The awards, first presented in 2011 at the RTP Sheraton Imperial Hotel in Durham North Carolina, are overseen by the Nollywood Film Critics USA. The NAFCA Special Honors were presented for the first time in 2011 to President Nelson Mandela. Recipients of this award in subsequent years include His Imperial Majesty Kabiyesi Alaiyeluwa Oba Okunade Sijuwade Olubuse II The Ooni of Ife, President Paul Biya, President Yahya Jammeh of The Gambia, Honorable Ama Muna Tutu the Cameroon minister of Arts and Culture, Dr. Folorunsho Alakija, Oscars’ award winner Louis Gossett Jr., Hollywood actors Glynn Thurman and Keith David among others.

In 2014 The NAFCA and The NAFCA Honors were held at the legendary Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills thus becoming the first African film and honorary awards to be held in the film capital of the world-Hollywood.

The NAFCA and The NAFCA Honors are presented yearly during the second weekend in September. The NAFCA is designed to globally promote African Cinema and culture. The prestigious NAFCA and The NAFCA Honors are awards of merit and are considered the highest African film and honorary awards. The 5th NAFCA and The NAFCA Honors 2015 awards will be held at the historic Orpheum Theatre of Los Angeles, California USA on the 12th of September.