By Modupe Gbadeyanka
The creative industry in Nigeria has received a further boost after Ecobank Nigeria reaffirmed its support for the sector.
The Managing Director of Ecobank Nigeria, Mr Patrick Akinwuntan, said the lender will continue to nurture African talents and provide the right resources for them to dream and thrive.
Mr Akinwuntan gave this reassurance at the premiere of a new flick, The Wait, produced by Yewande Zaccheaus, a former ‘Ecobanker’ and directed by Yemi Filmboy Morafa and Fiyin Gambo.
The movie is inspired by the popular book by the renowned lawyer and entrepreneur titled God’s Waiting Room. It chronicles the journeys of different characters, as they await the manifestation of their dreams.
At the premiere of the suspense-filled drama held on April 10, 2021, in Lagos, several dignitaries were present, including the wife of the Vice President of Nigeria, Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo; the First Lady of Ogun State, Mrs Bamidele Abiodun, amongst others.
Mr Akinwuntan, while speaking, applauded the producers for creating an impressive piece and confirmed the bank’s status as the partner of choice for the creative industry in Nigeria and across Africa.
“I encourage all SMEs in the country, including those in the entertainment industry, to avail themselves of the opportunity to partner with us to grow their businesses.
“As a pan-African bank, we have a collective vision of promoting the African culture to reinforce and celebrate our heritage.
“For us, it is beyond banking, we are constantly seeking ways to project the African continent in a positive light. We currently have partnerships with key industry players such as Bolanle Austen- Peters Production (BAP) and recently sponsored the African Music Awards (AFRIMA).
“We are also the lead sponsor of the widely acclaimed business reality show, Lions’ Den, which will soon hit the airwaves,” the bank chief said.
The Wait is a film that boasts of a star-studded cast like Nse Ikpe-Etim, Joke Silva, Kate Henshaw, Deyemi Okanlawon, Meg Otanwa, Jimmy Odukoya, Ini Dima-Okojie and Chimezie Imo.
The movie is a topical, yet superb visual with dramatic expressions that aptly capture the human experience of waiting. It is beautifully written to depict how interconnected the different characters are, as they wait for the fulfilment of their varying desperate desires.
The makers of The Wait movie assure audiences that it will excite them and impact lives nationwide, as people from all walks of life connect with the storyline.
AFRIMA Suspends Best Soundtrack in Film Category
By Ashemiriogwa Emmanuel
The nominees’ list for the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) 2021 has been released by the organisers, with the Best Soundtrack in a movie/series/documentary film category suspended.
Mrs Angela Martins, a member of the 13-man AFRIMA jury, said that this was a result of the low quality of entries for this year’s edition.
Recall that earlier before the deadline for entries submission, three new categories were added to the existing 37 award categories of the laurel platform which included Best Soundtrack in a movie/series/documentary film, Best Global Sound, and Breakout Artiste of the Year as approved by the International Committee of AFRIMA and The AFRIMA International Jury.
However, Mrs Martins assured that for the other categories, the committee gave Africans and the world the very best nominations and songs under the year in review.
The shortlist, which was released on Wednesday, was from over 8,880 songs submitted for adjudication and features a selection of over 400 songs from artists in the 30 continental and 10 regional categories.
Nominated African artiste by the 13-man AFRIMA panel cut across talents and creatives living on the continent and in the diaspora.
South Africa’s duo, Blaq Diamond came out as the top with eight nominations for the categories: Best Male Artiste in Southern Africa, Artiste of the Year in Africa; Song of the Year in Africa; Producer of the Year in Africa with their hit song, ‘SummerYoMuthi’.
Other categories where the duo was nominated included Best Male Artiste in African Inspirational Music; Breakout Artiste of the Year; Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Pop; Best African Duo, Group or Band.
This was followed by another South Africa talent, Focalistic, bagging seven nominations with the hit single, ‘Ke Star’ [Remix], which featured Davido and Virgo Deep.
Focalistic is in contention of the categories: Best Male Artiste in Southern Africa; Artiste of the Year in Africa; Song of the Year in Africa; Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Dance or Choreography; Best African Collaboration; Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Electro; Breakout Artiste of the Year.
Next on the scorecard was Nigeria’s made-in-Lagos crooner, Wizkid with six nominations for his hit song, ‘Essence’ featuring Tems, including ‘Artiste of the Year in Africa’, ‘Best Male Artist in Western Africa’ and ‘Album of the Year’.
The Afrobeat singer’s other nominations are ‘Best African Collaboration’, ‘Song of the Year in Africa’, and ‘Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African R n B Soul
Closely followed was Aya Nakamura of French-Mali with her single, ‘Plus Jamais’ featuring Stormzy with five nominations.
Equally, Tanzania’s Diamond Platnumz with his song, ‘waah’ featuring Koffi Olomide; Iba One of Mali for his single, ‘Education’, featuring Oumou Sangare and DJ Tarico from Mozambique with his song, ‘Yaba Buluku’ featuring Burna Boy, Preck & Nelson Tivane secured five nominations each as well.
Nigeria’s Omah Lay came behind this with four nominations for the Artiste of the Year in Africa; Best Artiste in Western Africa; Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Pop; Breakout Artiste of the Year categories.
DMW boss, Davido, and Patoranking from Nigeria; Fally Ipupa from DRC Congo); MHD from Guinea; and Rayvanny from Tanzania were also nominated in four categories.
Following this on the nominee’s list was Ghana’s Gyakie, Nigeria’s Bella Shmurda; Kenya’s Nikita Kering; Sierra Leone’s Nata, and Morocco’s Abir with three nominations each.
Singer Olakira, Burna boy from Nigeria; Calema (Sao Tome & Principe); Cassper Nyovest from South Africa; DJ Moh Green from Algeria; and Djelykaba Bintou from Guinea also have three nominations.
Artistes with two nominations are Ditto Ferre Gola (DRC Congo); Gyakie (Ghana); Kamo Mphela (South Africa); Kelly Khumalo (South Africa); Loco (Cameroon); Lojay & Sarz; Makhadzi (South Africa); Nasty C (South Africa); Rebo (DR Congo); Tems (Nigeria); Tiwa Savage (Nigeria); and Vector (Nigeria).
It also includes Shan’L (Gabon); Tayc (Cameroon); The Isomers (Nigeria); T’neeya (Cameroon); Cavemen (Nigeria); Afrie (Uganda); Solking (Algeria); Ko-C (Cameroon); Salatiel & Rutshelle Guillaume (Cameroon); Djodje (Cape Verde); Adekunle Gold (Nigeria); Bensoul (Kenya); Blxckie (South Africa); Franck Biyong (Cameroon); and Innoss’B (DR Congo).
Others are Kidi (Ghana); Ladipoe (Nigeria); Major League DJZ (South Africa); Manal (Morocco); Mapara A Jazz (South Africa); Mi Casa (South Africa); Nandy (Tanzania); Nelson Freitas (Cape Verde); Nomcebo Zikode (South Africa); Sauti Sol (Kenya); Stonebwoy (Ghana); Toofan (Togo); Yaw Tog (Ghana); Yemi Alade (Nigeria) and Zuchu (Tanzania).
AFRIMA will be broadcast from Lagos from Friday, November 19 to 21, 2021.
Wife of Music Legend King Sunny Ade Dies
By Ashemiriogwa Emmanuel
One of the wives of Nigerian music legend, King Sunny Ade (KSA), Mrs Risikat Adegeye, has passed on.
Mrs Adegeye, who was a former member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Amuwo Odofin constituency 1, and former commissioner, reportedly died in the early hours of Tuesday, September 21, 2021.
A statement issued by one of her sons, Mr George Folarin Olawande, on behalf of the family, confirmed that she died after a brief illness and that her remains have been deposited at the TOS Funeral Homes in Lagos.
“We wish to formally inform, friends, well-wishers, political associates, and the general public that Risikat Ajoke Adegeye passed on after a brief illness during the early hours of Tuesday, 21st September 2021.
“Risikat Ajoke Adegeye was a member in the 6th Assembly of the Lagos State House of Assembly.
“She will be greatly missed not only by her immediate family but also by her political associates and followers.
“Further information in respect to her burial ceremony will be announced later after extensive consultations with the family.
“Thank you as we pray that she continues to rest peacefully and eternally with the Almighty God,” the statement read.
Assumed to be in her late 50’s, late Mrs Adegeye was the third of seven wives of King Sunny Ade.
She gave up the ghost some hours to her husband’s 75th birthday, which is on Wednesday, September 22, 2021.
Tobi Bakre Joins LandLotto as Brand Ambassador
By Dipo Olowookere
Reality TV star, Mr Tobi Bakre, has been appointed as the brand ambassador for a lottery platform in Nigeria, Landlotto.
He was chosen to use his influence to promote the brand and make it very popular among Nigerians, who are exposed to many lotto brands.
Tobi Bakre shot into prominence when he featured in season 3 of the Big Brother Nigeria show and made it to the final. He later delved into acting and also became an influencer.
Over the years, he has garnered a huge following on social media. This is one of the things that attracted the management of Landlotto and both parties agreed to work together.
The firm said the new partnership consolidates its position as a trusted platform offering Nigerians a genuine shot at financial stability, as well as the chance to own landed properties and apartments in Lagos at a cost as low as N200, though this is only opened to persons who are 18 years or older.
Landlotto, which is licensed by the Lagos State Lottery Board, allows participants to win these various prizes on a daily, weekly, monthly, bi-monthly and quarterly basis.
The company said the lotto players can get N10,000 from the daily draws with just N200; N50,000 weekly with just N500 in the super Saturday draw; N500,000 monthly with N1,000 in the monthly jackpot; a grand prize of a piece of land with N2,000 every two months in the Land Mega Win draw; and an apartment in Lagos with just N3,000 in the Landlotto Boomer draw.
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