By SOLOMON NDA-ISAIAH Lagosians, especially those on the mainland will be able to hobnob with some of Nigeria's most popular celebrities this Sunday as the rave-of-the-moment comedy concert sponsored by Globacom, Glo Laffta Fest, comes to Ikeja in Lagos. The show which will hold at the 10 Degrees Event Centre in Oregun will see the likes of Patience Ozokwor, popularly called Mama G, prolific actress and film producer, Funke Akindele, one of Yoruba film’s most popular actors, Odunlade Adekola and Nollywood  living legend, Richard Mofe-Damijo, who will be there courtesy of Globacom, to relish the show and add colour to the event. According to a press statement by Globacom to announce the concert, the best of artistes from the comedy community will perform in Ikeja. "Glo Laffta Fest will avail the residents of Ikeja the opportunity to relax and enjoy themselves in an atmosphere of fun and laughter.  It will be a night...
BY SAMUEL ABULUDE, LAGOS The All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA, has appointed five African music professionals to the AFRIMA Academy of Jury that consists of the 13-man Jury and the 100-man College of Voters in line with the awards objective of an all-inclusive participation of African professionals in its decision–making body last week. The new appointees include: Mr. Charles Tabu, a citizen of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) who is a music executive, artiste development professional and the Chief Executive Officer of Jeericho Entertainment Ltd. Mr. Tabu fills one of the two slots for Central Africa on the AFRIMA Jury. Cote d’Ivoire and Tanzania, both vibrant music markets in Africa, are also making their debut on the AFRIMA Jury through the appointment of David Tayorault and Joett respectively. Mr. Tayorault started off his music career as a successful artiste before moving into music production and scoring huge hits with talents...
BY AKINDELE ABRAHAM, ABUJA All is now set for the celebration of the 2017 Idoma Cultural day aimed at promoting Nigerian culture, unity and tolerance across the country. In an interactive chat, the executive chairman of the NAIS ABU chapter, Mr. Oganyi Micheal Idoko, stated that the Idoma Cultural day is aimed at creating an avenue for experts to contribute in analyzing the challenges facing Idoma Culture also suggesting possible way out of those challenges. ‘’Idoma day is an annual celebration and the essence of it is to promote the cultural heritage in Idoma land and promote the common interest among the Idoma youth,’’ he said. The chairman further stated that various events will showcase the rich heritage of Idoma people such as the Idoma food, entertainment such as the Oglinya dance, launching of new machine and other various activities. ‘’Entertainment such as Oglinya dance, Ibo dance, other activities like eating habit of Idoma...
By SOLOMON NDA-ISAIAH Critically acclaimed music producer, performer and songwriter, Cobhams Asuquo, Founder /CEO ReelFruit, Affiong Williams, Founder/CEO Printivo, Oluyomi Ojo and 7 other young Nigerian professionals have been announced as honorees in the 2017 JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP) Awards in Nigeria. Cobhams was recognized for Cultural Achievement, Affiong for Business, Economic and Entrepreneurial Accomplishment and Oluyomi for Scientific and/or Technological Development. The 34 years old awards ceremony, organised by Junior Chamber International has served as a platform to recognize and celebrate young persons under the age of 40 who have excelled in their chosen fields of endeavour and created positive change in their communities across the world. Honorees for 2017 also include Imrana Alhaji-Buba, Founder, Youth Coalition Against Terrorism for his Contribution to Children, World Peace and/or Human Rights, Mayowa Ashake Kuti-Adegbile, the CEO, Ashake Foundation, for her Humanitarian and/or Voluntary Leadership, Adepeju Jayeioba, Founder Brown Button Foundation for Medical...
By Solomon Nda-Isaiah Residents of the city of Abuja will not forget Saturday July 22, 2017 in a hurry as international singer 2face Idibia alongside other music stars dazzled on stage to blow their minds at the just concluded concert tagged #Eargasm4Charity, which held at Transcorp Hilton, Abuja. The concert which was beyond the average Nigerian concert was dedicated to raising awareness on the plight of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and the negative impact of insurgency with the aim to support victims with the proceeds thereon. Aside 2face, Eargasm witnessed epic performances from Waje, Kelly Hansome, Styl Plus and Pamela Braide who rendered Music legend Bongos Ikwue’s hit tracks. One of the major highlights of the night was 2face’s performance of new track ‘Hold My Hands’ a song urging Nigerians to support one another and effect change. #Eargasm4Charity was birthed after 2face Idibia’s visit to IDPs camp in Borno State. Other personalities present at the...
By Stellamaries Amuwa, The Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN) has announced the opening of their new secretariat in Abuja. Recall that upon assumption of office the new FTAN Executive members promised to hit the ground running. They pledged to be proactive in spearheading tourism development in Nigeria, using FTAN as the catalyst. Since the founding of FTAN, their Secretariat had always been donated by prominent members of the Federation free of charge; the last person is Chief Tomi Akingbogun, who allowed FTAN to use a hall in his prestigious Hotel Rosebud Abuja for about four years. Alhaji Saleh Kareem Rabo, during his acceptance speech as the new President of the Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN), vowed before the over 200 delegates that his first mission as the President is to secure a befitting office for FTAN within 3 weeks in the post. Earlier, Saleh Rabo said “we are glad...
BY UGESE TERNGU, The Redeemed Christian Church of God, Nasarawa province 1, Mararaba Nasarawa State held her Annual choir Retreat and concert where Bread of Life ,the host choir, went home with the first prize. The event, themed: ‘The Effectual Music Ministry’ was held at Bread of Parish at the provincial headquarters. In an interview with Pastor Tolani Ajayi, who spoke on behalf of the organising committee of the provincial music said the annual event is a period of refreshment after given out so much in terms of ministration and an opportunity to share ideas on how to make the music ministry better and also create an avenue to discover talents. Speakers at the annual event spoke on different topics one of which was making a career from music ministry. On his part, the music director of Nasarawa province 1, Uweshi Favour listed benefits of the annual event to include a period the...
By SOLOMON NDA-ISAIAH  After a well thought-out teaser, expectations were high for ‘Tatu’, a new film by award-winning director; Don Omope, leading to a star-studded premiere at the Eko Hotel Convention center, Victoria Island, last Saturday. It was a day of heavy downpour, but that did not deter the high profile guests who cut across the different strata of the society. Aside the popularity of Omope, whose credit include the award-winning and box office hit films – ‘Taxi Driver’ (Oko Ashewo) and ‘The Wedding Party’, ‘Tatu’ is an adaptation of a book written by the prolific author Dr. Abraham E. Nwankwo, the recently retired Director General, Debt Management Office, and one of the films powered by Bank of Industry under its NollyFund scheme. The epic movie stars Segun Arinze, Desmond Elliott, Toyin Aimakhu-Abraham, Gabriel Afolayan, Rahama Sadau, Sambaza Nzeribe, Funlola Aofiyebi-Raimi, Hafiz Oyetoro (Saka), Frank Dunga and a host of others. Guests who had...
By SAMUEL ABULUDE, With all the beauty and priviledges of stardom, No one could have thought that Big Brother Naija finalist, TBoss had undergone a spell of depression. The celebrity who is now the face of Franklin Ubi’s online drycleaning outfit, InstantPickup recently disclosed that she also went through depression. According to her, she didn't let depression win the battle. She wrote, "The news of the untimely demise of Chester Bennington hit me really hard because I have been a super fan since forever, his voice & songs really touched my soul & helped get me through a lot. That's why I'm pained that he didn't have anybody to help get him through his own pain. Confession- Yes I have been through depression and it didn't win. it's really only just a bad patch, not a bad life. Yes, you will eventually get out of it. I'm way much stronger that even...
By Anthony Ada Abraham, Actor turned politician, Desmond Elliot is set to hit the cinemas with a new blockbuster movie, ‘The Silver Spoon’. The movie which was directed by him will make its cinema debut on Friday, September 22. Written and co-produced by Chinney Love Eze and produced by the Anita Odia led A keys productions, the new film parades an array of talented and professional actors like Desmond Elliot, who also doubles as the director,  Wole Ojo, Yvonne Jedege, Jennifer Eliogu, Sophia Alakija, Ayo Adesanya and Eyinna Nwingwe among others. Possessing a creative storyline and told with an intriguing plot, The Silver Spoon tells the story of a spoilt but bright hardworking and serious minded girl of 24 years, Ella Henshaw (Sophia Alakija) placed on a succession plan by her parent to take over the family business. She then comes across a man who took her for a mere pretty face....