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BON Awards 2016

As the 2016 edition of Nollywood’s foremost reward platform, Best Of Nollywood, BON Awards billed to hold in Abia State, steams up, the planning team has unveiled veteran entertainer Okey Bakassi and rave of the moment actress, Mercy Aigbe Gentry, as the matching hosts for the December 10 event.

Speaking at a press briefing recently, the CEO of the Awards, Seun Oloketuyi said, “It is with all pleasure that we introduce to you the hosts of this year’s Best Of Nollywood Awards. We are proud to announce Okey Bakassi and Mercy Aigbe Gentry as the hosts of the Awards.”

Okey is one of Nigeria’s prolific comedians and actor who for over two decades has carved a niche for himself as a vintage entertainer, while Mercy Aigbe Gentry has over the years built her career as the darling of the new school Nollywood.

“We are also pleased to be honoring in the Special Recognition category veteran film maker, president and founder of the Abuja International Film Festival, Fidelis Duker, Chika Opala, a.k.a Chief Zebrudaya of the new masquerade fame and prolific actress, Sola Shobowale, for their time proven contributions to the growth of Nollywood.” Oloketuyi added.

Recipients of the Special Recognition category Awards in the past include former president, Goodluck Jonathan, Senator Godswill Akpabio, Patience Ozokwo, Tade Ogidan and so on.

ENTERTAINMENT

First Anniversary As Mayegun: K1 Preaches Peace And Safety In Nigeria

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Exactly this date last year, quintessential Fuji Lord, King Wasiu Olasunkanmi Marshal popularly known as K1 De Ultimate was bestowed with the honour of the first Mayegun of Yorubaland by His Imperial Majesty, Alaafin of Oyo, OBA LAMIDI ADEYEMI, CON.

As the symbol of peace in Yorubaland, the versatile and prolific artiste took the opportunity to canvass the need to maintain peaceful coexistence among the people of the Yoruba race, Nigerians, and people all over the world.

In a message signed by his Media Aide, Mr. Kunle Rasheed, the music icon said the world and indeed Nigeria, fervently need peace in this New Year which is a catalyst for growth and development in any society.

K1 in his message, also took time out to preach safety with regards to mankind’s new enemy; Covid-19 which had invaded the world since December 2019.

He urged Nigerians to obey the safety protocols imposed by the government. According to him, “if we observe the safety measures, the unwanted enemy will be defeated in no time”.

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BIG STORY

SAD: Orisabunmi’s Younger Sister Dies, Three Days After Brother’s Death

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Three days after the death of popular Yoruba actress, Mrs. Folake Aremu, widely known as Orisabunmi, her younger sister Mrs. Janet Ademola, has reportedly passed on.

News of the demise of Ademola, the last child of the family, was broken on Saturday by Gbenga Onisola, her nephew.

It will be recalled that Orisabunmi’s brother, Steve Onisola, had died on Thursday, barely 24hours after the death of the popular actress.

Onisola, the Technical Director of Kwara Falcons Basketball Club, Ilorin, passed on at age 71 after a brief illness.

Ademola, who was mourning her sister’s death described her elder sister as her best friend, a caring sister, and a mother with a rare heart of love.

She had said, “The death of my elder sister, Mrs. Folake Aremu, is very painful because of what she stood for in our lives as family members. She was very friendly and caring; she never left her siblings untended. We are pained because she stood in as a good mother for all of us.

“As the last child of the family, she took very good care of me. We were very close and used to each other. She gave her best to ensure that I was well catered for. She was a selfless fellow. She was very humane and she persevered a lot. She would not underrate anyone.”

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Veteran Actress Orisabunmi Dies At 60

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Veteran Yoruba actress, Folake Aremu, popularly known as Orisabunmi, is dead.

The news of her demise was broken by the President of the Theatre Arts and Motion Pictures Practitioners Association of Nigeria (TAMPAN), Bolaji Amusan, popularly called Baba Latin.

According to Baba Latin, the late Orisabunmi died on late Tuesday, 5 January 2021.

She was aged 60.

Her death came four months after the demise of her ex-husband, Jimoh Aliu popularly called Aworo, under whose tutelage she rose to prominence in the film industry.

Another senior TAMPAN member Tunde Ola-Yusuff also announced the death in a Facebook post.

“She left without goodbye. The sudden death of Mrs. Folake Aremu (ORISABUNMI) has been announced.

“Really a shock on everyone. Iya Oosa, may God rest your Soul among the righteous,” Ola Yusuff wrote.

Born on October 10, 1960, in Ilu Ola, Kwara State, she became popular in the 80s TV series Arelu starring her husband and others like Fadeyi Oloro.

Jimoh and Folake Aliu had a very rocky marriage.

The two were separated long before Aworo died in September 2020.

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