African Movie Academy Awards 2010:Shirley Frimpong Manso Wins Director of The Year

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Not satisfied with the award won recently at the 18th Annual Pan African Film & Arts Festival by her movie 'A Sting In A Tale', Shirley Frimpong Manso has gone ahead to win the best director of the year for the African Movie Academy Awards.

Shirley was nominated in the same category with Leila Jewel Djansi (I sing of a well), Shemu Joyah (Seasons of a life), Jude Idada and Lucky Ejim (The Tenant) and Kunle Afolayan the director of Figurine which swept away five awards. She clinched the award with the movie, 'The Perfect Picture'.

Her movie 'A Sting in a Tale' also took home the 'Best Original Sound Track Award'. The successful Ghanaian movie producer, writer and director has already unearthed her Oscar ambitions. Shirley who is the CEO/Director of Sparrow Productions has five popular films to her credit. They are; Life And Living It, Scorned, The perfect Picture, A Sting In A Tale and Check Mate.

Jackie Appiah was crowned as the best actress . She was nominated in the category 'Best performance by an actress in a leading role' together with Lydia Forson and Naa Ashorkor Mensah-Doku for their roles in Shirley Frimpong Manso's 'Perfect Picture'. The three were competing with Stephanie Okereke (Nnenda), Akofa Edjeani Asiedu (I sing of a well), Flora Suya (Season of a life) and Bimbo Akintola (Freedom in Chains).

Adjetey Anang popularly known as 'Pusher' of Things We Do For Love fame joined the long list of winners as he hooked the 'Best Performance by an actor in a supporting role' for his unique performance in Shirley Frimpong Manso's 'Perfect Picture'.

The trilogy, I sing of a well which had 11 nominations swept away two awards in the categories; 'AMAA Achievement in Sound' and 'AMAA Achievemnet in Costume'.

Ramsey Noah was not left out since he can now boast of the 'Best Performance By an Actor in a Leading Role' (Best Actor) disappointing his colleagues; Majid Michel, John Osei Tutu, Lucky Ejim and Odera Ozoka who were eyeing the same award.

The Nigerian movie Figurine, directed by Kunle Afolayan beat them all with five awards.

The 6th Annual African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) was held on 10th April 10, 2010 in Yenogoa, the capital of Bayelsa State, Nigeria. Geared towards uniting the African continent through arts and culture as well as honoring hardworking actors and actresses, directors and writers, the event was well attended by numerous celebrities.

Join and let's wish Shirley 'a big congratulations'. She has made Ghana proud with her work and contribution.

Written by: Obour Amankwa

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