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October 30, 2013

Cross River State Entertainers Honour Our African Oscar Award Winning Son Igoni Archibong, With Surprise Party Spree - By Obaji Akpet

In case you missed the first post about Cross River State's surprise event to honour Igoni Archibong, click here to read all about it. Below are photos from the event and Obaji Akpet describes in detail, what went down. Enjoy!
L-R: Movie Director, Joe Esse; Senior Staff of Cross River Department of Project Monitoring; Cross River House of Assembly member, Hon. Joseph Bassey; Igoni Archibong; ace comedian, Professor Aboki; alongside other entertainers in group photo.

Igoni Archibong in group photo with models and upcoming actresses at the event

Calabar South LGA Chairman, Hon Ekeng Henshaw; Black Oscar award winning actor, Igoni Archibong(3rd Left);  Businessman and CEO of H20 Event Center and founder of Olmoni Richgang Production, Slim Samphill (4th Left); and a cross section of entertainment attendees in group photo

Entertainers in Cross River State, in what could be described as a spillover of celebration from the African Oscar Awards at The Warner Center in Washington DC, recently hosted the Cross River State born world’s most celebrated actor, Igoni Archibong, to a surprise party spree to celebrate his award as Best Actor Of The Year in the African race.

The Award Winning Igoni was pleasantly surprised when what initially was an invitation by entertainers in the state to discuss the way forward for the film industry, turned out to be a surprise bumper party organized to celebrate his achievements. 

The celebration event held at H20 Event Center, Calabar, and was organized by DreamLine Entertainment. The epoch making event comes up to celebrate the Nigerian born actor after he broke records by clinching the most coveted Best Actor of the Year In Diaspora at the African Oscars which held in Washington DC few weeks ago in his very first outing in the sphere the role he plays in block buster flicker titled ‘Turning Point’ as directed by Niyi Towolawi and currently blazing the cinemas.

Expressing his surprise, Igoni who was full of smiles all through the event, said he never expected the award, being his first time acting; and while thanking the organizers of the event for honouring him, averred that the event has done more to spur him on to take his acting career seriously. 

Igoni assured his teaming fans never to let their expectations down in investing more skillfulness in his acting.

Speaking earlier at the opening of the event, the CEO of DreamLine Entertainment, organizers of the event, Emem Udominyang, said that the event was a put together ensemble with his friends who share similar childhood experiences with Igoni, bearing in mind the event’s importance to encouraging him in more active representation of the Nigerian Film Industry in the diaspora. 

Highpoints of the event featured interviews on red carpet, free speeches, song rendition and group photograph sections. 

The event was graced by attendance from highly placed personalities and Businessmen in the state including Cross River House of Assembly member, Hon. Joseph Bassey; Chairman, Calabar South Local Government Council, Hon Ekeng Henshaw; CEO, H20 and Olmoni Richgang Production, Slim Samphill; and founder of Calabar Boy Association, Koko Henshaw. 

The crème de la crème of entertainers who graced the occasion include Cross River chapter P-MAN, Effiom Trombone; music crooner, Jave Chem; outgoing Actors Guild Chairman, 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.

Meanwhile, Igoni who is also aspiring model, has since returned to his oil rig work with a multi-national oil firm based in Port Harcourt and expected to turn out for more awards including the Best of Nollywood awards where he has been nominated in two categories. Also unconfirmed rumours have it that the Cross River State government may be making arrangements to host to host him.

Thanks to Obaji for filling us in and thank you Cross River State for recognizing and honouring your own. I'd like to further confirm that the 'rumours' are true. 

The Chairman Calabar South LGC, Hon Ekeng Nsa Henshaw, said that himself and his executive council were so impressed at Igoni's achievements that they have deliberated on how to honour him alongside some other Cross River State indigenes who have made positive impacts with their work; and have come up with bestowing on Igoni, the"Ambassador Of Youth In Calabar South". The formal ceremony for this, he said, will take place on 30th November, 2013.

The Honourable Chairman further stated that Igoni is also being given this honour "In the hope that through Igoni as a positive role model, Calabar South youth will drop their guns and machetes to engage in more fruitful things".

Wow! Well, as the QUEEN BEE of concepts (although I do say so myself...lol), I have already conjured something up. A photo of Igoni crossed arms holding two of his Awards just flashed across my mind and I'm thinking...Crossed Achievements Not Crossed Swords 


Photos are courtesy of Divine Photos

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