By Hussein Kiganda
Several Ugandan filmmakers left for Lagos on October 25, 2022, to attend the 18th Africa Movie Academy Awards(AMAAs) 2022.
The AMAAs kicked off on October 26, 2022, in preparation for the AMAAs Conference and AMAAs fashion show on October 28, the Pre-awards Nominee Party on October 29, and will be wrapped up by the Awards Gala Night on October 30.
Filmmakers Patriq Nkakalukanyi who was nominated in the “Best Actor Category”, Morris Mugisha whose movie ” Tembele” received 10 nominations, Kevin Johns Nabukenya whose movie “The Wave” received two, and Agnes Knight Kebirungi nominated for her role in Hassan Mageye’s “Tinka’s Story”, are already in Lagos, feeling the Nigerian vibe.
Talking to The Kampala Sun, Kevin Johns Nabukenya decried the hot weather despite the warm welcome.
“We are fine, but the weather is too hot,” she said.
Morris Mugisha said he is taken up by the way Nigerians love their own products and how competitive they are.
“They haven’t watched any Ugandan movie yet but this is just an Awards ceremony, quite competitive in nature and a judge and jury, I do not think many of them have watched our films,” he said.
“The people here only care about their own. Their economy is expensive and they are aggressive,” he added.
The filmmakers managed to receive invites from different media houses, to talk about their movies and the ugandan industry.
They are eagerly waiting for the much-anticipated awards gala. Mugisha and Kevin are hopeful that Uganda will bag a number of awards.