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Nollywood star, Jaiye Kuti Becomes ‘HOPE By Kiki Okewale’ Fashion Brand Ambassador

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Seasoned Nollywood actress, Jaiye Kuti has just been announced as the new face of HOPE By Kiki Okewale, a thriving Lagos fashion brand.

Jaiye, one of the most sought after in the Nollywood industry, who recently showcased as one of the brand ambassadors of a popular dairy product, has taken to her Instagram page to share the exciting news of her fresh endorsement deal with friends and fans.

Announcing the deal via her handle @jaiyeola_monje, the actress said: “It is with great pleasure that I introduce myself as the face of HOPE By Kiki Okewale @hopebykikiokewale Fashion Brand. I am absolutely thrilled to be associated with this fast-rising and leading performance fashion brand. My people, let’s show her how it’s done.”

The HOPE Fashion Brand has 3 units —HOPE By Kiki Okewale for fabrics; KO Ready To Wear for party/evening and casual dresses and lastly, Bling By Kiki for jewelry, shoes, and purses/clutch bags.

With nearly 2 million followers on Instagram, the swashbuckling accomplished thespian is expected to use her clout as a notable influencer to push all HOPE brands and help the brands connect with its customers on a more personal level.

As its brand ambassador, Jaiye is also expected to raise awareness for the HOPE new designs through activities like wearing its clothes, attending fashion shows, or through other promotions either in person or via social media.

Speaking on the deal, style icon, and HOPE Brand CEO, Mrs. Kiki Okewale, said: “We are so excited to have my beautiful big sister, Jaiye Kuti on board as the face of our fast-growing fashion brand. By this relationship, we already feel the grace of God upon her life and it will be mutually beneficial.”

For the Ilaro, Ogun State-born crossover actress, she made her acting debut in 2002 via a TV series, ‘Laff Pattern’. She has gone to feature in several other full-length movies and hit soaps including ‘Everyday People’, ‘One Love’, ‘Face to Face’ and presently running series, ‘Borokini’.

Jaiye is also a producer and businesswoman. She is the Chief Executive Officer at Jaylex Aesthetic Production, a company that specializes in film, television, and video production.

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Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Others Nominated For 2022 NAACP Award

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Nigerian music stars, Wizkid, Fireboy, Tiwa Savage, Kidi, and Omah Lay were on Tuesday night nominated for the NAACP Image Awards in the Outstanding International Song category, organized by the National Association for Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP).

Wizkid received a nomination for his song “Essence,” which features Tems and Justin Bieber, and Fireboy DML received a nomination for his smash song “Peru.”

Tiwa Savage was nominated for her song “Somebody’s Son,” which features Brandy, while Kidi and Omah Lay were nominated for their songs “Touch it” and “Understand,” respectively.

The 53rd NAACP Image Awards honor exceptional achievements and performances by persons of color in film, television, streaming, music, literature, and podcasts across more than 80 categories.

The 2022 NAACP Image Awards were announced Tuesday in a virtual event on NAACP’s Instagram channel, hosted by actress Kyla Pratt, Black-ish actor, Marcus Scribner, and singer Tinashe.

The winners will be announced during the two-hour live television special, which will be hosted by seven-time NAACP Image Awards winner, Anthony Anderson, airing on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022, at 8:00 PM ET/PT on BET.

Netflix leads nominations across motion picture and television plus streaming categories while  Insecure received the most nominations in the television plus streaming categories.

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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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