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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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CKay’s Hit Track ‘Love Nwantiti’ Gets Certified Gold In The US

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On January 10, 2022, the worldwide popular song ‘Love Nwantiti’ by Nigerian musician CKay was certified Gold in the United States. This happened after the album was declared Gold in the United Kingdom and France.

In 2020, the record surpassed chart streams all over the world, topping key charts. This made history, establishing CKay as Africa’s most popular musician on Spotify. In the United States, such prestigious movements as obtaining the Gold Plaque occur when an album sells the equivalent of 500,000 copies through streaming and raw CD sales.

The hit tune “Love Nwantiti” was first published by Chocolate City in 2019, but a year later, a remix featuring Joeboy and Kwami Eugene was released, and it quickly became a hit.

The original version of the hit song ‘Love Nwantiti,’ not the remix, made ripples in the United States, earning him the Gold Plaque.

“When I came here, I had a master plan,” he remarked of his road to the limelight when he arrived in Lagos in 2014. I had the ability to both produce and write. He continues, “At one point, that was all I had to offer.” He had to develop and write for a long before publishing his own tracks, which brought him to Chocolate City and then Warner Music in 2020.

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I Was Born To Be An Actress, Says Canada-Based Yetunde Adeyemi

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Yetunde Adeyemi is a Canada-based actress and movie producer.

She is also a beautician who makes other ladies look beautiful.

This stunning beauty is into make-up and Hair.

She spoke to Citypeople Magazine a few days back about her success story.

Below are excerpts.

Please introduce yourself to us and what you do for a living

My name is Yetunde Adeyemi “CEO” yetibae.beautymakeup

I was born to be an Actress

Am a beautician (eyebrow tech, makeup artist, hairstylist, and so on…)

How did acting start for you?

Felt like I was born with it … I started in my primary school … at the age of 12yrs whereby the school had to take us from one province to another to perform on stage …and I always felt awesome about entertaining people…

How long have you been acting?

Been into movie production since 2006 …15yrs

How challenging has it been sustaining your interest in acting abroad?

As an international producer, we struggle to get the development funding and also the cinema distributor, which is still healthy but different somehow …

Where were you born? Where did you grow up? Which schools did you attend?

I was born in Lagos, grew up in Lagos, spent my adult age in Abuja …

I attended a couple of primary schools…(federal government college ijanikin), I finished from a private school (Tedoa nursery school)

For my Secondary school, I attended Iludun Oro comprehensive high school in Kwara State …

I attended the University of Abuja.

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Made Kuti Bags First Grammy Nomination After AFRIMA

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Made Kuti, son of Afrobeat maestro, Femi Kuti, has bagged his first Grammy nominations.

The grandson of Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, earned his first nominations at the 64th Grammy Awards as his father bagged his fifth Grammy nomination.

The nominations for the 64th Grammy awards were announced on Tuesday, November 23, 2021, by the Recording Academy. Made Kuti, alongside his father, made the cut for the nominations in one of the 86 categories for the 2022 GRAMMYs Awards.

Made Kuti and Femi Kuti’s joint album, ‘Legacy +,’ was nominated for the Best Global Music Album at The 64th Grammys. The Kutis were nominated in the same category alongside Angelique Kidjo for her album, ‘Mother Nature,’ Rocky Dawumi for the album, ‘Voice of Bunbon Volume 1,’ and Wizkid for his album, ‘Made In Lagos.’

Reacting to the feat, Made Kuti said, “My mind is blown!! A Grammy nomination from my debut album! All those years I spent practicing all those instruments by myself to record an album, I would play every instrument in by myself! Notating the music, recording it, editing it! Thank you to everyone that was involved.”

Made makes his mark as the third Kuti to earn a Grammy nomination. Neither his father, Femi nor his uncle, Seun Kuti, have won the award.

Earlier in 2021, the rising Afrobeat musician scooped his first award nomination at the All Africa Music Awards. Made earned a nomination in the Best artiste, duo, or group in the African jazz category. The singer’s song, Free Your Mind, earned him the nomination.

Other nominees in the category are Nigeria’s Tomi Owo and Olu, South Africa’s Thandi Ntuli, Zoe Modiga, and Bokani Dyer, Cameroon’s Franck Biyong, Kenya’s Hornsphere, Mozambique’s Jimmy Dludlu.

Made, the first son of Femi Kuti and Funke Kuti has been walking on a familiar and family path of music since he was young. He was a member of his father’s Positive Force band for a while after he graduated from London’s Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in 2018.

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