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AFRIFF Globe Awards turned out to be a truly remarkable event. Chioma Ude, AFRIFF convener really outdid herself this year, bringing together spectacular performances to make for a memorable night.


With the glitz, glamour and thrills of the night, we had the likes of Rita Dominic, Ini Edo and Omotola Jalade stun us with their looks; incredible music renditions; Lala Akindoju blazed with her performance of the Alicia Keys’ hit song ‘Girl On Fire’ and Chigurl thrilled us with Aretha Franklin’s ‘Respect’.

There was ear piercing screams from the audience as some of their favorites like ‘Kasala’ and ‘Coat of Harm’ won awards. We were awed by international magic performing group, The Evolution of Magic, but not even all the magic in the world could evoke the joy and pride we felt as our very own Joel Adegboye and Seun Richards were called on stage.


Joel Adegboye and Seun Richards are two of the final winners of the Accelerate Filmmaker Project 2018.

As you know, the top winners of the Accelerate Filmmaker Project had their films screened/premiered on November 12, the Accelerate Day, of the Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF). From the films screened, AFRIFF picks its winner and they sponsor the filmmaker on an international scholarship to further improve his or her skills. Last year Priye Diri went to France with her film- ‘Xoxo’.

Put in a two-man team, Seun and Joel created ‘Wallflower’ and they will be going to France in 2019 to further hone their story telling skills.

seun richards and joel adegboye

This was the highlight of the event for us. Seeing these two brilliant successes of the Accelerate Filmmaker Project share the same stage as some of the industry’s biggest names and being celebrated for their hard work was great a delight we would love to experience in a loop if we could have our way.

Seun and Joel you looked regal in your outfits as you stood on that stage, we are proud of you and excited for the great things the future holds. Cheers!

Three Nigerians, Stanlee Ohikuare and Adekunle “Nodash” Adejuyigbe made Nigeria proud when their movies won awards in two different categories.

30 Nigerian films made it to the final list of the 140 films that were screened at the 2018 edition of AFRIFF.

Ghana’s ‘Azali’ won two of the best categories as well as the award for the Best feature film at the festival in 2018.

Here’s a list of winners at the 2018 AFRIFF Globe Awards.



Best Short

NIGERIA: Coat of Harms by Stanlee Ohikuare

Best Animation

UGANDA: A Kalabanda Ate My School Work by Raymond Malinga

Best Student Short

RWANDA: Imfura by Samuel Ishimwe



Special Mention

COLOMBIA: Cantadoras. Musical Memories of Life and death in Colombia by Maria Fernanda Carrillo

Best Documentary

SOUTH AFRICA: Ramothopo the Centenarian by Riaan Hendricks


Special Mention

Poisonous Roses by Fawzi Saleh

Best Male Performance

SOUTH AFRICA: Ezra Mabengeza in Sew the Winter to My Skin

Best Female Performance

GHANA: Asana Alhassan in Azali

Best Director

SOUTH AFRICA: Jahmil X. T. Qubeka for Sew the Winter to My Skin

Best Screenplay

GHANA: Kwabena Gyansah for Azali

Best Nigerian Film

The Delivery Boy by Adekunle “Nodash” Adejuyigbe

Best Feature Film

GHANA: Azali by Kwabena Gyansah

Special Jury for outstanding film

(usually fiction but Jury selected documentary for outstanding achievement overall)

SOUTH AFRICA: Not in My Neighbourhood by Kurt Orderson 

Viewers choice award


By Tobee Awosika

Read also: Accelerate Premieres 6 Short Films At AFRIFF

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