Best of Nollywood Awards 2016 Goes To Abia State
The Best of Nollywood Awards, Nigeria’s preeminent homegrown reward system for the movie industry, will this year hold in Abia State, December 10th. While accepting the hosting rights from the BON Awards organizing committee and a sprinkling of actors including Walter Anga, Yomi Fash Lanso, Rex Nosa and Tayo Sobola, the governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, expressed his delight that Abia State was considered worthy to host an event of the magnitude, renown and reverence of the BON Awards.
Weighing in on the global acceptance and importance of Nollywood, Dr Ikpeazu said Nigeria used to receive a lot of flaks from the outside world but, “In the last couple of years, we now receive considerable buffer from Nollywood. Nollywood has given us a new level of respect across the world. Therefore, when I was approached to host the awards, I thought that while this might not be the best of times financially for us as a state, it avails us a platform to bring the industry back home, show our various tourism and economic potential and join you to celebrate an industry which contribution to the GDP of Nigeria is invaluable.”