Nollywood traveling reward show; Best of Nollywood (BON) Awards will, for the second time since inception, be hosted in Ogun State, organisers have revealed.
The decision was reached last week when Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun received the BON Awards organising team which presented him the hosting rights for 2017 at the Governor’s Office, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.
Receiving the team, Governor Amosun said he was happy that the BON Awards, now in its ninth year, was returning to the state, having been hosted in 2010 by former Governor Gbenga Daniel.
He said, “I’m happy that the journey of Nollywood Awards started in Ogun State because this state is the home of notable figures in the entertainment industry like Hubert Ogunde, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, Olu Jacobs and many new generation entertainers and we shall continue to support the industry by providing an enabling environment for the growth of that sector and all sectors of the economy.”
The governor said he was particularly excited at the contributions of the entertainment industry to the Nigerian economy saying, “When the economy was rebased, people forgot to look at entertainment which accounted for about 40% while the real sector didn’t get near that. What this means is that nothing would help us more than our creative industry. We focused too much on oil and it has made us lazy. Yes, agriculture will lead to industrialisation but creative people will continue to work and provide jobs. This is why our government would continue to look for ways to improve the structures of the creative industry.”
The governor then promised that the state would join forces with the BON Award team to produce an event that would surpass all other editions.
“Whatever we do, we do well. BON Awards 2017 would be more than just hosting a ceremony; you would all be proud of what we will do. We would have a beautiful outing,” he said.
BON Award Founder, Mr. Seun Oloketuyi, recalled that they started the journey by taking the BON Awards to different cities in Ijebu Ode, in Ogun State. “It is a known fact that Ogun State is a major player in the Nigerian film industry today, as among the Yoruba sub-sector of film makers, there is a faction popularly called ‘Abeokuta film makers’; represented here by Bolaji Amusan, popularly known as Mr. Latin.”
Continuing, he said, “We know for a fact that the filmmakers based here in Ogun State have refused to relocate to Lagos, which is reputed as the hub of entertainment, because the Ogun State government provided them an enabling environment to ply their craft and business.”
He announced that BON Awards 2017 will hold on December 16, “and we shall have everyone that is relevant in the film industry all present under one roof.”
He said, “before the main event, there would be build-up events like the BON Reading, where celebrities and past BON Awards winners read literature to motivate and inspire young pupils of the state; Talent Meets Class, where the corporate world and Nollywood practitioners meet in a forum to chart a course for mutual benefit while exploring the potential of the host state.”