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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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Banky W Survives Fourth Surgery, Says “Final Score: Christ 4-0 Cancer Tumors” [VIDEO]

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Nigerian popular R ‘n’ B singer, Olubankole Wellington, popularly known as Banky W, has successfully undergone a fourth cancer surgery.

The “Made For You” crooner, In a heartfelt post on his Instagram page on Thursday, expressed gratitude to God for his recovery.

Banky W thanked his wife, family, friends, and pastors for their unwavering support and prayers, as well as his medical team, Dr. Onyewu and Dr. Adenuga, for their expertise and care.

“Sometimes, your faith in God will not prevent the storms from coming… but it will carry you through them. Faith won’t always stop you from hurting, but it will help you heal, and it will help you deal.

“God never said the weapons wouldn’t form, He promised that they wouldn’t prosper. He never said the enemy wouldn’t come… He promised that when the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of God would raise a standard against him.

“Posting this testimony to encourage anyone out there who is going through a challenge. It might seem bigger than you, but greater is He that is in you than anything you will face in this world.

“Grateful for my wife, family, friends, and Pastors for their love, prayers, and support. Thanking God for my health and trusting that this latest victory is final in Jesus’ name.

“Appreciating the gifted hands and minds of my doctors, Dr. Onyewu of the Center for Advanced Specialty Surgery, and Dr. Adenuga of Euracare and the teams that support them.

“We have the victory yet again. Now and forever, in Jesus’ name.

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” – Romans 8:28″

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Popular Nigerian Highlife Singer Flavour Loses Father [VIDEO]

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Famous Nigerian highlife singer, Chinedu Okoli, popularly known as Flavour N’abania, has lost his father.

The singer made the death of Benjamin Onyemaechi Okoli known via social media pages on Wednesday.

He shared an old video of him playing guitar to serenade his father.

He captioned the video as, “My father, papa Ijele rest well”.

Flavour, however, did not disclose the cause of death or the date of his passing.

Fans and colleagues have offered their condolences in the post’s comments section.

Flavour, who is well known for his ability to sing fluently in the Igbo language, was born in Enugu.

He began his music career at the age of 13; playing the drums for his church choir.

In 2005, Flavour released his debut album ‘N’abania’ through Obaino Music.

Since then, he has released eight albums. The projects include ‘African Royalty’, ‘Flavour of Africa’ (2020), ‘Awele’ (2018), ‘Ijele The Traveler’ (2017) and ‘Thankful’ (2014).

Others include ‘Blessed’ (2012), ‘Uplifted’ (2010) and ‘N’abania’ (2005).

Flavour has also established himself as a household name in the music industry.

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Juju Music Sensation Dele Taiwo’s Star-Studded Birthday Bash In Lagos To Hold On Sunday

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The cozy Avalanche Club is set to become the epicenter of a grand celebration this Sunday as renowned Juju musician, Asiwaju Dele Taiwo, affectionately known as Dele Taiwo, commemorates his birthday with a star-studded event dubbed “Asiwaju Dele Taiwo and Friends Live In Lagos.”

This highly anticipated celebration, powered by Otunba Femi Davies of Metronews and Otunba Bestman Nze Jumbo of Team Nigeria for Change, promises to be an unforgettable evening, featuring performances from top Juju musicians such as Queen Ayo Balogun, Hessking, Fuji rave , Alh Wasiu Haruna Ishola son of the Apapa legend, Haruna Ishola. Boye Best is also top on the list of artistes that will thrill the birthday celebration audience.

The event is surely a testament of the profound respect and admiration the Nigerian music community holds for Dele Taiwo, a prominent figure in the industry.

Otunba Bestman, expressing his excitement, shared, “Asiwaju Dele Taiwo is my friend and a force to reckon with in the Nigerian music space. It is our style in Team Nigeria for Change to identify and celebrate such outstanding acts. So, myself and some friends believe it is not too much to celebrate such a person who has made huge impacts on his birthday.”

The venue for this exclusive birthday celebration, Avalanche Restaurant and Lounge, is strategically chosen for its cozy and pleasurable ambiance.

Owned by Hon. Kehinde Paul Bankole, this upscale venue is located at 5, Bamako Estate, Opposite Omole Phase I, in Lagos.

Hon. Bankole emphasized the special nature of this event, stating, “Gentleman Dele Taiwo’s birthday celebration is a special appearance for me personally and I can assure our guests that the best treatment in terms of hospitality awaits them at Avalanche this Sunday.”

Guests attending the event can look forward to a glamorous evening starting with a red carpet reception at 4:00 PM, setting the tone for a night filled with music, celebration, and high spirits.

Asiwaju Dele Taiwo’s birthday bash is not just a celebration of his life but also a tribute to his contributions to the Juju music genre, bringing together friends, fans, and fellow musicians in an evening of joy and festivity.

Media support includes City People magazine, MetroNews, Eko mi Eko e, Freelanews, SocietyGist, Goldmyne, Islanders Events magazine, Dior events, Dope TV, and many more.

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