Just Not Married wins EKOIFF Best Nigerian Film Award

The 7th edition of the annual Eko International Film Festival (EKOIFF) ended on Saturday with the announcement of Uduak-Obong Patrick’s Just Not Married as winner of the Best Nigerian Film Award.

Producer of the movie, Judith Audu, in an Instagram post on Tuesday thanked organisers of the festival “for selecting our movie and giving the movie an opportunity to shine with other great movies from all over the world.”

2016!!! What a year filled with amazing manifestations it has been!!! @justnotmarried winning the award for BEST NIGERIAN FILM 2016 has been so surreal, we are super excited about it, we say a very very very BIG THANK YOU to the organizers of the Eko International Film Festival, Mr Hope Opara and his team for selecting our movie and giving the movie an opportunity to shine with other great movies from all over the world, this recognition means more than words can express to us, we say THANK YOU again and God bless You, May your festival grow bigger and gain bigger recognition from all over the world, and we will never stop saying thank you to our badass cast and crew that gave their all to this project and all #teamjustnotmarried that have helped pushed/supported this project, we say thank youuuuuuu and God Bless Youuuuuuu Loads ?? …God is still in the business of blessing people, it is up to YOU to believe you can achieve whatever you set your mind to do, work hard to achieve it, put all your trust in GOD not man, keep on pushing in your own little way, dont ever compare yourself with anyone as we are all running different individual races, focus on your lane, mind your business and dont get distracted, just remain FOCUSED, keep BELIEVING in YOU, work HARDER with every opportunity you get, be DETERMINED to succeed in what you are doing, be DISCIPLINED and make sure you LOVE what you do and watch GOD take over ??…NOVEMBER be nice like the months before you ??… Happy New Month my Friends… #november2016 #justnotmarried #bestnigerianfilm2016 #graceupongrace #grace #breakingboundaries #winningteam #gamechanger #awesomegod #yaweh #godgatus #??

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Just Not Married, starring Stan Nze, Rotimi Salami, Roland Obutu, Judith Audu and Brutus Richards, was the opening film at the festival.

Written by Lani Aisida and shot in Lagos, the film was released on May 13, 2016.

It was one of the Nollywood films showcased in the City to City programme of at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in September.

EKOIFF kicked off on Monday, October 24 at the Silverbird Cinemas Victoria Island, Lagos with a key programme of this year’s festival being the American Film Showcase (AFS).

Full winners list

Best Feature Film – Jack Strong

Best Nigerian Film – Just Not Married

Best Actor – Marcin Dorocinski – Jack Strong

Best Actress – Ijeoma Agu – Jimi Bendel

Best Supporting Actor – Gregory Ojefua – It’s Her Day

Best Supporting Actress – Adunni Ade – It’s Her Day

Best Documentary – Nowhere to Run from Nigeria

Honorary Award Documentary – US Consulate Lagos

Best Indigenous Film – Ileri Ife

Best Actor Indigenous – Muyiwa Ademola – Eni Owo

Best Actress Indigenous – Queen Blessing Ebigieson

Best Short Film – Opeyemi

Best Actor Short Film – Jide Alli – Bout

Best Actress Short Film – Nancy Udah -Bout

Outstanding Young Actor – Daniel Udah – Opeyemi

Outstanding Young Actress Award – Vivian Onyinyechi Nwabueze – Otega