For its incisive coverage and balanced reporting of Nollywood activities, Vanguardâ€™sÂ Home Video People will tomorrow, in Lagos wrestle for two different categories of awards organized by reputable stakeholders in the movie industry.
The two events, Best of Nollywood Awards, BON, and Nollywood Outstanding Personality Awards (NOPA) will hold simultaneously at different event venues in Ikeja.
Whereas the Best of Nollywood Awards, coordinated by publisher of the Best of Nollywood magazine, Seun Oloketuyi is billed to hold at Martinos Hotel and Hall, in Ikeja. The prestigious White House also located in Ikeja will serve as the venue for Nollywood Outstanding Personality Awards.
Already the atmosphere is charged as expectations run high in respect of tomorrowâ€™s awards nights.
According to the CEO of NOPA, Mr. Stanley Okoronkwo, Vanguard Newspaper is to be honoured for â€œits incisive coverage and reportage of Nollywood.â€ Movie critics, Shuaibu Husseni and Oji Onoko will equally receive the Diamond Pen Awards at the occasion, which will parade Nollywood stars.
For the Best of Nollywood Awards, the anchorman of VanguardÂ Home Video People, is nominated in the category of Journalist of the Year Award. Heâ€™s nominated alongside other movie reporters including, Victor Akande of The Nation, Sam Olatunji of The Sun, David Ajiboye-Tribune and TadeAsifat from Encomium magazine.
Early in the week, Mr. Oloketuyi named Cool DJ Jimmy Jatt and pretty actress, Dakore EgbusonÂ as comperes for the Best of Nollywood (BON) Awards. Their choice, as he explained, wasÂ based on the need to â€œuse tested and trusted entertainers as they fit perfectly with the status of the awards.â€
Tagged â€˜Desire nothing moreâ€™, the Best of NollywoodÂ awards is a celebration of the achievement of those who have distinguished themselves in the movie industry in 2008. Twenty five awards will be given at the event- 19Â in different categories and 6 special recognition awards to be given out to six people who act as role models to aspiring film makers.
Also, addressing the press last Monday, ahead of the NOPA award ceremony, Mr. Okoronkwo, disclosed thatÂ the awardees are selected based on merit and not that of favouritism, adding that â€œthe awards are for those that deserve to be honoured. NOPA does not know ethnicity, religion or creed. I am sure that our list will speak for itself.â€
NOPA, according to Mr. Okoronkwo,Â â€œis instituted to celebrate excellence and honour high achievers, institutions and corporate bodies that have contributed to the existence, growth and acceptance of Nollywood as a universal brand.