The Lucky Specials sweeps five nominations at the AMAA 2018, Africa’s largest regional film awards

We are delighted to announce that The Lucky Specials has been recognized by Africa’s largest and most prestigious gathering of regional filmmakers with five nominations for acting, editing, and visual effects – adding gloss to an already terrific year of wins for the film.

The Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA), a subsidiary of the Africa Film Academy, have nominated the film in the following five categories:

  • Best Actor in a Leading Role: Oros Mampofu
  • Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Sivenathi Mabuya
  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Richard Lukunku
  • Achievement in Visual Effects
  • Achievement in Editing

The award ceremony takes place in Kigali, Rwanda on October 20, 2018.


“I am incredibly proud of my cast and team, and truly grateful to AMAA for recognizing our achievements in the areas of acting, editing, and visual effects,” said Rea Rangaka, the film’s director. “AMAA is the perfect platform to celebrate and recognize this film’s success as well as its important message on personal strength and resilience for Africans across the continent.”

From L to R: Sivenathi, Oros, and Richard on set. Photo: Patrick Toselli

AMAA was formed in 2005 to facilitate the development and relevance of African cinema by providing a recognition platform for the continent’s filmmakers. It is now the longest running film award in Africa.

“I am grateful to AMAA for recognizing my telling of Mandla’s story, which resonates with so many African youth, especially in rural communities,” Oros Mampofu, nominated in the lead actor category. “But more than the film’s educational component, I had to make sure I show the different layers of Mandla. For me, giving his voice and music a platform has been incredibly gratifying.”

These nominations follow two recent wins for “The Lucky Specials”: An Honorable Mention for Narrative Feature at the 2018 Roxbury Film Festival in Boston, USA, and a World Gold Medal by the New York Festivals 2018, in its Human Concerns category for Film/TV. Other wins for the film, which has been broadcast to nearly 300 million people worldwide, include the SIGNIS Award at FESPACO; Best First Time Filmmaker at the 2017 San Francisco Black Film Festival; the 2017 Telly Award; and the 2017 Golden Eagle CINE Award.

“To be able to play such a strong female character was an opportunity for me to showcase how empowering women can be,” said Sivenathi Mabuya, who is nominated in the supporting actress category.  “Being a part of this film has been an inspiring journey for me, and I am honored to be nominated!”

Shot in Southern Africa, “The Lucky Specials” boasts a compelling, authentic African soundtrack and a storyline that’s both entertaining and moving. It also offers a powerful message on tuberculosis, using strong visual effects and animation to demystify the disease and its prevention in a personal, practical, and memorable way. Our heartiest congratulations to Rea, Oros, Sivenathi, Richard, and the film’s crew on yet another well-deserved recognition of their award-winning work!