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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
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CELEBRATING EXCELLENCE: THE 4TH INTERNATIONAL ACHIEVEMENTS RECOGNITION AWARDS (IARA)

The 4th Annual International Achievement Recognition Awards Ceremony Is Taking Place On Saturday 2nd September 2017, At Stratford Town Hall, 28 Broadway, London E15 4BQ

Founded in 2014 by UK based Nigerian entrepreneurs, Helen Bola Imuaphe, the IARA Awards is a beautifully packaged event to specially recognise and celebrate outstanding individuals in their respective fields. Past recipients of the prestigious awards include Holby City actors Charles Venn and Chizzy Akudolu, artist Moelogo and Ghanaian fashion  designer Kwame Korateng .

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The mission statement of the IARA Awards was given in the following release by tge organising team: “We strongly believe that by celebrating, rewarding, raising awareness and empowering people committed to bringing about change; together we can start a new chapter with equal opportunities for everyone.”

“Our mission is to inspire the future generation to develop and unleash their potentials in their chosen fields. We also acknowledge the significant efforts of extraordinary talents irrespective of their race, belief, disability, gender, age sexual orientation or religion.”

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This years nominations are:

BEST ACTOR
Arnold Oceng – (A United Kingdom)
James Floyd – (ITV-Good Karma Hospital)
Anthony Boyle – (Harry Potter And The Cursed Child)
Samuel Barnett – (Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency)
Arinze Kene – (The Pass)

 

BEST ACTRESS

Terry Pheto – (A United Kingdom)
Amber Riley – (Dreamgirls)
Lucy St Louis – (Motown)
Stefanie Martini – (ITV-Prime Suspect 1973)
Kiran Sonia Sawar – (Murdered By My Father)

 

BEST EMERGING ACTOR

Olisa Odele – (E4-ChewingGum)
Ethan Le Phong – (Aladdin)
Waleed Elgadi – (RSC- Julius Caesar)
Ammar Duffus – (If We Got Some More Cocaine)
Nathan Bryon – (ITV-Benidorm)

 

BEST EMERGING ACTRESS

Lucy Kay – (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat)
Joanne Thomson – (ITV ‘In Plain Sight)
Bobby Rainsbury – (BBC ‘Rillington Place)
Seraphina Beh – (BBC EastEnders)
Thea Gajic – (Run)

 

BEST ACTOR TV/DRAMA

Duncan James – (Hollyoaks)
Samuel Barnett – (Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency)
Charles Venn – (BBC Casualty)
James Floyd – (ITV Good Karma Hospital)
Scott Masden – (BBC EastEnders)

 

BEST ACTRESS TV/DRAMA

Terry Pheto – (BET-Nelson Mandela)
Amanda Redman – (ITV-Good Karma Hospital)
Wunmi Mosaku – (BBC-Damilola,Our Loved Boy)
Stefanie Martini – (ITV-Prime Suspect 1973)
Niamh Walsh – (SKY1-Jamestown)

 

BEST YOUNG ACTOR FILM/TV/DRAMA

Daniel Ezra – (BBC-The Missing)
Louis Payne – (CBBC-Wolfblood)
Danny Walters – (BBC-EastEnders)
Olisa Odele – (E4-ChewingGum)
Shone Romulus – (The Intent)

 

BEST YOUNG ACTRESS IN FILM/TV/DRAMA

Juma Sharkah – (BBC-Damilola,Our Loved Son)
Joanne Thomson – (ITV-In Plain Sight)
Leona Vaughan – (CBBC-Wolfblood)
Shana Swash – (My Feral Heart)
Kiran Sonia Sawar – (Murdered By My Father)

 

BEST INTERNATIONAL ACTOR

Quentin Dolmaire – (The Midwife)
OC Ukeje – (The Arbitration)
Adrian Titieni – (Graduation)
Algee Smith – (New Edition)

BEST INTERNATIONAL ACTRESS

Terry Pheto – (A United Kingdom)
Catherine Frot – (The Midwife)
Maria Dragus – (Graduation)
Nse Ikpe Etim – (Tess)

 

BEST MALE STAGE PERFORMANCE

Nicholas Pinnock- (The Royale)
Tyrone Huntley – (Jesus Christ Superstar)
Paul Wilkins – (Les Miserables)
Adam J Bernard – (Dream Girls)
Anthony Boyle – (Harry Potter And The Cursed Child)

 

BEST FEMALE STAGE PERFORMANCE

Louisa Lytton- (Greace The Musical)
Tanya Moodie – (Terror Play)
Ellen Thomas – (The Hotel Cerise)
Lucy St. Louis – (Motown)
Kae Alexander – (Gloria)

 

BEST DANCE ACT

Layton Williams – (Rent the Musical)
Simon Anthony Rhoden – (Kinky Boots UK Musical)
Luke Ahmet – (The Creation)
Jonny Labey – ITV – (Dance Dance Dance)

 

BEST THEATRE DIRECTOR

Bruce Guthrie – (Rent The Musical)
Roy Alexander Weise – (The Mountain Top)
Thomas Martin – (If We Got Some More Cocaine I Could Show You How I
Love You)

 

BEST CHOREOGRAPHER

Lee Proud – (Rent The Musical)
Matthew Bourne – (Red Shoes)
Aline David – (Barber Shop Chronicles)

BEST PLAYWRIGHT

Theresa Ikoko – (Girls)
Inua Ellams – (Barber Shop Chronicles)
John O’Donovan – (If We Got Some More Cocaine I Could Show You
How I Love You)

 

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Ulla Fudge – (Hard and Soft)
Duncan Paveling – (My Feral Heart)
Femi Oyeniran & Nicky Slimting Walker – (The Intent)
Sebastian de Souza & Preston Thompson – (Kids in Love)
John Donnelly – (The Pass)

 

BEST SHORT FILM DIRECTOR

Sam Jones – (Lifeline)
Thea Gajic – (Run)
Charlotte Regan – (Standby)
Jac Clinch – (The Alan Dimension)

 

BEST DIRECTOR TV/DRAMA
Duncan James – (Hollyoaks)
Samuel Barnett – (Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency)
Charles Venn – (BBC Casualty)
James Floyd – (ITV Good Karma Hospital)
Scott Maslen – (BBC EastEnders)

 

BEST FEATURE /INDEPENDENT FILM

A United Kingdom – (Amma Asante)
My Feral Heart – (Jane Gull)
The Pass – (Ben A Williams)
The Intent – (Femi Oyeniran/Kalvadour Peterson)
Kids in Love – (Chris Foggin)
BEST FASHION DESIGNER
Joshua Kane
Wales Bonner
Ashley Williams
Craig Green

 

BEST NEW MUSIC ACT

Ms Banks
Zak Abel
Tom Grennan
Geovarn

 

BEST MUSIC ALBUM

Ro James (Eldorado)
Izzy Bizu (A Moment of Madness)
Shaun Escoffery (Evergreen)
Rick Astley (50)
Yemi Alade (Mama Africa)

 

BEST UK MUSIC ARTIST

Izzy Bizu
Reggie ‘N’ Bollie
Shaun Escoffery
Tom Grennan

 

BEST UK AFROBEAT ARTIST

Ike Chuks
Mista Silva
Moelogo
Maleek Berry

 

BEST AFRICAN MUSIC ARTIST

Yemi Alade
Moelogo
Tekno
Adekunle Gold

 

BEST FM/RADIO STATION

Kiss FM UK
Smooth Radio/Smooth London
The Beat London 103.6 FM
Hoxton Radio

 

BEST UK FM/RADIO DJ

Ashley James
DJ Ace
DJ Swerve
Tina Hobley

 

BEST TV PRESENTER

Scarlette Douglas (Channel 4 A Place In The Sun)
Naga Munchetty (BBC Breakfast)
Ade Adepitan (BBC Children In Need 2016)
Ayo Akinwolere (BBC The Travel Show)

 

BEST UK REALITY TV STAR

Sandra Martin (Channel 4, Gogglebox )
Fred Sirieix (Channel 4, FirstDate)
Calum Best (Channel 5, Celebrity Big Brother)
Jordan Banjo (ITV, I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here)

 

BEST WEB SERIES

Hood Documentary
Reality
Her Story

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Come And Be Part Of This Spectacular Event To Experience Opulence In Networking, Business Opportunities And Unlimited Fun With The Creme De La Creme. Event starts with Red Carpet and Networking at 6pm.

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ALAKIJA’S SON LAVISHED N2BN ON WEDDING TO IRANIAN BEAUTY

His mother is the world’s richest black woman so it’s little surprise that Folarin Alakija’s wedding was a lavish, no-expense spared, fairytale affair.

Folarin, who is one of 66-year-old oil tycoon Folorunsho Alakija’s four sons, married Iranian beauty Nazanin Jafarian Ghaissarifar in an extravagant bash at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire over the weekend, which is estimated to have cost around £5m (N2 billion).

The father-of-one, who is in his late 30s and lost his first wife to cancer, tied the knot to his stunning wife in front of friends, family and celebrities, including Victoria’s Secret Angel, Shanina Shaik.

While Folarin makes his money as an entrepreneur, investor and cinematographer, it’s his mother who has an estimated fortune of $2.1 billion. Forbes rank her as the 14th richest person in Africa but the richest woman in the country. She is number 80 on its global Power Women list and overtook Oprah Winfrey as the richest woman of African descent in the world in 2014.

It is thought the family flew hundreds of close friends and family members over from Nigeria, who were no doubt put up in the lavish hotel for the weekend.

The Woodstock venue, which is the ancestral home of Sir Winston Churchill, was kitted out with one million white roses, a lavish cake decorated with hundreds of ornate white roses and even hosted pop star Robin Thicke at an estimated cost of £150,000.

 

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Wedding planners believe the venue hire was exclusively hired at a cost of £150,000 with the bespoke marquee and bespoke marble floor with their initials etched in gold costing around £200,000 on top.

According to the venue’s website, the cost of hiring the whole venue is on application but hiring just the palace and state rooms costs £33,000.

Searcys are the approved caterer for the Orangery at Blenheim palace and three course meals start at £52 per head – excluding alcohol – but it’s believed they had a much more expensive bespoke package with catering company, rhubarb.

The breathtaking flowers were the work of Jeff Leatham, who is known for his elaborate decorating of the Kardashian’s homes.

Bringing over 30 staff members to the UK for the ceremony, Jeff adorned every inch of the venue with copious amounts of roses and white orchids.

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Jeff, who can command up to £250,000 for flowers, has worked for Madonna, Oprah and Tina Turner. He was also the man behind the flowers at Eva Longoria and Tony Parker’s wedding.

Guests were also treated to a surprise performance from Blurred Lines singer Robin Thicke, who reportedly costs around £150,000 to hire and would have been flown over from the US, as well as a magnificent firework display in the hotel grounds later in the evening.

Folarin’s new wife, who once dated Rob Kardashian, studied Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Manchester, has a graduate Diploma in Law and has also worked as a model and marketing consultant.

The stunning brunette is the daughter of businessman Mr. Khosro and Mrs Nooshin Ghaissarifar, who are from Iran. It is believed that Naz, as she is known among her circle, was born in Iran and lived in London in her youth before moving to Manchester to study.

She has also spent time in Los Angeles, where much of her modelling work was based, and regularly mingled with celebrities, including the Kardashians.

Folarin, who studied Geography at Imperial College, London, was previously married to a lady named Chena, with whom he had a daughter. She tragically lost her life to cancer six years ago. It is believed that Folarin met Naz through friends in London.

The new Mrs Alakija has previously featured in a campaign for Monkee Jeans, an organic denim brand, and dated Rob Kardashian in 2013.

She stunned in a traditional strapless white gown with lace embellishment as she was walked down the aisle by her father. She accessorised her look with a dazzling diamond necklace and white Manolo Blahniks.

She later changed into a racier, floor length white gown with sheer panelling. Beaming before her friends and family, she let her hair down as she danced the night away with her new husband and glamorous wedding guests.

The pair became engaged last year and had a traditional Nigerian wedding in Lagos in November.

The cake, which was adorned with hundreds of roses and ornate doves, was created by Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium. Elizabeth’s clients include British, European and Middle Eastern Royalty, celebrities and high net worth individuals.

With eight tiers on their cake, topped with elaborate iced flowers and doves, it is estimated that their cake could have cost up to £10,000.

Elizabeth is also the only three times winner of The Great Cake Bake, a show which featured the best wedding cake makers in the country.

The event was planned by Sade Awe of The Bridal Circle. Sade’s impeccable taste and selective eye for the exquisite make her a trusted resource for an elite clientele and luxury partners alike so it was little surprise she was called upon.

Other famous faces at the event included Starboy Records artist Mr Eazi and Nigerian fashion blogger Temi Otedola, who were recently revealed to be dating.

Hamish Shepard of Bridebook.co.uk, said: ‘The preparations and construction of their custom clear marquee, including a bespoke marble floor with their gold initials, would have required up to a week of exclusive hire of the Palace, with the cost of the marquee on top.”
‘Venue hire would likely be up to £150,000 with the bespoke marquee with marble floor and production around £200,000 on top.

‘The spectacular endless flowers by Jeff Leatham are likely to have cost at least £200,000. With food and drink, Robin Thicke (at £150,000) and all the other items for the big day, including the dress, on top, the wedding will have no doubt cost more than £1 million and potentially several million more.’

MEET THE MUMPRENEUR TAKING A TASTE OF AFRICA TO LONDON MARKETS

Joan Omolara Sanyaolu a British Entrepreneur and Business Woman who has been specialising in the Catering & Hospitality Industry for over 35 years .

She is the founder of A TASTE OF AFRIKA – a project aimed at promoting the taste of African’s Rich Heritage Food Art Culture Fashion and Music. We aim to unravel the taste of afrika treasures by showcasing its wealth” says the shy Londoner .

Joan takes inspiration from the taste of African’s Rich Heritage and this, is what “A taste of afrika” is dedicated to promoting.
When asked what she expects to achieve at the end of the project, she said “We are committed in bringing people from all backgrounds to experience the Best of African and to embrace it. It’s about showcasing a wealth of information for both Africans and Non Africans alike . A taste of afrika will shine spotlight on the current trends, best brands on African Food! Arts! Culture ! Fashion! Music!

 

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l am always so excited about promoting Africa’s Rich Heritage , our Culture, Fashion and Music .
This is why I was at “Africa At Spitafields” May Bank Holiday to display my new range of Ankara print fashion designs.  l was also at the Historic Romford Market !
Our plan is to take “A Taste of afrika” to other local London communities and markets showcasing all things Africa Fashion ! Food ! Music ! Art ! Culture

 

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Baronessj asked Joan just how she arrived at this commendable initiative and she said
“I loved baking as a child and I turned my passion into a business called Jo’Ella Cakes .
My interest and dedication to children caused me to start the Jo’Ella Baking Academy which was launched in 2015 to enrich children and youths through The Joy Of Baking” .

“Also in 2015”, she continued, “l launched 9jaBites Cooking School this was for the world to taste and experience the beautiful and rich array of culinary delights coming out of Nigeria and Africa as a whole. 9jaBites provides both catering services for both private individuals and events too”

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“Taste of afrika, is my new venture, and the icing on the cake”

Asked if she made the fabulous designs showcased at the market herself, she replied “I source them from Nigeria !

However, I sometimes sketch the designs and then give them to my stylist to make. I’m a very creative person. I Love art and I took Art as a subject in school.

I also love fashion and I adore the African Ankara prints. I have a special passion for the vibrant colours and flamboyancy of Ankara designs and these sometimes inspire my design sketches

I have however bought myself a sewing machine and am now taking lessons!

Find out about more the taste of Africa pop up events from www.atasteofafrika.co.uk  

 

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ALL SET FOR THE AFRO AUSTRIA BUSINESS SUMMIT HOLDING TODAY IN VIENNA

The first ever Afro-Austrian Business Summit holds today Saturday 28th May in the European city of  Vienna, in Austria.

Organised by Purple Premium Limited  in conjunction with Iroko Awards International, the conference will particularly be looking at Nigeria’s Real Estate, SME’s and Finance sector, and how to thrive in an increasingly volatile digital age.

According to the organisers, the main aim if the summit is to bring together corporate/community leaders, policy makers, government agencies and key stake holders to create shared opportunities – with a focus on global business and economic development.

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Speakers at the high profile event include Business and Leadership Coach, Dr Dayo Olomu, who will be delivering the keynote address under the topic “Staying Ahead in a Volatile Business Climate & Digital Age” and Chairman of the African British Business Alliance – Mr David Smith.

Also speaking at the summit are Property Developer and Real Estate Magnate – Mr Richard Obahor and Rita Isiba, Founder, Aphropean Partners

The theme of the event is “Celebrating Africa’s New Dynamism” and is expected to attract investors and other stakeholders from Europe, Nigeria and across Africa.

At the he end of the summit, there will be Awards presented to deserving businesses and professionals.

The Grand event holds today Saturday 27 of May 2017 at the Arcotel Hotel Kaiserwasser, Wagramer Str. 8, 1220 Wien, Austria.

Time: 5pm – 9.00pm
Entry: FREE
Enquiries: +43 664 494 1020


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LAGOS STATE GOVERNOR AMBODE TO ATTEND NDDI SUMMIT IN LONDON

LAGOS State governor Akinwunmi Ambode and Nigeria’s solid minerals minister Kayode Fayemi have joined the list of government officials who will attend the fourth Nigerian Direct Diaspora Investment Summit (NDDIS) in London on July 13 and 14.

Put together to help Nigerians in the diaspora connect with the country and enable them set up their businesses in Nigeria, NDDIS is aimed at mobilising a very resourceful but silent business class. It is also an opportunity to identify potential sources of finance, technology and technical skills that could boost the promotion and stimulation of enterprise and the creation of jobs in Nigeria.

 

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Being organised for the fourth time, NDDIS 2017 is focusing on developing the government’s plans to diversify the Nigerian economy and end the dependency on oil. As part of this drive, the likes of Governor Ambode, Senator Lanre Tejuosho and Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the special assistant to President Buhari on diaspora affairs have all agreed to address the two-day summit.

 

NDDIS chairman Chief Bimbo Afolayan, said: “We are delighted to have had several prominent government functionaries agree to attend. However, we are not relenting in our efforts to attract more and we are expecting at least five state governors, the heads of several parastatals and representatives of the private sector.

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“Even the vice president Professor Yemi Osinbajo has said he may attend subject to the dictates of his schedule. Should he not be able to attend, he has said he will send a representative, so things are really looking up at the moment.”

It is believed that solid minerals minister and former Ekiti State governor Kayode Fayemi is also considering attending the event to woo investors into the solid minerals sector. About four other governors are also considering making the trip to attend the event and exploit the investment opportunities NDDIS offers.

David Smith, the chairman on the British African Business Alliance, added: “NDDIS is about attracting foreign direct investment into Nigeria from both multinationals and the diaspora. Some of this investment will be huge that go towards major infrastructural projects and some will go towards the development of cottage industries.”

“So far, things are pointing towards a very successful event as the presence of the Lagos State governor indicates that there will be opportunities in infrastructure like transport, housing, healthcare and education, while the solid minerals minister is clearly looking at significant economic diversification. I hope some of the other governors who attend come up with opportunities in other sectors like agriculture, food processing and manufacturing.”

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Taking place at School of Oriental Studies in central London on July 13 and 14, NDDIS has identified 250 existing diasporan businesses that will like to set up their models in Nigeria to provide employment. Among those supporting the summit are UK Trade & Investment, the Business Council for Africa, the British African Business Alliance and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.


 

Holding over two days at the University of London’s School of Oriental Studies in central London on July 13 and 14, the Nigerian Direct Diaspora Investment Summit (NDDIS) is aimed at mobilising investment from the UK into Nigeria. It seeks to woo both the Nigerian diaspora in the UK and foreign investors with the aim getting them to create jobs and provide local employment

For more information please contact:

Ayo Akinfe

Publicity director

07866164300

ayoakinfe@gmail.com

OR

Bimbo Afolayan
Chairman
NDDIS
07903 560623
abimbola70@aol.com


 

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THE AFRO-AUSTRIA BUSINESS SUMMIT: CELEBRATING AFRICA’S NEW DYNAMISM

You are all invited to what is set to be one of the biggest Business and Networking events in Vienna Austria

THE AFRO-AUSTRIA BUSINESS SUMMIT.
THEME: Celebrating Africa’s New Dynamism”

AIM: To bring together corporate/community leaders, policy makers, government agencies and key stake holders to create shared opportunities – with a focus on global business and economic development.

Organised by Purple Premium Limited  in conjunction with Iroko Awards International, the conference will particularly be looking at Nigeria’s Real Estate, SME’s and Finance sector, and how to thrive in an increasingly volatile digital age. The speaker line-up for the event is impressive so you definitely don’t want to miss out.

We are also giving out Awards to deserving businesses and professionals and it’s going to be loads of fun.

The Grand event will take place on Saturday 27 of May 2017 at the Arcotel Hotel Kaiserwasser, Wagramer Str. 8, 1220 Wien, Austria.

Date: Saturday 27th May 2017
Time: 5pm – 9.00pm
Entry: FREE
Enquiries: +43 664 494 1020


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