The first ever edition of the Nollywood Movie Awards finally took place on Saturday, June 2, 2012 at the Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos.
According to the organisers, ‘The essence of the awards is to celebrate Nollywood movies and the Nigerian culture within and outside the shores of the country‘.
The event, which started with a red carpet, officially began at 10pm, with an impressive turnout of Nollywood actors and actresses, unlike the nomination party, which had very few guests.
Comedian Julius Agwu and actress Kate Henshaw were the hosts for the night, engaging the guests in an interactive session, with a blend of comedy from Agwu himself. W4 and an upcoming artiste Lolo were the performers for the event.
One of the highlights of the event was when Julius asked Jeffrey Daniels (formerly of Shalamar) his age, due to his youthful appearance. 56 year old Jeffrey, who was on stage to present an award, was reluctant, but eventually told the guests.
Other presenters included Kunle Afolayan, Omotola Jalade, O.C Ukeje, FAB publisher Babajide Familusi, Susan Peters, Channel O VJ Derenle Edun, and others.
Veteran producer Mahmud Ali Balogun’s yet to be released flick ‘Tango with Me‘ won five awards, including best actor, best movie, best director, best cinematographer and best sound design. A visibly excited Balogun said, ‘I am grateful to God, my wife and daughter for their support, my friends, cast and crew, my fans and organisers. I am indeed very grateful.’
Obi Emelonye of ‘Mirror Boy’ was the first winner of the night for best costume design. While receiving his award, he said I’m so happy to be the recipient of the first ever NMA. Thank you so much for this.’ The movie went on to win a total of three awards at the event.
Actor Gabriel Afolayan, who clinched two awards for his part in the Da Grin biopic said, ‘ I want to thank God for this award and the entire Ade Love Family for this. I also want to thank my brother Kunle Afolayan, Brother mi o sen ri o, I am very grateful to everyone who believed in me.’
Meanwhile, actress Mercy Johnson beat out colleagues Omotola Jalade Ekeinde,Genevieve Nnaji, Omoni Oboli and newly wedded Uche Jumbo to clinch the award for best actress in a lead role with ‘Weeping Tears’
The best actor in a lead role went to Joseph Benjamin in ‘Tango with me’
The Life time achievement award was given to Nollywood veteran film maker Mr. Kenneth Nnebue, the producer of ‘Living in Bondage.’ According to the organisers, ‘It was a well deserved award, as the veteran opened the doors of opportunities to the then movie industry, now Nollywood.’
The award ceremony, which had some technical difficulties with the sound during the show, was attended by Nollywood icons such as Omotola Jalade, Rachael Oniga, Tunde Kelani, DJ Abass, Charles Okafor, Charles Novia, Rukky Sanda, Beverely Naya, Stella Damasus, Kunle and Gabriel Afoloyan, Femi Adebayo, Sammy Okposo, Mercy Aigbe, and many more.
Best Movie Mirror Boy Anchor Baby Private Storm Memories Of The Heart Tango With Me – Winner Kiss And Tell
Best Actor In A Leading Role Van Vicker (Against The Law) Ramsey Nouah (Private Storm) Trybson Dudukoko (Ghetto Dreamz) Joseph Benjamin (Tango With Me) – Winner Joseph Benjamin (Kiss And Tell) Charles Okafor (Fake Prophet)
Best Actor In A Supporting Role Junior Pope Odumodoh (Nkwocha) John Dumelo (Private Storm) Yul Edochie (Against The Law) Gabriel Afolayan (Ghetto Dreamz) – Winner
Best Actress In A Leading Role Genevieve Nnaji (Tango With Me) Omoni Oboli (Anchor Baby) Mercy Johnson (Weeping Soul) – Winner Uche Jumbo (Damage) Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde (Private Storm)
Best Actress In A Supporting Role Tina Mba (Tango With Me) Rachel Oniga (Ghetto Dreamz) Stella Damasus (Bent Arrows) Nse Ikpe-Etim (Kiss And Tell) – Winner
Best Actor In An Indigenous Movie (Non-English Speaking Language) Chiwetalu Agu (Nkwocha) – Winner Yinka Qadri (Aye Dudu) Saidi Balogun (Eti Keta) Brown Igboegwu (Apparition) Femi Adebayo (Emi Abata) Odunlade Adekola (Ikuforiji)
Best Actress In An Indigenous Movie (Non-English Speaking Language) Funke Akindele (Emi Abata) Funke Akindele (The Return of Jenifa) – Winner Queen Nwokoye (Nkwocha) Mercy Aigbe (Oladunjoye) Dupe Adejare (Alantaku)
Best Indigenous Language Movie (Non-English Speaking Language) Eti Keta Ikuforiji Nkwocha Apparition Aye Dudu – Winner Oladunjoye
Best Directing Mahmood Ali-Balogun (Tango With Me) – Winner Obi Emelonye (Mirror Boy) Lancelot Oduwa-Imasuen (Private Storm) Daniel Ademinokan (Ghetto Dreamz) Desmond Elliot (Kiss And Tell)
Best Cinematography Mirror Boy Private Storm Changing Faces Anchor Baby Tango With Me – Winner Kiss And Tell
Best Movie Editing Mirror Boy – Winner Anchor Baby Ghetto Dreamz Return Of Jenifa Changing Faces Memories Of The Heart
Best Movie Soundtrack Bent Arrows Mirror Boy Ghetto Dreamz – Winner Changing Faces Memories Of The Heart Tango With Me
Best Sound Editing Tango With Me – Winner Private Storm Apparition Anchor Baby Mirror Boy Ghetto Dreamz
Best Original Screenplay/Scriptwriting Obi Emelonye (Mirror Boy) Ugezu J Ugezu (Against The Law) Daniel Ademinokan & Ope Banwo (Ghetto Dreamz) Uduak Isong Oguamanam (Kiss And Tell) Lonzo Nzekwe (Anchor Baby) – Winner Chinwe Sele (Soul After Soul)
Best Costume Design Mirror Boy – Winner Ghetto Dreamz Tango With Me Apparition Entrapped* (Chiemela Nwagbaoso)
Best Make-Up Ghetto Dreamz Tango With Me Apparition Mirror Boy* (Gabriel Okorie) – Winner Damage* (Temisan Isioma Etsede)
Rising Star Award Female Halima Abubakar (Entrapped) Helen Paul (The Return Of Jenifa) Nuella Njubigbo (Apparition) Sylvia Oluchi (Bent Arrows) – Winner Gabriel Afolayan (Ghetto Dreamz) Chinyere Madubuike Kosi (Apparition)
Rising Star Male Gabriel Afolayan (Ghetto Dreamz) Viewer’s Choice Award Male Actor
Viewer’s Choice Award Female Genevieve Nnaji
Life Time Achievement Award Kenneth Nnebue (Living in Bondage)