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BON Awards: ‘Shanty Town’, ‘Herdsmen’, ‘Underbelly’ top nominees’ list

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The widely acclaimed movie series, ‘Shanty Town’; and two other movies— ‘Herdsmen’ and ‘Underbelly’— featured prominently in the recently released nominees’ list of the Best of Nollywood Awards 2023.

‘Shanty Town’, a crime thriller created by Xavier Ighorodje, Chichi Nworah and produced by Chinenye Nworah, was nominated in 15 of the 29 categories of the awards.

The six-part series released on Netflix in January features Chidi Mokeme, Ini Edo, Richard Mofe-Damijo, Nse Ikpe-Etim, Sola Sobowale, Nancy Isime, Shaffy Bello, Ali Nuhu, and a host of other actors.

Some of the categories it was nominated in are Best Social Message, Special Effect, Sound, Best Use of Costume, Best Use of Make-Up, Movie of the Year, Director of the Year, Best Actor in an English Movie (Chidi Mokeme), and Best Actress in an English Movie (Ini Edo).

‘Herdsmen’ follows with 11 nominations. The movie, which was produced by Chloe Coko, and directed by Toka Mcbaror, was shot in Kaduna State. The combination of fiction and true life experience takes a look at the herdsmen and farmer crisis in Nigeria.

Some of the categories it was nominated in are Best Social Message, Special Effect, Production Design, and Movie of the Year.

Similarly, ‘Underbelly’ bagged 11 nominations. Produced by Tunde Aina, the movie explores the themes of love, betrayal, and survival in a harsh and unforgiving environment.
The categories it featured include Special Effect, Soundtrack, Best Use of Costume, Production Design, and Movie of the Year.

BON Awards, which was first held in December 2009, in Ikeja, Lagos State, will hold on December 22, 2023, though the host state has not been announced. Other than Lagos, it has been held in states, such as Ogun, Oyo, Kogi, Kano, Ekiti, Delta, Abia, and Imo.

Other categories in the respected Nollywood recognition platform include Best Child Actor (Female)— Princess Kosi (The Other One), Angel (Here Love Lies), Fisayomi Amodemaja (Keji), Darasimi Nadi (Obara’m); Best Short Film— ‘Za’, ‘Agogo’, ‘A Playboy’s Nightmare’, ‘She Was Not at War, I Was’, ‘Tales of the Browbeaten’; Special Effect— ‘Underbelly’, ‘Herdsmen’, ‘Shanty Town’, ‘Ite’, ‘Inadvertence’; Best Use of Costume— ‘Dice’, ‘Herdsmen’, ‘Underbelly’, ‘Ite’, ‘Shanty Town’; Use of Food— ‘Ifedichie’, ‘Time Travel’, ‘Inadvertence’, ‘Here Love Lies’, ‘50/50’; Best Kiss— Kiki Bakare/Mimisola Daniels (Egun), Efe Irele/Shawn Faqua (House of Secrets), Olu Adebamowo/Kiitan Bukola (Square One); Cinematography— ‘House of Secrets’, ‘Shanty Town’, ‘Ite’, ‘Herdsmen’, ‘Underbelly’; Most Promising Actor— Smart Conrad (Underbelly), Nura Mc Khan (Herdsmen), Olu Adebamowo (Square One), Olaiya Temitope (Inadvertence); Most Promising Actress—Tierny Olalere (Inadvertence), Chinelo Enemchukwu (Ifedichie), Funke Tanimola (50/50), Olusola Adeola (Time Travel); Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Yoruba)— Ibrahim Yekini (SOJ), Jide Awobona (Square One), Funsho Adeolu (Asa), Olaitan Jewola (Alebu Ara), Muyiwa Ademola (Time Travel); Best Actress in a Yoruba Movie—Mercy Aigbe (Romola Alakara), Damilola Oni (Ite), Anike Ami (Igboro), Mimisola Daniels (Egun), Debbie Sokoya (Keji); Best Actor in an English Movie—Chidi Mokeme (Shanty Town), Kelechi Udegbe (The Other One), Tim Shelburne (Here Love Lies), Shawn Faqua (House of Secrets), Smart Conrad (Underbelly); Director of the Year— Biodun Stephen (Sista), Dimeji Ajibola (Shanty Town), Tope Oshin (Here Love lies), Toka Mcbaror (Herdsmen), Kayode Kasum (Obara’m); and Movie of the Year—‘Shanty Town’, ‘Underbelly’, ‘Here Love Lies’, ‘Herdsmen’, and ‘Black Harvest’.

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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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