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Organisers of the Legends of Nollywood (LON), an annual awards ceremony aimed at recognising and honoring individuals who have fashioned the Nigerian movie industry to what it is today, have announced that the third edition of the show will hold on December 6, at the Banquet Hall of National Arts Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos.

Paul Obazele, the brain behind the awards, claimed: “The Nigerian movie industry has had a rich history as a result of the untiring zeal and creativity of the pioneer who overcame enormous odds and challenges to birth an industry that has gained global recognition.

The legends and veterans of the industry are known as the Legends of Nollywood. They need to be recognised and acknowledged for their body of works.”

According to Obazele, it is time to pay tributes to the great personalities and programmes that have provided the capacity which, in turn, has helped to shape the industry.

“They have blessed us with their gifts and talents. Talents that have inspired generations and have continually raised new stars. There are so many heroes that do not need to pass on before we start to honour them. Nollywood wouldn’t have been what it is today, if these people had not put in what they had,” he added.

Also speaking at the media briefing was Mr Shaibu Hussein, a member of the organizing commitee who said a legend in this regard might not necessarily be an elder states man, but someone who has contributed immensely to the development of the industry from what it use to be to what we all see today as Nollywood.

In his word, ” Being a legend might differ in different industry but as for Nollywood, our aim is to recognise those who have contributed in no measure to the industry development not minding the various challenges faced and still made it a place where many now see as profession”.

One of the key reason and slogan for this years awards is rewarding our heros and not allowing the labors of our heros past go in vain which is one of the verse of the National anthem “The labor of our heros past, shall never go in vain “said Obazele.
“They have best of life, creative set of people, we saw d emergence of what turned into a phenomenon today as Nollywood, so we decided to at every time remember the labor of our heros past”.”said Obazele.

This years event is a 3 days long event full of razzmataz and alot of side attraction.
Slated for December 4, 5, and 6th, this years event is a full packed event and will hold at the prestigeous National Art Theater, Iganmu, Lagos.

In the past edition the organisers have recognised some notable veterans in the industry whose name might not be remembered by many, but they took it upon them selfs to root them out from where ever they are for this noble recognition.
Among the awardees in the past editions were, Jimi Johnson, David Orere (Dir of Things fAll apart), Adele Onyedibia T(Producer Things fall apart), Abiola Atanda (Second Chance), Liz Benson, Gbanga richards, Edmond Anaibe (After the Storm) among others.

And in this years edition Legends like, Sony Irabor, Bisi Olatilo, Joke Kosoko, Mama Awero, Ola Fajemi Isi, Pete Edochie, Taiwo Ajayi Lycett, Ene Oloja ( Cock row @ Dawn) would be recognised.

One of the high point of the awards is the health insurance scheme that has been put in place for these notable legends. Aside from the fact that they would be presented a plaque, the also have an health insurance scheme which would allow them benefit from a high tech health scheme among the several state of the art hospitals accross the country.

Also adding to that, Mr Obazele said, they are making all necessary efforts to get in touch with state governors from where these legends came out from, so they can also benefit something from their state government having made the state proud for having them as legends of our time.

” We have decided that the dreams of this people will not go in vain, becos their existence and works stand as one of the great emergence of some people today, so it became pertinent on our heart dat we have a reward system and this is what gave birth to Legends of Nollywood.”

A Special Recognition awards will also go to Governor Babatunde Fashola, who have also did a lot in the industry, like providing a space for Film Village in Badagry where stuffs have been put in place, also he gave a concension for movie actors and actresses who might still want to go back to school so they will have the opportunity to study in LASU, and a lot of other things he has used his government to sponsor as far as Nollywood is concerned!

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The voting portal for the 2022 edition of the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) opened on Sunday, September 25, at 21:00 (CAT), to the public, globally, to decide the winners of each of the 39 award categories. 

The International Committee of the All Africa Music Award (AFRIMA), in conjunction with the African Union Commission (AUC), made this announcement, encouraging African music lovers to vote intensively using the voting portal live at, before the portal closes on December 10, 2022, which is the eve of the awards.

More information on the voting process, which would also be audited by the International auditing firm, PriceWaterHouseCoopers (PWC), can also be found on the website, as well as AFRIMA’s social media (Instagram/TikTok – @Afrima.official; Facebook – Afrimawards; Twitter – @afrimaofficial).

Like it did at the AFRIMA 2021 edition, the PWC, which has audited other major global awards including the Oscars, will audit the voting portal, collate the votes and present them at the awards.

According to AFRIMA’s Executive Producer/President, Mike Dada, “AFRIMA’S core values of FACE IT – Fairness, Authenticity, Creativity, Excellence, Integrity and Transparency remain at the heart of our operations. With PWC, we are further reinforcing these value drivers, ensuring that we remain as inclusive, credible and authentic as always.”

The list of nominees were unveiled globally, penultimate Wednesday, revealing a total of 382 nominations across all 39 categories.

The nominations, which have been greeted with positive acclaim across the world, are the fruit of a rigorous 10-day adjudication held by AFRIMA’s 13-member jury, in July.

Also, only entries within the validity period of August 20, 2021 to August 5, 2022, were considered for nomination for this year’s awards.

According to Mike Dada, the awards body remains the ultimate recognition of African music globally, also serving as a muse to other award bodies across the continent.

“We are not oblivious to the fact that there are some other award bodies that copy our nominations every year. As the ultimate recognition of African music, globally, we are a source of inspiration to both music gatekeepers and music lovers across the entire industry. AFRIMA continues to blaze the trail in celebrating African talent and developing our creative ecosystem, and this year’s edition is a step further in that direction,” he said.

On her part, the African Union Commission’s Head of Culture, Mrs Angela Martins encouraged music lovers to vote decisively and objectively.

She said, “We have done our part. It is left to you the fans to now decide your winners. Remember that these categories are highly competitive and are based on merit. Let your votes help the best person(s) emerge as champion.”

The 2022 All Africa Music Awards will now be held from the 8th to 11th December, 2022.

A special announcement will be made on the host country and location for the awards, on 30th September, 2022.

The AFRIMA awards ceremony will feature a 4-day fiesta of music, glitz, and glamour aimed at celebrating Africa, recognising talents and expanding the economic frontiers of the culture and creative industry on the continent.

The event is scheduled to commence with the welcome soiree, followed by the AFRIMA Music Village, the host city tour, Africa Music Business Summit, and the exclusive nominees’ party and concluded with the live awards ceremony broadcast to over 84 countries around the world.

African music lovers can take part in the events on social media, live stream on the AFRIMA website at and visit the social media platforms (IG/TikTok – @afrima.official; Facebook – Afrimawards; Twitter – @afrimaofficial; LinkedIn – AFRIMA) ), and they can watch the event coverage by tuning in to their local and cable TV providers.

In partnership with the African Union Commission, AFRIMA is a youth-focused music platform that recognizes and rewards the work and talents of African artistes across generations.

AFRIMA primarily stimulates conversations among Africans, and also the rest of the world, especially on the potential of the creative arts for fostering real human enterprise, as well as contributing significantly to social cohesion, as well as sustainable development in Africa.

The Programme of events is in line with the AU Agenda 2063 which outlines Aspiration 05 as the development of the arts and culture sector including its cultural and creative industries, to boost the development of the African economy.

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Bad Boy Timz, SB Live, Others Set For Sinatra’s ‘A Night Under The Sky’



Bad Boy Timz, SB Live, Klever Jay, Ijoba Na Danku, Danny’s and five others are set for Sinatra’s Place’s second instalment of ‘A Night Under The Sky’, scheduled to hold on Sunday, October 2.
Following an explosive maiden edition with Ahmed Ololade, popularly known as Asake, Mr Money in July, the second edition with a lineup of 10 talents, including DJ C-Boi promises to be bigger and better.
‘A Night Under The Sky’ is a series created by Sinatra for fun lovers and party people who love to dance and vibe to good music away from the confines of enclosed walls.
Held in the open-air Sinatra garden, the event, which traditionally starts at 6 PM in the evening spills into the early hours of the following day.
With the skies getting clearer and the rainy season fading, the series is back with a 2.0 edition that is bigger and better.
Also, while the headline liquor brands for the 1.0 edition were Jägermeister and Glenfiddich, this edition promises to have even more especially with the lineup of artistes billed for the event.
In the past, Sinatra’s Place, located in the heart of Adeniyi Jones on Ladipo Oluwole has been a hub for lovers of good music, quality entertainment and relaxing ambience. Stars like K1, Pasuma, Peruzzi, Bella Shmurda and many others have graced Sinatra’s stage and its adjoining club, Carica.

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King Sunny Ade Finally Agrees To Meet 52-year-old Woman Claiming To Be His Daughter



His lawyer, Donald Ajibola, told an online newspaper on Monday that a meeting would be set up with Ayeni and the musician said he would meet her when he had some free time.

Veteran “juju” musician, Sunday Adegeye, more commonly called King Sunny Ade (KSA), has agreed to see Elizabeth Ayeni, 52-year-old woman, who claims to be his daughter.
His lawyer, Donald Ajibola, told an online newspaper on Monday that a meeting would be set up with Ayeni and the musician said he would meet her when he had some free time.
Ajibola said, “I contacted Ayeni some days back and told her that I had spoken with Sunny Ade. What I told her was that I spoke with him and he agreed to meet her.
“The only thing is that he is too busy and cannot meet her now. It was even difficult for me to meet him. When he has time, he will meet with her.”
The woman also confirmed that Ajibola had reached out to her and spoken of a meeting, but did not give a specific time.
Now 52, Ayeni said she intended to conduct a DNA test to confirm her paternity and get a sense of identity.
In June, SaharaReporters reported that Elizabeth Temitope, her mother, told her the man she had always known as her father was not her biological father but King Sunny Ade was.
However, several efforts to get in contact with King Sunny Ade had proved abortive, she said.
The woman said she approached the Human Rights Commission and wrote Sunny Ade twice but there had been no response from the musician.
She noted that she was not making efforts to contact Sunny Ade for his fame or riches but she wanted to confirm if she was his father or not.
The juju king, singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist has been hailed as one of the most influential musicians of all time and is regarded as one of the first African pop musicians to achieve international recognition.
Sunny Adé formed his own backing band in 1967, eventually known as his African Beats.
After achieving national success in Nigeria during the 1970s and founding his own independent label, Sunny Adé signed to Island Records in 1982 and achieved international success with the albums Juju Music (1982) and Synchro System (1983); the latter garnered him a Grammy nomination, a first for a Nigerian artist. His 1998 album Odu also garnered a Grammy nomination.


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