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Nadia Buari, Boris Kodjoe, Hakeem Kae-Kazim & Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde shine at the Opening Night Gala for the 2011 Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles



The Pan African Film Festival celebrated the start of the 19th edition of the festival on Wednesday 16th February 2011 at the Culver Plaza Theatre in Culver City, Los Angeles, California. In 2011, the Pan African Film and Arts Festival (PAFF), America’s largest and most prestigious Black film and arts festival is screening more than 100 films made by and/or about people of African descent from the United States, Africa, the Caribbean, South America, the South Pacific, Europe and Canada. PAFF holds the distinction of being the largest Black History Month event in the United States of America.

Films including ‘Africa United’, ‘Anchor Baby’, ”The Figurine’, The First Grader’ and ‘Desert Flower’ will be screened during the festival.

The first film screened was ‘35 and Ticking‘, a film by radio personality Russ Parr which stars Nicole Ari Parker Kodjoe, Tamala Jones, Kevin Hart, Keith Robinson, Meagan Good, Mike Epps, Kym Whitley, Clifton Powell, Jill Marie Jones, Dondre Whitfield and Aaron D. Spears. The film was screened at the PAFF opening gala. stars including Boris Kodjoe whose wife, Nicole stars in the movie alongside international stars Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde and Nadia Buari rocked the red carpet at the event.

In addition to the film screenings, the festival will honour several distinguished individuals. Phylicia Rashad was bestowed with PAFF’s highest honor, a Lifetime Achievement Award for her work on stage, television and film. Other award winners include Hope Foye – Lifetime Achievement Award, Tessa Thompson – Beah Richards Rising Star Award, Lamman Rucker – Canada Lee Award, Councilwoman Jan Perry – Community Leadership Award, Hlmola Dandala – The Africa Channel’s Creative Achievement Award, Ngugi wa Thiong’o – The Africa’s Channel’s Literary Achievement Award.
Awards were presented during the ‘Night of Tribute‘ on Thursday, February 17, 2011 at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles.

PAFF was founded in 1992 by award-winning actor Danny Glover (“The Color Purple,” “Lethal Weapon” movie franchise), Emmy Award-winning actress Ja’Net DuBois (best known for her role as the busybody neighbor Willona in the TV series, “Good Times”) and executive director, Ayuko Babu, an international legal, cultural and political consultant who specializes in African Affairs. PAFF is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the promotion of ethnic and racial respect and tolerance through the exhibit of films, art and creative expression.

The goal of PAFF is to present and showcase the broad spectrum of Black creative works, particularly those that reinforce positive images, help to destroy negative stereotypes and depict an expanded vision of the Black experience. PAFF believes film and art can lead to better understanding and foster communication between peoples of diverse cultures, races, and lifestyles, while at the same time, serve as a vehicle to initiate dialogue on the important issues of our times.

Photos from the Pan African Film Festival 2011 – Opening Night Gala/Screening of ’35 and Ticking’

Boris & Nicole Kodjoe

Jennifer Oguzie, Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Omotola Jalade Ekeindem Pascal Atuma and Michael Adegoke

Nadia Buari

Jill Marie Jones

Jimmy Jean-Louis

Boris Kodjoe

Tamala Jones & Kevin Hart

Photo Credit: Hiltron Bailey
Additional Photo Credit: Michael Adegoke


  1. TweedyTohbad

    February 20, 2011 at 7:24 pm


    • Whandey

      July 21, 2011 at 6:48 am

      AS INNNNNN!!!!!! Goosebumps mehn!!

  2. thatgal

    February 20, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    As in Boris…^

  3. Mariaah

    February 20, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    Nadia looks every inch a star I.M.O :)Me yellow pawpaw princess. Wish there was a clearer picture of Omotola, would have been nice to see her outfit.

  4. QueenBee

    February 20, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    yeah Nadia luks (4 once) lik a red carpet diva. wud ve bn nice 2c Omo’s outfit. Were they in d movie?

  5. pepepe

    February 20, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    see as BellaNaija posted their name on the Jill Marie Jones picture.That picture belongs to another website

  6. Modupe

    February 20, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    BN did you team take these photos at the festival – if not – why do you have yoru name slapped all over it and not giving credit to where you picked this from. This is becoming a habit Bella


      February 20, 2011 at 9:20 pm

      The photos do not belong to any website.
      They belong to the photographer – HILTRON BAILEY who has given us permission to use the photos via PAFF and we have given clear photo credit as we always do.
      We watermark photos on our site because several websites steal content from our site without permission.
      Any sites you are referring to are actually wrong if they did not credit the photographer.

    • deyinka johnson

      March 2, 2011 at 6:25 pm

      omotola made history becoming the first nollywood star to walk the grammy red carpet, u guy try and have a date with history, and make history too, not bringing sexsy down, she’s too this, she’s too that, spare her abeg, who can ever please u guy?

  7. NIRA

    February 20, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    What more can i say? My black brothers are hotttt!!! Gosh!!

  8. NIRA

    February 20, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    I don’t know why there are so many amebos out there, if Bellanaija got the pics from somewhere else, the legal battle is their wahala not yours plssss!!! Lets learn to appreciate and laud their efforts plz.

    • sweetie

      February 21, 2011 at 4:47 am

      i tayo o, abeg bella ride on !

  9. Lady Gaga/French Niara

    February 20, 2011 at 9:59 pm


  10. tatafo!

    February 20, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    good job BN, correct these people.

  11. Miss Face

    February 20, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    Look at omotola abeg, abeg, abeg! iisshh!it will take alot to redeem urself after the fashion disaster at the grammys and the indecent fondling of ur backside by that MAN. iissshh!##slams laptop and hisses!##

    • missy

      February 21, 2011 at 1:23 am

      lmaoo abeg who made u a judge…free omotola abeg..miss judge-ina!

    • fokasibe

      February 21, 2011 at 7:21 am

      This your ##slamming laptop and hissing!##
      Your lappie suppose to scatter by now judging by the number of times you dey slam am for Omotola matter sa!! ##Just thinking aloud o!##

    • Miss Face

      February 23, 2011 at 6:15 pm

      LOL! Abeg na issues jare

  12. Miss Face

    February 20, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    Oh! and Nadia buari is looking Hot! Hot!! Hot and classy!!! and boris, Hmmmmmmm……

  13. chiamaka

    February 20, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    Nadia is visible while omotola aint cos d pics were taken by sumone who knows neither of dem but sure guessed dat nadia must b sum kind of star..she looked hot!Rest,omo.need I say more?mscheww,ur grammy stunt is still vexin me

  14. Modupe

    February 20, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    some ppl are over dressed – Nadia is one of em though she looks smashingly good. I have attended these festivals before and its a week long event and as such more casual than i would say evening gown stuff. Nadia i know you r in the US now, I say stay around long enough for the oscars and GATE CRUSH like Omotola gate crushed the grammies (yet cant sing) – and wear a beautiful gown like what you are wearing – You will be noticed.

    • sweetie

      February 21, 2011 at 4:50 am

      hmmn na wa o, na so e pain u reach…pls as she wanted to go for grammys nko, ehen what is bad there? abeg like if u had the opportunity u wouldnt also ”gate crash” regardless of if u were a ”good singer” , banker, or pepper seller….abeg some people sha….

    • Nana Esi

      August 20, 2011 at 12:43 pm

      Nadia overdressed, and so what?????

  15. wuggy

    February 20, 2011 at 11:07 pm


  16. Toriola

    February 20, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    Though Nadia looks overdressed for the occasion, i think it’s stilll way better to appear overdressed than underdressed. so kudos to her for repping Africa. Now Omotola, i don’t know if you are getting tooo old for this but your last couple of international appearance has been rather subpar…pls go home and raise ur kids jare.


    February 20, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    we have started blogging Hollywood events?

  18. dirty

    February 21, 2011 at 12:13 am

    ok! now i knw omotola needs help fashion wise…..pls omotola if u see dis contact me fast…b4 u do any more damage

  19. Luvlyn

    February 21, 2011 at 12:42 am

    Dis pic of omotola was deffo a plot. Dey intentionally put a pic we’re we can c was she was wearing cos I bet u guys she might be wearing hot pants. So inorder 4 us not 2 yab her behind d pic was cut half. OmoUNSEXY spend ur hard earned money and buy nice sophisticatd clothesm look at d gorgeous Nadiam

  20. Fairy Godsister

    February 21, 2011 at 1:40 am

    Boris ooh!!!!!!!!!!!!!! #thatisall

  21. StephanieIj

    February 21, 2011 at 2:03 am

    Lmao at Modupe….”..nya nya nya nya… This is becoming a habit..”. You’re calling someone out without getting your facts right. *smh*.

    Boris *s’oigh*

  22. Ready

    February 21, 2011 at 2:08 am

    I really hope ‘Figurine’ and ‘Anchor baby’ get great reviews. It’s about time our movie industry is taken seriously.

  23. sweetie

    February 21, 2011 at 4:52 am

    Please, Nadia’s dress looks Razz…there i said it..¯\_(ツ)_/¯

  24. seamus

    February 21, 2011 at 6:43 am

    Omo-t is not goin to b forgiven in a hurry,apparently. :-)u guys shld forgive and forget na!

  25. Mary007

    February 21, 2011 at 6:58 am

    Africans fail! African Americans pass on this one

  26. NIRA

    February 21, 2011 at 8:52 am

    It’s true o! I just noticed that Americans are a lot casual in their dressing, probably cos they are used to the event, whereby my African sisters rocked their lovely dresses. Don’t blame them shaaa, better overdressed than under-dressed.

  27. Lil miss sunshine

    February 21, 2011 at 9:56 am

    Nadia looks regal, love how the african americans didnt take their outfits too serious. but damn Omo T needs to hit the gym real fast and get rid of those folds on her arms and tummy and more importantly employ a good stylist for casual looks and red carpet events, she is becoming an eye sore.

  28. BayBay

    February 21, 2011 at 11:02 am

    Omotola don vex o !!!! Boris dreamy 🙂

  29. bobbydox

    February 21, 2011 at 11:31 am

    wow this looks good more nollywood stars need to start walking the red carpet to start scaring this white racist away NOLLYWOOD has come of age abeg

  30. Pam

    February 21, 2011 at 11:58 am

    Boris baby!!!!!

  31. Chizy

    February 21, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    Some really hot males 😉

  32. thinker

    February 21, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    my sweet sweet sweet Boris #dreamy eyes#
    lets av lil mercy on Omo T…dou she fall my hand too jo

  33. kenora

    February 21, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    nadia rock.

  34. Saneb

    February 21, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    Boris is my McDreamy & McSteamy all in one…mmhh mmhhh mmmhhhh…

  35. myne Whitman

    February 21, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    Please is a man allowed to look this fine? When is Undercovers coming back to TV?

  36. dlapikin

    February 21, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    Nadia is overdressed if you look at the other guests but she looks good! The PAFF is no Cannes…
    Omotola could not dress out of a closet to save her life! I don’t need to see the rest of the outfit just the shiny red plastic ( polyesther or organza or chiffon satin) I can see on the top is enough to gross me out.. ugh

  37. dlapikin

    February 21, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    I see that Bella gave the photo credits at the bottom some folks just like to complain I guesss…

  38. janet

    February 21, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    oh puleaseeee, shut it!!!so one mistake and you loosers start running your mouth? Omotola has always dressed well and is doing good things get a life!!!! She looked and still looks beautifullllll
    Welldone bella naija!

    • sweetie

      February 22, 2011 at 6:52 pm

      couldnt have said it better

  39. Modupe

    February 22, 2011 at 2:28 am

    Yall are on OmoTs – a lot this month aint ya. Leave the babe alone – she is not that great a dresser – she is trying sha. Now you see you overhyped her all this while and the true OmoT is coming out. Dont act surprised. The grammys was one of her best – lol. You rave on her so much and hardly critique her dressing and her singing for that matter – cos she is almighty OMOT, now you have made her head become big – you are complaining – YOU MADE HER – KEEP HER

  40. Modupe

    February 22, 2011 at 2:36 am

    Why are we also not picking on Jimmy Jean – he has no excuse to be overdressed cos he is a hollywood insider – at leeast Nadia is not from these parts she is from Ghana and probably did not know the status quo for festivals – next year she will get it right. I love the Boris and Nicole – casual and fine – As for Omo T – eventulaly the truth shall come out – we shall see what you wore.

  41. holly

    February 22, 2011 at 3:41 am

    i really want genevieve and john demulo to be in a movie together if anyone knows a movie where both r present plzzzzzzzz tell me

  42. Aibee

    February 22, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    Omo, this Boris guy fine no be small. so hot!. Why is Nadia looking washed out white? Omotola, whats with the head angle? Me want some Boris. Any idea where I can get me some?

    • Ann

      April 21, 2011 at 5:32 pm

      he is a ghanaian from James town , was in gh a couple of months with his wife …he will be coming back soon to gh will def let u know when…

  43. ch

    February 22, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    What more can I say? Thanks Bella for that prompt response to Modupe. I have noticed that you always give credits for your photos, so I was so surprised when I read the comment before even reading your response. We always need to get our facts right before speaking, its just common sense.

  44. kuss

    February 22, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    na wa ooh,abeg make una free omot joor, she don try,some times u get it,at oda tyms u dont! lets move on from d grammys horror,shes a babe and will always be.!

    • Ann

      April 21, 2011 at 5:45 pm

      She truely is a babe…we all make mistakes sometimes dont we?!

  45. sweetie

    February 22, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    Some people are just plain rude and mean….To all of u insulting omotola: havent you at one point added a few pounds?.. havent u at one point worn something that you thought looked good but later on realized it wasnt really your look? Havent you at one point made a mistake?…..Yes she could have worn something better to the grammys , yes she should lose some weight, but the way she is being degraded and insulted by her own country men and WOMEN is degrading and outright mean. She hasnt committed adultery, murder or some despicable act yet she is being insulted so much like this…check yourselves, bitterness will get you know where in life, it will just leave you shrivelled, hateful and plain ugly! be it omot , genny, rita or ini no one deserves to be insulted and degraded in such a manner, you can state your dislike but do it in a respectable manner

  46. Ama

    February 22, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    Thank God there no pics of Omo T’s outfit….still recovering from the last one 🙂

  47. jennifer

    February 23, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    wow dat pics of TAMALA JONES & KEVIN HART looks nice.wel dat of BORIS KODJOE is perfect.

  48. rolly

    February 24, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    Omotola is a beautiful and hardworking woman. Saw her on E on the Grammy Red carpet.Me thinks she is more talked about now and watched so she should use it well…i.e star in a movie with boris, raunchy nice scences….the real omosexy we all know and Boris…..awwwwwww…. Bella you the bestest! omotola is a surviver she’ll be aighttttttt

  49. ngum

    February 24, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    nadia has rebranded for the better! kudos to her & team.

  50. nikki

    February 25, 2011 at 12:37 am

    nadia gonna have to lose weight to be a us celebrity and sum plastic surgery as well as better acting skills. hate to say it but its true

  51. Naa

    February 25, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    And Boris is half Ghanaian. Proud.

  52. Naa

    February 25, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    And Boris is half Ghanaian. Very proud.

  53. mimii

    February 27, 2011 at 10:25 am

    she doesnt ve to lose weight she is good and sexy as she is she look gorgeous nadia africa is proud of you.

  54. TawaB

    July 20, 2011 at 8:08 am

    Ok better late than never right? Omotola is amazing and will always be regardless of what u haterrrs/loserrrs say! moving on…OHHHHH MY BORIS, KAI! U RE JUST TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE…THE BROTHER IS FINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  55. Michae abiodun

    October 24, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    God bless nigeria keep it on?

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