Click for Full Image Size Was Rita Dominic desperate to win the newly instituted Arik Airline Awards category for Best Actress at the just concluded African International Film Festival(AFRIFF), or was it just providence?

Recall that Dominic accused Ini Edo of manipulating the online voting result which led to the cancellation of the exercise, a week before the festival kicked off in Lagos.

But in a twist of fate, last weekend, the actress eventually emerged the winner of the same award.

However, she won the award not by voting, instead through a lucky dip conducted by former Miss World, Agbani Darego.

At last weekend’s AFRIFF awards night held at Oriental Hotel, Lekki, Lagos, BBA regular host IK Osakioduwa who anchored the glamorous event with Rita Dominic had called out the ex-beauty queen, all for the purpose of selecting a winner of the award through lucky dip. After all said and done, Rita Dominic emerged the lucky winner beating Stephanie Okereke, Omoni Oboli, Genevieve Nnaji and others who were also nominated for the award. But Ini Edo’s name was conspicuously missing during the lucky dip.

Interestingly, this happened to be the first time, where a winner would emerge in an international contest of this magnitude through lucky dip.

But for IK, the organisers decided to adopt that means as the sponsors insisted on giving out the award to a winner, no matter the odds.

By winning the award, Rita Dominic will be flown to the Tribeca Film Festival, billed to hold in New York next year, by Arik Airline.

Apart from the Best Actress award, there were also winners in other categories of indigenous awards instituted by the airline. They were ace-film maker, Mahmood Ali-Balogun, whose “Tango with Me” remains one of the best movies ever shot by a Nigerian, won the Best Producer of the Year, and actor Desmond Elliot who won the Best actor award.

Kenyan Jane Murago-Munene’s “The Unbroken Spirit”won the Best Documentary category while Le Parrian by Pale Sie Lazare won in the area of Best Animation.

The Viewers’ choice award, awarded in terms of feedback of the audience concerning movie screened in the course of the festival, went to The Education of Auma Obama while Niji Akanni’s Aramotu lift the country at the event by winning the Best Feature Film prize, considered to be the most coveted award of the whole lot.

The film beat such films as Lancelot Imasuen’s epic film “Ädesuwa’, “Better Mus Come’by a Jamaican director, Storm Saulter, “Elza’s Happiness” directed by Marietter Monpierre from France amongst other films to cliche the prize.

The awards night was graced by a galaxy of celebrities across the world who dressed to kill. Mostly Nollywood super actors and actresses were the cynosure of attraction at the event. Kate Henshaw, Genevieve Nnaji, Stephanie Okereke, Omoni Oboli, Ini Edo, Monalisa China, Nse Etim Ipe, Rita Dominic, Omoni Oboli, Uche Nnanna, Amaka Igwe, Celine Loaderand, Desmond Elliot, Kunle Afolayan, OC Ikeje, and a host of others.

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Seyigurl | 12/10/2011 2:12:02 AM
Na so person just dey win. She is nt supposd 2 b nominated. Recently Rita hasnt featured in movies. It is nigeria dat ppl dnt win by ability but by connectn.
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anna | 12/10/2011 3:50:22 AM |
Thank u.i luv rita dominic but go to hollywood dey dnt nominate actresses cos dey are a-list or hollywood best,dey nominate according to the film featured in dat year .why havent big actresses lyk halle berry,angelina jolie and lot of dem win as oscar,why is it pple lyk jenifer hudson,a singer and others dat dat won.I will be honest all d actresses dat were nominated including my omotola dnt deserve to be nominated except for ini edo,mercy.tonto and others dat acted a lots of movies dis year.
bat_woman | 12/10/2011 5:58:34 AM |
Point of correction....U dnt rlly need to act countless of movies (in a particular year) b4 u get nominated...even if it's just 5 u did...what matters is the role u played.
Aleast i ve seen like 3 of her new movies this year...1. money never sleeps 1&2 3&4, the unknown 1&2, 3&4...she also did some in Kenya.

Tonto hasnt played any meaningful role since i ve been watching her movie...Mercy played her role well in mirror of life and hrt of a fighter...and as for Ini i vent rlly seen much of her this year...Omotola play a very nice role in the movie called Precious...Genny played an excellent role in these movies...sacred lies, felicima.
In all i think Rita deserves it....winks

Seyigurl | 12/10/2011 6:06:06 AM |
10k God u agree wid me. It is just dat ppl are 2 sentimentally attachd 2 their popularity though they haven't done anything 2 b reckoned wif. If it were 2 b chosen plainly based on their it should either av been Tonto Dike or Mercy Johnson.
me | 12/10/2011 2:39:15 PM |
anna | 12/11/2011 12:29:18 PM |
me stop famzn here,she's is not ur frnd neither was she ur skul mate.If at all u were skul mates definately u must be thirty sumtn.Old man hahahahha
D | 12/11/2011 10:29:28 PM |
This Anna person that just makes comments with no experience or research. I cannot say that I am surprised at this dumb comment of hers, not at all.
Its not abt d numba of films but d quality
Holuwateenar | 12/11/2011 6:24:50 AM |
It not d amount of film u've featured in durin a yr, dt gets u a monination, i support d fact dt rita dosent desrve d award coz she hasnt feature in any film 4 d past two yrs or so, but d oda contestants ve done gr8 movies sinces last yr such as figurin, anchor baby by omoni oboli, mirror boy, ije, busting loose, tango with done by genevieve, inii has also sone a gr8 movie as well, as 4 tonto dike, her movie are not d knd of quality dt deserves 2 be awarded, it's not abt beind naked dt make u a gud actress or abt d no of movies u've done, but d quality of films not movies, tonto is just a normal but not a spectacular actress and 4 ur in4mation, angelina jolie and hallie berry ve bn won oscar awards check ur records well.
ok o
lolo | 12/10/2011 7:13:54 AM |
wateva we don't care!!!ini shld hav won but its still better not that gennyfcukingvive
Abi o Lolo
Lalaland | 12/10/2011 8:14:20 AM |
as long as no be genefhuckingve win am i no mind...but i bet it was RIGGED cos QUEEN INI EDO should have won! INI my darling you are a winner in Lolo n Lala's eyes o! Don't mind those thieves!!!
anna | 12/10/2011 12:59:57 PM |
I tot dey called it Afriff meaning african film festival award so whr are other african actresses,d ghanians,kenyans e.t.c.Na wa o
CHICKITO | 12/10/2011 2:14:15 AM
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Tbaby | 7/11/2012 1:02:04 PM |
Ah! :-D i luv dat combi carry go
CHICKITO | 12/10/2011 2:17:32 AM
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Lalaland | 12/10/2011 12:46:24 PM |
I no agree! When they have sold their PUSSONIA to the highest bidder them go come win! Nonsense!!
@ Lalaland
MADAM | 12/10/2011 2:08:42 PM |
Lalaland u dey quarrel ? we no know ? make we form Steven Wonder like say we no see how dem dey win demselves, sidon look na dog name.
@Chioma TOPLIS
WEW | 12/11/2011 6:53:48 AM |
Chioma Toplis alias Lalaland, leave these people alone and concentrate on how to make your life better, make peace with God so that things will start working out fine for you, it's a pity you didn't make it in nollywood, leave these young women alone, all fingers are not equal.
My wifes
Lalaland | 12/10/2011 2:22:55 AM
Rita Dominic is my wifes & i lyk her f**kin p***y wey jim iyke go don expand well well. If i get dere i go perform wonders.
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lalalala s**t eater
cutie | 12/10/2011 2:39:34 AM |
i really want to help if u can only answer this question pls,were u molested wen u were a kid? Did ur dad rape u while ur mum watch?there must be a reason why u are so fustrated and full of hate,,oh u poor little thing need help,
Lalaland | 12/10/2011 8:15:52 AM |
I have told you time and time again STOP telling us YOUR life story here on NFC! I know that these things your wrote here now happened to you personally but abeg we don't wanna here it! Keep it in your family dark closet!
lolo | 12/10/2011 7:15:27 AM |
feeling lik obj using lalaa's id
b mindful of wat u say
lilymaris | 2/11/2012 3:02:55 PM |
@lalaland,u re even more f*****h dan d odas,take ur s***kin self out of hia,jux listen 2 urself,am sure u re 1 of dose dat wake up wit kai kai in d mornin plz go nd brush ur teeth n stp sayin sily tin7 abt RITA!
Tbaby | 7/11/2012 1:06:27 PM |
How u take known
U r lucky
Sexy b | 12/10/2011 2:32:46 AM
My dear i agree wif u,jare she deserves it.
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Congrat lol
J-lo | 12/10/2011 2:43:55 AM
I wld ve preferred my gurl ini edo,all d same congrat 2 rita dominic.....enjoy
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Rita D
real pinapple | 12/10/2011 2:48:25 AM
Am happy for you congrats but these award sef don too much dis yr both the ones wey get head and the ones wey no get head dem de carry give una, anyway kudoss to you i love ur part in where money speaks
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pretty pretty wow!
bukky | 12/10/2011 3:12:10 AM
pretty u deserve that award. U ar d best,carry go!
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Rejoice | 12/10/2011 3:44:14 AM
U deserve it oo, keep it up.
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Rejoice | 12/10/2011 3:44:28 AM
U deserve it oo, keep it up.
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Rejoice | 12/10/2011 3:44:39 AM
U deserve it oo, keep it up.
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hapiiii | 12/10/2011 3:49:32 AM
am hapi 4u dearie.ur hair style made u look like nicki minaj
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lucy | 12/10/2011 4:26:21 AM
congrats dear. u deserve d award.
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atutu | 12/10/2011 4:39:18 AM
am happy 4 u
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biglips | 12/10/2011 4:51:36 AM
am 4 u dear tis time not ini edo
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I love rita
Vivian | 2/7/2012 6:49:13 AM |
I think i love u rita,e no easy 2 win dat award, abeg no mind ini edo she 2 carry herself up na wetin mke she win,wit dat useless geneviv,abeg rita carry go.
willy | 12/10/2011 5:33:47 AM
make una sharap una stickin mouth she don win nam she don win mam
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No mind dem
Vivian | 2/7/2012 6:52:37 AM |
No mind dem ,na so dem dey talk r*****h wit dat dere useless mouth,rita u 2 much
I know the answer to question?
Leanie | 12/10/2011 5:38:02 AM
How come in Nollywood actresses who have not acted in pictures in 2-3 years get actress of the year award? Why is it a popularity contest in Nollywood? Nollywood can not be compared to Hollywood for the voting is based on what the actor or actress have done within that year to warrant that award.... bulls**t award if you ask me...
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My sister
Mj Mwansa | 12/10/2011 9:06:58 AM
My dear congrat v Deserve it, u r a beauty queen n dat da Africa adore u
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Who makes these awards
BJCHI | 12/10/2011 11:50:37 AM
I nominate myself for Yam's best African Actress award lol. How many more awards will be given out by people not even related to the movie industry. You don't have American Airlines giving out awards to American actresses for acting as that would be silly. As this award is.
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MADAM | 12/10/2011 2:04:46 PM
I no blame Rita at all, when all her mates de win dis win dat, she too kukuma arrange small thing fot herself to win, before dem gap am for the race, she no wan carry last patapata na draw.
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Na timbo timbo! | 12/11/2011 2:07:57 AM
Abeg it was a random selection! They wrote everybody"s name in a piece of paper and put in a basket and Agbani pick any name. So it was by luck or set up!
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ben louis swiss | 12/11/2011 3:36:47 PM
I DONT like people that speak with mouths without there hearts,,thx,,
nigerians youths are the one holding there self down,,so we should stop complaining oki?GOD SAID?WHO WILL I CHOOSE?WHO WILL GO?HIS ONLY SON JESUS CHRIST SAID FATHER,HERE IAM,I WILL GO AND SAVE UR PEOPLE,,,,,so who amonge us there in nigeria that knew a little bit secrete about our nigeria leaders and PDP?WE need a revolution in nigeria soon,,but we need some body that know a bit of there secretes,,thanks nd ,is not good for a man to fight for a power him or she dont know where it belongs...
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ben louis swiss | 12/11/2011 3:36:48 PM
I DONT like people that speak with mouths without there hearts,,thx,,
nigerians youths are the one holding there self down,,so we should stop complaining oki?GOD SAID?WHO WILL I CHOOSE?WHO WILL GO?HIS ONLY SON JESUS CHRIST SAID FATHER,HERE IAM,I WILL GO AND SAVE UR PEOPLE,,,,,so who amonge us there in nigeria that knew a little bit secrete about our nigeria leaders and PDP?WE need a revolution in nigeria soon,,but we need some body that know a bit of there secretes,,thanks nd ,is not good for a man to fight for a power him or she dont know where it belongs...
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Jay | 12/11/2011 4:43:42 PM
This is buls**t ini is suppose to win this award not rita, this was wat happen during BON AWARD wia genny is suppose to win dey gave it to omoni oboli. This is r*****h
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Team Ini Indeed and Infact
senior | 12/12/2011 1:20:53 AM
Shaaaaaaa,what kind of award is this? even a street mouse could emerge winner because it was entirely chance no merit at all. f*****h way of awarding talent. Fact remains,the fairest of them all is the queen Ini Edo.
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rita dominic
bonaventure okere | 12/12/2011 1:21:49 AM
please i need rita dominic e mail address and number, i need her contact, send it to bonaventureinspg@yahoo.co.uk
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nonsense | 12/12/2011 1:28:35 AM
lolo and lalaland busybodies, destroyers and f**ls, who is ur ini edo,nonsense.
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Hmmnnnn,my sreen queen
senior | 12/12/2011 1:35:52 AM
Sad A.A.C you don't know Ini Edo. you really don't know what you are missing. I wonder what type of movies you watch. My dear just grab any movie starring Ini edo and you will know what you have missed all a while. She is the fairest of all of them combined.

By the way how about the possibility that all papers or majority of them had Rita's name? Food for thought. Ini Oyeeeeeeeeeee
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luv u
kpoko | 12/12/2011 2:18:17 AM
rita i want u 2 be my 3rd wife
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grace angel
anita | 1/7/2012 8:00:33 AM |
anytine GOD sign na so de tine go be rita carry go
Maxzy | 12/19/2011 8:24:51 AM
It ur turn 2 win God has destined it so b hapy dnt care abt wat pple ar sayin, congrat hpe 2 c u somday
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THOMASIMBOKA | 12/21/2011 2:45:41 AM
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hilloary | 12/21/2011 8:32:23 AM
girl ur better than the best
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Luvly Angel
Orea so rare. | 12/23/2011 4:42:58 AM
Rita hs won n u cnt change it. 4 me, i wil say it ws fate, luck n destined 4 her 2 win. Lets celebrate with her peepz.
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TIYAMIKE masanza (MALAWI) | 12/23/2011 5:21:08 AM
GO GIRL,BIG UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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you are sweet
samuel | 12/24/2011 7:28:28 AM
My dear sister you are sweet,carry go,we love u,umuanuma.
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swt angel | 12/30/2011 4:01:53 AM
congratulatn 4 dat am realy hapi 4 u keep it up. Pple do say i look like u plz can u make so dat i can 4 once pls dis my noba. 08069176400. Ada is my name tnx
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N d winner goes 2 rita dat is rep me
Esther rich | 1/8/2012 10:20:55 AM
Rita dumb,tank God 4 u oh,i waz tinkin u wil neva get anything,but there u wer... I am so hapy 4 u,even do i hate nolywood movies,i enjoy sein u act. N pls dnt compare rita wit ini edo,their both different personel.lyk it or nt rita won
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rita beats genevieve
chatty | 1/11/2012 11:37:28 AM
i lov rita nd evrytin she does xpecially her actin.she fits any role.Tank God fr her cos anytin dat happens ws allowed by God so lets b happy wit her.congrats my role model.anyone to help me wit her phone number or website address......plssss.....
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Vivian | 2/7/2012 7:00:04 AM
Am so hapy 4 u rita i love d way u act, carry go u 100 much,pls i like 2 b ur frnd ma num 08065707653;love u
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The way you act
Maryam | 2/13/2012 11:59:32 AM
I must confers that u are wonderful,in fact when ever i c u in a movies i always trip for u.so pls carry on wit ur position.can hav ur phn number pls .
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Amber | 2/13/2012 1:28:28 PM
I jst lve Rita!shame on ya'll haters..!lyf z jst too short to spend yo tym despising innocent souls,hey!!
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Dominic lady
Kimberly | 2/13/2012 1:35:34 PM
Let dem yada yada hun...!kip on rocking...@Amber,cheers to tht!!
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nze j | 2/14/2012 5:46:01 PM
magomago or not,shebi she don carry am,nwanne nothing de happen na god.i bu onye nke anyi let them go and die somewhere.
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Don pat | 2/17/2012 8:52:13 AM
f**k you all, all of you write like an illeterate, bull s**t.
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f*****g rita
Don pat | 2/17/2012 9:04:42 AM
I don't care any f*****g award, i am an halfcast, nigerians actress are disgusting, dull, daft, corrupt, flabby, stupor, estibeucticmelogrecy. Think about your corrupt leaders in your country, stop say about f*****g damn award.
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