The Nollywood actress from Ondo state, Omotola Jalade- Ekeinde and Nigeria’s king of comedy, Atunyota Alleluya Akporobomerere a.k.a Ali Baba will be honoured on July 25 at the 2015 African Achievers Awards event billed for Johannesburg, South Africa.
According to Rex Idaminabo a principal partner of AAA, the two prominent entertainers are the most qualified considering their outstanding contributions to the transformation and growth of the entertainment industry in Nigeria and in Africa.
Confirming the decision further Rex said: ‘While Omotala’s zeal and consistency created the needed breakthrough for Nollywood to thrive, Ali Baba took the comedy business to a different level in the country.
The organisers of the event agree that “Both Omotola and Ali Baba created a path for others to follow. They showed other artists the desired paths, and today, entertainment has become one of the main industries in Nigeria and in Africa that pays more people than any other industry.”
Also speaking, Amb. David James Egwu, the Director of Public Relations and Government Communication, announced that the next edition of the AAA awards would be outstanding compared to the past events, expecially since participation is now drawn from 36 countries in Africa. He advised those who are yet to register to quickly do so as time was fast running out.
He also explained that they will focus on the entertainment to give credit to young upstarts who have made their mark in the industry: “as you are well aware, entertainment is equally our focus in this edition as we hope to recognize entertainers who have created a niche for themselves and as well transform the entertainment industry. This year’s AAA is a bumper edition that will ensure the participation of great achievers of our time.”