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A Stellar 60th Birthday For Herbal/Slimming Expert, Dr Quincy Ayodele in Dubai



“I wanted a private event that will enable me praise God and have fun with my close family and friends”

These were the words of renowned Nigerian Herbal and Slimming expert, Dr Quincy Olasumbo Ayodele, shortly after she hosted a spectacular 60th birthday party at the luxurious Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai.

The event which was carefully choreographed and co-ordinated by Mrs Joy Agbakoba’s Travellers Haven Ltd was as fun-filled and spiritually-stimulating as it was hilarious. Indeed it could be said that Nigerian Class met Emirati luxury.

Dr Quincy Ayodele

The event was planned to be an enjoyable weekend get-away and it lived up to its billing, delivering on every turn from arrival to departure.

Guests began to depart Nigeria for the occasion on January 23rd and has been planned, majority arrived the airport decked in the official attire of a special black T-shirt on a pair of jeans.

The camaraderie at the airport, the lively smiles and the convivial atmosphere was a taste of what was in the offing.

Majority of the guests were booked into The Atlantis and The Dukes while some preferred other facilities in the tourism- friendly city.

It was on Friday, January 25th that the party train really roared to life with a desert safari trip.

Michael Effiong, Mayor Akinpelu, Gbenga Adeyinka and Azuh Arinze

Guests who had previously been handed special white Tshirts with “Quincy@60 emblazoned on them and asked to wear white trousers were picked up from their different hotels and chauffeured in cosy Toyota Landcruiser SUVs to the desert.

On the way, there was a stopover at an area for 30 minutes for the adventurous guests to try their hands on Quad Bike riding and other forms of biking activities.

Of course, the group that had this reporter, YES Magazine Publisher, Azuh Arinze and Jeweller Adeola Jekami were not brave enough to ride the bikes but sank their teeth into some juicy roast corns- which turned out a good side attraction.

At the desert, with the SUVs firing  on all cylinders, it was an adrenalin-pumping experience as the drivers navigated the dunes in break neck speed performing zig-zag stunts that was gripping and super exciting.

What was more, despite all the activity, with the setting sun providing a perfect backdrop for the wonderful showcase, their was no dust in the air! The air was clean and clear.

The journey soon came to an end and guests were encouraged to take pictures while the drivers prepared their vehicles for the return journey.

There was no dune bashing on the journey back and thus it was smoother and guests heaved a sigh of relief as we soon hit the highway and landed at a well-laid campsite.

With darkness already upon us and the moon peeping slightly from the skies, the place was a beehive of activities.

Here, many of the guests for the Quincy@60 event were.meeting for the first time and so it was a good opportunity to exchange pleasantries.

We spotted Global Excellence Publisher, Mayor Akinpelu, Bank Director and Former Guinness Nigeria MD/CEO, Chief Seni Adetu and lively wife, etiquette expert, Janet Adetu, Oba Adeyemi Adekeye of Jogoland, Mr Iranola Ayodeji and wife, actress Susan Peters and top rate Comedian, Gbenga Adeyinka 1st.

The fun night under the Emirati skies saw guests enjoying a buffet dinner and Arabian-style entertainment that included fire eater and belly dancer.

Trust any gathering of Nigerians, we will always show our uniqueness, the organisers gave a special birthday to the inimitable and quintessential Quincy and later presented her with a bouquet of fresh flowers.Our section of the campsite was upbeat to the envy of others.

D-Day was January 26th and that was the day that the Lord had made for the All white Quincy@60 Birthday Party at Atlantis, The Palms.

From about 6pm guests had begun to arrive and they were ushered to a special cocktail area, not before they spent some time  for special photographs at the backdrop with the celebrant’ s ever smiling face dotted all over it.

As they stepped into the venue   soft tunes wafted from the PA system which was so soothing and comforting.

Later, guests were directed to their already assigned seats and all was set for what turned out to be a wonderful  session of thanksgiving and praise worship.

The day’s compere.was Gbenga Adeyinka 1st and he was at his professional best, titillating the audience with mature and authentic jokes and also ensuring that the programme was not boring.

Programme proper kicked off when the celebrant and her dear husband, Engr. John Ayodele, COO, Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company were welcomed into the arena.

The celebrant sparkled and was so resplendent in a figure-hugging  elaborately sequinned and well embellished red fish tail dress.The lady in red beamed with undiluted joy and wore her usual infectious smile.

Guests were on their feet and applauded as she sashayed gingerly to her seat  dancing to a medley of gospel songs.

No sooner had they settled down that the experienced Gbenga Adeyinka asked celebrant and her husband to relive the old days of the beginning of their romance by holding on to each other and sharing a kiss.This obviously added to the jollity of the occasion.

The ceremony which had Mrs Sani Sami, who represented Senator Daisy Danjuma as Chairperson was then officially declared open with a powerful session of prayers by Pastor Chinedu Chigbu of the City of David Parish of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG).


It was from here that the famous Minister and Gospel Musician Nathaniel Bassey tòok over, he belted out many of his hits and the audience was in a spiritual frenzy.

With his trumpet and his voice,  he stirred everyone to a such a soulful height that elicited tears of joy in many. The highest point if his ministration was when he mounted the stage shortly before midnight and on the stroke of 12am, launched into his now famous Hallelujah challenge and literally brought down the roof of this luxurious and first-rate facility .

That was not all, guests also sang the celebrant’s favourite hymns ” All Will Be Well as well as Oh God My Help Of Ages Past.

Before dinner was served, guests were blessed with a 5-minute talk or what we can call wisdom nuggets by Chief Seni Adetu who advised that birthdays are not only an occasion for celebration but also for reflection.

He urged the celebrant to always remember that each day one wakes, is by the grace of God, secondly, she should always count her blessings and thirdly, stay closer to God.

He asked Dr Quincy Ayodele to continue to celebrate the goodness of God, and always thank Him for His mercy.

The celebrant later cut her cake assisted by her dear husband, three children: Toby, Tola and Temi and grand children.

It was Hajiya Sanmi Sani who represented Chairperson, Senator Daisy Danjuma that officiated the session.The cake was cut after everyone including the celebrant spelt the letters: L-O-V-E.

Then royal fathers and guests according to their table numbers were invited to join the cake cutting photo session.

At different points in the course of the ceremony, a special documentary that chronicled the life of the celebrant was shown.This also included a segment where her husband and guests poured praise on this remarkable angel of mercy and business pioneer who was described as humble, hard-working, beautiful inside and out, a friend indeed and a role model.

Those featured included Senator Daisy Danjuma, Admiral Jubril Ayinla (Rtd), Mayor Akinpelu, Azuh Arinze, Sam Olatunji, Quadri Ayodeji, Mrs. Adeola Jekami, Yusuf Adeoye and Seye Kehinde, Publisher, City People.

What could be termed the highest point of the occasion was when Dr Quincy Ayodele officially handed the baton of Quincy Herbal to her daughter, Mrs. Toby Keeney.

The excited Toby declared in her speech that she was taking over for good and was optimistic that she was going to take the business to greater heights.

After the performance of a rising musician called Gbosa and a pulsating performance by Sound Mind,  the vote of thanks was delivered by Temi Ayodele, celebrant’s only son, then the DJ took over and thrilled till late into the night.

In a short interview Dr Quincy Ayodele said that her guiding principle has always been ‘Simplicity costs you nothing but buys you everything”, stating that she was grateful to God that the party was a huge success.




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76th Cannes Film Festival Ends with Bang




The stars on parade at 76th Festival de Cannes


By Michael Effiong

The colour, the glamour, the style and class of the 76th Annual Cannes Film Festival ends today with a big bang.

Festival de Cannes, the film industry’s most prestigious festival will take place at 8:30 pm and will be broadcast live on France 2 and internationally on Brut.

The Jury, presided over by director Ruben Östlund and including director Maryam Touzani, actor Denis Ménochet, writer/director Rungano Nyoni, actress/director Brie Larson, actor/director Paul Dano, writer Atiq Rahimi, director Damián Szifron and director Julia Ducournau, will select the winners from the 21 films in Competition this year.

Actress Anaïs Demoustier, President of the Jury, will hand out the Caméra d’or award to the best first film. Actress Stacy Martin and director Ildikó Enyedi, President of the Short Film and La Cinef Jury, will award the Palme d’or for short films.

Actor Orlando Bloom will hand out the Jury Prize. Actor Song Kang-ho, last year’s winner of the Best Performance by an Actor for Broker and actress Zar Amir Ebrahimi, last year’s winner of the Best Performance by an Actress for Holy Spider, will award the Best Performance by an Actress and Best Performance by an Actor Prizes respectively.


Actor John C. Reilly, President of the Un Certain Regard Jury, will award the Best Screenplay Prize, while Pete Docter, Creative Director of Pixar Studios, will present the Best Director Prize.


The Festival de Cannes will also be honored by the exceptional presence tonight of legendary filmmaker Roger Corman, who will present the Grand Prix alongside virtuoso Quentin Tarantino.


Finally, the prestigious Palme d’or will be presented by the formidable and inspiring Jane Fonda.


The Closing Ceremony will mark the end of the 76th Festival de Cannes, and will be followed by the screening of Peter Sohn‘s film Elementary in the Grand Théâtre Lumière.


The 21 films competing for the Palme d’or this year are : Firebrand by Karim Aïnouz, Asteroid City by Wes Anderson, Rapito (Kidnapped)(Kidnapped) by Marco Bellocchio, Les Filles d’Olfa (Four Daughters)(Four Daughters) by Kaouther Ben Hania, L’Été dernier (Last Summer) (Last Summer) by Catherine Breillat, Kuru Otlar Ustune (About Dry Grasses)(About Dry Grasses) by Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Le Retour (Homecoming) by Catherine Corsini, The Zone of Interest by Jonathan Glazer, Club Zero by Jessica Hausner, May December by Todd Haynes, Monster by Kore-Eda Hirokazu, Kuolleet Lehdet (Fallen Leaves)(Fallen Leaves) by Aki Kaurismäki, The Old Oak by Ken Loach, Il Sol dell’ avvenire (A Brighter Tomorrow)(A Brighter Tomorrow) by Nanni Moretti, La Chimera by Alice Rohrwacher, Black Flies by Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire, Banel e Adama by Ramata-Toulaye Sy, La Passion de Dodin Bouffant (The Pot-au-Feu) (The Pot-au-Feuby Tran Anh Hùng, Anatomie d’une chute (Anatomy of a Fall) (Anatomy of a Fallby Justine Triet, Jeunesse (Le Printemps) (Youth (Spring))(Youth (Spring)) by Wang Bing, Perfect Days by Wim Wenders.

The Closing ceremony, usually a wonderful evening to behold will be broadcast in English and French by Brut.

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Renowned Singer, Tina Turner Dies at 83




Legendary singer, Tina Turner, has passed away at the age of 83 after a long illness in her home in Küsnacht near Zurich, Switzerland, Daily Mail reports.

She was known as the ‘Queen of Rock’n Roll’. ‘With her, the world loses a music legend and a role model,’ her representatives said in a statement.

Tina Turner was born in 1939 in Brownsville, Tennessee. She became famous as part of the Ike and Tina Turner duo in the 70s before embarking on a successful solo career, which is one of the most successful of any female performer in history.

She was known as the Queen of Rock ‘N’ Roll and is survived by three children.

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See Full List of 2023 AMVCA Winners




The 9th edition of the African Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA) was held today, Saturday, May 20, 2023.

The prestigious event, at the Eko Hotel, celebrated talents in the film world across Africa.

Veteran actress Patience Ozokwor took home the Industry Merit Award for her admirable service to the industry. Jade Osiberu’s Brotherhood and Kunle Afolayan’s Anikulapo grabbed multiple awards in different categories.

Below is the list of winners:

Best Actor in a Comedy – (Movie/TV Series)
Samuel Perry (Broda Shaggi) –

Best Actress in a Comedy – (Movie/TV Series)
Bimbo Ademoye – Selina

Best Actor in a Drama – (Movie/TV Series)
Tobi Bakre – Brotherhood

Best Actress in a Drama – (Movie/TV Series)
Osas Ighodaro – Man of God

Best Supporting Actor (Movie/TV Series)
Abdisattar Ahmed – Gacal

Best Supporting Actress (Movie/TV Series)
Efe Irele – Four Four Forty Four

Best Short Film
Adeoye Adetunji – Pa Aromire

Best Online Social Content Creator
Elozonam, Kie Kie – Back From The Future

Best Original Telenovela

Best Unscripted Original
King Bugar

Best Original Comedy Series
Njoro Wa Uba

Best Original Drama Series

Best Art Director
Wale Adeleke – King Of Thieves (Agesinkole)

Best Costume Designer (Movie/TV Series)
Adeola Art-Alade – The Real Housewives of Lagos (Reunion Episode)

Best Lighting Designer (Movie/TV Series)
Mathew Yusuf – Brotherhood

Best Picture Editor (Movie/TV Series)
Holmes Awa & Daniel Tom – Crime & Justice

Best Sound Editor (Movie/TV Series)
Anu Afolayan – Anikulapo

Best Soundtrack (Movie/TV Series)
Kent Edunjobi – Anikulapo

Best Makeup (Movie/TV Series)
Maryam Ndukwe, Hakeem Effects Onilogbo – Shanty Town

Best Writer (Movie/TV Series)
Sola Dada – Anikulapo

Best Cinematographer (Movie/TV Series)
Loukman Ali – Brotherhood

Best Movie, Southern Africa
Jewel – Elvis Chucks

Best Movie, East Africa
Click Click Bang – Philip Karanja Njenga

Best Movie, West Africa
Brotherhood – Jade Osiberu

Best Television Series
Crime & Justice – Yinka Edward

Best Documentary
Nigeria-the Debut – Nora Awolowo

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