Dallas International Yoruba Movies Awards (DIYMA) has celebrated top Yoruba Nollywood stars for their creativity and relevance in the industry.
The awardees include Ibrahim Chatta as the Best Actor, Peju Ogunmola as the Best Actress, Biola Adebayo as the Best Supporting Actress, Olaide Almaroof as the Best Supporting Actor; Olajire Olaide as the Best Comedian (Male), Atinuke Kazeem as the Best Comedian (female), Adepoju Kehinde as the Best Kid Actor; Seun Olaiya as the Best Director (Nigeria) and Bola Alawiye as the Best Director (America).
Also, the Best Dialogue Director was awarded to Dele Gbadebo, the Best Continuity was awarded to Sanusi Iziaq, Best Set Designer was given to Wasiu Adedeji; the Best Epic Movie was awarded to Imado, produced by Tokunbo Oke, the Best Comedy Movie was awarded to Ebudola, produced by Funmi Awelewa, the Best Movie was awarded to Amope Ajabiiji, produced by Bose Akinola, while the Revelation of the Year was awarded to Adeola Olushola.
The event is an initiative of the Mr and Mrs Kogberegbe Movie Fund Project to recognize and celebrate talents in the Yoruba movie industry; as a way of promoting and preserving the cultural heritage of the tribe.
Mr and Mrs Kogberegbe are a popular sitcom couple who are known for their family drama series which is always shown on weekdays on Africa Magic Yoruba.
Olanrewaju Olakanlu, whose stage name is “Mr. Kogberegbe” stated that the event was initiated to showcase and celebrate the value of Yoruba as a culture.
“Yoruba culture is no doubt a unique and rich one which should not be allowed to fade away,” he said.
“As a result of this, Mrs. Kogberegbe and I, together with the help of other notable individuals made this event a reality to celebrate people in the Yoruba movie industry who have through their talents and creativity proved to be outstanding,” he added.
Similarly, Oladunni Badru, popularly known as Mrs. Kogberegbe explained that the event brought the Yoruba culture to the limelight.
“This event has been able to awaken the interest of some individuals to watch Yoruba movies and get to know why we hold our culture in such high esteem.
“The attitude of the upcoming generations towards our culture will be determined by the way we handle the precious gift and value that our ancestors handed over to us. Yoruba is our root and we will always be proud of it,” she added.
The event which held its maiden edition recently in Dallas, Texas – USA was said to be a non-voting award as an appointed jury of thoroughbred movie critics were chosen to vote and announce winners.
The duo appreciated all who followed the event by streaming it live via YouTube or Instagram.
They also encouraged Yoruba actors to continue to portray and promote the invaluable cultural heritage through the movies they produce and the acts they play in the films.
They added that the next edition which will be held next year will be much more fantastic.
During the award ceremony, the controversial couple, Olakanlu and Oladunni (Mr & Mrs Kogberegbe) revealed that they have funded an upcoming Yoruba Movie Producer 100percent under the umbrella of their outfit, Creative Village all in a bid to support the Yoruba Movie Industry.
They expressed their anticipation towards the movie production and assured their fans that it would be a great movie that they wouldn’t want to miss.