Femi Odugbemi has been honoured with the a Lifetime Achievement award by the Nigerian Film Corporation under the auspices of Nigeria Film Society.
Odugbemi was presented with the award at the Zuma Film Festival which held in Abuja last weekend.
According to Dr. Chidia Maduekwe, the Managing Director of the Nigerian Film Society, the Movie Rock of Fame Award presented to Odugbemi was “to recognize and reward excellence and his immeasurable contributions towards the growth of the film industry.”
Odugbemi joins late first Prime Minister of Nigeria, Alhaji Tafawa Balewa, Chief Chika Okpala, Professor Hyginius Ekwuazi, Mallam Ali Nuhu and Mallam Yakub Ibn Mohammed as recipients of Rock of Fame.
Speaking after receiving the award, the filmmaker behind ‘Tinsel’ and ‘Battleground’ said, “It is good to show all the glitz and glamour but if the essence of your story is lost, then you haven’t done a job. We need to find that untold story that reflect our history and the magic of the African culture more, not cloning stories informed only by pecuniary gains. Our stories should not only entertain but also inform and inspire. Filmmaking is a powerful tool which most of us are yet to fully grasp. Nollywood can and should be the most powerful voice of the black race.”