Kenneth Okonkwo, Tonto Dikeh honored at New Yam Festival


Veteran Nollywood actors Kenneth Okonkwo and Tonto Dikeh have been honoured with cultural titles at the 2019 Nollywood New Yam Festival.

The Nollywood New Yam Festival is an annual thespians’ fiesta, which showcases Nigeria’s rich cultural heritage.

The duo received the awards at the annual cultural event held at the Heritage Africa Centre on in Abuja.

Kenneth Okonkwo, a foremost Nollywood actor, was honored with the title ‘Agujiugo of Nollywood’, while Tonto Dikeh was named the ‘International Ambassador of Culture for Nollywood’.

It was a night Nollywood watchers will not forget in a hurry as they enjoyed the company of favourite Nollywood celebrities as artistes and cultural troupes took their turn to entertain guests.

Filmmakers and actors drawn from across Nigeria as well as traditional chiefs were present at the festival, which fans now look forward to every year.

Organisers of the event said the initiative was to present a platform where artistes who are also role models and opinion leaders can promote Nigerian culture.

They noted that since the movie industry was a veritable instrument in communicating ideas and lifestyle, including cultural heritage, every artiste ought to be a cultural ambassador.

High points of the event were the unveiling of the roasted yam, spiced with traditional delicacies and the presentation of awards to some industry players and watchers.