‘Black November,’ ‘Oloibiri’ and ‘The Portrait’ big winners at NAFCA

Hollywood actresses Lynn Whitfield and Garcelle Beauvais also receive acting nods.

Inside the NAFCA show
In a show that clocked in at 4 hours and 40 minutes, Africa’s biggest night saw some big winners and a few stars missing out.

Films “Black November,” “Oloibiri,” “The Portrait”  and “Pound of Flesh” earned accolades for cinematography and best film in the diaspora category, while the James Brown biopic “Get on Up” beat out the Martin Luther King biopic “Selma” to snag the Best Foreign Film trophy. The popular TV show “Empire,” a crowd favorite, lost the crown to “Love Thy Neighbor” and Hollywood actresses Lynn Whitfield and Garcelle Beauvais both received acting nods. Ken Smart with his best actor award

Pamela Nomvete and Ken Smart (pictured right) also took home NAFCA trophies. Smart, a previous NAFCA winner earned the best acting accolade for his political drama “Kingmakers.”

Filled with inspiring speeches, lavish outfits and stirring tributes, five time Emmy award nominee Marla Gibbs (“Good Times”) was presented with the Lifetime Achievement award and a special NAFCA Humanitarian award was given to Thomas Ousley. The founder of ‘The Infinite Scholars,’ he has facilitated more than a billion dollars in scholarships and financial aid nationwide.

Nigerian Senator Ifeanyi Godwin Ararume also received the Patriot award and the Nollywood & African People’s Choice award went to Mike La Duchesse and Canadian based actress Queen Amina (pictured below).

People Choice fav Queen Amina

Now in its 5th year, the NAFCA awards (Nollywood & African Film Critics’ Awards) is an annual ceremony that honors individuals whose professional careers have been marked by extraordinary personal and professional accomplishments.

People's Choice award winner Mike La Duchesse

A brainchild of Dr. Victor O. Olatoye, (CEO of Nollywood & African Film Critics, USA), his goal is to help improve the African film industry’s image and promote African culture and heritage through film.

Hosted by Omarosa and held at the historic Orpheum Theater in downtown Los Angeles, Calif., performances included an energetic number by the Los Angeles-based dance company LA Unbound, which was choreographed by model Nichole LeShawn Woods. Nigerian singer Emma Nyra, R&B crooners Keith Robinson, Jesse Campbell, opera singer Angel Ng Cantante and poet Tommye Lee Ray also performed.

NAFCA Takes place in downtowan Los Angeles, Calif

Samantha Ofole-Prince is a journalist and movie critic who covers industry-specific news. Twitter: @samanthaofole

One Response to “‘Black November,’ ‘Oloibiri’ and ‘The Portrait’ big winners at NAFCA”

  1. Ken says:

    Great job here ! Do you have the comprehensive list of winners for this awards? Kudos

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