By Jumu’ah Abiodun
Delta state is ready to host the Best Of Nollywood (BON) Awards this year.
This was confirmed at the just concluded press unveiling of BON Award which took place at Yellow Chilli GRA ikeja on 12th August 2013 by Mr Ferguson Atakere, representative of the state Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Mr. Richard Mofe Damijo.
Mofe-Damijo had told the organisers of the award in Asaba that, “to us in Delta, it is important we develop Nollywood especially with the way filmmakers have gradually turned our state to the Hollywood of Nigeria. It is on record that an average of 300 films are shot yearly in Asaba because we have given the producers the right environment and also because our state is safe from armed robbery and kidnapping and our people are extremely friendly”.
Speaking at the unveiling event, the Executive Producer of BON Awards, Seun Oloketuyi said that although the journey has been tough for organisers of the award, they have remained focused because of the belief that Nollywood, as big as it is, should have a befitting reward system which would yearly and properly celebrate the achievements and hard work of the movie stars, directors and producers. “Our vision and dreams are huge but we believe that we shall get to a stage where the Best of Nollywood Awards will be a global event with the help of corporate Nigeria,” he said.
Also speaking at the event, the Actors’ Guild of Nigeria (AGN) president, Ibinabo Fiberesima, who happens to come from the Niger Delta region, said her people are to play good host to people coming for the awards no matter their number.
In attendance at the event were Nollywood celebrities and lovers of BON Awards.