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News reaching NMN confirms that popular actress Yvonne Okoro has been honoured with a 'Distinguished Achievement Award' at this year’s Nigeria Excellence Awards held in Ghana.
The award ceremony which was chaired by His Excellency, Ambassador Musiliu Obanikoro, Nigeria’s High Commissioner to Ghana took place at the La Palm Beach Hotel in Accra on Friday evening, was to honour Nigerians who had lifted their country’s flag high with honour in their different sectors of work in Ghana.
The beautiful actress was one of the youngest award recipients at the ceremony.
She was honoured for her great acting skills and contribution to the African movie industry.
It was also to recognise her “Nigerian spirit which is affecting lives positively across the African continent”.
The ceremony brought together high-profile and distinguished Nigerian citizenry in Ghana who received awards in categories like Lifetime Achievement Award, Business Excellence Award, Business Personality Award, Regional Integration and Leadership Award, Community Leadership Award, Sports and Entertainment Award and Outstanding Student Award.
Others who were honoured in the entertainment category were Iyiola Ayoade, CEO of Multiple Concepts Group, parent company of Charterhouse; Theo Akatugba of Point Blank Media Concept, and Silverbird Entertainment Ghana. Chief Bashorun Dele Momodu was also one of the Lifetime Achievement Award recipients.
Yvonne’s award was also in the Sports and Entertainment category.
The recognition came at time when many fans are hoping she makes a mark at the 2012 African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) which will be held in Lagos.
She has been nominated for AMAA Best Actress In Leading Role Category for her role in ‘Single Six’, alongside other top African actresses.
Yvonne is always described in many ways. Some say she has been a true inspirer. Indeed, many watch her from the comfort of their homes, cinemas, offices etc. and say she is a symbol of hard work, respect and is that rising African woman that many African young ladies aspire to be like.
Her flawless and superb acting dexterity has become a learning material for rookies in the acting trade.
The Bachelor of Arts graduate from the University of Ghana is the first actress in Ghana to star in a two-cast movie, ‘Why Marry’, a production that has raised eyebrows in Ghana and beyond. She is also the first Ghanaian actress to appear in a French movie titled ‘Le Hotelier’ in France. In 2010, she co-won Best Actress at the prestigious Ghana Movie Awards. Two years in a row, she has been nominated for Africa Movie Academy Awards Best Actress In supporting and leading roles categories.
By Francis Addo