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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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Juju Music Sensation Dele Taiwo’s Star-Studded Birthday Bash in Lagos To Hold On Sunday




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




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




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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