Lanre Gentry Publicly Apologizes To Mercy Aigbe On Instagram

Lanre Gentry has publicly apologized to his estranged wife, Mercy Aigbe for all the Hiatus and drama he’s caused. The Hotelier in an Instagram post says he’s ready to bury the hatchet and break all the bone of contention between himself and his estranged wife.

He wrote:

“For peace to reign, I’m going to bury all hatchet and break the bone of contention between myself and Mercy Aigbe Gentry. I’m sorry to those who I’ve hurt with my action and comment/words.

“Mercy you claimed that I’m begging you behind curtains, OK here I am begging you openly. I’m sorry!!! This drama is exhausting and I’m done with it all.

“Despite all that’s been happening; I don’t love you less. I still see you as the mother of my children and I want to give you the respect to that regard.

“Thanks to each and everyone who’s preached peace; may God perfect all that is yours. Special thanks to Adeola Kujenya, Chief Alo Adeniyi, @laidebakare @iyaboojofespris @toyin_Abraham @sunnymelody1 @babakanran @deleodule_ @abamog @terryyenn I truly appreciate you.

“God bless you and God will grant all your heart desires. Also to my family members & my children thannks for the unending love and support. God bless us all!!!! Amen.”

Music Star Jidenna Reveals What Heineken And Nigerians Have In Common In New Ad

Heineken is the world’s leading beer brand and the premium drink has been enjoyed by beer lovers in Nigeria since it was first launched. Its great taste and superb quality has earned it the title: Chairman. The brand has truly become a part of Nigeria and its people.

Heineken Nigeria has just launched an ad featuring the Nigerian-American singer, Jidenna which highlights the parallels between the world’s most international brand – Heineken and Nigerians. If you’re here wondering what we mean, here are three qualities Heineken and Nigerians have in common as highlighted in the ad:

World famous

Heineken can be found in 192 countries. Paris, Johannesburg, Madrid, Moscow, Cairo, Montreal… name it – the brand is there. Where you see Heineken globally, there’s an 80% chance you will find a Nigerian. Your favorite beer and country man in your favorite city? That is super cool.

Anywhere you go https://youtu.be/0pCWwEVVgWo

High quality

Nigerians have proven their mettle globally, and it’s not uncommon to see them breaking records in Ivy League institutions, or deploying innovative ideas in solving problems. They can boast of unmatchable brilliance, compassion and quality results.

Heineken’s quality is also largely unmatched. With a guarantee of the same taste and quality anywhere in the world made possible with the skill of a Master Brewer with 15 years of experience under his belt, you are sure with every sip of Heineken, you get quality.

Banter https://youtu.be/KcCrv9EPSbU

Value placed on family

Nigerians are passionate about family and what it represents. They will stop at nothing to keep their family closely knitted. Heineken is a family owned brand that understands the importance of family in the grand scheme of things. Despite the evolution of technology, Heineken remains in touch with its traditional roots.

With these similarities between Nigerians and Heineken established, it is not a surprise Nigerians love the premium beer brand.

Village https://youtu.be/TXOcpG9BMTI

Village 2 https://youtu.be/ojlGPmtFMgQ

19 Year-Old Esther Benyeogo Wins GCGT17 N10m Cash Prize

On Saturday 24th June 2017, Esther Benyeogo the 19 year-old singer was crowned Season 7 winner of God’s Children Great Talent during a live television broadcast of the grand finale at Eko Convention Centre.  She received the show’s grand prize of a N250 million management contract, N10m cash and a brand new Kia Rio.

The winner’s prize was presented by Senior Pastor at RCCG City of David Parish, Pastor Idowu Iluyomade, Chairperson, GCGT Board of Trustees, Pastor (Mrs) Siju Iluyomade, Chief Executive Officer of Access Bank and Founder of The How Foundation, Dr. Herbert Wigwe.

Esther Benyeogo beat 9 other finalists, Joseph Odi, Damilare Bafunso, Anderson Peter, Deborah Oladipupo, Olawonuola Kehinde, Sophia Albert, Goodluck Enoch, Nengi Jaja and Emmanuel Osahor in a keenly contested final that saw a display of exceptional showmanship on stage.
A fans’ favourite, Esther has been a standout phenomenon on GCGT 7 since her very first performance and through the entire competition. Now as this season’s winner, Esther Benyeogo’s career is about to take off with the GCGT team providing close guidance.

The two-hour live television broadcast was the final performance of the season by the contestants. The grand finale also featured special performances by Nikki Laoye, GCGT season 6 winner Onome Enakerakpor, Darey, Frank Edwards and Enitan Adaba.

God’s Children Great Talent, Africa’s biggest gospel talent show will return in 2018 for Season 8 discovering new talents between ages 5 and 20 years to be nurtured for God’s glory. For more information on the show, please visit www.gcgt.org

 

Davido Donates Oil Truck To His PA

Popular Nigerian singer, David Adeleke, aso known as Davido, has donated an oil truck to Lateef Biola, his personal assistant of many years.

In his Twitter post, Davido displayed a photo of the truck and urged Lateef “to go get his money”.

The gift, according to him was to celebrate the birthday of of Lateef, who plans to go into oil and gas business.

On his Instagram page, Davido however explained what Lateef has meant to him since he was twelve years old.

 

 

Union Bank Hosts Customers And Stakeholders To A Centenary Gala In Port Harcourt

As part of activities lined up to celebrate its centenary anniversary this year, Union Bank yesterday hosted its customers and other stakeholders in Rivers State to a classy dinner at the Novotel Hotel, Stadium Road, Port Harcourt.

The dinner which was witnessed by government dignitaries and customers of the bank saw speakers spotlighting Union Bank’s commitment to the development of its customers and Nigeria over the past 100 years.

Speaking at the event, Emeka Emuwa, Chief Executive Officer, Union Bank, appreciated the bank’s loyal customers and reaffirmed the bank’s commitment to providing a simpler and smarter banking experience for them.

“We are proud of our relationship with our customers as this is very important to us. As a bank, we have been able to achieve this height because we have customers who didn’t stop believing in our services, and because of them we promise to do more,” Emuwa said.

“We believe the best way to celebrate this milestone is with our customers, and over this year we have a number of activities outlined across the country to celebrate them including this celebration in Port Harcourt. While here we are also launching three upgraded branches to ensure our customers enjoy improved service delivery,” he concluded.

Emeka Woke, the Chief of Staff of the Government House, commended the Bank on the celebration of its centenary anniversary and for its commitment to its customers and the people of Rivers State. Woke who represented the Governor of Rivers State, H.E Governor Nyesom Wike, emphasized that Union Bank has played a fundamental role in the development of the Nigerian banking system.

According to him: “Union Bank has been in existence for a century helping Nigerians and has contributed immensely to the development of the economy and the country in general. A lot of us have been customers for many years and enjoyed their services. The people of Rivers State have also directly benefited from the financial institution through job creation and other initiatives in the state. We celebrate them and congratulate them on the good work they are doing.”

One of the highlights of the event was a grand performance by Port Harcourt’s finest artiste, Duncan Mighty, who thrilled the audience with his music. The evening ended with several testimonials from satisfied customers.

“33” Export Unveils ‘City of Friends’

“33” Export Lager Beer, the number one friendship beer, today unveiled ‘City of Friends’ at the Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos.

The City of Friends is a platform to encourage friends to celebrate one another, and highlight the time-tested values of friendship. The three-day event will bring together friends from across the country to celebrate the values of friendship in an atmosphere of music, dance and fun.

The celebration which is scheduled to open on July 28, will culminate with the grand finale on July 30 – a day set aside by the United Nations to promote the role that friendship plays in promoting peace in many cultures across the world.

“We are taking advantage of this globally recognized day of friendship to deepen the brand’s core proposition to its consumers by unveiling the City of Friends,” said Franco Maria Maggi, Marketing Director, Nigerian Breweries Plc., while speaking at the launch. “For three days, consumers and friends of “33” Export will come together to celebrate the values of friendship – loyalty, fun, companionship, and goodwill – in a festive atmosphere courtesy of the number one friendship beer.”

Artistes billed to perform at the City of Friends include Femi Kuti, 2face Idibia, Orezi, 9ice, MI Abaga, Wande Coal, Cynthia Morgan, Seyi Shay, YCee, Phyno, Flavour, Small Doctor, and many others.

Chibest David Wins Hi-Life Fest Competition, Expresses Gratitude To Life Continental Beer

Chibest David yesterday emerged winner in the grand finale of the Hi-Life Fest competition organized by Life Continental Lager Beer. Hi-Life Fest is a talent competition aimed at discovering, training, and coaching upcoming artistes using key music industry players.

The grand finale which held at Sonia Resorts in Onitsha, Anambra saw several regional audition winners vying for top spot as the new Highlife sensation.

The grand finale follows five regional auditions held in Owerri, Port Harcourt, Enugu, Aba and Nnewi with contestants Umunakwe Nwayiaku, Roseline Akpan, Chibest David, Onuoha Kingsley and Ogbonaya Stephen emerging winners.

Judges such as Highlife legend, Bright Chimezie, On Air Personality (OAP) Tony Mbeki, and music composer, David Jones selected the overall winner of the Hi-Life Fest after watching the contestants perform.

Chibest, a student from Enugu expressed his joy after winning the competition saying: “I am so elated right now. I auditioned just like every other contestant and I still can’t believe I won. I am grateful to Life Continental Beer for this opportunity to showcase my love for Highlife music.”

Speaking at the grand finale, Emmanuel Agu, Portfolio Manager, Mainstream Lager and Stout, NB Plc. reaffirmed the brand’s commitment to the progress and culture of the people of the South-east while expressing his delight at the successful completion of the competition.

“We are happy to have organized a successful Hi-Life Fest competition. This competition started in April with over 150 contestants vying for the top prize, and today we are happy to say the best contestant has won. Highlife music remains an essential part of the Igbo culture, and we believe it is important to constantly remind ourselves and the younger generation of this,” Agu said.

One of the highlights of the grand finale was a performance by Life Continental Lager Beer brand ambassador, Flavour who thrilled the crowd with his music.

Cash prizes were later presented to the runners-up in the competition.

Denrele Edun, Ashionye, Star In New Drama Series “Everything In Between”

Denrele Edun, Ashionye, Ayoola Ayoola, Daniel Effiong and others star in a new drama series “Everything In Between” – a drama series that explores issues of sacrifice, love, sexuality, and societal pressure.

The series tells the stories of three young professionals; Emma Okoye, Dayna Elliot and Demola Ogunjimi, and their struggle to conform to what is considered the norm in the Nigerian society. All characters faced similar challenges – judged on the basis of who they are and who they love.

Everything In Between is produced by The Initiative for Equal Rights (TIERs) in association with Alleykat Media.

See first episode here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_2TJBolJAo

VoxAfrica TV Launches 2nd Season Of The Voice Afrique

Voxafrica TV has launched the second season of the highly rated flagship TV show, in French Speaking Africa.

The show, which is officially sponsored by Orange, will be broadcasted every Saturday from October 14th 2017 on Voxafrica TV’s Francophone Africa and Europe platforms. The Voice Afrique Francophone will also be replayed on partnering TV channels.

Music fans will once more discover new talents that will be competing for four months until the big final, which is due to air on January 27th 2018.

The winner will have the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of the show’s first winner Pamela Baketana, and walk away with a record deal courtesy of Universal Music.

The second season of the Voice Afrique Francophone will be staged for 16 weeks and bring together 4 judges made up of African and international music stars, as well as a charismatic master of ceremony. Their mission will be to reveal the best voice amongst contestants from 16 French speaking countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroun, Congo, The Ivory-Coast, Gabon, Guinee, Equatorial Guinee, Mali, Niger, Central African Republic, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal, Chad and Togo).

The show will run over 16 episodes and feature 6 blind auditions, 4 battles, 2 knockouts and 4 live shows from 06th January 2018.

Union Bank Announces Centenary Art Challenge

As part of its 100th year anniversary celebrations Union Bank Plc. has announced the kick-off of the Union Bank Centenary Art Challenge, a competition designed to promote works of professional and amateur Nigerian artists across the country. The competition is coordinated in partnership with the Nigerian Guild of Artists and will run from June to September 2017.

The competition challenges artists to interpret the iconic Union Bank stallion which has been the mainstay of the bank’s identity over the past century. In 2015, Union Bank redesigned the stallion to reflect a more agile and energetic institution following its transformation. Artists have been given reign to interpret the stallion using all forms of art.

Speaking at the launch event on Friday, May 26, 2017 at the MyDrim Gallery in Lagos with invited guests which included renowned artists, patrons, and art critics, Union Bank Chief Executive Officer, Emeka Emuwa said: “Union Bank has a storied history in Nigeria and our 100th anniversary is a unique opportunity to tell our story to different audiences. Artists are storytellers and this competition presents an opportunity for this community to help us tell our story from the vantage of our iconic white stallion. We are excited to celebrate the many stories that will come across through the works that will be entered in the competition.”

Also at the event, Head of Corporate Affairs & Corporate Communication, Ogochukwu Ekezie-Ekaidem said: “Talent development is one of our social responsibility focus areas and this competition is another initiative for Union Bank to impact in this area. We strongly believe that through the arts we can spur creativity and innovation in young people.”

Entries will be accepted across the country in various regions and a distinguished panel will shortlist the final hundred works which will compete at the finale. Monetary prizes will be awarded to the finalists and the ultimate winners will receive N1 million naira in the professional category and N250,000 in the student category. More details on the competition and how to enter can be found here www.unionbankng/100.

Union Bank is marking its centenary under three broad themes – Celebrate, Impact and Lead. In April the bank also announced the Union Bank Centenary Innovation Challenge, a nationwide competition to find and support young entrepreneurs developing sustainable business solutions to solve social problems in Nigeria was launched in partnership with Co-Creation Hub.

 

Adenuga, Ovia, Eke, Aledekomo, Others Named Nigeria’s ICT Top 10

The Top10 Magazine, a monthly magazine with focus on celebrating top10 leading lights from every sectors of the society has released the list of Nigeria’s ICT Top 10. The list is contained in the latest edition of the magazine which is dedicated to top 10 pillars of Nigeria’s ICT revolution.
 
Topping the list is Mike Adenuga, Founder and Chairman of Globalcom, Jim Ovia, Founder and Chairman of Cyberspace Network, Leo Stan Eke, Founder of Zinox Technologies and Task Systems Limited, Funke Opkeke, Chief Executive Officer of Main Street Technologies and the owners of Main one Cable.
 
Others are Austin Okere, Group Managing Director of Computer Warehouse Group, Mitchell Elegbe, Chief Executive Officer of Interswitch, Valentine Obi, CEO of e-transact, Demola Aladekomo, Founding father of the Chams Group Plc, John Obaro, Chief Executive officer of Systemspecs and the drivers of the TSA, Tim Akano, Managing director ,New Horizon Nigeria, a foremost IT training Institute.
 
In a release by Tony Iji, the publisher and editor in chief of the Magazine, “Our objective is to produce a reference document on 10 leading pillars of the information and communications technology industry who are strategic to Nigeria’s economic transformation” .He stated that the criteria for selection is based on pioneering effort, innovation, unique accomplishenments and relevance of the operators’ offerings to the current technological needs of the Nigerian economy and overall contribution to the growth and development of the Nigerian ICT sector.
Mr Iji stated that they decided to dedicate the current edition of the magazine to ICT in the realization that ICT holds the key to transformation of the society in the present digital world.
 
“Our focus is to identify Nigeria’s Top 10 Indigenous ICT operators who have contributed to changing the face of ICT in Nigeria”.
 
He said that “coming with a list of Nigeria’s Top 10 was a herculean task judging from the array of many accomplished players who have all distinguished themselves in one way or the other in contributing to the growth and development of ICT sector in Nigeria”.
He stated that “I must confess that since we started this journey of celebrating top 10 leading lights from every sector of the Nigeria society, the work on this edition was the most difficult task for us to undertake in terms of who is qualified to be on the top 10 list of the industry. But with painstaking survey, research and the help of some senior IT editors in Nigeria, we are able to come up with what we feel to be an objective final Top 10 list out of over 100 hundreds names that were earlier short listed”.
He also said that the final list is made up of men and women who have distinguished themselves in steering ICT growth and development in Nigeria. The Final Top 10 list covers leading players from Major areas of ICT services such as Telecommunications, internet, Hardware, Software, Networking Services, training, e-payment and e-commerce, card technology etc.
 
The statement concluded that the survey exercise is limited to indigenous private ICT investors with ownership structure tied to one individual private promoter.
 
The current edition of the Magazine also has other interesting stories on Wale Tinubu, GMD of OANDO, Africa’s largest oil and Gas Company, the Otunba Subomi Balogun dynasty, Olufela Seton, the wonder kid who is changing branding landscape across West Africa, and Abraham Nwankwo, the manager of Nigeria’s debt burden.

Life Continental Beer Holds Hi-Life Regional Auditions

Life Continental Beer  held its third regional auditions for its on-going Hi-Life Fest on Sunday, May 21, 2017. The event, which is part of the brand’s initiative to promote the culture and heritage of the people of the South East, was held at the New Berries Park in Enugu.

Registrations and auditions were held between May 15 and May 16, 2017 while the semi-final was held at the same venue on Friday, May 19.

A team of judges consisting of seasoned music producers and guest personalities witnessed numerous performances while they also engaged the audience in deciding the best acts at the event.

The winner of the auditions in Enugu, Chibest David expressed his excitement saying: “Being a part of this competition is a wonderful journey for me, and winning the Enugu regional auditions makes me exceedingly happy. When I auditioned, I wasn’t sure I would win and qualify for the grand finale. Life Continental Beer has authenticated my talent and I am thankful for that.”

David joins past winners, Roselyn Akpan and Umunnakwe Nwajiaku from Port Harcourt and Owerri respectively as they await winners from other regional auditions in the grand finale in Onitsha where the overall winner will be rewarded with the sum of one million Naira and a one-year recording deal.

Speaking at the regional finale, Emmanuel Agu, Portfolio Manager, Mainstream Lager and Stout, NB Plc., said Life Continental Lager Beer is using Hi-Life Fest to uphold the culture and tradition of the people of the South East and extend the boundaries of progress.

“The Igbo culture is strong, progressive and lively, and Life Continental beer recognises and represents those strengths. Hi-Life Fest, which is another way of showing Life Continental Beer’s commitment to the people of the South East, also provides them a platform to fully express their aspirations and dreams through music,” Agu said.

Cash prizes were also given to 2nd, 3rd, and 4th winners of the regional finals.

Auditions continue in Aba from June 5 to June 11 with the grand finale holding in Onitsha on June 18, 2017.

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