By Benjamin Njoku
Host to African movie stars, government officials and politicians as the second edition of the prestigious annual Nollywood and African Film Critics’ Awards (NAFCA) begins today, September 15 and its expected to end the next day, Sunday, September 16, 2012 .
Already the city is wearing a festive look as most of the guests arrived last night ahead of today’s opening of the event. .
Commenting on the awards from Raleigh North Carolina, the founder, Dr. Olatoye said, “the mood is festive, it is like Christmas in September.” Some of the guests are on ground already.
NAFCA nominated Actor, Van Vicker is already in Atlanta Georgia, in preparation for his role as the Guest Host. Also, Hostess actress, Angela Okorie has arrived USA Raleigh Durham International Airport for the event.
Already in Atlanta is Governor Owelle Rochas Okorocha of Imo State. Other dignitaries from Senegal include the legendary Grammy awards winner, Youssou N’Dour who is also the Senegalese Minister of Culture and Tourism and a 10-man delegate from the Senegalese government to grace the African Oscars”. Meanwhile, most Nollywood stars arrived last night amid warmth and applause.
HVP gathered that VIP guest will be having a former launch at the NAFCA CEO’s multi-million dollar estate at the upscale Brier Creek Country club in Raleigh, North Carolina this evening. The music will be soft, classy, the attire is formal and attendance is by invitation.
Olatoye assures that “this year’s awards will be our biggest to date with musical performances by 12 singers from across Africa including Nigeria, Ghana, Congo, Cameroon, Gabon and Angola to welcome our guests from around the world.
No one is sleeping this weekend because of the two after parties on Saturday and Sunday at the Nigerian owned Pack House Bar of Raleigh.
NAFCA is also partnering with over 130 media powerhouses to help achieve the goal of reaching over 500 million people with the good news about the growing African Cinema. We are also partnering with North Carolina Museum of Art to premier for the first time an African film on the 15th of September a day before the major awards at the famed and prestigious Carolina Theater”.
So far we have sold over 700 tickets; all the Platinum VIP tickets are almost sold out. The African communities in the Diaspora are going gaga over NAFCA this year and a lot of shopping and celebration and the social network is on about NAFCA related conversations and news.
According to the organisers, NAFCA ‘is an award ceremony in North America for the African Movie industry worldwide and it serves as an award of merit for distinctive achievement.”