FOR screen diva, Omoni Oboli, winning The Sun Nollywood Personality of the Year 2015 Award is not only an icing on the cake but also one that will take her career to another level.
Speaking while receiving a letter, notifying her of the award, from the Managing Director/Editor-in-Chief of The Sun Publishing Limited, Mr. Eric Osagie, in Lagos, Oboli said she was pleasantly surprised when she got calls from fans and friends, telling her that The Sun had picked her as Nollywood personality of the year.
Describing the award as “a huge honour and privilege,” the actress said she appreciates the recognition, as she never lobbied or paid anybody to get it.
She said: “It’s a huge honour and privilege to get an award like this. So many people called to congratulate me after reading about the award in The Sun newspaper. For me, it’s more than 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 that money cannot buy. After the announcement, I was in my house and got a letter informing me officially that I had won. Nobody told me anything before the announcement. It’s a testament to the fact that there are still true Nigerians, there are still people who believe that hard work should be rewarded. I really appreciate the fact that they recognised all the works I have put out in the year. I have done a lot in the last two years. So, for me, the award is like an icing on the cake. It’s a milestone in my career. It’s taking my career to another level. And I really appreciate it.”
Oboli, however, said she can’t wait to be at the award ceremony coming up in Lagos on February 20, 2016.
Earlier, while presenting the letter of notification to the actress, The Sun MD, Mr. Osagie, said Oboli won the award for her hard work and dedication to acting.
“After a rigorous debate that lasted for two days, the Board of Editors concluded that the award should go to you. It’s your hard work and dedication to duty that earned you the award,” he stated.
Present at the ceremony were the actress’ husband, Mr. Oboli, Editor, Daily Sun, Mr. Onuoha Ukeh, and Mr. Tosin Ajirire, Entertainment Editor, The Sun.