Vanguard (Lagos)

27 October 2012

Nigeria: Tonto, Helen Paul With Afro Nollywood Awards

Photo: Leadership
Actor Joseph Benjamin

Winners have emerged in the 17th African Film Awards 2012 a.k.a Afro Hollywood Awards at a special ceremony held in Akure, Ondo State capital, last week.

Sultry Actresses, Tonto Dike and Helen Paul were some of the winners of the awards organised by African Voice Newspaper, UK.

The high point of the event was when a new entrant, Kiki Omeili who starred in "Married But Living Single" was adjudged winner of Best Actress in supporting role in an English language film. She defeated Oge Okoye and Nse Ikpe Etim to clinch the prize, while Tonto Dike emerged Best Actress of the year, defeating Omoni Oboli and Chika Ike.

The winners will be attending the prestigious annual awards slated for November 3, in London. At the event also, the winner of the African Actor of the Year will be announced.

The contest is between Joseph Benjamin of Nigeria (Tango With Me), Van Vicker of Ghana and one of South Africa's leading Actors, Jafta Mamabolo (famed for his role in Otelo Burning).

Prince Mike Abiola, publisher of African Voice Newspaper UK and Chairman of the awards organisation, said, "I am so pleased with the result of the distinguished and independent panel of film critics who watched many Nollywood films to arrive at the winners. Congratulations to all the winners and nominees.

"The decision to host the ceremony in Ondo State was made as part of the need to change how African leaders support entertainment and tourism.

"Other leaders should also imbibe the exemplary leadership quality of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola governor State of Osun who is the special Guest of Honour ably represented by Mr. Dele Ogunsakin Special Assistant to the governor."

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