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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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Three months after marriage crash, Bolanle Ninalowo steps out with actress Damilola Adegbite (VIDEO)




Three months after announcing the end of his marriage to wife, Bunmi, actor Bolanale Ninalowo, has stepped out with actress Damilola Adegbite.

There were speculations weeks back that the pair were an item.

In an Instagram post on Wednesday, the actor confirmed the speculation by sharing a video of himself with Adegbite with the caption, “That hateful energy – too pricy! Love dont cost a thang #LovePeaceAndLightOnly. Maka 🦍 #BOLDAMEE ♥️.”

Adegbite was married to Ghanaian actor, Chris Attoh. The marriage, which produced a son, Brian, crashed in 2017.

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Sinatra’s Place, others to host maiden Computer Village Awards December 10




Sinatra’s Place, a lifestyle and entertainment hub, is set to host the maiden edition of Computer Village Awards (CVA) on Sunday, December 10.

The award was conceived by the management of S&G Concept and MetroNews Nigeria, as a reward system for players in the popular Lagos Computer Village, located in Ikeja, Lagos. The event is billed to become an annual event.

According to the Publisher of Metronews, Otunba Femi Davies, “CVA is an idea that was conceived to recognize individuals and organisations who have distinguished themselves in the industry during the year in review.”

“In reality, Lagos Computer Village is the gadget and tech hub of Nigeria. An award like this has been a long time coming. It is highly needed to encourage growth and stimulate healthy competition.”

While speaking on the categories available, Davies revealed that for the first edition, there are 24 award categories. “This inaugural award is designed to honour 24 different individuals and businesses operating in different spheres of the market,” he explained.

On the awards model, he explained that the selection process involves a jury, and to maintain the integrity of the jury, it is made up of eminent journalists, bankers, customers, and other stakeholders within the industry.

The awards, according to the organisers, will also cover social accomplishments alongside tech and financial achievements.

On the bandstand is Nigerian multiple award-winning cross-over music star, SB, who’s ready to serenade his fans with original Afrocentric musical performance.

Partners on the initiative, aside from MetroNews and Abinibi Events Cottage, include Society Reporters, Sinatra’s Place, Coca-Cola, Henessey, House 9 Hotels, Avid Waters, among other corporate sponsors.

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Just In: ICPC, police clears D’banj of N-Power fraud, rape




Popular singer, Dapo Oyebanjo, aka D’banj, has been cleared of rape and N-power fraud allegations by the Nigeria Police Force and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, respectively.

In separate documents exclusively obtained by our correspondent on Friday, the police and the anti-graft agency gave the singer a clean slate in separate clearance reports upon completion of investigations with incontrovertible outcomes on the innocence of the singer.

In an affidavit deposed by Toheeb Lawal of Abuja-based law firm, Law Corridor, before District Court of Abuja, wherein the reports of the NPF investigation, and clearance from the ICPC were exhibited and marked exhibits A and B, the legal practitioner averred that the police and the ICPC cleared the singer of rape and fraud allegations.

Society Reporters reports that in 2020, the singer was accused of rape and the Inspector General of Police ordered an investigation into the allegation.

In a report dated November 14, 2023 with case number CR:3000/X/FHQ/ABJ/SEB/T.1/VOL 18/284, and signed by ACP YY Abubakar of the Special Enquiry Bureau at the Force Criminal Investigations Department at the Force Headquarters in Abuja, the police said the matter was investigated but there was no evidence to substantiate the claim.

The report read in part, “The allegation was investigated.

The complainant, witnesses and suspects made their statement. Investigation was extended to the Glee Hotel Lagos, where the staff on duty on the date of the alleged incident, made their statement.

“The management and staff of the Glee Hotel averred that the first suspect was not seen in the hotel on the date of the alleged incident, neither was he given a spare key to gain access to any room in the hotel, where the complainant lodged, and they have only one key to each room, which completely debunked the allegation of the complainant. The management of the hotel also held that it had no record to show that complainant checked into the hotel as a guest on the alleged date and she did not at any time, raise alarm, complain or report any indecent, assault or rape.

“There is no medical report on the victim to ascertain that she was raped. 4There is no adduced facts and corroborative evidence to substantiate the allegation of rape against the suspect. Prima-facie offences of Indecent Assault, Rape and Intimidation is not made out.

“However, the complainant, through her counsel, Ojoge, Omileye & Partners, submitted a later dated 17th July, 2020, to the DIG Force CID, to voluntarily withdraw the petition and discontinue the investigation.”

Also, sometimes late 2022, the ICPC accused D’banj of diversion funds associated with the N-Power Programme of the Federal Government.

However, after its investigation, the ICPC said that D’banj was not guilty of any fraud allegation. In a response to an inquiry, the commission cleared D’banj of any infraction on the matter.

The clarification was dated November 29, 2023 with document number ICPC/OPS/SDD/SPT.LG/31/23.

“The commission investigated issues of fraud in the administration of the N-POWER Scheme where Mr Daniel Oladapo Oyebanjo’s name came up. However, there was no prima-facie case of fraud against him.

“Kindly be advised that Mr Daniel Oladapo Oyebanjo is not under investigation with the Commission for any fraud-related offence,” the ICPC clearance partly read.

D’banj’s lawyer, in his deposition filed before the Chief District Court of the Federal Capital Territory at Wuse Zone 2, Abuja, also averred that the singer was never a government official and never had any access to government funds and that the N-power campaign he supported was free and was never paid a penny by anyone or the government.

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