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BON Awards 2016

The organizers of the Best of Nollywod Awards have released the list of nominees for the 2016 edition. The nominees’ list was unveiled in Lagos to an exclusive audience comprising entertainment editors and select stakeholders in the movie industry.

According to Niran Adedokun, president of the BON jury, the release followed weeks of screening of over 120 entries made up of feature films in English, Hausa, Yoruba and Igbo, ten short films, five documentaries and seven television series.

While congratulating the nominees, Adedokun, also a popular Punch Newspapers columnist, acknowledged the resilience of Nigerian filmmakers for defying the current harsh economic realities to sustain their creative activities. He thanked organisers of the awards for the opportunity to serve while encouraging practitioners to continue to strive for excellence noting that the industry has unlimited prospects.

Aimed at recognising and promoting the best of films and filmmakers in Nigeria, the BON Awards, in less than one decade of its existence, has become the most authentic home grown platform honouring the richness and ingenuity of Nigerian cinema. This year’s edition shall be hosted by the executive governor of Abia State, Dr. Okezie Ipkeazu.

Best Actor in Leading Role (English)
• Wale Ojo  in For The Wrong Reasons
• Alexx Ekubo in The First Lady
• Fredrick Leonard in Woeman
• Stan Eze  in Just Not Married
• Enyinna Nwigwe  in Hire A Man
• Okey Uzoeshi in Something Wicked

Best Actor in Leading Role (Yoruba)
• Femi Adebayo in Gbewiri Meta
• Niyi Johnson in Lifeline
• Muyiwa Ademola in Eni –Owo
• Lateef Adedimeji in Yeye Oge
• Yomi Fabiyi in Metomi

Best Actor in Leading Role (Hausa)
• Ali Nuhu in Gamu nan Dai
• Sadiq Dan Sadiq in Mat Da Lados

1. Best Actor in Leading Role (Igbo)
• Bloosom Chukwujeku in Icheke Oku
• Amadi Magnus in Akaraaka

Best Actress in Leading Role (English)
• Omotu Bissong in Woeman
• Judith Audu in Just Not Married
• Ebube Nwagbo  in Anniversary
• Belinda Effah in Oracle Online
• Omoni Oboli in The First Lady
• Iretiola Doyle in Something Wicked

Best Actress in Leading Role (Yoruba)
• Mercy Aigbe in Victims
• Temitope Solaja in Lehin Ikoro
• Toyin Aimakhu in Metomi
• Wumi Toriola in Eni Owo
• Oyinade Adegbenro in  Yeye Oge
• Jumoke Odetola in Binta Ofege

Best Actress in Leading Role (Igbo)
• Nichole Banna- Icheke Oku
• Adaeze Chiegbu in Akaraaka

Best Actress in Leading Role (Hausa)
• Jamila Umar in Kasata
• Rahama Sadau in Mati Da Lado

Best Supporting Actor (English)
• I.K Ogbonna in Hire a man
• Nkem Owoh in Ghana Must Go
• Daniel K. Daniel in A Soldier’s story
• Seun Akindele in Black Val
• Rotimi Salami in Just Not Married
• Gabriel Afolayan in Something Wicked

Best Supporting Actress (English)

• Nancy Isime in Hire a man
• Onyii Alex in Don’t fight it
• Helen Paul in Ghana Must go
• Eniola Badmus in Black Val
• Yvonne Jegede in The First Lady
• Adesua Etomi/ Ivie Okujaye-Egbon/Beverly Naya in Something Wicked

Most Promising Actor

• Rotimi Salami in Just Not Married
• Steve Enagbare in Destiny Gate
• Iyke Adiele in Fidelity
• Seun Ajayi in Studio

Most Promising Actress
• Princess Osayomwanbor Peters in Destiny Gate
• Gina Castle in Fidelity
• Ade Laoye in Studio
• Zainab Balogun in A Soldier’s Story

Best Child Actor in Movie
• Daniel Udah in Opeyemi
• Tunde Babasola in D’ Wish

Best Child Actress
• Pricilia Ojo in Black Val
• Neraya Akaboa in D’ Wish
• Angel Unigwe in Woeman

Best Comedy of the Year

• Ghana Must Go
• Behind the Scenes
• The First Lady
• Just Not Married

Movie with the Best Social Message

• Voiceless Scream
• Leyin Ilekun
• For the Wrong Reasons
• Woeman

Movie with the Best Special Effect
• Icheke Oku
• Gbewiri Meta
• A soldier’s story
• Storm

Movie with the Best Screenplay
• For the Wrong Reasons
• Hire  a man
• Icheke Oku
• Just Not Married
• Irawe Igbo
• Something Wicked
• Eni-Owo
Best Short Film of the Year
• Opeyemi
• D’ wish
• Deeply Cut
• Pepper Soup
• Silence
• Homesick
Best Documentary of the Year
• Amaka’s kin
• D’ ability
• For you my son
Best TV Series of the Year
• Lasgidi cops (SCU)
• Studio
• 5ive
• Ayanfe mi

Movie with the Best Editing
• Ghana Must go
• Not Just Married
• Hire A man
• Eni-Owo
• Something Wicked
Movie with the Best Sound Track
• Icheke Oku
• Igbehin loju
• Irawe Igbo
• Ghana must go
Movie with the Best Production Design
• Irawe Igbo
• Yeye Oge
• Icheke Oku
• The First Lady
• Something Wicked

Movie with the Best Cinematography
• A Soldier’s story
• Eni-owo
• Icheke Oku
• Just Not Married
• Something Wicked

Best Use of Nigerian Costume in a Movie
• Irawe Igbo
• Yeye Oge
• Icheke Oku
• Keji
• Ghana must go
Best Use of Make up in a Movie
• Icheke Oku
• A Soldier’s story
• Storm
• Black Val
Movie of the Year
• Icheke Oku
• Irawe Igbo
• A Soldier’s Story
• Something Wicked
• Eni-Owo

Director of the Year
• Aliu Gafar for Irawe Igbo
• Uduak-Obong Patrick for Not Just Married –
• Emeka Amakeze for  Icheke Oku
• Desmond Elliot for Hire A Man
• Frankie Ogar for A Soldier’s Story
• Yemi Morafa for Something Wicked
• Adebayo Tijani/Muyiwa Ademola in Eni Owo

Best Kiss in a Movie
• Gideon Okeke and Zhinnel Zhu in Anniversary
• Chelsea Eze and Mike Godson in Guy Next Door
• Seun Akindele and Mercy Aigbe in Victim
• Ik Ogbonna and Nancy Isime  Hire A Man
• Enyinna Nwigwe and Zhinnel Zhu  Hire A Man
• Omowumi  Dada and Gabriel Afolayan in Something Wicked

Revelation of the Year (female)
• Inem Peters
• Callista Okonkwo
• Mercy Macroe
• Chineye Uyanna
• Bukky Adeeyo
• Victoria Kolawole

Revelation of the year (Male)
• Poju Oparanti
• Wasiu Rafiu
• Jomiloju Olumbe
• Femi Remi
• Duncan


BON Awards 2019: Sadiq Daba, Iya Rainbow, Ngozi Ezeonu Announced Special Recognition Awards Recipients




For the eleventh consecutive year, Best of Nollywood Awards, BON, has again chosen to recognise and celebrate the Nigerian movie industry practitioners with awards focusing on their hard work, tenacity and steadfastness over the years in ensuring that the Nollywood, as the movie industry is popularly known, is at the forefront and at par with same industries around the world.
Recognising the contributions of some veteran thespians, the organisers of the prestigious industry award would be specially recognising Sadiq Daba, popularly known for his role as “Inspector Waziri” in October 1; Idowu Philips, whose stage name is ‘Iya Rainbow’, and Ngozi Ezeonu, a popular actress with over 150 movies to her credit.
The award-winning actor, Daba, who once worked as a broadcaster for Nigerian Television Authority, came to prominence in the late 1970s, starring in Cockcrow at Dawn.
Iya Rainbow was a nurse in general hospitals in Nigeria for several years and occasionally acted in theatre. She went full blast after the demise of her actor husband, Augustine Ayanfemi Phillips. She has featured in several Nigerian films, including Apaadi, Eru, and Aje Ni Iya Mi among others.
Ezeonu starred in Adesuwa, a role that earned her the Best supporting actress nomination at the 8th Africa Movie Academy Awards.
The 2019 edition of BON Awards, slated for December 14 promises to be memorable.
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Media Personality And Publisher of MetroNewsNg, Otunba Femi Davies Set To Make Come Back To The Movie Industry




The well known Lagos based journalist,who has spent well over 25years transversing Lagos Television/Radio Lagos, Ogtv,Magnet Media,Oricom Advertising,Today’s Choice Magazine,Hearts Magazine,Ace Weekly,Global Excellence And City People Magazine,before serving under the government of Otunba Gbenga Daniel in Ogun State as Media Consultant to the governor and Director of Organization for Peoples Party Of Nigeria (PPN) before returning to his first love, journalism to berth Ultimate Magazine and later MetroNewsNg a digital news portal.

According to the Ogun State-born music/movie and events, promoter, his return to the movie industry is borne out of the realization that the industry is more sanitized now with the advent of social media tools and increment in avenues to recoup the money invested in the industry. He opined that income from investments was hitherto limited to whatever the marketer was willing to pay coupled with pirates who were milking the industry dry.

With the advent of social media, producers can exhibit movies at various cinema halls spread across the country, organize professional premiers, enter into contracts with digital platforms, broadcast platforms, and the likes to also make income. He also raised the fact that the standard of productions including use of state of the art equipment is so encouraging now that good and quality standard is now the measurement and expectation across the industry unlike what obtains in the past.

To this end, he is set to produce movies that will hit the market from the end of the year and the first quarter of 2020.

Asked if he is quitting journalism for movie making, the very jovial and mentor to many journalists said “ As a graduate of Mass Communication, I’m rather going back to the part of what I studied which is the use of mass media to communicate to a large audience with the intent to cause positive changes.

With the movies,I seek to entertain, educate, reorientate, and influence positive attitudes by positively projecting our culture and values. In one word, i will seek to tell our stories our own way, not the way foreigners want us to see ourselves”.

Otunba Femi Davies in the past was the brain behind notable Yoruba movies like “Owo Ale”, Ago Meje -7 ‘O Clock’, “Temi Ni Nkem”, “Pink Ladies”, “Alabarin”, “Mase Magbe” “2010 Odun Ayo Mi” shot in Suncity, South Africa amongst other movies.

He has managed top-rated acts like Sir Shina Peters, Wasiu Alabi Pasuma and promoted K1 D Ultimate, Adewale Ayuba, Wale Thompson, Dele Taiwo, Lanre Teriba, Musiliu Haruna Ishola, Q.Dot, Small Doctor, Remedies and a long list of others.

He is set to hit location for new sets of movie production from next month which incidentally is his birthday month.

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14 Facts To Know Before Naira Marley Reappears In Court Tuesday

Gbemileke Ajayi



Nigerian musician, Azeez Fashola, aka Naira Marley is set to appear before the Lagos high court on Tuesday, October 22.

He was arrested on May 10, 2019 alongside rapper, Zlatan Ibile, Rahman Jago, Guccy Branch and one other.

· He was arrested for alleged money laundering.

· Marley, known for his single “Issa Goal”, was slammed with 11- count charges.

· Marley stands risk of spending 7 years in jail if found guilty in accordance with Section 33 (2) of the Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, Prevention, etc.) Act, 2015.

· Naira Marley who claimed to have been arrested 124 times in the UK appeared before a Lagos high court, May 20, 2019.

·Some of the counts in the charges filed against Naira Marley includes:

“That you, Azeez Adeshina Fashola, aka Naira Marley, and Raze (still at large), on or about the 11th day of December 2018, within the jurisdiction of this honorable court, conspired amongst yourselves to use Access card 42658840359191132 issued to persons other than you in a bid to obtain gain and you thereby committed an offense contrary to Section 27(1)(b) of the Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, Prevention, etc) Act 2015 and punishable under Section 33(2) of the Same Act.

“That you, Azeez Adeshina Fashola, aka Naira Marley, and Raze (still at large), on or about the 10th day of May 2019, within the jurisdiction of this honorable court, with intent to defraud possessed, counterfeit card 4921819410257431 issued to Timea Fedorne Tatar and you thereby committed an offense contrary to and punishable under Section 33(9) of Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, Prevention, etc) Act 2015.”

· Naira Marley pleaded not guilty before Justice Nicolas Oweibo.

· The judge adjourned until May 30 for hearing of his bail application.

· Justice Oweibo ordered that the musician be remanded in prison custody until his bail application is determined.

. Naira Marley appeared before High Court in Lagos on Thursday, May 30

. He was granted bail for N2millon with two sureties in like sum.

. Justice Nicholas Oweibo ruled that one of the sureties must be on Grade Level 10 in the Federal or state employment.

. The other surety must have a landed property within the court’s jurisdiction.

. The judge adjourned until October 22 for trial.

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