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Nature and providence have away of bringing some exceptional people our way. In  the course of our life’s journey, with these people, you navigate the trajectory of purpose.
Gbenga Adeyinka, Grand Comedian of the Federal Republic, GCFR, a colossus, an incurable addict of success, a protagonist of dedication and hard work, a highly resourceful and dependable man, a humble jolly good fellow, a tireless visionary and an incredibly funny man.
Today, Monday, May 7, he joins the gracious league of the quinquagenrians, the golden 50!
Many up and coming entertainers hungry to cut their teeth in the entertainment industry have always quizzed the older generation with the question, ‘What is the way up the ladder of success in the industry”, or “what is the secret of consistency and staying relevant in the show-biz?”.
Dear friends, I present to you, ‘Gbenga, a breathing compendium of doggedness, astuteness, humility and of how staying original takes you up the cadre and keeps you up there’.
Gbenga and I have been friends for close to two decades.We met about a time I was putting up an event. He approached me and offered to host my show free of charge. That singular act of selflessness thrilled and warmed me to Gbenga.
The level of our closeness way back made some persons speculate that I was probably his manager. The bond I share with this man is beyond being friends, he has become lfraternal.
Writing about Adeyinka, this multi talented man at 50, may not exactly be very easy, but having known him from when his career was just taking off to now that he has become a brand to reckon with on the Nigerian entertainment scene, I should be qualified to assert that what stands this special man out is his strength of character and humility.
So many success stories in the entertainment industry, the comedy industry especially aren’t complete without a mention of his name in their journey at some points or the other. He is noteworthy for mentoring quite a number of next generation of comedians, and also pitch them for jobs he is not available to handle himself, ‘not too many established acts do that’s.
While Gbenga was leaving Unilag, popular comedian and compere Tee A had just gotten into Unilag at the time, even though Tee A was already a name to be reckoned with, Gbenga was instrumental to his joining the famous Theatre 15 group back then, and also assisted Tee A with publicity for his first show.
A thorough business man, Gbenga’s human relations skills are exceptional, he is great at engaging his clients and knows how to retain them. There are families here in Nigeria that Gbenga has been compere for the wedding of (almost) all their children.
He has a knack for keeping to time, Gbenga arrives events where he is billed to perform way ahead of time, and even joins the organizers in the last minutes arrangements for the event. These are rear qualities.
A fine gentle man, and committed family man with a sizzling marriage of over 25years, not many know that Gbenga already has two kids who are graduates of Covenant University, and a third who is prepping to leave the University too from Babcock.
While congratulating my good friend on this momentous occasion, I pray that the creator grants him good health, and the privilege to continue to be relevant in the scheme of things on the Nigerian Entertainment landscape and beyond.
Seun Oloketuyi A proud Igbemo man writes is COO at Best of Nollywood Awards

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BON Commiserates With Baba Sala’s Family, Names Comedy Award Category After Him

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Following last week’s death of iconic Nigerian comedian, dramatist and filmmaker, Moses Adejumo, popularly known as Baba Sala, the Best Of Nollywood Awards, BON has renamed its comedy category after the late legend.

A statement by the Head of the Best of Nollywood Jury, Niran Adedokun explained that the award will “henceforth be known as the Moses Adejumo Comedy of the Year Award in recognizing the contributions that the late veteran artiste made to the development of comedy in Nigeria.

Adedokun , who noted that Bala Sala was a total performer whose early investments in the alongside many of his contemporaries laid the foundation for the increasingly growing entertainment industry.

“Being Nigeria’s leading homegrown and home focused movie awards, the Best of Nollywood Awards honours the memory of this great man and have decided to name our comedy awards after him. It is the least that we can do as a Nigerian award even though we understand that he deserves much more and hope that our government will consider immortalizing him in some way, the statement offered.

He expressed the condolences of the organisers of the award to the Adejumo family urging them to take solace in the enviable legacy of the late filmmaker who started his career in show business as a highlife musician in 1964 with a group known as the Federal Rhythm Dandies and was noted to have tutored and guided the Juju maestro, King Sunny Ade, who was his lead guitarist at the time.

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BREAKING: Veteran Comedian, Baba Sala, Is Dead

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Veteran comedian, Moses Adejumo, popularly known as Baba Sala, is dead, The PUNCH is reporting.

According to the newspaper, Adejumo, who hails from Ilesa in Osun State, died on Sunday night at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex Annex (Wesley Guild Hospital) in Ilesa.

His Media Assistant, Isaac Haastrup, confirmed the development to The PUNCH in a telephone interview.

Hastrup said: “Baba has died.

“He died some minutes to 10pm on Sunday night.

“His remains had been taken to the morgue.

“He died of old-age related sickness.

“He came to church two Sundays ago and he was the one that said the benediction.

“Baba has gone to be with the Lord and he will be missed by many people, including his fans.”

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BON Awards 2018 Gets Date, Announces October 29 for Host State, Nominees Unveiling

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Best of Nollywood, BON Awards, the highly coveted award platform in Nollywood, has announced December 9, as the date for the 2018 edition of the ceremony, which also doubles as the celebration of a decade of the award ceremony, a press statement has revealed.

The statement was made public on Friday, September 28, and signed by the Chief Executive of BON, Seun Oloketuyi.

He revealed that the host state and unveiling of the 2018 nominees will be announced October, 29. Oloketuyi also assured that this years edition which is also the tenth year anniversary of the award will be the mother of all in Nollywood.

BON Awards is an annual film event presented by Best of Nollywood Magazine to honour outstanding achievements in the Nigerian Movie Industry.

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