The event held at the Twin Towers, Lekki, Lagos, attracted young and established filmmakers from different African countries to witness the climax of the seven-day movie fiesta.
The like of Rita Dominic, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Ini Edo, Uche Jombo, Ego Boyo and Lala Akindoju graced the event. Also adding more glitz to the AFRIFF black carpet were Kiki Omeili, Ken Erics, Michelle Dede, Chinonso Young, Kemi Adetiba, Kunle Afolayan, Belinda Effah, Cynthia Shalom and Adonijah Owiriwa.
South Africa topped the list of winners at the festival’s main awards night by winning four awards. This year’s opening South African film, ‘Sew the Winter to My Skin,’ got the award for Best Director and Ezra Mabengeza won the award of the Best Male Performance.
To complete the South African domination was Ramothopo the Centenarian by Riaan Hendricks, which won Best Documentary and ‘Not in My Neighbourhood’ by Kurt Orderson get Special Jury Award for Outstanding Film.
Ghanaian actress, Asana Alhassan bagged the Best Female Lead Award in the film Azali and was presented with N250,000 cash. Azali also went on to notch two other awards – Best Feature Film and Best Screenplay.
Nigerian filmmakers, Stanlee Ohikuare and Adekunle Adejuyigbe, were also big winners. Ohikuare’s ‘Coat of Harms’ won Best Short Film, while Adejuyigbe’s ‘The Delivery Boy’ won the Best Nigerian Film. Stanley went home with a cash prize from Access Bank.
According to organisers, about 30 Nigerian films made it to the final list of the 140 films that were screened at the 2018 edition of AFRIFF.
Speaking at the awards ceremony, Newton Aduaka, the artistic director for AFRIFF noted, “The Many Face of Woman was a visual exploration of the portrayal of women in cinema that raises discussions on a central question, ‘What is a woman? Some of the selected films were made by female directors and/or about women as central protagonists Others were directed by male directors wuth their gaze on and the interpretation of being a woman.”