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Thursday, May 21, 2009

African China weds … Obey Etuk gets baby boy

Pic-African China

Whao! Good things are daily happening in the nation’s entertainment scene, despite the heavy lull currently being experienced in the sector. Chinagorom Onuoha popularly known as Africa China, is finally hooked, after several years of a rollicking bachelor’s life. Elated China, exclusively told us that one lucky Mariam, from Nassarawa State, has finally won his heart, body and soul. They recently had their registry wedding at the Abuja Municipal Council (AMAC), with few family members and friends in attendance. The newly wed began their whirlwind romance over six years ago. Their traditional wedding holds next year, and in the words of China: “ immediately after child birth,” meaning that she has already embarked on a nine-month course of bringing forth an heir to the China’s dynasty. We would definitely keep you informed as event unfolds.
Meanwhile, in a related development, curvy actress Obey Etuk, unknown to many, especially her colleagues and teeming fans, is now married and recently delivered a bouncing baby boy. Etuk’s bundle of joy arrived on Tuesday, May 12, 2009, and mother and child are said to be doing wonderfully well.
The actress, who used to live in Surulere, has now relocated to Okota, where she now resides with her European based hubby, who is also an international businessman from one of the Eastern States.

Ayo Fayose unwinds @ O’Jez

Few weeks after losing gallantly in his battle to deliver Ekiti State to Kayode Fayemi and the Action Congress, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, the ex governor of the troubled State, is back and grooving again in the centre of excellence.
The controversial politician visited popular hangout, O’Jez, inside the national stadium, Surulere, penultimate weekend with his entourage and three gun-totting mobile policemen.
Fayose, who thoroughly enjoyed himself while at the celebrity joint, was warmly received and hosted by the management of the hospitality outfit, at his usual VIP corner.
In fact, Fayose caused a scene, when he affectionately hugged one of the Chinese female managers, for over a minute at the entrance of the upper lounge.
He also exchanged pleasantries with some of his admirers and few Nollywood stars in the house before leaving.
It would be recalled that O’Jez hosted Fayose to a lavish reception sometime last year, as one of its patrons. The event was well attended by several Nollywood stars and dignitaries. He was also presented with gifts by the honcho of the outfit, Mr. Joseph Odobeatu, at the colourful gathering. The recent visit was his first, since the Ekiti political crisis started, but surprisingly, he did not come with any “handbag”, unlike his previous visits...

Stars, celebs spice up Okoroji’s book launch

Pic-Okoroji, left

For his immense contributions to the growth of the Nigerian entertainment landscape, especially the music industry, where he once led PMAN, its umbrella body, several stars and celebrities stormed the launching of Tony Okoroji’s book, Copyright, Neighbouring Rights & the New Millionaires, thus adding panache to the gathering. The launch was no doubt a fashion show, a beauty pageant, a music concert, and an intellectual property seminar and more, all rolled into one. It was indeed an entertainment industry carnival. The stars came from every corner, young and old, and sparkled in their resplendent attires as they walked the bright red carpet stylishly laid at the entrance of the institute’s main auditorium by Okoroji’s TOPS Ltd. Among the many Nollywood queens that graced the event were: Stella Damasus Nzeribe, Omotola Jelade Ekehinde, Kate Henshaw Nuttal, Eucharia Anunobi, Stephnora Falana and Portia Yamahan.. Their male counterparts were also
not left out of the party. Several leading comedians also sparkled at the event. Within the music industry, musical legends such as Sir Victor Uwaifo, Christy Essien Igbokwe, Onyeka Onwenu, Ras Kimono, Laolu Akins, Adewale Ayuba also arrived in style with lots of the younger generation of stars, also in attendance. Even the hitherto warring sides in PMAN seemed to have called a truce in order to honour Chief Tony Okoroji. Both Tee Mac Iseli and Admiral Dele Abiodun were there in their party best and each of them came with a large retinue of supporters. Niteshift Governor, Ken Calebs Olumese was also present. The guru’s and best brains of the intellectual property community were also there in full force. Also present were many top city lawyers such as Mr. Toyin Subair, Chairman and CEO of the fast growing HITV satellite TV network. Computer guru and chairman of Zinox Technologies, Chief Leo-Stan Eke who was chairman of the Red Carpet Launch,
held the audience spellbound as he recounted his personal experiences in Nigeria. Chief Eke concluded that Intellectual property is the future of the Nigerian economy and provides the greatest assurance that the son of the poor in Nigeria will become rich without stealing. He commended Chief Okoroji, whom he described as a man of style, for the groundbreaking book. Former information Minister, Prince Tony Momoh who presented the book amidst lots of fanfare said that the book could not have come at a better time. He said that he was not surprised at the quality of the book, as he had identified Tony Okoroji’s promise and ‘stubbornness’ from when Okoroji was 17 years old. He recommended that the book be used as text material in institutions of higher learning across the country. Both Mr. Emeka Mba, Director-General of the National Film & Video Censors Board and Mr. Saemund Fiskvik, a member of the Board of Norcode, the Norwegian Copyright
Development Association pleaded with the country to do more to protect intellectual property rights. The audience which included the likes of former Aviation Minister AVM Anthony Okpere , former Presidential Adviser, Senator Florence Ita Giwa, Sir Polly Chuma Ubechu, CEO of Cenoux Logistics, Okoroji’s wife, Queen and members of his family, was treated to first class entertainment by choice performers like Yinka Davies and Dizzy K. Falola who flew in from London to pay respect to the man who as he told the audience, housed him for three years and turned him into a success after his family had sent him away from home because of his decision to play music. Comperes, Iretiola Doyle and Etoma Edu, masterfully conducted the event. The stars were later treated to mouth-watering cocktails at the foyer of the NIIA. At the end of the day, one thing was made clear: Tony Okoroji remains one of Nigeria ’s greatest crowd pullers.

Banky W, DJ Zeez others spice up ETISALAT’s Easy Cliq outing

Pic-Banky W

Rave Hip-Hop acts like: Banky W, DJ Zeez and a few others were among those that thrilled and entertained guests recently when Etisalat, Nigeria’s hippest and most innovative telecommunications company, unveiled “Easy Cliq”, its exciting new package designed specifically for young people, at the Planet One Event Centre, Lagos. The new package includes innovative and exciting features like Unlimited SMS, Free Midnight Calls, Bonus on Incoming calls, Facebook update service by SMS, Free MMS, Free data downloads, One Cliq-One Tune, Cliq Ring Back Tune and Talk’n’Share. These features and freebies are bound to excite young people and help them shine in their various cliques and communities of interest. The Easy Cliq package comes as a pack of four individual SIM cards, which are bundled, together and numbered sequentially to give members of a clique or group easy identification for each other when they use it.
Speaking at the fun filled event, the Chief Executive Officer, Etisalat Nigeria, Steven Evans, explained that Easy Cliq was tailored specifically to meet the needs and desires of the average Nigerian youth who values his friends, desires to constantly stay in touch with them and also desires to be on top of happenings in his funky world. “This product is further demonstration of our unflinching commitment to the needs of the Nigerian youth and their demand for innovative yet cost saving products and services. We have loaded Easy Cliq with these features and services that are sure to excite subscribers in the youth segment”, Evans said.
Explaining further the details of the new product, Wael Ammar, the Chief Marketing Officer, Etisalat, said that Easy Cliq offers Nigerian youths an opportunity to express themselves in many exciting ways.
Wael provided detailed information on each of the innovative elements that make up each of the features available on the specially designed youth package. “With Unlimited SMS from Etisalat, the subscriber gets a bonus SMS for every billed SMS. This means that each time a subscriber sends a text or SMS, they get free SMS that they can send to any of their friends on easy cliq. Young people on our network can also make Free Midnight Calls everyday between 12.30am and 4.30am as long as they have recharged with a minimum of N100 within the week.
“With easy cliq, subscribers are automatically rewarded with free airtime for calls received from other networks as well as from Etisalat lines that are not on Easy Cliq under the package tagged Bonus on Incoming Calls feature. Subscribers will get 1 minute of free airtime for every 5 minutes of call received from outside the community. Any bonus minutes can then be used to call members of the Easy Cliq community.
“Also, consumers can take advantage of the 10 free MMS they stand to gain every month as long as they have used with a minimum of N500 during the month. The one cliq, one tune feature allows the easy cliq subscriber to check and confirm if their friend’s number is on Easy Cliq,” Wael explained extensively. Another innovative feature of Easy Cliq is that the receiver of a call can agree to share the cost of the call initiated to them with Talk ‘n’ Share. In this case, both the caller and the receiver split the call costs 50/50.”
With the launch of Easy Cliq, Etisalat now has two riveting products in the Nigerian market. The Easy Starter package, launched in October 2008, boasts of unique features such as Homezone, Receiver Pays, Missed Call Notification, Recharge others and SIM Toolkit. The event climaxed with musical performances from the duo of Banky W, Etisalast’s brand ambassador and DJ Zeez, as well as some bike stunts and lighthearted comedy.

Queenikky dazzles the catwalk scene

No doubt, the name Nini Queen Onu Lott, might not ring a bell, but that of Queenikky international modeling agency, where the leggy Miss Lott, holds forte surely does. Lott’s undying passion for the showbiz terrain led her into the modeling world, from where she began to organize shows. Today, she does not only organize shows for corporate clients, but also manages models for business developments. With a clientele base that cuts across Nigeria and some African countries, the catwalk queen is also into calendars modeling, billboards, TVC and corporate ushering. Her dream is for Nigerian models to be treated with respect, dignity and integrity. She also looks forward to the day Nigerian models would work and earn good wages like their counterparts in the western world. “Our ultimate goal at Queenikky is to continually provide professional services to our clients. We also crave for a situation where those from both the public and private sectors would
always encourage and support models and the industry, because its an industry with huge potentials. Another of our aim is to build a modeling school soon, thus becoming consultants to affiliated bodies globally”, said the international cat walker. She further called on up and coming models to be hard working, disciplined and focused, adding that they should always put God first in whatever they do, if they truly want to succeed in life.

Stephanie Okereke receives US award

The flag of Nollywood, arguably the pride of Africa and darling of Nigerian movie buffs, was further hoisted higher recently when leading actress Stephanie Okereke was honoured with the African Jewel Award at the 6th annual African Goodwill Awards, US. Okereke received the plaque for her positive representation of Africanwomen through her inspiring works and evolving movie career. Celebrities including the legendary singer Chaka Khan, actor Isaiah Washington, comedian and actress M’onique, iconic soloist Hope Foye, apostle Frederick Price and Dr. Deborah Hyde, all attended the colourful event.It would be recalled that delectable Okereke came into the Nollywood scene in 1997 as a student of the University of Calabar. Aftergraduating, her thirst for an acting career propelled her into Nollywood fulltime. She made her mark with themovie Emotional Crack, which premiered at the African Film festival in April 2004. With over 90 films to her name, Okereke is continually building her brand in the movie industry. A recent graduate of the New York Film Academy,she has also expanded her title to include that of a director, producer and a writer with the introduction of her latest movie:Through the Glass. It premiered at the Silver Screen Theatre of the Pacific Design Centre on October 18,2008, in Hollywood, California amid glitz and razzmatazz. Constantly setting her eyes on Hollywood and the global film stage, Okereke is truly a Nollywood heroine.The African Goodwill Awards ceremony celebrates the greatest quality of mankind and the inherent human spirit of giving. The event showcases the challenges and accomplishments of these men and women whose commitment ingreat measure have given hope to the poor in Africa, the Caribbean and American inner cities.The event also celebrates achievements in community service.Okereke’s international recognition is only the beginning of her goals for her brand, her passions and her country.

Nollywood stars remember Marley @ O’Jez

Pic- Bob Marley, Raggae icon

Leading hangout, O’ Jez Entertainment Centre, Surulere, Lagos came alive penultimate Sunday evening when several Nollywood stars and musicians gathered to celebrate late Reggae icon, Bob Marley. The well-attended occasion was the commemoration of the 28th anniversary of the death of the legend, from Jamaica. Put together by O’Jez Music, the evening climaxed when the Mamuzee brothers teamed up with rising Reggae apostle, Jahcub to thrill the grand gathering. As they rendered several hit numbers from the various works of the legend, the capacity filled hall kept cheering and rocking alongside the band. The groove reached a feverish pitch, when some top actors in the house happily marched to stage and displayed their dancing skills, to the admiration of their fans.

Top actor, Charles Awurum raps EFCC

Eastern Nigerian based top actor, Charles Awurum will be hitting shelves soon with his debut album. Entitled EFCC (Every Face Commits Crime), the thespian turned crooner, disclosed that the hilarious work, is basically a musical satire on our society and also raises moral questions on corruption, polygamy, love, religion and other social problems bedeviling the society.
EFCC, is a seven tracker, comprising five vocals and two instrumentals. It features stars like: John Okafor, Sam Loco Efe, Victor Osuagwu, Mamuzee, Dauda and Ugo Stevenson. The album also has Angela Ephraim as the lead female vocalist.
Continuing, Awurum, who is also the chairman of Conference of Imo State actors, said EFCC, is part of his contributions towards the re-branding of Nigeria. “It will go a long way in sanitizing our people’s mind towards a better Nigeria, we support the minister of Information, Prof. Dora Akunyili on her move to re-brand Nigeria.”
The video of EFCC was jointly directed by Zion .O. Nwaigwe and Awurum. It is being marketed nationwide by Magic Lens pictures and distributed by Ehbbiy Ventures. The act hopes to embark on a nationwide tour soon, to further promote the work.


In the spirit of moving the nation’s motion picture industry forward and further promoting the joint initiative between the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) and Lagos State Film and Video Censors Board (LSFVCB), an hour mock raid on hawkers of pirated and pornographic film materials was recently conducted in the Ikeja, Lagos metropolis amid applause.
The Executive secretary of LSFVCB, Otunba Dayo Awobotu who made the disclosure at a recent briefing organized by both regulatory bodies, said all culprits would be made to face prosecution, adding that they have resolved to reduce piracy, which is the biggest problem plaguing the film industry in Lagos State and by extension, Nigeria, to its barest minimum.

Pic- Mba

Also speaking, Mr. Obiora Chukwumba, SA to the DG of the NFVCB, Mr. Emeka Mba, while commending the Lagos State government for their cooperation, stated that the Board’s involvement in the collaboration with Lagos State was borne out of their belief in the idea that government at every level have to work together and share responsibilities.
He said the newly introduced Classification Label by the Board would play a vital role in fighting piracy as every legitimate work is expected to carry the seal.
To ensure the successful operation of the collaboration between the two agencies, two committees, the supervisory and implementation committees with members equally drawn from both organizations have been set up to be in charge of monitoring and enforcement.
Otunba Awobotu, who disclosed this also said that the Lagos State government has the intention to introduce the issue of filming license in the state, which is a practice obtainable all over the world, stressing that it is wrong for filmmakers to go to any state in the world and start shooting without first obtaining a license.
It would be recalled that both agencies had last year signed an MOU to jointly regulate the film industry in Lagos State.

Lurrenzinc.Com woos Nollywood, entertainers

Just like Face Book, My Space, Twitter, YouTube and the rest of them,, a new and fast growing social and interactive site is poised to woo Nollywood practitioners and all those operating within and outside the nation’s entertainment landscape.
Owned and managed globally by Nigerian born Swedish based Lawrence Onuzulike, the site is currently the toast of most Nigerian entertainers and celebrities.
Elaborating more on why the site was set up as well as the multi-services it renders, youthful Onuzulike, who is also a musician, author and activist, said it was set up to meet the interactive and social needs of Nigerians and Africans, especially those in the Diaspora.

Pic- Lurrenz, musician

“On, you are sure of meeting thousands of beautiful African women and men. You are also sure of finding and chatting with old friends, schoolmates and work colleagues, you can also promote your music, photos, videos, talents, events, birthdays, businesses, books, comedy, modeling jobs and more. We want Nigerians to take advantage of this new site, especially those in the entertainment world, and give themselves global coverage and recognition”.
Though, based in Sweden, the site also operates from Nigeria and other parts of the globe.

Adaora Ukoh returns…Chioma Toplis bereaved

Pic-Chioma Toplis

We cannot dispute the fact that fast rising actress and TV presenter Adaora Ukoh, is definitely having a blast and enjoying life to the hilt in recent times.
Few days after celebrating her birthday with pals and colleagues, she jetted out to the UK, her first major trip outside our continent.
She recently breezed back to base, after spending two weeks in Gordon Brown’s country, grooving, relaxing and networking for the next level.

Pic-Adaorah Ukoh

Info at our disposal has it that the busty and single lady is currently busy lensing and interviewing some female achievers, for her forthcoming programme on TV, Diva’s Dynasty. Another bird also squealed to us that the law graduate turned thespian, now lives in Lekki.
While Ukoh is rejoicing, another of her colleague, Chioma Toplis, is sad and mourning. Gathered that the London based actress married to a Briton, recently lost her father-in-law to the evil hands of death. According to her, Mr. Jack Toplis, died recently after a brief illness. He will be buried this weekend in Derby County, his birthplace.

Kids set for HITV’s Children’s Day gig

Children whose parents and guardians are subscribers to HiTV, Nigeria’s leading Satellite Company will on May 27, globally known as Children’s Day, be treated and pampered to a lavish bash, by the management of the Toyin Subair’s led cable TV station,

Specially billed to hold at the All Season’s Plaza, Agidingbi, Ikeja, Lagos, HiTV in collaboration with Tastee Fried Chicken, Ribena and Mimee Noodles will treat the kids to a bash “never experienced before”, as revealed in a statement signed by HiTV’s Public Relations Manager, Mr. Justin Akpovi-Esade.
Participation in the coming party, the statement further read, is simple. “All the kid need to do is simply send an SMS stating his name, his favourite kiddies programme on HiTV and smart card number to 080 333 75 333. The first 300 entries get invited to the party, which begins at 10am.”
HiTV, since the beginning of the year has embarked on a series of reward initiatives for its subscribers. It had so far given out four Geely CK II cars to four of its lucky subscribers in its monthly draws. This reward package that was unveiled at the second anniversary of HiTV by its Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Toyin Subair, will run through June.
Hard working HiTV dealers are not left out of the largesse as aside winning several mouth-watering prizes at the anniversary ceremony; a top dealer will drive home a Hilux Van in some couple of weeks. “This is now the season for the kids and HiTV is using this coming party to say thank you to kids that have stayed loyal to our wonderful kiddies’ channels on HiTV platform. There will be lots of music, dance and a surprise for all on that day,” submitted.

Spider crew back on location

Pic-Femi Branch, one of the actors in the Soap

In a bid to further raise the quality of its production and add more value to the content it dishes out to viewers, the cast and crew of Spider, one of the most exciting and leading soaps on air, has gone back on location for more riveting episodes.
Confirming the good news, Mrs. Ariyike Oladipo, the producer/financier of the big budget soap, disclosed that they are currently on locations within the Lagos metropolis lensing more episodes of the rave soap. “ We decided to hit locations again to shoot more exciting episodes for our teeming viewers. These new episodes, I can assure you would definitely change the face of home entertainment for the whole family. She further added that her outfit, Apreel Venture, is committed to churning out quality productions, which can compete favourably anywhere in the world.
Oladipo, who is also the producer of award winning Dear Mother, revealed that the new episodes would be on air soon on AIT Network as well as other stations. “We also have the intention of hooking up with some leading cable TV stations soon, because our vision is to air spider globally.”
Some of the leading names in the didactic soap are: Akin Lewis, Maimuna Yahaya, Ronnie Dikko, Femi Branch, Jaiye Kuti, Dare Fasasi and several others.
In the words of Mrs. Yahaya, one of the major acts, Spider is a drama with a difference.

More accolades as Wedding Magazine debuts

No doubt that the mere fact that life after a wedding deserves attention just as important as the wedding itself has given rise to a new publication, Beyond Wedding magazine, which was launched recently in Lagos. The magazine is a bi-monthly from the stable of PR Impekable, which also publishes the Wedding Planner.
At the unveiling in Lagos, Mrs Dupe Adeniran, its editor-in-chief, said Beyond Wedding started out as a column in Wedding Planner with articles from her husband, Taiwo. “The feedback we got from readers encouraged us to dedicate more pages of the magazine to beyond wedding issues. Columns such as True Womanhood, Recipes, Relationships and Fruitful Womb later emerged from Staff Writers and Contributors.
“We believe that life after wedding deserves attention, and as such we continued with our life-after-wedding articles which have today evolved to become a magazine of its own,” she said.
Adeniran believes that the magazine will not only enlighten couples but will also instruct them on how to live a happy and fulfilling marital life. “Our research shows that newly-wedded couples go through immense challenges to cope with their new status and we saw this as our responsibility to instruct and enlighten them on living successfully and happily in a marriage.”
She explains further “Beyond Wedding highlights how to make a marriage work a day, a week, a month, a year and many more years after the wedding day. It’s about your first meal, first fight, first pregnancy, first baby, etc. Our objective is to settle the newly weds in their new homes and help nurture old marriages too.”
The maiden edition of the magazine features sections on managing the home front, parenting, relationships, style, true womanhood, birth stories, recipes, and lots more, “We intend to add more diverse columns on how to make a marriage work in subsequent editions, which will be supported by TV programmes, seminars and lots of other packages,” Adeniran promised. Meanwhile, since its debut, the magazine has received several accolades and commendations from within and outside our shores.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

MTN Fame Academy season 2 kicks off

Pic-Inyanya, winner last edition

In line with its promise of bringing music closer to the people, especially youths, the MTN XtraCool, which is also the youth brand of the MTN Nigeria, has further reinforced its ownership of music in Nigeria and the West African sub-region with the recent launch of the second edition of its music reality TV show, Project Fame West Africa. The classy launch held at the Planet One Entertainment, Lagos. According to the Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer, MTN Nigeria, Mr Bola Akingbade, the telecom company is bringing it to the teeming Nigerian youth population and television viewers nationwide to meet their passion, while providing an opportunity for total family entertainment and a chance to discover and nurture youthful talents. Akingbade further posited thus: “Music correctly taps into the passion points of youths since it is a common means of self expression gratification, hence the need to provide a world class cutting edge music programme that meets the needs and aspirations of this dynamic segment. This is in accordance with our stand to provide innovative products and services that suits the individuality of our subscribers.” Unlike similar programmes, MTN Project Fame West Africa has a transformative impact on the selected youths. The reality element of the programme gives it an addictive viewing edge, with fair voting opportunity. It also boasts of world-class production standards from Endemol and Ultima. The programme, which is currently enjoyed in over 15 nations, presents huge opportunities to harness the abundant musical talents in the country. All students selected for the Project Fame Academy must be able to play musical instruments, write their own songs and perform, and are giving room to showcase different genres and styles of performances. In the academy where they are housed until voted out, they are trained by leading music experts. At the end of the show, a winner and two runners up will emerge. It would be recalled that the inaugural edition of MTN Project Fame West Africa produced Inyanya Mbuk, from Cross River State as the winner. He won a brand new Toyota RAV 4 and N2.5 million cash prize. Inyanya has since launched a successful music career with his two singles enjoying the best of airplay within and outside the country. Ghana’s Nii Ankra, the first runner, won a brand new Toyota Corolla and N2 million. Praise Adejo and Annette Cookey both of Nigeria went home a 2008 model Toyota Yaris plus N1.5 million, and N1 million as second and third runners-up respectively.

Play Vibez Africa goes on air

Blue Screen production, a renowned radio and TV outfit based in Nigeria, in its untiring efforts to discover, promote and celebrate Nigeria and Africa’s most talented entertainment icons as well as the up and coming ones, has concluded plans to berth with Play Vibez Africa, on air.The 30-minute weekly programme, according to youthful Peter Atigogo, its producer/ presenter, is primarily out to showcase highly entertaining events, inform and also educate its teeming viewers about their favourite celebrities.“Its an in depth show with uniqueness and style that will on a weekly basis lead viewers into the brilliant achievement/life style of Nigerian and African entertainment icons, celebrity events, fashion and tourism. While doing the above, it would also seek to encourage hard work and dignity of labour among the youths. Play Vibez, will also feature musical videos, celebrity news and tit-bits about the industry as well as personalities”.Speaking further, Mr. Atigogo, disclosed that the programme, which is set to hit the airwaves in a fortnight, comes in five segments. They include: the up-close-personal/celebrity interviews, under grounding /up and coming artistes interviews, events/top celebrity events, hang-outs/club, fun spots, sight and sound/tourism and hospitality.Play Vibez, in the words of Atigogo and his team, would be aired on 35 local TV stations and five cable stations on five continents, when fully operational. “Our dream is to make this programme a multinational brand with a viewership that cuts across a spectrum of several millions of people, including the young at heart and the family, which is the driving force of every society. We are also calling on corporate bodies to buy into this laudable initiative.”

Ugo Emezue shines @ TVC

Since 1992, when easy going Ugo Emezue graduated from the English and Literature department of the Abia State University, he has not stopped dazzling the media world. Emezue who started his journalism career with Galaxy TV, Ibadan, Oyo State before moving over to DBN Lagos and later Abuja, as the station’s head of news / bureau Chief, at a very tender age, no doubt had seen it all in the saturated industry.After single-handedly bringing verve and vim to the station, always-on-the move Emezue eventually left DBN for STV, where he also rose to the position of head of news, within a short stint with the media outfit. He successfully capped his stay at the station when he became the presenter of the popular and flagship political programme, Head-to-Head, as well as a member of their editorial board. Emezue, who was among the few Nigerian journalists that covered the last US presidential elections, is now with TVC, where he heads their Current Affairs Desk and also presents Fireworks, a wave-making political programme, every Thursday night, to the delight of his teeming viewers and fans.In fact, the joke in town is that having traversed the major electronic media houses in Nigeria, Emezue, might soon be jetting out to further horn his media skills with either the CNN or Sky News. Time will surely tell.

Kate Effiong, Efret Moses find missing ribs

Pic-Effret Moses and wife

This definitely cheering news for their teeming fans as well as family members too. Amiable Nollywood actress Kate Effiong finally found her missing rib in dandy Wale Okunnu, and they together walked down the aisle, ala the traditional way on May 1, 2009 in Lagos.The reception was well attended by Effiong’s pals within and outside Nollywood. The date for the white wedding, according to the newest couple in town, would soon be made public.Interestingly too, while Effiong and her Romeo, are already enjoying their honeymoon, bad boy actor and leading model, Moses Efret, is also hooked.
According to a reliable insider, Emma, a Cameroonian, is the lucky lady that has finally captured the heart and soul of Mr. Efret. The solemnization of the union held at the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Household of Faith Parish, Aguda, Surulere, Lagos, while reception follows immediately at the Union Bank Sports Complex, in the same vicinity.

PR Impekable woos Nollywood singles

After successfully hosting the maiden edition of the Wedding Exhibitions, Show and Awards Night in 2008, PR Impekable, publishers of the wedding planner magazine, is poised for another milestone outing this 2009.Tagged: Nigeria/International Wedding Week, Gala and Awards Nite, the grand gathering is expected to hold elaborately between the months of September and October, at a yet-to-be-fixed posh venue.In the words of the organizers, they would be reaching out to several spinsters and bachelors in Nollywood, for the event. “Just like last year’s event, we also intend using the coming event to bring together hopeful brides and grooms, parents and all service providers in the industry. Through this kind of laudable initiatives from Shades of Green, our planning outfit, we have been able to provide world class ideas and solutions for the industry, thus making wedding plans very easy”.Meanwhile, Beyond Wedding magazine, the latest addition from the stable of PR Impekable, is already making waves on the newsstands as well as enjoying rave reviews.According to Duupe Adeniran, its Editor-in-Chief, it was designed to help nurture new marriages and sustain growing ones.She added that they would soon be coming out with a TV programme, seminars and lots of other wedding oriented packages, mostly for celebrities.The bi-monthly magazine is a complete guide for wedding plans, and has published 21 editions, since inception four years ago.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Encomium’s black and white ball rules Lagos

Fashola’s Lagos literally stood still penultimate Sunday evening when Encomium, the magazine and awards company hosted its long awaited Black and White Ball, amid grandeur and pizzazz.
Held at the spacious and upscale KFA events place Lekki, the high-octane soiree, was well attended by dignitaries from all walks of life.
The grand gathering, which had victuals flowing from all corners of the well-decorated hall eventually climaxed with the presentation of the 900-page, three part, all gloss, feel good compendia dubbed: a decade of encomium.
The presentations were separately done by the duo of Ogun State Governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel and Mrs. Abimbola Fashola, the amiable wife of the Lagos State Governor, who was unavoidably absent.
In line with the organizers promise, glittering Limos were also positioned at strategic places to ferry distinguished guests, stars and celebrities to the red carpet session for photo calls and cocktails.
Live music, was of course supplied by singing couple, Tunde and Wunmi Obe (TWO), who enthralled the guests with tunes from both the old and new schools. Julius Agwu later came on stage to thrill with some ribs cracking jokes. Femi Segun anchored the event.

Jedi set for D’G’s Pikin

Self- acclaimed Well- Fed-Comedian of the Federal Republic; Jedi is poised to dazzle Nigerians, especially his teeming fans in a hilarious show tagged: Jedi live in D’G’s Pikin.
According to the act and his team at Musicom Entertainment, its going to be a two-in-one event that would feature his album premiere as well as comedy performance. Other entertainers billed to mesmerize alongside Jedi on the D-day include: Nomoreloss, M.I., Jafextra, Eldee, Sound Sultan and 9ice. Others coming on board are: Dekunle Fuji, Mike Aremu, Kenny Saint Brown, Tosin Martins and Bouqui.
Comedians also willing to help give the event a big boost with their rich repertoires of jokes include: Ali Baba, AY, Basorge Tariah, Emeka Smith and Gosporella.
According to Jedi, the comperes for the evening are the duo of Teju Baby face and Tee A, and the event, which holds on May 10, 2009, at the Magnolia Hall, City Mall, Lagos Island, promises to be fun-filled and memorable.
The strictly-by-invitation gathering is currently enjoying generous mention in the media as well as Jedi’s Face book.

Heavensgate clocks five, expands

Unknown to many, Heavensgate, the Christian –oriented soap from the stable of Zulu Films Production is already five years on air and still waxing stronger.
Making this known to us recently was its writer, producer and director Mr. Zik Zulu-Okafor.
Elated Okafor, said the divinely inspired project, which hit the airwaves on Sunday, April 4, 2004, on STV, has successfully weathered the storms and ran for five years, with financial support solely from the City of David Parish of the Redeemed Christian Church of God.
Now back with a bigger, better and repackaged episodes of the family drama, which dwells on all aspects of our daily lives, cerebral Okafor, is now calling on corporate sponsors to buy into the project.
“After five years of sponsorship from the Redeemed Christian Church of God, we now want the corporate world to be part of this project by endorsements, sponsorships and advertisements. They should be part of this story, which is watched and applauded with testimonies all over the world. I will also remain grateful to the late Pastor Eskor, who accepted this project whole heartedly, when we started five years ago”, he said.
Speaking further, Okafor, also a renowned filmmaker in Nollywood and the former president of the Association of Movie Producers (AMP), disclosed that Heavensgate would soon be on other network stations as well as some reputable cable stations, adding that it was professionally and dispassionately shot for the whole family and cuts across religious inclinations. “Its not your usual Christian drama, Heavensgate is a unique Christian soap, with the sole aim of winning souls for Christ”.
Currently on STV every Sunday night, Heavensgate with over 170 episodes also boasts of an intimidating cast list. Among the leading names are: Fred Amata, Alex Usifo-Omiagbo, Monalisa Chindu, Enebeli Elebuwa and a host of others. “We are out to let viewers know that Heavensgate is the scent of a storm laced with several conflicts, he posited.”

Chichi dumps acting for writing

Few years after temporarily quitting Nollywood, Chichi Okoroaftor, the sweet faced starlet who dazzled in flicks like: Sweet Mama, Evil Altar, Ass on Fire, King Of My Village, among others, is gradually carving a niche for herself in the literary world.
The 23 year old English and Literary Studies undergraduate of the Abia State University, as you are reading this, is getting set to publish her first set of collection of poems.
Amazingly too, she is on the verge of rounding off works on her two books, entitled: The Vacant Throne and Abiana. The two works according to her, are dramas, and would be coming out soon. “I’m also into prose as well, but these days, I’m beginning to get more involved with poetry, because it allows me to express myself in a special way, she enthused.
Pretty and soft spoken Okoroafor, who disclosed that she started writing while in Primary Four, said she looks up to great names like: Odia Ofeimun, Niyi Osundare, Flora Nwapa and a few others. “These great names inspire me a lot and my dream is to follow in their footsteps in my literary odyssey. I also want to be a force in the literary world someday”, she maintained with smiles.
Okoroafor, who loves reading and writing is also a member of the editorial board of Igba-ELSA, her departmental publication, where she contributes regularly.
Though temporarily out of Nollywood for now, she however, hopes to bounce back, after obtaining another post graduate degree in Law, based on her passion for the wig and gown profession.

Wake boosts the entertainment scene

With the sole aim of discovering and harnessing the hidden talents that are abound in the Nigerian entertainment landscape, as well as exploring all avenues to project and showcase these talents, Wake Entertainment recently opened its corporate doors of showbizness to Nigeria and the rest of the world. Speaking at the unveiling ceremony, the prime movers of the new outfit, briefly told the story of the company. In their words:
“Wake Entertainment Limited is an entertainment and events company, which was founded in 2009. The name was coined out of the first two letters of its promoters - Wale and Kelly. Wale Ponnle is the Proprietor, while Bob Kelly Williams is the General Manager. Our objective at Wake Entertainment is to discover and harness hidden talents that abound in the Nigerian entertainment industry and explore all avenues to showcase these talents. And our mission statement is to contribute meaningfully to the Nigerian entertainment industry by introducing new ideas that are commensurate with today’s international trend. We want to become the reference point when it comes to events, music and artistes’ promotions and management. Also, at Wake Entertainment, we provide a variety of services to help those searching to expand entertainment possibilities, whether it is assisting industry professionals or supporting individuals for their own career development. We
handle Artiste Management and promotion, stage management, road management, event coordination, pageantry, among others. We also have plans to feature a portfolio of specialized businesses that create and deliver original content for live and televised entertainment, which consists of live events, the sale of merchandise at live events, television programming and pay-per-view, and video-on-demand programming”.
Continuing, the duo further revealed that in their effort to showcase talents, they have an African tour lined up towards the last quarter of the year. “The tour, according to them is intended to span through some African regions namely: Western Africa, Central Africa, Eastern Africa, Northern and southern Africa. The objective of this tour is to make known the richness of our Nigerian music and the availability of so many hidden talents here in Nigeria. Also it is to support the government in its effort to re-brand the image of the country. This tour will feature alongside, some popular Nigerian artistes and some foreign artistes to spice up the event.”
To further underscore its seriousness in the nation’s showbiz terrain, the outfit recently signed Tiani and Champion Kunle, two up and coming singers, on its debutant label. While Tiani is a Hip-hop act, Kunle is deeply rooted in High life music. The videos of both works would soon be hitting the airwaves alongside their full works.

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