2Face, Alhaji Adenekan, Don VS bag awards in Frankfurt, Germany
Rumours had been circulating that the Afrobeats legend would not show up at the Gala Night of the twin events ostensibly because he was indisposed.
Even when 2Baba Idibia (aka 2Face Idibia) had already arrived Frankfurt and checked into his room at the 5-star Marriott Hotel and video recordings of his arrival in Germany had gone viral on social media, doubting Thomases were still unconvinced.
The crowd was however not disappointed as the resume of the awardees for the NEGA honours were read. 2Baba was honoured as the “King of Afro-Pop“ and Don Vs – Best Diaspora Artist of the year, Alhaji Monsuru Adelekan – Excellence in Humanitarian Engagement, and 2Baba’s manager Efe Omoregbe, the Best Artiste Manager of the year.
In his speech, Isaac Izoya, founder and director of Nollywood Festival, said the award ceremony was a platform designed to honour Nollywood stakeholders – actors, producers, directors and Nigerian entertainers – comedians, musicians, both in Africa and in the Diaspora.
Izoya, aka Cultural Ambassador, said the award was expanded to honour politicians, business people and humanitarians who have impacted positively on Nigeria.
Izoya praised all members of the organising team of the festival, singling out Engr. Iyamu, the chairman of Nigeria community in the state of Hesse, for making the 2019 event “the best Nollywood event ever in Germany”.
Also speaking at the Gala Night, Tony Air of African Heritage Radio in Hamburg, said, “It amazed me how big this event has become in just a few years. I am happy being here; it’s quite amazing”.
Izoya, an award-wining culture manager who has been promoting Nollywood for nearly two decades in Europe, said NFFG is a viable platform designed for Nollywood filmmakers to showcase their work to Europeans and their African fans in the Diaspora and the NEGA Awards comes up as a closing ceremony of festival event annually.