ISAAC IZOYA CULTURAL AMBASSADOR RECEIVES SAFETY AMBASSADOR AWARD IN LAGOS, NIGERIA
German based Actor/Producer and showbiz guru, Isaac Izoya – Cultural Ambassador, the founder of Ehizoya Golden Entertainment e.V and the curator of Nollywood Film Festival Germany NFFG - a viable platform designed for Nollywood (Nigerian/African) film makers to showcase their movies to Europeans and Nollywood fans in the Diaspora and Nollywood Europe Golden Awards NEGA, designed to honour Nollywood stakeholders, stars, comedians, musicians (both in Africa and in the Diaspora) which has also been expanded to recognize the artistic bias of outstanding politicians, philanthropists and business men and women both in Africa and beyond but whose actions in the area of culture and tourism sector, have directly or indirectly impacted upon Africans and other continent outside the scope of Africa countries and the Nigeria film industry in particular, thereby shaping what it has grown to become today was honoured in Lagos, Nigeria with a prestigious - Safe At School Initiative Safety Ambassador Award on Sunday, 13th June, 2021.
Emphasizing the reasons behind the event, the organizers (SAFE AT SCHOOL INITIATIVE AWARDS that was held at Presken Hotel & Events Center Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria) said, in a society where people mostly think about receiving, ours is to change the narrative. ‘Safe at School’ is about giving back to the Society- Engr. Emmanuel Chimuanya Amah & Engr. (Mrs) Mimi N. Benjamin
In a bid to ensure safety in the society and correct the errors that have been there by default, the idea of Safe at School Initiative was born.
This was the words of the leader/founder and a director ‘Safe at Schools Initiative’, a non-governmental Organization whose aim was to ‘catch them young’ before it’s too late as far as safety measures is concerned.
The event which saw the creme’ de la creme’ in both the society at large and entertainment industry with notable names like Emeka Rising Ibeh who is the Chairman Actors Guild of Nigeria Lagos chapter, his campaign DGN Mr. Paul Julius Obomokhai and his colleague and Treasurer of the Guild Mr. Julius Omijie receive awards, also have in attendance another colossus in Ambassador Cornell Udofia who is the convener CMC Africa Award of Excellence since 2015, one of the Nollywood veterans and an amiable personality beautiful Cynthia Agholor who happens to be one of the people that made sure the event was a success was of course handy and other AGN executive members including the Chief Whip all were present to grace the occasion.
The Prestigious Award was anchored by Nollywood’s best and former chairman AGN, Sir Victor Osuagwu who is also known as ‘man na mumu’ while AGN’s chairman emeritus Don Pedro Agambi though arrived later due to other engagements was on hand to receive his award. Other giants that received the awards are Bishop Dr. Joseph Ighalo, Books publishing enigmas like Amb. Anyiam Chinonso Stanley and Edozie Angus Okafor, Chief Joseph Odobeatu OJEZ, Guinness award winning journalist Effiong Nyong, and Amb. Isaac Izoya, Frankfurt Am Main, Germany based and the quintessential Dr. Queen Blessing Itua,USA. A renowned philanthropist who has carved a niche for himself in all facets, the founder of Tony Onyeagwu foundation Engr. Tony Onyeagwu, was also present to grace the occasion and receive his award of which he in every inch deserved and of course the gentle giant RT. Hon. Yakubu O. Musa a benevolent and kindhearted personality.
In a brief chat with Amb Isaac Izoya, who was conspicuously absent at the event but was represented by Nollywood Idol and former Miss Lagos, Cynthia Agholor to pick up the award, Engr. Mrs Mimi N. Benjamin, Director, TSA/GBV Safe At School Initiative wrote:
“I trust you are Good and great. Yesterday 13th June, 2021 you were officially inducted into the league of Safety Ambassadors in Nigeria.
We appreciate your acceptance as regards to the Award and we will also like to collaborate with you in the area of Honouring some Nigerians in Diaspora that have done excellently well in making sure they contribute to the success of safety of lives and property of others, since that is what SAFE AT SCHOOL INITIATIVE Represent. As a Safety Ambassador "A call to support children safety initiative and youth empowerment should be your call Value, hence we urge you to continue with the very good works that have sky rocketed you to your present status.
It on this Special note we Once again Congratulate you on this great feet.
We Celebrate You our SAFETY HERO”
In response, Amb Isaac Izoya wrote: “Words will not sufficiently express my sincere appreciation of being ushered into the platform of Heroes and Safety Ambassadors League. Thank you so much. I really appreciate the honour, knowing fully well that we have such honest organization in our beloved country that keep records of Nigerians in Diaspora that are doing everything humanly possible to put Nigeria in good shape. I promise to be your organization mouth piece in the Diaspora and a good Ambassador to be proud of”.
The organization – has been using Nollywood in particular and entertainment in general as a medium to unearth the hidden artistic talents and promote Nigeria (African) cultural heritage on road shows across Europe before upgrading to NFFG and NEGA events in Frankfurt since 2014:
We have taken over 70 top stars of both Ghana and Nigeria. A-List of Nollywood, comedians and Hip Hop stars exposing them across Europe believing that the exposure of artistes is veritable vehicle for influencing humanity, culture and the people’s mentality.
Some of the artistes who have benefited on such tours, NFFG and MEGA Awards include prominent Nollywood icons; Patience Ozokwor a.k.a Mama G, Ramsey Nouah, Jim Iyke, Jackis Appiah, Mercy Johnson, Nadia Buari, Emeka Ike, Benedict Johnson, Charles Inojie,, Ngozi Ezeonu, Francis Duru, Empress Njamah, Nkeiruka Sylvanus, Jim Iyke, Desmond Elliot, Chinedu Ikedieze and Osita Iheme a.k.a Aki and PawPaw, John Okafor (a.k.a. Mr Ibu), Victor Osuagwu (a.k.a. One Dollar), Francis Duru, Bishop Okon, Cynthia Agholor etc, etc.
Bright Okpocha, popularly known as Basket Mouth, Julius Agwu, Francis Agoda a.k.a I Go Dye, Ogbolosingha, Sheddi Baba, Maleke, Gordon, Gandoki, (Kenneth Oviahon R.I.P) etc, etc
Timaya, Kiss Daniel, 2Face/2Baba, Don VS, Olu Maintain aka Yahoozee, NigaRaw, J. Martins, Kingsley Elikpo aka Zeez, Bernard Ohenhen, BigBen, Deacon/Mr/s Palmer Omoruyi, MacoRas and Maleke to mention only but a few. A record that remained unbroken by any African entertainer in EU Nations till date etc, etc.
LIST OF (SOME) PAST RECIPIENTS OF NOLLYWOOD EUROPE GOLDEN AWARDS - NEGA;
NOLLYWOOD STARS: (ACTOR/PRODUCERS/DIRECTORS)
PATIENCE OZOKWO (aka Mama G)
BISHOP IMAN OKON
EBIGIESON QUEEN BLESSING
JACKIE APPIAH (Ghana Actress)
NADIA BUARI – Ghana Actress
CHARLES INOJIE (Actor/Director)
LANCELOT ODUWA (Producer/Director)
OSUAGWU VICTOR IFEANYICHUKWU (aka One Dollar)
OSITA IHEME (Pawpaw)
OKAFOR ZIK ZULU (2012 Association of Movie Producers - President)
EMELONYE OBI, (Producer/Director; United Kingdom)
OGUNJIOFOR OKECHUKWU POLYCARP (Produce of Nollywood 1st movie)
DOUBLE A ENTERTAINMENT (HOLLAND)
WERNER DOROTHEE Berlin
ADEDEJI OLAMIDE GBENGA Gandoki – Standup Comedian)
TONY MOFE – (Gandoki – Standup Comedian)
DOUBLE A ENTERTAINMENT (Holland)
QUEEN BLESSING O. ITUA – (Hollywood Star, Author and Chief of Staff to Senator D. James, USA)
POLITICAL & DIPLOMATIC FIGURES;
HIS EXCELLENCY, AMBASSADOR ABDUL BIN RIMDAP retd London, UK
HIS EXCELLENCY, AMBASSADOR. JOHN CHIKA EJINAKA. Frankfurt, Germany & New York USA
HIS EXCELLENCY, AMB HABIB BABA HABU New York
HER EXCELLENCY, SENATOR DONZELLA JAMES, (Democratic senator representing Metropolitan Atlanta's 35th District of Georgia),
SIR MIKE MBAMA OKIRO IGP rtd, CFR, NPM, mni.Chairman
MRS CHARITY OBUAH – Humanitarian/ Orphanages Foundation
MR .UMEJURU ISAAC – Peace Advocate
CHIEF ONYEMA ANTONY AJIDUAH - London UK
CHIMEZIE EBI – Youth Empowerment
- DONALD PETERSON“CEO Richfield Group - Abuja
- PAULYN JANSEN (CEO AYF, Bonn, Germany)
- VICTOR NJINMAH OTUNBA (Group Chairman at Njinmah Foundation, Germany)
BENJAMIN JAMES (Hoffenheim Jr Team Bundesliga Football Coach - Germany)
STEVE OLU (CEO - Vigiscope EK GmbH, Germany)
ALHAJI MONSURU ADELEKAN – Excellence in Humanitarian Services
ROSALYN DRESSMAN (President African Union Tide, Dortmund, Germany)
INNOCENT IDIBIA (aka 2Face/2Baba)
KISS DANIEL – Musician
DON VS – Musician - Italy
EHIMARE FESTUS EROMOSELE. G-Worldwide Label Dirtor
LOUIZA WILLIAMS – Kiss daniel manager
LOVE ITOYA – Musician, Greece
OMOROGBE EFE – 2Baba Manager
IWENJORA FREDRICK OBIORA: (Vanguard Newspaper, Lagos, Nigeria)
SHIABU HUSSEINI: (Guardian Newspaper, Lagos, Nigeria)
EMEDOLIBE NGOZI ERASMUS: - (Mirror Newspaper, Lagos, Nigeria)
AKANDE OLUSEGUN VICTOR: (The Nation Newspaper, Lagos, Nigeria)
NWAGBARA CHARLES NWAKERENDU: (High Society Magazine. Lagos, Nigeria)
FEMI AWONIYI: The African Courier magazine, Germany
ELVIS IRUH (The Voice - TV Magazine Holland)
CYPRIAN JASSON: Nollywood Radio/TV France etc.
DAIRO ABIDEMI EMMANUEL (Channels TV. Lagos, Nigeria)
SOME NOTABLE BOOKS BY SCHOLARS ON ISAAC IZOYA CULTURAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS - COURTESY OF NOLLYWOOD
Nollywood: The Creation of Nigerian Film Genres
Author: Jonathan Haynes USA
Behind The Scene - Inside European Production Culture (Exporting Nollywood - A. Jedlowski. Paris, France)
Author. A. Jedlowski, Edited by Petr Szczepanik and Patrick Vonderau
Nollywood in the Diaspora:
An exploratory study on transnational
Author. Sophie Samyn
Master Kunstwetenschappen, Universiteit Gent, Belgium
Female Narratives in Nollywood Melodramas
By Elizabeth Johnson, Donald Culverson
Global Nollywood: The Transnational Dimensions of an African Video
By Matthias Krings
Nollywood; The Billion Dollars Money Zone
By Cyprian Jasson
Amb Mr. Izoya´s untiring contributions to Nollywood Film industry as well and the propagation of African cultural heritage via Ehizoya Golden Entertainment e.V he founded is well documented. His contribution has been acknowledged by a number of awards of excellence he has received since 2003.
Congratulations to our new Safety Hero, Amb Isaac Izoya, for your well deserved - Safety Ambassador Award. “The Show Must Go On!”