Wednesday, August 11, 2010
P square, 9ice, 2 Face, Banky W, Paul Play, Djinee and Omawunmi went
all out for entertainment at the first two editions of Face of Selara
held in Nicon Luxury Hotel and International Conference Centre, Abuja
respectively. The event which saw the crowning of queens returns this
year in grand style.
A car, a return ticket to Dubai and Ghana plus hotel accommodation, a
bill board contract in Lagos and Abuja and Selara Faces make up and
skin care are all to be given away to the winner of Face of Selara
Face of Selara is a beauty pageant aimed at finding an intelligent,
confident, creative and well spoken young lady to represent Selara
Faces Beauty and Style Company; as well as a charity event to raise
funds for orphanages.
Arafa Ukonga, MD of Selara faces while speaking on the pageant said
“it is undisputable that the last two editions have been a huge success
but this edition is set to lift the bar of the first and second
edition, in terms of sponsorship, venue, artists, gifts for the winner
and all ramifications in general”.
The event proper is scheduled to hold on 20th November at the This Day
dome in Abuja with an estimation of about two thousand guests. This
event promises to be the biggest event this year with exclusive guest
lists including the diplomatic community, wives of governors,
ministers, senators and esteemed members of the society. Entertainment
at the event will be more than usual as the list of entertainers
expected is huge.
For the contestants, Face of Selara offers a huge career opportunity
and an avenue for fun as they will undergo a two weeks rehearsal in
November which will be recorded and Logos of sponsors and partners
will be displayed on costumes throughout this period.
Forms and registration closes in September, visit the Selara website
Already the Face of Selara website www.selarafaces.com is recording
huge amount of visits on a daily basis.
Nollywood has seized to be the dumping ground for low quality films as
movie producers and actors have improved on their skills, and are now
producing movies that are of world class standards.
This fact is further reinforced on Sunday, August 8 as one of Africa’s
leading producers, Emem Isong invited top shots within and outside the
movie industry to the premiere of Bursting Out and Holding Hope.
The event which took place at Silverbird Galleria had its red carpet
filled with dignitaries and paparazzi fought themselves to have
pictures taken. Majid Michel, Omoni Oboli, Stephanie Okereke, Nadia
Buari, Genevieve Nnaji and many others were at the premiere to support
their colleagues, Emem Isong, Uche Jombo and Desmond Elliot.
Local and international TV crews including Reuters and Studio 53 Extra
were on hand to cover the event! After doing the rounds on the red
carpet, guests were then ushered upstairs to watch the movies.
People could not hold back their love for another block buster movie
as the first hall quickly filled up and another hall had to be
commandeered to accommodate the teaming crowd! Even that was not
enough as many guests had to make do with sitting in the aisle and
standing at the back of the hall.
Cocktails and small chops were on hand for interested guests. Then at
about 7pm the screening started and many were engulfed in the humorous
chick flick that is Bursting Out. Immediately after, the screening of
Holding Hope began. It was a heart wrenching, tear-jerker that left
many in tears.
After a great night of undeniable fun, guests eventually left the
venue of the premiere with goodie bags.
Veteran movie director, Lancelot Imasuen has begun consultations with
the father of late yoruba rap artist, Dagrin, in order to have inputs
from the older Olanipekun on the life and times of his late son for
the production of Ghetto Dreams, a biopic on the life and times of
late rapper Dagrin .
Dagrin’s father will be helping the versatile director in recalling
the life, timeof the late rapper and events that shaped the course of
life of the late rap artist.
Speaking on the rationale behind the involvement of the late rap
artist’s father, Lancelot Imasuen said, “I’m of the opinion that when
you want to look into an epic work like this, talking about the deeds
of some heroic deeds of some individual, you must be able to have more
than enough to put on the table and all of that.”
Lancelot futher stated that Dagrin’s father is fully aware of the
movie project and he is also very much involved in the production of
Ghetto Dreams, a biography of the late rap artist. Ghetto Dream will
profile in a touching way the true life story and experiences of
Dagrin: the development, struggles, breakthrough and death of Dagrin.
The movie will also feature a cast of young and upcoming artistes as
well as established musicians.
Meanwhile the search for a perfect match to play the role of Dagrin is
still on. Describing the qualities an individual must posses to play
the role of Dagrin, Stingomania Entertainment says the Dagrin must
have an extremely close resemblance with the artist in physique, rap
skills, street credibility and mannerism
Also speaking on the movie project, Lancelot Imasuen the director of
the movie said, “I’ll be needing assistance from a whole lot of people
that actually mean well for the project because we want to go deep
with the story we have been able to gather but in terms of the
structures on ground, in terms of the artistry, in terms of the
liberty as artistes dive into areas that we want to create; I believe
it is going to be a huge success, that I can assure you with God on
The movie, Ghetto Dreams will serve the dual purpose of immortalizing
Dagrin and at the same time provide some financial consolation to the
family of Dagrin who have been largely ignored by the various
commercial projects based on the life and works of Dagrin. A portion
(20%) of the net proceeds from this movie will go towards donations
for the family of Dagrin, while another 20% will go towards the
endowment for the Ghetto Dreams Foundation in honor of Dagrin.
The movie will be premiered at major theaters in different locations
at home and abroad.
Thursday, August 5, 2010
You absolutely won't believe this, but it’s real. The number four citizen of the country and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt Hon. Dimeji Bankole, was recently caught sneaking into a road side buka in Ikeja, to eat one of his favorites. Seriously!, the speaker defied all protocols as he navigated his way through to Otigba street, Ikeja, Lagos, where he had a lunch of Amala with Gbegiri and Ewedu soup. Many could not believe their eyes when they saw the Speaker walk into the popular Bostai Restaurant, Otigba Strret, Ikeja, famous for amala. Immediately he was sighted, passers-by and traders surged forward to confirm whether the Speaker actually came to have lunch or for another purpose. Societywatch was right there as the Speaker who was decked in his usual white kaftan, came out of the ‘buka’ smiling, looking refreshed and apparently satisfied with the taste of the food. A curious observer immediately accosted him and asked what he had come to do and he said “I have come for lunch and I enjoyed the delicacy,” he said. On how often he visits the place, the Ogun state born speaker said, “I visit here always, and the taste of their food has not changed.”
The operator of the restaurant, Mama Bostai, confirmed to SW that the Speaker is a regular customer of the eatery. “Long before he became the speaker, he has been coming to the restaurant. His father’s house is not far from here.” She however declined further comment on the issue.
If the speaker, the number four citizen of the Country could jettison the exclusive environment and the high-profile restaurant in Abuja and Lagos, to have a lunch of Amala in a buka located in a crowdy area like Otigba street, Computer Village, Ikeja then, the taste of the food must be something else.
Giving out the hand of a daughter in marriage is one of the special days in the life of a father. Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo must be feeling fulfiled as a father as he gives out the hand of one of his daughters, Olubunmi Esther in marriage today.
As you are reading this, t he residence of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo at the Osoba Hill Top, G.R.A, Abeokuta is agog with activities as it plays host to the family of Adebayo Oluwole Williams in an engagement ceremony to Oluwarotimi Tolulope Williams.
A dream come true for the couple who will obviously be overwhelmed by the presence of dignitaries, politicians, high net-worth individuals who will come from far and near to witness the engagement ceremony. It is truly and surely no less a testimony to how Baba is loved and admired by people even after leaving office as the President of Nigeria. We shall bring to you details of the wedding next week.
Chief Ms Temiyope Ajayi , a.k.a Mama Diaspora will not cease to be in the news. In recent time, issues about her agricultural projects called Nigerian Agricultural Economic and Empowerment Programme (NAEEP) has been in the news. The programme which will train and empower participants in mechanized system of farming and supported by Lisabi Mills Limited is making some measure of progress. But for now, Mama Diaspora left for the United States few days ago. Mama Dee as she is also fondly called is not in the US for any serious business, but has gone to step up the wedding preparations of one of her daughters slated for 14th of this month in the US. We gathered that she has contracted professional event planners for the wedding. She has also taken the photograph of Bella Adenuga's wedding cake as prototype for her daughter's wedding. The wedding scheduled to take place in California, will host many Nigerian businessmen and professionals, including her American friends. A single parent who lost her husband to the cold hands of death several years ago, she lived in the US for more than 15 years and has been responsible for the education of her three daughters who are graduates in various fields from Harvard University. Said to be a good friend to the US department of Commerce and the Governor of Arkansas, Mama Dee sources said, might shop for equipment for her agric programme immediately after the wedding
Few days ago, it was a milestone in the life of Senator Ike Nwachukwu, a retired army General and former minister of communications, as his son Ike Abubakar Solawole tied the nuptial knot with Nadeja Iretioluwa Omotosho in a classy wedding. The union was solemnized last Thursday, at Our Saviours Church, Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos. Guests were treated to a feast at the venue of the reception, Shell Hall of the Muson Centre Onikan, Lagos.
The bride, Nadia was looking very good on her day. She looked like a queen with a rare profound beauty that put her in good stead. Fair-skinned and dazzling, no wonder Ike Nwachukwu jnr can do anything for her. Ike too, is every lady’s dream.
The Ike Nwachukwus actually created a special evening to be remembered as the who-is-who were on hand to wish the couple a happy married life with gourmet of menu and drinks that flowed freely. Congratulations!
Since her bitter divorce, the former beauty queen’s appearance in public has been sparsely noticed. The prying eyes of the media had not helped matters too, occasionally lashing out at her and her every move after the devastating experience had been evilly watched. Gossips had waited for the slightest opportunity to trigger off a rumour but then, there had been none! She had recoiled into herself, focusing solely on her job as a broadcaster and raising her daughter.
For a long time, nothing was heard or seen of her. She avoided public red carpet engagements, luncheons and parties where preying eyes lay in wait for her like a plague. Then, she was sighted at the A.M.E.N awards with her daughter Marisa but missed other major award nights and town rocking events. The hide and seek became difficult and we had in fact laid our pen to rest on her before last week, Societywatch’s search light fell on her, on the eve of her departure back to her work base in Abuja. She had been in Lagos for a few weeks of ‘work leave’. A source close to the inner ring that shadowed her, told this reporter that she had been having a time of her life here. When we asked “with whom?” Our source pointed to the heavens and swore in God’s name never to tell. That gave us a clue....you know what I mean. Places she frequented was also not given to us incase we planned to lay ambush on her next visit which we hear is coming very soon. We tried to tail her even for that one night, but for a lady who had beat gossip reporters to their own game, It was impossible! Anyways, our dragnet tightens and we hope we’ll catch her soon, someday.
A million years of weakened bones may be unable to halt this very vivacious and high striking society woman. Even with the waves contemporary naija songs are making, Gloria still wields her tightly organized and talented band; thrilling fun lovers of jazz and slow music in night clubs and open evening garden spots. Gossips who descended on her recently, told this reporter that even though she had not really been consistent with her shows, particularly the one she held every Friday night at De’ Place, she still had it far from her mind to quit because this would mean her leaving the flock of celebrity circles. And believe us, in recent times, the Gloria we’ve seen at some star studded events in and out of the state isn’t a woman who is about to quit.
Na waooh! Was the first comment that came from the lips of a young woman who read this flyer with this Society reporter. The content of the flyer is about a popular and well known comedian especially in Surulere. He has been seen on TV a couple of times, drives a Mercedes Benz and was pushed to lime light by a leading comedian who currently runs a comedy live show on TV. This star comedian of ours has really be hustling to host his own comedy show and had actually tried a couple of things like putting up some fairly average performances in the past in street side night clubs and drinking points. But this time around, he took his campaign to the church. This is not strange, especially in Lagos as churches are fast now becoming pulpits for a number of comedians. Show after show are now being organized in collaboration with church pastors as part of a fierce effort at canvassing for members which in some cases had worked. People now actually come to church to laugh! Talk of the end time... Anyways, we wish this comedian good luck in his future gospel-comedy endeavors.