Connect with us

BIG STORY

Jide Kosoko, Ebele Okaro, Pete Edochie To Get Special Recognition Award At 2022 BON Awards

Published

on

As preparations are being finalised for the 14th edition of one of Nigeria’s most prestigious film awards, Best Of Nollywood (BON) Awards, organisers have announced three Nollywood veterans as worthy recipients of the Special Recognition Awards.

 

The trio of Jide Kosoko, Ebele Okaro and Pete Edochie are lined up to be celebrated for their immense impact on the industry over the last three decades.

 

Prince Jide Kosoko, who attended Yaba College of Technology and majored in business administration, debuted as a young actor in a television show called Makanjuola. He has been in various Nollywood films in both English and Yoruba. Jide Kosoko has written and produced several of his own films and theatrical plays, including Ogun Ahoyaya. Kosoko rose to prominence during the video cinema period, appearing in Asewo To Re Mecca and Tunde Kelani’s Ti Oluwa Ni’Le, Part 2. The thespian produced his first film, Asiri Nla in 1992, but has gone on to produce several others and featuring as an influential actor in scores of movies.

 

Ebele Okaro, London-born, Enugu-raised actress began acting as a teen in Santa Maria Primary School and proceeded to Queen of the Holy Rosary Secondary School in Nsukka. Her passion for the dramatic arts stood her out and she switched programmes to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts from the University of Calabar. Following her graduation from university, Okaro completed her National Youth Service at the Nigerian Television Authority, where she appeared on television for the first time. After a stint at an embassy in Lagos and a bank, she returned to Nollywood. Okaro created and performed in the 2014 film Musical Whispers, which argues for compassionate care for autistic children. Ebele Okaro’s influence in the industry has earned her the moniker “Mama Nollywood”, dutifully respected by both fans and colleagues.

 

Pete Edochie is one veteran whose legendary personality has put him on such a pedestal only a few of the people in his class can attain. Pete began his artistry career as a radio broadcaster at the age of 20, as a junior programming assistant before being promoted to the position of director. He grew to become the managing director before leaving Anambra Broadcasting Service (ABS). Edochie’s big acting break can be traced back to his epic role in Things Fall Apart which earned him an international award. The BBC flew into Nigeria to interview him for that role and the master actor has gone on to feature in over 80 movies, earning all sorts of accolades in the last three decades.

 

Jide Kosoko, Ebele Okaro and Pete Edochie’s impacts both on and off screen are worthy of celebrations and such is with the Special Recognition to be conferred on them at this year’s BON Awards, holding on the 3rd of December in Owerri, the Imo State capital.

 

These thespians are also known to have influenced their children into starting a career in the industry, starting another progressive curve of rising stars of Nollywood. Jide Kosoko’s four children, Temilade, Sola, Bidemi, and Muyiwa, Pete Edochie’s son, Yul Edochie are brilliant fruits of the veterans in the industry.

 

These veterans join the eventual winners of the 30 categories of awards for a worthy celebration.

 

It can be recalled that the full nomination list for BON Awards 2022 was earlier released with the movie ‘Ayinla’ leading the nominations count.

BIG STORY

UBA Takes Centre Stage At 2024 ECOWAS Mining Forum In Cotonou, Benin As Elumelu Gives Keynote Address

Published

on

Africa’s Global Bank, United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, has been announced as the official sponsor of the 4th edition of the ECOWAS Mining and Petroleum Forum (ECOMOF 2024) scheduled to take place at the Palais des Congrès in Cotonou, Benin from February 22 to February 24, 2024.

The regional event is expected to see a large gathering of key players and stakeholders in the mining and petroleum sectors of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and as the financial institution of choice, with presence in 20 African countries and active involvement in major continental development projects, UBA is the preferred partner for the event, underlining the bank’s commitment to the growth of mining and Petroleum industry in the sub-region but to the whole not African economic development.

UBA Group Chairman, Tony Elumelu, would give the keynote address during the opening ceremony of this all-important event.

Elumelu who doubles as Chairman of Transcorp Group, with extensive interests in energy and power, will be speaking on the theme: “Geo-extractive Resources and Technologies: what pooling strategies for Value Creation in West Africa”

His speech is expected to highlight UBA’s increasing effort to support and develop the African continent through strategic investments in the key sectors of mining and petroleum.

Under the esteemed leadership of the President of the Republic of Benin, His Excellency, Patrice Talon, and the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and current President of ECOWAS, His Excellency Mr. Bola Tinubu, UBA Group will at the forum aim to restate its commitment towards supporting economic and social development across the continent.

The focus of ECOMOF 2024 underscores the significance of transforming the mining and oil sectors into economic pillars by formulating attractive policies for investors, essential for the sectors’ substantial contribution to the Gross Domestic Products (GDP) of ECOWAS member states.

The Transnational Corporation Group (Transcorp Plc) – a diversified conglomerate with strategic investments in various sectors, including power and energy – will also actively participate in the forum.

Key officials from UBA Group and Transcorp Plc, including the Chief Executive Officer UBA Africa, Abiola Bawuah; UBA’s Group Head, Corporate and Energy Bank, Ebele Ogbue, and President/ Chief Executive Officer, Transcorp Group, Owen Omogiafo will be actively involved in discussions and panels on the sidelines of the event.

Anticipated to attract over 2,000 participants from diverse sectors, including representatives from mining and oil industries, government officials, international and national investors, industry experts, ECOWAS delegates, and international organizations, ECOMOF 2024 promises to be a significant platform for collaborative dialogue and partnership building.

United Bank for Africa is one of the largest employers in the financial sector on the African continent, with 25,000 employees’ group wide and serving over 35 million customers globally. Operating in 20 African countries and in the United Kingdom, the United States of America, France and the United Arab Emirates, UBA provides retail, commercial and institutional banking services, leading financial inclusion and implementing cutting edge technology.

Continue Reading

BIG STORY

JUST IN: FG Working To Reduce Rising Food Prices Inherited From Past Government — Finance Minister Wale Edun

Published

on

Wale Edun, Nigeria’s Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, said that President Bola Tinubu’s administration inherited a surge in food and general commodity prices from the previous government.

He, however emphasized the government’s commitment to reducing food prices and tackling the nation’s high inflation rate.

Speaking at the Public Wealth Management Conference in Abuja on Tuesday, February 20, the finance minister acknowledged the hardships faced by Nigerians and outlined measures taken to alleviate their suffering.

He revealed that, as part of these interventions, the government has released 42,000 metric tons of grains, with an additional 60,000 metric tons scheduled for release soon.

Continue Reading

BIG STORY

JUST IN: State Police Bill Passes Second Reading At House Of Representatives

Published

on

A bill proposing the establishment state police has passed second reading at the house of representatives.

Sponsored by Benjamin Kalu, deputy speaker of the house, and 14 others, the bill proposes to transfer the term “police” in the 1999 constitution from the exclusive legislative list to the concurrent legislative list.

The bill, which comprises 18 clauses, seeks to amend sections 34, 35, 39, 42, 84, 89, 129 153, 197, 214, 215 and 216 of the constitution.

 

More to come…

Continue Reading

Most Popular