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Fireboy DML, Lil Wayne, Babyface, Chance The Rapper, Chlöe, Doechii, Ella Mai, GIVĒON, Jack Harlow, Joey Bada$$, Kirk Franklin, Latto, Lizzo, Maverick City Music, Muni Long, Roddy Ricch, and more to perform at “BET Awards” 2022

BET announced 5x GRAMMY ® Award Winning and Multi-Platinum Artist Lil Wayne will join the show-stopping lineup of performers which includes; Fireboy DML, Babyface, Chance The Rapper, Chlöe, Doechii, Ella Mai GIVĒON, Jack Harlow, Joey Bada$$, Maverick City Music x Kirk Franklin, Latto, Lizzo, Muni Long, Roddy Ricch taking the stage at “BET Awards” 2022.

Additionally, up-and-coming artists, GoGo Morrow and OGI will be gracing the BET Amplified Stage, BET Music’s stamp of approval on the next big thing in music.

Hosted by Academy Award®-nominated and Golden Globe®-winning actor, writer, director, producer, and philanthropist Taraji P. Henson, the “BET AWARDS” will air live on Monday, 27 June 2022 on BET Africa, DStv channel 129 at 01:00 WAT/ 02:00 CAT from the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles and the repeat will air on Monday, 27 June at 19:00 WAT/ 20:00 CAT.

BET will kick off the celebration with “BET Awards ’22: Red Carpet Live!” on BET starting at 01:00 AM CAT . Hosted by Terrence J, the pre-show will include performances by Capella Grey, Fast Life Yungstaz, Juvenile, Pheelz, Saucy Santana, and Victoria Monet. The pre-show will feature red carpet correspondent Pretty Vee, DJ Jae Murphy, and more. Affion Crockett will host the BET Awards Red Carpet Twitter Live Stream Show.

This year’s star-studded presenters include; Big Freedia, Bleu, Carl Anthony Payne II, Crystal Hayslett, Daniel Kaluuya, Ebony Obsidian, Eva Marcille, Idris Elba, Irv Gotti, Janelle Monáe, Keke Palmer, Kelly Rowland, KJ Smith, Luke James, Marsai Martin, Mignon, Nene Leakes, Ne-Yo, Novi Brown, Ray J, Sanaa Lathan, Serayah, Tamar Braxton, Terrence J, Tisha Campbell, and Will Packer. MC Lyte returns as the ceremony’s announcer and DJ Diamond Kuts returns as the house DJ. Culture’s biggest night, the “BET Awards,” continues its reign in its twenty-second year as the ultimate platform to showcase the best, brightest, and most beautiful aspects of the Black experience – celebrating Black music’s present and future and elevating the culture and being a driving force for social change. Connie Orlando, BET’s Executive Vice President, Specials, Music Programming, Music Strategy, and News will oversee the annual show, along with Jamal Noisette, VP,

Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy, who will serve as Co-Executive Producer for BET. Jesse Collins Entertainment is the production company for the show with Jesse Collins, Dionne Harmon, and Jeannae Rouzan-Clay serving as Executive Producers. For the latest “BET Awards” 2022 news and updates, including details on audience selection and eligibility, please visit BET.com/bet-awards.

Amstel Malta to spotlight high-flying career women in celebration of International Women’s Day

In commemoration of International Women’s Day 2022, Nigeria’s leading Malt brand, Amstel Malta will be spotlighting the achievements of young global leader and entrepreneur, Ife Durosinmi-Etti, Dakore Egbuson-Akande, a renowned actress, and Oluwatosin Olaseinde, Founder of Money Africa as part of its #BreakTheBias campaign.

 

This Campaign which was launched to raise awareness about gender equality in the country seeks to showcase women across various sectors who have broken biases in male-dominated industries as an affirmation of its commitment to recognising the global cultural, corporate, and economic achievements of women, as well as promoting gender parity in the country.

 

Speaking on the campaign, Aminah Jagun, Senior Brand Manager, Amstel Malta said, “This year’s International Women’s Day calls for action to challenge and point out gender bias, prejudices and inequality and promote a world full of gender equality, free from stereotypes, discrimination and other biases.”

 

“This is why for us at Amstel Malta we have made a commitment to celebrate the success stories of women who are excelling in their fields against all odds. We believe that these stories will educate, inspire, and motivate the next generation of African Women,” she concluded.

 

Through innovative brand campaigns and an unwavering commitment to the wellbeing of, Amstel Malta continues to inspire the next generation of Nigerian women while igniting positive change within the society and the nation at large.

AfricaNXT 2022: Adebola Williams, Funke Akindele, Comfort Lamptey to discuss essence of communication in combating misogyny and chauvinism

In an upcoming panel session at the 2022 edition of AfricaNXT, media entrepreneur and author of African Power Girls, Adebola Williams will explore clear ways of leveraging the power of communication tools — especially social media to combat narratives that entrench misogyny and chauvinism in the society.

 

The panel session which is titled Break the bias: How social media can build the next generation of African Power Girls, will be moderated by cinematographer, content creator, and actress, Maryam ‘Taaooma’ Apaokagi. The session is geared towards normalising the conversations and initiatives needed to empower the girl child and make them future-ready.

 

“Africa, and indeed the world, has been programmed to put the female gender down,” said Adebola Williams, Group Chief Executive Officer of RED | For Africa, while commenting on the essence of the panel. “Very often you see females having to do twice the work their male counterparts do to attain similar heights, and when they do achieve phenomenal feats, they are not celebrated as loudly as they should be — proof of this are the myriads of awe-inspiring women whose stories still remain untold.

 

“This unjust dynamic flows down to the home and schools. Girls are told they cannot do certain things for the most ridiculous reason — their gender. Thankfully, this narrative is already being altered. However, a lot is still left to be done.

 

“My book, African Power Girls, was written to contribute to the correction of these myopic narratives. I believe story stelling is a potent tool in achieving this. At the panel session, I will be reading a portion of this timely book and expounding on ways to actively empower females all around the world.”

 

Other panelists include popular producer and actress, Funke Akindele; and Comfort Lamptey, Representative, UN Women to Nigeria and ECOWAS.

 

Individuals interested in participating in the event should visit https://emamo.com/event/africanxt2022/s/break-the-bias-how-social-media-can-build-the-next-generation-of-african-power-girls-orPmxa

ViacomCBS unveils new name, global content slate and international expansion plans for Paramount+

22 February 2022, Lagos – ViacomCBS recently announced that the global media company will become Paramount Global (referred to as “Paramount”), effective February 16, bringing together its leading portfolio of premium entertainment properties under a new parent company name.

“Paramount is an idea: A promise to be the best,” said Shari Redstone, Non-Executive Chair of the company’s Board of Directors. “That promise has always been at the centre of what we aspired to build as the steward of more than a century of cinematic excellence, and with businesses and brands that have defined and redefined entertainment for generation after generation. We have made enormous progress, and I have never been more excited about the future of this company.”

“Paramount’s iconic peak represents a rich history for our company as pioneers in the Golden Age of Hollywood. Today, as we embrace the Paramount name, we are pioneers of an exciting new future,” said Bob Bakish, President and Chief Executive Officer.

A FOCUS ON STREAMING AND GLOBAL EXPANSION

Paramount+ has exceeded the company’s goals since its launch, and ahead of schedule, as the key driver of ViacomCBS’ overall streaming growth. The company delivered more than 56 million total global streaming subscribers and 84% revenue growth in the direct-to-consumer segment in 2021. As a result of its streaming momentum and incremental investments, the company is raising its global streaming subscriber goal from 65-75 million global streaming subscribers to more than 100 million subscribers by year-end 2024. This is supported by the decision that ViacomCBS Networks Africa, now Paramount Global, will be part of the expansion expedition to bring subscription-based video-on-demand streaming platform, Paramount+, to Africa by 2023.

“We see a huge global opportunity in streaming, a much larger potential market than can be captured by linear TV and film alone,” continued Bakish. “We’re excited about our ability to not just compete, but thrive, creating significant value for both consumers and shareholders. How? Because we’re broader in four key areas: our diverse content, streaming model, mix of platforms, and global reach. As we look forward, the size of the opportunity we see is matched only by our ambition to seize it.”

“The continued global expansion to bring Paramount+ to Africa by 2023 underscores the importance of the stories we create, which are only as powerful as the audiences they reach. Paramount+ has established itself as a leading brand in the industry in less than a year and will strengthen the traditional business and allow greater opportunities for collaboration and growth. This is an exciting time for the Africa business, and our future streaming plans across multiple platforms will enable us to reach even greater audiences.”, said Senior Vice President & General Manager at Paramount Global, Craig Paterson.

BROAD CONTENT OFFERING

With an expansive slate of exciting programming announcements, this transition will see Paramount+ continue to deliver the most diverse content offering in streaming across every genre at scale, including beloved franchise extensions and all-new buzzworthy originals spanning must-see movies, scripted dramas, unscripted reality TV, comedy, kids and family, sports, news, specials, and events to super-serve the entire household. This is an extension to the commitment of authentic storytelling and bringing diverse stories to the world.

“This pioneering move amplifies our dedication to innovation, collaboration through partnerships, creativity, and global reach, it’s a great opportunity to further showcase the power and growth of African content across the markets. While encapsulating the business objective and growth spectrum of the brand, the decision also enables us to continue to focus on delivering unique stories from Africa to the world. ViacomCBS Networks Africa, now Paramount Global, will have the impetus to go forward in delivering on driving social change, diverse entertainment content creation, and global format production partnerships”, said Paramount Africa’s Senior Vice President, General Manager, and Peer Lead at BET International, Monde Twala. Please visit www.paramount.com and @ParamountCo on Twitter for more information about the company.

Maximising Public relations agencies in Lagos, Nigeria – a Red Media Africa case study

Lagos is booming with commercial activities. As a result, businesses that will stand out and get the attention of the over 14 million people living in Lagos State will need effective and efficient public relations agencies in Lagos.

What businesses in Lagos really need are PR and Customer Experience agencies that drive agenda, build movements and turn audiences into raving fans.

Red Media Africa, for example, is one PR agency in Lagos, Nigeria, that has played this role for several brands across the country, leveraging integrated communication to help brands build lasting identities, lowest-risk winning strategies to boost sales, human resource, business productivity, and even inclusion and diversity to help clients across industries implement programs or improve on existing ones that create maximum value.

One tool this PR agency makes use of the most is social media. Take, for instance, the Heineken Credential Campaign that broke the internet with earned social media updates on top Nigerian social media platforms. The credential ads were featured on MTV Base, amplified by over 40 Instagram accounts, had 85% positive comments on the Credential video posted on blogs and social media platforms, as well as over 40 website mentions.

This impressive feat led to the agency being recognised as the Winner of The Sabre Award, the World’s largest PR awards programme, recognising superior achievement in branding and reputation for The Food and Beverage Category, 2018.

 

Several other high-level brands have been beneficiaries of Red Media’s expertise in public relations, some of which include Mitsubishi, Access Bank, Lipton, amongst others.

With the high success rates of campaigns, visibility and social media presence that these brands have experienced over the years, it is evident that businesses in Lagos will thrive if they take advantage of public relations agencies within Lagos.

Lipton and Knorr Surprise Nigerians Working Through the Holidays

There’s something super special about festive seasons. It is a time for giving – whether it’s that warm smile you flash a stranger, or the box of food you offer that hardworking woman who cleans the streets, or even the cute little present you give to friends and family – giving with love is right at the centre of the season. 

This Christmas, Knorr and Lipton captured the true essence of the season by putting smiles on the faces of essential workers who can’t help but be at work while others spend quality time with friends and family.

They visited selected locations across Lagos to distribute boxes filled with food items like rice, Knorr cubes, bottles of vegetable oil, and more to nominated essential workers, especially those who do not have enough to celebrate.

Both brands are doubling down on their 12 Days of Christmas #SeasonOfThanks give away campaign to bring cheers and happiness to people who have been specially nominated by consumers on social media.

The campaign offered consumers the opportunity to win a ‘thank you‘ gift for people who have been instrumental to their survival this year, by posting stories on social media using the hashtag #SeasonOfThanks.

These unique stories depict how the nominated individuals offered a hand of help at difficult times through the course of the year.

How is that for a true #SeasonofThanks celebration?

#NigeriasNewTribe: The Future Awards Africa celebrates 20 outstanding young Nigerians in a night filled with music, style, and inspiration



 

Africa’s biggest youth awards, The Future Awards Africa yesterday celebrated 20 young and driven Nigerians making impact in diverse sectors of human endeavour including advocacy, media, music, technology, art, film, photography and more.

The event which held at the Balmoral Convention Centre, Federal Palace Hotel, Lagos, had in attendance several leading personalities in government, politics, and business such as the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi; Minister of Trade and Investment, Okechukwu Enelamah; Chairman, First Bank of Nigeria, Ibukun Awosika; Chairman, Troyka Holdings, Biodun Shobanjo; CEO, Sahara Group, Tonye Cole; Presidential Candidate, Young Progressive Party, Kingsley Moghalu; Presidential Candidate, Allied Congress Party of Nigeria, Obiageli Ezekwesili; Jumoke Adenowo; Omotola Jolade-Ekeinde; Deola Sagoe and more.

Themed ‘Nigeria’s New Tribe’, The Future Awards Africa 2018 acknowledged the inspiring work and initiatives of nominees, celebrating the impact made through social enterprise and creativity in the year under review. The annual awards event celebrates a new class of innovators, philanthropists, activists, technocrats and creators promoting the shared mission of changing the African narrative.

Some of the winners at the 2018 edition are Zainab Balogun (Prize for Acting); Ahmed Musa (Prize for Sports); Simisola; Uche Kenneth (Prize for Advocacy); Chidi Ajaere (Prize for Business); Ayodele Sipasi Olalekan (Prize for Agriculture); Founders of Piggybank, Odunayo Eweniyi, Joshua Chibueze and Somtochukwu Ifezue (Prize for Technology); Emmanuel Oyeleke (Prize for Photography); Mark Angel (Prize for Comedy); Tosin ‘The Style Infidel’ Ogundadegbe (Prize for Fashion); Samson Itodo (Young Person of the Year) and many others.

Others are John Obidi (Prize for New Media); Uche Kenneth Udekwe (Prize for Advocacy); Nadine Ibrahim (Prize for screen producer); Olive Emodi (Prize for OAP TV); Itodo Anthony (University of Sussex Prize for Education; Temi Marcella Awogboro (Prize for Professional Service); Daniel Philemon Saradau (Prize for Public service); Linus Unah (Prize for Journalism); Adebola Kekere Ekun (Prize for Creativity) and Foluwake Folustorms Ogunkeye (Tosyn Bucknor Prize for OAP Radio).

The Future Awards Africa 2018 was powered by The Future Project, Guaranty Trust Bank, and H20h.

Access Bank encourages corporate volunteering among employees

 


 


As part of its effort to encourage volunteering among its employees, Nigeria’s leading financial institution, Access Bank, held its Employee Volunteering Awareness Day on Wednesday, 7 November, 2018.

Dedicated to showcasing different CSR groups in the bank and celebrating their successes, over 3,200 employees across Nigeria, with more than twenty-five CSR groups, engaged in different projects covering human capital development, recycling, providing pro-bono law services and environmental conservation.

Speaking with the press at the event, Group Head, Sustainability, Mrs. Omobolanle Victor-Laniyan noted that, “there is not enough awareness on the essence of sustainability in our society today, so what we aim to achieve with the Sustainability Awareness Week is to carry all our employee and stakeholders along on this journey and deepen their commitment to the sustainability agenda of the bank.”

According to the Head of Human Relations, Mrs Bolaji Agbede, “this policy has received a 95% compliance rate among the employees and I believe it is because we have been able to communicate the importance of Sustainability.”

Some of the projects executed by these groups include the construction of a 14-class room block in Akodo, Ibeju-lekki by the ‘Give 2 Save lives’ CSR group, the rehabilitation of Yaba Health Centre, the construction of an emergency centre around the Lekki-Epe expressway and many others.

The Initiative for Equal Rights premieres captivating feature film, ‘We Don’t Live Here Anymore’


 


 


 

 



 


 

 

The Initiative for Equal Rights (TIERS) premiered the Tope Oshin directed film, ‘We Don’t Live Here Anymore’ on Sunday, 14 October, 2018 at the IMAX Cinemas, Lekki, Lagos.

The screening was witnessed by celebrities and movie industry players such as Ashionye Raccah, Uti Nwachukwu, Denrele Edun, Latasha Ngwube, Timi Dakolo, Shade Ladipo, among others.

Written by Noni Salma and directed by Tope Oshin, ‘We Don’t Live Here Anymore’ is about two teenagers, Tolu Bajulaiye (Francis Sule) and Chidi Egwuonwu (TemiDayo Akinboro) in a fictional Prominence High School who found themselves embroiled in a scandal that completely alters their future. With a scandal so close to home, Nike (Funlola Aofiyebi-Raimi), a powerful matriarch desperately pulls all strings to reset the narrative – leading to a battle of class and wit.

Speaking at the premiere, the Executive Producer, Olumide Makanjuola said, “The question for me is how can we make parents think and understand better for their children. When they do, then they can create a good atmosphere for their children to live, thrive and be happy. This is the reality around us that we have to really think about.”

‘We Don’t Live Here Anymore’ is produced by Tope Oshin, Executive Produced by Olumide Makanjuola and The Initiative for Equal Rights (TIERs). It stars Funlola Aofiyebi Raimi, Katherine Obiang, Osas Ighodaro Ajibade, Francis Sule, Temidayo Akinboro and Omotunde ‘Lolo’ Adebowale-David.

The film is available exclusively on www.myfilmhouse.ng.

First Photos: Uti Nwachukwu, Shade Ladipo, Ashionye Raccah, others turn out for the premiere of ‘We Don’t Live Here Anymore’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Uti Nwachukwu, Denrele Edun, Shade Ladipo, Ashionye Raccah and Latasha Ngwube were some of the celebrities who turned out for the premiere of ‘We Don’t Live Here Anymore’ today Sunday, 14 October, 2018 at the IMAX Cinemas, Lekki, Lagos.

Directed and Produced by Tope Oshin, the film takes the audience through the emotional journey of two families forced to confront ‘taboo’ issues and navigate their realities in the society, with an in-depth look at violence, discrimination, and the many struggles faced by persons of non-heteronormative sexual orientation.

‘We Don’t Live Here Anymore’ which is Executive Produced by Olumide Makanjuola and The Initiative for Equal Rights (TIERs), stars Funlola Aofiyebi Raimi, Katherine Obiang, Osas Ighodaro Ajibade, Francis Sule, Temidayo Akinboro and Omotunde ‘Lolo’ Adebowale-David.

‘We Don’t Live Here Anymore’ will be available exclusively on www.myfilmhouse.ng from 14 October, 2018.

You can watch the trailer here

 

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