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Miss Eko International: Ivory Forte Entertainment Concept To Honour Stakeholders In Entertainment And Traditional Sectors



Ivory Forte Entertainment Concepts, the organizers of the annual Miss Eko International Beauty Pageant and Eko Heritage Awards have officially announced the date for hosting the 2021 edition of its Eko Heritage Awards.


Eko Heritage Award is the first of its kind award of honours designed to celebrate and appreciate indigenous custodians of the state’s cultural heritage, as well as others selected individuals from different walks of life including the Fashion, Agricultural, Media, Oil and Gas industries among others.


According to the press statement signed by Mr. Chinedu Egbe, the initiator of Eko Heritage Awards, it is a platform that was created with the sole aim of celebrating excellence in order to inspire others, and advocate for showcase of champions in different accomplishments.


The statement reads, “Eko Heritage Awards is in two segments namely, Honorary Award – a segment which is to honour and celebrate individuals from different walks of life carefully selected by organizers of Eko Heritage Awards based on their significant contributions to the advancement of Lagos State and the nation in general. Awards under this category includes Most Distinguished King of the Year, Traditional Ruler Of The Year, Most Outstanding White Cap Chief Of the Year, Distinguished Customary Chief Of the Year, Leadership Award for Youth and Empowerment, African Youth Leader Of The Year, Young Personality Of The Year, Male Personality Of The Year, Female Personality Of The Year, CEO Of The Year, Entrepreneur Of The Year, Media Personality Of The Year, Outstanding Pageant Icon Of The Year (Male), Outstanding Pageant Icon Of The Year (Female), Indigenous Global legacy Award, Most Influential Queen Of The Year, Fast Rising Entertainment Brand, Emerging Food & Beverage Start-Up Of The Year, Outstanding Teen Queen of the Year, Emerging Cinematographer of the year. Notably amongst recipients of this category of awards are HRM Oba Owolabi A. A. Adeniyi, the Onisabe of Igbobi-Sabe and Yaba Kingdom; Chief Adebola Dosunmu, Akinsiku of Lagos [Alaworo Eyo]; An Ondo Regent Tinuade Babalola Adejuyigbe; Hon. Amb. Chibuzo Patrick Osigwe; Chukwuemeka Okoye; Wathoni Anyansi; Kelly Chidi-Ogbonna; Anthonia Ahanor; Santiago Roberts; June Alaare Wisse among others.”


The statement reads further that “the second segment of the award is the Voted Award – this is the category thrown open to members of the general public to nominate their choice for each category under this segment. This segment of the award will be honouring outstanding personalities at the event with the following awards: Best Online Content Creator Of The Year, Blogger Of The Year, Creative Fashion Stylist Of The Year, Female Fashion Designer Of The Year, Emerging Fashion Designer Of The Year, Hairstylist Of The Year, Humanitarian Beauty Queen Of The Year, Makeup Artist Of The Year, Makeup Brand Of The Year, Male Pageant Brand Of The Year, Female Pageant Brand Of The Year, Male Model Of The Year, Female Model Of The Year, Outstanding Pageant Queen Of The Year, Pageant King Of The Year, Fashion Academy of the year, Teen Queen Of The Year, Photographer Of The Year, Celebrity Kid Of The Year.”


In the same vein, the award presentation ceremony which is billed to hold on Sunday, 11th of July, 2021 at the prominent Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos; at 3pm prompt shall witness the grand finale of the popular Miss Eko International Awards, another of Ivory Forte Entertainment Concepts’ initiative aimed at discovering and showcasing young females with exceptional beauty and sound minds for purpose of encouraging them towards standing out in the career aspiration as international beauty and fashion models.


By Shaba Gbenga


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Van Vicker Finally Bags Varsity Degree — 24 Years After Secondary Education



Van Vicker

Van Vicker, the multiple award-winning Ghanaian actor, has finally bagged a university degree — about 24 years after completing senior secondary school.


The 43-year-old movie director, who is a renowned face in Nollywood, took to his Instagram page to recount the touching tale of his educational journey.

He said while his secondary schoolmates were enrolling at the tertiary institution in 1997, his single mother couldn’t afford to send him to school.


He also accompanied the post with a photo in which he could be seen wearing a graduation robe of the African University College of Communication (AUCC).



Vicker said he bagged first-class honours in Strategic Communications and was named the overall best in his set.



“21 years later, here I stand before you with 3 achievements during my graduation; to God be the glory. 1. 1st class honors. 2. Best Student in Strategic communication. 3. Best Communication Student Award,” the actor wrote.


“The above is within the context of my 2021 post on social media and is in no way presumptuous but uprightly to inspire. I could not enroll at a tertiary institution in 1997 because my single mother did not have the funds.


“If free SHS was available back in the day, most likely I would have graduated in 2000/2001. My career took off and I have been blessed but as someone who relishes education getting that degree was just a matter of time.



“I complete my Masters program this December and I am sorely motivated and committed to going even beyond, God willing. I thank all those who supported me and are supporting me during this journey.”


Vicker has appeared in hundreds of films including ‘My Soul Mate’, ‘Heart of Fire’, ‘Popular King’, ‘Gambling with Marriage’, ‘Harvest of Love’, ‘Stolen Will’, ‘The Joy of a Prince’, ‘Discovered’, ‘The Kingdom’ and ‘Against The Law’.

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The music industry is set to enjoy a new spanking song entitled- ‘Follow Me’ from the reputable sexy sensational music act popularly known as Akhere.


Information available revealed that the new song, Follow Me is a classy Afro Pop produced by talented beat master Covado and it was mixed and mastered by Suka Sounds.


The self acclaimed Afro Pop queen has been in the game for long and it’s high time she made all the music lovers around the world to follow her just like she expressed in her brand new single- Follow Me.


Akhere is positioned to do something different from what others are doing in the industry and ready to go all the way to achieve her dreams as one of the music entrepreneurs that would make a great change in the entertainment industry, disclosed an associate.


She is no doubt a bundle of talents who is a good stylish dancer, song writer and composer that is rare to find among her peers in this part of the world.


Follow Me in no time would become the new national anthem in the music industry in Nigeria and beyond. And before her new single, she has on record good songs like Gaga, Cover Me, Udoh, I refuse To Die, Babylon City, Mr. Deejay, IrinIse (Man of Steel) and On My Mind.


The pretty and talented artiste born Blessing Akhere Okpiaifo is back bigger and better in the Nigeria entertainment world with special plans to explore the showbizness because of her unending passion for the music industry.


Akhere loves Nigerian music and she so motivated by some artistes that are creative and original doing what they know how to do best just like her.


From the industry watchers, we gathered that Follow Me is set to take over the airwaves and further finding revealed that it will be officially released on various top music online stores and hubs for download by the second week in August 2021 by good music lovers in Nigeria and abroad. And, she is working on her new single promotions across board for all her esteemed numerous fans around the world.


According to Akhere, she disclosed that ‘The Nigerian music industry is very competitive but she is trying to be unique in her own way’. She emphasized just Follow Me for the best of music.


As part of the communication plans to take her music business to the next level, Akhere is working in concert with Kanbitoons Company, which is basically in-charge of her media management, public relations and promotions in and outside the country.

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Sound sultan

…As six vocalists battle for a chance to make the last four on The Voice Nigeria Season 3. Late legendary Nigerian rapper, singer and lyricist, Olanrewaju Abdul-Ganiu Fasasi popularly called Sound Sultan who passed on July 11 was honoured with a medley performance of his songs by the celebrity coaches and their talents as a glowing tribute in recognition and celebration of his contribution to the music industry. 


Sound Sultan, a highly influential but jovial and unassuming singer is renowned to have mentored many award-winning musicians and wrote many hit songs.


The grand finale of the Voice Nigeria Season 3 is billed for this weekend, with the top six talents seeking viewers and fans’ votes to win the N10m grand prize and other mouth-watering gifts.


Meanwhile, Episode 17 saw great vocalists Anu and Nuel Ayo exit the show while Naomi Mac, Esther, Dapo, Kitay, Kpee and Eazzie continued the race as the last six out of the 25 talents who scaled the

Auditions and started the contest.


Kitay in Team Yemi-Alade, Dapo and Naomi Mac in Team Falz, Eazzie in Team Waje with Esther and Kpee in Team Dare all survived by numerous votes from their fans.


The race to the finals of the Voice Nigeria season 3 continues to heat up as the six finalists gun for the N10 million cash, a car, and a record deal with Universal Music Nigeria.


During Episode 17 last weekend, the last six vocalists performed various songs and are hoping with their powerful performances to get maximum votes from fans for a chance to remain in the



Esther opened the weekly show with a beautiful performance of Beyonce’s Love on Top, then Dapo with Michael Bolton’s When A Man Loves A Woman, followed by Kitay with Marvin Gaye’s Sexual Healing.


Naomi Mac sang Brenda Fassie’s Vuli Ndlela, Kpee with Fireboy’s Vibration while a very emotional Eazzie closed out with I’m Not Telling You by Jennifer Holiday before Host, Nancy Isime announced that Season 4 will be coming soon.


Episode 18 which comes up this weekend will have only four talents perform and fight for the grand prize via the highest viewers votes while the two talents with the least votes are dropped.


To keep their favourite vocalists on the show, viewers have to dial *894*7*talent’s code#.


The voting code of your preferred contestant to win the competition is in the embedded Instagram post below:


Voting, which opened on Saturday at 9:00 pm, closes at 11:59 pm on Thursday (today).


For over three months, with an electrifying mix of pulsating musical performances, music training, glamorous fashion and awesome entertainment, The Voice Nigeria 3 continues to dazzle to the very grand finale.


UN1TY Limited and Livespot360, producers of the global talents reality series, also emphasised that public voting has become very crucial at this final stage to keep participants on the voice Nigeria season 3, as sponsored by FirstBank, Baba Ijebu and Airtel.


Scores of vocalists have performed on the highly competitive musical TV reality series but dropped out going through the Auditions, Blinds, Knockouts, Battles and Live Show stages.

Whoever emerges as the winner will automatically make his or her coach the winning coach of the season. Waje, who has been part of the show since its inception, won the inaugural season.


Apart from versatile singers including Darey, Yemi Alade, Waje and Falz who doubled as both celebrity coaches and judges, Nancy Isime and Toke Makinwa, co-hosts of the show have added great colour to the third season.


The first season of The Voice Nigeria was broadcast on Africa Magic from April 10 to July 31, 2016.

Agharese Emokpae popularly known as A’rese, a 28-year-old stage actress, won the first season while Daniel Diongoli, professionally known as Idyl, won season 2.


The music reality TV show is designed to discover and promote talented singers to actualise their dreams of becoming international stars.


Lead show sponsor, First Bank in a statement by its Group Head, Marketing and Corporate Communications, Folake Ani-Mumuney, reiterated that The Voice Nigeria 3 is a Reality TV show designed to discover and promote talented singers to actualise their dreams of becoming international stars which aligns with First Bank’s commitment to providing a platform for nurturing

and showcasing talents and driving social cohesion.


The Financial giant added that its support for The Voice Nigeria 3 is a demonstration of First Bank’s commitment to contributing to the projected revenue of US$86m by 2021 from Nigeria’s music industry aimed at promoting a diversified economy in line with the Federal Government’s

diversification policy.


For more details on the show, do visit the Bank’s official website

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