A trio of Nigerian TV stars and executives have been honoured with the Rock of Fame Award by the Nigerian Film Society (NFS) as part of the Zuma Film Festival (ZUFF) in Abuja.
Popular TV comedian Chief Chika Okpala, aka Zebrudaya; film director Femi Odugbemi; and Yakubu Ibn Mohammed, director-general of the Nigerian Television Authority, have been honoured with the award. The gongs were handed out on Friday at the closing ceremony and award night of the ninth edition of ZUFF.
Chidia Maduekwe, chairman of the ZUFF organising committee, said: “This is our modest attempt at appreciating the enormous contributions of these practitioners in the Nigerian film industry and their achievements.
“They are today recognised as the first recipients of the Nigerian Film Society Rock of Fame Award, the highest professional recognition within the Nigeria film industry based solely on merit. The labour of love and commitment to Nigeria’s development of our industry geniuses shall continually be recognised and rewarded.”
The aim of the NFC through ZUFF 2018 is to raise awareness of the need to preserve Nigeria’s memory for future generations of Nigerians.