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BON Awards 2018: Jason Njokwu, Kene Mkparu, Corporate Pictures To Be Honored In Special Recognition Awards Category.

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As BON Awards 2018 gathers steam, three eminent stakeholders and top cadre players in Nollywood have been named as recipients of Special Recognition Awards for the December 8 event, billed to happen at Kakanfo Inn, Ibadan Oyo State; a press statement signed by Seun Oloketuyi, BON Awards Executive Producer has revealed.

The Special Recognition Award Plaques will be presented by H.E. Senator Abiola Ajimobi, Executive Governor of Oyo State. (Chief Host for BON Awards 2018) and the recipients will be Jason Njokwu, Co-founder and CEO of Iroko Partners, Kene Mkparu, Co-founder and former Managing Director of FilmOne Distribution Limited, owners of FilmOne Cinemas and Alhaji Abdulrasaq Abdullahi of Cooperate Pictures.

According to the statement, the choices of these esteemed individuals were arrived at after a critical evaluation of their individual contribution to the growth of our domestically developed movie industry.

The choice of Njokwu was arrived at to applaud his pioneering efforts at developing a digitalised distribution model for local movie contents in Nigeria. He launched Iroko TV as a Video-On-demand platform, to be to Africa what Netflix and Hulu was to the West. The platform is one of Africa’s first mainstream online movie streaming portal, giving instant access to nearly 10,000 film titles.

Mkparu relocated to Nigeria from the United Kingdom where he runs a stable cinema business, to take a chance on Nigeria’s unpredictable and murky cinema entertainment business terrain; at a time when many had dismissed it as non-bankable.

The re-awakening of the cinema culture in Nigeria and the growth in that sector can be credited to contributions of brilliant minds like Mkparu.

Nigerian movies are now making more money from cinema exhibitions than they were at anytime in our history. He also set up West Africa’s first IMAX theatre experience, adjudged one of the top three IMAX theatre in the world.

With an experience spanning nearly three decades, in the business of film and home video marketing and distribution, Alhaji Abdullahi Rasaq, the CEO of Corporate Pictures, and former president of the Yoruba Video Film Producers and Marketers Association of Nigeria has continually raised standards for the distribution and consumption of Nigerian movies made in Yoruba indigenous language.

His Corporate Pictures outfit majors in the marketing and distribution of Yoruba movies, churning out at least 60 percent of blockbuster movies from that sub-sector of Nollywood.

These movies are a viewer’s delight to most Nigerian homes who enjoy Yoruba movies, and to the community of Nigerians ( mostly Yorubas) in the Diaspora that sought to connect with home and culture.

A good number of big names, both actors and producers, owe their success story and big break into the mainstream filmmaking to Alhaji Rasaq, for availing them the opportunity and financial resources needed to churn out their Production.

Highlighted to be recognized posthumously are late theatre veterans and comedy luminaries, Ola Omonitan, Ajimajasan and Moses Adejumo, Baba Sala in recognition of their sacrificial contribution in laying the founding blocks for the comedy and film industry now enjoyed by generations after them.

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Unveiling Emiife Jadesola, A Fast Rising Nigerian Supermodel

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When it comes to modeling and pageantry in Nigeria, a new star seems to have emerged and ready to shine bright like a diamond in years to come.

Oshibote Emiife Jadesola, a fast-rising Nigerian Supermodel is a beautiful face on an intelligent head whose exquisite figure pans every sight her way.

Her shining black beauty and outstanding body structure earned her the prestigious “Miss Ojuloge personality Nigeria”, 2018/2019 edition where she announced herself as a force to reckon with.

Oshibote Emiife Jadesola, an indigene of Ogun State is a model who makes the photographer’s shutters shoot for joy.  Her ability to combine her natural gift with education define her as an aspiring young Nigerian whose vision is sharp and wide.

She currently studies Business Administration at the National Open University of Nigeria, NOUN and has graced thousands of lenses in photoshoots and walkways. She is also a brand ambassador for Jumade Entertainment.

You can follow Emiife on Instagram @i_am_emiife

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Ikeja Prince Of Nightlife, Sidolart To Celebrate Birthday With The Grand Opening Of Lounge 15:08 In Lagos [PHOTOS]

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Serial Entrepreneur and Ikeja Prince of Nightlife, Yusuf Saheed Adekunle popularly known as Sidolart is set to unveil his new brand in a few days.

Sidolart is set to come through for fun lovers on the mainland with the berthing of Lounge 1508, a beauty to behold lounge located at Plot 2, Otunba Jobi Fele Way, CBD, Alausa, Ikeja.

The grand unveiling of Lounge 1508 comes up on the 15th of August 2019, which also doubles as Sidolart’s birthday.

Classic Highlife tunes will be rendered by SB Live

Sidolart, a father of two boys, married to Alhaja Tiwalade Latifat Saheed-Yusuff says he’s ready to switch up the heat on Ikeja nightlife with a classic delivery in Lounge 1508.

Lounge 15:08 is an architectural delight, located in a serene environment which makes it an ideal place for pleasure and business. With a halo of paradise, laced with contemporary furnishings, elegant styling with great attention to details.

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Esporta Offers Ondo State Local Cuisine, Offers Free Delivery In Lagos

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Esporta Suites Hotel & Resorts, your number one customer friendly hotel with tasty meals, has introduced yet another delicacy in a bid in ensuring patrons, especially Ondo State indigenes, have a feel of home while in Lagos.

The hotel, whose first kitchen chain is located at Omole, caters for customers with preferences for fresh and natural Ondo and other African foods.

The kitchen, which opened a few weeks back, has since turned mecca of sort for those that love hygienic and fresh foods at pocket-friendly prices with delivery everywhere in Lagos, while Omole and Ogba enjoy free delivery service.

According to the CEO, Kehinde Famuroti, the idea is to create a home away from home experience.

“We opened the outlet in order to cater to those who long for that rich African cuisine. We’re very good at this and trust me everything comes fresh.”

Esporta Suites Hotel & Resorts, the parent company and a budget-friendly hotel located at 8B CMD Road Magodo, beside Magodo Brooks Estate in Lagos, is a traveller’s favourite for its proximity with many interesting places that make a megacity. These places include Cribz Shawarma, Centre for Management Development and Domino’s Pizza.

Others are Magrellos Restaurant, Governor’s Office and Ikeja City Mall.

Its rooms are cozy and have been tastefully furnished to ensure guests have a good stay. The categories range from Double Room, Executive Double Room (NW), Executive Double Room (SW), Diplomatic Room, Ambassador Room to Royal Suite with each room featuring an air conditioner, bedside lamp, well-woven rug, desk, and an ensuite bathroom.

The bathrooms are safe and fitted with modern amenities to make patrons have a pleasant stay.

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