Winners have emerged in the 17th African Film Awards 2012 a.k.a Afro Hollywood Awards at a special ceremony held in Akure, Ondo State, Nigeria recently. Sultry actresses, Tonto Dike and Helen Paul were some of the winners of the awards organised by African Voice Newspaper, UK.
The high point of the event was when a new acting talent, Kiki Omeili of Married But Living Single was adjudged winner of Best Actress in supporting role in an English language film. She defeated Oge Okoye and Nse Ikpe Etim while Tonto Dike emerged Best Actress of the year, defeating Omoni Oboli and Chika Ike.
The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) Governorship candidate in Ondo State, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu SAN, assisted by his deputy Dr. Paul Akintelure, announced and presented certificates of excellence to the winners in each award category.
The winners will be attending the prestigious annual awards slated for 3 November in London. Mr. Akeredolu was full of praises for the African Film Awards’ organisers and the winners of the awards.
“I’m happy Governor Rauf Aregbesola supports you. To our artistes here tonight, your endorsement means 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.
“Nigerians are adjudged the happiest people in the world because our artistes make us happy. Our youths maintain their sanity because of our artistes, despite the failure of successive visionless governments.
“You will be amazed to know that our youths know your lines, they make your moves more than you do because they love your art; they watch you. You are important to us.”
In the Best Actor Yoruba Language films category, Femi Adebayo also defeated Odunlade Adekola and Gabriel Afolayan to emerge the winner.
The winner of the African Actor of the Year will be announced in London at a glamorous ceremony. The contest is between Joseph Benjamin of Nigeria (Tango With Me), Van Vicker of Ghana and one of South Africa’s leading actors, Jafta Mamabolo (famed for his role in Otelo Burning).
Prince Mike Abiola, publisher of African Voice Newspaper UK and Chairman of the awards organisation, said, “I am so pleased with the result of the distinguished and independent panel of film critics who endeavoured to watch 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 to change how African leaders support entertainment and tourism.
“Other leaders should also imbibe the exemplary leadership quality of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola governor State of Osun who is the special Guest of Honour ably represented by Mr. Dele Ogunsakin Special Assistant to the governor.”