Word on the Street: Olamide and Wizkid both sold out their shows, Mo Abudu now on Emmy Awards board and more
Hello friends, welcome to a new week. Today’s also Christmas eve, exciting right? Fun fact about Christmas Eve, did you know that in the Middle Ages, Christians celebrated Adam and Eve on Christmas Eve?
I didn’t know either. But what I do know is that you missed some gists this past weekend and I’m here to share them with you. Read on.
When Wizkid and Olamide announced the dates of their December concerts, their fans were confused because although they were scheduled to take place in different locations, they were on the same day.
Yesterday, December 23, 2018, the two superstars shut down Lagos, Olamide with the fifth edition of his Olamide Live in Lagos Concert (OLIC 5) at the Eko Hotel Convention Centre and Wizkid with his Made in Lagos Festival at the Eko Atlantic City, both within the same area.
Fans of both artistes had the herculean task of choosing who they wanted to watch perform live and it was refreshing to learn that both shows were sold out. We also heard that Wizkid left Made in Lagos to perform with Olamide at OLIC 5, legendary stuff!
The sky is indeed big enough for all birds to fly. Congratulations to Wiz and Baddo for killing it yet again.
ONE honours four Nigerian women and others in its 2018 Women of the Year Awards
The International campaigning and advocacy organisation honoured a couple of women for their efforts in the fight for gender equality this year. The Nigerian women on the list include;
- Ace artiste Tiwa Savage, for breaking the gender barrier in the afrobeats scene and her humanitarian work this year,
- Activist and founder of Pearls Africa Foundation, Abisoye Ajayi-Akinfolarin for her work in empowering girls living in poverty,
- Lola Omolola, founder of FIN, a private Facebook group that connects nearly 1.7 million women from across the world,
- Actress and ONE Ambassador, Bisola Aiyeola, winner of the AMVCA Trailblazer Award at the 2018 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards,
- And ace musician Waje Iruobe who is also a ONE Ambassador advocating for transparency and accountability.
Others include Black Panther actress Danai Gurira, Sahle-Work Zewde, first female president of Ethiopia and multi-award winning physician Dr. Marlene-Joannie Bewa. Read the full list here.
Funke Akindele and JJC Skillz welcome twins
On Saturday, we heard the good news that popular Nigerian actress Funke Akindele and her husband are now proud parents of a set of twins. If you follow Nigerian pop culture, you might have heard that the actress lost her pregnancy some time ago and a certain pastor prophesied that she may never have children of her own and end up with another broken home. Yet, here we are.
Congratulatory messages from her friends, colleagues, fans and well wishers have been flowing since the news broke. Congratulations to the new parents.
Mo Abudu joins Emmy Awards Board of Directors
Mo Abudu has been elected as a member of the board of directors of International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for her great work with EbonyLife Media, she revealed this in an Instagram post. The academy with members from more than 60 countries is responsible for staging the Emmy Awards.
As a member of the board, Mo will join a select group of about 100 Directors who are international executives from leading channels, production and distribution companies. She’ll also be working to ensure that African films gain recognition across the globe. From Nigeria to the world.
Lufthansa Group appoints first female and Nigerian as General Manager Sales Nigeria & Equatorial Guinea
Incase you didn’t know, Lufthansa is an airline with 15 weekly flights from Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt via Frankfurt to over 200 destinations in Europe, USA, Canada and beyond. The company has just appointed Adenike Macaulay as General Manager Sales Nigeria & Equatorial Guinea, a position she’ll assume from January 1, 2019. She’ll be the first female and Nigerian to hold the position.
Adenike started her career at Lufthansa in 2009 as a business analyst for West Africa and has since risen up the ladder to become the Head Sales, Products and Programs in 2019 and now, General Manager Sales Nigeria & Equatorial Guinea.
She’ll be responsible for all the commercial and sales activities of the Lufthansa Group Airlines in Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea. Congratulations to her.
That’s all for today. From me and all of us at Youth Central, have a very merry Christmas.