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Aramotu is a 2010 Nigerian drama film directed by Niji Akanni. It stars Idiat Sobande, Kayode Odumosu and Gabriel Afolayan.[1] It received 7 nominations at the 7th Africa Movie Academy Awards and won the awards for Best Nigerian Film and Best Costume Design.[2][3]

Aramotu Poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed byNiji Akanni
Produced byFemi Ogunrombi
Screenplay byNiji Akanni
CinematographyRamesh Babu Raparthy
Edited byAbimbola Taiwo
Distributed byTreasure Chest Entertainment Ltd
Release date
  • 20 December 2010 (2010-12-20)
Running time
120 minutes
Budget15 million Naira



Set in 1909, the film tells a story of a wealthy female trader, Aramotu (Idiat Sobande) in an extremely culture-conscious yoruba community. She tries to use the congenial qualities of the Gelede Cult in getting ideas on women's rights and establishing a government centered on the needs of the people. She formed a clan that includes a singer (Gabriel Afolayan) which eventually breaks up her marriage with her kindhearted husband (Kayode Odumosu). This new relationship threatens to kill everything she has built and affects her relationship with other community leaders negatively.



It was released on 20 February 2011 at Coral Reef, Ikoya Avenue ikoyi, Lagos State. The film has been screened at several festivals around the world, including 2nd Africa International Film Festival, Lagos, Nigeria (2011), Samsung Women's International Film Festival, Chennai, India (2012), Africa In The Picture Film Festival, Amsterdam (2012), Arusha African International Film Festival, Tanzania (2013) and International Film Festival of Kerala, India (2013)

It has also featured as showcase film at academic forums on contemporary African Cinema at the 3rd Ife International Film Festival, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria (2012), and at the Tamar Golan Africa Centre, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, Israel (2017)


List of Major Awards
Award Category Recipients and nominees Result
Yoruba Movie Academy
(3rd Yoruba Movie Academy Awards)[4]
Best Cultural Movie Niji Akanni Won
Achievement in Directing Niji Akanni Won
Best Picture Niji Akanni Won
Africa Film Academy
(7th Africa Movie Academy Awards)[5]
Best Nigerian Film Niji Akanni Won
Best Film Niji Akanni Nominated
Best Best Director Niji Akanni Nominated
Best Actress Idiat Shobande Nominated
Best Film in an African Language Niji Akanni Nominated
Best Visual Effects Nominated
Best Costume Design Won


  1. ^ "How Aramotu was born". Retrieved 11 September 2014.
  2. ^ "Aramotu Wins More Laurels". Leadership Newspaper Nigeria. Archived from the original on 12 September 2014. Retrieved 11 September 2014.
  3. ^ "Aramotu Wins More Laurels". Archived from the original on 12 September 2014. Retrieved 11 September 2014.
  4. ^ "Fathia Balogun, Odunlade Adekola shine @ Yoruba Movie Academy Awards 2014". Retrieved 11 September 2014.
  5. ^ "AMAA Nominations 2011". Africa Film Academy. Africa Movie Academy Awards. 26 February 2011. Archived from the original on 2 March 2011. Retrieved 30 August 2014.