17th December, 2010
After weeks of pure excitement and entertainment, intense drama and suspense, AkioÂ Precious Ilami, has emerged winner of the 2010 edition of the Next Movie StarÂ Africa.
The 20-year old Linguistics student of the University of Jos therefore becomes theÂ proud winner of a brand new car, mouth-watering cash prize and enviable movie roles.
Not just that, she joins the NMS Hall of Fame hitherto occupied by past winnersÂ including Kingsley Ogboso, Portia Yamahan, Enoch Hammond from Ghana, AvenetteÂ Sirleaf from Liberia and Oyindamola Odesola.
Good looking model and aspiring actor, Ifeanyi Williams, is the first runner-up,Â while Princess Shyngle of Gambia becomes the second and gangling theatre artist,Â Boma Mac Ake, is the third runner-up.
As painful as it was losing out on the NMS top crown, the three finalists wereÂ consoled by the fact that Kevin Chuwang Pam and Uti Nwachukwu who have gone on toÂ achieve continental fame, did not win when they contested in the NMS in 2006 andÂ 2007 respectively.
In fact, they were both runners up and interestingly, Kevin went on to win the BigÂ Brother Africa in 2009, while Uti won the 2010 All Starsâ€™ edition of the BBA.
Although pitted against equally talented contestants, the pretty and fashionÂ conscious young lady stunned Nigerians and Africans at large with her artisticÂ abilities and social flair, giving outstanding performances in the numerous tasksÂ given to her.
Shocked and surprised at the announcement of her name by popular comedian, GbengaÂ Adeyinka the 1st, Akio jumped, cried, laughed and danced at the same time and saidÂ â€œI canâ€™t believe this. I canâ€™t believe I am the Next Movie Star. Is this a dream?
On Wednesday, 10 November, 2010, 16 youths, drawn from across eight AfricanÂ countries, entered the Next Movie Star House in search of fame, pride and glory.
In the first two weeks in camp, the housemates went through several training andÂ grooming sessions by accomplished professionals as part of the organisersâ€™Â commitment to engender an informative, entertaining and educative show. They wereÂ thereafter taken to the custom-built NMS House in Akute, Ogun State.
During the show, the housemates were visited by many celebrities including the worldÂ famous Kennis Music All Stars comprising Goldie, Jaywon, Femi and Joe el, whileÂ Foluke Daramola, comedian, Koffi, Eyo of Project Fame who is an alumnus of the NMS,Â Moâ€™Cheddah and Portia also visited. They were at the NMS House as part of the ThankÂ God Itâ€™s Friday programme which allowed housemates to party and meet with theirÂ favourite celebrities.
Conceived in 2005 to serve as a springboard for unheralded talents to enter theÂ Nigerian movie industry in grand style, the NMS has over the years, producedÂ countless movie stars including Tonto Dike, Annie Macaulay, Moyo Lawal, Eyo, who wasÂ on the last Project Fame West Africa and Lydia Forson, the Ghanaian contestant inÂ 2007 that went on to become a joint winner of the best actress award at the 2009Â Africa Movie Academy Awards.
According to the executive producer of the show, Sola Fajobi, â€œthis yearâ€™s show wasÂ especially very interesting because we had house mates from eight African countriesÂ who were all talented in their own right. The house mates were also conscious of theÂ fact that they needed to dig into the depth of their talents which made it veryÂ difficult to determine the eventual winner but only one person could win at the endÂ of the day and the lucky person is Akio Ilami.â€