The President and Founder of Nollywood Excellence and Leadership Awards NELAS, Comrade Frank Ikegwuonu on Sunday said the academy has honoured over 500 celebrities around the world.
Speaking with the President in Lagos, Ikegwuonu said the prestigious awards started in 2003 to encourage and celebrate outstanding personalities around the world.
“The prestigious NELAS honorees started at the artists’ village, the national theatre Lagos Nigeria in 2003 by me as the founder and president.
“I have researched and published biographical articles about the lives and achievements of over 500 top personalities and celebrities around the world.
“The NELAS academy awards are presented to encourage and celebrate personalities and activities that expand and enhance the portrayals of the African rich cultural heritage in all forms of global media advocacy and legacy projects.
“The award itself is a lifetime testimony of momentous contributions in the human capacity developments, skill acquisitions, entrepreneurial and economic empowerments.” he said.
Awardees at this year’s event are; Alh. Abdul Ganiyu Lawani- Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, Business Development Expert, NELAS Academy Awards Entrepreneur of the Year 2019.
Carlez Inojie – Nollywood Actor, Producer and Director of Nigerian longest Tv series. NELAS Academy Awards Director of the year 2019, Nelas Academy Awards Most outstanding Entertainer of the year 2019.
Chiella Stella Olugemi – United Kingdom based actress, tutor, public and motivational speaker, NELAS Academy Awards Diaspora Community Development Champion of the year 2019.
Dr. Malcom. A. Benson – President, UK Nollywood Producers Guild
NELAS Academy Awards Diaspora Guild Leader of the year 2019.
Dr. Michael Chukwukekwu Ph.D, UK based Sustainable Development expert, critical and strategic expert. Nelas Academy Awards Social Development Man of the year 2019.
Dr. Pauline Long – Media Mogul, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, and Peace activist, NELAS Academy Awards Media Personality of the year 2019.
Florence Okonkwo – Queen of Red Carpet, UK based Hollywood multi-award winning Actress, film Producer, NELAS Academy Awards Celebrity of the year 2019 and H.R.M. Queen of Nollywood International 2019-2020.
Funmi Ogidan Bello – UK based Celebrity Actress and Producer. Member of the UK Nollywood Producers Guild
NELAS Academy Awards Diaspora Actor of the year 2019.
H.R.H Alh. Aliyu Kevin Danesi – (Oba Idanesi 11) is the Aidonogie of South Ibie Kingdom, NELAS Academy Awards Traditional Ruler of the year 2019
Marva E. Campbell – Counsellor (Acting) Jamaican High Commission
NELAS Academy Awards Diplomat of the year 2019
Tolulope Yesufu – UK based Celebrity Actress, Writer and Producer. Secretary: UK Nollywood Producers Guild, NELAS Academy Awards Female Producer of the year 2019 and H.R.M Queen of Nollywood Diaspora 2019-2020
Victoria Obaze – Speaker (Civic Mayor) of London Borough of Tower Hamlets East London, NELAS Academy Awards Female role model of the year 2019
Chief Pete Edochie – Legendary Nollywood Actor, NELAS Academy Awards Lifetime Achievement 2019.
John Clarke- Acting High Commissioner of Jamaica to Nigeria (2018-2019), NELAS Academy Awards Pan African Man of the year 2019.