Aforevo is a filmmaking company in Nigeria and the organisers of the Nollywood Screenwriting Contest. They recently rewarded the winners of the contest.
The grand prize winner, Cosmos Abasi walked away with ₦1 million, while Abundance Effiong, the 1st runner-up, got ₦500,000, and Dolly Awaduba, the 2nd runner-up, got ₦300,000.
Mr Lawrence Onuzulike, Managing Director of Aforevo, during the presentation of the reward in Lagos, said screenwriters who were the bedrock of film production were not usually reckoned with in the society.
Onuzulike said the maiden edition of the contest was held to ensure the attention of the public was drawn to the remarkable work of screenwriters in Nigeria.
He said that it had become frustrating for most screenwriters in Nigeria who would rack their brains to write beautiful scripts and beg for those scripts to be bought or used free of charge.
“I have been in this industry for over 24 years as an actor, screenwriter, and movie producer and I know the plight of every Nigerian screenwriter. So, the essence of this is to ensure they are reckoned with.
“It is interesting to note that we have so many creative writers in the country, this contest got over 1,000 script submissions, out of which we picked 600.
“The contest has come to stay and we are looking at holding it twice a year to further encourage screenwriters to continue doing better,” the Aforevo boss said.
The panel of judges was headed by Nollywood veteran Segun Arinze.