Up and coming actress, Kiki Omeili of ‘Married But Living Single’, which starred Funke Akindele and Joseph Benjamin, has been announced the winner as the Best actress in a supporting role (English language film) that had Nse Ikpe Etim and Oge Okoye.
Kiki was announced winner for the 17th African Film Awards 2012 otherwise known as Afro Hollywood Awards at a special ceremony held in Akure, Ondo State, Nigeria on Wednesday 10 October. This has now qualified her, along with other winners, to attend the 17th African Film Awards 2012 ceremony holding on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at the historic Stratford Town Hall, 29 Broadway, Stratford, London, UK.
Also announced winners at the announcement ceremony held in Akure were Tonto Dikeh who defeated Chika Ike and Omoni Oboli to win as the best actress (English movie), Femi Adebayo, Hafiz Oyetoro, Helen Paul, Andy Best and others.
The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) Governorship candidate in Ondo State, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN), who attended the event said “I’m happy Governor Rauf Aregbesola supports you and I want to assure you that if we are voted into power in Ondo, he will not saddle it alone, we shall support.
“To our artistes here tonight, your endorsement mean a lot to us. Your presence at our campaigns mean a lot to us. A lot of people come to our campaigns because they want to see you, listen to you.”
The publisher of African Voice Newspaper UK, which organised the awards, Prince Mike Abiola, said, “I am pleased with the result of the strenuous work of the distinguished and independent panel of film critics who endeavored to see many Nollywood films to arrive at the winners.
“Congratulations to all the winners and nominees. The decision to host the ceremony in Ondo State was made as part of the need for changes to how African leaders support entertainment and tourism.”
The winner of the African Actor of the Year will be announced in London at the glamorous ceremony. Joseph Benjamin of Nigeria (Tango With Me), Van Vicker of Ghana and South Africa’s Jafta Mamabolo (Otelo Burning) are contesting for the award’s category.
The full winners’ list are;
Best Actress (English language film) Tonto Dike
Best Actress (Supporting Role in an English language film) Kiki Omeili
Best Actress (Yoruba language film) Ayo Adesanya
Best Actress (Supporting Role in a Yoruba language film) Toyin Aimaku
Best Actor (Yoruba language film) Adefemi Salami
Best Actor (Supporting Role in a Yoruba language film) Muka Ray
Best Actor (Hausa language film) Aminu Sherif Momoh
Best Actress (Hausa language film) Mayam Booth
Veteran Actor Tafa Oloyede
Veteran Actress Abeni Balogun
Best Director (English film) Mahmud Ali Balogun
Best Director (Yoruba film) Yemi Amodu
Best Marketer (Yoruba film) Biodun Ibitola (Remdel Ultimal)
Best Marketer (English film) Andy Best
Best Male Comedy Talent Hafiz Oyetoro (Saka)
Best Female Comedy Talent Helen Paul (Tatafo)