Again TStv Promises New Roll Out Date

The Management of TStv, the much awaited indigenous Satellite TV, inaugurated on October 1, said the decoders would be in the market within the next one week for all intending customers to buy.

Mr Ernest Essien, TStv’s Public Relations Officer, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Friday in Abuja.

Nigerians have been querying why the satellite TV provider is yet to commence public sales months after it launched on October 1.

Essien said the company had concluded arrangement to roll out its commercial decoders from next week after the successful test run of its promo decoders distributed before Nov. 1.

He said that the service provider was committed to making sure that all the intending customers should have their decoders before Christmas.

“We are almost done with our test transmission and we are just putting some finishing touches and hopefully by the grace of God, between now and next week the decoders will be out for sale.

“We are informing Nigerians that they must enjoy their Christmas with their decoders. So before Christmas, the decoders will be everywhere in the market.

“Everything is in place we have done everything we needed to do before coming out and I want to let you know that TStv is still on course.’’

Essien reiterated that the price of TStv decoder would remain at the initial N5,000 with all the packages promised, adding that there were going to be additional surprise packages for its customers.

He said that the management had decided to keep the packages secret until the decoders are rolled out, adding that all the channels.

According to him, when it comes out the price is going to be N5,000 and all the packages the company promised Nigerians are going to be there.

“We will display all the packages accordingly but the one we can assure now is that the price will not change, it remains N5,000.

“We are trying to see how we can make simple and easy for every Nigerian to be able to afford it.

We have a surprise package for Nigerians which we are not going to divulge now because we want to make it a surprise.

“We are keeping our promises on the channels and all the channels including BEing Sports channels are there with even more other channels that were not included in our bouquet before.

“We have more better channels that are coming and the total number of channels will be over 70,’’ he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the new satellite pay TV which was inaugurated on Oct. 1 commenced distribution and installation of promo decoders of nationwide on Oct. 31.

Some of the beneficiaries of the promo decoder had commended the improvement in the in terms of the number of channels and quality of the programmes.

Other beneficiaries were unable to get their decoders installed and track the channels because of dearth of technicians that are familiar with TStv systems.

Fashion Mogul, Princess Kelechi Oghene Hosts GYMT Frozen Ball On Sunday

Daddy Freeze, Shirley Igwe To Host House Of GYMT Frozen Ball On Sunday

Fashion entrepreneur and CEO, House of GYMT, Princess Kelechi Romeo Oghene will be hosting an award night cum graduation ceremony for students of her GMYT Fashion Academy on Sunday, December 10.

The glamorous frozen-themed ball holding at the Grand Ball Room of Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, will see the celebration of 31 graduating students of the Academy and the official launch of their individual brands at the event expected to attract top notch guests including fashion industry luminaries, corporate leaders, philanthropists and top government officials and members of the diplomatic corps who are passionate about the growth of the Nigerian economy and the role women play in the growth of the economy.

Speaking of the coming event, Princess Oghene said she is bent on empowering more women through fashion which she described as her strength. This, according to her, informed the setting up of her fashion academy.

She noted that having the students passing through the academy and learning the art of fashion aren’t enough as she believes there should be a platform for them to showcase to the whole world their talents and crafts through exhibitions of the designs and collections.

“They need to officially present their collections made while still at the academy to the entire world so that nobody will tomorrow question the originality of their brands and designs. That is the essence of the Frozen Ball holding on Sunday,” Princess Oghene said.

“I want them to establish contacts, build network for people to patronise them so they can also be able to impact on many others in the society while building a virile fashion industry in Nigeria,” the delectable House of GYMT lead creative designer added.

She noted that during the graduation ceremony, award and gifts will be presented to the overall best graduating student while special recognition awards will also be bestowed on some fashion icons and role models in the Nigeria fashion industry including Mrs. Joan Okorodudu, CEO, Isis Models.

Princess Oghene has proven to be one of the most inspiring fashion entrepreneurs in Africa. Her positive impact in her community and the society at large has earned her myriad of awards and good reputation too.

Her GMYT Foundation is an empowerment platform for under privileged women to learn various aspects of fashion illustration, design, and manufacture via scholarship provisions to the GMYT Fashion Academy.

The foundation not only desires to train and equip women with skills in fashion design but also seeks to provide business knowledge for its beneficiaries to enable them start and grow sustainable businesses and in turn serve as vehicle for empowerment and employment.

Princess Oghene has promised that the frozen ball on Sunday will be an evening of fun and panache to be spiced with good music and comedy.

The Eboni Band will serenade guests with quality old and contemporary tunes, while OAP extraordinaire Daddy Freeze and delectable actress Shirley Igwe will be the night’s hosts.

Lagos Society Stands Still As Celebrity Journalist, Kayode Alfred Launches Clothing Line, The Aristocrat (PHOTOS)

Celebrity journalist turned fashion designer, Kayode Alfred, officially launched his clothing line, ‘Aristocrat’ on Sunday, 3 December 2017.

The unveiling was in Vikay House, located at 38 Odusami street, Ogba Lagos. According to attendees, it was one of the best fashion events of the year.

The unveiling of the Aristocrat clothing brand, did not limit itself to just men’s wear, but introduced women’s wear as well, According to the owner Kayode Alfred, female clothing is created to complement male outfits.

Clearly this fashion entrepreneur is poised to take over the fashion industry, as he understands the fashion culture of Nigerians these days.

In his own words, the celebrity journalist told Happenings.com.ng “this is an idea I have had since I was in school and I’m glad it has come to reality and Aristocrat has been enjoying good patronage from its clientele.”

The fashion launch had in attendance Celebrities, Journalists and Corporate big boys and girls, who feasted on an array of sumptuous meals and drinks.

Aristocrat clothing is versatile in it creation of shirts, casual outfits for both male and female, kaftans, snapbacks and traditional agbada.

 


Bollywood Legend, Shashi Kapoor Dies At 79

India’s legendary actor and veteran Bollywood star, Shashi Kapoor, passed away Monday, at the age of 79, family members said.

“The actor was admitted to the Kokilaben hospital in Mumbai.

“He was administered several rounds of dialysis at the hospital and today evening he breathed his last,” a family member told media.

Born on March 18, 1938 in Kolkata city in India’s eastern state of West Bengal, Kapoor made his debut in 1961, as the lead actor, in the Hindi film Dharamputra.

Prior to it, he began his acting career as a child artiste in the 1940s.

Reports said he acted in more than 175 films mainly in mainstream Bollywood and art films. Kapoor has worked in English films too.

The actor’s performance has been widely acknowledged and has been felicitated with several awards.

Kapoor’s death has been widely condoled in India.

A number of people took to social networking websites to express condolences and recalled their association with the deceased.

Kapoor earned acclaim for his performance in notable Hindi films which include Deewaar, Satyam Shivam Sundaram, Junoon, Shaan, Namak Halaal and others.

He had been suffering from ailments for the past few years.

Local media reports said Kapoor will be cremated on Tuesday.

Lagos Is Looking For Talented Individuals Through “Lagos Grows Talent”

The new edition of the popular reality show, Lagos Got Talent is set to take the streets of Lagos but this time it returns as Lagos Grows Talents (#lagosgrowstalent). The Lagos State Government, under the leadership of the executive Governor, His Excellency, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, is giving a showcasing platform to talented Lagosians and Lagos residents, in the “Lagos Grows Talent 2017”.

This is another leg of the popular “One Lagos Fiesta” annual event, which infuses riveting music with ebullient entertainment, to give an ultrasound welcome into the New Year.

The “Lagos Grows Talent”, is an avenue for the youth and upwardly mobile Lagosians and Lagos residents to showcase their talent to the whole of Lagos, and win amazing prizes. “Lagos Grows Talent” is dynamic in nature, as it is not stereotyped to one form of talent. All talents ranging from music, dancing, drawing, whatever talents, to body stunts are welcomed, and participation is absolutely free.

Regional auditions have been scheduled to hold in five different localized areas of participation within Lagos State, viz. Victoria Island, Badagry, Ikorodu, Epe, and Agege. Selection would be made by nonbiased professional and celebrity judges during the auditions to move successful contestants to the next level. Top ten successful contestants would perform their acts alongside the invigorating performances from successful individuals in the entertainment industry, at the “One Lagos Fiesta”. The grand finale of the event, with the Governor of Lagos State in attendance, would see the selection of one final winner that would be chosen by the audience and supported by the state for a year.

The “Lagos Grows Talent” being an avenue to pitch uprising stars into limelight, gives exquisitely talented individuals the platform to become the next celebrated personality in the entertainment industry. Audition is from Monday, 19th December, to Friday, 22nd December, 2017.

You can register on www.onelagosfiesta.ng or at the venue of the audition.

 

FG Appoints King Sunny Ade As “Buy-made-in-Nigeria

The federal government has announced King Sunny Ade, the famous Juju maestro as an ambassador of the re-invigorated “Buy-Made-in-Nigeria” campaign.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed conferred the statues on King Sunny Ade after his pro-bono performance to support the flag-off of the Made-in-Nigeria campaign for the South-West geo-political zone in Lagos.

The Information minister, while thanking the musician for his contribution to Nigerian brand and culture, said: “King Sunny Ade has been an exponent of the made-in-Nigeria since 1970, exporting our culture and music to the world.
“He should be made one of our ambassador,” obviously instructing members of his ministry, while making his speech at the Tafawa Balewa Square in Lagos.
King Sunny Adé (born Sunday Adeniyi Adegeye on 22 September 1946) is a Nigerian musician, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and has been classed as one of the most influential musicians of all time.
In March 2017, he was appointed a “Change Begins With Me” campaign ambassador by Lai Mohammed.
The Lagos episode is the second of such campaign, following the one held in Kano for the North-West in July 2017.
The Made-in-Nigeria Media Campaign itself was launched in Abuja on May 17th 2017.

See How Family immortalized Billionaire Magnate, Dapo Abiodun’s Son, Gbemiga

How Heyden Oil boss, Dapo Abiodun completes late heir’s unfinished project
High society agog over state of the art facilities

The sad, surreal story of Olugbemiga Abiodun’s death a.k.a DJ Olu, moves his family and friends to tears as you read. But Dapo Abiodun, his father and founder of Heyden Oil, draws solace from the fact that he (Olu) was older than the days he lived and the breaths he drew.

The deceased effortlessly combined the wisdom of old age with exuberance of youth thus manifesting as an inspiring bridge between, young and old, past and present. While alive, the past throbbed through him in a mighty rhythm and the future pounded the drums of eternity to which he swayed as the tides and seasons swayed.
Pity he had to depart the world so soon. But DJ Olu made his mark on the world; the brilliant, adventurous entertainer and entrepreneur left pieces of his soul and rousing nature behind. For instance, besides his entertainment exploits, he was in the final stages of completing a state-of-the-art car wash in his neighbourhood, Victoria Garden City (VGC).

The project was among several ventures embarked upon by the deceased in his lifetime. The magnitude of the car wash project left his loved ones in wonder. His father for instance, didn’t know that the project exceeded the middling frame of the random car wash services across the country.
Confronted with the magnitude of the initiative, the Chairman of Heyden Oil resolved to tie all loose ends of the almost finished project. And as soon as it was completed, the billionaire oil magnate threw its doors open in a grand commissioning ceremony.

Intrigued by the pageantry and sheer size of the carwash service, friends, neighbours and prospective clients thronged its impressive expanse to support the family and identify with the project. Many expressed their eagerness to patronage the service and recommend it to more people

Several guests at the grand opening of the carwash acknowledged its worth as a befitting monument or immortalization of the extraordinary life and humanity of the deceased.
It would be recalled that DJ Olu’s demise elicited questions as to how and why such a tragedy should befall him at the prime of life. His unfortunate demise threw his family and friends in a state of despair because the deceased touched so many lives at so many different levels.

Those who know him described him as a very down to earth, generous, kind-hearted, idealist who inspired others even while hope seemed a futile venture.

Family and friends at home and abroad commiserated with the Abiodun’s in the wake of DJ Olu’s death. Despite the outpour of love and goodwill to the bereaved family, parents and siblings of the deceased aren’t finding it easy to come to terms with the heart-wrenching and enduring agony that accompanies the death of a loved son and brother.

It is however, the family’s ultimate wish to forever elongate and treasure memories of the joyous days and priceless moments they spent with Olugbemiga. And what better way to achieve that than immortalizing the deceased by completing and running his extraordinary car wash service.

The Wedding Party 2: Mo Abudu Treats Lagos To Arabian Magic

EbonyLife TV boss hosts high society to the grand movie premiere and memorable after-party

Come Sunday, December 10, Lagos will charge with awe and grandeur as Ebony Life TV boss, Mo Abudu, treats the coastal city to Middle Eastern magic. The coastal city will shimmer and pulse with rousing timbre of Abudu’s A-list opening and Grand World Premiere of The Wedding Party 2: Destination Dubai.

Predictably, the premiere is sold out even as the crème of Nigeria’s high society scramble for whatever good graces or concession they could enjoy to attend the event courtesy Abudu’s magnanimity.

The forthcoming premiere enthused one of the planners, is the kind that makes attendees swoon in ecstasy and feel obligated to compose treatises, poems, odes and other pieces on the beauty and grandeur of the proceedings.

The ELFIKE Film Collective, a partnership between EbonyLife Films, FilmOne Distribution, Inkblot Productions and Koga Studios, is ecstatic about the sold-out Grand World Premiere of The Wedding Party 2: Destination Dubai scheduled to hold at the Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island.

Due to the scramble for attendance, the event’s VVIP table and seats were sold out about two weeks ago; and to guard against last minute hitches, the premiere space was preowned and paid for three years ago.

This is further establishes the glamour and social significance of the event, which like its prequel, the most anticipated social engagement for the year. Like The Wedding Party 1, The Wedding Party 2 promises a magical experience where the world’s business, political entertainment bigwigs and socialites unite to hobnob and appreciate the artistry of Nigeria’s finest artistes.

In a departure from previous premieres, the bar is being raised in terms of format, décor and service levels, to create an unforgettable occasion. Its theme, ‘Arabian Nights’, was inspired by the movie’s glamorous locations in Dubai, one of the world’s favourite holiday destinations. With that comes opulent venue décor, guests dressed in gorgeous ‘Arabian chic’ outfits and a variety of activities and entertainment that evoke the spirit of the region.

Final preparations are being made for a most spectacular event, with some of Nigeria’s most celebrated and influential individuals in business, entertainment and politics expected on the red carpet. A sumptuous 3-course meal will follow, accompanied by the finest wines, champagne and spirits. The legendary King Sunny Ade, Kiss Daniel, Seyi Shay, Sugarboy, Kaliné, Reekado Banks and Timi Dakolo will perform during dinner, before making way for the highlight of the evening, the screening of the hilarious romantic comedy, The Wedding Party 2: Destination Dubai.

Mo Abudu, CEO, EbonyLife Films, is looking forward to celebrating with guests. “We’re flabbergasted by the interest this premiere has received. The support from corporate partners and individuals has been incredible – we sold out one month before the event. I think that our guests will be genuinely surprised by the unique ambience we are creating to ensure that the evening is as memorable as the film will be entertaining.”

After the screening, a lit after-party will take place in an ultra-cool suite that boasts an open bar and comfortable lounge areas. Hosted by media partners, MTV Base and featuring DJ Obi and DJ Cuppy, the party is likely to end only when guests decide to leave. And when it’s finally over, attendees will leave with envy-inducing gifts in an exclusive goodie bag, thanks to event sponsors Dubai Tourism and other partners.

The event is certainly billed to be the most glamorous and elite outing of 2017. Having generated so much buzz across high society circuits, the notion is rife that any celebrity or socialite worth his or her salt would get a seat at the event.

“If you fail to be part of it, then you really need to reassess your social capital and change circuits,” enthused a very senior member of the event’s planning team.

Few people would forget in a hurry, the pomp and radiance of the premiere of the movie’s prequel. Mo Abudu, without doubt, has a knack for hosting the best events and after-parties.

For instance, memories of the premiere of her movie, ‘Fifty’ and its after party still titillates participants at the event.
Besides the pageantry of the premiere, the after-party presented even greater avenue for Mo’s guests to marvel and drool over her brilliance and unimpeachable social capital. The after-party, according to many of the guests, was great and unprecedented in the history of high society outings in t he country. By the time the party drew to a close in the wee hours of the dawn, many of the guests groaned in dissatisfaction – they wished for the party to go on.

The Wedding Party 2’s forthcoming premiere promises to be a grander affair. And this among other realities, attests to the unparalleled luster and panache of Mo Abudu.

RMD, Said Balogun, Fathia Balogun Others For Kayode Alfred’s Aristocrat Clothing Launch

The official launch of the Aristocrat Clothing Store owned by celebrity journalist turned fashion designer, Kayode Alfred will hold today, Sunday, December 3, 2017

The opening of the fashion house and unveiling of his new collections will take place at Vikay House in Ogba, Lagos.

The event will feature fashion runways, alongside music, comedy and other entertainment condiments that will thrill guests.

Guests billed to honour the event include Nollywood veteran actors, Richard Mofe Damijo, Saidi Balogun, Faithia Balogun and many top socialites and corporate big boys and girls who are believed to be fashion buffs.

In the same vein, Aristocrat will also be spicing the event with the introduction of Aristocrat Woman, which will readily complement that of the male stock. Alfred is fully poised to tame the pedestrian and largely formulaic fashion culture that Nigeria has become accustomed to.

The Aristocrat brand has partnered with the top of the range fashion outfit, Twice as Nice, one of the leading fashion companies in Nigeria to sell Aristocrat casuals and face caps.

Aristocrat is versatile in the making of shirts, casuals for men and women, Kaftan, snapback caps, and the traditional Yoruba Agbada outfit.