By Ben Njoku
Deluge of commendations from all quarters have greeted last Thursdayâ€™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 nationâ€™s motion picture industry, while few others who were not comfortable with the gesture queried the rationale behind the governmentâ€™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-Pawâ€™s turn â€“ Elkanah
First and foremost, itâ€™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 â€˜rule of tombâ€™ then, both of them deserved to be honoured. May be, Paw-paw will be honoured next year.
Whatâ€™s good for the goose, good for the gander â€“ Alozie Uzoukwu,
Itâ€™s sheer meaness on the part of the government that Nollywood which discovered them and gave them equal role opportunities is being ignored.
Itâ€™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 whatâ€™s good for the geese(Aki) is equally good for the gander(Paw-Paw) and itâ€™s not at all order thing.
Big blunderâ€“ Chris Ikejimba, actor and producer
Thatâ€™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 â€™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 questionâ€“ Linda Ikeji, Model and Entertainment consultant
I asked the same question on my Blog, letâ€™s wait for answers. But I personally think itâ€™s unfair.
They are like one and two. The federal government shouldnâ€™t have honoured one person and ignored the other.
Why didnâ€™t govt. nominate me?
â€“ Julius Agu, ace-comedian
Itâ€™s absolutely wrong. Why didnâ€™t they nominate me. After all, I have made a lot of contribution to the entertainment industry. I donâ€™t understand the criteria used in nominating recipients of the awards. But if itâ€™s judged by your height, I think, Iâ€™m taller than Aki I wonder why the federal government should not consider me qualified enough to be honoured.
Aki deserve the awardâ€“ Yakubu, AGN Secretary-General
Itâ€™s a welcome development for Nollywood, something worthy of emulation. The award is bound to open ways for the practitioners. I donâ€™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.