EKOIFF) and Screen Naija One Village, One Cinema Project is a Lagos based Nigerian author, TV/Film producer and publisher.

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