Movie producer and recently crowned Nollywood personality of the year, Omoni Oboli has dismissed the report in a popular online platform that she disregarded her colleagues and told them not to follow her on stage to collect her award at the recently concluded Sun Awards.
In the online report, titled ‘Omoni Oboli Shuns Colleagues’ the reporter of the site said many respected colleagues of Omoni stood up to follow to follow her up to the stage when she was announced as the Nollywood personality of the year, in the report, she was said to have told her colleagues, ‘I want to go and collect my award alone’.
In a statement sent out today, Omoni whose movie Wives on Strike is due for release April, categorically any ever ‘shunning’ her colleagues or telling them not to follow her up the podium. Attached also is a video of her speech with many of her colleagues on podium.
I am shocked at the report that I shunned my colleagues at the recently concluded Sun Awards. Nothing could be more untrue.
When I was called on stage to receive my award as Nollywood personality of the year for 2015, I went to the podium alone and a call was made to my colleagues present. They all made it to the podium and I exchanged pleasantries with many of them. I took pictures with a few and luckily the guys at www.broadwayafrica.com.
I am what I am by the making of God and my industry, Nollywood. I am ever proud of the industry and have always been respectful toward my colleagues. In every way possible, I am pro-Nollywood. It will be inconceivable that I will in anyway disrespect the industry or my esteemed colleagues there.
It will do us a whole lot of goods if reporters, bloggers and online influencers do due diligence before ‘rushing’ to post. These things get at us sometimes and many people out there believe the lies more because they suit their reasoning. Celebrities are human too. In as much as I believe that the relationship between media and entertainment is mutually beneficial, either party should not exploit each other. If we do things together, we can benefit greatly from our alliance, there is no point in trying to create division. I love the media and I believe they love me too but love is only respected when it is not taken for granted.
Meanwhile, watch out for my latest movie, WIVES ON STRIKE (#wivesonstrike) a hilarious comedy starring, myself, Heneth Okonkwo, Uche Jombo, Julius Agwu, Ufuoma Mcdermoth, Chioma Akpotha, Kalu Ikagwu and others. The movie will be in cinema from April 8.
I want to also thank you for the support that made it possible for me to win The Sun Nollywood Personality of the year. We are going to do greater things in 2016. Stay winning.
Video evidence of the stars with me on the podium and my speech: Watch VIDEO