11th October, 2011
The Entertainment Editor of P.M.NEWS, Ayodele Lawal, has emerged the winner of the 16th Edition of African Film Awards known as AfroHollywood Awards.
Lawal won the Entertainment Journalist Of The Year (print) category.
Azu Amatus, formerly of Sun Newspapers and now Editor Entertainment Express and Bayo Adeoye of National Life and now with Nigerian Compass were also nominated for the award.
Also, Saidi Balogun emerged the African Actor Of The Year (African film category). He defeated Majid Michael (Ghana) and Parsley Chireneyegae of South Africa.
Femi Brainard emerges the Best Actor (English Language film) while Susan Peters won the Best Actress (English language film) award.
In other categories, Halima Abubakar won Best Actress (supporting role in English language film); Muyiwa Adegoke, Best Actor (Yoruba language film); Doris Simeon, Best Actress (Yoruba Language film); Tayo Adeleye, Best Actor (Supporting Role in Yoruba Language Film); Anta Laniyan, Best Director; Bukola Awoyemi, Best New Acting talent and Tolulope Olusola Lamidi (TV Continental) Entertainment Journalist (Broadcast).
Others are Bernard Babatunde Tayo a.k.a Baba Tee, the New Comedy Talent; Sam Loco-Efe, Post Humous category and Chief Yemi Elebuibon, Special Contributions to the development of art and culture among others.
The winners were announced at a well attended ceremony held at the Centre for Black Culture and International Understanding, Governorâ€™s Office, Osogbo, Osun State, southwest Nigeria with the Governor of the State Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, members of the State House of Assembly, the state Commissioner For Culture And Tourism and Mr. Sikiru Adetona Ayedun, among others in attendance.
In his key note address, GovernorAregbesola enjoined movie practitioners not to only use their talent to promote Nigeriaâ€™s image but also encourage agriculture in the country.
Also, the CEO, African Film Awards, Prince Mike Abiola, thanked the governor for his support.
Abiola promised to recommend Osun State to leading and notable film industry practitioners as the best location for shooting blockbuster films.