Nigerian pop star, Kiss Daniel was one of the star attractions at the last edition of Nollywood Europe Golden Awards (NEGA), an annual event that closes the Nollywood Film Festival Germany (NFFG). So were star actors, Charles Inojie, Francis Duru, Queen Blessing and others who got fans excited during the event that held from September 9 to 10, 2016.
For Daniel who was visiting Germany for the first time, it was a memorable moment as fans travelled from different parts of Europe to watch his performance.
The singer also visited some major European cities such as Frankfurt (Germany), Reggio Emillia (Italy), Stockholm, Sweden, Copenhagen, Denmark and Napoli (Italy) where he promoted his new album, “Mama”, courtesy of Isaac Izoya, founder of the event.
Put together by Ehizoya Golden Entertainment, the event kicked off with the premiere of Henry Ozuluonye’s film, titled: “THESTICK”, a Nollywood film that featured Benedict Johnson, Ibwari Etuk, Emmanuel Precious, Stella Dandy and Henry Ozuluonye.
At the screening which took place at SAALBAU Gutleut; Rottweiler Straße 32, Frankfurt, and attended by many Europeans, Africans and members of the Diplomatic Corps, Izoya said that Nollywood is a medium of promoting not just culture but social integration and also educational tools for the children in the Diaspora.
He further affirmed that Nollywood is a cultural exchange medium between Germany and Nigeria which is evidenced in majority of the Nollywood movies produced in Germany such as ‘Love In Berlin’, ‘Home And Abroad’, ‘Fortunes Card’ and ‘Zero Your Mind’ among others.
Mr. Izoya averred that Nollywood need to be supported and encourage by the Nigeria and German governments.
Those honoured at the NEGA gala included Francis Duru as “Outstanding Actor”, Queen Blessing as “Nollywood Humanitarian Ambassador”, Mrs. Charity for Excellence In “Humanitarian Service”, Kiss Daniel as “Artiste of the year”, Kiss Daniel’s manager, Miss Louiza Ogar Williams as “BEST Artiste Manager of the year”, Mr. Ehimare Festus Eromosele for “Best Record Label Executive”, Mr. Femi Awoniyi, Publisher of The African Courier magazine based in Berlin as “Distinctive Nollywood Profiler”, Nollywood TV Paris Director, Mr. Cyprian Jasson for “Distinctive Nollywood Profiler”, Greece-based Miss Love Itoya as the “Best Diaspora Artiste” and Mr. Obinagha Chimezie Ebifor as “Ambassador for Youth Empowerment”.
Based on Nollywood fans’ popular demand, Charles Inojie, a Nollywood mega star, was invited to anchor the NEGA event. The comic actor was one of the first NEGA awardees in 2012 in Essen, Germany, alongside Nollywood star, Monalisa and Ghanaian top star, Jackie Appiah among others.
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