Thrills, frills as Kiss Daniel, Francis Duru headline Nffg
The German city of Frankfurt came alive again during Nollywood Film Festival Germany NFFG and its sister event Nollywood Europe Golden Award NEGA that was held late last year.
The yearly event, organized by Ehizoya Golden Entertainment which includes Nollywood (Nigeria) film shows, interactions, awards is an ample opportunity for participants to network with film makers and entertainers as well as culture merchants. The epic event kick-started with the premiere of Henry Ozuluonye’s film, titled: “THESTICK”, a Nollywood block buster movie that featured Benedict Johnson, Ibwari Etuk, Emmanuel Precious, Stella Dandy and Henry Ozuluonye.
In his opening speech, the event Director and President of Ehizoya GoldenEntertainment, the innovator of the festival, Mr. Isaac Izoya, who is popularly known as The Cultural Ambassador said, Nollywood is a medium of promoting not just culture but social integration and also educational tools for the Diaspora children. It’s a link for them to connect with their forebears.
He further affirmed that Nollywood is a cultural exchange medium between Germany and Nigeria which is evidenced in majority of the Nollywood movies produced in Germany which include but not limited to “Love In Berlin, Home And Abroad, Fortunes Card, Zero Your Mind.” among others.
Mr. Izoya averred that Nollywood needs to be supported and encouraged by the Nigerian and German governments. At the end, he specifically thanked the following organizations and institutions for their unwavering support and encouragement: Hessen State Filmforum Höchst VHS-Frankfurt Am Main, Ministry of Arts and Culture (Stadt Frankfurt Kulturamt), The Office for Multicultural Affairs (Amt für Multikulturelle Angelegenheiten – AmkA), WISAG Sicherheit & Services GmbH & Co.KG, KLG Druckkultu GmbH and the Nigeria Consulate based in Frankfurt, under the leadership of His Excellency, Consul General Mr. John Ejineka – for their support in making Nollywood events a success
Based on Nollywood fans’ popular demand, Charles Inojie, a Nollywood mega star, was invited to anchor the NEGA Awards event. He was one of the first NEGA awardees in 2012 in Essen, Germany alongside Nollywood star, Mona Lisa and Ghana top star, Jackie Appiah amongst others, while Nigerian pop star, Kiss Daniel, the‘Woju’ crooner’s appearance at this year’s NEGA Awards event added extra ordinary values to the event as his fans travelled all over Europe to watch him perform on his first ever European stage performance.
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