Introducing our exceptional awardee and their outstanding achievements.

Ekpenyong Bassey Inyang

Ekpenyong Bassey Inyang fondly referred to as Kepy Ekpenyong is a self-motivating and creatively driven filmmaker. He is a highly motivated visual storyteller with excellent communication skills and organisational qualities. Kepy has functioned in the creative space as Judge on reality shows Juror at film festivals Producer /Writer. In recent times, he has served as Dean of Faculty at the African Film Academy. Kepy holds a BA(Hons) in Linguistics from the University of Calabar and a master’s in international law and Diplomacy from the University of Lagos. Keppy Ekpeyong is one of the pioneers and backbone of the Nollywood industry.

Kelechi Amadi-Obi

Kelechi Amadi-Obi studied law at the University of Nigeria but soon set aside his law practice to pursue an artistic career. His quick rise in art circles can be attributed to his informal art development while he was a student. He took many extracurricular classes in illustration and honed his skills as a graphic artist by making posters for student union activities and social engagements. His early work in portrait painting showed remarkable talent in rendering figurative images. Later, after trying out several painting media, he discovered a particular love for watercolor paints. Their delicate transparency enabled him to create enthralling figurative paintings and verdant landscapes. He used black and white ink washes for a while and composed his paintings based on his photographs of the models. In time, Amadi-Obi focused on photography as his primary medium and has since become acclaimed as a photographer, particularly for his documentation of major figures of contemporary culture.

Iretiola Doyle

In a career that has spanned nearly 3 decades in the Nigerian entertainment industry, Iretiola’s credits cut across stage, television, film and print. An accomplished writer, actor, producer and presenter; Iretiola Doyle was born on the 3rd of May in Lagos, Nigeria and in the course of her life has lived in New York, Boston, Jos and Lagos. She possesses a Diploma in Mass Communication and a B.A. in Theatre Arts both from the University of Jos. She co-presented the iconic tv show., “Morning Ride”, was lead anchor on the prime daily breakfast show, “Today On STV”, and also the pioneer presenter on the public enlightenment show, “Nimasa This Week”. Between 2000 -2010, Iretiola produced and presented her own tv show “OGE” The show has been revamped, re produced and aired on DSTV AfricaMagic in 2019 Iretiola Doyle is an avid social commentator who at different times penned .... Read more

Emmanuel Nnaji

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Elvina Baby Ibru

Elvina Baby Ibru, born on May 22nd, 1972, in Lagos, Nigeria, has always had a deep passion for the arts. Introduced to the world of musical theatre by her late mother, Mrs. Elsie Nelly Michael Ibru, Elvina's journey in the arts began at a young age. At just 8 years old, while attending boarding school in England, Elvina discovered her talent for acting. Assigned to take her grade one speech and drama examination, she excelled and passed with distinction, becoming the only student in her school to achieve such a feat at such a young age. Recognizing her prodigious talent, her dramatic arts teacher saw great potential in her. From that point on, Elvina immersed herself in various artistic pursuits throughout her secondary school years. She obtained grades 1 to 8 and a teacher's certificate in speech and drama, grades 1 to 5 in piano, and led her school's public speaking team, which later became the National public speaking team


Edgar popularly known as The Duke of Shomolu is arguably one of the most incisive sales people in the country today. With over N3trillion raised directly and working in teams in a 22 year Investment banking career and another N1.5b raised from sponsorships in just 12 theatre Productions, Edgar has built a very powerful and pragmatic network of contacts and associates made up of over 10,000 people including some of the most influential and powerful Nigerians. Joseph Edgar is a versatile Author with about 7 published books, columnist, essayist and is today one of the most influential theatre producers in the country with over 100,000 people seeing his plays in over 5 states of the federation. His sarduana coming up this Octiber in Abuja is expected to attract the President Commander in Chief Muhammadu Buhari

Ifeoma Fafunwa

Ifeoma Fafunwa is a playwright, producer, creative director and activist living and working in Lagos, Nigeria. She is the founder and creative director of iOpenEye Africa foundation, a Nigerian non-profit production company that utilizes performance art to challenge the status quo and drive social change. Her creative activism focuses on gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. She co-wrote and directed the acclaimed woman empowerment stage play titled HEAR WORD! which challenges social, cultural and political norms that limit the potential and contribution of women. HEAR WORD! has been viewed by over 120,000 live audience members across Nigeria, Europe and the United States. After touring in Nigeria, the show opened at the renowned American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, The Public theater (NYC), The Thalia Theater (Hamburg), Frascati (Amsterdam), and was curated for the Edinburgh International Festival 2019. Ifeoma is an alumni fellow of the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University.

Event Date

16th August 2023