Actor and former Commissioner of Information and Culture, Delta State, Richard Mofe-Damijo has been named as the host of this year’s edition of African Film Festival (TAFF).
The festival holds at the Dallas City Performance Hall and will be opened to the general public from Friday June 30. It will climax on July 3 with the awards night.
According to the organisers, the three-day event will showcase films made by Africans, as well as a few made by non-Africans about issues important to different regions of the continent. Last year, Patience Ozokwo aka Mama G, was one of Nollywood stars that was honoured with the African Film Legend Award at the festival.
The founder and festival director of TAFF, Kelechi Eke, said the choice of RMD is based on his experience that he will bring to bear in ensuring that the festival records a huge success. However, apart from RMD, other top Nollywood and African filmmakers expected to attend the festival include Lancelot Imasuen, Uche Jombo, who hosted the maiden edition of the festival, Ike Nnaebue; Joseph Benjamin, and Adeyemi Okanlawon.
Others are Mykel Parish Ajaere, Judith Audu, Emeka Obiakonwa, Robert Peters, and Neville Navada. Also attending the festival are Kenyan actress/producer/humanitarian, Ruth Ndulu Maingi, Kenyan Hollywood actor and last year’s co-host, Sir Benjamin Onyango, Gambian producer, Alhagie Manka, Ghanaian producer, Arthur Mensa; Billy Kwasi Richardson, Congolese producer/actress, Soleil Diva; Sierra Leone’s actor, Mohamed Bah; Liberia’s producer, Dr. Clarice Kulah; Tanzanian producer, Honeymoon Mohammed; Ethiopian actress/activist, Yeharewerk Gashaw, Malawian actress, Agnes Nkhata; and many more from 26 different countries whose films were selected to this year’s festival.