Maggie Osuome has won the Best Actress award at the inaugural Women’s International Film Festival of Nigeria (WIFFEN).
The ‘Freedom Come’ star beat other actresses from 130 countries to clinch the award at the festival’s first awards ceremony held in Abuja.
WIFFEN was organized by the Girls Voices Initiative as part of measures to celebrate International Women’s Day by highlighting the exploits of women in film globally.
The event was organized in partnership with the PISCCA Program of the French Embassy and other partners.
A film producer and actress, Etta Jomaria, who received the award on behalf of Maggie Osuome, congratulated the organizers for this recognition.
Jomaria was among the producers of ‘Omo Atoke’ which was among the short films nominated at the festival.
“A gathering where women all pull together and celebrate each other is worth celebrating.
“So I’m so glad I got to do this and my film was selected and nominated for an award, it’s a prestigious platform that I hope will never stop,” he said. she declared.
More than 16 award categories including Best Short Film, Best Documentary and Best Student Film were presented at the festival with films from the United States of America winning four awards.
The highlight of the event was the presentation of the award for best film which was won by a Ukrainian, Olesya Morgunets-Isaenko, for her role in “Carol of the Bells”.
Festival showrunner Stephanie Odia said the program was to celebrate women regardless of continent or color, adding that the jury selects the winners on merit.