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Nigerian-born Ayobola Kekere-Ekun Shines at 2021 Absa L’Atelier

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By Aduragbemi Omiyale

Nigerian-born Ayobola Kekere-Ekun has been selected as one of the winners of the prestigious 2021 Absa L’Atelier at an online event hosted on the Absa Art Hotspot.

The artist was among the finalists from Mozambique, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia, Mauritius, Seychelles, Tanzania, Botswana, Ghana, Kenya and Namibia.

She is among the one ambassador per group chosen from the three groups of African countries. The others are Adelheid von Maltitz from South Africa and Blebo Michael Jackson from Ghana, while the winner Absa L’Atelier Gerard Sekoto category was Abongile Sidzumo.

Absa, in partnership with the South African National Association for the Visual Arts (SANAVA), hosts the event to celebrate African art.

These winning artists now take on the title of Absa L’Atelier Ambassador 2021 received trophies that depict hands, symbolising the physical manifestation of creation, designed, and produced by established South African artist Roberto Vacarro, while the Gerard Sekoto trophy depicts a bull, representing prosperity and resilience.

Since its inception 35 years ago, Absa L’Atelier has showcased and continues to invest in some of Africa’s finest young artists between the ages of 21 to 40.

This year, the competition established itself as the first African art competition to be hosted completely virtually; from entry, submission and adjudication of the artworks, to hosting a series of masterclasses and a mentorship programme for the 2019 Absa L’Atelier ambassadors, culminating in the online awards ceremony.

Entries were received from across Africa and judged by an independent panel of adjudicators including acclaimed artist and Director at BKhz, Banele Khoza as well as Armelle Dakouo, independent curator and artistic director at AKAA Art & Design Fair.

Criteria for selecting the Ambassador included technical execution, conceptual and thematic engagement, the freshness of artistic vision within the context of the contemporary African art landscape; as well as aesthetic appeal.

Established 17 years ago, the Gerard Sekoto award goes to a South African artist, aged between 25 and 35 years, who has continued to demonstrate integrity in the quality of their artwork.

The award is made possible by the Embassy of France in South Africa, the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS), which is the cultural arm of the Embassy, and the Alliance Française network in South Africa.

“With our partners Absa and SANAVA, we are proud to support the Gerard Sekoto award and to accompany young artists to share their work both nationally and internationally.

“We believe in this award which grants a talented young South African artist an amazing opportunity: to expand his or her horizons with a 3-month artistic residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, and, of course, gain greater exposure as a result.

“The artists are inspired and inspire. They learn, and they teach. They explore, and exhibit, allowing people in France and in South Africa to learn more about their individual style and vision”, says Aurelien Lechevallier, who is France’s Ambassador to South Africa.

Though COVID-19 provided its challenges, the past two years were likewise a period of innovation and technological progression.

“The pandemic has allowed us to advance our digital art presence with the launch of the Absa Art Hotspot. This unique virtual experience platform made it possible for us to host live events such as webinars, art exhibitions, art masterclasses, and art auctions, while certain elements of our art-related sponsorships and partnerships such as this year’s awards event were also migrated to the platform,” says Paul Bayliss Senior Specialist Art Curator at Absa.

Hosting the competition digitally allowed for the removal of any barriers to entry as all the artist required was a smart phone or access to the internet.

“With this year’s theme The Act of Art, we called our continent’s fearless creators to act and to enter. This years’ competition once again provided an opportunity for visual artists to respond and make their voices heard.

“We are committed to putting the basic building blocks in place to ensure that young artists from across the African continent can reimagine their futures and bring their possibility to life,” says Bayliss.

SANAVA President, Dr Avitha Sooful, commended her partner, Absa, for forging ahead and continuously seeking ways to impact the African visual arts scene even during the ongoing pandemic.

“The COVID-19 pandemic derailed our plans for 2020 but through some innovative thinking, we were able to come back stronger this year and we actually have more entries than we have ever had for this competition. I commend the work that our partners, Absa, have done in making sure that African artists continue to reap the rewards of their hard work,” Dr Sooful said.

“We look forward to working with this year’s ambassadors and Gerard Sekoto winner and providing the next generation of young African artists with the support, recognition, and exposure they need to solidify their careers and build their brands,” concluded Bayliss.

Aduragbemi Omiyale is a journalist with Business Post Nigeria, who has passion for news writing. In her leisure time, she loves to read.

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Fashion is Coming! Experience Africa’s Finest Fashion at the 2022 GTCO Fashion Weekend

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Fashion and style enthusiasts around the world can once again look forward to experiencing unparalleled fashion moments at the 2022 Guaranty Trust (GTCO) Fashion Weekend scheduled to hold on November 12th and 13th, 2022, at the GTCentre, Plot 1, Water Corporation Drive, Oniru, Lagos.

GTCO Fashion Weekend is a free business platform that combines elements of global fashion trends, the delicate nuances of African streetwear styles, and human creative enterprise to create one of the most delightful experiences in fashion retail. Over the years, the event has brought together universally celebrated fashion icons and engaging style personalities to interact with young Africans who are passionate about fashion. This year’s event will feature masterclasses, runway shows, free retail stalls, and a streetwear village. All-comers are in for an immersive shopping experience as indigenous small businesses showcase their fashion collections and style accessories.

Commenting on the 2022 GTCO Fashion Weekend, the Group Chief Executive Officer of Guaranty Trust Holding Company Plc, Segun Agbaje, said; “We have kept our vision of supporting Small and Medium Enterprises in focus through the uncertain times of the past two years. Just like our core values as a financial institution, our promise of Promoting Enterprise will never change. We will continue to lend the full weight of our franchise to improving the lives and livelihoods of every African, not only through servicing the full range of our customers’ financial needs with innovative products and services but also by creating and championing initiatives that help businesses and economies thrive.”

He further stated that; “Fashion is primarily a form of self-expression, and in light of everything that has happened since our last Fashion Weekend event in 2019, we are happy to be able to explore the possibilities within the fashion industry locally and abroad, particularly as people increasingly return outdoors and get to experiment with new fashion and style ideas.”

Guaranty Trust Bank is the flagship subsidiary of Guaranty Trust Holding Company Plc, a leading financial services company providing banking and non-banking services across eleven countries spanning West Africa, East Africa, and the United Kingdom. The Group operates a diversified, proudly African franchise and is renowned for its innovative approach to customer service and stakeholder engagement, especially through its non-profit, consumer-focused fairs and capacity-building initiatives for small businesses, which has endeared the brand to millions of people across Africa and beyond.

The GTCO Fashion Weekend is critically acclaimed as one of the main events in Africa’s fashion circuit, and its 5th edition is sure to entertain.

For more information on this event, please visit, https://fashionweekend.gtcoplc.com

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YouTube Announces New Ways for Creators to Make Money

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$100m YouTube Grant

By Modupe Gbadeyanka

YouTube has introduced an improved monetisation system for creators to boost their earnings through the video-sharing platform.

At the inauguration of Made on YouTube, the company said content creators could make more money through an initiative it called the YouTube Partner Program (YPP).

The firm said from early 2023, beginning in early 2023, it would move from a fixed fund to a unique revenue-sharing model for Shorts for both current and future YPP creators.

It stated that Shorts-focused creators could apply to YPP by meeting a threshold of 1,000 subscribers and 10 million Shorts views over 90 days.

These new partners will enjoy all the benefits YPP offers, including ads monetisation across Shorts and long-form YouTube videos. This is in another option to the existing criteria where long-form creators can still apply to YPP when they reach 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 watch hours.

Creators can choose the option that best fits their channel, while YouTube maintains the same level of brand safety for advertisers.

To support creators in their early journey to YouTube, YouTube will also introduce a new level of YPP with lower requirements that will offer earlier access to Fan Funding features like Super Thanks, Super Chat, Super Stickers and Channel Memberships, the platform explained.

“Over the last three years, YouTube has paid out $50 billion to over 2 million creators, artists and media companies through its Partner Program – more than any other platform; that’s $45 million a day, $1.9 million an hour, $528 a second.

“Today’s announcements prove that YouTube is continuing to lead the way in its commitment to creators everywhere,” YouTube creators Colin and Samir, said.

The CEO of YouTube, Susan Wojcicki, while commenting on the new initiative, stated that, “The YouTube Partner Program was revolutionary when we launched it back in 2007, and it’s still revolutionary today.

“Over the last three years, YouTube has paid creators, artists, and media companies more than $50 billion. That $50 billion has changed the lives of creators around the world and enabled new voices and stories to be told. But we’re not done yet.

“When we introduced the YouTube Partner Program, we made a big bet: we succeed only when our creators succeed. And today, we’re doubling down. We’re introducing the next chapter in how we reward creativity on our platform by expanding access to our YouTube Partner program.”

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Top Trending Housemates of Big Brother Naija Season 7 on Google

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Now in its seventh season, the Big Brother Naija reality show known as Big Brother Naija: Level Up which premiered on July 23 and 24, 2022, is already thrilling viewers with twists and intrigue.

The show has also seen people turning to Google to find out more about their favourite housemates, the house and where to watch the show.

When the show started airing in July, a total of 28 housemates were originally admitted into two houses, Level 1 and Level 2 to compete for the grand prize of N100 million.

So far, there have been 12 evictions, two fake housemates leaving and a housemate who was ejected from the competition.

Still, as the interest of the show remains high, there are housemates who are dominating when it comes to online searches with different regions across the country showing clear favourites. Bella, Beauty and Khalid lead with the most searched interest, followed by Hermes, Daniella and Amaka.

Bella, who is in a relationship with fellow housemate Sheggz, has been trending for confrontations with her housemates, getting a strike from Big Brother for disobedience and provocation, causing reactions over her culinary skills and recently- having a brawl with fellow housemate and head of House (HOH), Phyna.

Former Miss Nigeria, Beauty, also made it as one of the top trending Big Brother Season 7 housemates. She was ejected just two weeks into the show following a physical argument with a housemate, Groovy.

Khalid, who was the second level 2 housemate to be evicted, also featured as a trending housemate because of his on-screen romance with a housemate, Daniella. While Bella, Hermes and Daniella have received the most search traffic overall, Daniella has generated the biggest search spike so far.

Specific questions asked about the Big Brother Naija reality show have also revealed the level of interest of netizens in Nigeria.

Some of the top questions asked online are, “What channel is BBN on GOtv?”, “Who is Big Brother Naija in person?” and “How old is Diana’s big brother?”

Below is a list of the top questions that have sparked the curiosity of Nigerians online with regard to the Big Brother Naija Season 7 reality show.

Here are the lists of the top trending Big Brother Naija Level Up housemates:

Top Trending housemates who are still in the Big Brother Naija Level Up Show

Top Trending housemates who have left the Big Brother Naija Level Up Show

Bella

Beauty

Hermes

Khalid

Daniella

Amaka

Doyin

Deji

Groovy

Phyna

Chichi

Sheggz

 

Top Trending Big Brother Naija Season 7 Questions

What channel is BBN on GOtv?

Who is Big Brother Naija in person?

How old is Diana’s big brother?

Where is Hermes BBN from?

Who is the head of house in BBN this week?

How old is Chichi BBN?

Where can I watch BBN live on my phone?

Who won the head of house in BBN today?

Where is Bryan BBN from?

Where is Big Brother Naija house located?

Top trending questions and terms for the top trending housemates

Bella

Beauty

Daniella

Khalid

How old is Bella BBN?

Why was Beauty disqualified?

Daniella and khalid

Khalid and Daniella

Bella Okagbue siblings

Ilebaye and Beauty fight

Khalid BBNaija tribe

Daniella BBN biography

What is the meaning of Bella?

Where is Beauty Tukura from?

BBN tonight eviction Khalid and Ilabaye

Daniella and Dotun

Where is Bella BBN from?

Beauty and Phyna fight

Meaning of khalid in Yoruba

Why was Daniella crying after yesterday 3 of september 2022 BBN party?

Who is Bella BBNaija brother

How old is Beauty BBN?

Which State is Khalid BBN from?

Meaning of Daniella

Who is Bella Okagbue’s father?

Watch how Beauty was disqualified

What is the meaning of Khalid?

What did Khalid say about Daniella BNN?

 

Hermes

Doyin

Groovy

Phyna

Hermes big brother

Doyin bbn biography

Groovy bbn biography

Phyna BBN biography

Throwback pictures of Hermes BBNaija pictures when he was younger

Doyin and Cyph

Does Groovy have mouth odour?

How old is Phyna BBN?

Where is Hermes bbn from?

How old is Doyin BBN?

What happened between Groovy and Phyna?

Groovy and Phyna

Hermes and Allysyn

Does Doyin of BNN have any siblings?

Video of Beauty fight with Groovy

Dairy sessions for Phyna BBNaija

Hermes two girlfriends

Why was Doyin crying in the diary room?

Groovy and DJ Cuppy

Phyna BBN net worth

Hermes pronunciation

The problem between Bella and Doyin

What tribe is groovy?

Where is Phyna BBNaija from?

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