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Despite Government Ban, Fuelling Poverty Wins Best Documentary At AMAA 2013

Despite Government Ban, Fuelling Poverty Wins Best Documentary At AMAA 2013

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Organizers of the African Movie Academy Awards demonstrated courage and independence Saturday night when it declared banned film, Fuelling Poverty, winner of the Best Documentary Category of the 2013 edition of the awards held in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital.
The hall erupted in thunderous cheers after the documentary, which was banned two weeks ago by the Nigerian government, was pronounced winner, in an event which had top government officials in attendance.
The Minister of Tourism and Culture, Edem Duke, the Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, and other government officials at the event looked on helplessly  as the organizers declared Fuelling Poverty (Nigeria) as having prevailed over Gun To Tape (South Africa), Swimming The Zambezi (South Africa), Give Me Back My Home (Kenya), and The African Cypher Fly On The Wall (South Africa).
The film, produced by Ishaya Bako in patnership with the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), was banned by the Nigerian government on April 8 after the Nigeria Film and Video Censors Board, NFVCB, declared it a national threat, saying it  was “highly provocative and likely to incite or encourage public disorder and undermine national security”.
The NFVCB therefore warned Mr. Bako to desist from distributing the film, a move described by critics as anti- democratic and a descent into the Gestapo style of clamping down on the media adopted during military regimes.
The AMAA Awards, which is currently ongoing in Bayelsa has Pete Edochie, Tunde Kelani, Emem Isong, Kanayo O. Kanayo, and Kenneth Okonkwo honoured with the  Lifetime Achievement Award.

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