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Ovation Carol 2018 Hits Ground Running, Promises High Octane Entertainment

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By Eric Elezuo

The yearly mega charity concert popularly known as Ovation Carol, and hosted by the Ovation Media Group, publishers of Africa’s best celebrity journal, Ovation Magazine, is billed to hit the city of Lagos this weekend. The event is precisely taking place on Sunday, December 16, 2018 at the prestigious Eko Convention Centre of the Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.

This year’s show is being sponsored by the Esther Ajayi Foundation with the magnanimous epitome of charity and godliness, Reverend Esther Abimbola Ajayi, the Founder of Love of Christ Generation (C&S) Church, Clapham, England, at the helm of affairs.

Leading the army of entertainers and performers at the 2018 mega show, is the one and only Omo Baba Olowo (OBO), Davido with support artists of no mean feats including sonorous gospel singer, Sinach, Sammie Okposo, Yinka Ayefele, and Nonso Bassey.

Others are the multi-talented performer, Falz the Bahd Guy; smooth sailing Mr. Eazi, crowd puller, Burna Boy, Adekunle Gold, Teni, Mayorkun, Zeynab and Trill Tega.

While Big Bolaji will lead the praise session, DJ Cuppy will do what she does best on the wheel of steel, and not forgetting DJ Femo. Others are Vermis Bakare, Twizzy, and Jire.

The 2018 show will also be featuring a fashion show where A-list designer, Simi Ajayi, is expected to set the runway on fire with exquisite designs donned by beautiful women.

With its usual theme of ‘It’s all about hope’ the Ovation carol will also be dishing out goodies as is its tradition to deserving Nigerians. Among others, it will empower deserving young entrepreneurs, who will be announced on the night.

Above, the fiesta will witness the induction of personalities into the Ovation Hall of Fame. Recall that Dr. John Mahama and Reverend Esther Ajayi were inducted into the hall of fame the previous year.

Expected to grace this year’s event are the former President of Ghana, Dr John Dramani Mahama; Founder of Esther Ajayi Foundation, Reverend Mother Esther Ajayi; Chairman of Forte Oil, Mr. Femi Otedola; CEO of UT Financial, Mr. Ade Adebajo; Governorship candidates of the All Progressives Congress, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Peoples Democratic Party, Mr. Jimi Agbaje; Social Democratic Party, Dr. Adetokunbo Pearse; captains of industries, royal fathers and many more.

For the past 11 years, Ovation Carol has showcased itself as arguably the biggest Pan African year end event featuring top and rising stars from the African continent and beyond.

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Glo-sponsored CNN African Voices Features Nigerian Designers

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On this week’s Globacom-sponsored African Voices Changemakers on CNN, two Nigerian fashion icons, Dumebi Andrea Iyamah (brand name Andrea Iyamah) and Ruth Erikan James (brand name Veeke James), will feature as guests.

Born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria, Andrea Iyamah is a fashion designer who is Canadian-Nigerian. Her fashion label, “Andrea Iyamah”, specializes in bridal, swimsuit, and ready-to-wear lines. She founded the company and serves as its CEO. Celebrities, including Michelle Obama, Kate Hudson, Gabrielle Union, Ciara, Issa Rae, and Genevieve Nnaji, have all donned her designs.

Iyamah, who was born on March 18, 1993, left her professional studies early at the age of 17 to start her fashion brand, Andrea Iyamah. The company is based in Toronto, and in 2017 it opened a flagship store in Lagos.

Bright colors and intricate patterns are hallmarks of current design, and Andrea Iyamah’s colorful swimwear combines African tradition with style.

Veekee James, on the other hand, learned how to sew when she was still a young child from her mother Esther James, who was also involved in fashion design.

In fact, it was her mother who gave her the inspiration to launch “Veekee James”, her own clothing line, in 2019. Over time, she established two fashion brands: “Shoprikan” for ladies and “Veekee James Man” for men. With her magnificent gowns, which are renowned for their flawless craftsmanship and red carpet appeal, Veekee James transforms bespoke couture.

On the weekly feature show, CNN’s Larry Madowo delves into the world of the two Nigerian designers who are revolutionizing international fashion.

This Saturday, the show will be on air on DSTV Channel 401 at 8.30 a.m.; a rerun will air at noon same day. There will be two reruns on Sunday, one at 4.30 a.m. and the other at 7 p.m.

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Breath of Life Shines at AMVCA, Wins Best Movie Award

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Breath of Life has been announced as the winner of the Best Movie Award at the 10th edition of the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA).

Wale Ọjọ, the lead actor in the movie won the Best Actor Award.

“Breath of Life” is a Prime Video original written and directed by BB Sasore who also won the Best Director award of the night. It was produced by by Eku Edewor.

The movie is a faith-based film that follows the story of Timi, who has lost his sense of purpose until he met his Elijah, who changed his life and destiny.

The movie is set in the 1950s to showcase the stellar life of a young Timi, who has a talent for languages, graduating at the top of his class, and becoming the most excellent candidate in the British Navy.

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Simi Features As Special Guest on Glo-sponsored African Voices

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Star singer Simi is special guest on Glo-sponsored African Voices

This weekend’s edition of African Voices Changemakers, on CNN International, will feature Nigerian songster, songwriter and actress, Simisola Bolatito Kosoko, popularly known by her stage name, Simi.

According to a statement by sponsors of the show, Globacom, Simi will delight viewers with inspirational stories behind her adventure in the music world on the 30-minute magazine programme.

Simi was born on 19 April 1988 in Lagos as the last of four children. She started her career as a gospel singer, releasing her debut studio album in 2008, entitled “Ogaju”. She gained public recognition in 2014 after releasing “Tiff”, a song that was nominated for Best Alternative Song at The Headies 2015. Earlier in 2014, Simi signed a record deal with X3M Music, but left the label in May 2019 following the expiration of her contract.

She released her second studio album “Simisola” on September 8, 2017. Her third studio album “Omo Charlie Champagne”, Vol. 1 was released to coincide with her 31st birthday on April 19, 2019, after which she launched her record label Studio Brat in June of the same year.

The graduate of Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State was one of the top judges in Season 7 of the Nigerian idol TV show in 2022.

Simi who married a singer named Adekunle Gold in a private wedding ceremony on January 9, 2019 became a mother for the first time on the 30th of May 2020 when she gave birth to her daughter Adejare.

The 30-minute magazine programme will be aired on Saturday at 8.30 a.m. Repeats will be broadcast on Saturday at noon; Sunday at 4.30 a.m. and 7.00 p.m. On Monday next week, another repeat will be shown at 4.00 a.m., Saturday at 8.30 a.m. and 12 noon and Sunday at 7.00 p.m. and 9.30 p.m.

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