The Nigeria Film Corporation (NFC) has described the naming of six Nollywood stars as recipients of this year’s National Awards by the Federal Government as a true testament of the great impact the motion picture industry is having on the socio-cultural life and economy of the nation.
In a statement, from the Headquarters of the Film Agency in Jos, Plateau State, Managing Director of Nigerian Film Corporation, Afolabi Adesanya said it was indeed heartwarming that the motion picture industry has continued to garner recognition and accolades from home and abroad, for rebranding Nigeria as the motion picture nation of the African continent, redefining African cinema and as a tool for international diplomacy.
The NFC boss also commended the recipients whose acting and creative careers, spanning several years, have transformed the dynamics of socio-cultural life of movie fans and enthusiasts globally.
To join other distinguished Nigerians to be honoured are Genevieve Nnaji, an actress who no doubt has been the toast of young Nigerian female folks, Stephanie Okereke; veteran international actor, Olu Jacobs; Kanayo O. Kanayo, and Osita Iheme (aka pawpaw). They all bagged the Member of Order of the Federal Republic (MFR).
NFC spearheaded the recommendations for nomination of motion picture practitioners for recognition for National Awards in 2005. Since then till date, over 18 practitioners have been duly honoured. They include, Dr Yemi Farounbi, (OON), Chief Wale Adenuga (MFR) and Chief Lari Williams (MFR). Others are Justus Esiri (OON), Chief Adebayo Faleti (OON), Brendan Shehu (OON), Mrs. Taiwo Ajai-Lycett(OON), Chief Pete Edochie (MON), Mr. Frank Aig-Imoukhuede (OON), late Yusuf Mohammed (MFR)Mr. Zeb Ejiro (OON), Chief Peter Igho (MFR) and Chief Eddie Ugbomah (OON).
The National Honours Award scheme was instituted in 1963 to honour deserving citizens, and friends of Nigeria who have contributed to the development and progress of the Nation.