Event: UK Nollywood Actors glitter on Guild Inaugural Day

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Saturday 13th August 2016 was a historic day for Nollywood with the inauguration of the Actors Guild UK at the five star Holiday Inn Hotel Bloomsbury London.

Actors Guild UK Nollywood Executives: From left, Riyike Alayande, Olukunle Fafowora, Ene Oloye, Ayo Oyebade, Helen Gold, Mrs Olufolake Abdulrasak (Matron), Theodora Ibekwe – Oyebade (President), Godwin Osabutey, Malcolm Benson, Danny Erskine and Ruke Amata.

Actors Guild UK Nollywood Executives: From left, Riyike Alayande, Olukunle Fafowora, Ene Oloye, Ayo Oyebade, Helen Gold, Mrs Olufolake Abdulrasak (Matron), Theodora Ibekwe – Oyebade (President), Godwin Osabutey, Malcolm Benson, Danny Erskine and Ruke Amata.

Several actors put in a glitzy appearance at the hugely successful first inaugural Summer Ball which was well supported by high profile individuals and the crème de la crème of the British society.

The evening of razzmatazz rolled into action after a session of parade by shimmering ladies in flamboyant evening dresses who outnumbered their male counterparts on the red carpet.

 

Stella Maris Okafor emerged as Nollywood Princess Of The Red Carpet Stella Maris Okafor – Nollywood Princess Of The Red Carpet

Theodora Ibekwe – Oyebade, President of Actors Guild UK Nollywood with actress Victoria Iyama and another guest.

Theodora Ibekwe – Oyebade, President of Actors Guild UK Nollywood with actress Victoria Iyama (right) and a guest.

Cordelia Emeh, His Worshipful Cllr. Milan Milovanovic Mayor of Great Dunmow Council & Consort with Theodora Ibekwe – Oyebade, President of Actors Guild UK Nollywood

Cordelia Emeh, His Worshipful Cllr. Milan Milovanovic Mayor of Great Dunmow Council & Consort with Theodora Ibekwe – Oyebade, President of Actors Guild UK Nollywood

The opening remarks by the delectable diplomat, Mrs Olufolake Abdulrazak, Minister, Consular, Education and Welfare at the Nigeria High Commission London who represented the High Commissioner, His Excellency, Mr. Simon Ogah set the tone for the business of the day.

Doyin Owoeye & Rose Peter Graham (comperes for the evening) Lady Titi Aseroma, Tiyabusola Odebode and other members of the Actors Guild.

Doyin Owoeye & Rose Peter Graham (comperes for the evening) Lady Titi Aseroma, Tiyabusola Odebode

and other members of the Actors Guild.

 

Mrs Theodora Ibekwe – Oyebade, President of Actors Guild UK NollywoodMrs Theodora Ibekwe – Oyebade, President of Actors Guild UK Nollywood (right) and Mrs Olufolake Abdulrasak Minister, Consular, Education and Welfare Matron of the Guild.

(right) and Mrs Olufolake Abdulrasak Minister, Consular, Education and Welfare Matron of the Guild.

Mrs Abdulrazak delivered the goodwill message of support and recognition of the laudable work of the organisers from the High Commissioner. While applauding the Nigerian Diaspora for working hard to achieve greater things for Nigeria. She said, “It is important for the invitees to collaborate with UK Nollywood to enhance production quality and for the actors to keep working together to project and sustain Nigeria’s rich culture and heritage.”

Mrs Abdulrazak said, “It is important to note that Nollywood is currently rated the world’s third best after America’s Hollywood and India’s Bollywood in terms of volume and market penetrations. The Nigeria film industry is reportedly worth 7.3 billion dollars.”

She said, “The Nigerian government is committed to enhancing the capacity of Nollywood with Project ACT Nollywood and three billion Naira grant to address challenges impeding the growth of Nollywood.”

The diplomat urged the Actors Guild UK Nollywood to support Nollywood Nigeria in making more high quality movies and get the important messages out to the audience.

The executives of the Actors Guild UK Nollywood were decorated with their membership badges by Mrs Olufolake Abdulrazak.

Mr & Mrs (Dr) John Emore (Patron)

Mr & Mrs (Dr) John Emore (Patron)

 

Patron: Chief & (Mrs) Bimbo Folayan former Chairman Central Association of Nigerians in the UK

Patron: Chief & (Mrs) Bimbo Folayan former Chairman Central Association of Nigerians in the UK

Matron & Patron: Golda & Mike Abiola Publisher, African Voice Newspaper and Founder & CEO of African Film Awards

Matron & Patron: Golda & Mike Abiola Publisher, African Voice Newspaper and Founder & CEO of African Film Awards

Dr. & (Mrs) Boma Douglas President Engineers Forum UK

Dr. & (Mrs) Boma Douglas President Engineers Forum UK

From left: Christy Amalu JP, Dr. Pauline Long, television presenter & founder of BEFFTA Awards and a guest.

From left: Christy Amalu JP, Dr. Pauline Long, television presenter & founder of BEFFTA Awards and a guest.

Theodora Ibekwe – Oyebade, President of Actors Guild UK Nollywood dazzled all night in her designer gown and when it was time for her welcome remarks, she highlighted the laudable aims and objectives of the organisation.

The President said, “Nollywood is already a brand recognised worldwide and the Actors Guild UK Nollywood is open to all Africans and non-Africans and cited British actor Claire Edun ‘Oyinbo Princess’ among others.”

Theodora Ibekwe – Oyebade, President of Actors Guild UK Nollywood with some of the special guests.

Theodora Ibekwe – Oyebade, President of Actors Guild UK Nollywood with some of the special guests.

Theodora Ibekwe – Oyebade, President of Actors Guild UK Nollywood with ace broadcaster Julie Coker, Princess Deun Solarin TV Presenter, Kate Anolue Former Mayor of Enfield and other VIP guests

Theodora Ibekwe – Oyebade, President of Actors Guild UK Nollywood with ace broadcaster Julie Coker, Princess Deun Solarin TV Presenter, Kate Anolue Former Mayor of Enfield and other VIP guests

The Actors Guild UK Nollywood assembled a list of high profile, influential individuals from the British African community as Matrons and Patrons of the Guild. The roll call of those recognised and decorated during the investiture ceremony include Mrs Olufolake Abdulrasak Minister, Consular, Education and Welfare, Dr. Pauline Long, television presenter and founder of BEFFTA Awards, Mrs Golda John Abiola, a veteran actress and Executive Director, African Film Awards and Mrs June Douglas, a social welfare lawyer and CEO of Pamela Douglas Foundation.

Helen Osabutey (AGUKN Social Secretary) with Mr. Dipo Winsala Executive Directors, Nollywood Movies a Patron of the Guild

Helen Osabutey (AGUKN Social Secretary) with
Mr. Dipo Winsala Executive Directors, Nollywood Movies a Patron of the Guild

The Patrons include Mr John Emore a prominent businessman, Mr. Alfred Soroh and Mr. Dipo Winsala both Executive Directors of Nollywood Movies, Deacon Charles Sylvester Group Managing Director of Express Group of Companies, Barrister Sympathy Nwosu Principal Solicitor at Callistes Solicitors, Chief Bimbo Folayan former Chairman Central Association of Nigerians in the UK and Prince Mike Abiola Publisher, African Voice Newspaper and Founder & CEO of African Film Awards.

The glamourous event with all the trappings of a movie set had in attendance other personalities such as Brigadier-General G Oyefesobi Nigeria High Commission Defence Adviser, ace broadcaster Julie Coker, Babatunde Loye, Chairman Central Association of Nigerians in the UK, Dr. Alistair Soyode Chairman BEN TV, Cllr. Kate Anolue Former Mayor of Enfield, Godson Azu General Secretary of NIDEO, Ayan De First culture ambassador, Princess Deun Solarin TV Presenter, Ayo Akinfe author & journalist, Dr. Boma Douglas President Engineers Forum UK and many others.

Also in attendance were others Nigerian actors like Titi and Fred Aseroma, Hilda Tola Nevoh Williams, Victoria Iyama and Opeyemi Aiyeola.

Treasured moments of the evening were captured for posterity by award winning Financial Protection Adviser and Photographer Jermaine Sanwoolu.

Guests were treated to sumptuous three course meal and light musical interlude by Ben Audu, the Saxophonist.

The evening was wrapped up as guests danced to music supplied by DJ Omo White.

Theodora Ibekwe – Oyebade, President of Actors Guild UK Nollywood with Babatunde Loye, Chairman Central Association of Nigerians in the UK (CANUK) and Ronke Adeagbo Treasurer (CANUK)

Theodora Ibekwe – Oyebade, President of Actors Guild UK Nollywood with Babatunde Loye, Chairman Central Association of Nigerians in the UK (CANUK) and Ronke Adeagbo Treasurer (CANUK)

Dr. Alistair Soyode Chairman BEN TV, Deacon Charles Sylvester Group Managing Director of Express Group of Companies and Jermaine Sanwoolu Financial Protection Adviser and Photographer

Dr. Alistair Soyode Chairman BEN TV, Deacon Charles Sylvester Group Managing Director of Express Group of Companies and Jermaine Sanwoolu Financial Protection Adviser and Photographer

Guests at the buffet table

Guests at the buffet table

Cross section of the guests

Cross section of guests

 

Cutting of the Inaugural cake

Cutting of the Inaugural cake

Dance time with DJ Omo White
source: africanvoiceonline

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