Tuesday, September 17, 2013

We’re Ready To Host BON Awards--Delta State Govt

The Delta State Government has reiterated its readiness to host the annual Best of Nollywood (BON) awards in the state on November 8, 2013 in Asaba, the state capital. This was stated last week Monday in Lagos at the unveiling of the awards to newsmen.

At an event held at Yellow Chilli, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos, the Delta State Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Richard Mofe Damijo, well known as RMD, who was represented by a Director in the ministry, Ferguson Atakere, spoke on the readiness of the oil rich state to spoil guests to a five star treatment when they visit Asaba in November.

According to Atakere, the urge to project Delta State as not only dependent on oil alone necessitated the administration of Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan to accept to host the Nollywood glamorous event.

He said, “it is important we develop Nollywood, especially with the way the filmmakers have gradually turned our state to the Hollywood of Nigeria. He added that, “It is on record that an average of 300 films is 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.”

Also speaking at the event, the Executive Producer BON awards, Seun Oloketuyi, said, “so far, the journey has been tough for Best of Nollywood, but we have stayed focused because we believe that Nollywood, as big as it is, should have a befitting reward system which will yearly and properly celebrate the achievement and hard work of these movie stars.

“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 cooperate Nigeria.”

Also present at the unveiling was the President of Actors’ Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Ibinabo Fiberesima, who threw her weight behind the awards and the host. Mercy Aigbe, Moyo Lawal, Capital FEMI, Yomi Fabiyi were some of the stars present at the event.

BON Awards will take place at the Dome, Asaba. The occasion will also try to break the longest red carpet in the world as it hopes to have a six-kilometer carpet.

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