Ahead of this year’s African Movie Academy Awards, AMAA, which holds today, in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, the president of the jury for 2016 edition, Mr. Shaibu Husseini has revealed why the names of the winners are not written on the trophies.
Husseini said that it’s a deliberate act on the part of the organizers to avoid manipulation and disparity that may trail such practice.
Husseini, who has served as a member of the panel for close to eight years now, also listed maintaining transparency and credibility which the awards stand for as part of the reason the organizers refused to write the winners’ names on the trophies.
He further revealed that the organizers have been under pressure to have the names of the winners written on the trophies, insisting that doing so will create a serious room for manipulation.
“Since the jury members do not know the winners until the awards night, doing so will create room for manipulation,”he said.
However, recounting some of the challenges he has been facing since his appointment as the president of jury, the celebrated film critic cum journalist said, apart from working round the clock to select the best entries, the jury members hardly have time to attend to the needs and their families.