Star-studded evening as Azuh Amatus launches Famous Face
The Colonades Hotel, Ikoyi, Lagos, was the place to be last Sunday, as publisher of Daylight, Azuh Amatus, presented his latest book, Famous Faces… Interactions with Nollywood Stars and Stakeholders.
Anchored by Nollywood super star, Segun Arinze, who was ably supported by witty OAP, MC Ice Water, the colourful event was graced by notable Nollywood stars, celebrities and stakeholders in the showbiz and media sector, who turned up to honour a man, who has contributed to the growth and development of entertainment industry.
The evening started with an exquisite black carpet reception that saw the stars showcase their fashion sense, even as paparazzi struggled to captured them on lens.
The public presentation of the two part book was chaired by the Special Adviser to the President (Media and Publicity) Chief Femi Adesina, OON, who was accompanied by his delectable wife Nike, while Bishop Isaac Idahosa, who was also the religious father of the day, led the opening prayers.
Idahosa, the stylish and revered general overseer of wave-making church, Illumination Assembly, who is also the vice presidential candidate of NNPP, prayed for the success of the event, while calling on God to intercede on the many challenges facing Nigeria.
Earlier in his opening remarks, Adesina, who commended Azuh Amatus for writing two books at the same time, recalled how he pushed the author to work harder, while working under him as then daily editor of The Sun newspaper.
He re-echoed what he wrote in the books’ foreword, saying: “Nollywood is the second largest film industry globally, and I doubt if there’s any other journalist who knows the turf better than Azuh Amatus…Thus when he speaks about the industry, you need to listen, as he knows his onions.”
He added: “Famous Faces will be worth the while of all those who read it. Amatus has done an impressive job”, Adesina submitted.
While delivering his welcome address, Amatus, also the publisher of leading online newspaper, Daylight, thanked all for coming to rejoice and celebrate with him.
Amatus further stated that the book was his modest contribution to the development, growth and expansion of Nollywood, an industry he loves and has covered passionately as a journalist for over two decades.
“I humbly call on all tertiary institutions offering courses in mass communication, theatre arts, creative arts and other related disciplines to have Famous Faces in their libraries to further expand and deepen the frontiers of Nollywood. The book is also a handy companion that all friends of Nollywood, fans, movie buffs, practitioners, entertainment lovers, Nigerians and indeed, the rest of the world must have in their homes and libraries.”
In his review, Chijioke Azuawusiefe, SJ, PhD, said: “Famous Faces provides a treasure trove for those researching Nollywood as well as presents a data mine for original Nollywood contents that might not readily be available otherwise.”
Highpoint of the evening was the unveiling of Famous Faces, which was performed by Adesina with assistance from Idahosa, Blue Dolphin oil and gas CEO, Eddy Ode, Lagos State commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, Barrister Sam Kargbo, SAN, Mr. Tope Ajayi, representing Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and APC-PCC, Chairman of Colonades Hotels, Chief Charles Odunukwe. Leading Nollywood filmmakers are actors such as Segun Arinze, Zik Zulu-Okafor, Fidelis Duker, Ejike Asiegbu, Victor Osuagwu, Okey Ogunjiofor, Chinedu Ikedieze, Lilian Amah-Aluko among others.