By Augustine Nyuykongi
Four Cameroonian actors/comedians are amongst 38 others across different African countries, nominated for the SOTIGUI Awards. The actors, Eshu Rigobert Tamwa, Emy Danny Bassong, Merveille Akamba, and teenage sensation, Faith Fidel have been nominated under different categories with opportunities of scooping all four prizes.
The list of all 38 nominated African Countries was released by the Academy of African and Diasporan Cinematographic Arts, who are in charge of the Organization of the SOTIGUI Awards, scheduled to hold on November 11 to 13, 2021 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
Launched in 2015, Sotigui Awards is an initiative of the Academy of Sotigui, African Cinematographic Arts and the Diaspora, in partnership with FESPACO. This event aims to contribute to the recognition and enhancement of the profession of African actors and comedians.
This year’s edition (the sixth) of the SOTIGUI Awards will be held under the theme “Status of the Artist and Fair Renumeration of actors and actresses of African cinema and the diaspora.”
The categories under which the four Cameroonian actors have been nominated under are; Best Male Actor in Africa, represented by Eshu Rigobert for his role as Mr Mbarga in the Cameroon series “Madame… Monsieur.” Emy Danny Bassong has been nominated under the Best Female Actress category for her role in the same series.
Teenage Actress, Faith Fidel is nominated as Best African Hope, prompted by her sensational performance as Ekah, in the International hit movie “The Fisherman’s Diary.”
The final Cameroonian nominee, Merveille Akamba is under the category for Best Central African Actor, thanks to her performance in the Cameroonian Movie, “Bendskin.”
Addressing the Press recently in Yaoundé, Kevin Moné, President of the SOTIGUI Awards said the goal for the Award is “to contribute to the recognition and enhancement of the profession of actors/comedians in African cinemas.”
He adds that this year’s edition will witness some major innovations which are geared towards improving Africa’s cinema. “There is the establishment of a social network called ‘Mov’Up’ which will be dedicated only to African Film and audiovisual professionals…” he revealed.
Voting begins on September 15th on the SOTIGUI Awards page.