Two of Africa’s prominent businessmen and philanthropists Tony Elumelu and Dr. Babatope Agbeyo would be celebrated at this year Edition of Africa Heritage Broadcasting & Entertainment Awards (AHBE Awards) holding next weekend in Houston, Texas, United States.
Elumelu, the UBA Plc Chairman and Agbeyo, Chairman, Cornfield Group, will be honoured alongside some iconic African entertainers including Lenny Juma (Kenya), Kofi Adjorlolo (Ghana), Hilda Dokubo, Fathia Balogun, Ali Nuhu and Segun Arinze (Nigeria) at the fourth edition of the awards holding on October 20 at the Expo Event Centre in Bellaire Blvd, Houston, Texas, United States.
Others from across the continent expected to be garlanded are Lydia Forson, Kareem Adepoju (Baba Wande), Zeb Ejiro, Toyin Adegbola, Adewale Ayuba, Adewale Rasaq(Sokoti), Georgina Onuoha, Aralola Olamuyiwa (the female talking drummer) and Solomon Abiodun Majekodunmi.
Speaking on the upcoming event, prolific actor and Nigerian coordinator of the awards, Yomi Fash-Lanso, said the awards was established in 2015 to celebrate and honour eminent Africans who have contributed to the development of the race through their crafts and talents, especially in the entertainment and the broadcasting industries.
He added that this year’s edition will stretch to accommodate established African entrepreneurs and sports people. “We believe in pushing Africa further through those who are really and truly making Africa proud so that young Africans would see the need to believe and excel in their own way without being intimidated or run down,” he said. Among top African stars that have been honoured in the past are Adebayo Salami, Fabian Olojede, Ella Mensa, Kunle Afolayan, Sadiq Daba, Pete Edochie, Dayo Adeneye, Ini Edo, Odunlade Adekola, Femi Adebayo, Muyiwa Ademola and Liz Benson.
Ace standup comedian, Okey Bakassi, will be hosting this year’s edition