Ogun, an acclaimed director with roots in both Film and Television was given the award at the Golden Movie Awards ceremony held on Saturday June 27 at the State House banquet hall in Accra.
The “AWDF African Women in Film Award,” honours an African woman whose work demonstrates measurable efforts to change the narrative and challenge stereotypes about African women. Tope was chosen for her outspoken voice against domestic abuse in Nigeria, an issue she brilliantly addressed in the 2014 short film New Horizons, a story about four women’s experiences with abuse.
“Being the recipient of AWDF’s first African Woman In Film Award is a true honour for me, and it’s a big surprise to learn that one is recognised and celebrated for being true to oneself and calling and passion and profession, ” Ogun told AWDF.
AWDF conferred the award at the ceremony which was organized by Golden Movie Awards (GMA), a new pan African award scheme that seeks to recognise outstanding work in the African movie industry. AWDF partnered with GMA for its maiden edition as part of its mandate to use arts as tool to promote social justice and to challenge negative stereotypes about women.
As the winner of the award, Ogun will be a lead facilitator in a one- day capacity building programme for African women in the film industry, organized by AWDF and GMA.
Ogun has an expansive portfolio that includes directing 350 episodes of the successful African soap opera “Tinsel”, an award winning feature length film “Journey To Self” and 3 multiple award winning shorts films namely “The Young Smoker”, “Till Death Do Us Part” and “New Horizons.”