Category Archives: Art & Culture

BEYONCE AND JAY-Z HEAD TO AFRICA FESTIVAL HONORING MANDELA

JOHANNESBURG (AP)

Beyonce and Jay-Z will headline a special Global Citizen Festival in honor of Nelson Mandela in South Africa late this year.

The Dec. 2 concert in Johannesburg is part of events marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of the anti-apartheid leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner, organizers announced Monday.

Others headlining the festival include Ed Sheeran, Usher, Pharrell Williams and African artists including Wizkid, Cassper Nyovest and Femi Kuti.

Oprah Winfrey will give a keynote address on the legacy of Mandela, who died in 2013, said the organizers. Other hosts will include Naomi Campbell and actors Forest Whitaker and Tyler Perry.

The Global Citizen movement has a goal of ending extreme poverty by 2030, and its Mandela 100 campaign hopes to bring in $1 billion in new pledges for the world’s poorest people.

NIGERIA’S 11 YEAR OLD ART GENIUS ATTRACTS GLOBAL ATTENTION

Kareem Waris Olamilekan is an 11 year old artist. He is a pencil artist, painter and prosthetic makeup artist. He began drawing at the age of 6, starting with cartoon and comics. He started drawing professionally at the age of 8. His work has caught the attention of the world as he has got the attention of several local and international media organisations as Spark, Pulse, Naijang, CNN, BBC, CGTN among many others.

Olamilekan has also caught the attention of globally recognised personalities and has gained a retweet of his CGTN video from Virgil Abloh who retweeted this:

In an interview with BBC video journalist, Ayo Bello, Kareem states that his best work is “Daily Bread”, a Charcoal-on-card piece that depicts a boy desperately having a meal while sweating and crying. This beautiful work of art is inspired by his hustle and his family’s struggle to provide and put food on the table. This work bears much semblance to the viral artworks of Arinze Stanley Egbengwu who Olamilekan says is an inspiration. “The inspiration behind it is that something going on around me, especially my family. The sweat on it symbolizes hard work and struggling. And the spoon symbolizes food. Everybody in my society has little now, or my streets, they struggle, struggle, they sweat for their eats,” he said.

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Olamilekan is a student of Adeniyi Adewole, a graduate general arts student who converted an open veranda into an art academy and teaches young people how to draw and perfect their art skills.  He says Olamilekan is one of his students that he thinks is the most gifted. “He can go far, farther than even beyond our expectations because I believe with what he has been doing, he’s going somewhere greater. We used to tell him don’t see yourself like a roadside artist. Believe you can have a name like Michelangelo, like Davinci,” said Adewole.

Olamilekan said he wants to be a great artist known around the world and hopes that his works will be displayed in international museums. That may sound like a dream for now, but the 11-year old art genius knows where he is going and is certainly taking the right steps to reach that path of international acclaim.

KANDYSE MCCLURE SPEAKS IN FAVOR OF MIGRANT FAMILIES

Jereaghogho Efeturi Ukusare

Among the growing list of prominent voices speaking up against President Trump’s policy on migrants is that of Kandyse McClure. She added her voice by recently tweeting: “All people deserve to be safe, healthy & equal. Will @UN leaders ensure the Global Compacts for Refugees & Migration provide adequate protection & education for refugee kids & try to keep families together? #WithRefugees #ForMigration”

US President, Donald Trump’s Migrant policy has hurt families by separating parents from children. A policy that has been widely criticised by both Democrats and Republicans.

Photo: Wikipedia

PHENOMENAL DAVIDO

Jereaghogho Efeturi Ukusare

Davido is an American born Nigerian recording artist. He has received a total of 109 awards from 110 nominations. He is the recipient of a BET Award, a Kora Award, one Channel O Music Video Award, one Ghana Music Award, one Nigeria Music Video Award, two MTV Africa Music Awards, two African Muzik Magazine Awards, five The Headies Awards, seven Nigeria Entertainment Awards, two Dynamix All Youth Awards and four BillBoards Awards.

His latest laurel from the BET has been received with joy around the African continent with all Africans uniting as one in celebrating his award.

David Adedeji Adeleke also known as Davido has conquered the African music scene. He has performed phenomenally by releasing hit songs back to back to back. Only musical enigmas can do such. Davido has proven he is one. He is still being celebrated and will still keep winning awards and will be celebrated generations to come.

Davido is a trail blazer and has shown that Nigerian youths are not lazy but hardworking. Writing, producing, singing and performing across the globe, he has taken up the status of a living legend. With hard work and dedication he has shown the true spirit of a naija youth and this has placed him in the pride of places in human endeavors.

GLORIA MBA TALKS ABOUT HER ACTING CAREER

Gloria Mba is a very popular face on most television sets in Nigeria and she happens to be one of Nigeria’s fantastic actresses. St. Hilary’s Magazine had an interview with her. Jereaghogho Efeturi Ukusare brings you all the details of the interview. 



SHM: How did you get into acting?
Mba: I got into the movie industry through an aunt of mine who saw the potential in me and told my parents to allow me. Although, my dad was against it for a while but later allowed me seeing that it was something I really wanted to do. I had already spent two years in the industry already.

SHM: Can you tell me about your debut production as an actress?

Mba: My first job was with Lancelot Imasuen. I came in as a novice and had so many things in my head on how to become a very good actress. It was after that I told myself that I am now in the industry.

SHM: You seem to be more in soaps, is it that you prefer TV to film.

Mba: (Laughs) why do you press guys feel that way? Anyways, I don’t prefer soaps to movies. As at the time I started series, I had acted in a lot of films and these films were between 2003 and 2005. Series is something you always see on your local TV stations unlike movies. So, the answer is no, I don’t prefer them. I am more into movies than series.

SHM: Your role Model

Mba: My parents and my senior friends are my role models and this is because they have over time shown me what it really takes to be in this industry and to persevere. However, in my line of work I see a lot of senior colleagues as role models who are digging deep in the industry.

SHM: What soaps have you acted in?

Mba: (Smiles) they are so many. From where do you want me to start counting? Okay, Superstory (Secret), Tales of Eve, US, Behind The Siege, Radiance, This thing Called Marriage 2, Family Puzzle, Hills and Valley, Footprints… and these are the ones I can remember right now.

SHM: Tell us about the ones you actually love

Mba: I can’t say because all the roles I have played are beautiful characters so I can’t say which one I love more than the other. Don’t forget I don’t play me, I play the characters in the scripts and all of them are good.



SHM: Your debut movie. Can you tell us about it vis a vis your role in it?

Mba: Nothing much to tell because the character I played wasn’t a major character. It was just an applicant for the post of an office assistant that must be slept with before she gets the job. That was it.

SHM: How many movies have you been involved in?

Mba: Hmm! I have done many movies. I have done over 40 movies, can’t start counting.

SHM: What challenges have you had in your career?

Mba: (Takes a deep breathe) Many! I have had many and in different ways. Not having jobs regularly, the pay not being competitive and so on. But over time I came to understand the job. When it comes, sometimes you have about five to six jobs at once. Then, you stay for may be another two months. But in all, it has been good. This has made me to read more and learn more about the industry I am.

SHM: In your journey as an actress, what point will you consider the best and what point will you consider the worst?

Mba: The best is when you’re working and it’s yielding results and the low parts is when you’re working and piracy is frustrating your efforts. But in all, the high points always supersede the low points.

SHM: What has kept you going?

Mba: God has kept me going. The love for what I do, family, friends and my fans (blows a kiss).

SHM: You are involved in a number of series currently running on TV. Kindly tell us about the character you play in them.

Mba: Okay, there’s Liberty Villa on STV where I play Patige. Patige is a working class mom that her husband supports. She is going through gender related issues at her place of work but she does not succumb. There’s FESTAC Town on Iroko TV. Where I play the role of the wife of Kunle Coker. She supports her wayward son and this is not going down well with her husband and there’s also Superstory which airs on AIT. I play the role of Efe, a young lady married to a man that won’t say no to and runs after anything in skirt. She’s not ready to give him a breathing space even after having kids and many years in marriage until someone dies in his care and she holds the secret over his head until the end.

SHM: What is your advice for upcoming actors and actresses?

Mba: Hmm! Be ready for disappointment, harassment and the joy that comes with it. If you are ready for the job and you love it, you won’t want to quit because a time will come you will want to quit. Above all, put God first, persevere, work on yourself and be confident. As an actor or actress, you need these to be successful and then, the sky will be your starting point.


SHM: You have lots of fans out there, some look up to you, some just love to see you do your thing. What do you have to say to them?

Mba: I love you all. God bless you all for me because without you, who would I be? In all, I want to say thank you to God Almighty, and the real MVP (family, friends and fans) supporting me as Gloria Mba. (Blows Kisses)

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MY DAD IS MY ROLE MODEL – GRACE EDWIN OKON

St. Hilary’s Magazine recently caught up with ace movie producer Grace Edwin Okon and had a chat with her. Below are the details of the chat between her and St Hilary’s Jereaghogho Efeturi Ukusare. 

SHM: When did you start your journey in the movies industry? 

Edwin Okon: I started in 1998.

SHM: Can you tell me about your debut production as an actress? 

Edwin Okon: It was in a movie titled Tears in Heaven. I played the role of Kome. It was directed and produced by Zeb Ejiro

SHM: What inspired you to seek a career in the movies industry?

Edwin Okon: It wasn’t exactly planned, I was with a friend who went for a casting call for Tears in Heaven…And Uncle asked me to help read some lines to help my friend Tina do her audition..he liked the way I read and gave me the role..after that I didn’t look bad, I have been in the industry since then.

SHM: Who was your role model and what do you like about him?

Edwin Okon: My dad is my role model. What I like about him is the fact that he is a goal getter.

SHM: What movies have you acted in? 

Edwin Okon:  Tears in Heaven, Heavy Beauty, My dream, Prodigal brother, Karma is a Bae and Doctor’s Quaters (series) Candle light (Series)

SHM: Could you give a synopsis of the one you liked best?

Edwin Okon: Tears in Heaven because it was my first and it had a lovely story line about 4 orphans who fought their way to success in their singing career.

SHM: At what point did you decide to go into producing your own Movies and why?

Edwin Okon: In 2004, when I was getting inspiration to tell my own stories. I didn’t shoot my film though until 2012 but I was working on other types of TV content between 2004 and 2012.

How many movies have you produced thus far?

Edwin Okon: I have produced 21 movies.

SHM: Tell us about them

Edwin Okon: My films are mostly films that have social messages and impact society positively.

SHM: Which was most challenging?

Edwin Okon: It was Heavy Beauty as it was my first movie.

SHM: In your career so far, what has been the highest point and lowest point?

Edwin Okon: Highest point has been each time a film I work on receives an award as well as when I won producer of the year. No lowest point so far I just have challenges which i do my best to overcome.

SHM: Any regrets?

Edwin Okon: None so far.

SHM: Heavy Beauty! What was the inspiration? I mean details like never before.

Edwin Okon: I had a dream on the story and started working on it soon as I woke up. The dream was like I was watching a movie. So, I knew I just had to make the film.

SHM: What is your advice for upcoming actors and actresses?

Edwin Okon: Don’t be too desperate; rather, be determined and focus on your dream and someday, it will come to pass.

SHM: And, your advice for aspiring movie producers?

Edwin Okon: Never give up on your dreams. Keep trying until you succeed.

SMH: What are we to expect from you in the near future?

Edwin Okon: (smiling) May be a TV station.

SHM: Okay! Thank you very much, we would watch out for that. 

Edwin Okon: Thank you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

2018 HEADIES AWARDS AND WINNERS

Full list of categories and winners below:

BEST RECORDING OF THE YEAR

BUTTERFLIES – OMAWUMI

HALLELUYAH – FUNBI

PONMILE – REMINISCE

HEAVEN – BANKY W

JOROMI – SIMI (WINNER)

BEST POP SINGLE

MAD OVER YOU – RUNTOWN

ALL OVER – TIWA SAVAGE

YEBA – KISS DANIEL

ISKABA – WANDE COAL AND DJ TUNEZ

IF– DAVIDO (WINNER)

FIA – DAVIDO

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

(FALL, MAMA) KIDOMINANT (WINNER)

(ISKABA, MALO) SPELLZ

(IF, RARA) TEKNO

(MARADONA, COME CLOSER) SARZ

(YAWA, VIRTUOUS WOMAN)– MASTERKRAFT

BEST REGGAE/DANCEHALL SINGLE

LOVE YOU DIE – PATORANKING FT. DIAMOND PLATNUMZ

DANCE – TIMAYA FT. RUDEBOY

HOLY HOLY – 2BABA (WINNER)

ROCK YOUR BODY – BURNA BOY

COME CLOSER – WIZKID

SOFA – KISS DANIEL

BEST RAP ALBUM

27 – FALZ

TRIP TO THE SOUTH – ERIGGA

EL HADJ – REMINISCE (WINNER)

THE PLAYMAKER – PHYNO

THE GLORY – OLAMIDE

ROSE – AQ

BEST R&B/POP ALBUM

SOUNDS FROM THE OTHER SIDE – WIZKID(WINNER)

TIMELESS – OMAWUMI

SIMISOLA – SIMI

GOLD – ADEKUNLE GOLD

IJELE THE TRAVELLER – FLAVOR

THIS IS ME – NINIOLA

BEST MUSIC VIDEO

MA LO – TIWA SAVAGE FT WIZKID (MEJI ALABI)

FOCUS– HUMBLE SMITH (CLARENCE PETERS)

COME CLOSER – WIZKID (DAPS) [WINNER]

BEEN CALLING – MALEEK BERRY (MEJI ALABI)

YOLO – SEYI SHAY (MEJI ALABI)

LIKE DAT – DAVIDO (DAPS)

BEST R&B SINGLE

TONIGHT – NONSO AMADI

FOLASHADE – PRAIZ

LET ME KNOW – MALEEK BERRY

ROMEO & JULIET – JOHHNY DRILLE

LOVE YOU BABY – BANKY W

SMILE FOR ME – SIMI (WINNER)

BEST COLLABO

MA LO – TIWA SAVAGE FT WIZKID (WINNER)

TEMPER REMIX – SKALES FT BURNA BOY

JUICE – YCEE FT MALEEK BERRY

NO FORGET – ADEKUNLE GOLD FT. SIMI

COME CLOSER – WIZKID FT. DRAKE

BEST RAP SINGLE

YOU RAPPERS SHOULD FIX UP YOUR LIVES – MI (WINNER)

SOMETHING LITE – FALZ FT YCEE

LINK UP – PHYNO FT. BURNA BOY, M.I.

UP TO YOU – SHOW DEM CAMP FT FUNBI

ME VERSUS ME – ICE PRINCE

BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE(MALE)

A NON-VOTING CATEGORY:

PERFECT WOMAN – FAZE

FOLASHADE – PRAIZ (WINNER)

ROMEO & JULIET – JOHNNY DRILLE

TONIGHT – NONSO AMADI

LOVE YOU BABY – BANKY W

BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (FEMALE)

A NON-VOTING CATEGORY:

IN THE AIR – WAJE

GONE FOR GOOD – SIMI

JOWO – ARAMIDE

SARO – NINIOLA

WHERE’S THE LOVE – NIYOLA FT. ADEKUNLE GOLD

BUTTERFLIES – OMAWUMI (WINNER)

NEXT RATED

MALEEK BERRY

MAYORKUN (WINNER)

DICE AILES

JOHNNY DRILLE

ZORO

HIP HOP WORLD REVELATION

NINIOLA

ADEKUNLE GOLD

MR. EAZI

REEKADO BANKS (WINNER)

LYRICIST ON THE ROLL

YOU RAPPERS SHOULD FIX UP YOUR LIVES – MI (WINNER)

POLITICAL SCIENCE – AQ

LIQUOR NIGHT – BOOGEY

INDUSTRY NITE – ERIGGA

BEST STREET-HOP ARTISTE

PENALTY – SMALL DOCTOR (WINNER)

WO – OLAMIDE

SAI BABA – CDQ

SHEPETERI – IDOWEST FT. DAMMY KRANE, SLIM CASE

PASS THE AGBARA – SKUKI

LEGBEGBE – MR REAL FT. IDOWEST, KELVIN CHUKS, OBADICE

BEST ‘ALTERNATIVE’ SONG

MONEY – ADEKUNLE GOLD

RADIO – NONSO AMADI

ROMEO & JULIET – JOHNNY DRILLE

PONMILE – REMINISCE

FUN MI LOWO MI – ARAMIDE FT. SOUND SULTAN & KOKER (WINNER)

LAGOS BARBIE – BANTU

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

SIMISOLA – SIMI (WINNER)

GOLD – ADEKUNLE GOLD

KLITORIS – BRYMO

IJELE THE TRAVELER – FLAVOUR

SOUNDS FROM THE OTHER SIDE – WIZKID

THE PLAYMAKER – PHYNO

ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

DAVIDO (WINNER)

WIZKID

OLAMIDE

SIMI

TIWA SAVAGE

SONG OF THE YEAR

PENALTY – SMALL DOCTOR

WO – OLAMIDE

IF– DAVIDO (Winner)

YEBA – KISS DANIEL

MAD OVER YOU – RUNTOWN

FIA – DAVIDO

AFRICAN ARTISTE

SARKODIE

CASPER NYOVEST

NASTY C (WINNER)

SAUTI SOL

VANESSA MDEE

HEADIES’ VIEWER’S CHOICE

COME CLOSER– WIZKID (WINNER)

IF– DAVIDO

WO -OLAMIDE

MAD OVER YOU – RUNTOWN

YEBA– KISS DANIEL

YAWA -TEKNO

BEST PERFORMER

FLAVOUR

FALZ

M.I.

2BABA

YEMI ALADE (WINNER)

TIWA SAVAGE

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

KIDI

AIR BOY

TENI (WINNER)

JUNIOR BOY

PERUZZI

SPECIAL RECOGNITION

KAFFY- (Winner)

HALL OF FAME

CHRIS UBOSI

The 2018 Headies Awards held on Saturday night at the Convention Centre, Eko Hotels and Suites, Lagos. It was the 12th edition of the annual event.

Davido led with four awards, including Artist of the year and Song of the year. Wizkid had three awards while Simi won the Album of the year.