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ADEKUNLE GOLD, OC UKEJE & TERRY PHETO CONFIRM ATTENDANCE AT IARA AWARDS

Finishing touches are being applied to the upcoming International Achievement Recognition Awards (IARA) holding in London on the 2nd September

And already several of the personalities up for awards have confirmed their attendance at the show that in the past has seen top profile personalities from Film, Television and Sporting fields pick up awards.

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Founder Helen Bola Imuaphe said in a chat “we are all excited at the IARA team for this year’s event. We have confirmation from Adekunle Gold and Nollywood actor OC Ukeje who will be jetting in for the event.

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Also confirmed to attend is South African Oscar winning Actress Terry Pheto and Nollywood actress Nse Etim Ikpe’

According to Mrs Imuaphe, “The IARA this year is going to be a mind blowing night of fun. We have been planning for this year’s event for the past year and a lot of hard work has gone in to ensure that we top the great success of last year’s show”

The IARA Awards 2016 last year won the Event of the Year Award at the Nigerian Events Awards UK

 

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IARA Awards 2017 Saturday 2nd September

At Stratford Town Hall, London E15 4BQ @6pm.

Tickets available at – https://Iaraawards.eventbrite.com

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UNA ORGANISERS FINALISE LIST OF 57 WINNERS FOR 2017 AWARDS

Organisers of the Nigerian Uncelebrated Awards (UNA) UK have finalised the list of the 57 awardees who will be honoured in the 2017 event due to take place at the Mayfair Banqueting Suite in Chadwell Heath on September 30.

Now in its second year, the event will be a classy gala dinner that will attract community leaders, guests from Nigeria and high commission officials, where ordinary Nigerians in the UK who are excelling in numerous fields but have generally been overlooked in the past, will be honoured

Among the 57 who  will be honoured at the event are community leaders, faith workers, those who run charities, teachers, councillors, fashion designers, printers, entertainers, doctors, pharmacists and disc jockeys.

The awardees will all be presented with plaques and certificates on the night.

Ronke Udofia, the chair of the UNA awards sub-committee, said: “It was a very painstaking process chosing 57 individuals from the hundreds of nominations that were submitted but we wanted the process to be transparent, so went the extra mile. We scored each nomination individually and picked the top 57 with the highest scores based on our criteria.”

“Unlike other awards ceremonies, with the exception of industry events such as the Nigerian Events Awards UK, that only celebrates practitioners within the Events Industry,   UNA recognises ordinary working Nigerians in the UK like bus drivers, teachers, care workers, train conductors, etc and not just public figures and VIPs. Our first criteria is that to win a UNA award, you must not have been awarded elsewhere, so we had to check each of our 171 nominees individually to make sure they had not got an award elsewhere.”

Bola Ganiyu, the chair of UNA’s events management sub-committee added: “We want to assure all awardees and their guests that UNA 2017 will be unbelievable as we have secured the hall until 4am in the morning. The night will be a mixture of awards, entertainment and fun and the cuisine will be unique as we will have a variety of Nigerian dishes that have not been served at other events before.

“For just £50 for standard tickets and £75 for VIP tickets, guests will be treated to an evening they will never forget. We have got a lot of high profile VIP guests such as the acting Nigerian High Commissioner in the UK, Mr Simon Ogah, chair of the House of Representatives Committee on the Diaspora Rita Orji, the special adviser to the president on diaspora affairs Abike Dabiri-Erewa and the Ooni of Ife Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, coming over from Nigeria and we are looking at a mixture of entertainers from Nigeria and the UK diaspora.”

Members of the public who want to book tickets to attend the event are urged to visit the website http://www.uncelebratednigeriansawardsuk.org

 

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OKEY BAKASSI HITS LONDON STAGE IN FIRST HEADLINE COMEDY SHOW

Comedian and Actor Okey Bakassi hits London for his first headline show.

He is bringing the whole lot and doing something he has never done on stage here in London before. So expect the Unexpected on the night.

Bakassi  is quite good at his craft.

He wants the world to see him on a different scale and he is ready to raise the bar in both comedy and acting. On the night Okey Bakassi has promised to trill his UK fans with his new skits, stage play and 2 hours of Okey Bakassi like never seen before.

 

Okey Bakassi will be supported on the night by his colleagues such as Basketmouth,
Accapela Comedian and Kennyblaq who will be performing along side him.

A surprise musical artist will be announced before the day

For more info call: +447813455579+447794288054+447985689755 

 

Event Details
Date:  August 27th
Time: 5:00 pm
Venue: Lighthouse, Camberwell.
Tickets:£20 – £60
Website: http://www.nollypeek.com

JAIL FOR NORTH LONDON MAN OVER GBH AND SAVAGE ASSAULT ON VULNERABLE WOMAN

A man who brutally attacked a woman in north London has been jailed. 

Fiston Onyumbe, 32 (22.09.84), of Pymmes Close, Tottenham had pleaded guilty to the offence of causing grievous bodily harm with intent against a 20-year-old woman at the Old Bailey on Wednesday, 26 July.

He was sentenced at the same court on Friday, 28 July to 15 years imprisonment and an additional five years on licence.

The conviction and sentencing follows an investigation by detectives from Haringey Borough.

On Saturday, 21 January police called at 08:17hrs to reports of a man and woman fighting in a flat on Pymmes Close, N17.

Officers attended but the occupants who answered the door denied anything had happened. Whilst officers were at the door they saw Onyumbe come out of a bedroom; they decided to enter and check the flat.

In a bedroom they found the victim lying on the floor covered with a blanket, semi-conscious, injured and asking for help.

Onyumbe immediately became violent and assaulted the officers. It eventually took six officers to restrain and arrest him.

The victim was taken to hospital suffering a multitude of extensive injuries, including significant blood loss, a fractured jaw, a fractured skull, a fractured eye socket, 35 per cent third degree burns across her body, and a damaged pelvis and spine.

Under interview, Onyumbe offered no comment responses to questions put to him. He was charged with attempted murder on Sunday, 22 January.

A soon as she was well enough, the victim told detectives of her ordeal. The previous night she had gone to a nightclub in Dalston with Onyumbe. His attack on her started outside the club after he strangled her following an argument.

Onyumbe then took her to the flat in Pymmes Close where he tied her up and ripped her clothes off. Over the course of the next three hours – until police arrived – he proceeded to torture her; burning her with cigarettes and boiling water from a kettle, and punching her head, face and body.

His victim even jumped out of a first floor window to escape her torment as he went to refillthe kettle, only for Onyumbe to run out after her and drag her back into the flat, banging her head on the communal stairs and pushing his fist into her mouth until she lost consciousness.

On Wednesday, 26 July, Onyumbe offered to plead guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent and the plea was accepted.

Detective Inspector Fareed Mirza, from Haringey CID, said:“This was a particularly savage and cruel attack undertaken by a violent man who has preyed on and abused a weak and vulnerable young woman for a protracted period of time.

“Onyumbe’s actions on 21 January were calculated, brutal and shocking. The sentence he has received today reflects this, but the physical and psychological injuries to the victim will still take a long time to heal.

“The Metropolitan Police Service is dedicated to protecting the most vulnerable in our communities and bringing to justice those who seek to cause them harm.”

 

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5TH NEA UK CELEBRATED AT STAR STUDDED EVENT IN LONDON

The 5th annual Nigerian Events Awards (NEA) UK was celebrated last bank Holiday Sunday with a posh Blue Themed Awards Dinner and Dance at the Hilton Hotel in the posh Docklands area of London.

15 Awards including a Special Recognition Award were handed out to deserving entrepreneurs working in the UK based Events Industry.

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Co founder Baroness Jummy Ariyo said in her opening remarks “It has been a great five years. It has been a long challenging journey but we made it to 5 years. We are grateful to God for how far he has brought us and for the achievement of the NEAs in rewarding the hard work of the men and women behind our various events and socual gatherings, and for bringing together various individuals and businesses who have now become the Events Industry”

The event which was hosted by multi awards winning Posh MC and ably assisted by pretty and vivacious Goldiva Ola, saw a big turn out of folks from the UK events and entertainment worlds and selected top members of the Nigerian community including the CEO Naija FM Uche “Godfather” Kent, the newly elected Chairman of the Central Association of Nigerians in the UK (CANUK) Dr Boma Douglas an his wife June, the former CANUK Chairman Chief Bimbo Roberts-Folayan and his wife Dunni, Pastor Godday and Pastor Mrs Yemisi Okosun of RCCG Good News Haven, Thamesmead London,  Mrs Ronke Alli Udofia and former Mayor of Hackney, Cllr Susan Fajana Thomas.

Also gracing the occassion was media guru Titi Aboyade Cole “Podium”, Ayan De First and top entertainer Feyisara who performed two of his tracks including blockbuster “Eko”.

The top MC spot was clinched by Dazzling Daizi for the third year running while Osa Jatt was the year’s outstanding DJ.

The outstanding Event of the Year was the matchless International Achievements Recognition Awards gala Night by Bola Imuaphe and Ayo Shonoiki, creator of the Chillout with Tawa evenings won the Outstanding Event Planner Award,

Comedian MC Marc grabbed the Outstanding Comedian Award while the top live band Award went to Moelogo. PoshnSparkles Events won the Outstanding Venue Decorator award and the Outstanding Aso Ebi & Events Fashion Designer Award went to “MO Cute Stitches” 

The star studded event was sponsored by Purple Premium, developers of WSoodbury Estrate, Lekki Lagos and Ade’s Cash & Carry, London.

The umbrella association for the of UK-Nigerian Events Industry ANEP UK was also launched at the awards dinner.

In her launching statement, NEA UK co Founder Lady Vanessa Oluwole said, after 5 years of the existence of the Nigerian Events Industry in the UK, we felt it was time for us to form an association that will officially bring all our members together under one umbrella.  ANEP UK will also be the body representing members  and looking after members needs especially in the areas of legal and financial advisory services, training, mentorship and collaborations.

Entertainment of the evening was provided by celebrity DJ Kashif Da Flash.

Performances were given by UK based artiste Tosyne Tee and also newcomers D Mic and Montana B.

 

FORMER ENGLAND FOOTBALLER FASHANU IN NIGERIAN JAIL FOR LAND SALE SCAM

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The former Wimbledon and England star spent two days locked up with 200 other persons as officers investigated claims he acted as a fixer in a scam to sell plots that were not for sale.

He was arrested at his home on the Sun City Estate, in the capital Abuja, and taken in on suspicion of “criminal conspiracy”, detectives said.

It is alleged that earlier this year the former I’m a Celeb favourite acted for a friend looking to buy land.

The pal claims he was told by Fashanu, 54, of two contacts who would help with buying “forgotten lands” – plots owned by chiefs that the state were unaware of.

He was allegedly given £23,000 in cash to fix the deal with his “boys”. But when the new “owner” went to claim his land, it is alleged he found it not for sale and not in the hands of local chiefs.

Fash, who once fronted Nigeria’s version of Deal or No Deal, was taken before a superintendent last week to explain himself before being left in a packed pen, police sources said.

Officers are now looking for the other two men said to be involved. It is believed they are still in Nigeria, where the average yearly wage is £1,600 (660,000 Nairi).

Fashanu has agreed to pay the money back, although he denies wrongdoing.

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Fashanu has agreed to pay back the £23,000 paid for the land(Image: Alamy)

A source close to the former Gladiators presenter said last night: “This is a business deal between friends that has gone south and the police were asked to basically mediate.

“It will all be sorted very quickly. It was just a business deal.”

It is understood Fashanu was released after surrendering his British passport and agreeing to pay back a first instalment of the money.

Sources said he looked to sell some of his cars to raise the cash as he waited for funds from his numerous business interests to clear in his bank account.

The London-born celebrity’s Nigerian barrister Hyp Egbune confirmed he had this week paid a second instalment of the money owed.

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The star’s barrister says Fashanu and the complainant are ‘friends’(Image: Rex Features

He said: “The matter is being resolved. He won’t be charged to court is my understanding.

“We are repaying the money and that should settle this matter.

“The person who made the complaint has been a mutual friend for quite a number of years and we are more interested in keeping that relationship so we are making amends. We hope to do that as soon as we can. It is quite a lot of money so we hope to do it as soon as we can. We want to have this resolved.”

Nigerian police Deputy Inspector General Hyacinth Dagala said: “John Fashanu was arrested on July 17 in connection with an allegation of criminal conspiracy and obtaining the sum of N9,550,000 [Nigerian Naira] under false pretence.

“He was granted administrative bail on July 18 but because of his inability to produce the requisite surety on that day, he remained in detention until July 19 when he was released.”

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The former footie star is a local celebrity in Nigeria(Image: Rex Features)

Fashanu is a respected businessman and philanthropist, who now has the grand title of Ambassador in his adopted nation. Once said to be worth upwards of £6million, he spends his days in Nigeria cutting business deals, hanging out with politicians and fighting to stop people trafficking.

He and third wife, TV personality Rachel Bakam, are regulars on the social scene at glitzy parties.

Last year, the couple were given chieftaincy titles. Fashanu became Ofia-Afulu-Agu of Okwe Kingdom (meaning The Forest that Contains the Lion) and his wife Ugo-Di-Namba of Okwe Kingdom (Beautiful Eagle Queen from Another Kingdom).

Fash has been a UN ambassador for Nigeria, a Unicef goodwill ambassador for 53 African countries and a former board member of the Nigeria Football Association.

During his playing days, in 1997, he was acquitted in a high-profile match-fixing trial along with goalkeepers Bruce Grobbelaar and Hans Segers. In 2015 he was arrested over an unlicensed gun found in his Nigerian house during a police raid. He ended up paying a fine.

 

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FORMER BIG BROTHER CONTESTANT HANNAH AGBOOLA HAS EYE ON ACTING CAREER

Hannah Agboola spoke of her experience in the Big Brother house less than 24 hours after her eviction.

Speaking to Metro.co.uk, the former contestant addressed the confrontations she had in the house and what she will be up to next.

Hannah, 23, is the reigning Miss Nigeria UK, had said before going into the house that her aim on the show was to ‘inspire the youth of today’s UK-born Nigerians to embrace their culture’.

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Hannah was evicted from Big Brother ahead of the final (Picture: Channel 5)

 

This something her and her sister, Deborah, 25, certainly did when they first entered the house and sent the internet intro frenzy over their Nigerian outfits, also known as “aso ebi”.

Some Twitter users were also left inspired by the sister’s choice of outfits and wanted to get their own traditional outfits made.

When asked about how she felt about the reaction, the contestant famous for her constant singing in the house said she was ‘so happy she got to represent for all the British-Nigerians out there.’

Something that was so obvious whenever her and her sister would slip into a mock Nigerian accent like most Brits with dual-identities do.

When we asked about what she wants to do next after leaving the house, the aspiring actress name-dropped Hollyoaks and her desire to get involved in meaningful documentaries.

The Miss Nigeria 2016 winner said: ‘Well, I want to continue acting. I’m an aspiring actress and the one show I’d love to see myself in is Hollyoaks.’

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Deborah Agboola and Hannah Agboola arriving together in the Big Brother house (Picture: Matt Crossick/PA Wire)

Here at Metro.co.uk we are looking forward to the Big Celebrity Big Brother reveal so we couldn’t help but asked Hannah who she would love to see go into the house and her answer was intriguing.

‘I’d love to see Idris Elba go into the house. That’ll be fun,’ the East Londoner said.

Hannah’s sister Deborah made it to the final of Big Brother 2017 which aired on Friday on Channel 5 but Isabelle Warburton was crowned winner.

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