Adeola Olubamiji & Toyo Ajibolade Named Among L’Oréal Paris Women Of Worth Honorees

Two Nigerians made the L’Oréal Paris Women of Worth (Canadian Edition) final list, released this month.

Toyo Ajibolade of Lady Ballers Camp, and Adeola Olubamiji of STEMHub Foundation are the women on the list which “honours extraordinary women making a beautiful difference in their communities.”

Each of the 10 women will receive a $10,000 grant for her non-profit organization. Voting has commenced (till March 4th) for one of the women to be selected as the National Honouree and receive an additional $10,000 grant to further support her charitable work. See how to vote HERE.

About Toyo’s Lady Ballers Camp:

Two Nigerians made the L’Oréal Paris Women of Worth (Canadian Edition) final list, released this month.

Toyo Ajibolade of Lady Ballers Camp, and Adeola Olubamiji of STEMHub Foundation are the women on the list which “honours extraordinary women making a beautiful difference in their communities.”

Each of the 10 women will receive a $10,000 grant for her non-profit organization. Voting has commenced (till March 4th) for one of the women to be selected as the National Honouree and receive an additional $10,000 grant to further support her charitable work. See how to vote HERE.

About Toyo’s Lady Ballers Camp:

Lady Ballers Camp is a non-profit organization that develops girl-centered programs which encourage non-competitive physical, emotional, and educational development. Lady Ballers Camp operates within an anti-oppressive framework and is committed to social change. Through the organization, young women are encouraged to advocate for themselves and their communities. Since its inception, over 600 girls have participated in the camp and last year 90% of the campers attended free of charge. Lady Ballers Camp champions an unyielding belief that through teamwork, resilience, and opportunity, young women will have the courage to reach for and achieve their goals.

About Adeola’s STEMHub Foundation:

STEMHub’s innovative educational programs are creative, interactive, and provided at no financial cost to participants. The Foundation focuses on providing skill development services to females, visible minorities and underserved youth in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). It also facilitates mentorship opportunities for university students and early career professionals to fuel ambitions and inspire excellence through career guidance and further development of a specialized skillset. In the past year, STEMhub has aided 1,000 youths in Canada and over 2,000 youth living in Africa, to secure admission and scholarship opportunities for graduate and undergraduate degrees. In partnership with the Jean Augustine Centre for Young Women’s Empowerment, Frontlines Toronto, Restoration House Hamilton and many other organizations, STEMHub Foundation is providing girls and minority youths with STEM role models who offer STEM workshops as volunteers. One of the strategic partnerships with the Toronto Police Service enables StemHub Foundation to help with bridging the gap between the police and young minorities (especially black youths). Through Adeola’s leadership, the composition for STEMHub’s board of directors amplifies the foundations vision that all people should have the opportunity to pursue STEM careers and leadership roles, no matter where they get their start in life.

 

Genevieve Nnaji’s Lionheart Becomes First In Nollywood to Hit A Billion Bucks

“Life is in phases and men in sizes” is a saying that must be retooled and applied to success. Success most certainly comes in phases and in sizes. For example, the success of Genevieve Nnaji’s movie, “Lionheart” has the phase and size that has absolutely stripped words out of the entire movie industry in Nigeria known as Nollywood, many an actor are beyond flabbergasted. When the ELFIKE group’s first sequel production, Wedding Party II, smashed box office records of highest grossing Nigerian movie of all time and the highest ever global box office for a Nigerian movie, Nollywood contained the frequent spasms of the success.

N500 million in sales was an outstanding feat, the size of which worthy words were easily found to help in describing and celebrating.

But in ‘Lionheart’, the first Nigerian film to be bought by Netflix and the first movie to produce Nollywood’s first billionaire, Genevieve Nnaji left most of her colleagues speechless.

Ms Nnaji became the first Nigerian movie actor to rise to the coveted billionaire status after it was revealed that Netflix bought over her directorial debut with a whooping sum of $3.8million the equivalent of 1, 051, 297, 231. 57 naira.

Though the actress, did not reveal the figures, a source close to her made the disclosure and since then the industry had gone numb with awe for Nnaji’s incredible feat.

Not many actors could find words to celebrate with the star actress, the few who commented on her post on Instagram and Twitter, namely Ken Eric, Uche Jombo, Belinda Effal, Sola Sobowale, Eve Esin, did not use words as there were no English words novel enough to describe Genevieve’s rise in the industry. Most used  emojis and emoticons of love, appreciation and admiration instead except Rachael Okonkwo who only wrote, “No1”.

Meanwhile in her post, Ms Nnaji said, “Thank you everyone for accepting ‘Lionheart’ into your homes and hearts. Worldwide. This is how we change the narrative. Together let us continue to bridge the gap.”

American Singer, Lady Gaga Offers Public Apologies For Collaborating With R. Kelly

American singer, Lady Gaga has offered a public apology for collaborating with R. Kelly who is currently facing a series of sexual allegations.

The 32-year-old singer made the announcement in a statement she posted on Twitter following the recent Lifetime documentary series that chronicles allegations of abuse, predatory behavior, and pedophilia against singer R.Kelly.

In the statement, Gaga who also is a victim of sexual assault after he was sexually assaulted at age 19, revealed that she’s standing by anyone who has ever been the victim of sexual assault and will be removing her 2013 collaboration “Do What U Want” with Kelly from iTunes and streaming services.

Read her full text below:

Lady Gaga apologizes for collaborating with R. Kelly, announces she?s removing their song from iTunes and streaming services

“Leaving Neverland” A Documentary On Sexual Abuse Slammed Against Michael Jackson to Be Released At Sundance

The late Michael Jackson’s estate is slamming a new documentary making allegations of sexual abuse by the late singer.

The documentary titled “Leaving Neverland,” directed and produced by Dan Reed will premiere at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival on 25th of January at the Egyptian Theatre in Park City, Utah, followed by a Q&A session.

In the documentary, two men (now in their 30s) claim they were sexually abused in the 1990s by Jackson, starting at the ages of 7 and 10. The identities of the men featured in the film have not yet been revealed.

The film’s synopsis states, “As one of the world’s most celebrated icons, Michael Jackson represents many things to many people—a pop star, a humanitarian, a beloved idol. When allegations of sexual abuse by Jackson involving young boys surfaced in 1993, many found it hard to believe that the King of Pop could be guilty of such unspeakable acts. In separate but parallel stories that echo one another, two boys were each befriended by Jackson, who invited them into his singular and wondrous world. Seduced by the singer’s fairy-tale existence and enthralled by their relationship with him, both boys’ families were blind to the manipulation and abuse that he would ultimately subject them to. Through gut-wrenching interviews with the now-adult men and their families, ‘Leaving Neverland’ crafts a portrait of sustained exploitation and deception, documenting the power of celebrity that allowed a revered figure to infiltrate the lives of starstruck children and their parents.”

But Jackson’s estate has called out the producers of the documentary and say it is a clear attempt to exploit Michael.

Speaking to TMZ, Michael Jackson’s estate said:

This is yet another lurid production in an outrageous and pathetic attempt to exploit and cash in on Michael Jackson.

Michael’s estate also says the “so-called documentary is just another rehash of dated and discredited allegations. It’s baffling why any credible filmmaker would involve himself with this project.”

It’s unclear which of MJ’s accusers are the focus of the documentary but his estate apparently believes it’s Wade Robson and James Safechuck, because the estate says  “both testified under oath that Michael never did anything inappropriate toward them.”

See The List of Highest Grossing Films of 2018 And How Much They Made

2018 was a great year for movie lovers as several astounding record-breakers hit the silver screen.

Movies like Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War and more were on the lips of every movie lover and trended across social media platforms. They also sold out in cinemas across the world.

Needless to say, the battle for the highest grossing movies for the year 2018 was tough.

Below is a list of the 10 movies that earned the most in 2018.

1. AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR:

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Avengers: Infinity war edged out other movies released in 2018 to become the highest-grossing movie of the year.

The movie, which was the beginning of the culmination of 10 years of MCU storylines, earned $2.05 billion world wide.

 

2. BLACK PANTHER:

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Following behind Avengers: Infinity wars is the much talked about Black Panther.

The superhero movie set in a fictional African country named Wakanda was created by Marvel Comics.

Black Panther made $1.35 billion making it the second highest grossing movie of 2018.

 

3. JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM :

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, which is the sequel to 2015’s original Jurassic World film, made a massive $1.30 billion worldwide.

 

4. INCREDIBLES 2 ($1.24 BILLION):

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Pixar’s beloved superhero comedy The Incredibles had a sequel released in 2018 after a nearly 15-year wait.

Incredibles 2 outperformed expectations to earn $1,24 billion worldwide, vastly outdoing The Incredibles which had a total gross of $633 million.

 

5. VENOM:

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A solo Venom movie that wasn’t in anyway connected to Spiderman had people in doubt as to its level of success but Venom blew past the record for biggest October opening of all time.

The film directed by Ruben Fleischer and starring Tom Hardy  made well over $855 million worldwide,

 

6. MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT:

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The Mission: Impossible franchise has always been known to record success and Mission: Impossible – Fallout was no different.

Tom Cruise’s insane stunts propelled the movie to box office heights and it earned $791 milion in 2018.

 

7. AQUAMAN:

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Warner Bros. and DC Films’ Aquaman, was one of the biggest box office surprises of 2018. Viewers have showered the movie with praise, quickly rocketing it up to nearly $748.8 million worldwide. Some projections have Aquaman reaching the $1 billion mark before leaving theaters.

 

8. DEADPOOL 2:

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In 2016, the original Deadpool film was tremendously successful and it’s sequal did just as well at the box office.

Deadpool 2 made $735.6 million worldwide.

 

9. BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY:

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Bohemian Rhapsody, which is a biopic of Queen and its iconic frontman Freddie Mercury, delighted audiences worldwide.

The movie was greatly criticized for changing around some key events in the band’s history and Mercury’s personal life, but moviegoears loved it.

Bohemian Rhapsody made $702.5 million and stands above all prior music biopics when it comes to total gross.

 

10: FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD:

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Fantastic Beats 2, a Harry Potter franchise film, had unfavourable reviews but that didn’t stop fans from trooping to theatres to watch it.

The Crimes of Grindelwald has earned over $627.5 million worldwide, even in spite of the ogoing issues surrounding actor Johnny Depp.

Chief Daddy Races to N235.5 Million In 18 Days To Become Top Nollywood Film of 2018 Third Nollywood Film of All-time

EbonyLife Films’ Chief Daddy closed its 2018 record-breaking run with an astounding N235,469,368 – the highest box-office total for a Nigerian film in 2018 and the third-highest-grossing Nollywood movie of all time.The Niyi Akinmolayan film overtook King of Boys and squeezed past Merry Men, the 5th and 4th on the list of highest-grossing films, and into third place behind The Wedding Party and The Wedding Party 2. This amazing feat makes EbonyLife Films a producer of all three movies at the top of the all-time box office chart.

 

The emergence of Chief Daddy capped the end of a remarkable year for Nollywood, despite a slow start, in which three films went beyond the N200 million barrier, a feat only achieved by the Wedding Party movies in 2016 and 2017. Ayodeji ‘AY’ Makun had his biggest hit to date with the dramatic comedy, Merry Men, that posted N235.2 million by the end of its run. Kemi Adetiba’s King of Boys was the second big Nollywood movie of 2018, scoring over N220 million. Also, it was a landmark year for Niyi Akinmolayan, who directed two films,The Wedding Party 2 and Chief Daddy, that gained no.1 status in the same year.

 

One interesting aspect of Chief Daddy’s performance over the holidays was that, despite Aquaman posting higher revenues due to higher ticket prices for its 3D and IMAX screenings, many more viewers went to seeChief Daddy, making it the most-watched movie for the season.

 

The Niyi Akinmolayan film opened in cinemas on Friday, December 14th and has maintained the number oneposition for local movies since then, despite competing with a strong lineup of holiday releases. And Chief Daddy is off to a bright start for 2019, with revenues over N14 million on New Year’s Day, taking it to N250,260,945 in total.

 

Moses Babatope, COO of FilmOne Distribution is pleased with the film’s performance. “Our overall goal forChief Daddy was N200 million, given the glut of releases on the December schedule, but it reached the target in just 16 days. It has exceeded our expectations, making it one of a handful of films that have made 2018 an outstanding year for Nollywood.”

 

Mo Abudu, Executive Producer, is excited about her film’s trajectory. “We knew Chief Daddy would do well but it has outperformed our projections. It’s a little reminiscent of the early days of The Wedding Party, when all the shows were selling out but we had no idea how far the film would go. I have to give credit to our amazing cast, who gave so much time and energy to meeting fans at cinemas all over Nigeria and in Accra – we couldn’t have done this without them.”

 

Chief Daddy is still showing in cinemas across Nigeria and at Silverbird cinemas in Accra, Ghana.

Ugandan Beauty Queen Crowned Miss World Africa In China

It was all joy in Uganda and the rest of Africa when Quiin Abenakyo, the Miss World Uganda representative was crowned as Miss World Africa at the 2018 Miss World finale in China.

This was after the beauty queen made it to the top 5 at the world’s oldest running international beauty pageant on Saturday.

Even though she missed out on this year’s top crown, with Mexico’s Vanessa Ponce taking it, Abenakyo won the continental crown by beating Mauritius’ Murielle Ravina. The 22-year-old is the second runner-up with Belarus’ Maria Vasilevich in fourth place while Jamaica’s Kadija Robinson is in the fifth position.

Essentially, other beauty queens in the top five at 68th edition of the pageant were; Miss Mexico, Vanessa Ponce de Leon (Miss World America); Miss Uganda, Quiin Abenakyo (Miss World Africa); Miss Jamaica, Kadijah Robinson (Miss World Caribbean); Miss Belarus, Maria Vasilevich (Miss World Europe) and Miss Thailand, Nicolene Pichapa Limsnukan (Miss World Asia and Oceania).

Abenakyo, who received massive support from the start of her race to the competition had said that her name, Quinn had been one of the many factors that had shaped her destiny. The computer science student, born prematurely at seven months, said she had to be in an incubator.

“My mother tells me I was a very tiny little baby, and when I miraculously survived the ordeal, she named me Quinn (from the title Queen). That I was a very special child to her,” she was quoted by Daily Monitor.

Before battling it out with 117 contestants from around the world at the pageant in Sanya, Abenakyo first beat 21 other contestants in her home country to win the Miss Ugandan 2018 contest.

Quiin Abenakyo at the Miss World Competition – New Vision

She subsequently headed to the international stage, where she has been able to do what no other Ugandan representative at the world stage had ever done.

Her project on teenage pregnancies earned her a place in the Top 30 spot, and with continuous support from Ugandans, she entered the Top 12 and then into the Top 5 to win Miss World Africa. Being part of the Top 5, she was asked the following pre-recorded question:

Question: “During my year, I combined my passion for singing with my Beauty With a Purpose project. What unique quality would you bring to Beauty With a Purpose?”

Response: “Good evening everyone. I am very passionate about cooking. I believe one can show the love they have for everyone through food. My Beauty With a Purpose is fighting teenage pregnancies. We can all come together and help, but we can also do this through food because when we all come together, we share ideas, we generate ideas. Just like the Miss World family, we were able to come up with different ideas to solve problems in our countries. Thank you.”

Though she did not snatch the overall title, being part of the Top 5 means that she will be a part of the Miss World 2019 Beauty with a Purpose tour among other benefits. For many Ugandans, she has been a pride of the nation and is an inspiration to other young women who have similar goals.

“I Took A Vow To Defend And Protect You And Our Beautiful Children On This Day” – Peter Okoye’s 5th Wedding Anniversary Message To Wife Lola

Peter Okoye and wife Lola Omotayo-Okoye are celebrating their fifth wedding anniversary today.

Peter Okoye took to Instagram to share a lovely message to his wife:

Today marks the day I made one of the best decisions of my life, to marry my best friend!

A best friend isn’t someone who’s just always there for you. It’s someone who understands you a bit more than you understand yourself and today I’m happy and have no regrets that I married my best friend, the one I laugh with, live for, dream with and love. Most people don’t really know who you are or what you represent. I have seen them insult you, call you all sorts of names.” She’s Yoruba, She’s too Old for you, She’s biracial” Blah blah blah!!! Like I didn’t know all this b4 I married you. They even came up with stories of how our late Mum never liked you but God knows that few weeks before she died you were the one getting up early to go stay with her at St. Nicolas hospital, even keeping her friends and pastors at your place for weeks because we were living on the mainland then. She always called you “My Daughter” RIP Mum🙏🏽 Your Daughter” and your grandchildren are doing well Mum🙏🏽😇…. Maybe divorcing you to make you a baby mama will make some people happy and me unhappy; sorry that is not our portion.”Tufiakwa” Remember Love sees no color, love has no age limit nor race. But one thing is sure, I am here to protect and defend you from all those insults.

I took a vow to defend and protect you and our beautiful children on this day 5 years ago and no matter what happens, you and the kids come first. Maybe thats what makes me different from other guys; you guys are my priority. So let’s cut all that “Blood is thicker than water” BS Obviously you guys are not the water. Let’s not forget that Blood makes u related and Loyalty makes u family.

You’ve been through a lot because of me and I know how bad it’s hurts. So please forgive those who insult you, attack you, battle you or take you for granted. More than this…forgive yourself for allowing them to hurt you. Continue being the strong woman our daughter Aliona has as a role model and our son Cameron will know and understand what to look for in a woman when he’s grown.

We’ve been together for over 16years and married for 5yrs. You are still the same woman and I will never forget the day I met you. How you used to book shows for us and all due to the fact that you worked in an agency (FKG2). I remember how our former manager Howie-T used to tell us how nice you were to us getting us shows and all. Today the world doesn’t know all that. Instead, they call you Gold digger. If anyone should be called Gold digger here, it should be me

I remembered you gave me your official car a few weeks after we moved into lagos and started dating. That was the first time in my life experiencing a car with air conditioning 🙈 and every night i would sleep inside the car.🙈 You made me a better man Lola and i owe you nothing but love and loyalty. Let me stop here because it’s our Wedding Anniversary. No need for too much talk. Happy Wedding Anniversary to us Lola we are so blessed and should be grateful to God for keeping us alive and together; failure is not our portion.

Thank you for accepting me as I am flaws & all. Thank you for the greatest gifts, our children. Thank you for helping me (us) through our career; for all the gigs, free consultations etc. Thank you for standing by me regardless of all the untruths spread about you. Thank you for caring for my Mother till her final days, even accommodating her church pastors in your home for weeks. Thank you for being an exceptional role model to our kids and being the best partner for me. I’m thankful for you, you get me, specially made for me till infinity. Oh lest I forget, thank you for my 1st air conditioned experience😂🙈….

I love you Madam Kofo (Snr), Happy 5th Wedding Anniversary Babe.💏 I go be your Zombie for Life💘

Global Banking Alliance For Women Honours Diamond Bank With Women’s Market Champion Award

Nigeria’s leading retail bank, Diamond Bank Plc has been awarded the prestigious Women’s Market Champion honours by the Global Banking Alliance for Women. This year’s Women’s Market Champions reflect the global nature of the Global Banking Alliance for Women’s work hailing from diverse markets and regions.

According to Vanessa Van Landingha, Manager, Branding and Communications Strategy, Global Banking Alliance for Women (GBA), Diamond Bank was selected as one of the 2018 awardees for its outstanding impact on Women development and providing them with holistic solutions that meet their needs.

“The awarded institutions are true champions of women, working to unleash the economic potential of the female economy,” GBA Chief Executive Inez Murray said. “Their engagement with the GBA network is essential to the work we are doing to economically empower women worldwide and contributes to the Women’s Market success of the entire membership,”  Landingha said.

Commenting on the award, Karimot Tukur, Head Consumer Banking said; “This award lends credence to the work that Diamond Bank has been doing over the years to advance the cause of women especially in the SME and Financial Inclusion space. Our Diamond Woman proposition is designed specifically for women, by women and dedicated to the economic empowerment of women.”

Diamond Bank Plc is one of Nigeria’s leading commercial bank providing enhanced customer experience through innovation and technology. Regarded as a supporter of Small and Medium-Scale Enterprises through SME lending, capacity building, business seminars, and workshops.

Recently, the Bank recorded a landmark funds disbursement of over N1 billion to small business owners under the cash flow-based SME lending scheme in partnership with the Women’s World Banking (WWB), and this has earned the leading financial institution ranked among the top five SME-focused banks in Nigeria in the 2018 KPMG Customer Service Survey.

Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, Cee-C, Dakore Egbuson Akande, Dorcas Shola Fabson & Others At #OneAfricaMusic Fest In Dubai

The highly anticipated One Africa Music Festival which is said to be one of the biggest and most exciting festivals is currently happening in Dubai

See first photos of Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, Dakore Egbuson-Akande, Cee C, Dorcas Shola Fapson and a whole lot more of your favourite celebrities at the music festival below.

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Dakore Egbuson Akande
Dorcas Shola Fabson
Swanky Jerry
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