Over the weekend,Veteran Nollywood actor , Pete Edochie ; comic act Charles Inojie and UK based celebrity actress , Funmi Ogidan Bello ,were some of the stars awarded at the Nelas/Nollywood lifetime achievement award held in Abuja.
Nelas in collaboration with the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) regularly holds award ceremonies to honor its best across the nation and beyond.
At this year’s award , other stars honored included UK based award winning actress and producer, Florence Okonkwo; writer/secretary,UK Nollywood producers Guild,Tolulope Yesufu and chairman ,Abuja AGN, Mic Master(Prince Alvin).
The CEO,Nelas Academy ,Frank Ike, at the ceremony said this year’s award was aimed at celebrating those Nigerian actors who have distinguished themselves excellently and contributed to the growth of mankind in their own little way.
Professionals in other fields who have one way or the other helped the growth of the industry were also honored. The organizers equally unveiled the ‘Nelas/Nollywood 100’, a colorful documentation of the achievement of top 100 Nigerian actors and actresses that have made impact over the years.
The events also hosted a mini beauty pageant which crowned Princess Gume as the New Nollywood Queen.
Some of the awardees.
Abdul Ganiyu Lawani; Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, Business Development Expert- Nelas Academy Awards Entrepreneur of the year 2019.
Charles Inojie; Nollywood Actor, Producer and Director of Nigerian longest Tv series-Nelas Academy Award Director and Most Outstanding Entertainer of the year 2019.
Chiella Stella Olufemi; United Kingdom based actress, tutor, public and motivational speaker- Nelas Academy Awards Diaspora Community Development Champion of the year 2019.
Malcom A.Benson; President, UK Nollywood Producers Guild –Nelas Academy Awards Diaspora Guild Leader of the year 2019.
John Clarke; Acting High Commissioner of Jamaica to Nigeria (2018-2019)- Nelas Academy Awards Pan African Man of the year 2019.
Chief Pete Edochie; Legendary Nollywood Actor –Nelas Academy Awards Lifetime Achievement 2019.
Tolulope Yesufu-UK based Celebrity Actress, Writer and Producer, Secretary UK Nollywood Producers Guild-Nelas Academy Awards Female Producer of the year 2019. H.R.M Queen of Nollywood Diaspora 2019-2020.