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MTN Afrinolly Short Film Competition Winners Awarded In Lagos | Photos



Winners in the Afrinolly Short Film Competition were on Friday, March 22nd presented with cheques for their respective cash prizes. The ceremony was part of the MTN Link Forum that took place at the Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The competition had kicked off on November 1, 2012 with over 500 entries received by the submission deadline of January 31, 2013. An international panel of judges led by documentary filmmaker Femi Odugbemi, screened the 200 plus entries that met the competition’s requirements and arrived at a shortlist of 20 films in both the short film and documentary categories.

From February 15 to March 8, a voting public decided what films would claim the top three prizes in both categories. On March 11, Anthony Onah‘s Dara Ju, The Promise (Akin Okunrinboye) and To Serve With All Our Strength (Ishaya Bako) were announced as first- to third-place winners in the short film category while in the documentary category Bemigho Awala‘s Hustle On A Mile took first prize with A Short ‘Documentary’ (Olusoji Oyinsan II) and Black and Gold (Joseph Akwasi) taking second and third place.

The award presentation was compered by Buchi, comedian and MC, with Afrinolly’s Andre Blaze introducing Chike Maduegbuna CEO of FCO Limited, developers of the MTN Afrinolly mobile phone app and initiators of the Afrinolly Short Film Competition.

Some of the awardees were around to receive their prizes with others sending in proxies.

Here are some photos from the event:

Okundola Bamgboye

Chike Maduegbuna & Andre Blaze

Lanre Olushola presenting to Ishaya Bako & Samuel Umejiaku of Homevida

Lanre Olushola presenting to Akin Okunrinboye

Tonye Cole presenting to Anthony Onah’s rep Arie Esiri

Saidat Lawal-Mohammed presenting to Joseph Akwasi’s rep Charles Binitie

Saidat Lawal-Mohammed presenting to Soji Oyinsan’s rep Dipo Olugbode

Sekou Oumar Barry presenting to Bemigho Awala’s rep Bayo Omoboriowo

The Afrinolly Short Film Competition aims to digitally showcase African cinema talent and provide a platform to foster the production of African content and make same available online. The competition was supported by MTN, Goethe Institute, Blackberry, IREP and Google as the social media partner.
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Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at



    March 26, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    I don’t understand why the prizes are in Dollars, isn’t the Naira good enough?

    • Tosin

      March 26, 2013 at 7:06 pm

      Cause its an African wide competition

    • nikolas alexander (@nikolasalex)

      March 26, 2013 at 8:17 pm


    • Cynthia

      March 26, 2013 at 7:36 pm

      My dear our Naira is good enough,but the value on dollar is far appreciable.if u know what I mean.dollar rate will always be inflated.

  2. Myne Whitman

    March 26, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    They all did fantastic jobs, kudos to all

  3. Tosin

    March 26, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    One dollar, two dollar, … five thousand dollar. No need for the plural form anymore in Naija English.

    • aunty

      March 27, 2013 at 1:48 am


    • anon

      March 27, 2013 at 4:35 am

      Lol. I thought i was the only one who noticed it.

  4. bows & Boxes

    March 26, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    Well done Ishaya Bako.

  5. Choice

    March 26, 2013 at 7:03 pm


  6. Teni

    March 26, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    No women? 🙁

  7. meg

    March 26, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    yeah no women :'(

    • Ms. Jayee

      March 27, 2013 at 4:01 am

      No! cos we are busy talking about how Toke Makinwa looks on the red carpet!

    • InCotonou

      March 27, 2013 at 10:26 am

      You hit the nail on the head! And also, busy obssessing about getting husbands

  8. Brala

    March 26, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    Does any one know where to watch these films?

    • Tosin

      March 27, 2013 at 10:01 am

      You can watch them on the competition website;

  9. Ikunkun

    March 27, 2013 at 4:13 am

    Just like Nigerians to give awards to peeps who couldn’t be bothered to make it down to collect their Nolly (Nigerian/African) awards….I guess no indigenous Nigerian that lives in Nigeria qualified….
    yeaaaa yeaaa….I know they won fair and square! but it’s still food for thought though…..

  10. dee

    March 27, 2013 at 4:36 am

    Akin I see u. congrats bro. repping FEGO.

  11. jmayaki

    March 27, 2013 at 6:00 am

    i still dnt understand how that DARA JU movie won

  12. Distance is killing me,miss my boo!

    March 27, 2013 at 8:14 am

    Speak for yourself! Who cares about Toke? Being on BN,doesn’t mean some of us are idle!

    • MojoMan

      March 27, 2013 at 8:49 am

      hahahaHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. wOMEN AND THEIR WAHALA! Okay, u were busy checking BN, hw abt that?

  13. nene

    March 27, 2013 at 9:34 am

    nigerians like awards, but they can’t sustain. if this award is still around in 5 years, i will be very surprised. and as someone else said most of the winners r not even living in nigeria, and couldn’t be bothered to come down. abeg they should do something for nigerians in nigeria, the ones abroad already have a plethora of competitions to enter.

    • Tosin

      March 27, 2013 at 10:05 am

      It’s an African wide competition and just 2 out of 6 were not in Nigeria to pick up the award themselves. We get wahala in Naija

    • mums dee cee

      March 27, 2013 at 3:26 pm

      as innnn Nigerians just like to hate shaaa! It was african wide… when it was time to vote for their nigerians in nigeria did they vote… no. they were busy finding ways to hate on good causes… iranu

  14. peace john-dan

    March 27, 2013 at 10:56 am

    Congratulation!!!!!!!!! Oº°˚˚°º oº°˚˚°º oº°˚˚°º oº°˚˚°º !!!!!!

  15. poshilla!

    March 28, 2013 at 12:31 am


  16. kore

    March 29, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    Andre Blaze! The most quiet, strategic man in Naija entertainment! Bros, chop de go!

  17. oluwole wusu

    June 17, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    please when is the next edition taking place?

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