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Frills, Thrills As Alex Okosi Bows Out Of ViacomCBS

Last night, friends of Alex Okosi, the outgoing Executive Vice President and Managing Director of VCN Africa and BET International celebrated him for his contributions to the Media and Entertainment Industry since he took up the mantle of leadership at Viacom Africa 15 years ago.

The party which was hosted by popular media personality, Tolu ‘Toolz’ Oniru-Demuren and ace comedian Bovi, had in attendance captains of industries across different sectors including Founder Silverbird Group, Ben Murray-Bruce, Nduka Obaigbena, Rita Dominic, D’banj, Toolz, Martin Mabutho and others.

Also in attendance were superstar actresses Rita Dominic, Michelle Dede and Nse Ikpe-Etim; comedians Basketmouth and Bovi, 2Baba, Falz, Tope Oshin, Dr Sid, Flavour, Ice Prince, and more top Nigerian celebrities.

Monde Twala and Craig Paterson who both take on the reins as co-General Managers for ViacomCBS Networks Africa in March as Senior Vice President for Editorial VCN and Senior Vice President VCN, respectively, also joined in the commemorations.

Alex Okosi is a graduate of St Michael’s College, Vermont, where he graduated magna cum laude with a double major in Business Administration and Economics bids ViacomCBS adieu after almost 2 decades at the helm of different roles including BET International at the global company.

 

Tolani Ali, Teni, Falz, Burna Boy Nominated For Future Awards AfricA 201

Burna Boy, Debo Ogundoyin, Teni, Falz The Bahd Guy, Tega Oghenejobo of Mavin Records, Adesola Ade-Unuigbe of BellaNaija, Sharon Ooja, Timini Egbuson, Tolani Alli, Tubobereni of Tubo Woman, Stephen Tayo and others have been nominated for the 2019 edition of The Future Awards Africa (TFAA).

The Central Working Committee (CWC) of the awards released the list of nominees covering twenty-one categories in the 14th edition of Africa’s biggest youth awards holding on 24 November, 2019 at the Balmoral Centre, Federal Palace Hotel, Lagos.

Themed ‘Nigeria’s New Tribe, the nominees represent outstanding young talents, innovators, entrepreneurs and community advocates in various industries who are breaking boundaries. Since its inception, The Future Awards Africa has championed over 2,000 trailblazers between 18 – 31 years across the continent, including Tara Fela-Durotoye, Innocent ‘2Face’ Idibia, Samson Itodo, Mark Angel, Bisola Borha, Bolanle Olukanni, Zainab Balogun, Bayo Omoboriowo, Ikechukwu Oviawe, and many more.

Bukola Adebakin, Chief Operating Officer of The Future Project expressed her excitement about the new nominees and emphasized the importance of recognizing extraordinary young Nigerians in the leadership space who are achieving greatness.

“We are excited to present this list of nominees which were meticulously selected. At TFAA, we recognize and acknowledge young people’s talent and innovations, so introducing the nominees for class of 2019 serves to remind those that celebrate them that the world is watching and whatever you do is worth doing well,” she said.

 

See full list below:

THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE FOR ACTING

Timini Egbuson (32)
Bimbo Ademoye (28)
Bandele ‘Baaj’ Adebule (30)
Sharon Ooja (28)
Fatima Washa Abdullahi (26)
Moshood Fattah (28)

THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE FOR AGRICULTURE

Emmanuel Maduka (24)
Chiamaka Ndukwu Theresa and Kenneth Okonkwo (25/25)
Uka Eje (29)
Divine-Love Akam (24)
Rotimi Olawale (29)

THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE FOR ADVOCACY

Hamzat Lawal (32)
Bright Jaja (29)
Uchechi ‘Ucy’ Rochas (27)
Ifedayo Durosinmi-Etti (30)
Funke Adeoye (27)

THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE FOR ARTS (VISUAL & APPLIED)

Arinze Stanley (26)
Ken Nwadiogbu (25)
Dipo Doherty (28)
Olarinde Olayemi Ayanfeoluwa (22)
Olabanke Subair (28)

THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE FOR COMMUNITY ACTION

Abdulazeez Kaltumi (27)
Yetunde Fadeyi (27)
Kelechukwu Nwachukwu Lucky (25)
Tony Joy (27)
Akpobi Elvis (31)
Isaac Success (28)
Stephen Teru (29)

THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE FOR FILM-MAKING

Kayode Kasum (28)
Dare Olaitan (28)
Chinney Love Eze (31)
Rahama Sadau (26)
Uche Odoh (30)

THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE FOR LITERATURE

Akwaeke Emezi (32)
Ijeoma Umebinyuo (30)
Lanaire Aderemi (20)
Oyinkan Braithwaite (31)
Otosirieze Obi-Young (25)

THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE FOR MEDIA

Peace Itimi (24)
Paul Alasiri (27)
Edirin Edewor (28)
Samuel Ajiboye (28)
Tosin Olaseinde (31)

THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE FOR MUSIC

Teniola Apata (26)
Damini Ebunoluwa ‘Burna Boy’ Ogulu (28)
Folarin ‘Falz’ Falana (29)
John ‘Johnny Drille’ Ighodalo (29)
Sadiq ‘Wurld’ Onifade (32)

THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE FOR PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

Bukky Akomolafe (31)
Adesola Ade-Unuigbe (28)
Yinka Iyinolakan (30)
Onoriode Reginald Aziza (27)
Peter Tega Oghenejobo (32)

THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE FOR OAP (VISUAL & AUDIO)

Osato ‘EDK’ Edokpayi (27)
Huisaina ‘Dashen’ Usman (31)
Mayowa Ogundele – Adegoke (30)
Simi ‘Drey’Adejumo (21)
Sandra Ezekwesili (30)

THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE FOR PUBLIC SERVICE

Adetola Onayemi (28)
Ibijoke Faborede (31)
Moses Onalapo (29)
Dr Achama Eluwa (31)
Fehintola Ajogbasile and Judith Oguzie (27/32)

THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE FOR SPORTS

Al-farouq Aminu (29)
Georgia Oboh (18)
Eseoghene Oguma (21)
Samuel Chukwueze (23)
Israel Adesanya (30)

THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE FOR EDUCATION

Olaseni Cole (32)
Omozino Eguh (28)
Eyitayo Ogunmola (31)
Seyi Oluyole (27)
Farida Kabir (27)

THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE FOR TECHNOLOGY

Chinedu Azodoh/ Adetayo Bamiro (29/32)
Zang Luka Bot (28)
Muhammad Salisu Abdullahi (28)
Timothy Adeleye (25)
Funfere Koroye (29)

THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE FOR FASHION

Andrea Iyamah (26)
Derin Fabikun (29)
Tuboboreni Sandrah (28)
Osemwengie Victor Odion (31)
Kenneth Izedonmwen (29)

THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE FOR BUSINESS

Adekunle Hassan (31)
Obi Ozor (30)
Chika Madubuko (30)
Olawale Ayilara (31)
Tiwalola Olanubi (31)

THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE FOR JOURNALISM

Aisha Salaudeen (25)
Joey Akan (28)
Ayodeji Rotinwa (29)
Shola Lawal (25)
Kiki Mordi (28)

THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

Adah Clarence (30)
Yemi Ajala (31)
Praise Nnemeka (21)
Stephen Tayo (25)
Tolani Alli (27)

Kemi Adetiba, Eku Edewor, Debola Williams Join Adewale Akinnuoye Agbaje For ‘Farming’Screening

-Felix Achunu

Kemi Adetiba, Eku Edewor, Shaffy Bello, Amaechi Okobi, Colette Otusheso, and Adebola Williams were among the personalities present at the exclusive cinema screening of Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s award winning film titled, ‘Farming’.

After appearing in more than 50 productions, including The Bourne Identity, Thor, Suicide Squad, and Game of Thrones, the film represents Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s directorial debut.

‘Farming’, which has won the Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film at the 2019 Edinburgh International Film Festival in June, will  premiere in Nigeria on Friday, 25 October, 2019.

The private screening also had Sharon Ojah, Deyemi Okanlawon, Akah Nnani, Francis Sule, Blossom Chukwujekwu, Osas Ighodaro Ajibade, Omowunmi Onalaja, Ini Dima-Okojie and others in attendance.

Exquisito Boss, Deola Layade Soars With Labyrinth

-Eric Ogaga
‘Things do not happen, things are made to happen’ this popular quote from John F Kennedy has been the guiding light of serial entrepreneur and the Creative Director of Azaria Bespoke Company Limited, Adeola Layade.
The baker, shoe maker and fashion enthusiast added film production to her plate some days ago as she screened her new movie titled LABYRINTH to a number of selected guests at the American Corner, Jericho, Ibadan.
Labyrinth, Layade’s first effort as a movie producer is a short film laced with themes on societal values and daily challenges of family life in Nigeria.
It is a story bordered on infidelity, twists and gripping suspense that has won the commendation of many.
Layade started as one of the leading cake makers in the confectioner business as the CEO of Exquisito Cakes before she started her bespoke shoe making company, Azaria and added acting and film production to her many interests after graduating from the Rare Edge Films Academy where she honed her skills after learning from the best stable of talented teachers in the movie industry.
The actress who has featured in 5 home movies revealed that Labyrinth is made for the festivals and she is confident of the success judging by the hard work being put together by the crew of Director, script writer and others who featured in the movie.
The private screening was attended by actress, Jaiye Kuti, Rare Edge boss, Adeleye Fabusoro, Bookseller’s Olajide Mosunro, IRASA boss, Ayodeji Alayande, Prince Damola Layade, Femi Bucknor Arigbide, Funmi Cole, Damilola Oladehin and many other people from the movie industry.

Silent Rage; 1 Year After Fresh FM Demolition, Ayefele Labels Ajimobi’s Man, Arulogun ‘devil’

The war is not over yet! That exactly was the picture of rage painted by ace musician and broadcaster, Yinka Ayefele in his narrative as he ‘celebrated’ the 1-year memory of the demolition of his multimillion naira ‘music house’ the building that houses his offices and radio station, Fresh FM that was demolished by the ex Governor Ajimobi’s administration in 2018.

 

Ayefele while tracing the genesis of the problem with the government fingered Ajimobi’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy as ‘the man the devil used’ to commit the evil act.

 

A source revealed to papermacheonline that the broadcaster detailed his relayed correspondence with Arulogun who wielded so much influence in Ajimobi’s government and alleged he was the one who misled the governor into demolishing a building which he had earlier confessed to be the pride of the city.

 

‘They whipped up trivial matters to bring down an empire I built with my blood and sweat! Can God ever forgive that?’ Ayefele was quoted to have lamented to a friend while on the phone as he claimed he had placed the wrong doers in the book of history.

 

Toye Arulogun, who is now a partner in a new entertainment investment in Ibadan is said to be undisturbed by Ayefele’s moans as he also lamented to a friend that the musician is just giving wrong information as to what actually transpired.

 

Another source hinted this online portal that Ayefele wouldn’t have agreed to the part where he was asked to apologise to Ajimobi before his decision to rebuild the structure, ‘he never knew the APC would lose the election’, the source confirmed.

 

Ayefele hinted that the new Governor, Seyi Makinde gave him 15 million naira support fund as he was the first prominent person to visit the scene of the demolition and criticised the action.

 

 

Mo Abudu Favours Funke Akindele On New Movie, Your Excellency

EbonyLife Films,  the producer of Fifty, The Wedding PartyThe Wedding Party 2: Destination Dubai and Chief Daddy recently announced the production on its latest feature film, the social-media-driven political comedy, Your Excellency.

To ensure that the new work follows in the footsteps of the previous blockbusters, the company has partnered with award-winning actress and content producer Funke Akindele to direct the film and act in a leading role.

Your Excellency tells the story of a billionaire businessman and failed presidential candidate, who is obsessed with Donald Trump. Just when his campaign looks set to be another disaster, he was anointed by a major party and became a credible contender, all through the power of social media. As the political drama unfolds, it seems possible that even the most inept candidate, with little to offer voters except viral soundbites and amusing antics, can mount a serious challenge for the presidency.
 The Executive Producer, Mo Abudu is feeling excited about the movie’s prospects. “EbonyLife Films is really excited to have Funke Akindele at the helm, directing her first feature. Her knack for telling a good story, her comedic instincts and an incredible work ethic make her the perfect choice for this film. Everyone will be able to relate to the characters and the way in which social media is shaping our lives and the country’s future,” she said.
The cast of Your Excellency is a star-studded ensemble of well-known Nollywood faces, including  Lala Akindoju, Shaffy Bello, Kunle Coker, Ekun Edewor, Alex Ekubo, Oreka Godis, Osas Ighodaro, Mike Iheuwa, Seyi Law, Akin Lewis, Bimbo Manuel, Deyemi Okanlawon, Ini Dima-Okojie, Chioma ‘Chigul’ Omeruah,

OMAWUMI TAKES KENYA

One of Nigeria’s most talented artistes, Omawumi is currently in Kenya promoting her new body of works, ‘In Her Feelings’ which was recently released.

Since her arrival in Kenya, the gifted singer has been a cynosure of all eyes, granting interviews and signing autographs.

During the listening party held for the album on June 15th, 2019 in Lagos, the singer said “the album represents a legacy which was stirred by family, domestic violence, relationships and the society. I am genuinely humbled to have my fans and close friends support me. I hope it contributes to the lives of everyone who listens to it.

The seven tracks album is made up of great tracks such as For My Baby, Mr Sinnerman, Away, True Loving, Tabansi, Green Grass and In Her Feelings.