Published Date: 11/12/2021
The Awards Council of the NIGERIA SKITS INDUSTRY FESTIVAL AND AWARDS (NSIFA) regrets to announce the sudden and heartbreaking death of the Vice Chairman of the Council and our Creative Director, Mr. Joshua Olorunfemi after a brief illness.
The impact and roles of "Josh" as he was fondly called by the team on this effort cannot be overemphasised.
It is to his eternal credit of this super intelligent man that we owe the contextual and contemporary insights that informed our unique creative expressions from the logo of this first of its kind Awards; and the broad spectrum creative direction from day one.
As he would often say; this must be the "OSCARS" of the Nigerian Skits Industry.
For a man who gave so much to bring the project to the point it has attained today from the drawing board; even still churning out creatives on his sick bed, his sudden death has left us shocked; momentarily stupefied and greatly traumatized after all we have been through together and the dream we all nurtured.
It is for this reason that the Awards Council after wide consultations with stakeholders has decided to POSTPONE THE ALL SET AWARDS SCHEDULED TO HOLD ON THE 12TH DECEMBER,2021.
This postponement has become imperative to enable us deal with the shock; comfort and console the very young family and above all to join in giving him a modest burial that he has earned and deserves.
This is the least we can do, knowing that the AWARDS will forever be an eternal testament of the good man that he was to us as a team.
We regret most sincerely this sudden postponement as we plead for the understanding of all from our vendors scheduled performing artists; the great Nigerian Skit Stars and other professionals in the industry to the very important dignitaries, in and outside of Government in Nigeria, our local and foreign guests (particularly the Skit makers from neighbouring countries who have arrived or scheduled to depart their countries tommorow, our host state of Lagos; led by the Governor; H.E Babajide Sanwoolu and people of Lagos, our lead Corporate support NIGERIA BREWERIES PLC and indeed the over expectant Nigerians, we appeal to your humanity to bear with us.
We remain committed to every promise of what this AWARDS will be and achieve when we come out of this grieving moment. We plead for your understanding as a new date will be communicated and made public very soon.