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BON Awards 2021: Yahaya Bello Promises A Show Like Never, As Organizers Announces Special Recognition Winners For 12th Edition

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As part of the activities leading up to the annual, travelling, film industry awards, Best of Nollywood (BON), the organisers have announced plans to specially recognize individuals and an organization that has contributed immensely to the growth of Nollywood.

The award, which is billed to hold on Saturday, December 11 in Lokoja, Kogi State promises to be the most superlative so far as the host governor, Yahaya Bello has promised stars, guests, and other industry professionals a show like no other.

According to the organizers, the recipients for special recognition awards for the 12th edition include Abiola Atanda popularly known as ‘Madam Kofo’, Africa Magic and the late industry titan, Chico Ejiro.

In a statement made available to journalists, Seun Oloketuyi, founder of the pan-Nigerian Best Of Nollywood Awards stated that it is important to celebrate our known and recognized industry icons. “Not only does this encourage the spirit of growth in the industry, but we would also be doing these three parties a major disservice if we do not recognize them.

“Madam Kofo is a veteran who has quietly worked on putting Nollywood on the map of world industries for more than five decades. A thespian with both stage and screen presence, Madam Kofo worked with the likes of the late Hubert Ogunde and is today still relevant. Such a woman deserves all the accolades we can give her.

“Africa Magic is perhaps another underserved brand. Nollywood of today owes a lot to that brand, and because it is an organization, we many times forget to give them the credit they deserve, which is why we have deemed it fit to recognise them and say thank you for their contributions to the industry.

“Finally came Chico Ejiro. This special recognition even though posthumous struck the team the most because we would have loved that he was alive to receive the award himself. Many in Nollywood owe their careers and success to Chico and even though we are sad to have lost him, this award is to help people remember his enormous contribution to the industry.”

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Rap Music Is Dead And Boring, I Don’t Listen To It — Wizkid

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Wizkid says he doesn’t listen to rap music, describing the genre as “dead” and “boring”.

In a recent interview, the Afrobeats singer spoke about the place of other genres and his thoughts about them.

Wizkid also hammered on the “dominance of Afrobeats over the rest of the music market.”

“Afrobeats is the new pop. I sold two million copies in America off of one song! Even some American artists don’t have a diamond record. If I’m being honest, I don’t listen to any other genre of music anymore,” he said.

“I don’t listen to rap – that shit is boring to me. It’s dead now, it’s tired. These guys do the same shit, rap on the same beats and the same flows.

“No disrespect to nobody. I don’t have anything against rap or any other type of music. I have a lot of rappers as friends, like a lot. So I’m probably the wrong person to say this.”

Wizkid has had five albums, including ‘Superstar’ (2011), ‘Ayo’ (2014), and ‘Sounds From The Other Side’ (2017).

‘More Love, Less Ego’ is the fifth studio album from the Afrobeats star and was released on November 11.

It is the follow-up to his 2020 full-length project ‘Made in Lagos’ and includes the hit single ‘Bad to Me’.

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BON Awards: Best Soundtrack Category Renamed For Sammy Okposo

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· As Hypo Sponsors Best Short Film Award

With the 2022 edition of the Best of Nollywood (BON) Awards set to hold this weekend on Saturday, December 3, in Owerri, Imo State, the organisers have announced a few last-minute changes to make the edition a truly memorable one.

In honour of the memory of ace gospel artiste, Sammie Okposo, who died in the early hours of Friday, November 25, the organisers have renamed the Best Soundtrack in a movie category after the late ‘Wellu Wellu’ singer, who in his lifetime was described as a general in God’s army and took the gospel beyond the church.

In addition, Hypo has joined the train of sponsors for the awards and has endowed the Best Short Film Category. BON organisers reveal that Hypo will be giving the winner of that category funds to shoot a short film on hygiene.

Speaking on the latest developments, founder, BON Awards, Seun Oloketuyi stated that the fact that newer innovations are coming in this close to the awards is testament that this year’s edition will be bigger and better than previous editions.

“Sammie Okposo in his lifetime was a force, and he did a lot for the growth of gospel music in Nigeria and beyond. We are not a music award, but we feel the need to honour him in some way. This was what inspired us to rename the Best Soundtrack category after him. His loss will be felt by all and this is just a way to immortalize him.

Hypo’s endowment of the short film category is a really big one. Winning an award for something you have done well, and then getting funds to do it again is a feeling any producer would welcome and I am excited for the winner and winners in other categories.”

Oloketuyi noted that the host of the 2022 edition of the BON awards, Gov Hope Uzodinma has opened his doors wide for the entertainment industry, particularly the movie sector, to contribute to the financial growth of the state’s economy through tourism and complement the governor’s achievement in the state.

“This is the 14th edition and the second time this indigenous movie awards will be held in the Southeast. One of the reasons we decided to host the awards in Imo this year is because the history and story of Nollywood will not be complete without mentioning Imo State because there are lots of Imo indigenes who have done well in the industry.”

It will be remembered that the Gov. Uzodinma has restated his commitment to the entertainment industry revealing that Government will continue to support artistes to achieve their primary objectives. He further expressed his readiness to give maximum support to the Nigerian entertainment industry as well as make Imo state more conducive for ease of doing business for filmmakers.

The hosts for this edition are the duo of Lateef Adedimeji and Queen Nwokoye.

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DJ Cuppy Engaged To British Boxer, Ryan Taylor [VIDEO]

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Popular Nigerian disk jockey, Florence Otedola, known professionally as DJ Cuppy is officially off the market after saying yes to the marriage proposal of a British boxer, Ryan Taylor.

 

In a now-viral video shared by Dammiedammie35 on Twitter, the daughter of Nigerian business mogul, Femi Otedola seemed to have been caught off guard when Ryan Taylor approached and went on his knees to ask for her hand in marriage.

 

The obviously excited DJ Cuppy said yes to the marriage proposal after which the couple shared a passionate hug and kiss while the DJ of the event played ‘Marry You’, a song by Bruno Mars in the background.

 

Some Nigerians have, as usual, taken to social media to react to the development.

 

A Twitter user @SirDavid bent tweeted, “DJ Cuppy ignored all the people trolling her about how old she was getting and still staying in her father’s house, and made her silent moves. She knew how controversial her relationship would have been if she brought it online. A very wise girl in my opinion. Congratulations.”

 

Another user, @ OlisaOsega , wrote “I just woke up and saw that DJ Cuppy is now engaged. This was someone who has always claimed to be single here. Lmao not everyone who tweets “God when” here is actually single. Some people are in a sweet relationship and are ‘God whening’ with you. Congratulations to Cuppy.”

 

DJ Cuppy is however not the first Otedola daughter to get an engagement ring this year. Her younger sister, Temi Otedola was earlier this year engaged to popular singer, Mr Eazi.

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