Shina Peters, Omo Baba Thrill Campari Audience

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Notable Nigerian public figures recently came together with marketers and distributors of Campari across the country at the Classique Events Centre, Oregun, Lagos for the Campari Distributors Awards organized by Brian Munro Limited, Nigeria’s sole distributors of Campari.

The annual event, which is aimed at recognising and rewarding outstanding distributors of Campari across Nigeria featured a show-stealing performance by Legendary Afrojuju crooner, Sir Shina Peters, a surprise performance by 2Face Idibia and a memorable stand-up set by comedy hotshot Omo Baba as 40 distributors were rewarded with the latest edition of brand new cars before a packed audience.

Speaking about the purpose of the awards, Marketing Manager Brian Munro, Abayomi Ajao commented, “The intention behind the Campari Distributor Awards is to show our esteemed distributors that the Campari brand values its relationship with them and to show why they their continued loyalty to Campari is worth it. We want to show that Campari is not only about making sales but also about adding value to all its stakeholders and I am sure everyone present here tonight can attest to that.”

Winner of the night, Ndubuisi Onyenanu commented, “I feel really honoured and happy to be recognised like this here tonight and it fills me with joy to know that my work with Campari is valued to this extent. It’s always very nice to know that someone is taking note of the devotion and hard work you put into what you do and I hope to continue having a good business relationship with Campari.”

Notable faces at the awards include Director, Brian Munro Limited, Brian Voakes; General Manager, Olusola Ajayi; Managing Director, Paul Wilson; Executive Director, BML, Demola Kolade; Head of Marketing, Abayomi Ajao; National Sales Manager, Paul Omekwe; Sales Development Manager, BML, Bola Lofindipe; Area Manager, Campari International, Michael Reder, and Chief Accountant, BML, BT Ajayi among many others.

Seun Kuti’s Signs Juggernaut to his Record Label
He goes by the name Juggernaut and wishes to be very controversial. There is no other way he would like to be known in the industry.
Demilade Egbeolu is the new and first artiste signed unto Black Haus Label, Seun Kuti’s new record label. He was formerly with Kalakuta Records.

A graduate of Counselling and Psychology, Juggernaut is poised to set the music industry on fire with his style. He has been in love with music right from childhood. At Kings College, he was known as a dancer before he discovered his ability to sing as well. He described himself as a versatile artiste, a trait he shares with Seun and which also influenced his decision to sign with the label.

“Seun is a fully enlightened person. He doesn’t just focus on Afrobeat alone. He likes all kinds of music. He likes how I combine words and sounds. He inspires me, he is a very principled boss.”

Before his path crossed with Seun, the Ogun state indigene had been an underground singer at the Kalakuta museum, home to the late Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. It was during one of those days that Seun stumbled on him. He was freestyling when Seun singled him out of the crowd to work with him on a project. Their relationship had blossomed ever since.

Without giving much information on the terms of the deal, Juggernaut disclosed that he will be getting an automobile this year. He however was quick to point out that his contract was not based on material things alone. He emphasised on the importance of putting good music out there. Already, his single ‘Obirin Asiko’ is receiving magnanimous air play, as well as the music video.

Appreciating Artistic Elements in the Special One
The blitzkrieg of entertainment and artistic fair that followed the public presentation of the new Guinness African Special is still the subject of hot debate in many quarters.
As the launch team travelled to Enugu, Port Harcourt, Abuja, Ibadan and Lagos, it excited residents of those cities who turned up in their numbers to appreciate all the elements that make the drink proudly African, particularly its projection of African culture through the Ankara design, the herbs and spices grown on African soil, the graffiti design was done by a Nigerian, including the design and packaging.

Ahead of its arrival, a lot of suspense and anticipation was created in readiness of the unique experience. In Port Harcourt, the event took place at the Aztech Arcum. It was the turn of the Polo Park, Shoprite in Enugu. Ibadan had two venues, Club GQ, Apollos and Latitude. The Abuja event took place at Harrow Park, while the grand finale was a colourful spectacle at the GET Arena, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The major fixtures at all the shows were DJ Spinall with his energetic line up. Olamide and Phyno who are Guinness MadeofBlack ambassadors were the headline acts. Godwin Strings, graffiti artist Osa7 and DNMT dancers added creativity and colour to the event.
Guests also got a chance to make the night their own with an instant T-shirt making experience and UV body painting. Every night at all the venues was alive and full of colour, creativity and energy.
Guinness Africa Special is the latest addition to the Guinness family. It is the distinctive quality of Guinness stout blended with Natural African Extracts giving it a vibrant and refreshing taste that is alive with our African spirit.

Loud Whispers with Ali Baba at the MUSON
The Muson will today witness the unveiling of Ali Baba, the prominent comedian as a serious thespian. Ali Baba the undisputed father of Nigerian Comedy will push the boundaries in his enviable career by taking up the lead role in Loudwhispers the much anticipated stage adaptation of the book written by Investment Banker, Joseph Edgar.

The play according to Olisa Adibua who doubles as its Producer has been in the making for the past two years after prompting from the highly respected Bolanle Austen Peters of Tera Kulture. The Book which is a compilation of a series of articles written by Edgar in his weekly column and published by Thisday Newspapers takes a lighthearted look at Nigeria and Nigerians, throwing barbs laced with humorous anecdotes while delivering acerbic punchlines to an increasingly satiated reading public.

The play sees Ali deliver some of the ‘sweetest’ performances seen on a Nigerian Stage with his mesmerizing commentary on happenings within the Nigerian socio political arena, taking the audience through the ever present issues of fuel scarcity, political hobnobbing, insecurity within the country and finally nestling with the seemingly intractable issue of the Chibok girls. Laced with spicy song and dance routines, the 40 man cast and crew are set to storm the stage with very powerful but lithe performances putting on display the very best of Nigerian craftsmanship, paying homage to our varied culture while still throwing up our challenges as a people and subsuming itself within the cacophony of multiple characterization in obedience to the traditions of Nigerian theatre.

The play which will unfold in three shows today at the Iconic Agip Recital Hall.
This work is Executive Produced by Joseph Edgar and Co-Produced by Versatile entertainement Impresario, Olisa Adibua, Shina Peller of Quilox and Mofoluwake Edgar.

Uche Odoh Becomes Film Producer
From being a model to appearing in music videos of popular artistes and an increasing interest in photography, Uche Odoh has come up with a creative product she can really be proud of. With the release of her debut movie, a short, titled, ‘Without You’, she has entered the league of movie producers.

Featuring a two person cast of Elma Mbadiwe and Akah Nnani, the movie relays how a young man deals with the loss of his girlfriend. He returns to their favourite place to reminisce about their good times.
In this movie, Uche displays knowledge acquired from her training in production at a popular Nigerian television music channel and the Vancouver Film School in Canada. The film was written, shot and directed by her. She has already entered a working relationship with Eastside Productions for her second film, ‘3 for Back’.