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Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Award of Nollywood Legends in December

Preparations are on to honour artistes of yesteryear, touted as precursors of the Nollywood era and deserving of immortalisation.
Organisers of Legends of Nollywood Awards, said at a press conference, Tuesday, that the event which is in its third year, is planned as a three-day ceremonies, spanning December 4 to 6, 2014.
According to the founder of the awards, Mr. Paul Obazele, the final ceremony on December 6, will take place at the Banquet Hall of National Arts Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos.
Obazele rekindled memory with a list of television dramas of the 70s and 80s, including actors and broadcasters that held sway at that period, saying that their vision and artistry paved the way for what today is regarded as Nollywood.


“The Nigerian movie industry has had a rich history as a result of the untiring zeal and creativity of the pioneers who overcame enormous odds and challenges to birth an industry that has gained global recognition. The legends and veterans of the industry are known as the Legends of Nollywood. They need to be recognised and acknowledged for their body of works,” he said.
Reciting a part of the National Anthem, Obazele said the awards project is to ensure that “The labour of our heroes past, shall never be in vain.”
He noted that although members of the organizing committee are still compiling list of awardees, veterans such as Sony Irabor, Bisi Olatilo, Patience Ozorkwo, aka Mama G, Jide Kosoko, Oga Bello, Mama Awero, Pete Edochie, Taiwo Ajai Lycet and Ene Oloja are among those to be honoured this year.
It would be recalled that the like of Richard Mofe Damijo, Abiola Atanda, Liz Benson, Edmond Anaibe and David Orere were among those honoured during previous events.
Obazele explained that apart from the award plagues, the organising committee has instituted health insurance policy for recipients. He said the committee is also in touch with governors of the states of the honourees on the possibility of other benefits.

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