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Temi Ami-Williams wins Best Young Actor at the FESPACO award

The 'Eyimofe' actress wins this award 36 years after Clarion Chukwurah

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At the recently concluded Pan African Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO), actor Temi Ami-Williams made history with her role in ‘Eyimofe’.

The actress was recently awarded the highly coveted Best Young Actor award in the West Africa category 36 years after Clarion Chukwurah did so in 1985.

In addition to a monetary prize of CFA 1 million, the award recognizes outstanding performances by young West African actors under the age of 30 in fictional films in competition at FESPACO 2021.

In the critically acclaimed film by Chuko and Arie Esiri, Ami-Williams makes her screen debut as Rosa, a young Nigerian who struggles to survive by taking several jobs to make ends meet.

In an interview, she revealed how her life experiences helped her fall into Rosa’s character.

“Eyimofe is my first film, so I had to understand many new things. Being the person to carry the story of Eyimofe to people is something I am very proud of, so I had to do it right. I had to understand shots, how much and how little was expected of me during scenes.

“I am glad the directors and producers took all these into consideration and they even got Cynthia Egbijie and me a coach whom they flew in to take us through the story, how to bring it to life and the techniques needed,” she said.

Meanwhile, Somalia’s entry ‘The Gravedigger’s Wife’ by Finish-Somali writer-director Khadar Ayderus Ahmed won the Stallion of Yennenga grand prize for best film at the festival’s finale on Sunday, October 23.

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