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Burna Boy, Mr Eazi & Aka Nominated For Best International Act @ BET Awards 2019

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BET in Africa, part of the Viacom International Media Networks Africa multimedia entertainment portfolio, today at a press conference in Lagos, announced the local nominations for the BET Awards 2019 taking place at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles on June 23rd and premiering live across the continent on BET Africa (DStv channel 129) on Monday 24 June at 19:00 WAT.

 

The awards celebrate the brightest stars across music, television, film, sports, and philanthropy.

 

The nominees announced in the Best International Act Award category are Nigerian musicians Burna Boy and Mr. Eazi alongside South African Hip Hop rapper AKA.

 

Also included in the category are Dave and Giggs from the UK with Aya Nakamura and Dosseh from France.

 

In the fan voted category of Best New International Act is Teniola Apata from Nigeria, Sho Madjodzi from South Africa, Headie One and Octavian from the UK and France’s Jokair and Nesly.

 

BET will honour the Best International Act in-show, along with the viewer’s choice fan voted category Best New International Act during the live red-carpet pre-show.

 

Alex Okosi, Executive Vice President and Managing Director, BET International Viacom International Media Networks Africa, said “The BET Awards is a powerful platform for celebrating and elevating black excellence from around the world.”  

 

“We look forward to honouring this year’s Best International Act and Best New International Act during the BET Awards main and surround programming that will broadcast to a global audience.”

 

The International Act category has honoured previous African winners who have gone on to trailblazer Africa’s culture proudly and become recognisable worldwide for their talent from Nigeria’s 2face and D’banj in 2011 and Wizkid in 2017, Ghana’s Sarkodie and Stonebwoy in 2012 and 2015 respectively and South Africa’s Black Coffee in 2016.

 

Last year in 2018, for the first time, globally acclaimed Davido emotionally received his BET Best International Act Award live on stage during the global broadcast of the show with South Africa’s Sjava in traditional Zulu regalia receiving his Best New International Act at the live Red-Carpet Show.

 

In its nineteenth year, the “BET AWARDS” continues its reign as the ultimate platform showcasing the best and most beautiful aspects of the Black experience – celebrating not only the present and future of Black music, but also elevating the culture and being a driving force for social change.

 

BET Networks recognizes artists, entertainers, and athletes across 20 categories with the 2019 “BET Awards” nominations.

 

The nominations are selected by BET’s Voting Academy, which is comprised of fans and an esteemed group of entertainment professionals in the fields of television, film, music, social media, digital marketing, sports journalism, public relations, and the creative arts. Internationally, the show will simulcast for the first-time on BET Africa at 1am WAT on June 24th.

 

Fans will be able to cast their vote for their favourite Best International Act nominees beginning today on BET.com and on both Twitter and Instagram @BET_Africa @BET_TV_FR @BET_Intl using each artist’s designated hashtag

Ugo Onwuaso is an ICT enthusiast. He believes technology should be used for general good. He holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from the Lagos state University.

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Yetunde Ayeni-Babaeko’s White Ebony Raises Awareness of Albinism

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SMO Contemporary Art is delighted to present White Ebony, an exhibition of twenty thought-provoking photographs by social activist photographer Yetunde Ayeni-Babaeko, which captures the complexity of life that Persons with Albinism (PWAs) face daily.

 

White Ebony is being showcased by Temple Muse for the next two months to support the recognition and protection of persons with albinism in commemoration of the International Albinism Awareness Day, which comes up on June 13th every year.

 

White Ebony challenges preconceived notions on albinism with powerful images which reflect a Renaissance beauty through sensitive lighting, composition, and layered stylistic interpretations.

 

White Ebony takes the viewer on an emotional journey that is filled with nuance as well as controversial in its stark positioning and challenging suggestions.

 

Each work reflects both internal struggles while working through layers of identity and self-actualization, and points to the urgent need to stop the stigmatisation of persons with albinism.

 

According to the United Nations, “people with albinism face multiple forms of discrimination worldwide.

 

Albinism is still profoundly misunderstood, socially and medically. The physical appearance of persons with albinism is often the object of erroneous beliefs and myths influenced by superstition, which foster their marginalization and social exclusion.”

 

Ayeni-Babeko, worked closely with members of The Albino Foundation in Lagos, and after in-depth interviews and insightful group discussions, began interpreting their reality through photographs which explore both the alienation and struggles experienced by persons with albinism, as well as celebrates their lives and achievements.

 

“As in her previous exhibitions, which have tackled issues such as the challenges survivors of breast cancer face, or photographing dancers performing within slums to highlight the needs of populations living in shantytowns,  Ayeni-Babaeko’s amazing artistry is heightened by her commitment to social change and supporting marginalized communities,” said Sandra Mbanefo Obiago, the exhibition curator and expert in development communications, who has worked on three previous shows with the photographer.

 

“It’s easy to create a striking image of a person with albinism because of how unique they are.

 

“But these models were not just put in front of my camera for me to photograph them. I was able to really connect with them through long conversations about their daily struggles, sharing with me what their life is like and all this knowledge translated into this new body of work,” explained Yetunde Ayeni Babaeko while presenting White Ebony.

 

“My work is not there to make you feel good, its purpose is to trigger you to think and expand your knowledge.”

 

Jake Epelle, Founder and President of the Albino Foundation, said “Working with a sensitive photographer like Yetunde has been a great creative approach to raising awareness about the challenges people with albinism face every day,”

 

“Much more needs to be done to advocate for the recognition and respect of the rights and socio-economic inclusion of people living with albinism.

 

“The Foundation works with governments and development institutions to improve the health and social wellbeing of PWAs in Nigeria.”

 

“Hogan Lovells is committed to supporting important social causes such as raising global awareness of albinism, as well as celebrating the arts as a way of strengthening society,” commented Andrew Skipper, Partner and Head of Africa Practice of the international law firm, Hogan Lovells, which sponsored the exhibition.

 

“Yetunde’s work is a powerful example of art for social change and we are delighted to showcase her work,” said Avinash Wadhwani, CEO of Temple Muse, the design luxury concept store.

 

White Ebony runs from May 25th until July 19th, and a portion of the income from sales will go towards supporting people with albinism.

 

Yetunde Ayeni-Babaeko was born in Enugu, eastern Nigeria in 1978 to a Nigerian father and a German mother.

 

She graduated in photography from Macromedia, a school for art and design in Osnabrueck, Germany.

 

After working for a number of companies in Germany and Nigeria in advertising photography, she opened her own company, Camara Studios in 2007.

 

Besides her fashion and documentary photography, Ayeni-Babaeko has facilitated numerous workshops in partnership with the Goethe Institute, mentoring young female photographers.

 

Ayeni-Babaeko has published work in Germany, has had three solo exhibitions and taken part in numerous group shows in Nigeria including The Collectors Series, Eko Moves and Wanderlust curated by SMO Contemporary Art.

 

 

 

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Ayeni Adekunle, BHM Founder to Speak At 2019 Africa Communications Week

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Ayeni Adekunle, CEO, Black House Media (BHM) has been confirmed to speak at a masterclass during the 2019 Africa Communications Week.

 

The masterclass which is themed “Strategies for Driving Disruptive Innovation In Communications” will see Ayeni share his wealth of experience with the audience.

 

The event will hold at Oriental Hotel on Thursday, May 24, 2019.

 

Africa Communications Week is the premier gathering for communications professionals and thought leaders looking to impact the current narrative on Africa.

 

The organisation hosts a series of conferences, workshops and webinars around the world to encourage Africa focused communications professionals connect, engage and impact Africa’s economic transformation through strategic communication.

 

Ayeni was listed as one of the top 30 communications professionals in Africa in a report released by the organisation on April 16, 2019.

 

Speaking ahead of the Masterclass, Ayeni said, “Over the years, the African Communications Week has offered communication professionals like me, the chance to meet, network and rub minds.

 

“This also gives us the opportunity to discuss the impact of communication of Africa’s development.

 

I’m excited to be part of this year’s event and I look forward to speaking and sharing ideas with the audience”.

 

Africa Communications Week is an annual event which hosts various marketing communications professionals from all over the continent.

 

With various industry stakeholders in attendance, the event provides the opportunity for like minds to convene, connect, engage and impact economic transformation in the continent through strategic communication.

 

 

 

 

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World Cultural Day: Ariya Repete Returns, Introduces New Afro-Pop Category

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Nigeria’s foremost talent hunt competition for indigenous Yoruba music is back for yet another edition.

 

The 2019 Edition of Ariya Repete was announced on the 21st of May at a media briefing hosted at the Nigerian Breweries Headquarters in Lagos.

 

The day, which also marked the World cultural & diversity day, provided the perfect incentive for Goldberg Lager to unveil the beloved talent hunt competition.

 

The media briefing featured an excellent roundtable conversation by some veterans in traditional genres of Yoruba music (i.e Juju, Fuji) as well as some new generation artists whose music has been influenced by the Yoruba culture.

 

Moderated by leading on-air personality – Adebayo Faleke, the panelists included veterans like Dr Saheed Osupa, Sir Shina Peters, Yinka Davis, President of FUMAN, Alhaji Sikiru Agboola as well as Tolu Obey, who is a PMAN executive and the son of Legendary Juju artist, Ebenezer Obey.

 

The new generation was ably represented by the likes of Sound Sultan and renowned music producer ID Cabasa.

 

The panel discussion which was themed around the topic – “One Culture, One Voice, New Sound” provided the perfect platform to announce the return of one of the most revered initiatives that celebrate the Yoruba culture.

 

The panelists discussed the evolution of indigenous Yoruba genres of music, highlighting the roles played by both the older and younger generation of artists.

 

The exciting roundtable conversations were an eye opener as the artists shared various insights into the past and potential future of the industry.

 

This year’s edition of Ariya Repete is set to up the ante and will be the first ever to be aired on television with the aim to reach an even wider audience.

 

This is particularly exciting for fans of the show as the 2019 Ariya Repete will be introducing an all-new category tagged ‘Afro Pop’.

 

The introduction of Afro-Pop has already got fans eagerly anticipating the selection parties which will be kicking off in various cities across western Nigeria on the 11th of June.

 

Maria Shadeko, Senior Brand Manager of Goldberg & Life Lager who spoke at the round table session expressed delight at the return of the talent hunt,

 

“Ariya Repete is a very special platform that allows us to showcase and celebrate the very best talents in South-Western Nigeria.

 

“Over the years, we have been able to continually delight our consumers with this initiative as well as provide unforgettable memories for winners of past editions.

 

“This year we are taking it further by not only increasing the prize money but also adding an all-new category.

 

“The theme of this year’s competition is ‘The Fusion’, and in light of this, we are looking for the next big artist who will dominate the Nigerian music scene.

 

“We, at Goldberg, applaud the innovative and inspiring fusion of traditional Yoruba music with contemporary music.

 

“This year, with Ariya Repete we want to celebrate this blend of both worlds.

 

“We believe that the 2019 Ariya Repete will be the best ever, which is why we are taking the experience to TV, to show all of Africa that Goldberg Lager believes and celebrates the amazing indigenous talents from southwestern Nigeria.”

 

The regional auditions are set to kick-off on the 11th of June as Goldberg takes the auditions and selection parties to 8 western cities in two weeks.

 

The selected talents will then head down to Lagos for mentorship sessions by some of the respected acts in their genres before returning to the contest to slug it in the quarterfinals from 5th of July.

 

The Semi-Final will be hosted on the 12th of July while the grand finale is slated for 19th of July.

 

Ariya Repete is proudly sponsored by Goldberg lager; Goldberg lager is renowned for conceptualizing and executing initiatives such as these, which highlights the beauty of tradition and culture.

 

With a wide array of exciting consumer engagement activities that brilliantly connects with its ever-loyal audience, Goldberg continues to remain one of the most authentic brands in the beer industry.

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