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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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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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BREAKING: Veteran Comic Actor, Baba Suwe Is Dead

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Veteran Nigerian comic actor, Babatunde Omidina fondly referred to as Baba Suwe is dead.

The news of his death was confirmed but the president of the Theatre Arts and Motion Picture Producers Association of Nigeria, Bolaji Amusan also known as Mr Latin.

In an exclusive interview with The Punch, Mr Latin said, “It has been confirmed that Baba Suwe is dead. I just got off the phone with his son who confirmed that the actor is dead. I don’t have much details about his death.”

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BREAKING: Davido Donates 200M Birthday Giveaway, Adds N50m Extra To Orphanages Across Nigeria

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Multiple award-winning Nigerian singer and songwriter, David Adeleke popularly known as Davido has donated the sum of 250 million naira to orphanages across Nigeria.

Recall that Davido made headlines some days ago when he urged his friends to send him a one million naira each ahead of his 29th birthday (Read Details Here).

Davido raised 40 million naira in less than one hour and it wasn’t too long before the talented singer accumulated 100 million naira.

He raised the benchmark to 200 million naira and Davido was able to accumulate the figure.

Davido has now released a statement revealing that he will be adding 50 million naira to the initial 200 million naira accumulated.

According to the statement released, Davido stated that the birthday giveaway will be disbursed to orphanage homes across the country.

Davido statement reads:

FRIDAY, 19TH NOVEMBER 2021

DONATION OF NGN 250,000,000.00 TO ORPHANAGES ACROSS NIGERIA

I wish to express my sincere gratitude to my friends, colleagues, fans, and the public for the generous expressions of love in recent days. In my usual playful manner, I requested a few days ago that my friends and colleagues send money in celebration of my birthday. The response and outcome exceeded my expectations, as I received about NGN 200,000,000.00 in less than two days. I truly appreciate everyone who donated hard-earned funds and I am very thankful for your generosity.

I have always been passionate about giving back and helping people. In view of this. I am delighted to announce that all the funds received, totaling NGN 200,000,000.00, will be donated to orphanages across Nigeria as well as the Paroche foundation. In addition, I will be making a personal donation of NGN 50,000,000.00, bringing the total amount to NGN 250,000,000.00.

To oversee the distribution of funds to beneficiaries.

I have established a five-person Disbursement Committee. Members of the committee include:

Mrs. Titi Adebayo- chairman of the committee.
Professor Jonathan Nwosu- secretary to the committee.
Professor Yahana Joel Asabe of the Northern Nigeria Seventh Day Adventist Union Conference.
Pastor (Dr) Oyalabu of Spring Time Development Foundation (SDF).
Professor Uloma Onuoha
The committee will compile a list of orphanages across Nigeria. They will determine the number of children and their needs at each orphanage and then divide the funds accordingly.

The committee will also determine the portion of the money that will be donated to Paroche foundation.

To maintain transparency, the committee will make public the names of the beneficiary orphanages and how much each will receive.

A list of all beneficiaries and their verified account details will be submitted to Wema Bank, who will then be instructed to credit each beneficiary’s account.

My goal is to do this fundraising every year to celebrate my birthday and give back to people in need. It is my hope that my friends, fans, colleagues in the industry, and the public will continue to support me as I drive this cause.

Once again, I express my sincere gratitude to my friends, colleagues, fans, and everyone that made this possible. God bless you all.

We rise by lifting others.
David

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