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Mercy Aigbe, Okey Bakassi To Anchor 2016 BON Awards


By Dipo Olowookere

Organisers of the glamorous Best of Nollywood (BON) awards have announced star actress, Mercy Aigbe-Gentry and ace comedian, Okey Bakassi as the anchors of this year’s event.

BON awards remains one of the most consistent and coveted ceremonies rewarding hardwork in the Nigerian movie industry commonly called Nollywood.

According to the Executive Producer of BON, Mr Seun Oloketuyi, the duo of Mrs Gentry and Mr Bakassi would spice up the event, which holds on Sunday, December 10 in Abia State at the International Conference Centre, Umuahia, by 6pm.

In a message on his Facebook page, where he announced anchors of the show for this year, Mr Oloketuyi described the comedian as one of Nigeria’s most prolific humour merchants and actor of over two decades of experience. He said Mr Bakassi has “carved a niche for himself as a vintage entertainer.”

Mr Oloketuyi also said Mrs Gentry “has over the years built her career as the new darling of new school Nollywood.”

Commenting on the awards, Mr Oloketuyi said, “BON awards over the years has evolved into a rally point for the English and Yoruba genres (of the Nigerian film industry), attracting notable A-listers in the industry.”

He concluded by saying he and team are “working assiduously to organise an award that Nollywood would be proud of.”

In the past, DJ Jimmy Jatt, Deji Falope, Chioma Akpotha, Gbenga Adeyinka 1st, Fred Amata, Gbemi Olateru, Gideon Okeke and Bimbo Akintola have hosted the show.

Dipo Olowookere is a journalist based in Nigeria that has passion for reporting business news stories. At his leisure time, he watches football and supports 3SC of Ibadan.

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