As preparations are being finalised for the 14th edition of one of Nigeria’s most prestigious film awards, Best Of Nollywood (BON) Awards, organisers have announced three Nollywood veterans as worthy recipients of the Special Recognition Awards.
The trio of Jide Josoko, Ebele Okaro and Pete Edochie are lined up to be celebrated for their immense impact on the industry over the last three decades.
Prince Jide Kosoko, who attended Yaba College of Technology and majored in business administration, debuted as a young actor in a television show called Makanjuola. He has been in various Nollywood films in both English and Yoruba. Jide Kosoko has written and produced several of his own films and theatrical plays, including Ogun Ahoyaya. Kosoko rose to prominence during the video cinema period, appearing in Asewo To Re Mecca and Tunde Kelani’s Ti Oluwa Ni’Le, Part 2. The thespian produced his first film, Asiri Nla in 1992, but has gone on to produce several others and featuring as an influential actor in scores of movies.
Ebele Okaro, London-born, Enugu-raised actress began acting as a teen in Santa Maria Primary School and proceeded to Queen of the Holy Rosary Secondary School in Nsukka. Her passion for the dramatic arts stood her out and she switched programmes to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts from the University of Calabar. Following her graduation from university, Okaro completed her National Youth Service at the Nigerian Television Authority, where she appeared on television for the first time. After a stint at an embassy in Lagos and a bank, she returned to Nollywood. Okaro created and performed in the 2014 film Musical Whispers, which argues for compassionate care for autistic children. Ebele Okaro’s influence in the industry has earned her the moniker “Mama Nollywood”, dutifully respected by both fans and colleagues.
Pete Edochie is one veteran whose legendary personality has put him on such a pedestal only a few of the people in his class can attain. Pete began his artistry career as a radio broadcaster at the age of 20, as a junior programming assistant before being promoted to the position of director. He grew to become the managing director before leaving Anambra Broadcasting Service (ABS). Edochie’s big acting break can be traced back to his epic role in Things Fall Apart which earned him an international award. The BBC flew into Nigeria to interview him for that role and the master actor has gone on to feature in over 80 movies, earning all sorts of accolades in the last three decades.
Jide Kosoko, Ebele Okaro and Pete Edochie’s impacts both on and off screen are worthy of celebrations and such is with the Special Recognition to be conferred on them at this year’s BON Awards, holding on the 3rd of December in Owerri, the Imo State capital.
These thespians are also known to have influenced their children into starting a career in the industry, starting another progressive curve of rising stars of Nollywood. Jide Kosoko’s four children, Temilade, Sola, Bidemi, and Muyiwa, Pete Edochie’s son, Yul Edochie are brilliant fruits of the veterans in the industry.
These veterans join the eventual winners of the 30 categories of awards for a worthy celebration.
It can be recalled that the full nomination list for BON Awards 2022 was earlier released with the movie ‘Ayinla’ leading the nominations count.
Here comes the bride! Peggy Ovire and Frederick Leonard look glamorous on their traditional wedding outfits
It is all Glitz and glamour as Nollywood actress Peggy Ovire and her boo, Frederick Leonard hold their traditional marriage ceremony in Asaba, Delta State today Saturday, November 19.
It is indeed a colourful occasion as lots of their colleagues have stormed the venue looking all glammed up.
The couple stepped out in white for their first appearance to greet their guests.
Moments later, the beautiful bride went in to don another beautiful outfit, this time an all pink combination.
The Love bird had earlier released their pre-wedding photo ahead of marriage ceremony.
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The excited new bride unveiled the photo on her verified Instagram page on Thursday evening.
She captioned the beautiful image: “Better than I was, more than I am ……. and all of this happened by taking your hands & letting God lead.
This is followed by several congratulatory messages from their colleagues in the entertainment industry.
Recall that Peggy Ovire held her bridal shower on Sunday November 13.
The Pregnant actress shared videos and photos from the exciting moments on her verified Instagram page.
PeggyOvire showed clips and photos of how her female colleagues gathered round to celebrate and bade her farewell from spinsterhood.
Movie stars like Tana Adelana, Iyabo Ojo, Mary Lazarus and more lit up the occasion and added more colours.
After years of speculation, actor Frederick Leonard and his colleague, PeggyOvire, had confirmed that they are set to wed.
The couple, who recently got engaged, will hold their traditional wedding in Warri, Delta State, this November.
The actor dropped the hint when he took to his Instagram page to celebrate the birthday of Ms Ovire, a year older , a few weeks ago.
Before now, the duo has had an on-and-off thing going, leaving fans guessing about the actual state of things.
Their relationship dates back to 2015, when Frederick confirmed they were dating
However, in 2017, Ms Ovire denied romantic affiliation with the actor.
In an interview, the former beauty queen said that Mr Leonard is her friend who encourages her.
“In the entertainment industry, it is tough to find someone that would look out for and advise you. He does all that for other people in the industry and me, like my brother. Contrary to what was reported, I have never been married in my life, and I have never even introduced any man to my dad. I am still single.”
Shaffy Bello, Andy Amenechi, Sambasa Nzeribe win big at Abuja Int’l Film Festival
It was another year of dominance for Nigerian films and filmmakers as they dominated the 19th edition of the Abuja International Film Festival with the theme: CHALLENGES AND PROSPECTS OF DIGITAL STREAMING REVOLUTION GLOBALLY.
The Film Festival which is the longest running film festival in Anglophone west Africa received an unprecedented 1,987 films from 97 countries, while about 49 films and filmmakers respectively made the nominees list at awards ceremony.
According to the Festival Director Temitope Duker who spoke journalist on the sidelines of the award ceremony, which held on Thursday 3rd November 2023 at Silverbird Cinemas with 115 films, screened during the 5 days film festival.
A total of 21 Films and Filmmakers carted home the awards on the night. The Night didn’t end without the newly introduced short film competition by Abuja International Film Festival and Hypo Home Care Product tagged SHOOT TO CLEAN that had over 187 films submitted over a 2 weeks window with the theme on Hygiene.
Interestingly, after a rigorous screening exercise by the Jury which had Segun Arinze, Monalisa Chinda, Mykael Parish, Charles Inojie, Temitope Duker and Akintayo Akinseloyin, 25 films will were shortlisted of which the final winning films were announced at the award ceremony.
The Winning Clean to Shoot films were MY JUJU (2ND RUNNER UP), DIRTY SPACE (1ST RUNNER UP) and RULE NO 1 (WINNER). The event played host to top movie actors and producers like Segun Arinze, Monalisa Chinda, Papel Paul, Bond Emeruwa, Victor Okhai, Steve Eboh, Charles Ojugbana, Tanko Yinusa, Alhaji Adedayo Thomas DG National Film and Video Censors Board, Dr. John Asein DG Nigerian Copyright Commission, Charles Inojie, Yibo Koko, Mykael Parish, Sydney Diala, Moji Danisa, Barbara Odoh, Akintayo Akinseloyin of Hypo Home Care Products.
According to the Festival Communication Officer, Fidelia Duker, unlike the 2021 edition that had 1561 entries with 92 selected for screenings and 42 nominated for possible awards, Nigerian filmmakers won 9 out of the 15 categories.
Speaking on the 19th edition, Fidelis Duker the Founder of the Abuja International Film Festival, noted that the he is excited that the festival has come to stay after crossing the 18 years mark of adulthood especially with the locals owning the Film festival as was the experience with the 19th edition.
Speaking on the theme of the festival this year which centered on the revolution of streaming platforms which has become the global trend and its impact on the future of filmmaking in Nigeria that has a lot of prospect for the development of the nation,” said Duker.
Speaking during the Film Festival, Veteran Actor and Former President of Actors Guild of Nigeria commended the tenacity of the organizers for sustaining the festival this pass 19 years as he looks forward to the 20th edition next year.
Also speaking at the sideline of the film festival Charles Okwuowulu whose film won the two hundred thousand-naira cash prize for his film MY JUJU in the SHOOT TO CLEAN competition and he believes the award will spur him to contribute more in the industry.
Former President of Screenwriter Guild of Nigeria and Veteran Actor Charles Inojie commended the organizers of the Abuja International Film Festival for keeping the festival for 19 years amidst the challenging economic realities. “Nollywood is growing, we have our movie showing all over the world and it’s gaining outside recognition, it’s a win for us.”
As part of the rituals of the festival, the Executive Governor of Lagos Mr Babajide Sanwoolu was honored with the distinguished merit award of the festival for ho several interventions and support for the development for the industry. It is on record that he has during his tenure created capacity building initiatives that has so far trained over 2000 aspiring and established filmmakers in different aspects of filmmaking.
According to the organisers, Mr. Sanwoolu has also created funding opportunities which include grants and interest free loans that several filmmakers have so far accessed. Also mentioned is the new film city being built around the Epe area of lagos.
During the event, award winners were announced as follows:
- Efere Ozako Outstanding Experimental Film
winner – Freetown To Flatbush – USA
- Outstanding short film (Nigeria)
Winner – May 27th – Smart Edikan
- Outstanding feature film (Foreign)
Winner – The Day I was Twenty – China
- Outstanding feature film (Nigeria)
Winner Andy Amenechi – Enough of Silence
- Outstanding short film (Foreign)
Winner – The Day I was Twenty – China
- Outstanding male actor
Winner Sambasa Nzeribe – Enough of Silence – Nigeria
- Outstanding female actor
Winner Shaffy Bello – Obsession – Nigeria
- Outstanding films music score
Winner ‘Sin City – Nigeria
- Outstanding film directing
Winner Sin City – Muyiwa Ademola – Nigeria
- Outstanding film Animation
Winner – Larvae Story – Korea
- Audience Choice Award
Winner – Obsession – Nigeria
- Outstanding Documentary film
Winner – Journey of Igbo Civilization – Nigeria
- Outstanding Student film
Winners – Aminata – Spain & Once a perfect Murder – Nigeria
- Golden Jury Award
Winner – Enough of Silence – Nigeria
Mercy Aigbe’s ex-husband, Lanre Gentry to mark mother’s rememberance in grand style
Nollywood actress Mercy Aigbe’s ex-husband, Lanre Gentry is set to mark his mother’s remeberance in grand style.
The businessman had taken to his Instagram page to share a video frame of his late mother.
Lanre penned a touching tribute to her and prayed for her soul.
From the video he posted online, preparations are already in gear for his mother’s rememberance.
“My mother may your soul continue to rest in peace. Late Madam Veronica Gentry. In remeberance of a great woman today!”.
Lanre Gentry marks birthday
His mother’s rememberance is coming few days after he marked a new age on October 7th.
The businessman took to his Instagram page to share a photo of him accompanied with heartwarming caption.
Lanre expressed his gratitude to God for his life as he begged his fans to help him glorify God for all the good things that has happened in his life.
“Today is my birthday glory be to God almighty for my life. What I need from everyone is just help me glorify God for all the Good things that has happened in my life”.
Kemi Filani news recalls that Lanre Gentry celebrated his first wedding anniversary on, September 11.
The businessman took to his Instagram page to mark his first anniversary.
Sharing a photo of him and his wife, he appreciated God for upholding their marriage.
“Today makes it one year of our marriage. 11th September 2021, in God I trust and I will always glorify Him. Without Him, who am I? Thank God for the gift of life. Happy Sunday”.
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