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LEADERSHIP Artiste of the Year 2018

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MC Tagwaye

Mr Obinna, Simeon popularly known as MC Tagwaye, has written his name in gold and carved a niche for himself through hard work, focus, and vision.  He came to national limelight through his excellent mimicry of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Tucked in faraway Ingawa local government area of Katsina State, this Anambra State-born mega twin master of ceremonies (MC) would have, like many Nigerian youths, given up hope and ended his life as a local champion.

But he saw life beyond Ingawa Iga in Katsina State where he was raised, and where he had his primary and secondary education.

He proceeded to Federal College of Education (FCE), Katsina, and obtained his National Certificate in Education (NCE). MC Tagwaye ventured into teaching — he taught for seven years.

It As a teacher, young Tagwaye was voted thrice as the best teacher at the end of each session by his students who still call and seek counsel from him.

His love for young people pushed this humour merchant to create productive and innovative platforms for their empowerment, to the extent that he has dedicated many years of his life to teaching and conducting private lessons for his pupils.

In 2005, he stepped into the murky waters of enterprise development when he set up an outfit to sell phones and digital accessories to his immediate Ingawa community.

He ran this business for four years and expanded it to three senatorial districts in the state. In no time, he employed 15 people whom he gave opportunity to learn and build capacity for productive life in the areas under his coverage.

Known for his ability to create humour from nothing, MC Tagwaye was invited as master of ceremonies to anchor events, even as a teacher and businessman.

The opening of this talent gave him an edge as a teacher and businessman among his colleagues and competitors.

Before leaving Katsina, the home state of President Muhammadu Buhari, whom he loves mimicking, he was adjudged to have created the most humour-loaded jokes in the state.

His weekends were fully booked and, gradually, his family and friends had to compete for attention.

Following up on the general election in 2015, the voice of President Buhari was heard from another man in Katsina to the delight of many who tuned into a popular show on Vision FM in the state.

To the amazement of the CEO who was inundated by the creative comic relief performed by MC Tagwaye, the young Tagwaye was invited to Abuja where he featured in several editions of breakfast shows on Farin Wata TV and Vision FM.

That exposure brought MC Tagwaye to national limelight.

He was spotted by event managers and show promoters who found his talent amazing. One of such events was the annual “Ali Baba Show” in Lagos where he performed to the delight of the audience.

Today, the name MC Tagwaye is synonymous with presidential comic relief. He has travelled the length and breadth of the country promoting healthy entertainment.

He is now the CEO, Tagwaye Entertainment Limited, and founder of MC Tagwaye Charity Foundation. With this foundation, he has brought joy into the lives of over 100 young people whom he has equipped with skills and empowerment opportunities. He runs an initiative where widows are empowered with soft loans to start and sustain small businesses.

MC Tagwaye recently went into sharing his experiences with young Nigerians in tertiary institutions of learning through seminars where he intends to grow passion and promote the Nigerian project among students in our universities.

He is the recipient of several prestigious awards including the Ambassador of Peace Award, Arewa Students’ Award, Nigerian Entertainment Award, and Northern Entertainment Award.

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