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l-r: Chairman of UBA Plc, Mr. Tony Elumelu; Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed; Director, UBA Plc and Proprietress of Bridge House College, Mrs Foluke Abdulrasaq and Group Managing Director UBA, Plc, Mr. Kennedy Uzoka, during the premiere of REDTV’s new web series Our Best Friend’s Wedding in Lagos on Sunday

REDTV, a dynamic online lifestyle channel that puts the spotlight on Africa with a distinct global appeal, in conjunction with The Naked Convos has premiered a new web-series titled, ‘Our Best Friend’s wedding’.  REDTV is supported by the United Bank for Africa’s (UBA Plc)

The impressive gathering which held this past weekend, attracted a good number of A-list dignitaries and business leaders, from different industries across Nigeria  including: the Honourable Minister of Information and Culture,  Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Chairman of United Bank for Africa Plc, Mr. Tony Elumelu, Group Managing Director, Mr. Kennedy Uzoka and players in the entertainment and film industries

Speaking at the premiere, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who was visibly impressed with the quality of the movie spoke glowingly about the unrelenting support of UBA towards the growth of the creative industry in Nigeria, noting that UBA is no doubt one of the very few organisations that truly understands the far reaching impact the creative industry can add to Nigeria’s economy.

The minister applauded the high quality of the television series, attesting that Nigeria’s television production and creative industries have come of age with capabilities to contribute significantly to the country’s socio-economic development. This, according to the minister is part of the objectives the recently signed pact between the Federal Ministry of Information and The Tony Elumelu Foundation hopes to achieve. The Tony Elumelu Foundation is founded by the Chairman of UBA Plc, Mr. Tony Elumelu.

“I recall that before the MOU we signed with the Tony Elumelu Foundation, we identified a plethora of problems in the Creative Industry ranging from  systemic failure, lack of monitoring of intellectual property and lack of capacity. Having said that, I am particularly delighted to tell you that after organisations like the Tony Elumelu Foundation and the British Council came to the rescue of the creative industries, the story has now changed for good”, the minister said.

Reiterating why the MoU is important for Nigeria’s creative industries, he explained that the film industry, best known as Nollywood, is the most energetic in the world and has a total estimated value of over $500 million per annum. It also provides jobs for thousands of people but sadly, an estimated $200milion is lost to piracy annually because of the absence of formal, legal distribution systems.

Also speaking at the premiere, the Director of Marketing and Corporate Communications, UBA Plc and executive producer of the television series, Mrs. Bola Atta appreciated the critical interventions by the government in creating an enabling environment for the creative industry to thrive, whilst noting that the series, made by Nigerians in Nigeria is of world class standard. According to her, in just a few days of its release, the series garnered   over 130,000 views on the YouTube channel.  .

The movie, Our Best Friend’s Wedding is a romantic dramedy of a young man who panics and buys an engagement ring on a whim. He recruits his two female best friends to help go through a list of potential candidates and sets off a series of events that lead to a wedding.

The series stars Adebola ‘Illrymz’ Olowu, Oreka Godis, Gbemi Olateru-Olagbegi, Chris Attoh, Timi Charles-Fadipe, Unamka Marycolette, Yewande Lawal, Sarah Boulos and Theo Lawson.

REDTV is a digital online television network that features the very best of entertainment, news, design, travel, fashion, music, sports, comedy and much more. The channel is available on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms.

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BON Awards 2019: Red Carpet Host Unveiled

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Before the Nigerian Nollywood industry graces 2019 Best of Nollywood awards red carpet this Saturday, December 14, 2019, the sweet and distinct voice of Arewa Radio, Binta Abdullahi Fulani, has been unveiled as this year’s host to welcome the stars.

Aside from being an On-Air Personality at the popular radio station in Kano State, Binta is also a fashion and entertainment enthusiast.

According to the awards media coordinator, Victor Ojelabi, Binta was chosen for her great communication skills.

“It was easy for the board’s choice of Binta on the red carpet because she is an outstanding communicator with special ability to capture the attention of her audience.

“Besides, she is also very witty which gives assurance of fun exchanges at the prestigious awards,” he said.

The delectable BON 2019 red carpet host is a B.Sc holder from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Kaduna State, where she graduated with a second class upper.

Born on March 19, 1994, Binta enjoys hosting shows and events among other things.

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Glitz and Glamour At The All Colour Awards 2019

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It was colourful event with glitz and glamour at the just concluded exclusive maiden edition of All Colour Awards (ACA), an event-project to honour and recognize leadership in different sectors in Nigeria from the stable of Kanbitoons Company which took place on Sunday, December 1, 2019, at Abelinis Hub, located at No. 1, Erinola Salako Street, Behind Excellence Hotel, Ogba Lagos, Nigeria.

The talk of the town award ceremony made in grand style was witnessed by who-is-who in different sectors.

Those who should know disclosed that it was not just to organize an award but a memorable event that will surely help the recipients/winners gain strong recognition and consumer empathy.

The laudable event- All Colour Awards with limitless imagination and bold execution to foster unity and positioned to soar winners beyond known boundaries is definitely an event in December to remember right from the colourful red carpet anchored by Ajoke Oseni, the new queen on the red carpet to beat and copy.

No doubt All Colour Awards (ACA) took the centre stage as a spectacular event for all tradition, all costumes and all glamour in grand style with a great performance from the reputable hosts, Gbenga Adeyinka 1st and Dammy.

The recipients/winners at the exclusive maiden edition of All Colour Awards (ACA 2019) are;

 

  • Sifax Group

Best Indigenous Conglomerate Brand of the Year.

  • Creativexone Limited

Brand Management Advertising Agency of the Year.

  • Wall & Ace Legal Practitioners

Most Outstanding Law Firm on Regulatory and Contractual Legal Issues of the Year.

  • Zebra Insurance Brokers Limited

Most Resourceful Insurance Broker of the Year.

  • 12 Baskets Foods Limited

Best Innovative Finger Foods Brands of the Year.

  • Abelinis Limited

Best Innovative Event-Marketing Company of the Year.

  • Brand Vision Media Limited

Best Creative Branding & Printing Company of the Year.

  • Z-Edge Consulting

Most Innovative Consulting Service Provider of the Year.

  • Samson Adewale (Mr. Miracle)

Best Afro Rock Musician In Diaspora of the Year.

  • The Architects Place Limited

Best Architectural Design & Construction Company of the Year

  • Laffmatazz

Most Outstanding Comedy Brand of the Year.

  • Pele Adesoji Clement

Most Outstanding Business Personality of the Year.

  • Olatokunbo Foundation

Most Outstanding Humanitarian Foundation of the Year.

  • Adedeji Michael Ademola

Best Use of Educational Technology Initiative of the Year.

  • Eye Candy Innovative Concepts

Best Innovative Ushering & Event Management Brand of the Year.

The creator of the All Colour Awards Kanbi Owolabi is very thankful and appreciates the reputable individuals, brands and organizations that made the event a huge success and he looks ahead to a bigger and better edition in 2020.

 

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Kano Govt Officially Accepts BON Awards Hosting Right, As Peugeot, Max Air and LaCasera Declares Support [PHOTOS]

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The executive governor of Kano State, Alhaji Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, OFR, has on Wednesday, December 4, 2019, officially unveiled the right to host 2019 Best of Nollywood Awards.

The event, which took place at the government house, witnessed the presence of notable members of the Kano State government.

The governor, during the presentation of the certificate to him by the Chief Executive of Officer of BON, Seun Oloketuyi, said, “We’re are excited that Best of Nollywood is taking here and this is history in the making for the good people of Kano State.”

Ganduje also used the opportunity to welcome the industry players to Kano State while promising them a peaceful and enjoyable stay.

The city of Kano State will be agog on December 14, 2019, as crème de la crème of the make-believe industry will storm the state for the 2019 edition of Best of Nollywood Awards.

In a related development, the makers of the luxury car brand, Peugeot, among others, has also thrown its weight behind the awards.

The French automotive manufacturer will be joining the likes of Max Air, LaCasera and others.

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