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Zenith Basketball League Dunks Off April 10 In Abuja

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The 2017 Zenith Bank Basketball League has been scheduled to start on April 10 in Abuja with the financial institution committing N35m to the sponsorship of the competition.

The Deputy Managing Director of the bank, Ebenezer Onyeagwu, on Tuesday at the Zenith Corporate headquarters in Lagos told newsmen that contributing to the development of the basketball game over the years was a delight to the organization.

Onyeagwu said: “We take sports seriously and that is why we have been with basketball for this long period. It is a delight that many of the players have developed to represent Nigeria at international competitions and that is a success story for us.

“There have been testimonies of players discovered through the league who are now playing abroad. This has given us joy that the initiative we started from humble beginning has grown to become a very big league.

“We will continue to support the initiative, we have already signed on for the next three years, for as long as we see the continued professionalism there, we don’t see reason why we will stop the relationship because you don’t stop a winning team. We believe our collaboration is a winning one and our youths have now got commitment and we can only but make it bigger.”

The President of the Nigeria Basketball Federation, Tijani Umar, however thanked the sponsors for having faith in the federation.

“It is not very easy for partnership to be together for so long, I really want to thank Zenith Bank for standing by us for the past 13 years till this moment. I was privileged to be a board member when it all started in 2005 and remarkably, it has been moving from strength to strength.

“In the eight years God has given me the opportunity to lead the board, it has blossomed, and today, I am part of the success story of the Zenith Bank’s sponsorship of the national women basketball league.

When we started, we have five teams competing, but after 13 years, we now have 18 teams competing which shows how far we have gone.”

Oando Topshot’s Wife, Ego Boyo Becomes IWS President

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On Tuesday, 14th of March 2017, the Lagos Preparatory School in Ikoyi, Lagos, the International Women’s Society (IWS) held its 60th Investiture and conferment of Mrs. Ego Boyo as President.

The investiture ceremony which was compered by Jasmine Tukur (IWS Programmes Secretary) and Ifeoma Williams (Image Consultant), celebrated women who are doing extraordinary work and changing lives through a photography series that was displayed around the venue. The event was a “call to arms” to young women to embrace charitable service whilst pursuing their careers.

The new president Mrs. Boyo in her acceptance speech talked about the importance of women, children and youth affairs, “this year, our focus is strengthening existing partnerships with individuals or organisations that have a focus on women, children and youth affairs, as well as building new alliances. Therefore, we are planning to open our event calendar to allow for more meaningful collaborations.” she said.

The crème de la crème of the Nigerian society graced the event, they were; Mr. Mofe Boyo -DGMD Oando and husband of the new president, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo- Alake of Egbaland, Oba Rilwan Aremu Akiolu- Oba of Lagos, Omoba Abiola Dosunmu- The Erelu Kuti of Lagos, Mr. Wale Tinubu- CEO Oando Plc, Mrs. Toyin Saraki- Founder-President of Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA) and wife of the Senate President, Senator Daisy Danjuma, Ms. Mo Abudu- CEO EbonyLife TV, Mrs. Bola Adesola- MD Standard Chartered and chairperson of the event, Dame Abimbola Fashola- Former First Lady Lagos State, Princess Sarah Sosan- Former Deputy Governor Lagos State, Ms. Nike Osinowo- Former Beauty Queen, Mr. Supo Shasore- Former Attorney General, Lagos State, Mr. Asue Ighodalo of Banwo & Ighodalo and Chairman Sterling Bank and his wife Mrs. Ifeyinwa Ighodalo- MD/CEO DOii, Dr Jeff Nnamani- ED Total Fina Elf, Hon Justice C A R Momoh- Former Chief Judge Edo State, Chief Sena Anthony, Chris Ubosi- MD Classic FM & wife Ijeoma Ubosi, Actors Richard Mofe Damijo, Rita Dominic, Susan Peters, Ufuoma McDermott, Kemi ‘Lala’ Akindoju and Eucharia Anunobi, Fashion Designers Lanre DaSilva Ajayi and Deola Sagoe. IWS trustees Chief Mrs. Funke Arthur-Worrey, Mrs. Ekua Abudu, Mrs. Sicily Jacob, Mrs. Amina Ahmadu, Mrs. Sonja Ally as well as past presidents and members.

Other dignitaries included Mrs. Derin Agbaje, Mrs. Nkiru Anumudu, Ms. Grace Osime, Ms. Ruth Osime, Mrs. Adesuwa Onyenokwe and many more.

Fun highlights of the day included performances by Singers Chee who sang a powerful version of “I’m Every Woman” by Whitney Houston and Emma Nyra who performed her new single title “Love Vs Money” and a spoken word performance by Bikiya Graham-Douglas titled “Wait”.

Sahara Boss, Tope Sonubi Celebrates Low Key 50th Birthday

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Sahara Boss, Tope Sonubi Celebrates Low Key 50th Birthday

exactly three months after a principal partner in Sahara Energy, Tonye Cole held Lagos spellbound with a 50th birthday celebration that people are still talking about, another Director of the oil company, Tope Sonubi also lighted up the Lagos scene some days ago as he threw a private party to also celebrate his golden age.

The Banana Island, Lagos home of the Sonubis was the location of the party where guests were thoroughly screened by stern looking security guards who were employed by the celebrant to maintain the private status of the gig.

A source that was present at the pool-party squealed to papermacheonline in a baffled gesture ‘these guys don’t know any recession, you need to see how much they spent’ that gave an insight to what guests witnessed at the party.

The party was handled by comedian, Koffi and planned by Ibidun Ighodalo’s Elizabeth R event management company

written by :Tunde Ayandatope sonubi

Shocking: Ibadan Socialite, Femi Lekuti Dies Two Weeks After Burying Dad

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The Ibadan social circle was shut down on Friday, February 10, 2017 when the news hits the city about the demise of a popular socialite, Femi Lekuti.

The socialite who joined politics and contested for the State’s House of Assembly under the All Nigerian Peoples Party but lost some years ago has reportedly being suffering from an undisclosed ailment which paralyzed some part of his body for some time.

A source that spoke with Papermache disclosed that he was managing the sickness well and even played a major role when he buried his father in Abeokuta two weeks ago before his untimely death.

The socialite who bestrode the country’s party circuit like a colossus in the 90’s was a darling of many. He enjoyed a rare goodwill during his lifetime as the line the King of fuji beats, Wasiu Ayinde dropped for him ‘danku ara wa ni, ijinle pam pam’ still rings in the heart of his many friends and admirers.

A family source hinted that the sickness gripped him in the early hours of Friday, February 10th 2017 and he was first rushed to Oke Ado hospital, Ibadan before he was later transferred to the University College Hospital where he was pronounced BID(Brought-in-Dead).

‘FIFTY’ Grosses N400M

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FIFTY, the Box Office Smash Hit from EbonyLife Films, will this week close its remarkable 4-month cinema run in Nigeria. The much-talked about story of a pivotal week in the lives of four successful African Women in 21st century Lagos has redefined return on investment metrics in the African Film Industry. It is estimated that through various revenue generating streams, the film has grossed over ₦400m.

In partnership with Film One Distribution, FIFTY made nearly ₦100m through Box Office takings alone. Premiere Sponsorship/ Partnerships; Private screenings; a first-of-its-kind deal with Internet streaming provider, Netflix; In-flight Entertainment deals and Video-on-Demand (VOD) are amongst the other revenue streams.

Speaking on FIFTY’s cinema run, Executive Producer, Mo Abudu said “we started our cinema run in early December 2015 and four months later the film continues to resonate with moviegoers across the country. We are extremely proud and it is testament that Nigerians do support their own”.

The movie’s revenue intake leverages on a unique business model not previously explored in the Nigerian Film Industry. This model serves as proof to various stakeholders – producers, directors and investors – an unorthodox promotional mix combined with high quality production yields measurable results.

FIFTY enjoyed tremendous support from The Lagos State Government, The Federal Government, Corporate and Social Nigeria. Industry captains – Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Tony Elumelu, Herbert Wigwe amongst many attended the premiere; Music superstars Banky W & Waje surprised fans with Cinema ‘Meet & Greet’ in Malls across the country.

A ‘Win Big with FIFTY’ promo was run nationwide with audiences walking away with weekly prizes including WAKANOW holidays, SPAR vouchers, Flat screen TVs courtesy of KONGA and more. The Grand Prize of a Brand new Mercedes Benz B-class courtesy Skymit Motors will be presented to a winner in April 2016.

FIFTY has enjoyed rave reviews and international acclaim since it was first screened at The BFI London Film Festival 2015 including BBC, CNN, Vogue, and Essence and other national online and print titles.

The success of FIFTY has spawned a television series, the movie executives announced that they will extend the movie’s success onto the small screen. The TV show will continue the premise that the movie set up – a week in the lives of 4 African Women approaching the golden age of ‘Fifty’. Details of whether the lead characters will reprise their film roles will be revealed in due course. Season 1 of FIFTY: The TV Series is set for production in Q4 2016, writing has already commenced.

D’banj, Oprah Winfrey, Femi Kuti, Melinda Gates, Bono, Yemi Alade, Muhammad Ali, Others join ONE Campaign’s Call for Global Gender Equality

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 In commemoration of this year’s International Women’s Day, influential figures across the world has urged world leaders to act on promises to end extreme poverty faster by investing in girls and women.

Top among the influential figures who have added their voices to the campaign are Oprah Winfrey, Muhammad Ali, D’Banj, Melinda Gates, Femi Kuti, Charlize Theron, Yemi Alade, Bono, and many others. Other numerous influential figures including Selmor Mtukudzi, Vanessa Mdee, Victoria Kimani, Amy Poehler, Danai Gurira, Angelique Kidjo, Shonda Rhimes, Jessie J, Colin Farrell and Robert Redford have also signed ONE’s open letter which shows the incredible strength of feeling across the global community for leaders to step up for girls and women everywhere.

New analysis in ONE’s 2016 Poverty is Sexist report ranks the toughest countries in which to be born a girl, with Republic of Niger topping the list, followed by Somalia and Mali. Compared to their brothers, girls here have less education, lack access to opportunities, such as opening a bank account, and are less likely to get paid work when they grow up. Sixteen of the 20 countries that top the list are found in Africa, making it imperative for African leaders to fast-track efforts in improving women’s development.

Pop star, D’banj said it will be very pleasant if more girls had the chance to grow up to be empowered women, where all women went to school and were not forced into early marriages. “Extreme poverty is choking the potential of generations of young women in the developing world. Poverty is sexist. It hits girls and women harder than it does boys and men, creating a real urgency that world leaders must address. Women need to be better empowered, especially in areas such as agriculture and healthcare, so that they can contribute their best to the development of Nigeria. Women need better access to land, inputs, better maternal healthcare, among others.  That’s why I’m raising my voice and asking others to do the same.”

Grammy Award-Winning Artist and Activist, Angelique Kidjo said “The future of Africa is in the hands of its young women. If they are educated, they will educate their communities. If they are healthy, they will ensure others grow up healthy. If they are empowered, they will change the world. We can break the cycle of poverty, but we have to invest in girls and women to do it.”

Popular singer, Yemi Alade also added her voice and gave reasons why she is supporting the campaign. “We live in a world where women and girls are most disadvantaged by extreme poverty – on a continent where women and girls are particularly marginalised – socially, economically and legally. Every day, in every corner of the world, they are stopped from reaching their full potential. That is why I was part of ONE’s Strong Girl campaign and that is why I continue to join other leaders to raise my voice today.”

Nachilala Nkombo, Acting Executive Director of ONE Africa said “ONE’s Poverty is Sexist report shows that the 20 toughest places to be born a girl are also among the poorest places on the planet. Until leaders tackle the injustices that pervade the lives of girls and women and invest in fighting poverty, half of the world’s resources will remain untapped and social and economic progress for everyone will be constrained”.

The ONE Campaign’s Poverty is Sexist report calls for policies that ensure legal equality for all and increased access to safe and reliable energy, which will particularly benefit girls and women. There must also be concerted efforts to connect everyone to the internet and further ensure that governments, businesses and civil society open up their own data so the public are able to see and account for progress towards achieving the Global Goals indicators.

‘FIFTY’ Marks 2016 International Women’s Day

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To mark the 2016 International Women’s day, EbonyLife Films on the 8th of March 2016 hosted about 200 women to a special private champagne screening of the record smashing blockbuster FIFTY at the Genesis Deluxe Cinemas in The Palms shopping mall Lekki, Lagos.

‘It is international women’s day and I thought it would be nice to extend a gesture to women everywhere of all ages and background and treat them to a private screening of our movie FIFTY. This is also a girl’s night out that will have champagne, popcorn and special cupcakes served all in a bid to celebrate women as we all have a story worth celebrating. It promises to be so much fun’, Mo Abudu, Founder of EbonyLife Films and Executive producer of ‘FIFTY’ says.

The movie has been described as Mo Abudu’s quest to showcase African women coming of age, loaded with increasingly similar aspirations and dilemmas faced by their contemporaries everywhere, while yet navigating unresolved traditions and obligations.

The star-studded special screening had in attendance a special blend of movie and music personalities, captains of industry and socialites including leading characters from the movie Ireti Doyle, Dakore Egbuson-Akande, Omoni Oboli, Nse Ikpe Etim, Kemi ‘Lala’ Akindoju and Uzor Osimkpa who were presented with bouquets of flowers in celebration of their roles. Also present were  Music sensations Omawunmi and Ruby Gyang, Mosun Ogunbanjo, Hollywood actress Kehinde Bankole and ‘woman’ of the moment Olajumoke Orisaguna amongst many others.

The women who worked behind the scenes of the movie FIFTY were not left out of the celebration as they were each presented with a gift by Mo Abudu.