Nigerian actor Kalu Ikeagwu has won the best actor award at the 2023 the African film festival, TAFF for his role in a Ugandan collaborative film, ‘Kafacoh.’
The other winners at the awards ceremony include Cameroonian actress, Stephanie Tum who won the best actress award for her role in the film “when the levees broke.’
The best narrative feature film award went to “crystal – countless misfortune” from Uganda, while the best documentary feature was “Mamody, the last Baoba digger” from Madagascar.
The festival, which showcases African films in Diaspora, recently held its eighth edition in Dallas, Texas, the united states.
It was held between June 1 and June 3 at Dallas college-Richland campus and witnessed screening of 50 films submitted for this year.
As usual, in attendance were filmmakers from different African countries and the united states who celebrated the exploration of Africa and its Diaspora through the global lens and voices of talented filmmakers.
Participants enjoyed culturally rich narratives, documentaries, short stories among other activities that made this year’s festival an experience of a lifetime.
Meanwhile, the highlight of the festival was the awards ceremony, which was held on June 3, Anchored by us-based comedian Edo Charles, the award ceremony featured performances from Nigerian-born Lanre Teriba, naira Ali of Uganda, and natural vybz of st. Lucia.
A total of 14 awards were presented by a host of nationals from Kenya, south Africa, Nigeria, Gambia, Uganda, Ghana, Cameroon, Zambia, Malawi, Ethiopia, and the united states. In addition, honorary awards were also presented to local leaders including Dr. Opal lee, who received the TAFF legend award for 2023.
In his speech during the awards show, the founder and director of the African film festival, Kelechi eke, congratulated colleagues and filmmakers for the relentless effort in telling the African stories.