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Chidi Mokeme, Tobi Bakre nominated for 2023 EMY Africa Awards

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Chidi Mokeme and Tobi Bakre, the Nollywood actors, have been nominated for the ‘Actor of The Year’ category ahead of the 2023 EMY Africa Awards.

The nominees were unveiled during an event on Wednesday.

The two Nigerians will compete against Adjetey Annang, Bill Asamoah, and Anthony Woode, the Ghanaian actors in the category.

In the ‘Man of the Year – Music’ category, the Nigerian singer Camidoh will battle it out with Black Sherif, Stonebwoy, Kidi, and King Promise.

Other categories of the award ceremony are ‘Man of the Year, Sport’, ‘Discovery of the Year’, and ‘Designer of the Year’.

The annual award ceremony is organised by EMY Africa, the Ghanaian lifestyle magazine. It started as a Fathers’ Day celebration but has become an annual event ceremony to “honour men who have demonstrated values and are committed to societal progress”.

Speaking with journalists, Kojo Soboh, executive director of EMY Africa, said the award is designed to “celebrate achievements and to inspire greatness in the youths”.

He said the award is divided into parts including the public voting and the honourary category.

“The award has two major categories, the public voting categories and the honourary award categories,” he said.

“The honourary award winners are selected before the awards event by the faculty. The winners are notified of the awards and invited to accept them.

“The public voting awards are vetted by the faculty and presented back to the public to vote for final winners which are announced at the awards event.

“Other distinguished Nigerians will also receive what they have a location in various honorary categories.”

Soboh added that EMY Africa will host its first soirée in Lagos on August 13, 2023, ahead of the official event in October.

“So this is basically pre-award soirée. Celebrating the nominees, past winners and bringing together Nigeria in the lifestyle space, in the business sector, high achievers, innovators, guardians,” he said.

“Nigeria is known as one of the economic giants in Africa that is rich in talent pool and it is home for the continent’s larger for the better.

“These exceptional individuals have set an indelible impact on their industries representing Nigeria with pride and demonstrating the country’s vibrant talents.”

The soirée event will be held at the Mercedes Benz showroom, Victoria Island, Lagos

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Celine Dion to perform at the 2024 Olympics, after vowing to even crawl to stage

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Musicians Celine Dion, Dua Lipa, and Aya Nakamura are set to perform live at the 2024 Paris Olympics, which will take place in Paris, France.

The Olympics, held every four years, will run from Friday, July 26, 2024, to Sunday, August 11, 2024.

Musical performances from celebrities are not a new phenomenon at the Olympics. This tradition began in the 20th century, with the first performance dating back to 1896 in Athens, Greece.

According to guardian.ng, this year, Celine Dion, Dua Lipa, and Aya Nakamura will grace the Olympic stage with their performances.

The Olympics is one of the most-watched sporting events globally, with billions of people tuning in to watch.

Performing at the Olympics gives the artists a significant boost in their global exposure, potentially gaining them a new following.

Additionally, being selected to perform at the Olympics is seen as a stamp of approval for an artist’s talent and accomplishments. It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to cement their names in history.

Adding to the excitement, Jin, a member of the popular South Korean boy band BTS, will be one of the torchbearers for the 2024 Paris Olympics.

Jin’s participation in the torch relay automatically makes him an ambassador for his country at this international sports event.

The opening ceremony of the Olympics is scheduled to take place on 26th July 2024 in Paris, France while the closing ceremony is slated for 11th August 2024.

For the first time in the competition’s history, this year’s opening ceremony, directed by Thomas Jolly, will be held outside an Olympics stadium.

The ceremony is estimated to have about six hundred thousand spectators in attendance and broadcast to 80 giant screens in public.

The 1750-capacity hall opened in 1968 and has served as a tour stop for various legends, including Adele, Lady Gaga and the Rolling Stones.

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SEE FULL LIST: Tems beats Halle Bailey, Kirk Franklin on inspirational music at 2024 BET Awards

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Tems is the only Nigerian winner of a conferred category at the 2024 Black Entertainment Television (BET) Awards.

The results from two viewer’s choice categories, which are fan-voted, are yet to be announced as of this reporting.

The 2024 BET Awards aired live from Los Angeles at 8 pm ET/PT on Sunday (01:00 WAT on Monday).

Tems snagged the ‘Best Gospel/Inspirational Song’ category with her 2024 release ‘Me & U‘.

The singer defeated Halle Bailey and Kirk Franklin, both of whom were nominated for their respective works ‘Angel‘ and ‘All Things‘.

Burna Boy, Asake, Ayra Starr, Tems, and Seyi Vibez were all earlier nominated for the 2024 BET Awards.

Ayra Starr had led with three nominations for ‘Best New Artiste’, ‘Best African Act’, and ‘Best HER’.

Burna Boy secured two nominations in the ‘Best Male Hip Hop Artiste’ and ‘Best Male R&B/POP Artiste’ categories.

Tems also bagged two nominations for ‘Best Video Director’ and ‘Best Gospel/Inspirational Song’.

Davido and Lojay were nominated in the ‘Viewers Choice Award’ category for their roles in Chris Brown’s ‘Sensational’.

Asake and Seyi Vibez got one nomination each in the ‘Best International Act’ and ‘Best New International Act’ respectively.

Apart from Tems, none of these Nigerians has been named a winner in their respective categories.

Noteworthy is that Usher was recognised with the honourary ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’.

The BET Awards celebrate black entertainers and other minorities in music, film, sports, and philanthropy.

See the full list of winners below.

Album of the Year

11:11 – Chris Brown
A Gift & a Curse – Gunna
American Dream – 21 Savage
Coming Home – Usher
For All The Dogs (Scary Hours Edition) – Drake
Jaguar II – Victoria Monét
WINNER: Michael – Killer Mike
Pink Friday 2 – Nicki Minaj
Best Female R&B/Pop Artist

Beyoncé
Coco Jones
Doja Cat
H.E.R.
Muni Long
WINNER: SHA
Silence
Victoria Monet
Best Male R&B/Pop Artist

Brent Fayaz
Bryson Tiller
Burna Boy
Chris Brown
Drake
Fridayy
October London
WINNER: Usher
Best Group

Best International Act

Asake (Africa)
Aya Nakamura (France)
Ayra Starr (Africa)
BK’ (Brazil)
Cleo Sol (U.K.)
Focalistic (Africa)
Karol Conka (Brazil)
Raye (U.K.)
Tiakola (France)
WINNER: Tyla (Africa)
Viewer’s Choice: Best New International Act

Bellah (U.K.)
Crystals (UK)
Duchess (Brazil)
Holly G (France)
Jungle (France)
Makhadzi (Africa)
Oruam (Brazil)
Seyi Vibez (Africa)
Tyler Icu (Africa)
BET Her

“16 Carriages” – Beyoncé
“Blessings” – Nicki Minaj feat. Tasha Cobbs Leonard
“Commas” – Ayra Starr
“Fly Girl” – Flo feat. Missy Elliott
“Hiss” – Megan Thee Stallion
WINNER: “On My Mama” – Victoria Monét
“Saturn” – Sza
“Yeah Glo!” – Glorilla
Best Movie

American Fiction
WINNER: Bob Marley: One Love
Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-verse
The Book Of Clarence
The Color Purple
The Equalizer 3
The Little Mermaid
Best Actor

Anthony Mackie
Colman Domingo
Damson Idris
WINNER: Denzel Washington
Donald Glover
Idris Elba
Jeffrey Wright
LaKeith Stanfield
Best Actress

Angela Bassett
Ayo Edebiri
Coco Jones
Danielle Brooks
Fantasy
Halle Bailey
Issa Rae
WINNER: Regina King
YoungStars Award

Akira Akbar
WINNER: Blue Ivy Carter
Demi Singleton
Heiress Diana Harris
Jabria McCullum
Jalyn Hall
Leah Jeffries
From Van
Sportswoman of the Year Award

Ah, Wilson
WINNER: Angel Reese
Coco Gauff
Flau’jae Johnson
Juju Watkins
Naomi Osaka
Sha’Carri Richardson
Simone Biles
Sportsman of the Year Award

Anthony Edwards
Gervonta Davis
WINNER: Jalen Brunson
Jalen Hurts
Kyrie Irving
LeBron James
Patrick Mahomes
Stephen Curry

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See Wizkid, Tems, Rema, Burna Boy at Pharrell’s Louis Vuitton S/S 2025 Men’s show

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Pharrell Williams, who was named creative director of Louis Vuitton menswear in February 2023, unveiled his Spring/Summer 2025 Men’s Collection for the brand at Paris Fashion Week on June 18, 2024.

The outdoor, turf-lined runway event held at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris saw the stars and their stylists, fashion influencers, fashion editors and fashion insiders in attendance. At the event, there was no shortage of Nigerian celebrities in the front seats.

For them, the category quickly became a master class in layering as taught by Rema, Wizkid and Adekunle Gold. Afrobeats star Rema, who opted for a denim-on-denim look, complimented his outfit with a brown veracity jacket.

Adekunle Gold went for a bomber jacket with colourful neon graffiti designs. Wizkid did not deviate too far from his usual style, sporting a Fair Isle V-neck sweater over a pair of his usual shorts and iced-out wrists.

For Burna Boy, his statement was anything but layering. He opted for a two-piece carton brown look leaving all the buttons of his top undone. He accentuated the look with a massive diamond necklace.

Tems attended the event in an off-white ensemble, serving a major rich aunty look in a coat and black pumps. Nigerian American rapper Tobe Nwigwe sealed the deal in a leather jacket. His brown extra-wide-leg trousers did most of the talking.

Watch the full runway show below:

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Bodex F. Hungbo, SPMIIM is a multiple award-winning Nigerian Digital Media Practitioner, Digital Strategist, PR consultant, Brand and Event Expert, Tv Presenter, Tier-A Blogger/Influencer, and a top cobbler in Nigeria.

She has widespread experiences across different professions and skills, which includes experiences in; Marketing, Media, Broadcasting, Brand and Event Management, Administration and Management with prior stints at MTN, NAPIMS-NNPC, GLOBAL FLEET OIL AND GAS, LTV, Silverbird and a host of others

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