Nollywood’s most promising and talented all gathered in Abia State for the Best of Nollywood Awards (BON) which promised a lot especially when the organisers announced that nominees and guests turn out in their Made-in-Nigeria clothing.
But the event which was initially slated to be staged in Umuahia was moved to the commercial city of Aba because the International Conference Centre (currently under construction) in the capital city was not yet-up to required standards.
The sudden change however whipped up logistical challenges as some few hours before the event was supposed to begin, tired looking thespians and other movie buffs invited to grace the occasion made their way from Umuahia to Aba due to the change of venue.
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However, the host of the award ceremony, Okey Bakassi did his very best to anchor the event which started hours behind schedule at a venue which did little to add verve and spark to the awards which has been rewarding the excellent works of those toiling and sweating to produce and star in feel-good and educative movies in the last eight years.
The biggest winners on the night were actors like Toyin Aimakhu (Best Actress Yoruba Movie), Yomi Fabiyi (Best Actor Yoruba Movie), Adesuwa Etomi (Best Actress Supporting Role), Gabriel Afolayan (Best Actor Supporting Role), Rotimi Folarin (Revelation of the Year Male), Bukky Adeeyo (Revelation of the Year Female).
The trio of Chief Chika Opala a.k.a Chief Zebrudaya of the New Masquerade fame, prolific actress, Sola Shobowale; and filmmaker, Fidelis Duker were also honoured with special recognition awards for their contribution to the development of the movie industry.
By Ahmed Boulor…
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