Nollywood Film Festival, Awards Holds In Frankfurt
By Fred Iwenjora.
FRANKFURT, GERMANY – The much publicized and awaited Nollywood film festival Germany (NFFG)and Nollywood Europe Golden Awards (NEGA) held on the 29th and 30th July, 2022 in Frankfurt with distinguished Nigerians and European friends gathering for a really good time.
The dual event started Friday 29th July 2022 with film shows at the Film Forum Hochst cinema Frankfurt.
Two films were shown on the first day namely; Gbege by Nigeria’s top film maker Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen and Tetteh Quashie by Frank Fiifi Ghabin from Ghana.
On the next day, Saturday, the festival continued with Son of Mercy by Amen Imasuen and climaxed with the Nollywood Europe Golden Awards.
Read here the blow by blow account of how it went down as reported by FRED IWENJORA who was in Frankfurt, Germany.
Gbege’s Tumultous Reception
Gbege, the first son saga, a film by Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen was the opening film at the festival where it had its international premiere.
The film house was filled to the brim.
Speaking after the showing, Imasuen said ““GBEGE is a statement like all of my films.
It is a film that teaches and postulates ideas on the inheritance system in Africa. There are certain African cultural tenets that have to be reviewed.
“Gbege is a star studded film as you have seen. It is an earthquake, an explosive film and again we are dealing with a serious topic.
The film which also plans an Nigerian premiere features a constellation of the biggest stars from all levels. Let’s name them; Sam Dede, Jide Kosoko, Zubby Micahels, Brother Shaggy.
Others are Ini Edo, Mercy Aigbe, Ebele Okaro, Harry B, Sani Muazu and Sam Obeakheme and a host of others.
Imasuen also known to many as D Guvnor also received an award as Nollywood legend.
Tetteh Quashie, Heroes Of Africa, The Ghanaian Film
Also thrilling was the Ghanaian biopic production Tetteh Quarshie, HEROES OF AFRICA a film that gave a peep into cocoa production and the man Tetteh Quarshie who is credited to have first introduced the crop to Ghana.
The producers Frank Ghabin Fiifi, Idris Saeed and Redford Kwame Fosuhene gathered the best of Ghanaian actors to trace the life and times of Tetteh to Fernando Po where he first saw the crop.
Actors in Tetteh Quarshie are Kofi Adjorlolo, Van Vicker, Matilda Asare and a host of others.
The director Frank Fiifi Gharbin tried his best to add life to the production with seeming kungfu stunts and choreography to the thrill of the culturally mixed audience.
Role Of Consul General, Ambasaador Wahab Akande
Consul General of Nigeria to Germany in Frankfurt Ambassador Wahab Akande is indeed a true diplomat who believes in the use of culture as an important tool of international diplomacy.
Aside from his overwhelming support to the organizers of the programme in many ways than one, he also showed diplomatic presence at all the events.
He was on hand to present some of the awards but also shocked the organizer and festival director, Cultural Ambassador Isaac Izoya with an award for his commitment to the promotion of Nigerian culture in Europe.
Ambassador Abdul Rimdap
Diplomat for life and former Nigerian Ambassador to Germany Abdul Rimdap has since his stay in Germany become a permanent feature at the Nollywood event.
Since he first gave his nod to the programme when he was Ambassador of Nigeria in Germany, Rimdap has not failed to be part of the event year in year out.
He traveled all the way from London his base with his wife to enjoy the regular camaraderie that the Nollywood film festival and awards presents.
He watched the films and was a graceful guest at the awards gala nite.
Zeb Ejiro Receives Life Time Achievement Award
Veteran film and television director Zeb Ejiro was on hand to receive a life time achievement award from organizers of NFFG/NEGA.
In a chat after the event, Ejiro said I am indeed highly honored and also thankful to God to be selected for an all time achievement award in far away Germany. This is not the first time I will be so honored with that award category but it is the first time I am receiving such outside of Nigeria. It has never been in Germany. I am here to pick up the award by myself because it is unique and I remain very grateful to the organizers, Ehizoya Golden Entertainment e.v. I am very thankful especially to the chief executive officers of the organization Isaac Izoya for seeing and considering me worthy of this Nollywood Europe Golden Awards especially at this auspicious time the organization is celebrating 20 years of ferrying Nollywood stars to meet with their European fans. I feel very happy.
Fidelis Akhahomen Lawrence- Ekoh From Belgium With Much Love
Belgium based showbiz promoter and former Nigerian presidential contender Fidelis Akhahomen was on hand from Belgium to be part of the Nollywood events with his wife.
The man known to many in the entertainment world as Fiddy Ice for his roles as MC and humorist was at the film premiere of Gbege and Tetteh Quashie as well as the main awards ceremonies and commended Nigerian film makers and the organizers of programme for setting the pace.
Frederick Leonard And His Many European Fans
The Frankfurt event was a true test of the true popularity of star Nollywood actor Frederick Leonard who won the best actor of the year 2022. His fans won’t let him be and this love climaxed when he had collected his award as the best actor and they flocked around him for unending photo shoot.
When he took the stage, he spoke in that usual panache that has stood him out from the crowd of actors.
24 Beats Stormed The Event From London
Osarobo Dickson Igbino SUN better known to many as 24 Beats was also on hand to perform and receive award was multi instrumentalist and show biz promoter known to many as 24 Beats who stormed the event from his London base.
He is the international coordinator of the Edo sons of Legend and also performed with them.
Aproko Gets His First Euro Baptism
Fast rising Nigerian comedian MC Aproko got his first European baptism at NFFG/NEGA 2022. He wowed his Europe based fans with his jokes and made so many friends.
Edo Sons Of Legends
The new music group featuring the sons of veteran musicians from Edo state better known as Edo sons of Legends thrilled at the event.
They took the stage to perform most of the songs we knew from their late fathers’ repertoire leaving the audience transfixed.
They played twice at the event.
Emperor Wadada’s One Man Show
Esan born veteran highlife musician Emperor Wadada Aikore was also on hand to thrill his wide range of European audience.
He sampled songs from his many albums to lead the audience to the floor.
Emperor Wadada Aikore is not new to the Edo audience as they trooped from across Germany and other parts of Europe to grace the occasion.
The NFFG/NEGA event was the beginning of his European tour as organized by Ehizoya Golden Entertainment; a tour that would take him to many European cities including in Italy, Belgium, Austria, Spain, Portugal etc in the next few weeks.
Chief Sir Victor Osuagwu Missed The Ceremonies
Star actor and former Chairman of Actors Guild of Nigeria Lagos chapter was supposed to be at the ceremonies in Frankfurt. But he missed it because duty called him to location and voom, the trip got aborted
Festival Organiser Isaac Izoya Short Of Words
Festival organizer Cultural Ambassador Isaac Izoya is short of words for what went down in Frankfurt.
He only could mutter “ I thank God”