Steve Ayorinde
Steve Ayorinde

Steve Ayorinde leads AMAA 2020 jury

NEWS DIGEST – The Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) has announced Steve Ayorinde, former Lagos commissioner for tourism, arts and culture, as president of its jury ahead of the 2020 edition of the annual event.

The organisers of the awards said in a statement signed by Peace Anyiam-Osigwe, AMAA founder, on Monday.

Anyiam-Osigwe said Ayorinde’s selection was informed by his wealth of experience in the creative industry, which is essential at a time the sector is trying to survive in the post-COVID-19 era.

According to her, nominations for all categories of the awards will be announced on November 20, while the main ceremony will take place on December 20.

She added that the earlier delay and change in date of event was due to the coronavirus pandemic which disrupted activities across the globe as well as the #EndSARS protest.

“This year, due to the pandemic, there has been delays and date changes because we have been hoping for the world to open up so we can congregate physically for the AMAAs,” it read.

“Film making and awards are about team and networking, rooms filled with happiness, laughter, wine, dances, and jubilations, for the year’s hard work.

“Unfortunately, COVID-19 has made it impossible, as the world goes through the second wave of lockdowns and Nigeria still recovering from the aftershock of the #EndSARS dilemma—where youths were demanding for the rejuvenation of the values of togetherness, a better police force, better Nigeria and Africa.”

The AMAA founder said the 16th edition of the event was tagged “HOPE” because “that is what has kept the world going. And we are sure our hope will not fail us.”