The Future Awards.
laspapi broke his self-imposed holiday abstinence and resumed the Arts and Entertainment Circuit rounds of the country. Tonight was “The Future Awards” organized by RedSTRAT which had its maiden edition last year. Venue for this occasion was the Shell Hall of the Muson Centre and it proved an Arts and Entertainment Who’s Who. Described by the organizers as “the BIGGEST gathering of the brightest and young minds that Nigeria has…”, celebrities in their hundreds came together from everywhere.
Some of those present were the comedian-Basket Mouth , Chief Rasheed Gbadamosi, Michelle Dede (who co-hosted the Nigerian “Big Brother”, her sister-Najite Dede (Actor and Stage Director), Ebuka, Katung, Chinedu and Ify of Big Brother Nigeria, Toyin Bello of Kush, Ebun Olatoye (True Love Magazine) The Sound Sultan, Emem Ema, Soul E and Ikechukwu (all musicians), Bunmi Davies (Theatre and Stand-Up Comedy Producer), Bolanle Austyn-Peters (M.D. Terra Kulture), Dr. Reuben Abati (Chairman, Editorial Board of the Guardian Newspapers), Professor Pat Utomi (Nigerian Presidential aspirant), Sola Salako (Gen Sec of the Fresh Democratic Party), Chinamanda Adichie (author of Purple Hibiscus) and many more.
The high point of the awards for me was the dance piece presented by the Ibadan-based group, “Xplicit”. These dancers ranging in age from about 12 to 16, both male and female, are probably among the best in the country in that age category. They took the audience by storm and all stood up to applaud at the end of the performance. I intend to get them into one of my shows sometime soon even if I have to walk to Ibadan.
In the picture above is Omonor Imobhio who this evening, won Best Actor of The Year at The Future Awards. Omonor was part of the cast in the Premieres of several of laspapi’s plays including The Other Side, Piper Piper, Gbanja Roulette, and The Inheritors. Currently part of a BBC TV Series in Abuja, she was unable to receive her award in person.