Celebrated Sierra Leonean musician, filmmaker, producer, and entertainer, popularly known as the “Godfather of Sierra Leone music Jimmy Bangura, popularly known as Jimmy B, has become one of the latest recipients of the ZAFAA Global Appreciation Awards 2022 at the New Nollywood Entertainment Studios, Crown Commercial Center in London.
Speaking after receiving the Awards, Jimmy wrote on one of his social media handles saying: “Last night in London, I was honored with the ZAFAA global award as a film Producer/Director from Serra Leone.
With great humility I accepted the award and dedicated it to the Entertainment Industry and the beautiful people of the most beautiful country on planet earth, Sierra Leone.
Regardless of Tribal, Regional or Political affiliation, we are all Sierra Leoneans and we each have a role to play in changing the narrative….we have but one Salone…”
Born in Sierra Leonean, Jimmy Bangura, is a Sierra Leonean musician, filmmaker, producer, and entertainer. He has been called the “Godfather of Sierra Leone music
Jimmy B acted in Eddie Murphy’s 1988′ romantic comedy “Coming to America” before moving to South Africa, setting up a music studio there, and achieving success as a musician. After the end of the Sierra Leone Civil War in 2002, Jimmy B facilitated the release of several hip-hop albums and compilations from Paradise Studio.
In 2014, Bangura privately funded Ebola 4 Go, a video educating people about Ebola. He has presented “The Jimmy B Show”, a radio show on Freetown’s AiRadio which specializes in Sierra Leonean music.
In 2019 his teenage son drowned in the United States.
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The African Film Festival and Academy Awards also known as ZAFAA Global Awards is a highly regarded film event in the UK.
It promotes African movies and entertainment industry makers to the outside world and it is the biggest African Film Festival ever that attracts crème de la crème of African International stars outside of Africa, to meet and socially meet-one-on-one, deliberate, and network during the event.