By Benjamin Njoku
For Nollywood stars, including Muyiwa Ademola, Tope Tedela, Chelsea Eze, Jibola Daboh and Mimi Orjiekwe among others, their visit to Akure, the Ondo State capital, last Sunday, was an eye-opening and heart-warming experience.
That was the day they stormed the state capital to read and inspire students from secondary schools around the state as part of the Best of Nollywood Awards Celebrity Reading, a precursor to the BON Awards holding in December.
This year’s BON Awards is sponsored by the Ondo State government.
Held inside the expansive hall of the St. James Caring Heart Mega School, Akure, students, teachers and parents filled the hall to catch a glimpse of the Nollywood stars.
And they were not disappointed, neither were the students for whom the event held. Equally exciting for the students was the presence of the First Lady, Mrs Kemi Mimiko, who partook in the reading session with the stars and select students. The book of choice was the bestselling Half of A Yellow Sun authored by Chimamanda Ngozi-Adichie.
During the mentoring session, the avuncular Jibola Daboh, a star of many films advised the students to make their education top priority, saying, “Without education, you cannot be anything. You must learn and learn and just keep learning. Many of us are successful today because we chose education.”
Also, speaking in the same vein, Bidemi Kosoko, winner of the 2011 BON Most Promising Act Award, advocated that only education and focus can take one to the zenith of their career.
Bidemi is the daughter of legendary actor, Jide Kosoko. While responding to a question about what it takes to be a successful actor, Ademola, the second highest recipient of the BON Awards since inception, beaten only by Kunle Afolayan, declared that education and training are the major ingredients required to soar as an actor.