Nigerian movie star Nse Ikpe-Etim has made history by becoming the first Nigerian actress in four years to clinch the prestigious Best Actress in a Leading Role award at the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA). The star-studded event unfolded at the Balmoral Convention Centre in Ikeja, Lagos, bringing together the continent’s film industry elites.
Nse Ikpe-Etim’s well-deserved victory was attributed to her compelling performance in Izu Ojukwu’s “4-4-44”. Her win marks a significant achievement for Nigerian cinema, following Sola Sobowale’s triumph in 2019 for her role in “King of Boys.”
In the 2022 edition of the AMAA awards, only two Nigerians, Osas Ighadaro and Eniola Akinbo, also known as Nyiola, secured nominations in the Best Actress category for their remarkable performances in “Man of God” and “Swallow,” respectively. Though they did not claim the top spot, their presence on the nominee list highlighted the burgeoning talent pool within the Nigerian film industry.
Tanzanian actress Ikhlas Gafur Vora secured the Best Actress award in 2022 for her role in “Tug of War,” affirming the competition’s intensity.