In a glittering ceremony at the 2023 Nollywood New Yam Festival in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), actress Happy Julian-Uchendu, popularly known as Happy Julian, was bestowed with the prestigious title of International Ambassador for African Culture.
The event, which took place in Abuja, also saw Mrs. Noni Okocha, Chief Executive Officer of the “I am the Future of Nigeria Youth Initiative,” being recognized as an International Ambassador for African Culture.
Numerous other distinguished individuals were honored with cultural titles at the festival.
Rekiya Ibrahim-Atta was bestowed with the title of “Akpugo” of African Culture, and Hon. Bamidele Salam was acclaimed as the National Ambassador of African Culture, among others.
These recognitions aim to celebrate their contributions to the industry and the promotion of African culture and values.
Mr. Agility Onwurah, National Coordinator of the Festival and Chief Executive Officer of Agile 247.Com, expressed his congratulations to the awardees.
He emphasized the vital role Nollywood plays in promoting and preserving African culture.
In an age of globalization and Western influence, Nollywood serves as a cultural mirror, reflecting and upholding the essence of African identity.
The festival serves as a platform for celebrities to connect with their culture and inspire their fans, particularly the younger generation, to embrace and cherish their cultural heritage.