Friday, August 30, 2013

Here Are The Nominees For The ZAFAA 2013 Awards


In recent years, the African entertainment industry has metamorphosed rather rapidly into a veritable competitor in the showbiz world. One of the most evident examples of this is the ever-increasing popularity of this black African country. It has become a Mecca of sorts to highly rated foreign musicians - who hitherto, were only seen on our television sets, performing alongside our local artists. For instance, in the past four years or thereabouts, the oil-rich West African country has played host to worldly acclaimed rappers such as 50 Cent, Wyclef Jean and Ludacris, to mention a few. This is a positive development, signifying the interpenetration of globalisation.
However, the country’s achievements in the music sector could be seen as the tip of the iceberg when compared to the movie industry. In turn, the African movie industry in comparison to its counterparts could be said to be the fastest growing emerging market. This no doubt, is a colossal achievement, bearing in mind that the first movie was produced barely fifteen years ago. It is therefore not surprising that after household names like Hollywood (the American movie industry) and Bollywood (the Indian movie industry), the Nigerian “Nollywood” is considered next in line for recognition.

The African Film Festival and Academy Awards (also known as ZAFAA) is a highly regarded and anticipated film event within the African communities and has already become a part of the UK’s annual cultural calendar. Through ZAFAA Global Awards UK, the African film plans to rebrand its movie industry with the intention of re-launching itself into the international movie market on the same level as other global movie industries.


As the name depicts, NOLLYWOOD ENTERTAINMENT LIMITED (NEL) is a showbiz-oriented organisation, which has a bias for the promotion of the African entertainment industry as a whole. The body of the organisation intends to achieve this goal through fully organised participation in all spheres of the industry. However, the primary objective is to help in the promotion of our culture and above all, serve as a worthy ambassador of Africa.

ZAFAA Global Awards Limited UK was registered as an entertainment promotion company. Their ambition is to develop talents and bring them to stardom, as well as promoting artists in all aspects of entertainment. This is evident in the various UK ZAFAA Global Awards held over six years and counting.

ZAFAA Global Awards is an annual event that stands shoulder to shoulder with other reputable foreign awards such as the American Oscar, the British BAFTA and Indian Bollywood Movie Awards. It attempts to recognise African filmmakers, actors and other contributing personalities in the Diaspora. ZAFAA’s main aim therefore, is to promote African movies and culture, as well as compliment African artists with their foreign counterparts.

“Our Trophy is Our Pride and the Symbol of our Belief”
ZAFAA Global trophies are made by the same company that produce the Oscar and BAFTA trophies; the quality is made, such that artists who receive it should be proud of their work as well as the benefits that come with it. Artists generally should be rewarded in accordance with their efforts in the industry, inspiring newcomers to reach the same goals.


ZAFAA brings leading international actors, actresses, filmmakers, movie industry professionals and the international media together with the sole purpose of showcasing the best African Cinema has to offer to the Western world, to a large public audience in London. This prestigious event will be held from the 14th to the 16th of November.

Two days will be used to project the diversity of African films, tourism and rich cultural heritage at the Greenwich Odeon Cinema Bugsby Way, London SE10, while the awards night will be held at THE KIA OVAL KENNINGTON, LONDON, SE11 5SS.

This is being organised in honour of African filmmakers who have contributed to the development and progress of the African film industry over the years in diverse ways, as well as to reward those who have been outstanding in their roles in films during the year 2012/2013, either on the continent or in the Diaspora.

“ZAFAA Global Award is the biggest African entertainment event outside of Africa.”

This seminar is run by accomplished African filmmakers, lecturers, seasoned filmmakers and home entertainment experts. It will treat modern film techniques and current filming trends, amongst others, to the large array of African film stars who will be present for this all-important educative seminar. In addition, it will be a forum that will offer much needed impetus for creative exchange and discussion among filmmakers.

This will include the exhibition of cultural activities and tourist potentials in participating States, especially the States that have annual activities, with the potential of attracting tourists and investors to the economic strength of the African State. Examples of this are the Abuja Nigeria Carnival, the Calabar Annual Carnival, the Lagos State Boat Regatta and the Eyo Festival as well as many others from other African countries. These are events that would attract international tourists and investors just like the annual Notting Hill Gate Carnival that is usually held in the UK every last weekend of August.

Acting (English)
Best lead Actor
Best Lead Actress
Best supporting Actor
Best supporting Actress
Best upcoming actor (Male)
Best upcoming actor (Female
Best child Actor (Male)
Best child Actor (Female)
Best Director
Best Producer
Best cinematography
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best upcoming actor (Male)
Best upcoming actor (Female)
Best Director
Best Producer

Best African film 2013
Best sound Editor
Best Film Editor
Best screen play
Best Lighting
Best short film
Best African TV in UK
Lifetime Achievement
Lifetime achievement award to individuals
Posthumous Award

Special recognition
Special recognition to government officials and individuals who have contributed to the acceleration and growth of the African movie industry including:
- Ministers
- Arts  & Culture
- Information
- Committee Chairmen on Information (Senate)
- High Commissioners
- Ambassadors
- Individuals


Nollywood Entertainment Limited UK, is a body registered in England & Wales in association with ZAFAA Global Awards, both entertainment companies also registered in Nigeria.
We promote African entertainment industry through film festivals and Academy Awards.

                                    HERE ARE THE FULL NOMINEES LIST

                     Best Use Of Costumes

Single And Married    GHANA  
The Prince   GHANA     
House Of Gold    GHANA    

                     Best Child Performance

Lisa Asor Awuku- House of Gold GHANA      
Tobe Oboli- Brothers Keeper NIGERIA       
Victor Okenwa- God Of Shiloh  NIGERIA      
Victor Okenwa Jr. -Musical Whispers NIGERIA      

                        Best Screenplay

Letter To A Mother  
House Of Gold     GHANA       
Single And Married    GHANA      
Brother’s Keeper    NIGERIA     

                          Best Special Effects

Last Flight Abuja    LONDON        
The Twin Sword    NIGERIA       
Spirit Of A Hero    NIGERIA       

                                Best Cinematography
Letter To A Mother    GHANA      
Single And Married    GHANA     
House Of Gold     GHANA      
Last Flight To Abuja    NIGERIA

                                 Best Sound
Brother’s Keeper    NIGERIA      
Last Flight To Abuja    LONDON       
House Of Gold     GHANA

                                    Best Editing

Brother’s Keeper    NIGERIA      
Last Flight To Abuja    LONDON       
Single And Married    GHANA

                                Best African TV In UK

 BEN TV      SKY 182
OH TV     SKY 199
ABN TV     SKY 290

                                     Best New Comer

Itz Tifanny – Married & Single: GHANA    
Henry Ado Asiedu – House Of Gold:  GHANA   
Mercy Chinwo – House Of Gold:  GHANA    
Katherine Obiang – Journey To Self : NIGERIA
Marie Gomez -  Shameful Deceit : LONDON
Desmond Finney – Ibu In Sierra Leone: SIERRA-LEONE   

                                    Best Supporting Actress

Tana Adelana – Single and Married  GHANA   
Omawumi Megbele – House of Gold GHANA   
Beverly Naya – Brothers Keeper  NIGERIA   
Martha Ankoma – Cartel     NIGERIA

                                       Best Supporting Actor

Lucklay – The Cartel    NIGERIA     
Francis Odega – House Of Gold   GHANA   
Adjetey Annang – Letter To My Mother GHANA   
                                               Best Short Film

Hope-    NIGERIA       
I See U- CAMEROON      
Beleh-   CAMEROON        

                                             Best Indigenous Movies

Mo Sorire     NIGERIA       
Ifa Iwa      NIGERIA       
Mahuru      NIGERIA
Okomfo Anokye    GHANA
Mdundiko     TANZANIA    

                                                         Best Picture
House Of Gold - GHANA     
Brother’s Keeper - NIGERIA       
Last Flight To Abuja- LONDON        
The Cartel-  NIGERIA       
Letters To A Mother -  GHANA

                                                 Non Competitive Honours

                    In Recognition Of Their Contribution To The African Film Industry

Theodora Ibekwe
Collins Archie Pearce
                                      Best Lead Actress Indigenous

Tayo Odueke-  Mo Sorire  NIGERIA
Moji Olaiya-  Mahuru  NIGERIA
Fathia Balogun -Mahuru NIGERIA
Ngozi Nwosu -Mo Sorire  NIGERIA
Ronke Ojo-  Ifa Iwa  NIGERIA

                                         Best Lead Actor Indigenous

Femi Brainard-  Mo Sorire   NIGERIA

Alex Adu Kofi-  Okomfo Anokye GHANA

Ricardo Agbor: Ifa Iwa -NIGERIA

Wale Adebayo:Mahuru-NIGERIA

                                           Life Time Achievement Award
Ernest Abby Quaye)Ghana)

                                                      Posthumous Award

Late Chief Justus Esiri(Nigeria)

                                                           Best Director

House Of Gold – Pascal Amanfo  GHANA   
The Prince – Frank Rajah Arese  GHANA     
Brothers Keeeper – Ikechukwu Onyeka NIGERIA  
Journey To Self – Tope Oshin Ogun  NIGERIA  
Letters to My Mother – Pascal Amanfo GHANA  
Last Fight to Abuja – Obi Emelonye  LONDON  

                                                             Best Actress

Yvonne Nelson – The Prince  (GHANA)    
Omoni Oboli – Brothers Keeper (NIGERIA)   
Yvonne Nelson – House of Gold (GHANA)  
Omotola Jalade Ekeinde – Last Flight to Abuja(NIGERIA)

                                                                Best Actor

Majid Michael – Brothers Keeper  NIGERIA   
Solomon Akiyesi – Blood of Shiloh  NIGERIA   
Mike Ezuruonye – The Cartel   NIGERIA    
John Dumelo – Letter To My Mother  GHANA   
Majid Michael – The Prince   GHANA   

                                                    Zafaa Global Jurors 2013

Andy Amenechi
Award winning director, President of the Director's Guild Of Nigeria
Fidelis Duker
Notable film maker and festival director of the Abuja International Film Festival,Former president of the Directors’ Guild Of Nigeria.(DGN)
Kabat Esosan Egbon:Notable film director and writer
Kingsley Omoefe :Notable film maker and former vice president of the Directors’ Guild Of Nigeria
Olanrewaju Abiodun:Notable film director.