The 2012 African Oscars Awards (NAFCA)

Raleigh, NC – The Nollywood & African Film Critics’ Awards (NAFCA), also known as “The African Oscars Award”, is an accolade bestowed by the Nollywood Film Critics USA the official movie review organization for Nollywood and African movies to recognize excellence of professionals in the African film industry, including directors, actors, writers, humanitarians and dignitaries.

The prestigious Nollywood & African Film Critics’ Award is one of the most prominent award ceremonies in the African film industry and the only awards to boast of African movie superstars, filmmakers and dignitaries from around the world under one roof for the biggest African film and honorary awards ever created for African by Africans. NAFCA is from a professional organization to help improve the African film industry’s image and promote Nollywood and African films worldwide. NAFCA serves as an award of merit for distinctive achievement in the African film industry.

Nollywood & African Film Critics’ Awards are considered the highest U.S. A. based awards honoring dignitaries, humanitarians and excellence in African filmmaking.

Commenting on the awards from Raleigh North Carolina USA Dr. Olatoye said; the award was a huge success with attendance by people from over 30 states and over 15 countries including Brazil. It was like Christmas in September.” All the guests were serenaded with musical performances by singers from across Africa including Nigeria, Ghana, Congo, Cameroon and Angola and to welcome our guests from around the world to our two beautiful hosting cities of Raleigh and Durham North Carolina.

We are really grateful to our guests, sponsors, North Carolina Museum of Art, The luxurious Carolina Theater for their professionalism and our production team (Erawoc Bros Group) for making these prestigious awards a huge success. Finally Dr. Olatoye said, we as Africans should be proud of our accomplishments for having the vision to make African Oscars Awards happen.

Also commenting on the event, Ms Deborah Murphy of North Carolina Museum of Art said: We enjoyed having the summit and the premier here at the museum. We are excited by all the possibilities for the African film industry. We Congratulate Dr. Olatoye and the NAFCA team on an excellent job and most importantly for having the vision to get it all done. They’ve enticed the world to visit Raleigh.

This year’s prestigious African Oscar (NAFCA) recipients included movies; Damage, Unge’s War, Bianca, Treacherous Heart,  Adams Apple, Performers; Uche Jombo, Justus Esiri, Desmond Elliot, Chet Anekwe, Yvonne Okoro, V.I.P’s; First Lady H.E Patience Jonathan Goodluck, Gov. Babatunde Fashola, Gov. Rochas Okorocha and Hon. Minister Youssou N’Dour among others.

In the Best Film Diaspora Category Bianca took home the Gold, while Van Vicker the executive producer of Joni Waka took home the coveted NAFCA trophy in the Best comedy category. It was the second NAFCA for Syr Law and Majid Michel for their work on The Entrapped and Bed of Roses respectfully. This is also the second win for Best Davis for People’s Choice Awards sponsored by Arik Air and NAFCA this year. This is the first time a Senegalese won a major award in Nollywood and Actress Binta Goudiaby took home the coveted Arik Air /NAFCA People’s Choice Awards for best actress of the year.

This year’s African Oscar-NAFCA added the category for Best Child Actor in a Film and that prize went to Santiago Lopera of Canada for his role in Anchor Baby. In the Best Indigenous Film category, Gugu E Michaels the producer of Unge’s War took home the NAFCA while Actress/Producer Uche Jombo took home the prize for Best Actress in a leading role for the film Damage which also won the coveted Best Film Category. Best Screenplay went to Single Six, Best Director in a film went to Lacelot Imasuen for Adesuwa and Best Director in a Diaspora Film went to Director/Actor Desmond Elliot for The Entrapped. Other winners include; On the Run Again, Justus Esiri for Best Actor in a film for The Professor.

Source: NAFCA. 

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