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HAPAwards 2021 Organisers Honour Toyin Kolade

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Toyin Kolade

By Modupe Gbadeyanka

A Lagos-based socialite, businesswoman and philanthropist, Mrs Toyin Kolade, has been celebrated by organisers of the Hollywood and African Prestigious Awards (HAPAwards).

Mrs Kolade, fondly called Iyalaje of the Source, was honoured by HAPAwards organisers on her birthday for good works, business strides and positive contributions to the development of society.

The African representative of HAPAwards, Mr Adeola Odunowo, led other team members to the residence of Mrs Kolade to present her with a trophy.

“We decided to honour her on a special day and also officially present a trophy as the International Business Woman of the Year 2020 from the last edition of HAPAwards, which took place in the United State of America,” Mr Odunowo said.

He further noted the awards appreciation of the awardee’s immense efforts to showcase the African heritage and reposition Yoruba culture and tradition around the world.

He disclosed that the 5th edition of HAPAwards has already commenced with activities in top gear to make this year’s edition a memorable one.

According to him, the theme for HAPAwards 2021 is Collaboration for Global Development, Peace and Prosperity.

Responding, Mrs Kolade, who is the Managing Director of Fisolak Global Resources, praised and thanked the executives of HAPAwards for the global recognition even with the ongoing pandemic which has ravaged the entire world.

She disclosed that the honour will encourage and motivate her to do more for the less privileged in society while representing Africa on the global stage.

Mrs Kalode is also the sole promoter of the Aje Festival (Festival of Wealth) in Ile-Ife, the cradle of the Yoruba race. It was gathered that she is planning to celebrate her installation as the Iyalaje Oodua by the Ooni of Ife, Oba Babatunde Adeyeye Ogunwusi, on July 17, 2021, in Ile-Ife.

The HAPAwards is a US-based award that recognises outstanding individuals, whose lives have been marked by extraordinary personal and professional accomplishments.

Last year, Richard Mofe Damijo, Patoranking, Rita Dominic, Kate Henshaw and Oba Olufolarin Ogunsanwo, the Alara of Ilara Kingdom, were among notable personalities across Africa and beyond that were honoured.

Modupe Gbadeyanka is a fast-rising journalist with Business Post Nigeria. Her passion for journalism is amazing. She is willing to learn more with a view to becoming one of the best pen-pushers in Nigeria. Her role models are the duo of CNN's Richard Quest and Christiane Amanpour.

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Ghana’s Amaarae Joins Spotify EQUAL Music Programme

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Ghanaian star Amaarae

By Modupe Gbadeyanka

The prestigious Spotify EQUAL Music Programme has announced Ghanaian breakout star, Amaarae, as the January Artist of the Month.

The red-gold-green nation’s global sensation is the cover of Spotify’s EQUAL Africa playlist, which compiles music from “the fiercest African women making waves”.

Spotify EQUAL is a pledge to amplify the voices of women in the music industry, as only 25 per cent of artistes on the charts are female, according to a study by Spotify-funded USC Annenberg.

The EQUAL programme spans seven categories, which include the EQUAL Artists of the Month and the EQUAL local playlists, where Amaarae represents the January 2022 selection.

“I’m incredibly proud to be EQUAL’s Artist of the Month in recognition of all the barriers my creative work looks to break. It’s a win for Ghanaian and African female creators,” Amaarae enthused.

New York-born Ama Serwah Genfi is creating R&B, Soul, and Afropop fusions that have global appeal. Amaarae, who is a strong advocate of gender equality, is fast achieving fame.

The rise of The Angel You Don’t Know album maker on Spotify is phenomenal, with more than 10 million monthly listeners, and over 116 million streams for her Sad Girlz Luv Money remix alone.

With this viral hit, which features Kali Uchis and Moliy and which debuted at #80 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in November 2021, Amaarae became the second Ghanaian to break into the Billboard charts – 50 years after Ghanaian-English Afro rock band Osibisa first paved the way.

Today, the entertainer known to her social media fans as Fountain Baby follows in the footsteps of fellow Ghanaian female star Gyakie who, with her selection in April last year, became the first African woman to partner with Spotify for EQUAL.

Other African artistes to have been featured on EQUAL include Kenya’s SSARU and Muthoni Drummer Queen, Nigeria’s Ayra Starr, and South Africa’s DBN Gogo.

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Entries Open for Second ALAT Food Challenge

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ALAT Food Challenge

By Aduragbemi Omiyale

Food lovers in Nigeria now have the opportunity to apply for the second edition of the ALAT Food Challenge sponsored by Wema Bank Plc.

According to the Head of Marketing Communications and Investor Relations at Wema Bank, Ms Funmilayo Falola, the company’s drive-in organising another edition of the ALAT Food Challenge was to “lift the spirits of Nigerians, especially following a difficult year.”

“It was exciting to see how Nigerians reacted to the first contest and we hope that we can replicate that joy on a much bigger scale with this edition,” she added.

On Monday, January 17, 2022, ALAT by Wema confirmed that the challenge will even improve on the successes of the previous edition and will leverage the excitement of the new year season.

The challenge will give young Nigerians another opportunity to express their excitement following an eventful year. The partnership with popular social media food influencer, Ayo the creator of the food eating show – Nigerians vs Food, will continue this season.

This challenge, which will feature two episodes, is open to all interested persons between the ages of 18 to 35 and requires all challengers to sign up on the ALAT app (via Play Store or App Store) using the referral code ‘FOOD’. Following a successful registration, challengers are expected to visit the bank’s verified social media channels to complete the process.

ALAT has built a customer base of over 600,000 customers in the past four years, investing over N2 billion in various youth-oriented initiatives such as Talk Series, SociaLiga, GameOn Turf Football Competition, Social Media Week, and many more since its launch.

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Bisola Aiyeola to Host Season 5 of NdaniTV’s Real Talk

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NdaniTV's Real Talk Bisola Aiyeola

By Aduragbemi Omiyale

The fifth season of NdaniTV’s Real Talk, a foremost talk show in Nigeria, will be hosted by popular Nigerian actress and singer, Bisola Aiyeola.

The show makes a return on Thursday, January 20, 2022, according to a statement from the show organisers, with more interesting issues that will keep viewers glued to their screens.

According to the teaser video released by the production company, viewers of the addictive programme are in for an exciting season.

Real Talk first launched on the NdaniTV YouTube channel in 2016 and has had a number of popular hosts including Nicole Asinugo and Cornelia O’Dwyer. The talk show brings celebrities together to speak on societal issues and a lot more.

NdaniTV is Africa’s premier platform for original web series and is home to some of the most popular series including Gidi Up, Rumour Has It, Skinny Girl in Transit, Officer Titus and more.

With over 441,000 subscribers on YouTube and over 109 million minutes in watch time, the channel is one of the fastest-growing platforms for original content out of Nigeria and made for Africans.

NdaniTV content remains free to view on YouTube and is powered by GTCO Plc.

The trailer for this season can be viewed below;

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