Leading actress Omotola Jalade-Ekehinde, Ali Nuhu and popular film maker, Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen are the recipients of the Best of Nollywood Awards 2017 Special Recognition award, the organizers have announced.
The event holds on Saturday, December 16, at the Cultural Centre, Abeokuta, Ogun State. The chief host is the state governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun.
Speaking on the choice of the awardees, Seun Oloketuyi, executive producer, BON Awards, said “We are glad to announce Omotola Jalade Ekehinde, Ali Nuhu and Lancelot Oduwa-Imasuen as recipients of this year’s Special Recognition Awards. You would concur that they deserve it for their achievements and contributions to the industry.”
Continuing, Oloketuyi said “in the last decade, no actor from the northern part of the country has broken barriers and crossed over to the mainstream Nollywood like Ali Nuhu. Apart from that, he has inspired an entire generation of Northern youths to see a career in Nollywood. He is a true and constant Northern legend, not just a star.”
Describing Omotola as Nigeria’s biggest cinematic export, Oloketuyi said, “There was no contest in her choice in spite of her relatively young age. Here is a lady who broke into the industry before she turned 18 and two decades after, is still a veritable box-office face in an industry known for ephemeral stars. It goes beyond luck.
The recognition from TIME Magazine as one of the Most Influential 100 people in the world in 2013 is a pointer to her relentless artistic enterprise and ingenuity. And we, at BON Awards are happy to be associated with such iconic actor.”