The 10th edition of the Best of Nollywood (BON) Awards next month will see the head of Iroko TV pick up a Special Recognition Award.
Jason Njokwu, co-founder and CEO of video-on-demand service Iroko TV, will be one of the recipients of the award for his contribution to the growth of the Nigerian movie industry. The ceremony takes place on December 8 at Kakanfo Inn, Ibadan Oyo State.
Seun Oloketuyi, BON Awards’ executive producer, said: “The choice of Njokwu was arrived at to applaud his pioneering efforts at developing a digitised distribution model for local movie contents in Nigeria.
“He launched Iroko TV as a VoD platform, to be to Africa what Netflix and Hulu is to the West. The platform is one of Africa’s first mainstream online movie streaming portal, giving instant access to nearly 10,000 film titles.”
Other award recipients are Kene Mkparu, the former MD of Film One Distribution; Abdulraaq Abdullahi, CEO of Corporate Pictures; and the late filmmaker Moses Adejumo (aka Baba Sala).
Mkparu will be rewarded for the re-awakening of the cinema culture in Nigeria while Abdullahi will be honoured for raising the standards for distribution and consumption of Nigerian movies made in the indigenous Yoruba language.
Baba Sala and Yoruba actor Baba Ajimajasan will be recognised posthumously for their contribution in laying the foundations for the comedy and film industry.
The awards would be presented by HE Senator Abiola Ajimobi, executive governor of Oyo State and chief host for BON Awards 2018.