By Benjamin Njoku
Nigeria’s seasoned actor and broadcaster, Sadiq Daba, who was adjudged the Best Actor in a Leading Role in Africa at this year’s Africa Movie Academy Award,AMAA, is set to make another history as he has been nominated for the Best Actor category in the forthcoming Best of Nollywood Awards.
Sadiq was nominated again for his role as Inspector Danladi Waziri in Kunle Afolayan’s thriller, “October 1.” He will be battling for the award with the likes of IK Ogbonna (My Rich Boyfriend), Mike Omoregbee(Invasion 1897), Gabriel Afolayan (Ojuju) and Okey Uzoeshi (The Date). Also, Femi Adebayo and Odunade Adekola will battle for Best Yoruba Actor award alongside Muyiwa Ademola, Lateef Adedimeji and Bayo Alawiye.
However, Stephanie Okereke’s “Dry”alongside Kunle Afolayan‘s “October 1” emerged top of the list with 11 nominations each. Nominations bagged by ‘Dry’ include, Best Actress in Leading Role (English) –Stephanie Okereke, Best supporting Actress (English) Liz Benson, Best Child Actress – Zubaida Ibrahim Fagge, Movie with the Best Social Message, Best Special Effect, Best Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Sound Track, Movie with the Best Production Design, Best Cinematography, Movie of the Year and Director of the Year.
Announcing the nominees earlier in the week, at an unveiling ceremony, which held in Akure, the Ondo State capital, BON’s head of Screeners’ Committee, Niran Adedokun, a Marketing Communications expert and entertainment enthusiast said, about 150 films were entered for the 40 categories this year, out of which 27 were short films.
Whereas a lot of English and Yoruba films were entered for different categories of the award, Adedokun lamented that the Screeners’ Committee received only one Igbo film again this year, five Hausa films and one Idoma film. “I hope the situation will be different in subsequent years,” he added.
Emphasizing the importance of indigenous movie, Adedokun said, “ apart from the fact that we celebrate the success of movie making in Nigeria, BON awards specifically concern itself with the promotion of the Nigerian culture. Our young ones hardly speak or understand their mother tongues. Film making is one of the ways in which we can preserve our indigenous languages. In this regard, BON is set to look at that lacuna that exists in the art of film making in Nigeria.”
Speaking further, Adedokun said, “Judging from the entries we got for this year’s awards, we can boldly say that filmmaking is moving forward in Nigeria. Despite the challenges associated with piracy, lack of structures in place and organized private sector non-patronage, our film makers are producing wonderful films that can compete favourably with any movie produced anywhere in the world.”
Earlier in his remark, the Founder/ Executive Producer of the awards, Seun Oloketuyi, expressed gratitude to Governor Mimiko for accepting to host this year’s award ceremony in his state. He promised that this year’s BON awards will turn out to be one of the best they have organized in recent times. The award ceremony comes up on Saturday,December 12, at the newly constructed International Conference Centre, Akure.
Hosted by actor Segun Arinze, the nominees’ unveil, was attended by Ondo State governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, his executives and a number of beauty queens who added glamour to the event. The nominees’ unveil, precedes the awards ceremony which is billed for Saturday, December 12, at the newly constructed International Conference Centre, Akure.