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July 23, 2010

Stakeholders hail Aki’s MFR award, plead for Paw-paw

By Ben Njoku
Deluge of commendations from all quarters have greeted last Thursday’s National honour(MFR) bestowed on Nollywood actor, Chinedu Ikedieze a.k.a Aki by the Federal Government.

Stakeholders in the motion picture industry want government to extend same gesture to his screen twin, Osita Iheme popularly known as Paw-Paw, for justice to prevail. This is necessary because both started off their careers same time, featured in the same movies and won many laurels together Chinedu was one of the twenty-two distinguished Nigerians who were accorded recognition by the Federal Government last Thursday.

Some of the stakeholders who spoke to HVP concerning the award saw it as a welcome development to the nation’s motion picture industry, while few others who were not comfortable with the gesture queried the rationale behind the government’s decision.


They pointed out that although the diminutive actor has made his mark in the industry, there are several veteran actors and producers who are begging to be recognised by the system.

Next year could be Paw-Paw’s turn – Elkanah

First and foremost, it’s heart-warming to acknowledge that the government is beginning
to accord the creative industry operators their deserved recognition.

Once upon a time, such National awards were reserved for politicians and those who could afford to pay for it. But today, all that has changed. If Aki and Paw-Paw were not born twins and even if the were both ‘rule of tomb’ then, both of them deserved to be honoured. May be, Paw-paw will be honoured next year.

What’s good for the goose, good for the gander – Alozie Uzoukwu,
Entertainment Journalist

It’s sheer meaness on the part of the government that Nollywood which discovered them and gave them equal role opportunities is being ignored.

It’s also reflective of government nonchalance on the efforts of some individuals to create an industry out of nothing, where they have failed woefully. Please remind them once again that what’s good for the geese(Aki) is equally good for the gander(Paw-Paw) and it’s not at all order thing.

Big blunder– Chris Ikejimba, actor and producer

That’s a big blunder. I have always had issues with the selection process, the parameter used in measuring the eligibility of the awardees. Now I ’ve been justified or otherwise why will one be preferred out of a pair of handicapped boys that showed ability in disability.

I asked same question– Linda Ikeji, Model and Entertainment consultant
I asked the same question on my Blog, let’s wait for answers. But I personally think it’s unfair.

They are like one and two. The federal government shouldn’t have honoured one person and ignored the other.

Why didn’t govt. nominate me?

– Julius Agu, ace-comedian

It’s absolutely wrong. Why didn’t they nominate me. After all, I have made a lot of contribution to the entertainment industry. I don’t understand the criteria used in nominating recipients of the awards. But if it’s judged by your height, I think, I’m taller than Aki I wonder why the federal government should not consider me qualified enough to be honoured.

Aki deserve the award– Yakubu, AGN Secretary-General

It’s a welcome development for Nollywood, something worthy of emulation. The award is bound to open ways for the practitioners. I don’t know the criteria the government used in nominating him, but I think he deserves the honour that has been accorded him by the federal government.