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Voting officially opens on the 1st of November and closes 29th of November
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SMA 2018 WINNER OF “BEST SHORT FILM“
SMA 2017 WINNER OF “BEST SHORT FILM“
SMA 2016 WINNER OF “BEST SHORT FILM“
Voting officially opens on the 14th of August and closes 25th of September
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SMA 2017 WINNER OF “BEST SHORT FILM“
SMA 2016 WINNER OF “BEST SHORT FILM“
He is Prince Darlington Osazuwa by name a.k.a DON NICE and was born and raised in Benin Edo state Nigeria , He is a very talented Comedian, whom you might have to come acrossalso a nollywood actor and a radio presenter
below are his photos:
The CEO of Afrinity Production Mr. Wilfred U. Adams Confirmed that Afrinity will be amongst the top media houses that will be present.
Thanks to Nollypeek Entertainment UK, This Special Comedy show is taking place at the Lighthouse 264-274 Camberwell Road SES ODP.
Red carpet begins 5:30pm prompt event begins 7:00pm prompt
AY live in London on the 3rd December 2016
Coperate World and Nollypeek Entertainment presents Ayodeji Makun commonly known by his stage name AY a multi award winning Comedian live in London on the 3rd December 2016. Alongside AY, other credible comedians I Go Dye, Okey Bakassi, Klint the drunk, Gandoki, Elenu, Kenny Blaq, Emeka Smith, WhaleMouth and DJ Osa Jati will be there live.For more enquiries call +447846226095, +447813455579, +447794288054, +447956899552 or for Online bookings visit www.ticketsweb.co.uk, www.shoobs.com, www.nollypeekevents.com
Afrinity Productions is a specialist one stop shop interactive media, event and content management. We have mastered the art of creating fantastic formats and turning them into exciting experiences on media touch points like Television, Radio, Mobile, Internet and Print, we have radio and TV shows running weekly in The Gambia www.afrinitypro.com
Special Movie Awards (SMA 2016) Best Leading Female Category Was Sponsored By Sanxaanu Kaggoro Film Kaffo (SANXAAFI)
About The Sanxaanu Kaggoro Film Kaffo (SANXAAFI) – The Gambia.
The Sanxaanu Kaggoro Film Kaffo (SANXAAFI) is the first registered Gambian film organization to secure the membership of FEPACI currently based in Nairobi, Kenya. SANXAAFI is the parent body of the Gambia’s premiere international professional film festival called the CineKambiya International Film Festival (CIFF).
The maiden edition of CIFF took place between the 26 December 2015 and 03 January 2016 at the Global Hands Manduar Development Hub in Manduar village, West Coast Region. The second edition covered the 20 and 26 May 2016 with key innovative strands namely, rural screenings at the Alkawsara Community, Sami Karantaba Tenda, Central River Region; presentation of nominees for the Pan African Screen Awards (PASA); European Film Night and tribute to Papa Wemba held at the Alliance Française in Kanifing and, the launching of the roving global exhibition on the
“Third World in The Second World War” at the Rock Garden Apartments in Kerr Sering with The Gambia as the first African host. Parallel to film productions, the third edition of CineKambiya International Film Festival (CIFF) would take place during the course of 2017.
Special Movie Awards 2016 was successfully held at Coco Ocean Resort and Spa on the 30th of September 2016. The Event was graced by Government Heads and Delegates members of the diplomatic corp.
Traditional Rulers and Religious Bodies inclusively the Nominees, Film Makers and people from different respective Entertainment Arena and our Special Guest of Honour Collins Archie Pearce from UK, Desmond Finney from Sierra Leone, Kensteve Anuka form Nigeria, Chibuzor and Awal form South Africa. Out of 45 Nominees, 15 emerged the winners who received crystal glass trophies. Certificates were issued to Cooperate Organizations, the members of the committee for SMA 216 and Film makers who submitted their Films for the awards. The biggest Award f the Night, Grand Patron went to Mr. President His Excellency Sheikh Prof. Alh. Dr. Yayha A.J.J Jammeh Babli Mansa for his unrelenting efforts and Inestimable contributions to the growth of The Gambia Film Industry received on his behalf by The Honourable Minister of Culture and Tourism, Hon. Benjamin Roberts.
Below are the winners of the Special Movie Awards (SMA) 2016 Maiden Edition.
|BEST FEATURE FILM||FATOU|
|BEST SHORT FILM||DHAAW|
|BEST INDIGENOUS FILM||KAN LA SI|
|BEST LEADING MALE ACTOR||SHEIKH OMAR SAWANEH|
|BEST EADING FEMALE ACTRESS||AYODELE IYKE IBEH|
|BEST SUPPROTING MALE ACTOR||MILTON KAMANDA|
|BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE ACTRESS||ROHEY KAMARA|
|BEST DIRECTOR||MAM DEMBA CEESAY|
|BEST SOUND||OGA JAY|
|BEST VISUAL EFFECTS||YUSUF SILLAH|
|BEST EDITOR||MAMUD JALLOH|
|BEST PICTURE||KORKAH BAH|
|BEST HAIR/MAKE-UP ARTIST||ANDREA AKYEA|
|BEST COSTUMIER||GODGIFT FILMS|
|SMA 2016 FOREIGN ACTOR||DESMOND FINNEY|
|SMA 2016 DIRECTOR||KENSTEVE ANUKA|
|SMA 2016 PRODUCER||COLLINS ARCHIE PEARCE|
|SMA 2016 TELEVISON STATION||GRTS|
|SMA 2016 RADIO STATION||WEST COAST RADIO|
|SMA 2016 PRINT MEDIA||THE POINT NEWSPAPER|
|SMA 2016 PARTNER OF THE YEAR||COCO OCEAN|
|SMA 2016 Organisation of the year||Africel|
|SMA 2016 Individual/Best CSR of the year||Gamcel|
VOTE OF THANKS
On behalf of Afrinity Productions and the Special Movie Award Committee, I am most grateful to Almighty God for making this day a reality. Special Thanks to his Excellency The President of The Republic of The Gambia Sheikh Prof. Alh. Dr. Yayha A.J.J Jammeh Babli Mansa, Minster Benjamin Robert, Mr. Baba M. Ceesay, Government Heads and Delegates members of the diplomatic corp., Traditional Rulers and Religious Bodies.
Thank You for gracing the special Movie Award 2016 edition and making it a successful event. We appreciate your various contributions and promise to uphold the objectives of the award in subsequent editions.
We shall continue to celebrate excellence in Gambian Films ad Film Makers. This maiden edition is a success story because of the numerous efforts put together by film makers, individuals, Cooperate organizations and interest groups.
Special thanks goes to National Centre for Arts and Culture, Gambia Union of Theatre, Film Producers Association of the Gambia, Screen Actors Guild of The Gambia and all other film related organizations.
Appreciation goes to Gambia Radio and Television Services (GRTS), Print Media Houses and Radio Stations for their immense publicity drive. Finally, I appreciate my wife and family for the support and SMA Committee for their immense contributions and selfless efforts put together to make this a dream come true. Bravo!!!
The Special Movie Awards (SMA-2016) has been successfully come to pass as we awaits the coming edition here are the faces being the wonderful results and their profiles.
- Charmaine Bangura-Jawara
Charmaine – works at west coast radio. Also the official trainer for the Miss July 22 beauty pageant for over 6years. Also was a judge in the most interesting reality tv show for two seasons, the face of Africell.” Member of the organizing committee and trainer of the Miss Sierra Leone in The Gambia. She has trained models and young girls that have won beauty pageants and modeling competitions here in The Gambia and abroad. She has sat as a judge for many beauty pageants and talent competition. She is well known for her constructive critical eye and fairness. Charmaine just finished early this year a movie “The mysterious wedding planner” a princess shingles production where she played a supporting role along side John Dumelo , etc.. Has also featured in a very soap opera “living in love” that was produced by the family planning of The Gambia.
- CURRICULUM S Sisay
A BACKGROUND ON TELVISION PRODUCTION
1984. In house training on Still Camera/ Video camera operation and sound recording at the Film Production Unit.
1986. Training on Television programming and production organized by Worldview International.
1990. Training on General Television Production Techniques at the International Institute for Journalism Berlin. (Camera Operation, Lighting and Sound.)
1994. Training on General Television Programme Production Techniques in Dakar organized by Duche Welle.
The Film Unit under the Ministry of Information we produce Educational Films on Agriculture and Health, and covering of State Functions.
Whilst at the Film Production Unit I had the chance to work with some International Film Crews that visited the Gambia.
With the advent of Television in The Gambia Staff of the then Film Production Unit are moved to be the pioneers.
1996. Training on Camera Operation, Directing and Drama Production Techniques at the National Film and Television Institute (NAFTI) Ghana.
1997/1998. In house training on Television Camera Operation and Directing organized by German TV. (DW)
1998 -2000. Directing 8pm National News in English on Gambia Television on Sundays.
2007. Training on General Television Programme Production Techniques. i.e. Camera Operation, Sound Recording, Editing, Directing and Script Writing at the National Film and Television School Beaconsfield Studio United Kingdom.
I have been twice invited by National Centre for Arts and Culture (NCAC) as Commission Member to select two Films for The Gambia’s participation in CLAP IVOIRE.
- Essa Jallow
Essa Jallow’s media career stretched as far back as 1992 when he was appointed as a radio announcer at the then radio Gambia. He was one of the main English news anchors and a reporter. Essa was transfered to the newly established TV in 1996 which is now refered to as GRTS. At GRTS, Essa continued as a news anchor and pioneered the sports department. He is one of the first editors to have moved from linear to non linear video editing following a training course on AVID at Pinewood Studios in London. He was behind the majority of music videos produced at GRTS in its early days.
Apart from the numerous certificates, Essa obtained a Foundation Degree in broadcast TV production from the University of Salford in England and a BA (Hons) in Interactive Media from Liverpool John Moores University.
In his career Essa has participated in high profile productions in the Gambia and abroad. One such high profile assignment was the London 2012 Olympics where he was a camera assistant and a utility.
Essa specialises in documentary films and multi camera production. He is also an accomplished Editor, voice over artist with experience in script writing.
- Marie sock
ACHIEVEMENTS, CERTIFICATES , AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS
With over 30 years in sales and marketing, in the entertainment and work industry, I have decided to put together some of my achievements, awards and certificates acquired during these years. Presently, I am the CEO /Founder of the Afri Care Group (TAG) in The Gambia, with intentions, working with perfection, in the entertainment, hospitality and Real estate industry.
Being a former print and advertising model , I have also worked with models , from aboard and mostly in the USA , with over 2000 talents in our data system, and 45 contracted talents , 2major print models for Redkin Purology and Johnsons hair products .
Below please find summary of achievements and certs .
• CERTIFIED DEGREE – ARTS
• CERTIFIED – FIRSTV CLASS IN BUSINESS ANALYST (MARKETING AND SALES ) SPAIN / USA
• CERTIFIED – FIRST CLASS IN WORD PROCESSING AND TYPING
• CERTIFIED –FIRST CLASS BLUE COLLARED CERTIFIED FOR FORD-USA
• CERTIFIED IATAAGENT –USA
• CERTIFIED COSMETOLOGIST-USA
THE AFRICARE GROUP LTD
CEO/ DIRECTOR 2013- PRESEN
• SPECIALIZING IN ADVERTISING AND MARKETING
• PUBLIC AND PRESS RELATIONS
• CLIENT MANAGEMENT SERVICES
• EVENT MANAGEMENT AND PLANNING ( PRODUCT LAUNCH , AWARDS CEREMONIES, CLIENT ENTERTAINMENT
• CONFERENCES , SEMINARS , COPORATE BRANDING AND WORKSHOPS
• PUBLIC AND MEDIA RELATIONS
• ENTERTAINMENT /PRODUCTION &FILM (FILM PREMIERING , ADVERT DIRECTING & PROMOTIONS , LIVE ACT PRESENTATIONS ,SPECIFIC CONSULTATIONS )
ACTREM (AFRICARE AND TEELAY REAL ESTATE PROPERTY MANAGEMENT)
• PROPERTY RENTAL AND PROPERTY SALES (SINGLE FAMILY, APARTMENTS AND OR LAND.
• PROPERTY MANAGEMENT
CHICAGO TOP MODELS INC.
CEO/ DIRECTOR 2007-2013
• OVERSEE STAFF AND MANAGEMENT OF OFFICE COMMUNICATION.
• TRAINING OF HEAD STAFF ON ALL DEPARTMENT.
• MANAGE HUMAN RESOURCES AGENCY.
• MANAGE COMPANY DATABASE (2000+TALENTS )
• TRAINING AND RECRUITING STAFF AND TALENTS /MODELS.
• MANAGED FINANCIAL AND PHYSICAL RESOURCES.
• OVERSEE AND RECRUIT NEW ACCOUNTS WITH CASTING DIECTORS, ADVERTISING AND FILM COMPANIES.
• DEVELOPING , DIRECTING AND INTERNAL PAYOFFS FOR COMPANY ADS
AMERICAN HOME FRONT MORTGAGE
LOAN SOLICITOR, PARTNER AND PROCESSOR 2007-2008
• ASSIST THE LOAN OFFICERS REGARDING MORTGAGE AND FOLLOW-UPS WITH CLIENTS.
• COLLECTALL DOCUMENTS AND DATA FOR CLOSING LOAN.
• PROCESS RESIDENTIAL MORTGAGE LOAN APPLICATIONS AND CLOSING LOAN.
• PROCESS EXTERNAL AND INTERNAL PAYOFFS FOR OLD MORTGAGES AND LINES OF CREDIT.
PREMIER MORTGAGE FUNDING
LOAN PROCESSOR 2005-2007
• HANDLED TASK REVIEWING RESIDENTIAL FILES
• VERIFIER , COMPLIER AND UPDATING MORTGAGES CLAUSE ON HOMEOWNERSFILES
• VERIFIER , COMPLIER AND UPDATING MORTGAGES CLAUSE ON HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE POLICIES
• DESIGNED OPERATIONS AND STANDARDS OF THE ORGANIZATION AND ASSESS STAFF OPERATIONS
• SUPERVISED THE STAFF AND MANAGE OFFICE COMMUNICATION
• STAFF RECRUITMENT, TRAINING AND PLACEMENT.
SUTTON FORD 2002-2003
SENIOR SALES REPRESENTATIVES-(BLUE COLLARED CERTIFIED)
• RESPONSIBLE FOR GATHERING INFORMATION , INSPECTING , COMPARING AND CONTRASTING COMPETITIVE MODELS AND DEMONSTRATED OPERATIONS
• BUILT RAPPORT WITH QUALIFYING BUYERS UNDERSTANDING INTEREST AND REQUIRMENTS TO VARIOUS MODELS.
• DEVELOPED AND MAINTAINED RELATIONSHIPS WITH NEW AS WELL AS EXISTING CUSTOMERS.
• NEGOTIATED PRICE AND COMPLETED AND CLOSE SALES OR PURCHASE CONTRACTS AT A95% PERCENTILE.
• BLUE COLLARED CERTIFIED IN 3MONTHS (ONLY FEMALE WITH 24 MALES)
BUSINESS OWNER 2001-2006
• AFRICAN HERITAGE HAIR BRAIDING AND SPA-ILLINOIS
BUSINESS OWNER 1999-2001
MULTICULTURAL HAIR BRAIDING – BATIMORE MARYLAND AND EASTON, MARYLAND
BUSINESS OWNER (3 LOCATIONS)
• LORO PARQUE- BAZAAR AFRICANA (INAUGURATEDBY FORMER PRESIDENT OF STATE , ALHAJI SIR DAWDA JAWARA )
• BAZAR TIPICO CANARIAS – HOTEL PLAYA CANARIAS ( ALL WINES , CIGARS , SALSA ,EVERYTHING TYPICAL OF THE SEVEN ISLANDS)
• BOUTIQUES HOTEL PLAYA CANARIAS- (ELEGANT BOUTIQUES FOR THE FOUR STAR HOTEL).
• MODELS AND ORGANIZE FASHION SHOWS FOR BOUTIQUES
• BANKO INDUSTRIES –COMPANY DIRECTOR AND SHAREHOLDER
• LUIS DIAZ DE LUSADA- COMPANY DIRECTOR AND SECRETARY
• MODELING FOR BOUTIQUES
• MAKE UP MODEL FOR ELIZABETH ARDEN AT KDV
• FASHION MODEL FOR THE TOURIST BOUTIQUES AND DESIGNERS IN THE GAMBIA
• BUSINESS –EXPORTATION OF PINEAPPLES (FROM CONAKRY , SUPPLIED ALL HOTELS IN THE KOMBO AREA)
• BUSINESS PARTNER – SENEGAMBIA BOUTIQUE
• HOSTESS- NOVOTEL ALA CARTE RESTAURANT
AWADS AND CERTIFICATIONS
1986- CERTIFIED – CHARCOAL PENCIL DRAWING
1986 – CERTIFIED – (DEGREE)
1989 – CERTIFICATE OF PARTICIPATION (PORTUGUESE TOWN GROUP, NATIONAL FASHION SHOW AND CONTEST) – SIGNATURES- MAJOR JAMES F.P. GOMEZ, COUNCILLOR EMMANUEL WILLIAMS, ALHAJI O.B.CONATEH, MRG.
1991- AWARD AND CERTIFICATE –DESIGNER OF THE YEAR – SIGNATURES – HON. ALHAJI JAMES GAYE. MINISTER OF TOURISM AND HON. MEMBER JATTA, MINISTER OF TRADE AND EMPLOYMENT
1993-CERTIFIED FIRST CLASS PITMAN EXAMINATION INSTITUTE – MICROSOFT WORD PROCESSING AND TYPE WRITING
1996- CERTIFIED BUSINESS ANALYST – AYUNTAMIENTO DE TRABAJO –TENERIFE SPAIN
2001-CERTIFIED – FORD DEALER (BLUE COLLARED) USA
2003- RECOGNITION –KANKAKEE NEWS PAPER – FASHIONISTA OF THE YEAR-USA
2004- RECOGNITION –NEWS PAPER – CULTURAL BACKGROUND AND TRENDS –USA
2006- CERTIFIED COSMETOLOGIST -KANKAKEE COMMUNITY COLLEGE –USA
2006-2007- BUSINESS AGENT CERTIFICATION FOR AGENCY (TRAINING ON SALES AND MARKETING COURSE) CHICAGO BUSINESS CENTER
2008- CERTIFIED – GLOBAL TRAVEL INTERNATIONAL IATA AGENT
2008- AWARDED – BEST SUPPORTING AND COLLABORATION FOR TODAYS YOUTH –NAVY PIER CHICAGO – IDES ILLINOIS -USA
The much awaited event of the year, the Special Movies Award is just a week away happening live at Coco Ocean Resort & Spa, Senegambia, The Gambia on 30th September, 2016. And guess what! More Big-Screen Stars have confirmed their attendance.
Awal Abdulfatai Rahmat is a dynamic, proactive and spontaneously creative young man who in his early 30’s has worthwhile experience in TV content management, media business development and media marketing communications with prowess in creating bespoke entertaining, exciting and engaging TV and radio contents.
Read: All Your Favorite Big-Screen Stars At The Special Movies Award (SMA) 2016 (Photos)
He gained his experience in media business by working with Digital Interactive Media Limited; producers of The Next Movie Star, Supermom Reality TV show, Excite on TV, Dormitory 8, Mama Bomboy and many other brands. He has worked in various capacities in the media shop as Head of Programmes, Head, Operations and Projects, Group Head, Business Development, Producer, Associate Producer, and also Project Executive in his early days in Media business. He has also represented the company in top executive meetings, media briefings, award events and forums.
Awal has worked with renowned corporate clients and companies like Procter and Gamble (P&G), MTN Nigeria, Coca Cola Nigeria, Dufill Foods, Promasidor, Reckitt Benckiser, Glo, Airtel, Etisalat and many more. He has also worked with media agencies like Media Reach OMD, Media Perspectives, MediaShare, Mediacomm, StarcomMedia and more.
He pioneered creative ideas and initiatives like “The African Child and St. Valentine” Project 2009; a unique idea to touch the lives of African youths about the true perception of the Valentine’s Day. He also initiated “Touch A Life, Africa” a non-governmental movement in conjunction with House of Rahmah to give the helpless and less privilege the right to proper health and education by enrolling less privilege children to nursery schools, vocational classes and providing supports for them against malaria and typhoid fever.
“when it comes to dreams, one may falter but the ONLY way to fail is for one to abandon them”
Read: Special Movie Awards (SMA) 2016: Date And Venue Confirmed
He moved to South Africa in December 2013 to join, then Planet Radio TV (Planet TV) channel 328 on Dstv as Producer and Sponsorship Executive. A year later, he registered his company McAwal Concerns Productions in South Africa, an arm of McAwal Concerns Ventures Nigeria. The Company has been making films and producing TV contents for some African TV stations to mention: StarSat South Africa, AzamTV Tanzania, eTV South Africa, SwaziTV Swaziland, ZukuTV Kenya, and many more. They are the producers of BoomBox, Glamazons, Excite Zambezi, Ladies First (Femme Diaries), The Commune Drama Series, Studio1205, FreshOut, The Chronicles TV Series, and Descent; the movie.
Awal is vast in all sects of TV content Production and Management, creating entertaining programmes on various media platforms that will engage viewers to an experience. He has the prowess to simplified Production; Less production funds but best quality with world class standard, to produce Premium, exclusive, entertaining and engaging TV formats and contents with panache, World Class Station Identity and brand representation, create marketing communications ideas and formats for advertisers’ brand building communications, converge traditional and new media in production and TV projects, initiate and implement 360 degrees approach to TV content development, deployment and management and create exportable African Contents that will easily find the right markets within and beyond borders and many more.
He has bagged; B.A Hons English & Literature; University of Lagos 2006, Oracle Database Administration on Solaris OS NIIT, Lagos 2009/2010, Certificate of Participation 2012; Creative Tai-Chi [Art, Copy, Inspiration, Presentation & Strategy], Project Management & Business Analyses Certificate; ESI International UK 2013.
Awal Abdulfatai Rahmat
MD/CEO, McAwal Concerns Productions Ltd
With over 10years experience in TV and film production, Chibuzor’s extensive and comprehensive hands-on production as well as content management had made him grow within the two giant production industries in Africa; Nigeria and South Africa.
After completing his certificate degree in Audio-Visual Communications at JB Casting Institute, he went further to study The Arts of TV & Digital Production, Advertising at AAA School of Advertising.
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Raised in a previously disadvantaged township in Nigeria, Chibuzor Nwankwo has a great appreciation for cultural diversity and struggle stories that Africa and the world has to offer. This breathes colour, life and true meaning into the creative briefs that he conceptualizes and stories he wishes to tell the rest of the world.
As the pioneer and principal of AQ Entertainment which is a registered film Production Company in South Africa, he has driven a pan African project entitled “Descent” which features Nollywood legend; Zack Orji and South Africa superstar Matt Stern. Under same umbrella, he has financed other pan African projects such as “The Chronicles” amongst others.
Chibuzor who happens to feature in some of this production has been able to breathe life into exciting TV projects across Africa. He is passionate and well equipped with the right mind to identifying African talent and promoting her culture and tradition.
Time: Red carpet begins 7.00pm
Venue: Coco Ocean Resort & Spa, Senegambia, The Gambia
For more enquiries please call +220 7007210 7294702 3702422 9218375 7541114 SMA celebrating excellence in films taking the Gambia films to the next level….
Be there and have fun!!!
Special Movie Award Guest of honour Desmond Finney is a veteran multi – talented Sierraleone movie star
Desmond Finney is a veteran multi – talented Sierraleone movie star. A graduate from Fourah Bay College, Sierra Leone, Desmond Finney has been in the field of acting directing and producing spanning a period of 20 years.
He has appeared in over Forty African movies and was nominated Best Newcomer for the African Movie Awards ‘Zafaa’ in the United Kingdom ,Best supporting Actor by the Giama awards in Houston Texas and won Best Actor AWOL Sierra Leone .
He was also nominated as best actor for the ‘Ansev Movie Awards’ in Sierra Leone and his movie ‘Diamond Wahala’ has won two awards as best comedy at the Sierra Leone International Film Festival and the Ansev Movie Awards.
He has worked alongside industry greats like Desmond Elliot, Ramsey Noah, Rita Dominic, John Okafor( Mr Ibu),Mike Ezerounye, Morris K. Essay, Jimmy B ,Fatima Jabbi and many more shooting in Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone and The Gambia.