An Africa-centered movie award is set to hold in Hollywood, California, US.
The show, Nollywood and African Film Critics’ Awards, NAFCA, according to its founder, Dr. Victor Olatoye, will hold at the Saban Theater, Beverly Hills, California, on Saturday, September 13.
Olatoye who described the show as a glorious dawn, said, “This year’s awards in Hollywood is the biggest to date with dignitaries from around the world gracing the historic event, including A-list Hollywood and Nollywood stars, music stars, diplomats, political figures and over 1500 movie buffs.”
Speaking highly of the new venue, Olatoye said it would be double celebration in Hollywood, as NAFCA’s event will coincide with the 83rd anniversary of the theater.
“Our guest will witness the honouring of noble men and women of Africa as we present them with the coveted golden NAFCA trophies. The Saban Theatre accommodates about 1900 people and we are just as excited and honoured to be part of the history of this iconic Beverly Hills landmark, as we join in the celebration of its 83rd anniversary on September 13,” Olatoye said.
The choice of the venue according to the organizers is a reflection of the vision of the award scheme for the African cinema. “Looking back at the maiden edition which held at a hotel ballroom in 2011, Carolina Theater in 2012, Warner Theatre in 2013, and now going into the heart of Beverly Hills; it is fair to say we are moving the African cinema forward,” the organisers said.
The Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade has been picked as the first African king to be honoured with the special NAFCA Legend Award. The award, according to Olatoye, is the highest honour to be bestowed on an individual by NAFCA.
“Ooni’s historical visit has been attracting a lot of positive interests to this year’s NAFCA Awards. Apart from an African-American cultural group that would welcome the monarch at the airport, the cast of Hollywood’s blockbuster, Coming To America, will equally be on hand to receive him. Also, television stations are booking in advance to have an audience with the highly respected monarch,” Olatoye revealed.
In the same vein, president of Rose of Sharon Foundation, Chief (Mrs.) Folorunsho Alakija, will be given the NAFCA Humanitarian Award.