Two of Nollywood’s finest actors, Gbenro Ajibade and Rahama Sadau, have been unveiled as hosts of the 2017 Best of Nollywood Awards holding on Saturday, December 16, in Abeokuta, Ogun State. The duo would direct affairs at Nollywood’s most prestigious reward platform being hosted this year by Ogun Sate government.
Speaking on the choice of the two vibrant actors, Seun Oloketuyi, executive producer of BON, said “The choice of Rahama and Gbenro was a painstakingly debated one. Our criteria were diversity, versatility and youth; some other names came up for consideration but Gbenro and Rahama tick the boxes. And we are happy at their enthusiasm and acceptance to be a part of history.”
A successful model cum actor, Gbenro, is one of the more popular acts in M-net produced ‘Tinsel.’ The Biology graduate of the Benue State University has also featured in several movies including The Wages, Twisted Throne, Gbomo Gbomo Express and 10 Days in Suncity among others. Married to fellow thespian, Osas Ighodaro, with whom he has a baby girl.
Gbenro says he dreams of a day “When I’d have contributed significantly to the arts and entertainment industry globally to earn me a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records or the Hollywood Walk of Fame and when the characters I play come alive and begin to transform lives, and significantly create an impact on society and popular culture in general.” One of the breakout stars of Kannywood who have successfully transited to mainstream Nollywood, winsome Rahama Sadau is a Business Administration graduate of the Kaduna Polytechnic. Crowned “Face of Kannywood” at the City People Entertainment Awards 2016, Rahama has featured in popular soaps like Super Story, MTV’s Shuga – Season 6 and Sons of the Caliphate while playing prominent roles in movies like Ajuwaya, Tatu and The Accidental Spy.
Meanwhile, as the organisers of the award released the nominees list, focus is on the Best Actress category where Omotola Jalade Ekehinde (Alter Ego), will slug it out with younger, equally tested actors like Mitchell Dede (What Lies Within), Ufuoma Mcdermott (The Women), Rahamatu Sadau (Tatu) and Esther Audu (Inikpi).