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I FEEL SO ELATED TO HAVE COME THIS FAR— Adebayo Salami a.k.a Oga Bello, Speaks On 50th Anniversary



Veteran Theatre art practitioner and one of the frontliners of today’s Nollywood, Adebayo Salami a.k.a Oga Bello is set to celebrate his 50th anniversary as an actor. The celebration would be a little different from the regular entertainment we are used to in this part of the world, as he plans to thrill his fans with a stage play to commemorate his Golden Jubilee.

Speaking with Journalists at a press conference which held in White House, Ikeja recently, Oga Bello said the journey through his 50 years as a theatre art practitioner is one thats been filled with God’s endless grace and mercies.

In his words, he said “I feel so elated to have come this far, i thank God almighty for his love and kindness, my maximum appreciation also goes to the media who have been supporting me as Adebayo Salami and also pushing the ‘Oga Bello’ brand all along.’

When asked if he’s got any regret as an actor, he said “In my 50yrs as an actor, i can tell you categorically that i’ve got no regret though its normal to have challenges because thats what makes a man. Challenges makes champions, i remember vividly some years ago when i was shooting a movie titled Eri Okan, the bus conveying all the equipment got burnt on the express and we lost all. People attached it to some spiritual attacks but i concluded its just the will of God, challenges makes one get stronger.

When asked if he has anything he would like to change about himself if possible and also about marriage, Oga Bello said ‘I will never advice anyone to go into Polygamy, never.’ Continuing he said, I feel the best is to stay glued to one woman and have peace of mind though polygamy tends to come with it owns benefits but lets face reality here, i’ll always support a man marrying just one wife.

On the forthcoming 50th anniversary, Oga Bello said he decided to have the celebration at the National Theatre where fans and invited guest will be entertained by veteran actors via a stage play titled Oloko Oba because he wants to revive the art.

Amongst those who will be performing in the stage drama includes TAMPAN National Chairman Mr. Yemi Solade, Madam Saje, Ebun Oloyede aka Olaiya, Yinka Quadri, Muyiwa Ademola, Femi Adebayo.

The one-day event will hold on the 10th of December at the Muson Centre, starting by 4pm and entry will be strictly by invitation.

Oga Bello also revealed that Adebayo Salami’s documentary will also be unveiled on the celebration day, there will also be live drama performances by his threatre group (UB Group) and that of his son Femi Adebayo (J-15). There will also be a compilation of 12 of Oga Bello’s great movies of all time.

Oga Bello who is the current National Leader of TAMPAN ( Theatre Arts Movie Practitioners Association of Nigeria) took time out to speak on crisis rocking the ANTP and the emergence of TAMPAN. He said TAMPAN was born out of neccessity because we realized that ANTP is retrogressive, imagine when as ANTP you’re pushing a proposal to a brand or government agency and one of your supposed members or exco writes a petition to always counter your moves. ANTP is full of crisis, no agreement or cordiality.

Yemi Solade who also spoke at the event said TAMPAN will give a new face and meaning to the Yoruba theatre art practitioners, he gave kudos to Adebayo Salami for his exemplary leadership qualities and discipline. He said ‘Many people don’t know that Oga Bello is not my senior colleague but my Uncle, thats a fact that you must know today, we’re blood related.

Son of the Oga Bello, Sadiq Adebayo, a graduate of Geology turned Production Manager also showered praises on his father for his unbiased love towards all and sundry. Sadiq commended him for been a worthy father, he said a father who loves his children and would also speak the truth is who u can call Adebayo Salami. In his words he said “‘Oga Bello is a brand, Adebayo Salami is an institution to study, he’s a father to all, VERY strict father, has policies which must be maintained.’

Biodun Okeowo, an actress and member of the 50th anniversary working committee said Oga Bello encouraged her to be focused and stay disciplined to attain the height of success.

When asked what other profession would have loved to embrace if he had not been an actor, Oga Bello said ‘I would have loved to be a lawyer but thank God Femi my son is one though’.

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Globacom announces Kizz Daniel, Asake, Chike as brand ambassadors






Total digital solutions provider, Globacom, on Friday named three stars of the Nigerian music industry as brand ambassadors. They are Asake, Kizz Daniel and Chike.


At an impressive and colourful ceremony held on Friday at the company’s corporate headquarters, Mike Adenuga Towers, the three music stars formally put pen to paper as brand icons of Globacom.


Globacom, which recently marked 20 years of operation in the country, said it “is celebrating it with the appointment of these new ambassadors to project the power of youth and enterprise and how much they can achieve with the right focus, passion and dedication that can come from seeing others who have succeeded. This is very much part of our tradition as we believe the strength of a nation lies in the ability and potentials of its youth”.


The company noted that the engagement of these three stars as ambassadors “is meant to project the best Nigerians as models for younger people who are tirelessly aspiring to succeed. This is more important in an era where positive heroes and mentors are scarce and hard to come by. The intention is not just to promote the growth of music, Nollywood and sports where we have been very prominent, but also to encourage our teeming youths to aspire toward realizing their dreams by looking up to these ambassadors as mentors”.


These three stars, Ashake, Kizz Daniel and Chike are “role models who have gone through the grind to stand on the highest pedestal of their dreams,” Globacom revealed.


Aside from sponsoring major events in several spheres of Nigeria’s national life, the company said it had always identified talented and enterprising Nigerians and supported their endeavours by making them Glo ambassadors, adding that It is a practice for which Globacom has always led the way in Nigeria.


Ahmed Ololade, known worldwide as Asake, is a graduate of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Osun State, while Oluwatobiloba Daniel Anidugbe, known to all music lovers as Kizz Daniel, has a degree in Water Engineering from the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State. On his part, Chike Ezekpeazu Osebuka, known simply as Chike to lovers of music, graduated with a degree in Computer Engineering, from Covenant University, Ogun State.


While congratulating the new ambassadors, the company called on young people not to allow their dreams to die but to emulate these  3 stars who kept their dreams alive until they succeeded. Having these stars as ambassadors of “is our way of inspiring a whole generation of young people with vision who can do better and achieve more without losing hope along the way, even when confronted with challenges,” the statement also noted.


While noting that the unveiling of these three stars as further confirmation of its commitment to the empowerment of Nigerians and the development of the Nigerian entertainment industry, Globacom pledged to continue to promote the sector as it held great prospects to promote Nigeria to the world and also transform lives.


On their part, the new ambassadors expressed gratitude to the founder and Chairman of Globacom, Dr Mike Adenuga Jr., for the honour done to them and promised to represent the Glo brand by projecting the ideals of the company at all times.

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Sinatra Place Holds Independednce Fiesta As Fuji Icon, Adewale Ayuba, Set To Serenade Guests




One of the leading mainland hospitality and entertainment outfit in Lagos, Sinatra’s Place, is set to celebrate its Independence Fiesta on Sunday, October 1st.

A leading fuji icon and entertainer, Adewale Ayuba, would be the artiste on ground to create the feel-good atmosphere for both music lovers and guests at the event.

Equally, the celebratory season, will feature  extraordinary shows from different up-and-coming artiste invited to create side- attraction.

There would also be some moments of hip-hop music by some disc-jockeys including DJ CBoi, DJ Textile and DJ Elsie to the delight of fun lovers.

The outfit, which officially opened its doors in December 2019, is noted for its serene atmosphere, great food and excellent entertainment options, and can be located at the upscale Ladipo Oluwole Street, off Adeniyi Jones, Ikeja.

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In a sombre update on the situation in Libya’s coastal city of Derna, and Morocco’s Marrakesh, All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) extends its deepest and most profound condolences to the People and Government of Libya and Morocco. The catastrophic flooding following a powerful storm has tragically claimed the lives of 3,958 individuals, displaced more than 43,000 people, leaving a void that can never be filled.


Moreover, the heart-wrenching news of the earthquake in the High Atlas Mountains, southwest of Marrakesh, Morocco leaving at least 2,900 people dead and over 5,500 injured underscores the enormity of the crisis. Families are anxiously searching for their loved ones amidst the aftermath of this natural disaster.


AFRIMA reaffirms its unwavering commitment to assisting in the recovery and reconstruction efforts in Derna and Marrakesh. The healing power of music and art can help mend the hearts of shattered souls and communities.


Describing the situation as “catastrophic”, Regional Director, Northern Africa, AFRIMA, Janatte Haddadi called upon the entire global community to join in this moment of solidarity with the Moroccan and Libyan people in their hour of need.


According to her, “The powerful display of unity is a testament to the values that AFRIMA shares in both individuals and African societies.


“As an organization rooted in the sustainable growth of the African music industry and contributor to African economies through music promotion, AFRIMA believes in the power of solidarity, compassion, and love for our nations, irrespective of their religion or race,” Hadadi said.


The President and Executive Producer, AFRIMA, Mike Dada expresses the gravity of this situation, saying, “Our hearts are heavy with grief as we stand with the people of Derna and Marrakesh during this time of immense loss. The scale of devastation is beyond words, and our thoughts are with those who are still searching for their missing relatives.

During this time of immense sorrow and distress, AFRIMA calls upon the world to come together and stand with Derna and Marrakesh. The people of Libya and Morocco need our collective strength and solidarity more than ever.”


Underscoring the urgency of global cooperation, Director of Communication & Sponsorship, AFRIMA, Matlou Tsotsesi stated “The rising death toll and the vast number of missing persons in Derna demand a united response from the international community. We must act swiftly to provide relief, support, and hope to the survivors and families affected. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you face this unparalleled tragedy.”


AFRIMA (All Africa Music Awards) is the Pinnacle of African Music Globally.

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