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‘Style By Zenith’ Debuts In Lagos [PHOTOS]

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Zenith Bank Plc is set to light up the social and entertainment scene this December with the launch of “Style by Zenith”.

“Style by Zenith”, a flagship Lifestyle, Beauty, Fashion, Accessories and Entertainment fair, powered by Zenith bank in conjunction with Fashion One, a foremost international lifestyle and entertainment company, would hold in Lagos on Saturday, December 29 and Sunday, December 30, 2018 at the Open Ground by Four Points Hotel, Oniru, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The two-day fair is a potpourri ofLifestyle activities featuring runway modelling by leading Nigerian and international models accessorized by top designers, beauticians, beauty and lifestyle products manufacturers, accessory makers, food and confectionary, entertainment for adults and children as well as performances by top Nigerian artistes, amongst other activities.

Speaking on the launch of the platform, the General Manager of Zenith Bank Plc. and Coordinator of the event, Mrs. Adobi Nwapa, noted that: “‘Style by Zenith’ is a unique platform through which the bank will connect with and create value for its customers by focusing on various aspects of their lifestyle. It is an all-inclusive fair that seeks to engage and entertain both the young and old during this festive period ’”.


General Manager, Zenith Bank Plc and Coordinator of the event, Mrs. Adobi Nwapa (4th right);General Manager, Zenith Bank Plc, Mrs. Nonye Ayeni (3rd right); Deputy General Manager, Zenith Bank Plc, Mrs Olatilewa Babalogbon (2nd right); and CEO of Fashion One, Mr. Kaycee Kennedy with models during the launch of “Style by Zenith” on Wednesday in Lagos.

“Style by Zenith” is geared towards engaging the Lifestyle ecosystem and connecting the consumers to every aspect of quality and affordable living, thereby helping them live their best lives in their own interest.

It is a holistic eventaimed at connecting the SMEs and retail segment to a multiplicity of clientele through multiple factors which dictate and direct their everyday lifestyle choices ie;beauty, fashion, entertainment, food and general lifestyle (Travel, automobile, houses) thus facilitating the growth of the individual retail and SME businesses.

The crux of the ‘Style by Zenith’ campaign is the by-line… Live your best life. It is an aspirational call to people on all socio-economic strata of society, telling them they deserve and can indeed get, not just more, but the BEST QUALITY, out of life at affordable prices.

The fair will be multi-media and experiential as well,covering as much of human lifestyle existence as possible by taking advantage of all the product offerings by the exhibitors.

Established in 1990, Zenith Bank Plc, Nigeria’s biggest bank by tier-1 capital, provides corporate, business retail and personal banking products through its network of over 500 branches and business offices, serving millions of customers.

The Zenith brand, which centres on “People, Service and Technology”, proudly identifies with the ‘Style by Zenith’ Fair, which offers the retail space quality and affordable lifestyle, enabling us all to live our best lives.

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BREAKING: BON Awards 2019, 2020 Hosts Announced!

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The Best of Nollywood Awards has confirmed the host and date for this year’s event.

Last year, the prestigious awards took place at the Kakanfo conference center in Ibadan, Oyo State with the former Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, as the Chief host.

According to the BON 2019 Media coordinator, Victor Ojelabi, aside from this year’s event being slated for December 14, 2019, in Kano, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and Dr. Kayode Fayemi have been announced as Chief Hosts for 2019 and 2020 editions of the awards respectively.

Dr Ganduje, the Executive Governor of Kano State, stated that the center of commerce is more than excited to host this year’s edition.

“We are happy BON Awards will be bringing the nation’s movie industry to Kano to feel the beauty and tranquility that our God-given land is known for.

“Kano, which is the second-largest industrial center after Lagos State in Nigeria and the largest commercial center in Northern Nigeria, also boasts of several tourist centers for our guests to feed their eyes on,” the governor said.

He also assured the organizers of the state’s full readiness to host the awards.

“While preparations are already in top gear to ensure a hitch-free and grand event, Kano people are happy to embrace the Nollywood industry,” he concluded.

In a related development, the Chief Executive Officer, Best Of Nollywood Awards, Seun Oloketuyi, said that the Government of Ekiti State has also declared to host next year’s edition of the event.

“For the year 2020’s edition of the awards, the people of Ekiti would be opening their doors to the popular players in the Nigerian movie industry by the special grace of God.

“Ekiti government, under Gov. Kayode Fayemi, has in its quest in putting the state on the tourism map of Nigeria, made the state a destination for entertainment.

“We can categorically state that the efforts of Mr. Governor in terms of changing the narratives about the state is yielding great results, and BON Awards is excited to bring the whole Nigeria, through the Nollywood industry, to experience his great strides without being told,” Oloketuyi stated.

Best of Nollywood Awards is an annual industry event honouring outstanding achievements in the Nigerian movie industry.

The first edition, hosted by the then Lagos State government, was held in 2009 and so far, the events have held in 9 states across the country since inception.

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BON Awards 2019: Sadiq Daba, Iya Rainbow, Ngozi Ezeonu Announced Special Recognition Awards Recipients

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For the eleventh consecutive year, Best of Nollywood Awards, BON, has again chosen to recognise and celebrate the Nigerian movie industry practitioners with awards focusing on their hard work, tenacity and steadfastness over the years in ensuring that the Nollywood, as the movie industry is popularly known, is at the forefront and at par with same industries around the world.
Recognising the contributions of some veteran thespians, the organisers of the prestigious industry award would be specially recognising Sadiq Daba, popularly known for his role as “Inspector Waziri” in October 1; Idowu Philips, whose stage name is ‘Iya Rainbow’, and Ngozi Ezeonu, a popular actress with over 150 movies to her credit.
The award-winning actor, Daba, who once worked as a broadcaster for Nigerian Television Authority, came to prominence in the late 1970s, starring in Cockcrow at Dawn.
Iya Rainbow was a nurse in general hospitals in Nigeria for several years and occasionally acted in theatre. She went full blast after the demise of her actor husband, Augustine Ayanfemi Phillips. She has featured in several Nigerian films, including Apaadi, Eru, and Aje Ni Iya Mi among others.
Ezeonu starred in Adesuwa, a role that earned her the Best supporting actress nomination at the 8th Africa Movie Academy Awards.
The 2019 edition of BON Awards, slated for December 14 promises to be memorable.
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Media Personality And Publisher of MetroNewsNg, Otunba Femi Davies Set To Make Come Back To The Movie Industry

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The well known Lagos based journalist,who has spent well over 25years transversing Lagos Television/Radio Lagos, Ogtv,Magnet Media,Oricom Advertising,Today’s Choice Magazine,Hearts Magazine,Ace Weekly,Global Excellence And City People Magazine,before serving under the government of Otunba Gbenga Daniel in Ogun State as Media Consultant to the governor and Director of Organization for Peoples Party Of Nigeria (PPN) before returning to his first love, journalism to berth Ultimate Magazine and later MetroNewsNg a digital news portal.

According to the Ogun State-born music/movie and events, promoter, his return to the movie industry is borne out of the realization that the industry is more sanitized now with the advent of social media tools and increment in avenues to recoup the money invested in the industry. He opined that income from investments was hitherto limited to whatever the marketer was willing to pay coupled with pirates who were milking the industry dry.

With the advent of social media, producers can exhibit movies at various cinema halls spread across the country, organize professional premiers, enter into contracts with digital platforms, broadcast platforms, and the likes to also make income. He also raised the fact that the standard of productions including use of state of the art equipment is so encouraging now that good and quality standard is now the measurement and expectation across the industry unlike what obtains in the past.

To this end, he is set to produce movies that will hit the market from the end of the year and the first quarter of 2020.

Asked if he is quitting journalism for movie making, the very jovial and mentor to many journalists said “ As a graduate of Mass Communication, I’m rather going back to the part of what I studied which is the use of mass media to communicate to a large audience with the intent to cause positive changes.

With the movies,I seek to entertain, educate, reorientate, and influence positive attitudes by positively projecting our culture and values. In one word, i will seek to tell our stories our own way, not the way foreigners want us to see ourselves”.

Otunba Femi Davies in the past was the brain behind notable Yoruba movies like “Owo Ale”, Ago Meje -7 ‘O Clock’, “Temi Ni Nkem”, “Pink Ladies”, “Alabarin”, “Mase Magbe” “2010 Odun Ayo Mi” shot in Suncity, South Africa amongst other movies.

He has managed top-rated acts like Sir Shina Peters, Wasiu Alabi Pasuma and promoted K1 D Ultimate, Adewale Ayuba, Wale Thompson, Dele Taiwo, Lanre Teriba, Musiliu Haruna Ishola, Q.Dot, Small Doctor, Remedies and a long list of others.

He is set to hit location for new sets of movie production from next month which incidentally is his birthday month.

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