Destiny Etiko, Kanayo O. Kanayo, Others Win Big at AGN International Festival, Miami

Destiny Etiko, Kanayo O. Kanayo, Others Win Big at AGN International Festival, Miami

  • The Actors Guild of Nigeria has successfully staged its International Festival in Miami, Florida
  • The event, which was attended by many thespians, had a gala night and other exciting activities
  • Notable moviemakers went home with awards, and the guild launched its maiden magazine
  • In an exclusive interview with Emeka Rollas, the National President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, he noted that the International Festival which was an actor's marketplace was an excellent experience.

The highly anticipated Actors Guild of Nigeria's International Festival has occurred in Miami, Florida, between November 16-18.

Destiny Etiko, others win at AGN International Festival.
Destiny Etiko, Kanayo O. Kanayo, Others Win Big at AGN International Festival. Photo Credit @actorsguildofnigeria
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Many actors from Nigeria and the Diaspora attended the event, which took place amidst pomp and pageantry. Part of the highlights was the workshop centred on skill development and how to win roles in international production, which was taken by a renowned resource person recommended by the US Consulate in Nigeria, Adrienne Weiss of Film Independent.

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Senator Ben Bruce, a former Federal Government of Nigeria senator, led the awardees and clinched the Industry Pillars Award. Joke Silva, Ego Boyo, Charles Inojie, Kanoyo O. Kanayo, Destiny Etiko and others won different award categories at the event.

Emeka Rollas thanks actors for the success of the festival

Emeka Rollas, the first elected guild president in 2019, was grateful for the event's huge success. He noted that the event was successful as many practitioners attended despite the distance.

The guild also unveiled the first edition of its all-gloss magazine known as On-Screen, which was well received by those in attendance.

See a clip of the event here:

Emeka Rollas believes the aim of the festival was achieved

In a chat with, AGN President Emeka Rollas said the event allowed international agencies to watch the showreels of many actors.

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He said:

"Having the AGN international festival in Miami, Florida, was an excellent experience. The attendance was just as expected. It was an event that did not require a lot of attendance from people at the home front because it was an actor's marketplace. The people who were needed in attendance, casting agencies looking for Nollywood actors to throw in some of their black or African stories, were there. During the festival, we had the opportunity to play a lot of showreels of Nollywood actors. Once the acting agencies sees the showreel, they can request the actor's number because the actor is good. That was the ideal behind the festival"

Stating further, Rollas noted that actors in the diaspora were also in attendance. Most of them have not acted in mainstream movies outside the country because they don't have agencies to cast them there. They saw the agents in attendance, too at the festivals. He noted that most actors may not understand the idea behind the event now. but they will soon discover it.

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Emeka Rollas speaks on the impact of actors campaigning for politicians on the association

According to a previous report by, Rollas had stated that the guild is non-partisan and that any of its members was free to campaign for any Nigerian interested in going for a political office.

He noted that regardless of the person its members support or campaign for, they remain one in the guild.

He encouraged all actors not to sit on the fence when choosing credible leaders for the nation.

Emeka Rollas declares no shot day in Asaba over the death of the actor

Legit. ng had earlier reported that the president of the Actors Guild of Nigeria had stated that no moviemaker must work while preparing for the burial of one of its own, Sam Odigbo.

Odiagbo passed on in December 2021, and he was buried in 2022. Rollas ensured the guild prepared for the final rites of the actor.

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He also encouraged the members of this association to attend the final rites of the late actor.


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