The Man Behind NFFG and NEGA Awards – Isaac Izoya
Mr. Isaac Izoya – Cultural Ambassador, the founder and currently the president of Ehizoya Golden Entertainment e.V, was once described by “The Voice” Holland based magazine, as “a man of all trades and master of all” in showbiz. He's an Ishan, Edo State born Nigerian German based actor, movies producer, showbiz pundit, script writer and Journalist. He was born in Edo State, Nigeria studied at the London school of journalism and worked for many years as the (Berlin) Bureau chief of the most popular magazine in mainland Germany, The African Courier magazine. He has since then taken various film courses and attended various film festivals as special panel guest and programs in film making and entertainment in general.
EHIZOYA GOLDEN ENTERTAINMENT E.V. The Ehizoya Golden Entertainment e.V, is a front-line not-for-profit culture advocacy organization, founded since 2003 in Berlin but relocated to Frankfurt am Main in 2013. 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 across Europe:
We have taken over 100 a List stars of both Ghana and Nigeria 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. Ehizoya Golden Entertainment e.V, has successfully used her Integration movies and shows in bringing Africans and their European friends and relatives together for an opportunity to feel merry. Ehizoya Golden has done this repeatedly since 2003 (with the backing of the Nigeria Embassy in Berlin, Germany) when the organization premiered her first movie titled “Sinners In The House” in Berlin which was Nollywood’s first movie ever produced in Germany. The integration Shows created, and continue to create, opportunities for Africans and Africa Germans as well as friends and relatives of Africa, who may not have been able to visit Africa for some time, to meet and mingle with Africans in an African social environment and to share memories of Africa and feel at home - far away from home - both in Germany and touring 18 cities in 9 Europe countries with stars annually.
Ehizoya Golden Entertainment e.V has been leveraging Nollywood movies as a means of Nigerian image laundry, promoting integration across Europe as a medium of resisting racism and modern days slavery tagged “Humans trafficking" by discouraging such interest among African youths and their families through demonstrative films that show to them that “all that glitters in Europe is certainly not gold” contrary to the general belief in Africa that Europe is heaven on earth. This Ehizoya Golden Entertainment e.V believes may contribute significantly to stem the tide among desperate African migrants who flock to Europe through illegitimate means at great risks.
Some of the artistes who have benefited on such tours include prominent Nollywood icons; Patience Ozokwor a.k.a Mama G, Ramsey Nouah, Jim Iyke, Jackis Appiah, Mercy Johnson, 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,
STAND-UP COMEDIANS; 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)
MUSICIANS; Timaya, Kiss Daniel, Olu Maintain aka Yahoozee, NigaRaw, J. Martins, 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- The success of our annual events across Europe since 2003 cannot be over emphasized. Our marks in Nigeria entertainment industry speaks volume.
“Isaac Izoya will surely come first in the aspect of uniting the Nigerian entertainment industry with Africans in Europe. This did not only pave way for a lot of artistes but has now engendered a film festival aptly called Nollywood Film Festival in Germany, NFFG,, a viable platform designed for Nollywood (Nigerian/African) film makers to showcase their movies to Europeans and Nollywood fans in the Diaspora – (a confirmed educational tools of learning African culture by African children 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 diplomatic corps, politicians and businessmen 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”.
FILM PRODUCTIONS: Credited with Cultural Ambassador award in Hamburg, Germany due to his exploits in the productions of cross cultural movies and integration shows which has seen several Nigerian movie stars and comedians exporting their wares to their Europe based fans. With these Integration shows and as the first person ever in German history that produced/starred and premièred -Nollywood film in Berlin, Germany March 1st, 2003. Isaac Izoya has since then made a name for himself by producing or starring in several titles including “UNKNOWN WHITE MALE” (Hollywood movies - with Liam Neeson and Diane Kruger). French TV commercial film” Berlinalle short film and German film with German legend Rolf Eden – “Final Farewell” - Abschiedstournee. Nollywood movies – Sinners In The House, Home And Abroad, Love In Berlin, Zero Your Mind, Saving The crown, Sins of seductions, Fortunes Card, Run! But you can’t Hide, Diplomatic Strings, Final Solution, Diplomatic Strings and 10 series of comedy films” etc, etc (see youtube; “Ehizoya Isaac Izoya” for some)
AWARDS 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. Some of the awards he has received include the following;
2004 - Cultural Ambassador Award Certificate by Association of African Ambassadors in Berlin
2004 - African Macro Entertainment Certificate of Merit, Berlin, Germany
2005 - Nomination by Association of Movie Producers to represent their interest in Europe,
2007 - Nollywood Outstanding Personalities Award NOPA by National Association of Movie Journalist NAMOJ, Lagos, Nigeria.
2008 - Kultural Ambassador Media Award KAMA by African Heritage/Media Consult, Hamburg, Germany.
6) 2009 March 18th, Represented Nollywood for panel discussion at the Fribourg International Film Festival FIFF, Switzerland.
7) 2009 November; Babylon/German Federal Film Board (Filmförderungsanstalt-FFA) Film Workshop in Berlin.
8). 2012 - The Voice African Achievers Award, Amsterdam, Holland.
9). 2012 - Nominee for Adler Award as African Best Entertainment/Producer In Europe by African Youth Foundation – AYF. Bonn, Germany. etc,
10) 2015 – Ambassador Of Entertainment Award – by Nollywood – Actor Guild of Nigeria - AGN, Lagos
11) 2015 – Nigeria Entertainment Promoters In Diaspora Award – Nollywood – Saving Life for Africa Diabetes Foundation - SLAD, Lagos.
12) 2016 Queen of Nollywood Excellence & Leadership Award. Ludwigshafen, Germany.
SOME BOOKS ON ISAAC IZOYA:
1) Nollywood: The Creation of Nigerian Film Genres By Professor Johnathan Haynes
2) Exporting Nollywood - A. Jedlowski
3) Nollywood in the Diaspora – University of Gent, Belgium
4) Global Nollywood: The Transnational Dimensions of an African Video By Matthias Krings
5) Female Narratives in Nollywood Melodramas By Elizabeth Johnson, Donald Culverson
6) Nollywood; The Billion Dollars Money Zone By Cyprian Jasson
N/B; LIST OF PAST RECIPIENTS OF NEGA AWARDS;
JACKIE APPIAH (Ghana)
OSUAGWU VICTOR IFEANYICHUKWU
OSITA IHEME (Pawpaw)
OKAFOR ZIK ZULU (2012 Association of Movie Producers - President)
EMELONYE OBI, (Producer/Director; United Kingdom)
OGUNJIOFOR OKECHUKWU POLYCARP
DOUBLE A ENTERTAINMENT (HOLLAND)
ADEDEJI OLAMIDE GBENGA
BISHOP IMAN OKON
EBIGIESON QUEEN BLESSING
TONY MOFE – (Gandoki – Standup Comedian)
DOUBLE A ENTERTAINMENT
QUEEN BLESSING O. ITUA – (Hollywood Star, Author and Chief of Staff to Senator D. James, USA)
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
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)
ROSALYN DRESSMAN. (President African Union Tide, Dortmund, Germany)
EHIMARE FESTUS EROMOSELE.. G-Worldwide Label Dirtor
KISS DANIEL – Musician
LOUIZA WILLIAMS – Kiss daniel manager
MRS CHARITY OBUAH – Humanitarian/ Orphanages Foundation
MR .UMEJURU ISAAC – Peace Advocate
CHIMEZIE EBI – Youth Empowerment
IWENJORA FREDRICK OBIORA: (Vanguard Newspaper)
SHIABU HUSSEINI: (Guardian Newspaper)
EMEDOLIBE NGOZI ERASMUS: - (Mirror Newspaper)
AKANDE OLUSEGUN VICTOR: (The Nation Newspaper)
NWAGBARA CHARLES NWAKERENDU: (High Society Magazine)
FEMI AWONIYI: The African Courier magazine, Germany
CYPRIAN JASSON: Nollywood Radio/TV France etc
To name but just a few..