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Monday, May 12, 2014

Nollywood & African Film Critics’ Awards (NAFCA) Gets Royal Endorsement

On the 1st of May The Ooni of Ife, His Royal Majesty, Oba Okunade Sijuwade received the organisers of the Nollywood & African Film Critics’ Awards (NAFCA), widely known as African Oscars, at his palace in Ile Ife, Osun State.
Led by NAFCA’s CEO, Dr Victor Olatoye, the organisers had come to formally invite the monarch to attend this year’s awards ceremony in the United States, where he will be honoured with the Special NAFCA Legend Award. The award is the highest honour that NAFCA can bestow on an individual.

After briefing the royal father about NAFCA, Olatoye said the Ooni is being conferred with the Special NAFCA Legend Award because he is a living legend and a source of inspiration to all the Yoruba both at home and in the Diaspora. “We respect you a lot. You are a living legend and source of inspiration to all of us, most especially, in the Diaspora. This is the reason we have decided to honour you with the Special NAFCA Legend Award, which is the highest honour NAFCA can bestow on a personality,” Olatoye said.

Responding, the Ooni said he’s pleased to receive Olatoye and his team while also promising to personally attend the awards ceremony coming up later in the year. “You are welcome. What you are doing is good. We will try to attend the awards ceremony in September,” he stated.
Ooni, who was presented with gold plated NAFCA branded gift items, later blessed the visitors. Thereafter, the monarch’s Director of Press Affairs, Chief Funmilola Olorunnisola hosted Olatoye and his entourage to a champagne reception. The NAFCA team included Mr. Samuel Balogun and Engr. Kayode Jegede.

Organized by Nollywood Film Critics USA, the official review organization for Nollywood and African movies, NAFCA is one of the most prominent award ceremonies in America dedicated to Nollywood and African films in general. This year’s awards will hold on September 13, 2014 at the legendary Saban Theatre of Beverly Hills, Hollywood, California, United States of America.

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