Come Sunday, June 3, 2012 the new ultra-modern June 12 Cultural Centre, Kuto, the ancient city of Abeokuta the capital city of Ogun state will play host to the first ever Yoruba Movie Academy Award (YOMAA)
The event which is been sponsored by Ogun State government in conjunction with Laface Entertainment and Zmirage, will have the governor of the state, His Excellency, Ibikunle Amosun as the Chief Host of the epoch event, that will also have in attendance Chief. E.Olu Odeyemi, the Hon. Commissioner for Culture and Tourism who said the state which is known for his cultural sector and indeed the sub -sector of the theatre having produce the likes of late Hubert Ogunde, Noble Laurate Wole Shoyinka, Ola Rotimi, Tunde Kelani, Tade Ogidan among others is not new to host such an event.
"The essence of this award is to identify and celebrate individuals whose works and efforts are of excellence, creativity, originality and merit. Going by the laudable objectives of the Yoruba Movie Academy Awards which includes promotion and development of Tourism in Ogun State through movies, transformations of Ogun State to the movie capital of Nigeria"
Meanwhile, the president and Executive Producer of the award, Mr.Tunde Oshinibosi has restated his claim that the award will set a standard in movie industry. "Like I stated here during the last press conference, the event will set a higher standard in movie industry, and I believed it will be a yard stick for other to follow" he told Leadership Sunday.
The event is expected to kick off this evening with a classy Hummer Limousine shuttle that will serve as a glamorous celebrity shuttle from their respective hotels to the new ultra -modern June 12 Cultural Centre, Kuto, Abeokuta , the venue of the event, to be followed by a "traditional red carpet"
The Yoruba Movie Academy Award will also honour great Yoruba icons like the late Hubert Ogunde, Tunde Kelani, Moses Olaiya (Baba Sala) late Alade Aromire, Idowu Philips (Mama Rainbow), Moremi, and Lere Paimo(Eda) for their contributions towards the development of Yoruba movie industry
Meanwhile newly married Globacom Ambassador Funke Akindele is expected to battle for the prestigious Best Lead Actress with Faithia Balogun. Whether she will postpone her honeymoon to attend her first post-marriage event is what the organizer can not say. While Odunade Adekola will slug it out with the Yomi Fash-Laso in the Best Lead Actor category.