…The Costliest Award in the History of Nollywood
The African NAFCA Awards Show was a true “star-studded gala as the Hollywood legends, dignitaries and Nollywood stars came out to support the prestigious Film and Honorary Awards at the prestigious Saban Theatre of Beverly Hills. The American iconic and historic theatre was full to capacity with all the Who is Who in Hollywood including studio executives. Estimated 1900 guests attended the star studded prestigious award from over 30 countries including Japan. 59 press passes were granted from over 200 requests. Commenting on the event Steve Istock, the CEO of California Pictures said he wanted to know more about Nollywood and interested in some sort of collaborations. On the 13th of September at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills the African NAFCA honored thespians among the best in the field of entertainment. Over 500 Hollywood celebrities came to celebrate the strides being made in Nollywood, the second-biggest film-producer in the world after India.”
Dignitaries Attend NAFCA in Beverly Hills…
In attendance were dignitaries including; Royal Majesty Kabiyesi Oba Kole Ojutalayo representing the NAFCA Grand Patron, His Imperial Majesty Kabiyesi Alaiyeluwa Oba Okunade Sijuwade Olubuse II The Ooni of Ife, (a segment of the program was dedicated to the NAFCA Grand Patron). Honorable Ama Tutu Muna Cameroon Minister of Arts & Culture who received a Special NAFCA Image award in 2013 came down from Cameroon with a delegation of four to offer support to the prestigious award. Commenting on the award, Minister Muna says that all African countries should financially support NAFCA, because the African NAFCA is promoting the rich African culture and heritage to the world. It would be unpatriotic not to support this prestigious award, she concluded. Ben Bruce (CEO of Silverbird Group) said “the bringing of Nollywood and Hollywood together for the first time in its self was historic”. Special NAFCA Patriot award recipient Governor Yvon Alteon of Haiti said Haiti is committed to working with NAFCA. Hollywood’s renowned Cryptorealist Davood Roostaei in his effort to help the award grow, he donated to the African NAFCA a painting titled “Leaders of the World” appraised for three million dollars. Chief Alexander Ejiamatu of Ejiamatu Holdings received a Patriot Award and promised to collaborate and sponsor NAFCA events. President Jonathan Goodluck’s ADC Colonel Ojogbane Adegbe was also honored with a Special NAFCA Patriot award for his service to Nigeria.
The founder of the Patriotic Movement Ms. Eeefy Ify Ike of Beverly Hills was also honored with a Special NAFCA Patriot Award for empowering the youth.
Hollywood Legends Came Out to Support the African NAFCA
Over 500 Hollywood actors and filmmakers were in attendance. Hollywood legends including Louis Gossett Jr., Glynn Thurman, Nolbert Brown Jr., Tammi Mac, Kathleen Bradley, Music Executive Bright Enabulele, Dr. Maxine Anderson, Dr. Michael Obeng and Keith David, who were all honored with The Special NAFCA Honors. Actor Blair Underwood won the Best Actor in a Foreign film and director Neema Barnette (Director of the Cosby Show) won the Best Director in a Foreign film for the film “Woman Thou Art Loosed on the 7th Day. Other Hollywood stars in attendance included; Reatha Grey, Miguel Nunez, Nicoye Banks, KD Aubert, Tommy Tiny Lister, Kiki Shepard, Kayla Gordy Bristol who is the granddaughter of the legendary Motown founder, Shanica Knowles, Clemmons Twins, Peter Wise, Helen Summers, Pherell and Jamie Foxx among others.
Nollywood Equally Represented at NAFCA
Nollywood stars Majid Michel, Samuel Ruffy Quansha, Omoni Oboli, Juliet Ibrahim, Jeta Amata, Charles Okorocha, Anita Josephs, Nixon Productions and Chijioke Nnaji came to show support to this important and historic event. Nollywood USA/UK stars include; Chisom Oz Lee, Winstina Taylor, Nonsa Igbinosa, Mike Aki, Chet Anekwe, Ify Hollywood, Jennifer Oguzie, Ken Smart, Adi Alfa, Clara Folashade Fernaldo, Kelechi Eke, Robert Peters, Soleil Diva, Papa Gee, Chima Austin, Ivie Omo, Monica Swaida, Bridget John, Sputnic Erowac and Austeen Eboka among others.
Entertainment at NAFCA
Musical performances included a tribute to the music legend Bobby Womack, by Ginare Womack, Latrel Maloy and Millie Jackson. Aerial dancing by legendary Karen Ruby and award winning Michael Adegoke received standing ovation, Filon J brought the Afro pop alive while Emmanuel Ndupu, Samuel E and Werrason from the DRC energized the NAFCA guests. Chef Pieps of Hollywood’s wined and dined the VIP guests through the Afterparty where there were live music, lot of food and drinks.
The Future of the African NAFCA is bright and based on what happened this year the African NAFCA 2015 might have to be by invitation or with limited number of tickets for sale. The African NAFCA 2014 was hosted by Jackie Christie of Basketball Wives of LA, NAFCA award winning Michael Adegoke, Hollywood actor Lester Speight and Kalitta Smith.
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