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The Kenyan film‘The Legend of Ngong Hills’ wins best animation at Nigeria's African Oscar 2012 PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 17 June 2012 17:00

Kwame Nyong’o with his AMAA awardDubbed African’s very own Oscar’s, The AMAA’s (the African Movie Academy Awards) have since 2005 been supporting the development of the emerging African film industry by providing a rewards & recognition platform for African film makers..  The 2012 awards were held in Lagos Nigeria, this past April 22nd .

Apes in Space, an animation production house based in Nairobi, was nominated for Best Animation for their short film ‘The Legend of Ngong Hills’ along with four other films from Nigeria, Ghana and Kenya. Directed and produced by ASIFA Egypt's member, Kwame Nyong’o, the 10 minute short was declared the winner!

The Legend of Ngong Hills is a traditional Maasai story, about the creation myth of these magnificent hills that backdrop present day Nairobi. The film turns this oral folktale into an action-packed animated adventure, using an aesthetic based upon the Makonde sculptural style from eastern Kenya.

It was a great night for African animation, and we hope to see more exciting African stories being told with powerful medium in the years ahead.

‘The Legend of Ngong Hills’ can be watched for free online at See Legend of Ngong HillAMAA Awards