Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) gets new CEO, new dates

Dayo Ogunyemi

Dayo Ogunyemi

Organisers of the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) have announced that this year’s ceremony will not hold in its traditional month of April  just as they unveiled a new chief executive officer.

The nomination event in April will precede the main awards ceremony in June.

AMAA’s Director of Administration, Tony Anih explained that the ceremony was shifted to honour the memory of Michael Anyiam-Osigwe, the elder brother of Peace Anyiam-Osigwe, founder of the awards who passed on recently.

Anih said, “Michael had been a great pillar of support for AMAA since its inception and his untimely death has thrown some immediate challenges to us as a body. However, we are pressing on but we have to change the date from the traditional month of April to June to allow us prepare and respond to the current realities.”

Following  last year’s decision of Peace Anyiam-Osigwe to step down as the AMAA boss, expert on film law, Dayo Ogunyemi, has been announced as the new CEO.

Aside serving on the board of the African Film Academy (AFA) and working with the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) the new AMAA CEO has spent the past two decades at the confluence of entertainment, media and technology.

He had also previously worked with Booz Allen& Hamilton’s media and technology practice, Sony Music Entertainment Inc., and BMG. Ogunyemi has in the last one decade focused on the finance, media and technology landscapes in Africa, garnering experience in principal investing, consulting, financial advisory and capital raising.

He was one of the principal advisers to the Nigerian film industry on finance, distribution and intellectual property, including negotiating key licensing and distribution agreements.

Ogunyemi is an alumnus of Columbia Business School where he earned an MBA and gained degrees from institutions including Columbia Law School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is licensed to practice law in New York.

On her part, Peace Anyiam-Osigwe will now preside fully over the Africa Film Academy, the parent body of AMAA. AFA focuses on the training and overall development of young professions in the film industry. Renowned American actor, Danny Glover, chairs AFA and also makes significant contributions to AMAA.

Meanwhile, submission of entries for this year’s AMAA will close on January 31.

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