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An award for Film Journalist Shaibu from Germany

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The contributions of foremost culture and film journalist Shaibu Husseini to the growth and development of Nollywood film industry has been recognized by the organisers of the annual Nollywood Film Festival, Germany (NFFG). Shaibu, a widely travelled culture journalist who writes for The Guardian was awarded the ‘Best Film Journalist and Nollywood Critic Award’ by the organisers of the festival at a special gala and award night held at the SaalBau event centre, Frankfurt, Germany. Others who were honoured at the well-attended award ceremony include popular Nollywood actress Patience Ozokwo, notable comic actor Victor Osuagwu, Publisher of High Society Magazine Charles Nwagbara and Managing Director of Richfield Technologies Limited Donald Peterson
Festival director and Chief Executive Officer of Ehizoya Golden Entertainment Isaac Izoya explained that the award ceremony was instituted to honour distinguished off and on screen personalities who in the words of Izoya have contributed immensely to the popularity and development of the Nollywood industry. ‘’Though we may be operating from abroad, we are still conversant with what is going on in Nollywood and the award is our own way of saying thank you to all those who are helping to keep the flame of Nollywood burning and the people we are recognizing this year form part of those who have helped to internationalize Nollywood’ Izoya said.

The contributions of foremost culture and film journalist Shaibu Husseini to the growth and development of Nollywood film industry has been recognized by the organisers of the annual Nollywood Film Festival, Germany (NFFG). Shaibu, a widely travelled culture journalist who writes for The Guardian was awarded the ‘Best Film Journalist and Nollywood Critic Award’ by the organisers of the festival at a special gala and award night held at the SaalBau event centre, Frankfurt, Germany. Others who were honoured at the well-attended award ceremony include popular Nollywood actress Patience Ozokwo, notable comic actor Victor Osuagwu, Publisher of High Society Magazine Charles Nwagbara and Managing Director of Richfield Technologies Limited Donald Peterson
Festival director and Chief Executive Officer of Ehizoya Golden Entertainment Isaac Izoya explained that the award ceremony was instituted to honour distinguished off and on screen personalities who in the words of Izoya have contributed immensely to the popularity and development of the Nollywood industry. ‘’Though we may be operating from abroad, we are still conversant with what is going on in Nollywood and the award is our own way of saying thank you to all those who are helping to keep the flame of Nollywood burning and the people we are recognizing this year form part of those who have helped to internationalize Nollywood’ Izoya said.
Speaking on the award to Shaibu, Izoya who is regarded as the Nigerian Cultural Ambassador to Europe stated that the award was long overdue because Ehizoya Entertainment Limited-the main facilitators of the festival have been following his work as a film journalist for over a decade and half now. ‘’We have been following his work and also note that he has attended nearly all the major festivals in the world writing on and promoting Nollywood. We found immense, his commitment and contributions to the development of the Nigerian motion picture sector’’ Izoya said.
An elated Shaibu who is reputed to be one of the most consistent documentarist of the Nigerian movie industry and who personally received the award in Frankfurt thanked the organisers for the recognition. He stated that he considers the recognition a greater call to do more for the arts and film industry. ‘’I consider this a call to greater service. It is one of the best awards I have received in recent time and it shows that people are reading and following your work and progress. I promise not to relent and I dedicate this to my wife Ruth and three people who have inspired me greatly- Jahman Anikulapo, Peace Anyiam Osigwe and Dorothee Wenner of the Berlin International Film Festival’’ Shaibu said.
An alumnus of the International Visitors Leadership Programme (IVLP) of the United States Department of State, Berlinale Talent Campus Press, the Lagos State University and the University of Lagos, Shaibu is an astute commentator on arts and film development in Nigeria and the continent of Africa. He has written extensively on the state of the performance arts and runs columns on film/video industry in several newspapers and journals. The Chair, for five years running now, of the College of Screeners of Africa’s premier film award-the African Movie Academy Award (AMAA) and a member of the prestigious AMAA jury, Shaibu has attended several conferences, workshops and film festivals and has sat on a number of local and international panels on film and allied matters including serving on the jury of a number of festivals and awards. He is currently the Secretary of the Governing Board of the National Theatre/ National Troupe of Nigeria and he sits on a number of Boards and advisory committee including the Board of Trustees of the Association of Movie Journalist of Nigeria, the advisory Board of the African Student International Film Festival and on the selection committee of the Nigeria Oscars Selection Committee (NOSC).

Speaking on the award to Shaibu, Izoya who is regarded as the Nigerian Cultural Ambassador to Europe stated that the award was long overdue because Ehizoya Entertainment Limited-the main facilitators of the festival have been following his work as a film journalist for over a decade and half now. ‘’We have been following his work and also note that he has attended nearly all the major festivals in the world writing on and promoting Nollywood. We found immense, his commitment and contributions to the development of the Nigerian motion picture sector’’ Izoya said.
An elated Shaibu who is reputed to be one of the most consistent documentary of the Nigerian movie industry and who personally received the award in Frankfurt thanked the organisers for the recognition. He stated that he considers the recognition a greater call to do more for the arts and film industry. ‘’I consider this a call to greater service. It is one of the best awards I have received in recent time and it shows that people are reading and following your work and progress. I promise not to relent and I dedicate this to my wife Ruth and three people who have inspired me greatly- Jahman Anikulapo, Peace Anyiam Osigwe and Dorothee Wenner of the Berlin International Film Festival’’ Shaibu said.
An alumnus of the International Visitors Leadership Programme (IVLP) of the United States Department of State, Berlinale Talent Campus Press, the Lagos State University and the University of Lagos, Shaibu is an astute commentator on arts and film development in Nigeria and the continent of Africa. He has written extensively on the state of the performance arts and runs columns on film/video industry in several newspapers and journals. The Chair, for five years running now, of the College of Screeners of Africa’s premier film award-the African Movie Academy Award (AMAA) and a member of the prestigious AMAA jury, Shaibu has attended several conferences, workshops and film festivals and has sat on a number of local and international panels on film and allied matters including serving on the jury of a number of festivals and awards. He is currently the Secretary of the Governing Board of the National Theatre/ National Troupe of Nigeria and he sits on a number of Boards and advisory committee including the Board of Trustees of the Association of Movie Journalist of Nigeria, the advisory Board of the African Student International Film Festival and on the selection committee of the Nigeria Oscars Selection Committee (NOSC).

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Juju Music Sensation Dele Taiwo’s Star-Studded Birthday Bash in Lagos To Hold On Sunday

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The cozy Avalanche Club is set to become the epicenter of a grand celebration this Sunday as renowned Juju musician, Asiwaju Dele Taiwo, affectionately known as Dele Taiwo, commemorates his birthday with a star-studded event dubbed “Asiwaju Dele Taiwo and Friends Live In Lagos.”

This highly anticipated celebration, powered by Otunba Femi Davies of Metronews and Otunba Bestman Nze Jumbo of Team Nigeria for Change, promises to be an unforgettable evening, featuring performances from top Juju musicians such as Queen Ayo Balogun, Hessking, Fuji rave , Alh Wasiu Haruna Ishola son of the Apapa legend, Haruna Ishola. Boye Best is also top on the list of artistes that will thrill the birthday celebration audience.

The event is surely a testament of the profound respect and admiration the Nigerian music community holds for Dele Taiwo, a prominent figure in the industry.

Otunba Bestman, expressing his excitement, shared, “Asiwaju Dele Taiwo is my friend and a force to reckon with in the Nigerian music space. It is our style in Team Nigeria for Change to identify and celebrate such outstanding acts. So, myself and some friends believe it is not too much to celebrate such a person who has made huge impacts on his birthday.”

The venue for this exclusive birthday celebration, Avalanche Restaurant and Lounge, is strategically chosen for its cozy and pleasurable ambiance.

Owned by Hon. Kehinde Paul Bankole, this upscale venue is located at 5, Bamako Estate, Opposite Omole Phase I, in Lagos.

Hon. Bankole emphasized the special nature of this event, stating, “Gentleman Dele Taiwo’s birthday celebration is a special appearance for me personally and I can assure our guests that the best treatment in terms of hospitality awaits them at Avalanche this Sunday.”

Guests attending the event can look forward to a glamorous evening starting with a red carpet reception at 4:00 PM, setting the tone for a night filled with music, celebration, and high spirits.

Asiwaju Dele Taiwo’s birthday bash is not just a celebration of his life but also a tribute to his contributions to the Juju music genre, bringing together friends, fans, and fellow musicians in an evening of joy and festivity.

Media support includes City People magazine, MetroNews, Eko mi Eko e, Freelanews, Society Reporters, SocietyGist, Goldmyne, Islanders Events magazine, Dior events, Dope TV, and many more.

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Banky W survives fourth cancer surgery

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Nigerian singer, Olubankole Wellington, popularly known as Banky W, has undergone a fourth cancer surgery.

The Made For You crooner, In a heartfelt post on his Instagram page on Thursday, expressed gratitude to God for his recovery.

Banky W thanked his wife, family, friends, and pastors for their unwavering support and prayers, as well as his medical team, Dr. Onyewu and Dr. Adenuga, for their expertise and care.

Sharing a video he wrote, “Christ 4 – Cancer Tumors 0

“Sometimes, your faith in God will not prevent the storms from coming… but it will carry you through them. Faith won’t always stop you from hurting, but it will help you heal, and it will help you deal.

“God never said the weapons wouldn’t form, He promised that they wouldn’t prosper. He never said the enemy wouldn’t come… He promised that when the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of God would raise a standard against him.

“Posting this testimony to encourage anyone out there who is going through a challenge. It might seem bigger than you, but greater is He that is in you than anything you will face in this world.

“Grateful for my wife, family, friends, and Pastors for their love, prayers, and support. Thanking God for my health and trusting that this latest victory is final in Jesus’ name.

“Appreciating the gifted hands and minds of my doctors, Dr. Onyewu of the Center for Advanced Specialty Surgery, and Dr. Adenuga of Euracare and the teams that support them.

“We have the victory yet again. Now and forever, in Jesus’ name.

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” – Romans 8:28″

 

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Baigewallet Signs Nollywood Actress, Bimbo Ademoye, As Ambassador

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Digital financial service platform, Baigewallet, has signed Bimbo Ademoye, a celebrated Nollywood actress and content creator, as its Brand Ambassador.

Known for her exceptional creativity, acting prowess, and pleasant personality, Ademoye epitomises the values of innovation, creativity, and inclusivity at the heart of Baigewallet’s ethos.

As the Brand Ambassador, Baigewallet, in a press statement made available to LEADERSHIP, said Ademoye will assume a pivotal role in championing Baigewallet’s products and services while advocating for enhanced financial literacy, a culture of improved savings, and heightened inclusion for women.

“She will actively engage with Baigewallet’s diverse audience across multiple platforms, including dynamic social media campaigns, community events, and educational initiatives. Furthermore, she will collaborate closely with Baigewallet’s team to craft innovative strategies to enhance user experience and improve adoption,” the company added.

Baigewallet, therefore, reaffirmed its unwavering commitment to driving financial innovation and empowering individuals to flourish in the digital era.

 

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