BON Awards: Fayemi vows to make Ekiti entertainment destination, as ‘Living in Bondage’, ‘This Lady Called Life’ win big

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Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, on Sunday, vowed to make the state a destination of choice for entertainment.
Fayemi, who was represented by Prof. Rasaki Ojo Bakare, Commissioner for Arts, Culture and Tourism, said this at the Best Of Nollywood (BON) Awards, in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.
The governor, who expressed his excitement at hosting the event, said it was in line with what the state was doing to encourage the entertainment industry.
“We are happy to have the celebrities and icons of the entertainment industry and everybody who was part of the great show.
“In Ekiti State, we are doing a lot to position our state as a destination of choice for entertainment, events, conferences and everything that is creative.
“That is why when Mr. BON, Seun Oloketuyi, approached us to host this event, we were very delighted and excited because it flows with what we are currently doing in the state.
“Recently, we signed an MoU with one of the leading filmmaking companies in Nigeria, Native Media, led by Rogers Ofime, to shoot five epic films in two years.
“For the whole of 2021, the ministry of Arts, Culture and Tourism in Ekiti State, will be busy shooting movies for the first six months of 2022.
“We are investing massively in our tourism sites and Best of Nollywood  Awards keys into our vision in the state.
“We want to congratulate Seun Oloketuyi, for being able to pull this through.
“We will always stand with him on this project. For Nollywood as an industry,  we want to ask them to be with Ekiti State, all the way.
“We see them as partners in progress. We have creative people here, and we want to turn the creative energies of our people into real wealth.
“We are going to partner with them.” he said.
In the same vein, the Executive Producer, BON Awards, Seun Oloketuyi, in his speech, also acknowledged the fact that year 2020 had been a difficult year.
Oloketuyi said that the event was used to send a message to the government to give the entertainment industry, the much needed attention and support.
“On behalf of the staff and management of the Best of Nollywood (BON) Awards, I welcome you to this year’s BON Awards.
“It is special in many ways and my team has taken to calling it ‘the miracle edition’.
“2020 has been a tough year for filmmakers as cinemas remained closed for most of the year.
“Film locations and other entertainment centres related to movie-making, were also shut down for the greater part of the year and many film festivals went virtual.
“We at BON Awards have kept the faith and pushed on, believing that the show must go on in spite of the realisation that COVID-19 is real and deadly.
“Today, we are here recognising the best that Nollywood has got to offer this year.
We are taking the opportunity to call on the government to look inwards and tap into the huge resources Nollywood has to offer, especially with Nigeria’s dwindling oil revenue.” he said.
He further commended Fayemi and other sponsors of the event, for making BON awards a successful one.
Best of Nollywood Awards is an annual film event, presented by Best of Nollywood Magazine,  to honour outstanding achievement in the Nigerian Movie Industry.
The first edition was held on December 6, 2009, in Ikeja, Lagos State.
Meanwhile, Charles Okpaleke’s ‘Living in Bondage: Breaking Free’ and Kayode Kasum’s ‘This Lady Called Life’ emerged the biggest winners of the 2020 Best of Nollywood (BON) Awards in Ado-Ekiti.
Asides clinching the Movie of the Year Award, Living in Bondage also bagged the Director of the Year award for Ramsey Nouah’s, movie with the best use of special effects and movie with the best use of makeup.
‘This Lady called Life’ also took home the movie with the Best Screenplay Award, Best use of Food on a movie award and Movie with the Best Production Design Award.
The two movies also jointly won the Movies with the best Editing Award.
Other winners at the traveling, pan-Nigerian awards include Bling Lagosians, Unroyal, The Sessions, ‘Dear Affy’ amon others.
Matilda Lambert, a thespian and film producer who won two awards, said she had seven nominations at this year’s BON Awards and was happy to be a winner in two categories.
“So far I have won two, Best Sound in a movie for Unroyal and best use of Costume in a movie. Unroyal the movie is a fantastic film.
“Also having all the A-list actors on set, the likes of Pete Edochie, Shaffy Bello, Blossom Chukwujekwu, IK Ogbonna, Okon Lagos, Linda Osifo and a lot of others was a great deal.
“I’m very grateful tonight that my hardwork, my sleepless nights, my money, resources, time all put into making this great film actually paid off.
“It’s one thing to have a wonderful film and it is another thing for the movie to be recognised. I’m very grateful.” she said.
Abiola Adebayo who won the award for Best Actress in a supporting role said it was an honour to be recognised and appreciated.
“I came in happy and not particularly expecting to win. The fact that I was nominated means a lot to me.
“It means people are seeing me and noticing my work. I got two nominations and even though I was expectant it wasn’t assured.
“Almost all of us in that category are colleagues and friends. Being in the entertainment industry has not been easy, it’s tough and rough. But it has also been good at the same time.” she said.
Other winners at Best of Nollywood Awards, 2020 are:
-Best Actor in a Leading Role (English) JKA Swanky – Living in Bondage (Breaking Free).
-Best Actress in a Leading Role (English) – Omowunmi Dada – The Sessions.
-Best Actor in a Supporting Role (English) – Alex Ekubo – Bling Lagosians.
-Best Actress in a Supporting Role (English) – Bimbo Ademoye/Bisola Aiyeola – Sugar Rush.
-Best Actor in a Leading Role (Yoruba) – Ibrahim Yekini – Lucifer.
– Best Actress in a Leading Role (Yoruba) – Adebimpe Oyebade – Agbelebu Jade.
-Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Yoruba) – Femi Adebayo/Kelvin Ikedua – Lucifer.
-Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Yoruba) – Abiola Adebayo – Agbelebu Jade.
-Best Actor in a Leading Role (Igbo) – Francis Duru – Mboputa.
-Best Actress in a Leading Role (Igbo) – Happy Julian Uchendu – Mboputa.
-Best Child Actor – Molawa Onajobi – This Lady Called Life.
-Best Child Actress – Amarachi Onwe – Secrets.
– Movie with the Best Social Message -The Session.
-Movie with the Best Comedy – Dear Affy.
-Best Short Film – Pole Girl.
-Best Documentary – Tame The Serial Killer.
-Movie with the Best Special Effect -Living in Bondage (Breaking Free).
-Movie with the Best Screenplay – This Lady Called Life.
-Best Use of Nigerian Food in a Movie – This Lady Called Life.
-Best use of Costume in a Movie – Unroyal.
-Best Use of Make-up in a Movie – Living in Bondage (Breaking Free).
-Movie with the Best Sound – Unroyal.
-Movie with the Best Soundtrack – Colours of Deceit.
-Movie with the Best Editing – This Lady Called Life/ Living in Bondage (Breaking Free).
-Movie with the Best Production Design – This Lady Called Life.
– Movie with the Best Cinematography – Bling Lagosian.
– Best Kiss in a movie – Laura Fidel/Kunle Remi- Pole Girl.
– Most Promising Actor of the Year – Denola Grey – Bling Lagosians.
– Most Promising Actress of the Year – Aisha Mohammed – Colours of Deceit.
– Revelation of the Year (Male) – Swanky JKA.
– Revelation of the Year (Female) – Bolaji Ogunmola.
– Director of the Year – Ramsey Nouah – Living in Bondage (Breaking Free).
– Movie of the Year – Living in Bondage (Breaking Free).

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