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IDRIS IS AFRICA’S ULTIMATE HOTSHOT….

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Tanzania’s Idris emerged from the Big Brother Hotshots house at the end of Sunday night’s

thrilling 2-hour live extravaganza with USD 300 000 in the bank! He picked up an avalanche

of viewer votes from the continent after 63 days of fun, drama and intrigue to become the

hottest of the Hotshots in the 9th season of the continent’s most epic reality show.

Idris saw off the challenge of 25 other housemates through 9 weeks of extravaganzas,

weekly tasks, ‘freeze’ challenges and even an epic prank in true Big Brother style. After he’d

picked himself up off the floor after the announcement, Idris told IK he was feeling

exhausted after the “long ride”. “Big love to everyone in Africa, I have so much love out

there, I’m going to give back every single day,” said the man from Arusha.

The show kicked off with a show-stopping performance from 17 evicted housemates, who

got the chance to remind the continent of their Hotshots credentials. The glamorous finale

was a star-studded affair, also featuring performances by the One Campaign Artists, Nigerian

star M.I. and South Africa’s Unathi Msengana. Even the Top 8 housemates got in on the

action, with a performance of their own to sum up their time in the house!

IK took viewers back through all 63 days of Big Brother Hotshots, with reminders of the

Hotshots’ stellar performances during the extravaganza tasks, the tender moments – and

the explosive ones – they all shared, and all the fun they had learning about each other’s

cultures, countries and personalities.

Evictions were never far from everyone’s minds, though, and when the

SizweNtsalubaGobodo auditor delivered a bulging envelope to IK on stage, he got down to

business. Over the course of the show, he evicted Butterphly, M’am Bea, JJ, Sipe, Nhlanhla

and Macky2 from the house in pairs, leaving Idris and Tayo to count their lucky stars as the

rest of the Hotshots looked on enviously from the stage.

As the time for the winner announcement drew near, Big Brother summoned the duo to the

Diary Room for a final few words of encouragement before sending them out of the house

to join IK on stage, through a curtain of fireworks.

Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu, M-Net’s Regional Director for West Africa was delighted with the way

Big Brother Hotshots played out. “The behind-the-scenes team overcame some astounding

obstacles to get this season of Big Brother Africa on-air – and they delivered a show that was

bigger, better, more dramatic and more entertaining than ever before,” she said.

“Congratulations to Idris on being named the winner of Big Brother Hotshots – and thank

you to the rest of the housemates for providing the entire continent with 63 days of

phenomenal entertainment”.

Sivan Pillay, Managing Director of Endemol South Africa said: “We are very proud to have

produced another great season of Big Brother Africa. Despite the devastating setback of the

fire, it has been a monumental achievement to entertain the continent with our broadcast

partner Multichoice”.

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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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