BON Awards rename category after Sammie Okposo

Okposo and BON logo (Image credit: Peoples Gazette)

The organisers of the Best of Nollywood (BON) Awards have renamed a category, 'Best Soundtrack in a Movie', after the late gospel singer, Sammie Okposo, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

The event is set to hold in Owerri, Imo State on Saturday, December 3.

According to the organisers, this change was made to honour the memory of the late "Wellu Wellu" master, as Okposo is fondly called.

Speaking on the decision, the convener of the award, Seun Oloketuyi said, “Sammie Okposo, in his lifetime, was a force, and he did a lot for the growth of gospel music in Nigeria and beyond. We are not a music award, but we feel the need to honour him in some way.

"This was what inspired us to rename the Best Soundtrack category after him. His loss will be felt by all, and this is just a way to immortalise him.”

Actors, Lateef Adedimeji and Queen Nwokoye, will be hosting the event.

The news of the death of Okposo came as a shock to many persons. His family, friends, and fans have continued to mourned him.

The Head Pastor of House on the Rock Church wrote on Instagram, “To a greatly gifted man, words fail me. Sleep on in the Lord till we meet to part no more.

“Your memory is forever blessed. May the Almighty keep all who love you dearly and share in our great loss in the cover of His mighty wings. We will miss you on this side. Rest in peace great warrior. In memorium of Sammie Okposo.”

Also, the Senior Pastor of The Elevation Church, Godman Akinlabi wrote, “(It) saddens me to hear of the passing of Sammie Okposo. He blessed our world with his God-given gift and left indelible marks on earth. I sympathize with his family and loved ones at this difficult time. Rest in peace my brother.”

Other gospel singers have also paid tributes to him. Nathaniel Bassey wrote on Instagram, “The news of our brother’s passing, Minister Sammie Okposo, hit me really hard this morning. (I am) still dazed. I pray for God’s comfort and strength for the immediate family, friends and colleagues.” On her part, Tope Alabi said, “Rest in the bosom of the Lord, Sammie Okposo.”

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