Desmond Finney Invited To The Gambia Special Awards

By N’fa Alie

Actor Finney with some of his awards

Popular Sierra Leonean film actor, Desmond Finney, has been invited by Affrinity Production to witness the first ever Special Movie Awards scheduled for 30th September 2016 in The Gambia.

The sensational Sierra Leonean award winning actor and director himself confirmed said that he has received an official invitation to be live on the red carpet for the event this September.

The humble Sollywood movie star who has been featured in countless movies produced in the continent will be attending the august event in The Gambia on the invitation of Affrinity Production, the organizers of the event.

Finney who also doubles as actor and English Drama and Theatre lecturer at the University of Sierra Leone said he was very optimistic the movie industry could help to make a quick strong socio-economic turnaround for the betterment of Sierra Leone and the continent as a whole if both private and public sectors pay turns attention to it.

He proposed that the African continent would drastically reduce youth employment if policies that implemented to guarantee investors confidence and safeguards are introduced for the entertainment industry.

“I feel honoured to be invited to such a high class event and I look forward to meeting and chatting with other key players in the film industry. The movie industry is strategic in creating employment and stimulating socio-economic growth in sub Saharan Africa, “he said.

He will be among other celebrities from across the sub-region who will join Finney at the awards that is aimed at recognizing movie makers in the Gambia for strides in boosting the African movie industry.

Another Sierra Leonean actor and producer Collins Archie Pierce will be a special guest at the awards.

Pierce will be flying into the Gambia from London to be at the landmark event.

It is mooted that the blockbuster movie, Ibu in Sierra Leone which is produced by Pierce and which features Nigerian movie star John Okafor aka Ibu, Desmond Finney and Collins himself and directed by John Solo will be premiered in the Gambia on October 1, 2016,

The Special Movie Awards is the first-ever movie award ceremony that is being held to recognize and award outstanding personalities in the movie industry in The Gambia.

The event is meant to celebrate films made in The Gambia, promote qualitative film content, and encourage the art of film-making.

Afrinity Production, organiser of the event, is a Pan-African specialist interactive media outfit.

The successful completion of screening of the SMA 2016 film entries were submitted by 24 film production houses, and after a weeklong screening by an independent jury; based on the films submitted, the jury came up with three nominees in each of the 15 categories.