Pete Edochie, Saheed Balogun, Tonto Dike line up for Afro Hollywood Awards

Posted: September 27, 2011 in art/entertainment

United Kingdom-based African Voice Newspaper Thursday unveiled the much-awaited shortlist of nominees for the 2011 edition of its African Film Awards, also known as the Afro Hollywood Awards.

The nominees on the shortlist also feature heavyweights such as Tonto Dike, Halima Abubakar, Toyin Aimaku, Jamila Umar Nagudu, Funke Adesiyan, Lekan Oladiipo and Peter Edochie contesting in various other categories.

The winners in each awards category, who will be attending the prestigious annual awards in London, will be announced at a special ceremony on Sunday, October 9, in Osogbo, the Osun State capital.

The prestigious African Actor of the Year will be contested by one of South Africa’s leading actors, Presley Chweneyagae (famed for his lead role in Tsotsi), who will slug it out with Saheed Balogun of Nigeria and Majid Michael of Ghana.

The Award has helped to make Nollywood popular and opened an array of opportunities for past recipients. The 16th Afro Hollywood Awards has the theme “Tourism in Africa & the film industry”.

Commenting on the theme of the Award this year, Prince Mike Abiola, publisher of African Voice Newspaper UK, said: “Our aim is to create a synergy between filmmakers and government tourism boards; to ensure films are used to promote investment in tourism.

“Osogbo has been chosen as the special place to announce the winners of this year’s awards because the state is blessed with natural scenery ideal for film making. There is no reason why the Government should not designate the state as a film friendly state with incentives for filmmakers.”

A distinguished and independent panel of film critics, respected for their expertise in the film industry, will decide the eventual winners of each award.

The year’s awards, celebrating excellence in African Film and tourism, will be an opportunity to highlight the tourism development plans of African states, as the event coincides with the World Tourism Market, the leading global event for the tourism industry. The awards ceremony will be held on Sunday 6 November at the historic Stratford Town Hall, 29 Broadway, Stratford, London.

The annual event is supported by the Nigeria High Commission, London. Arik Air is the Headline sponsor for this year’s African Film Awards.  Other sponsors include Femade UK Ltd, Obaseki Solicitors, Bantuway Foods Ltd. and Rich Vision.

Shortlisted nominees are Saheed Balogun (Nigeria), Majid Michael (Ghana), Presley Chweneyagae (South Africa) for African Actor of the Year (African Film category) while (Nollywood Film category), Best Actor (English language film) will be contested by Femi Brainard, Joseph Benjamin and Yemi Blaq. Best Actress (English language film) has Susan Peters, Chika Ike, Tonto Dike while Rukky Sandy, Halima Abubakar, Nkiru Sylvanus will contest for Best Actress (Supporting Role in an English language film). For Best Actress (Yoruba language film), Simeon Doris, Toyin Aimaku and Ayo Adesanya are in line while Best Actress (Supporting Role in a Yoruba language film) will be up for grab by Toyin Oladiran (Abeni Agbon), Laide Bakare or Funke Adesiyan

Best Actor (Yoruba language film) is open to Odunlade Adekola, Muyiwa Adegoke or Yomi Fash-Lanso; Best Actor (Supporting Role in a Yoruba language film) parades Muka Ray, Lekan Oladiipo andTayo Adeleye while Best Actor (Hausa language film) goes to Aminu Sherif Momoh, Ibrahim Maishunku or Babelle Hayatu. Best Actress (Hausa language film) is available to Sadiya Mohammed, Mayam Booth orJamila Umar Nagudu while Veteran Actor’s award will be contested by Tafa Oloyede, Kayode Olasehinde and Gbolagade Akinpelu. Others are Veteran Actress: Grace Oyin Adejobi (Iya Osogbo), Lanre Hassan (Iya Awero) and Iyabo Ogunsola. Best Director (English film): Kingsley Omo Efe, Teco Benson and Chidi Nwakobia. Best Director (Yoruba film): Abbey Lanre, Antar Laniyan and Bayo Tijani. Television Soap Actress (Nigeria): Yinka Olukunga, Bukky Ogunnote-Ogunade and Bola Sowunmi. New Acting Talent: Bukola Awoyemi, Mayowa Atanda and Funke Etti.

Entertainment Journalist (Print): Ayo Lawal (PM News), Amatus Arinze (Sun Newspaper) and Bayo Adeoye (Weekend Life). Entertainment Journalist (Broadcast): Tolulope  Olusola Lamidi (TV Continental), Jacqueline (AIT) and Michael Nwadibe (Silverbird TV). Photo Journalist (Print): Femi Adaguodo, Taofiq Adejare  and Adekunle Ajayi. New Comedy Talent:  Ahmed Basheer Adekunle, Bernard Babatunde Tayo (Baba Tee) and Okoh Solomon. Special Awards (Posthumous): Sam Loco-Efe. Special Contributions to the development of films: Hon. Rotimi Makinde. Special Arts Personality of the Year & Custodian of Culture: HRH, Oba Olasunkami Gbolagade (Olojo of Ojo). Special Contributions to the development of Arts & Culture: Chief Yemi Elebubon.

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