For the first time, organizers of Nollywood Movies Awards brought the celebration of the Nigerian film industry to the motherland and it was a constellation of the biggest Nigerian thespians.
Held at the Civic Centre on June 2, 2012, the red carpet came alive in grandeur as film practitioners from all facets of Nollywood looking glam in their ensembles granted interviews and posed for paparazzi.
Stella Damasus, Kate Henshaw Nuttal, Julius Agu, Mercy Aigbe, Charles Okafor, Omotola Jalade, Denrele Edun were some to mention but a few of the actors that were sighted, making bold fashion statements on the red carpet.
TV host/actor extraordinaire Joseph Benjamin beat Van Vicker, Ramsey Nouah, Trybson Dudukoko and Charles Okafor to clinch the ‘Best Actor in a Leading Role’ award for his role in the Nollywood blockbuster ‘Tango With Me’. Mercy Johnson bagged the same award, but in the female category for her role in ‘Weeping Soul’.
Gabriel Afolayan and Nse Ikpe-Etim also won the awards for the ‘Best Actor in a Supporting Role’ and ‘Best Actress in a Supporting Role’ respectively. The former for his role in the Dagrin biopic ‘Ghetto Dreamz’ while the latter for her role in ‘Kiss and Tell’.
The biggest winner on the night was the movie ‘Mirror Boy’, which got three nods.
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Best Actor in a Leading Role – Joseph Benjamin
Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Gabriel Afolayan
Best Actress in a Leading Role – Mercy Johnson
Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Nse Ikpe-Etim
Best Actor in an Indigenous Movie (Non-English speaking language) – Yinka Quadri
Best Actress in an Indigenous Movie (Non-English speaking language) – Funke Akindele
Best Indigenous Language Movie (Non-English speaking) – Aye Dudu
Best Directing – Mahmood Ali-Balogun
Best Cinematography – Mirror Boy
Best Movie Editing – Mirror Boy
Best Movie Soundtrack – Ghetto Dreamz
Best Sound Editing – Tango With Me
Best Original Screenplay/Scriptwriting – Obi Emelonye
Best Make-up - MIRROR BOY* (GABRIEL OKORIE)
Rising Star Award - Sylvia Oluchi (Bent Arrows) & Gabriel Afolayan (Ghetto Dreamz)
Viewers Choice Award Male - Ramsey Nouah
Viewer’s choice award female - Genevieve Nnaji
Lifetime Achievement Award - Chief Kenneth Nnebuwe