A total of 32 awards were handed out to practitioners of the Nigerian movie industry, Nollywood, at the Best Of Nollywood (BON) awards which held on Sunday night at TBS Auditorium, Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos. It was hosted by Nollywood actor, Nonso Diobi and former Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria, Sylvia Nduka.
The biggest winners were the Yoruba movie, “Ayekooto”, which landed five awards including “Best Movie”, “Best Cinematography”, “Best Actor in a Leading Role (Yoruba) which went to Femi Adebayo, “Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Yoruba) to Ibrahim Chitta and “Director of the Year” for Bayo Tijani.
The Hausa movie, “Madubin Dubawa” got three awards with its leading actor, Ali Nuhu, who won the “Best Actor in a Leading Role (Hausa) and “Best Actor (Hausa)”. Actress, Rahama Hassan, was also named “Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Hausa) for her role in the movie.
Speaking on the awards, the organiser, Mr Seun Oloketuyi, said that his vision for the awards is to provide a platform where Nigerian movie stars can be celebrated.
“Nollywood artists sweat it out daily in order to make their fans happy. They have also created a unique identity for the country through their work.
“We have successfully done that for the past four years and the stars have come to look forward to it every year as a just reward for their work.
“We have also had the usual challenges of finance but God has continued to see us through every year. This year’s event was ably supported by Onga and Anapuna.”
Hausa actor, Ali Nuhu, who got two awards on the night, noted that this was the first time the Hausa movie industry was fully participating in an award ceremony in Nigeria.
“We are excited for this opportunity to join our colleagues from other genres of the Nigerian movie industry. The BON awards is a welcome development to the industry,” he said.
Here is a full list of the winners:
BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE (ENGLISH): Joseph Benjamin –Married But Living Single
BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE (ENGLISH): Nse Ikpe Etim – Phone Swap
BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE (YORUBA): Femi Adebayo – Ayekooto
BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE (YORUBA): Ayo Adesanya – Amope Alasela
BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE (HAUSA): Ali Nuhu – Madubin Dubawa
BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE (YORUBA): Iyabo Ojo – Ijo Olomo
BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE (ENGLISH): Yemi Blaq – The Search
BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE (ENGLISH): Tonto Dikeh – Broken Silence
MOST PROMISING ACT (MALE): Alex Ekubo – In the Cupboard
MOST PROMISING ACT (FEMALE): Belinda Effiah – Kokoma
CHILD ACTOR OF THE YEAR: Wale Akinwunmi – Amope Alasela
CHILD ACTRESS OF THE YEAR: Priscilla Ojo – Jejeloye
DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR: Bayo Tijani – Ayekooto
MOVIE OF THE YEAR: Ayekooto
COMEDY OF THE YEAR: Okon Lagos 2
BEST MOVIE WITH A SOCIAL MESSAGE: Kofo Tinubu
SCREENPLAY OF THE YEAR: The Search
CINEMATOGRAPHY OF THE: Ayekooto
MOVIE WITH BEST SOUND: Adesuwa
BEST EDITED MOVIE: I’ll Take my Chances
BEST PRODUCTION SET: Phone Swap
BEST ACTOR (HAUSA): Ali Nuhu – Madubin Dubawa
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR (HAUSA): Saddik Sani Saddik – Adam
BEST ACTRESS (HAUSA): Fati Ladan – Adamsy
BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE (HAUSA): Rahama Hassan – Madubin Dubawa
BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE (YORUBA): Ibrahim Chitta – Ayekooto
ONGA BEST USE OF NIGERIAN FOOD IN NOLLYWOOD: Udeme
BEST SHORT FILM: Femi Kuti at 50
BEST USE OF COSTUME IN A MOVIE: Laide Bakare – Jejere
BEST KISS IN A NIGERIAN MOVIE: Uti Nwachukwu and Tonto Dikeh – Broken Silence
REVELATION OF THE YEAR: Moyo Lawal
BEST PRINT MEDIA JOURNALIST: Biodun Kupoluyi – E-234
SPECIAL RECOGNITION: Emem Isong, Tunde Kelani, Richard Mofe Damijo