by crossriverwatch admin
Entertainers in Cross River, on Monday, took Nollywood and African Film Critics Award (NAFCA) Best Actor in diaspora of the year award winner, Igoni Archibong by surprise in a grand fête spree to celebrate him for clinching the coveted award.
The event took place at H20 event center, Calabar, few weeks after the fast rising actor arrived Nigeria after attending the Black Oscar award ceremony at the Warner center in Washington DC.
Few days before the surprise spree organized to honor him, Igoni, who is also a worker at one of Port Harcourt’s based offshore multi-national oil firm, was said to have hurried back offshore on return before he was notified by his childhood friends to quickly return to Calabar for an urgent meeting only to be greeted with the stunning surprise party put together by the entertainment industry in Cross River to celebrate him.
Igoni Archibong who was full of smiles throughout the event expressed appreciation to his numerous fans and friends for the honour done him by the event while describing the event as memorable.
He maintained that the event made him all the more determined and reiterated his willingness to continue to make the country proud by attaining greater heights in his acting career.
Igoni, who is currently penned down for several awards including City People and Best of Nollywwod, BON award as Most Promising Actor of the year coveted the Black Oscar award in Washington DC despite this being his first outing in the movie industry while playing the lead role in the movie titled ‘Turning Point,’ a block buster flicker directed by Niyi Towolawi.
Speaking earlier at the event the CEO of DreamLine Entertainment, the organizer of the event, Emem Udominyang said the event was put together with his friends who share similar childhood experience with Igoni and that the event was important to celebrate him as an illustrious son who despite this being his first outing in the film industry broke the awards record bringing honour both to the state and Nigeria as a whole.
The event was attended by several dignitaries including a member of the Cross River House of Assembly, Hon. Joseph Bassey; Chairman, Calabar South Local Government Council, Hon. Ekeng Henshaw; CEO, H20 and Olmoni Richgang Production, Slim Samphill; and founder of Calabar Boys Association, Koko Henshaw.
Entertainers who graced the occasion include Cross River chapter P-MAN, Effiom Trombone; music crooner, Jave Chem; actor Eric Anderson, Joe Omini, Magnus Edet, Immaobong Maurice, Lucy Inyang; alongside on-air personality, Ukpai Ukpai Uti; ace film director, Joe Esse; popular comedian MC Mbakara; while comic emcee Professor Aboki anchored the event.
Highpoint of the event featured interviews on red carpet; photo session with the celebrant; free speeches and the conferment of Calabar South Ambassadorship on the celebrant by the Calabar South Local Government Chairman.
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