Nigerian Film Scoops Record Number of Nominations at US Awards

By Amanda Hawker

The Nigerian movie 30 Days in Atlanta has nabbed the highest number of nominations at the Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards (GIAMA). The GIAMA, which is in its third year, aims to reward outstanding contributions to the African film industry. Produced by multi-award winning Nigerian comedian, Ayo Makun (also known by his stage name, AY) 30 Days in Atlanta follows the exploits of two cousins from Nigeria who go on a package holiday to Atlanta in the USA, and the hilarity that ensues.

The film has been nominated in the following categories: Best Film (indigenous), Best Film (comedy), Best-On-Screen-Duo, Best Actor, Best Comedic Act, Best Screenplay and Best Director, Producer of The Year, Best Cinematography, as well as a Special Recognition award for Hollywood actress, Lynn Whitfield (who previously had a star turn in the role of the gold-digging and callous Victoria in Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion.)

The movie’s main cast includes AY, Ramsey Nouah, Mercy Johnson, RMD, Desmond Elliot, Majid Michel, Juliet Ibrahim, Ada Ameh, Rachel Oniga and Kesse Jabari. Popular Hollywood actresses Vivica Fox, Lynn Whitfield and Karlie Redd also appear in the movie.
The GIAMA are often called the “Africa Oscars” by those in the movie industry and celebrate the very best of African entertainment and rich culture through film.

The GIAMA will take place in Houston, Texas on Saturday the 25th of October 2014. And we’ll be keeping our fingers crossed that it’s a whitewash for AY and 30 Days in Atlanta.
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