Honour for Nollywood stars at Africa Film Festival in Dallas

Nollywood star RMD (right) presents the African Film Legend Award to veteran South African actor Jerry Mofokeng at the event

For their role in the development of the Nigerian film industry, otherwise known as Nollywood, popular filmmaker and CEO of Royal Arts Academy Emem Isong Misodi, alongside actress Uche Jombo, were among notable African filmmakers honoured at the just concluded The African Film Festival (TAFF), which held in Dallas, the United States.

Isong was honoured with African Film Leadership Award for her immense contribution towards the development of the African film sector, while Uche Jombo bagged African Film Ambassador Award.

Other recipients were Ruth Ndulu Maingi from Kenya, who bagged Humanitarian Award, Yvonne Cherrie Monalisa from Tanzania (African Film Ambassador Award), Jay Ajayi from Nigeria (African Film Outstanding Achievement), Jerry Mofokeng from South Africa (African Film Legend Award) and Nigeria’s Dolapo Ajayi was honoured with African Film Outstanding Achievement Award.

Nigeria’s Hakkunde went home with Best Narrative Feature film award, while Molatelo Mainetjie from South Africa won Bet Documentary Feature award for her film, When Babies Don’t Come.

Renowned African filmmakers, actors, performers, singers and dignitaries from all walks of life attended the festival, which held at the Dallas City Performance Hall, Dallas, Texas.

Among guests present are actress Yvonne Monalisa (Tanzania); Actor Jerry Mofokeng (South Africa); Actor David Vandy (Sierra Leone); Singer Naomi Achu (Cameroon); Director Lancelot Imasuen (Nigeria); Filmmaker Molatelo Mainetje (South Africa); Producer Chisom Ozlee (Nigeria) and actor Richard Mofe Damijo (Nigeria). Others are Director Kang Quintus (Ghana); Producer Billy Kwasi Richardson (Ghana); Filmmaker Nathan Pfaff (South Africa); Filmmaker Pascale Serra (Central Africa Republic); Director Robert Peters (USA); Producer Neville Nevada (USA) and Filmmaker Ruth Maingi (Kenya). There were also the likes of filmmaker Benjamin Onyango (Kenya); Actress Agnes Nkhata (Malawi); Producer Chichi Okonkwo (Nigeria); Producer Bibish Elad (Cameroon); Director Asurf (Nigeria) and others.

As with previous years, the festival, which climaxed with an awards night, witnessed series of film screenings, discussions with filmmakers, acting classes, panels, performances by The Dallas Poetry Slam Team, poetry readings, as well as storytelling session by Nigerian-born Ben Amushi.

Also, South African biopic, President Mandela, was screened to mark the late icon’s centennial birthday, while Lancelot Imasuen’s romantic flick, Love Birds, featuring Nollywood bad boy, Jim Iyke was equally premiered at the festival, hosted by Tanzanian actress Monalisa, alongside Sierra Leonean actor, David Vandy.

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