The Best of Nollywood Awards 2022 are scheduled to take place in Owerri, the capital of Imo State, today, December 3, 2022.
The organizers announced that they had renamed the “Best Soundtrack in a Movie” category in honor of the late “Wellu Wellu” singer, Sammie Okposo, who passed away last week.
Additionally, Hypo, a cleaning product company, joined the list of sponsors for the awards by establishing the category for “Best Short Film.” The company will provide money to the category winner so they can make a short film about cleanliness.
“Sammie Okposo in his lifetime was a force, and he did a lot for the growth of gospel music in Nigeria and beyond. We are not a music award, but we feel the need to honour him in some way. That was what inspired us to rename the ‘Best Soundtrack’ category after him. His loss will be felt by all and this is just a way to immortalise him.”
The funding of the short film category by Hypo, according to Oloketuyi, was a significant development. Any producer would appreciate the feeling of receiving an award and the funding to do it again, he said.
The awards organizer also claimed that Hope Uzodinma, the governor of Imo State, had thrown open his doors to the entertainment sector, notably the film business, in order for it to help the state’s economy thrive financially by attracting more tourists.
Actors Queen Nwokoye and Lateef Adedimeji will serve as the hosts for this edition.