Veteran Nollywood actor and filmmaker Queen Blessing Ebigieson (Indigenous, Gils Next Door) will be honoured with an achievement award at next month’s Toronto International Nollywood Film Festival (TINFF).
Ebigieson, who is also the national president of the Association of Movie Producers of Nigeria (AMP), will receive the honour in the creative and media section of the awards on September 23 in Toronto.
The former dancer and model spent over two decades as a Nollywood actor and producer prior to becoming AMP’s national president. She is also the founder and president of the Queen Blessing Foundation and the MD and CEO of BQ Productions International.
A representative of the TINFF selection committee said in a note to Ebigieson: “On behalf of the selection committee, congratulations on being selected for the TINFF Awards 2023! You were chosen because you have demonstrated excellence, the highest ethical standards, integrity and civic and social duty both inside and outside of the film, media and entertainment industries.
“Every year, TINFF honours people from both inside and outside of our community. This year, you are one of only a handful of people in your field to receive this accolade.”
Ebigieson said: “I am honoured. Thank you TINFF for the recognition.”
The stars of Nollywood were recognised for their achievements at the Toronto International Nollywood Film Festival (TINFF) in Canada last month.
Almajiri, a movie based on the true-life experiences of people from northern Nigeria, bagged 27 nominations and took home awards for Best Picture and Best International Film in Nigeria. Produced by Nollywood actor Ayo Makun, it stars Rahma Saudu, Alexx Ekubo and Diane Russet.
Meanwhile, Child of the Occult, directed by Isaac Oluwole Olaleye, won the Best Diaspora Nollywood Film award; The Takers, directed by Toka McBaror, won Best Drama; Toka Mcbaror’s thriller Underbelly won Best African Film; and What Happened at St James, produced and written by Tosin Akintokun, won Best Feature Nollywood Film.
Nosa Obaseki was named Best Actor in a short drama, for The Hallway, and Emmanuel Igboke won Best Actor in a Short Film, for Crosses. Stella Damasus picked up the Best Actress in a Short Film gong and Akwuna and Mabel Makun won the Female Nollywood Filmmaker award.
Nollywood actor and producer Ayo Makun won the TINFF 2022 Achievement award, while the Child Achievement award was presented to Timileyin Olusoga.
TINFF brings together music artists, filmmakers, film lovers and other stakeholders from around the globe and celebrates diversity and inclusion through film.
Nigerian film producer Israel Eziedo’s new movie Aberrations will premiere at the Toronto International Nollywood Film Festival (TINFF), which will take place in Canada from October 30 to 31.
Aberrations follows the story of a young married couple struggling to make ends meet who are gifted an estate by a raunchy old lady. An encounter with a troubled drug addict and two thieves later leads to a tussle.
Eziedo told Content Nigeria: “This is the very first movie I’m producing/directing under my new production company, The Film Genius Productions.
“First of all, I’m grateful to all my resilient cast and crew members who worked very hard to make Aberrations a reality. We literally shot this film immediately after the official lockdown when a lot of locations hadn’t fully opened up. It was almost a miracle we were able to pull it off.
“Then, of course, I’m extremely excited and grateful about the opportunity to premiere this film on an international platform. I’m also excited about all the future possibilities and, hopefully, networks that will be built from this experience. I believe that this is definitely just the beginning of Aberrations’ success story.”
The movie is produced by Eziedo and stars Michael Ejoor, Tina Mba, Segun Arinze, Adejumoke Aderuonmu, Okey Jude and Rehlia. Aberrations has also been nominated for three awards at TINFF: Best Director Africa, Best International Actor and Best Actor Africa.