The Film Blog: The Best of Nollywood Awards need to do some soul searching

The Best Of Nollywood Awards held last weekend.

If you’re wondering why you didn’t hear much about it, it’s likely because the ceremony took place in Aba and the celebrities who would otherwise have flooded your instagram feeds with pictures likely decided they had better things to do than make the trip.

We can’t say we entirely blame them.

The big winners of the night were Alex Ekubo in the Best Actor in a Lead Role (English) category, Judith Audu for Best Actress in a Lead Role (English,) Yomi Fabiyi for Best Actor in a Lead Role (Yoruba) and Toyin Aimakhu for Best Actress in a Lead Role (Yoruba).

Ade Laoye also took home a trophy for Most Promising Actress, while Tope Oshin’s Amaka’s Kin won the Best Documentary award.

And then, of course, the kiss.

Not an actual kiss at the ceremony, no. Or, at least, no kiss took place there, to our knowledge, that would be worth talking about. Maybe that would even be better than the actual situation, which is that there was an actual “Best Kiss” award category. (Congrats to Omowunmi Dada and Gabriel Afolayan on the win, of course)

Now, to be fair, this isn’t exactly unheard of. The Best Kiss category is a mainstay at the MTV Movie Awards.

But the MTV Movie Awards make no pretense about seriousness. They are goofy, silly, fun. BON owes it to no one to be serious. They can be goofy and silly if they want to, but maybe it would be of their benefit to embrace that instead?

Clearly they can’t compete with the AMVCAs, AMAAs or AFRIFF awards, so maybe this could fully become their thing?

For an awards show seriously lacking in credibility, and still struggling to build an identifiable brand, this could, ironically, be the best thing for them.

So, we say, the people behind the show need to take a step (or several) back, and have a long, hard think about who/what exactly they want to be, and what space they want to occupy.

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