Akio Ilami Is 2010 NMS Winner

Akio Precious Ilami

Akio Precious Ilami

After weeks of pure excitement and entertainment, intense drama and suspense, Akio  Precious Ilami, has emerged winner of the 2010 edition of the Next Movie Star  Africa.

Akio Precious Ilami

The 20-year old Linguistics student of the University of Jos therefore becomes the  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 winners  including Kingsley Ogboso, Portia Yamahan, Enoch Hammond from Ghana, Avenette  Sirleaf from Liberia and Oyindamola Odesola.

Good looking model and aspiring actor, Ifeanyi Williams, is the first runner-up,  while Princess Shyngle of Gambia becomes the second and gangling theatre artist,  Boma Mac Ake, is the third runner-up.

As painful as it was losing out on the NMS top crown, the three finalists were  consoled by the fact that Kevin Chuwang Pam and Uti Nwachukwu who have gone on to  achieve continental fame, did not win when they contested in the NMS in 2006 and  2007 respectively.

In fact, they were both runners up and interestingly, Kevin went on to win the Big  Brother Africa in 2009, while Uti won the 2010 All Stars’ edition of the BBA.

Although pitted against equally talented contestants, the pretty and fashion  conscious young lady stunned Nigerians and Africans at large with her artistic  abilities and social flair, giving outstanding performances in the numerous tasks  given to her.

Shocked and surprised at the announcement of her name by popular comedian, Gbenga  Adeyinka the 1st, Akio jumped, cried, laughed and danced at the same time and said  “I can’t believe this. I can’t believe I am the Next Movie Star. Is this a dream?

On Wednesday, 10 November, 2010, 16 youths, drawn from across eight African  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 and  grooming sessions by accomplished professionals as part of the organisers’  commitment to engender an informative, entertaining and educative show. They were  thereafter taken to the custom-built NMS House in Akute, Ogun State.

During the show, the housemates were visited by many celebrities including the world  famous Kennis Music All Stars comprising Goldie, Jaywon, Femi and Joe el, while  Foluke Daramola, comedian, Koffi, Eyo of Project Fame who is an alumnus of the NMS,  Mo’Cheddah and Portia also visited. They were at the NMS House as part of the Thank  God It’s Friday programme which allowed housemates to party and meet with their  favourite celebrities.

Conceived in 2005 to serve as a springboard for unheralded talents to enter the  Nigerian movie industry in grand style, the NMS has over the years, produced  countless movie stars including Tonto Dike, Annie Macaulay, Moyo Lawal, Eyo, who was  on the last Project Fame West Africa and Lydia Forson, the Ghanaian contestant in  2007 that went on to become a joint winner of the best actress award at the 2009  Africa Movie Academy Awards.

According to the executive producer of the show, Sola Fajobi, “this year’s show was  especially very interesting because we had house mates from eight African countries  who were all talented in their own right. The house mates were also conscious of the  fact that they needed to dig into the depth of their talents which made it very  difficult to determine the eventual winner but only one person could win at the end  of the day and the lucky person is Akio Ilami.”

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