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Maryam Booth, Gbenga Adeyinka Unveiled As Host Of BON Awards 2019

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As the countdown to 2019 Best of Nollywood (BON) awards descends, the Nigerian movie industry is revving and busy for the biggest night to send forth the year.

The ingenuity for this year’s BON Awards is targeted at offering a unique perspective on the make-believe industry and red carpet moments sure to spellbind players and stakeholders as the duo of cerebral top Nigerian celebrities would be anchoring the event.

Gbenga Adeyinka, who is a regular face at the awards will be sharing the stage with the delectable and Kannywood sensation, Maryam Ado Mohammed, known professionally as Maryam Booth.

The choice of Gbenga, who started his career as a corporate affairs manager in an engineering firm, was borne out of his consistency and professionalism in a smooth delivery.

He became popular with his shine-shine bobo promo for ‘Star Game Show’. He has also anchored television programmes for AIT, Galaxy TV, MBI, and Africa Magic on DSTV.

The self-acclaimed Grand Comedian of Nigeria, GCON, is a multi-award-winning Nigerian actor, comedian, writer, and MC, who speaks various Nigerian languages.

On her part, Maryam Booth, who is to co-host with Adeyinka, came into the acting scene when she was 8 years old and has since established herself as an icon in the northern Nigeria media industry.

She came into the limelight with her hit movie Dijangala which was released in 2007 and had gone on to be known for her dexterity in playing a wide range of roles in movies.

Maryam is also a model, fashion designer and brand ambassadors for several notable brands including Ajinomoto.

According to the Chief Executive Officer of BON, Seun Oloketuyi, “This year’s edition of the award will be one of the most intriguing yet to close 2019 for the Nollywood industry, we dare you to be there.”

The 2018 edition, anchored by Helen Paul, held in Oyo State, while this year’s Best of Nollywood awards will hold on December 14, 2019 in Kano State.

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Ooni Of Ife Criticizes BBNaija, Suggests Replacement

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The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, has suggested a replacement for the Big Brother Naija reality show.

While playing host to members of the National Youth Council of Nigeria in his palace at Ile Ife, Osun, the monarch criticized the #BBNaija show.

He said the reality show was “misrepresenting the goodness and integrity of the Nigerian youths”.

As a replacement, he suggested a reality show that would project the country’s values, cultures, and traditions.

He suggested that the new show could be tagged “The Big Nigeria Reality Show”.

“The proposed show will be structured in a way that young professionals, talented individuals, and others across several fields of endeavour will be showcased and helped to reach their peak.

“This would help the participants and also help viewers to have access to people that can be seen as role models,” Ooni added.

The royal father, who stressed the need for participation of more youths in leadership, lamented that the youths have misplaced their priorities and must redress it as a matter of urgent public importance.

“Nigerian youths are fond of accusing and abusing our leaders, stop abusing them contribute your own quota. Let’s wear our thinking caps and begin to act like the real future leaders that we are.

“In the last general election, the total number of vote cast was around 27 million while over 170 million people voted during the 2019 Big Brother Naija reality show.

“This is a practical reality of who Nigerian youths are and where our priorities lie as Nigerians.

“The funny side in all of these is that we still go to bed, have a good sleep, and wake up with the hope to meet a Nigeria we didn’t create.

“Unfortunately, every time I talk about this kind of attitude, everyone just laughs and moves on. What kind of nation are we building?

“When people say this country, or what kind of country is this, they are indirectly saying these people – it is the people that make a country; so what kind of Nigerian youths are we?” Ooni asked.

Earlier in his address, the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare, who was represented by Dr Mariam Abdullahi, a director in the ministry, explained that the youths have major roles to play in the country’s development.

“As a government, we will keep ensuring that we equip our youths towards prosperity,” the minister added.

Representing Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun at the event, the state’s Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Mr Yemi Lawal, explained that the youths have a lot to learn from elders towards reaching their goals.

“As much as we youths are important, let us be humble enough to learn from our elders because they were once like us. Humility, persistence, and patience is the key and we must be upright in our dealings,” he said.

The President of the National Youth Council of Nigeria, Mr. Sara-Igbe Sukubo, thanked the Ooni for what he described as an unthinkable warm reception for the youths.

“We have heard your kind words of wisdom and I want to assure you on behalf of the teeming Nigerian youths that we will put them into action.

“Fellow Nigerian youths, as we reflect on youth engagement for global action today, let us realize that a new era of opportunities and responsibilities is now upon us.

“Today’s youths are now being called upon to rise as practical stakeholders in governance and development. Let us rise to this challenge,” Sukubo said.

The youths at the occasion announced Ooni Ogunwusi as the ”Royal Father of Nigerian Youths”, in recognition and appreciation of his immeasurable commitment towards youth development in the country.

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‘COVID-19 Has Affected Us’ — Ace Comedian Gbenga Adeyinka Diversifies From Comedy, Opens ‘D-1st’ Bakery

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Gbenga Adeyinka, a Nigerian comedian, has founded a new company involved in farming, baking, and bottled water production as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to hit the showbiz industry.

The 52-year-old, who hails from Abeokuta, Ogun state capital, broke the news in a statement via his Instagram on Tuesday, citing the financial strain he has had to grapple with amid the pandemic.

“As you well know, COVID-19 has adversely affected an Industry where I am an active player. In the desire to open new vistas, I am embarking on a new entrepreneurial journey,” he wrote.

“In honour of my mum who I lost 10 years ago, I registered a company to immortalise her called Adunni Adeyinka Foods. We are into farming, bakery/Confectionery, and bottled water.

“We will be opening the Bakery arm of the business on Sunday, August 9th at 12 noon and I will be delighted if you kindly have me in your prayers.

Adeyinka, who is dubbed the first Nigerian to publish comedy magazine, had worked as a corporate affairs manager in an engineering firm but broke out with his promo for the ‘Star Game Show’.

He has also anchored Television programmes for AIT, Galaxy TV, MBI, and Africa Magic on DSTV.

The comedian’s move comes after Innocent Idiabia, a singer better known as Tuface, had unveiled the Innobia Cooperatives Organisation (Innobia Allied Ltd), his agro-allied business project.

Gloria Young, an actress, had earlier warned that entertainers in Nigeria could go hungry if they don’t find alternative ways to make ends meet as the country fights the economic impact of COVID-19.

“The pandemic has affected all forms of the economy, including the entertainment sector which is one of the greatest employers of labour that had been greatly affected,” she had said.

“Though all productions of films and radio had been put on hold, however, we still hold internet meetings to plan the way forward for sustenance.

“When the pandemic is over, our lives won’t be the same again. We hope to use the internet more in subsequent productions, following the current experiences we’re passing through.”

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COVID-19: AHBEA Postpone This Year’s Award To 2021

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As a result of the current realities of the Covid-19 pandemic, the organizing committee of the Afro-Heritage Broadcasting & Entertainment Awards (AHBEA) has decided to postpone this year’s awards to next year.
We will, however, like to sympathize with countries and families that have lost their citizens and loved ones to this deadly virus. We are also not forgetting to commend the efforts of the frontline workers and caregivers who stake their lives to provide healthcare services and supports to all those infected by this virus all over the world.
We will like to encourage us to continue to strictly adhere and observe the protocols and guidelines issued by the World Health Organisation, disease control agencies, and the various health care institutions in our different countries.
We, at AHBEA, wish to further lend our voice to encourage you all to stay safe and protected by ensuring you always put on your face mask, wash your hands with soap and running water frequently, use alcohol-based sanitizer and ensure you constantly observe social distancing at all time.
We regret any inconveniences the postponement of this year’s event will cause you and our sponsors all over the world.
Thank you and God bless.
Executive Producer
Organizing Committee,
AHBEA
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