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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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Nigerian Journalist, Rita Okoye Wins ‘Entertainment Writer Of The Year ‘Award

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Gifted journalist, Rita Okoye of The Sun Newspaper Nigeria emerged Entertainment Writer of the Year at the just concluded 13th edition of Nigeria Media Nite-Out Awards (NMNA).

The enterprising writer clinched the award alongside Ayo Alonge, and Funsho Arogundade of the aforementioned Newspaper who won the ‘Business writer and Society writer of the year’ awards respectively.

The event which was held at Lagos Airport Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos, on Sunday, and themed: “The Nigerian Economy and Political Development: Finding the Missing Piece,” had the keynote address delivered by a former presidential aspirant, John Onche Shaibu, with Zamfara State governor, Bello Matawalle, who was special guest of honour, recognized as the Most Security-Conscious Governor of the Year.

Rita Okoye popular for her weekly entertainment page, Inside Nollywood, is a seasoned entertainment and lifestyle writer who is has become one of the nation’s most sought after entertainment correspondents. Okoye’s knack for unique story angles makes her page a must-read.

The Anambra Stare born sought after media gal has worked and made a visible impact in reputable media houses in and out of Nigeria.
This includes the likes of Complete Fashion, Beauty Box, Hints, Nigeria Films, Entertainment Express, Kemi Filani News, Vanguard Allure Magazine, Dailypost, Al Jazeera, defunct National Life and more.

Rita Okoye also owns and manages her personal blog; pearlsnews.com

Expressing her excitement, Ms Okoye stated that her joy knows no bounds as she looks forward to bigger achievements.
“I’m happy to say that indeed hard work pays. I appreciate the organizers for putting this together to encourage all media practitioners out there. We need to celebrate ourselves, this job is not an easy one. I also hope and pray for more recognition home and abroad,” she said.

Over the last 13 years of its existence, the NMNA has been acknowledged as a platform which seeks to recognise the sterling performances of journalists and all media professionals across the country. Organisers, at the event, said all awardees deserved their respective laurels, as adjudged by the jury, having played their parts in the development of their careers and the profession of journalism in general.

One of the high points of the event was the posthumous recognition of Late Precious Owolabi, the corps member with Channels Television who was killed in Abuja, during the clash between the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, popularly known as Shiites, and the police.

Late Owolabi was honoured with the award of the Reporter of the Year. A property development agency, Revolution Plus, also gifted a plot of land in Lagos to his parents who could not hold their tears, while receiving both the plague and gift.

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Olamide, Mayorkun, Rema, Others To Thrill Customers At Zenith Bank Aspire Music Festival 2019

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Zenith Bank Plc is set to treat its loyal customers to good music and maximum entertainment at the forthcoming ‘Aspire Music Festival’ which will hold on the 21st of September, 2019.

A-list artistes Olamide, Flavor, Mayorkun, Phyno alongside energetic singer Niniola and fast-rising Mavin Records Artiste, Rema, will be dishing out good music at the Aspire Music Festival.

The event is strictly for Zenith Bank customers who have an active account with the bank.

Visit www.zenithbank.com/style to register your attendance

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Xenophobia: Tiwa Savage Cancels Performance In South Africa At DSTV Festival

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Popular Nigerian singer, Tiwa Savage has canceled her performance at the upcoming DSTV festival in South Africa.

Tiwa Savage announced this on Tuesday following xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa.

The mother of one lamenting about killings of Nigerians said her decision was in solidarity with victims of attacks in South Africa.

On her verified Twitter page, she wrote: “I refuse to watch the barbaric butchering of my people in SA. This is SICK.

“For this reason, I will NOT be performing at the upcoming DSTV delicious Festival in Johannesburg on the 21st of September. My prayers are with all the victims and families affected by this.”

Calling for an end to the killings, Tiwa added that the solution to fighting crime is not by killing one another.

“Killing anyone that is African is bad my people, whether they are Nigerians or not.

“I’m not in support of drug dealing nor am I in support of killing. The solution to fighting drug crime is not killing my dear brother,” she added.

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