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  • DIYMA celebrates top Yoruba nollywood stars for their creativity, relevance
  • By Gabriel Olawale

    Dallas International Yoruba Movies Awards (DIYMA) celebrated top Yoruba nollywood stars for their creativity and relevance in the industry.

    The awardees include: Ibrahim Chatta as the Best Actor, Peju Ogunmola as the Best Actress, Biola Adebayo as the Best Supporting Actress, Olaide Almaroof as the Best Supporting Actor; Olajire Olaide as the Best Comedian (Male), Atinuke Kazeem as the Best Comedian (female), Adepoju Kehinde as the Best Kid Actor; Seun Olaiya as the Best Director (Nigeria) and Bola Alawiye as the Best Director (America).

    Moreover, the Best Dialogue Director was awarded to Dele Gbadebo, the Best Continuity was awarded to Sanusi Iziaq, the Best Set Designer was given to Wasiu Adedeji; the Best Epic Movie was awarded to Imado, produced by Tokunbo Oke, the Best Comedy Movie was awarded to Ebudola, produced by Funmi Awelewa, the Best Movie was awarded to Amope Ajabiiji, produced by Bose Akinola, while the Revelation of the Year was awarded to Adeola Olushola.

    In addition, Adebayo Salami, also known as “Oga Bello” was given a Legendary Award, while Bolaji Amusan, known as “Mr. Latin” was given the Recognition Award.

    The event is an initiative of the Mr and Mrs Kogberegbe Movie Fund Project with the aim of recognizing and celebrating talents in the Yoruba movie industry; as a way of promoting and preserving the cultural heritage of Yoruba tribe.

    Mr and Mrs Kogberegbe are the popular sitcom couple who are known for their family drama series which is always shown on week days on Africa Magic Yoruba.

    Olanrewaju Olakanlu, whose stage name is “Mr. Kogberegbe” stated that the event was initiated to showcase and celebrate the value of Yoruba as a culture.

    In his words:

    “The Yoruba culture is no doubt a unique and rich one which should not be allowed to fade away. As a result of this, Mrs. Kogberegbe and I, together with the help of other notable individuals made this event a reality in order to celebrate people in the Yoruba movie industry who have through their talents and creativity proved to be outstanding.”

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    Oladunni Badru, popularly known as Mrs. Kogberegbe explained that the event brought the Yoruba culture to the limelight.

    “This event has been able to awaken the interest of some individuals to watch Yoruba movies and get to know why we hold our culture in such a high esteem. The attitude of the upcoming generations towards our culture will be determined by the way we handle the precious gift and value that our ancestors handed over to us. Yoruba is our root and we will always be proud of it.”

    The event which held its maiden edition on Friday, March 5, 2021 in Dallas, Texas, was said to be a nonvoting award as appointed jury of thorough bred movie critics were chosen to vote and announce winners.

    The duo appreciated all who followed the event by streaming it live via YouTube or Instagram. They also encouraged Yoruba actors to continue to portray and promote the invaluable cultural heritage through the movies they produce and the act they play in the films.

    They added that the next edition which will be holding next year will be much more fantastic.

    During the award ceremony, the controversial couple, Olakanlu and Oladunni (Mr & Mrs Kogberegbe) revealed that they have funded an upcoming Yoruba Movie Producer 100% under the umbrella of their outfit, Creative Village all in a bid to support the Yoruba Movie Industry.

    They expressed their anticipation towards the movie production and assured their fans that it would be a great movie which they wouldn’t want to miss.

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