Multi-award winning African-American music star Akon is to host the 4th annual All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) scheduled to hold on November 12 at the Eko Convention Centre of the Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.
According to a statement by the African Union Commission and the International Committee of AFRIMA yesterday, the Senegal-born superstar will handle the event proceedings of the live broadcast award show scheduled to air live on over 80 television stations and online platforms across the world with support from the co-host, Ms. Sophy Aiida, a Cameroonian-French entertainment broadcaster.
With a track record of outstanding success in the global music industry that has brought immense recognition to Africa’s creative energy and originality, Akon, a multi-Grammy award winning singer, songwriter, record producer and actor, has put his name in the Guinness Book of World Record as the number one selling artiste for master ringtones in the world.
Ranked the fifth most powerful celebrity in Forbes’s Africa list of 40, Akon is also a business man and philanthropist who is passionate about the African continent. He provides electricity for 15 African countries through his “Light Africa Project” and supports underprivileged African youngsters through his Konfidence Initiative. He runs music labels, Konvict Music and Kon Live Republic successfully.
Co-host Sophy Aiida is a prolific broadcaster who is known on radio as Cameroon’s biggest-girl-next-door. Sophy was born in Paris, moved to New York where she spent 15 years before returning to Cameroon to contribute to her homeland. The multilingual and multi-talented woman is regarded as one of Central Africa’s biggest show host. Sophy has also acted in rave African French-speaking movies and has also dropped a debut single.
Sophy Aiida is the co-founder of the Nakande Project, an initiative that supports the emergence of great young women through its education, empowerment and mentorship programmes. She has hosted various annuals show and events in Africa.
Meanwhile, Africans on the continent and in the diaspora are in eager anticipation for the AFRIMA 2017 main awards ceremony and the AFRIMA Music Village scheduled to hold on Friday, November 10. The Music Village is an evening of non-stop open music festival of live performances from African stars and nominees, with an audience of 40,000 people. It will also be broadcast live and produced by a prominent experiential marketing/production agency in Africa, Backstage Pro.
The annual All Africa Music Awards in partnership with the African Union Commission, is a celebration of Africa by rewarding the creativity and originality of African artistes and songwriters with the resplendent 23.9 carat gold-plated AFRIMA trophy. The 2017 Main Awards Ceremony, in association with Lagos State of Nigeria, the Official Host City, will be a colourful, performance-packed event graced by music stars, industry legends, captains of industries, diplomats, government officials, music lovers across the continent. The event will be broadcast live across 84 countries in Africa.
Also lined up for the weekend of AFRIMA 2017 is Africa Music Business Roundtable in Association with TRACE with the theme, Digital Takeover: Shaping the Future of African Music (November 10). AMBR is a platform created by AFRIMA for engagement on music, money, media and evolving global business practices as they affect the creative industries in Africa.
Reekado Banks in Police Trouble for Failing to Perform at a Wedding He Was Paid N2M
Mavins singer, Reekado Banks has been served a notice by the Nigerian Police to refund a couple after he refused to show up and perform at their wedding.
The case which involves his manager, Temi Solomon and a Media Personality is currently being handled at the Ogba Police Area Command in Lagos.
According to investigations, the singer was contracted on behalf of a couple, by the OAP to perform at their wedding but he failed to show up, and he at the same time did not deem it fit to refund the couple the payment they had made in advance to him.
To this effect, Uwa Idahosa, a Benin based Media Personality and comedian who contracted the singer on behalf of the couple, dragged Reekado Banks to court but the singer’s manager said they could not refund the full amount, but could only part with N800,000.
Inside sources have also revealed that the Police Authorities have given the singer and his manager, Temi an ultimatum till Monday to return the sum of 2million naira to the couple. If they fail, they will be made to face the wrath of the law.
At the moment, Idahosa and the management of Reekado Banks manager are waiting till Monday to see if the singer will honour the Ultimatum served by the Police.
When Reekado’s manager, Temi, was contacted on phone to confirm if the allegation was true, he replied harshly on the issue, in a stern voice saying:
All the allegations are not true, I will rather let the matter remain as it is. When the right time comes, we will let the public know what transpired between both parties.
BBNaija Star, TBoss Has Stylishly Become An Instagram ‘Beggarwoman’ Begs Rita Dominic, Toke Makinwa For Clothes
Tokunbo Idowu popularly known and referred to as Tboss has shown us how to be an instagram beggar and still remain classy.
The Big Brother Naija star who became popular after her naked boobs made a debut on national TV made it known that she seriously wants to have a feel of the closets of some of the most fashionable and best dressed ladies in Africa.
In her Instagram story, TBoss stylishly declares her great desire to raid the closets of OAP Toke Makinwa, Actress Rita Dominic and South African Media person Bonang!
It would have been a passable joke but TBoss went as far as mentioning the ladies and also tagging their handles so they could get the notification and probably invite her to raid. She also mentioned that whatever she takes would be hers as she has no plans of returning them.
Now this is how to beg and retain your dignity… she says:
“If I could teleport myself anywhere this afternoon, it would be straight into Bonang-M, Toke Makinwa and Rita Dominic’c closets help myself to all them goodies and then go about my business and travel around the world… I might oright not bring back your stuff, so sorry in advance! “
Actress Chioma Nwosu Bang Toyin Abraham for Consider Other Artist like Shit
Nollywood actress, Chioma Nwosu has taken it upon herself to be the voice of an unknown upcoming star to blast actress and movie producer Toyin Abraham for allegedly treating them like ‘nobody’ on the set of her new movie, Seven and A Half Date!
Chioma who vented on behalf of the actor, made her feelings known about the popular actress in a post on her page, describing how many actors were neglected on set after a call had been put out for extras.
Actress Toyin Abraham had put out word days ago that she would be needing some extras for a wedding scene that would be shot the next day.
Apparently, some aspiring stars had obeyed the clarion call hoping to get a shot at appearing in the movie alongside many top Nollywood stars, but as fate and luck would have it, the scene was postponed after the extras had reportedly waited for twelve hours.
According to Chioma, the production was filled with “aggression, abusive words, confusion and the likes”
“Toying Aimakhu walked up to us at 8pm with the news that shooting would no longer hold that night” the post revealed.
Apparently, the cast had been left stranded and an actress had taken it upon herself to ask for remuneration. This hadnt gone well with Toyin who reminded her that as an actor, there must be sacrifices and also yelled at her.
“Shame on you Toyin Abraham ” Chioma had emphasized leaving many to wonder if she has a personal score to settle with Ms Abraham.