Mercy Johnson, Mahmud Ali Balogun win big at Nollywood Movies Awards

Mercy Johnson, Mahmud Ali Balogun win big at Nollywood Movies Awards

Mercy Johnson, Mahmud Ali Balogun win big at Nollywood Movies Awards

Mahmood Ali Balogun handles his awards

The first ever edition of the Nollywood Movie Awards finally took place on Saturday, June 2, 2012 at the Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos.

According to the organisers, ‘The essence of the awards is to celebrate Nollywood movies and the Nigerian culture within and outside the shores of the country‘.

The event, which started with a red carpet, officially began at 10pm, with an impressive turnout of Nollywood actors and actresses, unlike the nomination party, which had very few guests.

Comedian Julius Agwu and actress Kate Henshaw were the hosts for the night, engaging the guests in an interactive session, with a blend of comedy from Agwu himself. W4 and an upcoming artiste Lolo were the performers for the event.

One of the highlights of the event was when Julius asked Jeffrey Daniels (formerly of Shalamar) his age, due to his youthful appearance. 56 year old Jeffrey, who was on stage to present an award, was reluctant, but eventually told the guests.

Other presenters included Kunle Afolayan, Omotola Jalade, O.C Ukeje, FAB publisher Babajide Familusi, Susan Peters, Channel O VJ Derenle Edun, and others.

Veteran producer Mahmud Ali Balogun’s yet to be released flick ‘Tango with Me‘ won five awards, including best actor, best movie, best director, best cinematographer and best sound design. A visibly excited Balogun said, ‘I am grateful to God, my wife and daughter for their support, my friends, cast and  crew, my fans and organisers. I am indeed very grateful.’

Obi Emelonye of ‘Mirror Boy’ was the first winner of the night for best costume design. While receiving his award, he said I’m so happy to be the recipient of the first ever NMA. Thank you so much for this.’ The movie went on to win a total of three awards at the event.

Actor Gabriel Afolayan, who clinched two awards for his part in the Da Grin biopic said, ‘ I want to thank God for this award and the entire Ade Love Family for this. I also want to thank my brother Kunle Afolayan, Brother mi o sen ri o, I am very grateful to everyone who believed in me.’

Meanwhile, actress Mercy Johnson beat out colleagues Omotola Jalade Ekeinde,Genevieve Nnaji, Omoni Oboli and newly wedded Uche Jumbo to clinch the award for best actress in a lead role with ‘Weeping Tears’

The best actor in a lead role went to Joseph Benjamin in ‘Tango with me’

The Life time achievement award was given to Nollywood veteran film maker Mr. Kenneth Nnebue, the producer of ‘Living in Bondage.’ According to the organisers, ‘It was a well deserved award, as the veteran opened the doors of opportunities to the then movie industry, now Nollywood.’

The award ceremony, which had some technical difficulties with the sound during the show, was attended by Nollywood icons such as Omotola Jalade, Rachael Oniga, Tunde Kelani, DJ Abass, Charles Okafor, Charles Novia, Rukky Sanda, Beverely Naya, Stella Damasus, Kunle and Gabriel Afoloyan, Femi Adebayo, Sammy Okposo, Mercy Aigbe, and many more.

WINNERS LIST

Best Movie

Mirror Boy

Anchor Baby

Private Storm

Memories Of The Heart

Tango With Me – Winner

Best Actor In A Leading Role

Van Vicker (Against The Law)

Ramsey Nouah (Private Storm)

Trybson Dudukoko (Ghetto Dreamz)

Joseph Benjamin (Tango With Me) – Winner

Joseph Benjamin (Kiss And Tell)

Best Actor In A Supporting Role

Junior Pope Odumodoh (Nkwocha)

John Dumelo (Private Storm)

Yul Edochie (Against The Law)

Best Actress In A Leading Role

Genevieve Nnaji (Tango With Me)

Omoni Oboli (Anchor Baby)

Mercy Johnson (Weeping Soul) – Winner

Uche Jumbo (Damage)

Best Actress In A Supporting Role

Tina Mba (Tango With Me)

Rachel Oniga (Ghetto Dreamz)

Stella Damasus (Bent Arrows)

Best Actor In An Indigenous Movie (Non-English Speaking Language)

Chiwetalu Agu (Nkwocha) – Winner

Yinka Qadri (Aye Dudu)

Saidi Balogun (Eti Keta)

Brown Igboegwu (Apparition)

Femi Adebayo (Emi Abata)

Best Actress In An Indigenous Movie (Non-English Speaking Language)

Funke Akindele (Emi Abata)

Funke Akindele (The Return of Jenifa) – Winner

Queen Nwokoye (Nkwocha)

Mercy Aigbe (Oladunjoye)

Best Indigenous Language Movie (Non-English Speaking Language)

Eti Keta

Ikuforiji

Nkwocha

Apparition

Aye Dudu – Winner

Best Directing

Mahmood Ali-Balogun (Tango With Me) – Winner

Obi Emelonye (Mirror Boy)

Lancelot Oduwa-Imasuen (Private Storm)

Daniel Ademinokan (Ghetto Dreamz)

Best Cinematography

Mirror Boy

Private Storm

Changing Faces

Anchor Baby

Tango With Me – Winner

Best Movie Editing

Mirror Boy – Winner

Anchor Baby

Ghetto Dreamz

Return Of Jenifa

Changing Faces

Best Movie Soundtrack

Bent Arrows

Mirror Boy

Ghetto Dreamz – Winner

Changing Faces

Memories Of The Heart

Best Sound Editing

Tango With Me – Winner

Private Storm

Apparition

Anchor Baby

Mirror Boy

Best Original Screenplay/Scriptwriting

Obi Emelonye (Mirror Boy)

Ugezu J Ugezu (Against The Law)

Daniel Ademinokan & Ope Banwo (Ghetto Dreamz)

Uduak Isong Oguamanam (Kiss And Tell)

Lonzo Nzekwe (Anchor Baby) – Winner

Best Costume Design

Mirror Boy – Winner

Ghetto Dreamz

Tango With Me

Apparition

Best Make-Up

Ghetto Dreamz

Tango With Me

Apparition

Mirror Boy* (Gabriel Okorie) – Winner

Rising Star Award Female

Halima Abubakar (Entrapped)

Helen Paul (The Return Of Jenifa)

Nuella Njubigbo (Apparition)

Sylvia Oluchi (Bent Arrows) – Winner

Gabriel Afolayan (Ghetto Dreamz)

Rising Star Male

Gabriel Afolayan (Ghetto Dreamz)

Ramsey Noauh

Viewer’s Choice Award Female Genevieve Nnaji

Life Time Achievement Award Kenneth Nnebue (Living in Bondage)

Kate Henshaw and Stella Damusus

Mercy Johnson, Mahmud Ali Balogun win big at Nollywood Movies Awards

Uti Nwachukwu and Beverly Nay

Mercy Johnson, Mahmud Ali Balogun win big at Nollywood Movies Awards

Susan Peters, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde and Derenele

Mercy Johnson, Mahmud Ali Balogun win big at Nollywood Movies Awards

Uche Jombo and a guest

Mercy Johnson, Mahmud Ali Balogun win big at Nollywood Movies Awards

Rukky Sanda and Derenle Edun

Mercy Johnson, Mahmud Ali Balogun win big at Nollywood Movies Awards

Monalisa Chinda

Mercy Johnson, Mahmud Ali Balogun win big at Nollywood Movies Awards

Tunde Kelani

Mercy Johnson, Mahmud Ali Balogun win big at Nollywood Movies Awards

FAB and wife

Mercy Johnson, Mahmud Ali Balogun win big at Nollywood Movies Awards

Osita Iheme presenting award for Best Rising Star Male Actor

Mercy Johnson, Mahmud Ali Balogun win big at Nollywood Movies Awards

Kunle Afolayan

Mercy Johnson, Mahmud Ali Balogun win big at Nollywood Movies Awards

Julius Agwu & Okey Bakasi on stage

Mercy Johnson, Mahmud Ali Balogun win big at Nollywood Movies Awards

Charles Novia

Mercy Johnson, Mahmud Ali Balogun win big at Nollywood Movies Awards

Gabriel Afolayan receiving his award

Mercy Johnson, Mahmud Ali Balogun win big at Nollywood Movies Awards

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