Majid Michel and Omotola Jalade won the Screen Nations Awards nod for Favourite West African Actor and Actress respectively on Sunday at a ceremony held at the Indigo O2, Peninsular Square, London. The two winners were however missing at the ceremony which saw top several black UK achievers in attendance.
Majid beat off stiff competition from fellow Ghanaian actor John Dumelo and Nigeria’s Mike Ezuruonye, Osita Iheme, Ramsey Noah and Hakeem Kae Kazim to win the award. Omotola Jalade also beat Ghana’s Ama K Abebrese, who was crowned Best Actress in a Leading Role at the 2011 Zimbabwean International Film Festival (ZIIF) last week, and Jackie Appiah, and fellow Nigerians Funke Akindele, Genevieve Nnaji and Mercy Johnson to win the nod.
Nigeria’s ‘The Mirror Boy’ stood tall against competitions from Ghanaian films ‘Perfect Picture’ and ‘Sinking Sands’ and fellow Nigerian films ‘Ije’, ‘Inale’, and ‘The Figurine’ to win the Favourite West African Film award.
This is the first time Africa is receiving nominations at the prestigious awards which has been at the forefront of acknowledging the best in Black-British talent for over seven years.In all, 22 categories were awarded on the night including Diversity in Drama Production, Favourite Urban Movie, Cinema Director, Favourite International Film (US), Favourite Male Screen Personality (US Film/TV) and Favourite Female Screen Personality (US Film/TV).
Full list of winners:
Male Performance in Film – Clint Dyer
Female Performance in Film – Thandie Newton
Male Performance in TV – Nonso Anozie
Female Performance in TV – Wunmi Mosaku
Favourite Male TV Star - Arinze Kene
Favourite Female TV Star – Tameka Empson
Emerging Talent – La Charne Jolly
Young Shooting Star- Daniel Kaluuya
Comedy Performer – Andy Osho
Diversity in Factual Production – Saving Africa’s Witch Children
Diversity in Drama Production – Luther
Favourite Urban Movie – Anuvahood
Favourite Music Video Performance – Tinie Tempah
Independent Spirit Film Production – Obi Emelonye
Achievement in Cinematic Direction - Thomas Ikimi
International Film – Why Did I Get Married Too
US Screen Personality Male - Tyler Perry
US Screen Personality Female – Monique
Best West African Film – The Mirror Boy
Favourite West African Action – Miajid Michel
Favourite West African Actress – Omotola Jolade
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