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The duo of superstar actors, Omotola Jalade-Ekehinde and Ali Nuhu; and filmmaker, Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen, are the recipients of the Best of Nollywood Awards 2017 Special Recognition award, the organisers have announced.

The event holds Saturday, December 16th at the Cultural Centre, Abeokuta, Ogun State. The chief host is the state governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun.

Speaking on the choice of the awardees, Seun Oloketuyi, executive producer, BON Awards, said, “We are glad to announce Omotola Jalade Ekehinde, Ali Nuhu and Lancelot Oduwa-Imasuen as recipients of this year’s Special Recognition Awards. You would concur that they deserve it for their achievements and contributions to the industry.”

In the last decade, Oloketuyi said, “No actor from the North has broken barriers and crossed over to the mainstream of Nollywood like Ali Nuhu. Apart from that, he has inspired an entire generation of Northern youths to see a career in Nollywood. He is a true and constant Northern legend, not just a star.”

Describing Omotola as perhaps Nigeria’s biggest cinematic export, Oloketuyi said, “There was no contest in her choice in spite of her relatively young age. Here is a lady who broke into the industry before she turned 18 and two decades after, is still a veritable box-office face in an industry known for ephemeral stars. It goes beyond luck.

The recognition from TIME Magazine as one of the Most Influential 100 people in the world in 2013 is a pointer to her relentless artistic enterprise and ingenuity. And we at BON Awards are happy to be associated with such iconic actor.”

In the same vein, Oloketuyi spoke glowingly about Lancelot Oduwa-Imasuen who he describes as a director’s director. “Lancelot’s longevity and relevance in Nollywood is the stuff of legends. In spite of the incursion of younger, technology-savvy directors into Nollywood, Lancelot has evolved and attained a pied piper status of sort. He deserves the recognition like the others.”

Over the years, the BON Awards Special Recognition has been received by among other actors, Liz Benson-Ameye, Nobert Young, Pete Edochie, Adebayo Salami and Kasim Yaro, a legend in the Hausa entertainment industry.

Oloketuyi further said, “Apart from honouring the stars and stakeholders of Nollywood every other year, we have also taken it upon ourselves to recall the sacrifices and strides of those elders whose arts and artistry have catalysed the growth and global acceptance that Nollywood enjoys today.

We don’t want to wait until these veterans are dead to give them posthumous awards, which is why we have decided to celebrate them while they are still alive and active. Besides, this year’s honourees are a source of inspiration to young actors across Nigeria and beyond.”

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‘Style By Zenith’ Debuts In Lagos [PHOTOS]

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Zenith Bank Plc is set to light up the social and entertainment scene this December with the launch of “Style by Zenith”.

“Style by Zenith”, a flagship Lifestyle, Beauty, Fashion, Accessories and Entertainment fair, powered by Zenith bank in conjunction with Fashion One, a foremost international lifestyle and entertainment company, would hold in Lagos on Saturday, December 29 and Sunday, December 30, 2018 at the Open Ground by Four Points Hotel, Oniru, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The two-day fair is a potpourri ofLifestyle activities featuring runway modelling by leading Nigerian and international models accessorized by top designers, beauticians, beauty and lifestyle products manufacturers, accessory makers, food and confectionary, entertainment for adults and children as well as performances by top Nigerian artistes, amongst other activities.

Speaking on the launch of the platform, the General Manager of Zenith Bank Plc. and Coordinator of the event, Mrs. Adobi Nwapa, noted that: “‘Style by Zenith’ is a unique platform through which the bank will connect with and create value for its customers by focusing on various aspects of their lifestyle. It is an all-inclusive fair that seeks to engage and entertain both the young and old during this festive period ’”.


General Manager, Zenith Bank Plc and Coordinator of the event, Mrs. Adobi Nwapa (4th right);General Manager, Zenith Bank Plc, Mrs. Nonye Ayeni (3rd right); Deputy General Manager, Zenith Bank Plc, Mrs Olatilewa Babalogbon (2nd right); and CEO of Fashion One, Mr. Kaycee Kennedy with models during the launch of “Style by Zenith” on Wednesday in Lagos.

“Style by Zenith” is geared towards engaging the Lifestyle ecosystem and connecting the consumers to every aspect of quality and affordable living, thereby helping them live their best lives in their own interest.

It is a holistic eventaimed at connecting the SMEs and retail segment to a multiplicity of clientele through multiple factors which dictate and direct their everyday lifestyle choices ie;beauty, fashion, entertainment, food and general lifestyle (Travel, automobile, houses) thus facilitating the growth of the individual retail and SME businesses.

The crux of the ‘Style by Zenith’ campaign is the by-line… Live your best life. It is an aspirational call to people on all socio-economic strata of society, telling them they deserve and can indeed get, not just more, but the BEST QUALITY, out of life at affordable prices.

The fair will be multi-media and experiential as well,covering as much of human lifestyle existence as possible by taking advantage of all the product offerings by the exhibitors.

Established in 1990, Zenith Bank Plc, Nigeria’s biggest bank by tier-1 capital, provides corporate, business retail and personal banking products through its network of over 500 branches and business offices, serving millions of customers.

The Zenith brand, which centres on “People, Service and Technology”, proudly identifies with the ‘Style by Zenith’ Fair, which offers the retail space quality and affordable lifestyle, enabling us all to live our best lives.

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Nollywood Actress, Ini Edo, Finds New Love, Set To Wed

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The beautiful southern Nigeria brown sugar actress, Ini Edo, has got brand new butterfly in her stomach!

She’s made it such a huge secret till the set wedding date is established.

Baby girl Ini was recently found snicking into hotel room of a Three Star hotel with Le Boo somewhere in Lekki, Lagos State, where they inhale and exhale carbon and drink alcohol, very compatible duo.

Le Boo is an IJGB (I just got back) dude closely related to traditional rulers of the Land of Excellence.

It’s great that Ini has found love again and this time in deep hot romance with the Lasgidi big boy.

We are all hoping she doesn’t get burnt in the process.

Their love life is not new to keen observers as the love birds are overly excited and would do everything to keep this love affair secret till the wedding date, so she can sort out issues.

As a sharp baby girl, Ini is currently trying to part ways with any known Maga and take out any surviving stumbling block to a secret wedding, which is planned to take place in Dubai, United Arab Emirate in a few weeks time.

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BON Awards 2018: Tope Oshin, Tana Adelana Win Big [Full List Of Winners]

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Tope Oshin’s young-adult film ‘We Don’t Live Here Anymore’ carted the most awards at the 10th Best of Nollywood (BON) awards ceremony which held on Sunday at the Kakanfo Conference Centre in Ibadan, Oyo.

It won in four categories; including best director, best editing, movie of the year while the most promising actor award was jointly won by Francis Sule and Temidayo Akinboro.

The movie bagged 10 nominations when the contenders’ list was unveiled in November.

The film, which is aimed at tackling homophobia, tells the story of two teenage boys who fell in love with each other and had to deal with society.

‘A Lonely Lane’ also won two big categories, best actor and best actress in a lead role (Igbo).

‘Oga Bolaji’ which had 10 nominations only picked up one award, same number as ‘Queen of Queens’, ‘Obsession’ and ‘Body Language’.

Kelechi Udegbe beat Ramsey Nouah, Nosa Obaseki and Femi Branch to win the best actor (English). On the other hand, Yemi Solade edged Femi Adebayo, Ninalowo Bolanle, and Lateef Adedimeji to pick up best actor (Yoruba).

Tana Adelana won the best actress in a leading role (English) while Ronke Ojo came tops in the Yoruba category.

The event was hosted by comedian Helen Paul and veteran actor Keppy Ekpeyong Bassey and had the governor, Abiola Ajimobi, as the chief host.

Nollywood stars thronged the ceremony; from Segun Arinze, Nobert Young, Yemi Solade, Fathia Balogun, Femi Branch, Dayo Amusa to Liz DaSilva and Judith Audu.

See the full list of winners below.

Best Actor in a Leading Role (English)

Kelechi Udegbe – Bedroom Points

Best Actor in a Supporting Role (English)

Shawn Faqua – Personal Assistant

Best Actor in a Leading Role (Yoruba)

Yemi Solade – Irolabi and Femi Adebayo – Etiko Onigedu

Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Yoruba)

Jamiu Azeez – Hey

Best Actor in a Leading Role (Hausa)

Umar M Shareef in Mariya

Best Actor in a Leading Role (Igbo)

Swanky JKA in A Lonely Lane

Best Actress in a Leading Role (English)

Tana Adelana – Body Language

Best Actress in a Supporting Role (English)

Bimbo Ademoye – Personal Assistant

Best Actress in a Leading Role (Yoruba)

Ronke Ojo – Osun Sengede and Bukunmi Oluwasina = Hey

Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Yoruba)

Lanre Da Silva – Eniolami

Best Actress in a Leading Role (Hausa)

Maryam Yahaya in Mariya

Best Actress in a Leading Role ( Igbo)

Kindness Fidelis in A Lonely Lane

Best Child Actor in a Movie

Daniel Adesina- Ofefe

Best Child Actress in a movie

Jasmine Fakunle in Oga Bolaji

Moses Olaiya Movie with the Best Comedy

A Million Baby

Movie with the Best Social Message

Surrogate

Best Short Film of the Year

Mirabel

Documentary of the year

Green Passport

Movie with the Best Special Effect

Ebosimi

Movie with the Best Screenplay

Queen of Queens

Best use of Nigerian food in a Movie

Simbi Alamala

Best Use of Costume in a Movie

Ebosimi

Best Use of Make-up in a Movie

Disguise

Movie with the Best Production Design

Etiko Onigedu

Best Kiss in a Movie

Mawuli Gavor/ Odera Olivia Orji – Obsession

Movie with the Best Sound Track

Queen of Queens

Movie with the Best Editing

We don’t Live Here Anymore

Most Promising Actor

Francis Sule and Temidayo Akinboro in We don’t Live Here Anymore

Most Promising Actress

Oreoluwa Adedoyin in Ofefe

Movie with the Best Cinematography

10 Days in Sun City

Director of the Year

Tope Oshin- We don’t Live Here Anymore

Movie of the Year

We don’t Live Here Anymore

Revelation of the Year (Female)

Adebimpe Oyebade

Revelation of the Year (Male)

David Akande

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