Team African Oscars

Dr. Victor O. Olatoye President & CEO/Executive Producer

The NAFCA HQ: 433 N Camden Dr, Suite 400 Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Dr. Olatoye is a film critic and the Founder of Nollywood and African Film Critics’ Awards also known as The NAFCA. Dr Olatoye has written over five hundreds reviews of African films, has several reports, articles and published interviews under his belt. Victor is originally from Nigeria but left Nigeria at the young age of 17 on a full international scholarship to be educated at the famous Aristotle University in Thessaloniki Greece. Fluent in Greek and have had to opportunity to travel the world and visited over 25 countries and counting, touring the world, has allowed him to experience and appreciate different cultures and deep appreciation for filmmaking and how different cultures influence the art of filmmaking. The NAFCA is recognized as one of the most coveted and prestigious awards for African films and The NAFCA Honors are awards organized to recognize outstanding individuals whose lives have been marked by extraordinary personal and professional accomplishments. The NAFCA Humanitarian award recognizes individuals for their outstanding achievements and contribution to humanity. The NAFCA Special Honors were presented for the first time in 2011 to President Nelson Mandela.

Dr. Olatoye is also a humanitarian

Tina Weisinger Co-Executive Producer
Tina Weisinger a native of Chicago, Illinois specializes in Executive Business Development for Projects that appeal to specific capital investors. She is the liaison between global, regional and local projects on three continents, bringing marketing opportunities in specific industries targeted to capital/investor interests. When Ms. Weisinger founded her own company, Dream Entertainment Management, her unique ability to tap existing relationships and combine them with new contacts gives Ms. Weisinger a knack for bringing the right project and the right talent together for success. As a talent manager you can see her clients in the just released movie, Get On Up, Tyler Perry’s, Love Thy Neighbor, The Mindy Project, Shameless, among others. Ms. Weisinger has produced several shows such as A Raisin In the Sun (Chicago), For Colored Girls Only (Chicago), The Annual Major Adams Awards Gala (Chicago), NAACP ACT-SO Awards Ceremony (Los Angeles), NAACP Theatre Awards (Beverly Hills) just to name a few. Ms. Weisinger has joined the NAFCA / African Oscars team as a Co-Executive Producer.

Troy M. McNish Technical Director& Producer
Troy M. McNish is Co-founder, Vice-President and technical director at Nollywood Critics. An independent filmmaker, Troy has been engaged in the independent film for over 15 years. During the period, he has devoted a large part of his time to studying the craft of directing and producing independent films.

Many of his projects to date have been showcased via the Internet, television and movie theaters. Born and raised in Neptune, New Jersey, he studied film theory in Detroit before moving to Raleigh, North Carolina, where he currently resides. While attending St. Augustine College, Raleigh North Carolina, Troy worked as a production assistant on many music videos and television commercials. He interned at WQOK 97.5 radio station where he earned him the nick-name “Malik Freaks” for his hard work and diverse roles.

These roles included working with various filmmakers, radio personalities, Street Promoters, and Photographers. For two years, he served as a photojournalist for Arista and Columbia records where he worked with Bad Boy Entertainment, Maxwell, Goodie Mobb, Next, Cam’ron, and many others. Eager to learn the business side of the entertainment industry, he stepped away from corporate America to work independently. As an independent agent, he worked for Fortune 500 companies in the production of audio, video and visual products. He worked with various local artists from North Carolina to produce and direct music videos and in his creative work he adopts an urban point of view in productions. In 2009, Troy released Jooka a film about three football college players who’s craving for fast money that leads them into a world in which there are no winners.

Rick Stephenson Producer
Rick Stephenson, a music industry veteran began his career in 1986. His accomplishments include owner of BMS Case Company, which built and provided cases for musical instruments for stores across the nation.

Former CEO of Polaris Records, Polaris Computer’s and Polaris Studio. Former President of "ISA BOMB Entertainment" and Vice President of “Underwood Records”. Currently, CEO of Xtra Point Industries.

Amberr Washington Producer
AMBERR WASHINGTON Is the Vice President of AmVic Entertainment and the President AWE Enterprises. A native of Chicago, Illinois and an alumna of Columbia College Chicago, who received a Bachelor's degree in Motion Picture Producing and Cinematography Amberr has produced a number of films to her credits. Soul Ties, C’mon, Into the Woods, The Hustle, Redrum, Blast On, Sunset and Faithless, In addition, Amberr acted as director of Photography for FAITHLESS which was acquired by Bruder Releasing and was available on for one year. Other films in which Amberr served as a cinematographer, director and or producer includes Method (director/producer), J-POW (director of photography), Create and Destroy (director of photography/producer) Gone for Good (producer/cinematographer), Unyielding Ties (director of photography), Tina (cinematographer/producer), Bedtime (cinematographer), Stardom (cinematographer), American Like (cinematographer), Why Me (cinematographer), A Surfer's Life (Documentary) Stepping from Chicago to Miami (Documentary). As of 2014- Amberr has embarked on working on the 4th African Oscars Award show. Amber is in pre- production as well with Jake Steven’s the Last protector, the Jersey 4 and her first stage play as a Producer titled the little black dress. Amberr is excited about her skills in producing thought provoking products and new genre inspired stories and products that continue to allow the independent voice to be heard. The best is yet to come.

Clara Fernaldo Executive Assistant to the CEO
Nollywood Actress and Fashion designer Clara Fernaldo began her career in 2012 as a model and has challenged the prevailing notions of beauty ever since and she has been referred to by the press as one of the most photographed faces in Nollywood USA. She is the sixth of eleven children and was brought up in a middle class family to a father who worked as a fabricator and her mother owns her own business. She goes to attend Norwalk College where she studied business management so she could learn how to manage what eventually became Clara Fernaldo Fashions and Cosmetics. Ever evolving, Clara Fernaldo’s services are always in high demand as she hosts high profile events across the eastern part of the United States. As the Founder and CEO of Clara Fernaldo Fashion and cosmetics, she is always looking for a way to efficiently manage this company which creates cosmetics and clothing designed for women. The soon to be launched cosmetic brand will offers skincare and cosmetics, including Fragrances that will be sold throughout the world including the United States, Canada, UK, France, Africa, and the Caribbean. The corporation is currently looking for high class retail outlets globally to distribute the Clara Fernaldo line of products.

In 2013, Clara Fernaldo Fashions formed a strategic alliance with Nollywood Shops. Under the licensing and distribution agreement, the prestigious brand once again broke convention and will now be available at all Nollywood Shops worldwide come spring of 2016. Clara Fernaldo will also become the first global ambassador of the Nollywood Shops. Nollywood Shops will become the first Merchandising and product placement Company of Nollywood. During the NAFCA at the Legendary Warner Theatre, as one of the official sponsors of the NAFCA Red Carpet, Clara Fernaldo’s products were in the Goodie bags including NAFCA Cufflinks and Key Chains designed NAFCA and Clara Fernaldo Jewelry. Ms Clara Folashade Fernaldo just won the Best Promising Actor for Nollywood & African People’s Choice Awards 2014.
In 2015 Ms. Fernaldo joined the NAFCA team as the executive assistant to the President of NAFCA Dr. Victor Olatoye

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