The Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) is calling for feature, short and documentary entries for its 2012 edition, to be held in April in Nigeria, home to the world’s third largest film industry. The deadline for submissions is 30 December 2011.
Since its inception in 2005, AMAA has established itself as the most prestigious and glamorous awards celebrating filmmaking on the continent. The gala event, which is televised live around the world, attracts Hollywood celebrities alongside their African counterparts, as well as African politicians and media.
Only films produced and released between December 2010 and December 2011 are eligible. Features may not exceed 120 minutes and shorts may not be longer than 40 minutes.
Submission forms can be downloaded from the AMAA website.
The Centre of Memory at the Nelson Mandela Foundation has recently experienced an upsurge in requests to facilitate personal messages from Madiba in support of events, commemorations and campaigns. As you know, Madiba has over the years repeatedly stated his wish to retire from public life.
Perhaps his most emphatic call was made in 2008 at his birthday celebrations where he called on a new generation of leaders to take responsibility when he said “It is in your Hands”.
We wish to reiterate previous statements issued by the Centre of Memory, that out of respect for Madiba’s wishes, the Centre no longer facilitates requests for fresh messages from him or his personal participation in or endorsement of campaigns.
As an alternative, in support of worthy humanitarian causes or important commemorative events, we make available historical statements from the Centre’s archives. Such quotations cannot of course be used for fund raising or commercial purposes.
We thank you for your past support in helping to make Madiba’s retirement a reality so that he can enjoy some peace and privacy after so many decades of selfless public service. We humbly ask for your assistance once more and request that you pass this message on to comrades, friends and associates.
As women, we are always conscious of our looks and want to be admired, not just by own friends and fellow women, but the opposite sex. But in our effort to be admired, we have made certain mistakes and fallen prey to a good number of predators out there. How many of us believe men the moment they say they are in love with us? How many of us have fallen for someone we just met in a party, never talked to only to be told he admires us? How many of us believe love is a gradual thing and needs no rushing?
It might interest you to know that no matter the level of his spirituality or exposure, the thing, the first thing in a man’s mind the moment he sets his eyes on you is that three letter word, SEX. The moment a guy sets his eyes on you or even speaks with you over the phone or the internet, he begins to imagine how good you will be in bed.
When a man meets you for the first time and says he loves you, he is saying he loves what you have on and in your body; don’t be deceived. Like a friend recently told me, real men fall in love with a lady mostly for three things- Intellect, beauty, and ability to engage them. When a guy sees you in an aircraft or party and goes ahead to tell you he loves you, he is simply saying one thing, “I love what I see and can’t wait to get in there,” it has nothing to do with your inner being.
Another thing you should also have in mind before falling for that cheap trick is this; in this generation, we rarely have men who can keep secrets. Our men are now worse than women when it comes to the use of their tongue. I say this because I have a lot of male friends and I will advise you fellow ladies, don’t be too sure he has not talked about you.
A friend told me how another guy, on seeing their mutual friend enter a restaurant with his woman, told him how he slept severally with her. He said he felt like slapping him because that he slept with her doesn’t mean she is a bad girl or that she is unfaithful to her new man. But girls, this is the case with our men.
Most of our so called big boys are nothing but empty taps and I implore you to avoid giving your body to them just for the dirty cash in their pockets. Our politicians happen to be the most randy because they have money they never worked for. If all you want in life is money and fame, please go on falling for every Tom, Dick, and Harry. But if you are interested in a good name then you have to be wiser than you are at the moment.
Kiss and tell is the order of the day among men. Even some of our ladies are not left out as they are now too shameless to talk about their sexcapades. A married woman I know shamelessly opened her mouth in public telling people she must sleep with Tuface; what a shame to womanhood.
For the sake of your name and interest, have a relationship with a man who respects and loves you. No matter the amount of money that guy has to offer you, avoid the temptation of giving your body to a very irresponsible man. Life is not about the designer shirts and good looks they wear, there is more to life.
What do you gain from selling yourself so cheap and using those filthy words to lure a man to bed?
A girl I know too well who parades herself as a journalist on Facebook does a lot just to have a man sleep with her for money. She doesn’t know this, but her name is all over the place now with men narrating their experiences with her. According to one of them, she does not fail to tell any man who talks with her that she can give them her “toto” (so she calls it) for money.
According to AP, it reported, Laurent Gbagbo, former Ivory Coast President was imprisoned by the ICC on Wednesday to face charges of murder, rape and other crimes allegedly committed by his supporters as he clung to power after last year's elections.
Gbagbo is the first former head of state captured by the court since it was established in 2002. Prosecutors also have charged Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir with genocide, but he has refused to surrender to the court. Libya">Libya's former leader, the late Moammar Gadhafi, was killed before he could be put on trial in The Hague on crimes against humanity charges.
"Mr. Gbagbo is brought to account for his individual responsibility in the attacks against civilians committed by forces acting on his behalf," Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo said in a statement.
Prosecutors say about 3,000 people died in violence by both sides after Gbagbo refused to concede defeat following the Nov. 28 presidential election. President Alassane Ouattara only took power in April with the help of French and U.N. forces.
His arrest and transfer to the court in The Hague on an overnight flight sparked elation and anger in Ivory Coast's largest city of Abidjan, which is still divided into neighborhoods supporting Gbagbo or Ouattara.
In the pro-Ouattara neighborhood Doakoure, Sarah Dosso said she sang and danced when she heard the news of Gbagbo's transfer.
"It's overwhelming. I'm really happy," the 25-year-old said outside her home, which faces a mass grave where her father and brother are buried.
In a clear indication of the lingering resentment dividing the West African nation, taxi driver Ble Hypolite called Gbagbo's transfer "illegal."
"It's not fair. Both parties were responsible. Since 2002 civilians have been killed, especially in the west," he said. "This is bad for reconciliation."
Reed Brody, of Human Rights Watch, said Gbagbo's indictment was only half the story as victims of crimes by forces loyal to Ouattara have so far gone unpunished.
"This created the perception of victor's justice," he said in Brussels. "And if the cycle of violence in Cote d'Ivoire is to stop there has to be justice that is even handed and justice for the victims on both sides."
Gbagbo is the sixth suspect taken into custody by the court, which has launched seven investigations, all of them in Africa. A further 11 suspects remain at large and the court has no police force to arrest them.
According to court papers, Gbagbo is charged as an "indirect perpetrator" in a carefully orchestrated campaign of violence against civilians perceived as supporters of Ouattara.
"This is a great day for Laurent Gbagbo's victims, for the people of Cote d'Ivoire, for international justice," said Brody. "Just a few months ago president Gbagbo's forces were holding the country hostage, killing, raping, and today he is facing justice. This is a very important message to all the leaders in the world that if they use the atrocities and crime to stay in power that they too could face justice."
The United Nations, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have documented how forces loyal to Ouattara torched villages that voted for Gbagbo, and executed those that could not run away. The elderly and the disabled were killed by rolling them inside mattresses and then setting them on fire.
ICC spokesman Fadi El Abdallah: "Laurent Gbagbo has been arrested and transferred to the ICC detention centre".