Tuesday, March 5, 2013


The Executive Governor of Cross River State, Senator Liyel Imoke is
top of the list of personalities to be honoured at the first-ever
Night of Stars, preceeding the inaugural Nigeria Pitch Awards, which
hold at the Conference Hall of Tinapa Lakeside Hotel and Resort,
Calabar on Saturday, March 23.

Governor Imoke, whose administration has hugely supported the
reinvigoration of the Senior National Football Team, Super Eagles and
the U-17 Team, Golden Eaglets, will be honoured alongside the
Honourable Minister/Chairman, National Sports Commission, Mallam
Bolaji Abdullahi, NFF Executive Committee and Management, Super
Eagles’ players, and a dozen stars of the Nollywood industry on a
night that aptly marries football and entertainment. The two-hour
event starts at 9pm, with the red carpet on from 8pm.

Matchmakers Consult International Limited, endorsed by the Nigeria
Football Federation to organize the Nigeria Pitch Awards, is putting
together this event that will annually precede the Awards, and has
gone to great length to ensure it would be a roaring success.

“We are putting together something that will amply reflect the huge
progress that our country has made in both football and entertainment
sectors in the past few years. It is auspicious that this is coming at
a time that the Super Eagles has just won the Africa Cup of Nations
and Nollywood is celebrating 20 years on stream, but the truth is,
this event has been in the works for some time now.

“As it has turned out, and for good too, this inaugural Night of Stars
will principally celebrate Nigeria’s triumph at the Africa Cup of
Nations and the rapid growth of the Nollywood industry in only two
decades,” Shina Phillips, CEO of Matchmakers, said on Tuesday.

The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Sports, Senator Adamu Gumba
and the Chairman of House Committee on Sports, Hon. Godfrey Gaiya are
also expected on a night that will see players and coaches of the
Super Eagles as principal guests.

Expected from the Nollywood sector are top stars such as Desmond
Elliot, Bimbo Akintola, Keppy Ekpeyong, Nse-Ikpe Etim, Francis Duru,
Ejike Asiegbu, Bimbo Manuel, Fred Amata, Lancelot Imasuen and Chika

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