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.

Union Bank Supports Creative Arts, Takes Love & recession To The Stage

Union Bank partnered performance art production company, iOpenEye Production to present the stage play Love & Recession to creative arts lovers on May 9, 2017 in Lagos.

Inspired by Femi Osofisan’s popular stage play, ‘The Engagement’, Love & Recession serves to celebrate the dynamism and resourcefulness of Nigerians in times of economic slowdown.

According to the Head, Corporate Affairs/Corporate Communications, Union bank, Ogochukwu Ekezie-Ekaidem, “Union Bank has a history of supporting talent and creativity, because we believe that it is key to economic empowerment for Nigeria’s populous and highly enterprising youth. Through talent development, which is one of the strategic pillars of our community investment, we work to build capacity and foster individual and community creativity in areas including social innovation, sports, and creative arts.”

The cast of the highly captivating play included Keppy Ekpenyong, Ikponmwosa Gold and Omonor Somolu.

The play, which was produced by Ifeoma Fafunwa, was part of activities to celebrate Union Bank’s centenary anniversary which has ‘Celebrate. Impact. Lead’ as its theme.

Union Bank Supports Creative Arts, Takes Love And Recession To Stage

Union Bank partnered performance art production company, iOpenEye Production to present the stage play Love & Recession to creative arts lovers on May 9, 2017 in Lagos.

Inspired by Femi Osofisan’s popular stage play, ‘The Engagement’, Love & Recession serves to celebrate the dynamism and resourcefulness of Nigerians in times of economic slowdown.

According to the Head, Corporate Affairs/Corporate Communications, Union bank, Ogochukwu Ekezie-Ekaidem, “Union Bank has a history of supporting talent and creativity, because we believe that it is key to economic empowerment for Nigeria’s populous and highly enterprising youth. Through talent development, which is one of the strategic pillars of our community investment, we work to build capacity and foster individual and community creativity in areas including social innovation, sports, and creative arts.”

The cast of the highly captivating play included Keppy Ekpenyong, Ikponmwosa Gold and Omonor Somolu.

The play, which was produced by Ifeoma Fafunwa, was part of activities to celebrate Union Bank’s centenary anniversary which has ‘Celebrate. Impact. Lead’ as its theme.

Tinubu Vs Holyfield: Boxing Fight To Hold May 25

The exhibition boxing match between legendary five-time World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Evander “Real Deal” Holyfield, and former Lagos State Governor, Bola Ahmed Tinubu will take place at The Landmark Centre, Lekki on May 25 by 6pm.

The charity event tagged “The Rhumble”  which is the first of its kind on the African continent, will also feature Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka.

CEO of ACI Entertainment and promoter of the event, Mr. Wole Adeniyi said that the event will be celebrating the Center of Excellence at 50  and bring worldwide attention to health-related issues in Africa like Autism in Children, River Blindness, Mental illness among the elderly.

He also added that Evander Holyfield, who defeated Mike Tyson twice in the 90s, the second fight being famous for the ear biting incident when Tyson bit off part of his eyes will be donating $2m worth of medical supplies and equipment to the Lagos State Government and various charities across Nigeria.

 

76 And The Wedding Party Win The Public Choice Award

The NollywoodWeek Film Festival has announced today that The Wedding Party and 76 have jointly received the 2017 NollywoodWeek Public Choice Award.

The festival trophy was given to Izu Ojukwu, the Director of 76 and Moses Babatope who represented the film in the absence of the film Director, Kemi Adetiba in a closing ceremony that was followed by the World Premiere screening of Ctach[dot]er by the Director Walter Taylaur.

“I was not expecting this award. It’s an honour for me and for everybody who worked on the film,” said Izu Ojukwu.

In his acceptance speech, Moses Babatope expressed his joy at winning this award and mentioned that it was a good omen as the production of The Wedding Party 2 had just begun in Lagos and Dubai.

The high quality of the selected films for this 5th edition has been praised by journalists and film critics. Eleven films in total were shown during the four days of the festival, including five films in competition: Dinner, Gidi Blues, Green White Green, The Wedding Party and 76.

Nadira Shakur, the Director of Communication and co-founder of the festival said that “The festival has really cemented its place in the Parisian cultural calendar. Each year we try to offer the very best of Nollywood to the Parisian public by bringing the newest developments in the industry. This year we screened a web-series from REDTV and for the first time, an animated short film from Anthill Studios called Play-Thing.”

The selection of the 2017 edition of NollywoodWeek was rich and eclectic. The Public Choice Award ultimately went to two very different films but both have left an indelible mark on the Nigerian cinema landscape over the past year.

I Am A Card-Carrying Member Of APC Says Fuji Musician, K1 The Ultimate

Nigerian most respected Fuji musicians, K1 the Ultimate, has disclosed his stand on politics, saying “I’m in politics already but I have never sought for elective office. I believe that everybody is a politician; as long as you interact with people. I am a card-carrying member of APC.”

He said this while shedding light on rumour hitting the cyberspace that he is switching to hip hop music.

According to him: “I’m not tilting towards hip hop but presenting Nigerian entertainment the way it should be. Collaborations are a vital part of keeping abreast of happenings from one generation to the other. For instance, I worked with Olamide so we could have a fusion of sounds.”

Shedding light on how he takes care of his voice, he said, “I treat my voice by resting a lot and not overloading it. This is what I have been doing for the past 40 years. I don’t damage my voice by using some substances just because other people are using them. Whenever you are tired, everything about you, including your voice, goes to sleep. You have to rest because even if you use drugs, you would still need to rest and it may have already caused damages. That is nature and you cannot do anything about it. Everybody must have plans for their lives.

As for me, I work hard and when I’m not working, I’m at home. I’m a family man. I usually go on vacation every year and I do that during  Ramadan, so I can recharge myself physically and mentally. Fuji music is not for trouble makers. All genres of music have fans that fight whenever they are excited. It is something that happens in a lot of places and not just in Fuji music.”

The performer also said he has perpetual thirst for knowledge. “One of the greatest things anyone can do for him/herself is to be trained to be able to overcome challenges. I learn from people around me every day and I read a lot,” he said.

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Olamide Calls For Calm, Says He Can’t Run Out Of Songs

Nigerian Rapper, Olamide Adedeji, aka Olamide Badoo, has ruled out rumour that his tap of inspiration may stop running at some point.

In an exclusive chat with Sunday Scoop, Badoo told ‘doubting Thomas’ that they have nothing to worry about because his spring of inspiration won’t run dry anytime soon. He said, “Whenever people say things like that, I just laugh. Talent comes from God and if you have it, then you have it.

Even as I’m chatting with you, I can get inspiration for a song and I would immediately note it in my mind. As long as life exists and things happen on earth, I will always have the inspiration to sing. Music is life and life is music. If I were to release all the songs I have ever recorded, they would scatter the whole place. I work in the studio everyday and there are many songs I have recorded that I am yet to release as singles or in albums.”

In the past four years, Olamide has released the highest number of songs (both his and collaborations), with most of the songs ending up as hit.

Speaking on how he has been to able to remain relevant, Olamide said, “Most importantly the grace of God that has kept me. I don’t do this by my power or might. I also go with the flow and keep my ears on the ground. I know about the new slangs that are spoken on the streets and sometimes, I turn them into songs, which resonate with people because they can identify with the content of the song.”

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