Roots of The Gambia Film nearly missed the Best Documentary Award

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Roots of The Gambia, a film about the people and culture that Kunta Kinteh left behind, has narrowly missed the Best Documentary Award at an international film awards held in Lagos, Nigeria.

The film, written and produced by Ebou Waggeh, founder and CEO of WAX Media, had been nominated out of at least 60 films for the best documentary film category of the keenly contested 2017 Africa Magic Film and Television Awards.

Mr Waggeh, who was a producer at the GRTS television, one of the pioneer producers, recently returned to The Gambia from Lagos, Nigeria, for the awards night held earlier this month.

He was glad that the film that he initiated out of passion and love of culture and The Gambia has gone far in raising the flag of the country to higher heights. 

Though I missed out the award, but I feel like I have won because the nomination alone is a big achievement,” said Waggeh, also a founding member of the jury of M-Net Africa Magic Film and Television Awards, the most prestigious film awards in Africa – the equivalent of the Oscars in America.

When the nominations were open for the award, at least 60 entries were submitted for the Best Documentary Award category alone. 

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