Omoni Oboli, the ace actress, who has achieved quite a lot for herself in Nollywood in the past two years, with the quick succession in the productions of her two well acclaimed movies in 2014 and 2015, Being Mrs. Elliot and The First Lady respectively, has been chosen by the prestigious The SunAwards as the Nollywood Personality of the Year in 2015.
The Sun Awards is an annual event, used by the prestigious newspaper house to celebrate Nigerians whose public conduct and actions help to inspire hope for a better Nigeria. It is aimed at identifying men and women of spectacular achievements, who through their natural and material endowments have promoted the status of Nigeria amongst other countries of the world. Hence, having contributed to the status of Nollywood with the efforts she put into producing two immaculate movies that have accrued massive accreditation, Omoni Oboli has met up with The SunAwards’demands.
Speaking, while presenting the letter of notification to the actress in Lagos, notifying her of the award, the Managing Director/ Editor-in-Chief of The Sun Publishing Limited, Mr. Eric Osagie, said Oboli won the award for her hard work and dedication to acting. He added that it took the Board of Editors two days of rigorous debate, and they still could not find anyone who has been dedicated as Omoni Oboli in 2015.
Mr. Osagie further said “The Sun is known for its prestige and has over the years recognised the great works of the likes of Don Jazzy, Babatunde Raji Fashola, Aliko Dangote, Mike Adenuga, Obi Emelonye, Mrs. Obiageli Ezekwesili amongst others, who have contributed to the development of Nigeria in every stratum”.
The screen diva, who has worked hard nonstop in the past two years in promoting Nollywood said; “For me, it’s more of a blessing, because, first of all, I don’t know anybody in The Sun. I don’t know the Managing Director or even the Entertainment Editor. Out of the blues, I saw my name in the newspaper that I’ve won the Nollywood Personality of the Year Award. It’s so big, and I’ve not lobbied or given anybody money for this. It’s an award that’s totally unsolicited, it’s an award money cannot buy.”
Omoni Oboli is excited about the Award ceremony which would be holding on February 20, 2016; acknowledging that it is an indicator of the fact that there are still people who believe that hardwork should be rewarded, which is one of the things that fosters a country’s development. Other recipients of The Sun Awards include President of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, as Sports Personality of the Year, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu as The Sun Man of the Year, and a host of others.