BY JULIET EBIRIM
Home Video People anchorman, Benjamin Njoku was one of the four journalists who were honoured last Tuesday by the Association of Nollywood Core Producers, ANCOP, in Lagos.
Mr. Njoku was honoured with the Nollywood watchdog award for his objective and balanced coverage of Nollywood and indeed, the Nigerian Entertainment industry.
Other recipients were Ngozi Emedilobe of the National Mirror Newspapers, Mandu Umoh of TV Continental and media consultant and columnist, Justin Akpovi-Esade.
The likes of actor, Ejike Asiegbu, Director-General, National Broadcasting Commission Emeka Mba, Chairman of the Copyright Society of Nigeria, Tony Okoroji, Amaka Igwe, Victor Ashaolu, Tunde Kelani, Patrick Doyle also received awards for their contributions to the growth of the industry. The awards were given out to the deserving individuals at the 2013 edition of ANCOP-FIAPF International Film Forum, which held last Tuesday, at Protea hotel, GRA, Ikeja.
ANCOP President, Alex Eyengho explained that the awards remain part of his association’s way of encouraging those who have laboured selflessly to add value to nation’s movie industry.Eyengho said, although this is the maiden edition of the awards,his association has a plan to make it a yearly affair.
“The awards which we are giving out to deserving recipients today is a way of celebrating them while they are still alive. These are people and institution, that have added measurable and verifiable value to Nollywood and indeed, the Nigerian creative industry generally over the decades, Eyengho said.