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Toyin Abraham, Odunlade, Others Vie for 2020 BON Awards Glory



2020 BON Awards

By Dipo Olowookere

Some stars in the Nigerian film industry have been nominated for the 2020 edition of the prestigious Best of Nollywood (BON) Awards.

The likes of Toyin Abraham, Odunlade Adekola, Alex Ekubo, Adesua Etomi, Kehinde Bankole, Nkechi Blessing, Funsho Adeolu were among the notable faces on the screens nominated for the event, which has 33 different categories.

The nominees were unveiled to the world at a virtual ceremony held recently with Joke Silva, Gbenga Adeyinka, Segun Arinze, Dele Momodu, Shina Peller, Wale Ojo-Lanre, Femi Akintunde Johnson and others in attendance.

Convener of BON Awards, Mr Seun Oloketuyi, while speaking at the ceremony, disclosed that Ekiti State will host this year’s edition, the 12th, of the programme on December 5, with Debo Macaroni and Tana Adelana as anchors.

A breakdown of the nominations showed that Elevator Baby, Sugar Rush, The Sessions, Wede, This Lady Called Life, and Living In Bondage (Breaking Free) have been nominated in the movie of the year category.

The full nomination is presented below;

Best Actor in a Leading Role (English)

Efa Iwara – The Sessions

Timini Egbuson – Elevator Baby

JKA Swanky – Living in Bondage (Breaking Free)

Eyinna Nwigwe – Dear Affy

Daniel K. Daniel – The Fugitive

Femi Jacobs – Colours of Deceit

Best Actress in a Leading Role (English)

Bisola Aiyeola – This Lady Called Life

Omowunmi Dada – The Sessions

Kehinde Bankole – Dear Affy

Toyin Abraham – Elevator Baby

Toni Tones – Killing Jade

Adesua Etomi – Sugar Rush

Best Actor in a Supporting Role (English)

Alex Ekubo – Bling Lagosians

Williams Uchemba/Tobi Bakre – Sugar Rush

Byran Emmanuel – Colours of Deceit

Tope Tedela – Country Hard

Blossom Chukwujekwu/Abayomi Alvin – Unroyal

Best Actress in a Supporting Role (English)

Banke Joye – Traffic

Ruth Kadiri – Too Old For This

Sharon Ooja – Bling Lagosians

Bimbo Ademoye/Bisola Aiyeola – Sugar Rush

Tina Mba – This Lady Called Life

Best Actor in a Leading Role (Yoruba)

Jide Awobona – You Are Me

Lateef Adedimeji – Etan

Akin Kolapo – Asarailu

Joseph Momodu – Torera

Ibrahim Yekini – Lucifer

Funso Adeolu- Digiola

Best Actress in a Leading Role (Yoruba)

Adebimpe Oyebade – Agbelebu Jade

Bukunmi Oluwashina – You Are Me

Nkechi Blessing – Torera

King Flakie – Digiola

Abisola Adebayo – Never Too Late

Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Yoruba)

Yomi Olorunlolaye/Olaide Almoruf – Brothers

Bimbo Sunday – Asarailu

Odunlade Adekola – Never Too Late

Dele Odule – Agbelebu Jade

Femi Adebayo/Kelvin Ikedua – Lucifer

Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Yoruba)

Khadija Ayoade – You Are Me

Abisola Adebayo – Agbelebu Jade

Regina Chukwu – Digiola

Ashabi Ademefun – Brothers

Ireti Osayemi – Never Too Late

Best Actor in a Leading Role (Igbo)

Francis Duru – Mboputa

Stan Eze – Ishi Anyaocha

JKA Swanky – Nne

Best Actress in a Leading Role (Igbo)

Chidiebere Aneke – Ishi Anyaocha

Frances Nsonwu Ikoroha – Nne

Happy Julian Uchendu – Mboputa

Best Child Actor

Daniel Adeshina – Basil

Divine Godwin Otun – Innocent

Molawa Onajobi – This Lady Called Life

King David Akpakwu – My Grandfather’s Wife

Chima David Ntongha – The Pain Your Storm

Best Child Actress

Amarachi Onwe – Secrets

Chimamanda Unigwe- Perfect Marriage

Movie with the Best Social Message

Not So Long a Letter


Black Monday

Dan Kasa

Country Hard

The Session

Moses Olaiya Movie with the Best Comedy

Dear Affy

Elevator Baby

Bling Lagosians

Sugar Rush

Best Short Film

Dial 112

Pole Girl

The Honourable

Dan kasa

The Bean Hawker

Best Documentary

Journey to Gambia

Tame The Serial Killer


Movie with the Best Special Effect



Sugar Rush

Living in Bondage (Breaking Free)

Movie with the Best Screenplay

This Lady Called Life

Bling Lagosians

Elevator Baby

The Sessions

Living in Bondage (Breaking Free)

Dear Affy

Best Use of Nigerian Food in a Movie

This Lady Called Life


The Sessions

My Grandfather’s Wife


Best use of Costume in a Movie


Broken Water


Living in Bondage (Breaking in Bondage)


Best Use of Make-up in a Movie

Living in Bondage (Breaking Free)

The Sessions


Broken Water


Movie with the Best Sound


Living in Bondage


Movie with the Best Sound Track


Colours of Deceit

Living in Bondage (Breaking Free)


The Sessions

Country Hard

Movie with the Best Editing

Living in Bondage (Breaking Free)

This Lady Called Life

Sugar Rush

Elevator Baby

The Sessions

Movie with the Best Production Design

This Lady Called Life


Living in Bondage (Breaking Free)



Broken Water

Movie with the Best Cinematography

Living in Bondage (Breaking Free)


Sugar Rush

Bling Lagosians

Dear Affy

Best Kiss in a Movie

Alex Ekubo/Sharon Ooja – Bling Lagosians

JKA Swanky/Munachi Abii – Living in Bondage (Breaking Free)

Laura Fidel/Kunle Remi- Pole Girl

Omowunmi Dada/Efa Iwara – The Sessions

IK Ogbonna/Matilda Lambert-Unroyal

Most Promising Actor of the Year

Tobi Bakare – Sugar Rush

Denola Grey – Bling Lagosians

Obinna Montero – Too Old for This

Most Promising Actress of the Year

Banke Joye –  Traffic

Motilola Adekunle –  To Have and To Hold

Aisha Mohammed –  Colours of Deceit

Chinelo Enemchukwu – Perfect Marriage

Mary John – Perfect Marriage

Revelation of the Year (Male)

Tunde Aderinoye

Fuad Ferdinand

Swanky JKA

Mike Afolarin

Moshood Fattah

Heavens Obule

Revelation of the Year (Female)

Muniachi Abi

Bolaji Ogunmola

Dami Awokoya

Mimi Daniels

Temi Otedola

Director of the Year

Kayode Kasum  – This Lady Called Life

Ramsey Nouah – Living in Bondage (Breaking Free)

Lancelot Imasuen – WEDE

Akay Mason – Elevator Baby

Judith Audu- The Sessions

Kayode Kasum – Sugar Rush

Movie of the Year

Living in Bondage (Breaking Free)

This Lady Called Life

The Sessions


Sugar Rush

Elevator Baby

Dipo Olowookere is a journalist based in Nigeria that has passion for reporting business news stories. At his leisure time, he watches football and supports 3SC of Ibadan. Mr Olowookere can be reached via

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Excitement as Bigi Sponsors Nigerian Idol Season 8



Nigerian Idol Season 8

By Modupe Gbadeyanka

The Nigerian Idol Season 8 will start on Sunday, April 23, 2023, at 7 pm on DStv and GOtv and for the third season, Bigi, the Naija favourite soft drink, is sponsoring the music talent show.

The main live episodes will air weekly afterwards till Sunday, July 16, 2023. There will also be a special channel on DStv – Channel 119 dedicated to the music show.

Bigi has assured viewers of a fun time during the period of the reality show as it would refresh fans and show lovers with a lot of thrilling activities.

The Nigerian Idol Season 8 retains its previous season judges, D’Banj, Simi and Obi Asika, while IK Osakioduwa will anchor the programme.

The organisers of the show, MultiChoice, during a press briefing, said by analysing the trends, this year’s Nigerian Idol would showcase the incredible talents of young and energetic performers, as well as the stories and inspirations behind their talents.

With stunning visuals and state-of-the-art sound, viewers would enjoy pop, rock, jazz and classical entertainment as if they were in the audience, experiencing the music first-hand.

On her part, the Assistant Brand Manager of Bigi, Ms Biola Aransiola, while speaking about the sponsorship, said Rite Foods was committed and always eager to support the discovery journey and promotion of talents as it is a chosen way of giving back to the consumers and resoundingly showing what the carbonated soft drink stands for, Truly Nigerian; Proudly African.

“We are delighted to see talents grow and emerge, most especially in Nigeria and more of a reason we’ve been keeping tabs since we started the sponsorship in 2020.

“Nigerian Idol is a leveraging platform to help hold talents hand-in-hand into stardom as they get the necessary support to keep the ball rolling even beyond the show,” Ms Aransiola stressed.

Nigerian Idol season 7 was won by a budding singer, Progress, after defeating Zadok in the final, going home with prizes worth N100 million.

Progress Emerges Nigerian Idol Season 7 Winner

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Yul Edochie Loses First Son to Death After Exam



Yul Edochie Kambilichukwu Edochie

By Modupe Gbadeyanka

A popular Nigerian actor, Yul Edochie, has lost his first son, Kambilichukwu Edochie, to the cold hands of death.

According to a report by Vanguard, the Nollywood star’s son was rushed to the hospital on Wednesday after he was unconscious.

The 16-year-old deceased was said to have prepared for his school examination on Tuesday night, and after the exercise the next day, he joined his friends to play football, where he allegedly slumped and was quickly taken to the hospital for medical attention.

However, the teenager could not make it alive as he was said to have given up the ghost, leaving his parents devastated.

The death of Kambilichukwu came about two months after his parents, Yul and May Edochie, celebrated his 16th birthday.

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Spotify Invests in Emerging Artists in Ghana



emerging artists in Ghana Spotify

By Modupe Gbadeyanka

To support emerging artists in Ghana, a global streaming platform, Spotify, has announced a multi-year investment through its Creator Equity Fund by donating to Accra-based Vibrate Space.

Vibrate Space, a non-profit organisation operated by Surf Ghana, is a community recording studio and music business programme offering education, mentorship and space to young Ghanaian artists so that they can create, connect and collaborate.

Spotify first partnered with Vibrate in September 2022 with a donation that facilitated the launch of the studio. Over the past six months, the platform has registered over 200 studio bookings and hosted many more creators for events and classes.

To help Vibrate achieve its robust plans to grow and support the creative economy in Ghana, Spotify is making a sizeable donation from its Creator Equity Fund to be administered over multiple years.

“Since Spotify’s arrival in Africa five years ago, we have worked to identify opportunities to support artists in ways that speak directly to each of our markets.

“The partnership with Vibrate allows us to continue supporting emerging artists and cultural entrepreneurs in Ghana in addition to the on-platform work we are doing in the country,” the Head of Music for Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) at Spotify, Ms Phiona Okumu, said.

Also commenting, the Global Head of Artist and Audience Partnerships at Spotify, Mr Joe Hadley, said, “Spotify is proud to continue our efforts to support and uplift creatives with our Creator Equity Fund.

“I’m excited to share that from that fund, we’re announcing a donation to the Vibrate Space in Accra, Ghana. They have been incredible partners to us, continually pouring into the local community and creating a space where artists can come together to grow creatively. We’re looking forward to hearing the music, stories, and success that will come out of Vibrate.”

Similarly, the Managing Director for Spotify SSA, Ms Jocelyne Muhutu-Remy, said, “Spotify is constantly seeking new and innovative ways to promote African music and celebrate and support its creators.

“We see ourselves as a global platform with a local focus, and we really drill down to understand what is happening across the continent and how we can support both artists and users in those markets.

“Our partnership with Vibrate is one way that we are doing this in Ghana, but we have plans and projects in place to support artists both on and off platforms across the region.”

On her part, the founder and director of Surf Ghana, Ms Sandy Alibo, said, “We are happy to be partnered with Spotify. They’re really supportive of the alternative scene, and not every brand understands that.

“We work with young and emerging artists and creators who are looking to make a mark in the music industry, and Spotify is a brand that speaks to young people and has played a significant role in taking African and Ghanaian music to the world.”

Vibrate intends to use the additional funding for artist support and establish an artist-in-residency and exchange programme to fuel creativity, collaboration and cultural exchange, as well as a women’s programme aimed at supporting women’s growth in the industry.

The platform also wants to expand its educational offerings by extending the highly successful monthly masterclasses for another two years and introducing a three-month instrument learning programme, starting with piano lessons and expanding into other instruments.

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