By OBAJI AKPET, Calabar
Since 2013, Cross River Movie Awards (CRMA) as convened yearly in Calabar by Mr. Eric Anderson, former Cross River chairman of Actors’ Guild of Nigeria (AGN), who currently doubles as an actor and Special Assistant to Cross River Government on Tourism Development. CRMA has consistently maintained its pitch as foremost state movie award across the African continent.
Recently, the event came alive again as known faces like Segun Arinze, Fred Amata, KP Ekpenyong, Shan George, Nonso Diobi, Bimbo Akintola, Moses Amstrong, Bishop Imeh, Glory Hanson, Sedater Savior, Saheed Apanpa, among many other well to do film practitioners in Nigeria trouped into Calabar to enjoy a fair share of the event again.
This time, on like previous editions, CRMA recorded an influx of a shortlist of 45 films, while 100 film makers were nominated in 20 mouthwatering award categories. While four honourary awards were rolled out to Fred Amata, Bimbo Akintola and Segun Arinze.
The just conclude much talked about movie award ceremony, which took place at Transcorp Hotel Calabar recently, saw Desmond Eliot, among others carting home ‘Best Director’ in a movie titled ‘Knocking on Heaven’s Door.’
Other film practitioners who one awards at CRMA for the same film include Emem Isong and Ini Edo as ‘Best Producer,’ Majid Michel as ‘Best English Act (Male); Best Female Act (English) went to Adesua Etomi; while Jacob David and Eleazu Shola converted ‘Best Lighting.’
On the other hand, Nice time Bassey Bassey in movie title ‘Ikpong Eyen’ clinched Best Supporting Female Act Indigenous; Emma Etokudo in ‘Okuk Nd’ went home with Best Supporting Male Act (Indigenous); Best Female Act Indigenous went to Sheyi Ashenkun for the role she played in ‘Dada Onipaki;’ and Olaide Almooruf won Best Best Male Act indigenous for his role in the same film.
Furthermore, Clarion Chukwura was adjudged Best Supporting Female Act English for her role in ‘Apaye’; Ken Chukwu in movie titled ‘Juju’ took home Best Supporting Male Act English.
Sophire Obi for the movie ‘The Storm’ was adjudged the Best Screenplay; while Ogonna Julius Uba carted home two awards as Best Makeup Artist and Best Costume, still for ‘The Storm.’ While Onaji Onchie and Chuks Madu Success went for Best Special Effects and Best Editing in the same movie.
For Best Cinematographer, Sjay Ephraim for movie titled ‘All for the money’ slayed it. And Kay C. Joy for ‘The Confessor’ went home with Short Film category. Also, CRMA rolled out merit awards to Segun Arinze, Fred Amata and Bimbo Akintola.