Presenter at Los Angeles Nollywood Film Awards

On Saturday, August 15, the third annual Los Angeles Nollywood Film Awards (LANFA) took place at the LAX 4 Points Sheraton Hotel. The purpose of this yearly awards ceremony is to recognize the leading worldwide contributors to the African film industry that are working towards growing and developing that industry. King Bassey is the founder of LANFA and he does a great job of bringing the community together, which is quite a feat as it’s an international group.

Solid Gold. Walking the red carpet in my gold ABS by Allen Schwartz gown. Hair by Coif Salon and makeup by Blushington. Photo courtesy of Mark Sevier
Solid Gold. Walking the red carpet in my gold ABS by Allen Schwartz gown. Hair by Coif Salon and makeup by Blushington. Photo courtesy of Mark Sevier

I had the honor of being the presenter for noted fashion designer and friend Eugene Sidney.  “I was truly honored to be bestowed an award by the Nigerian film community and the artistic community at large,” said Eugene.

With Eugene and the lovely Sue Hass on the red carpet. Photo courtesy of Bob Delgadillo
With Eugene and the lovely Sue Hass on the red carpet. Photo courtesy of Bob Delgadillo
Though I've hosted countless live events, this was my first time as a presenter. Photo courtesy of Mark Sevier
Though I’ve hosted countless live events, this was my first time as a presenter. Photo courtesy of Mark Sevier

It was great to see friends like Denise O’Brien of Dome Entertainment receive her award. Denise is a noted publicist, author and beauty expert. Denise’s speech was truly moving and it’s great to see someone so accomplished received her well deserved award.

With Denise O'Brien and Amelia Johnson on stage. Photo courtesy of Mark Sevier
With Denise O’Brien and Amelia Johnson on stage. Photo courtesy of Mark Sevier

 

And I met a lovely and inspiring woman, F.A. Cole, who also received an award. I was drawn to her warmth and grace and had to meet her. Turns out she’s a fellow Marylander and we are both from neighboring towns! F.A., who was born and raised in Sierra Leone, is an author and activist for FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) and is a survivor herself and has helped countless women who have been victimized by this human rights violation. F.A’s touching and gripping speech moved this roving reporter to tears.

With the beautiful and inspiring F.A. Cole. Photo courtesy of Donna Dymally.
With the beautiful and inspiring F.A. Cole who is wearing a gown from Liberian designer Evelyn of Chea Custom Fashion Design. Photo courtesy of Sheri Determan
Honoree Ima Jackson, who is a noted singer, who sang her catchy song "Enchanting Raindrops" for the awards ceremony. Photo courtesy of Bob Delgadillo
Honoree Ima Jackson, who is a noted singer, who sang her catchy song “Enchanting Raindrops” for the awards ceremony. Photo courtesy of Bob Delgadillo
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Talent Manager/Producer Steve Owens is all smiles for the camera. Photo courtesy of Bob Delgadillo

LANFA’s goal is to promote actors, actresses, directors and producers in Nollywood to Hollywood, and to develop a technique that will enable them to work together in producing quality films. This goal gives greater media exposure, increases awareness, visibility, and opportunities to those who need to promote their projects. This esteemed organization also wants to eventually build a healthcare center in Africa to give the best medical help for those in the film industries and others who can’t afford to do so. Another goal of LANFA is to construct a state-of-the-art studio in Los Angeles for the production of technologically advanced film, TV, and theatre projects. Everyone made me feel so at home and I loved the international crowd at the event and it reminded me of the DC social scene. I also really enjoyed more about Nigerian films and that creative community. More info at http://www.lanfaa.com/

 

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  1. Great job, Vida! What a great piece. I love your writing style and photos. The LANFA awards were a great experience. I’m so glad I met you there. Keep up the amazing work!

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