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THE FULL LIST OF MAYA AWARDS 2021 AWARDEES

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The much-talked-about 8th edition of the MAYA AWARDS AFRICA held penultimate Saturday, at the prestigious MUSON CENTRE, Onikan, Lagos. The 7 hours event had dignitaries from all works of life in attendance with well over 1,000 youths physically present with tens of thousands joining via the internet 

The awards event chaired by top entertainment investor and federal lawmaker, Hon. Shina Abiola Peller witnessed the public unveil of The Book of MoreKlue Stories, a 256 pages memoir written and published by the credible awards platform, ADEMOLA TITILOPEMI AJIBOLA .

Highlights of the event was the surprise appearance and performance of top comedians BASH & KENNYBLAQ who held the audience spellbound, a well-served musical performance by T CLASSICand the incredible synergy between host, MC STYLO & award-winning DJ GAVPOP that kept the audience in a frenzied state of mind while the event lasted.

With support from ECOBANK; HOUSE OF ANGOSTURA; AFRICA MAGIC; AS FARMS; SL GLOBAL VENTURES, TITAN FARMS and endorsement from the Lagos State Government, the MAYA AWARDS 8 is serving the motivational assignment of using success stories of new and rising industry owners to inspire and encourage more success stories.

MAYA AWARDS 2021

Some guests at the event are the Lagos State Commissioner for Youths & Social Development, Hon. Segun Dawodu; Hon. Commissioner for Youths & Sports, Oyo state, Hon. Seun Fakorede and His beautiful wife; Agege LGA Vice Chairman, Hon. Gbenga Abiola and his beautiful wife; Chairman & CEO , WESTGATE Homes, Amb. BabaTunde Oladejo (BabJah); Dr. Lola Dare of CHESTRAD Global; Engr. Kayode Adamolekun of Kayode Adamolekun Foundation; Comedian LafUP; Adeyinka Adeyeye (Senator Solar); Anne Nwaghodo of Channels TV; Lekan Ogunjobi of Siderz Group and many more top business owners, investors, political forces and personalities.

Saturday, the 12th of November 2022 has been announced as the date for the 9th edition of the epoch calendar event.

HON. Shina Abiola Peller At MAYA Awards 2021

Below is a full list of who won what at the 8th edition of the MAYA’s

CEO OF THE YEAR, MALE 

DR. Muibi Kehinde – Founder/CEO, MKH Investment Group

TECH BRAND

Blackman Technologies

WEDDING/DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY BRAND

34SND Photography

FEMALE FASHION BRAND

RikaOtoByMe

FAST RISING FASHION BRAND 

Donna ShaShi Mao

SKINCARE BRAND

 

Glow By YAS Skincare

REALTOR OF THE YEAR

Dlizz Properties

FARMS/AGRO ALLIED COMPANY

A & S Poultry

JEWELRY BRAND

Cutest Jeweler

FABRICS PURVEYOR

PJ’s Textiles

BEST SELLING REAL ESTATE BRAND 

Sheekenah Zelter Global

AUTO RETAIL BRAND

Opead Autos

HAIRSTYLING BRAND

Hair By Yusuf

FASHION-PRENEUR OF THE YEAR

BECCA Stitches

ACCESSORIES BRAND

Wow Accessories

EVENTS MANAGER 

Ideal Parties

EVENTS VENDOR

Ten10 Cocktails

BEAUTY THERAPY/ SPA BRAND

CubbyCays

THE DAVID AJIBOYE HONOUR FOR THE JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Fatunmise Damilola

THE YOUNG PERSON OF THE YEAR

Gbenga Eyiolawi – Agriculture

SKIT MAKER OF THE YEAR (MALE)

Mr Macaroni

SKIT MAKER OF THE YEAR (FEMALE)

KieKie

INNOVATIVE YOUTH

Tosin Sanusi – Promoter, 5k Landlord

CREATIVE SURPRISES BRAND 

Royal Hugs Surprises

THE BOLA ODUBOTE PRIZE FOR CREATIVE INTELLIGENCE 

Founder, Spedy Weight Loss

THE SHINA PELLER PRIZE FOR THE HUMANITARIAN SERVICES OF THE YEAR

KBK Foundation

HYPEMAN OF THE YEAR

Turnup Commissioner

ACTOR OF THE YEAR

Deyemi Okanlawon

ACTRESS OF THE YEAR

Nkechi Blessing

 

NOLLYWOOD’s NEXT BIG THING

Esse Odometa

LIVE MUSIC BAND

SB Live Band

BEST SELLING FASHION-PRENUER OF THE YEAR

Endowed Fashion House

ENTERTAINMENT PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR 

Kolawole Omoboriowo (Scoop Universal)

FUN SPOT OF THE YEAR   

1401 Lounge

FAST RISING MUSIC BAND

Queen Madiva Band

FAST-RISING REAL ESTATE BRAND

PROPERTYFORALL REALTORS

LOGISTICS / DELIVERY SERVICES BRAND 

Flubber Logistics

INNOVATIVE REAL ESTATE BRAND

Classicview Realty

BEST SELLING FABRICS MERCHANT 2021

Bmaj Fabrics

DIGITAL ASSETS MANAGEMENT BRAND OF THE YEAR 

Snappy Exchange

FOOTWEAR BRAND OF THE YEAR

MIKUN FOOTWEAR

BEST SELLING REAL ESTATE BRAND  OF THE YEAR 2021 (Led by a Female)

Abulesowo Landlords

THE BOLA ODUBOTE PRIZE FOR CREATIVE INTELLIGENCE, Male

Akolade Olawoyin

ENTERPRISING YOUTH OF THE YEAR 2021

Rose Tinuola

HONORARY AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE 

Amb. Babatunde Jonathan Oladejo (BabJah)

Chairman/CEO, WESTGATE Homes

Yemisi Adedoyin Shyllon

Omooba Yemisi Adedoyin Shyllon Art Foundation (OYASAF)

Otunba Segun Onifade

CEO, SAATB Entertainment Company Limited

Dr. Lola Dare

CEO, Chestrad Global

Engr. Kayode Adamolekun

Founder/CEO, Kayode Adamolekun Foundation

Olugbuyi Ogunnaike

CEO, ICEBOX Nigeria

Amb. Olabisi Akanbi

Chairman/CEO, LABO Group

Engr Idowu Lamidi

MD/CEO, Dollar Constructions

Miss Onome Odometa

Founder, Onome Aid Foundation

Mr. Omar Sini

Public Service Personality of the Year 

Mr. Olaide Alim

Innovative Business Personality of the Year 

Amb. Funke Kehinde, CEO, Brilliant Concepts

Real Estate Personality of the Year 

Evangelist Olaide Lawal – Founder, Marvelous Jehovah Evangelical Ministry

Mr Segun Dawodu

Distinguished Public Servant of the Year

HON. WASIU ESHILOKUN SANNI

Distinguished Political Officer of the Year

THE HIGHFLYING YOUTH RECOGNITION AWARDS

Owodunni Qasim

CEO, Owkaz Concepts

BASH (The Comedy King Kong)

Miss Jumoke Ajadi (Jumrose)

Mr. Oyekanmi Saheed (Xahido)

Abisola Olashile Babafemi (Savage Luxe)

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Media Tank Hosts Grill Fest Gidi, Features A-list Artist, targets 5,000 Youths

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One of the foremost entertainment companies in Nigeria, MediaTank Limited is set to thrill Lagos youths with its annual event tagged  ‘GrillFest Gidi’ which will be its third edition theme ‘The Outsiders’ after a miss from last year due to the global pandemic. This edition will be in collaboration with the office of The executive chairman Ifako Ijaiye Local Government, Prince Usman Akanbi Hamzat

The media head of the company Adesina Kasali, revealed the features of the event which include a Physical and Mental health awareness and a Novelty Match which will take place at the African Church Primary School JB Coker Road Ifako Ijaiye on the 10th of December 2021. The main event will come up on December 11th, 2021 with Trade Fair and Carnival. It will be a gathering of SMEs products exhibition. The Trade Fair will take place in the morning of the event starting from 8 am to help expose SMEs to new and existing audiences as there is an expectation for a large audience.

According to a statement by Ayokunle Okuneye the founder Media Tank Entertainment, the collaboration with the office of the executive chairman of Ijaiye Local Ifako Ijaiye Local Government under its executive chairman Prince Usman Akanbi Hamzat is a welcome development, cos it will give the event a new face and a bigger platform to celebrate the youths and SMEs. It will promote love and confidence above all participants. It will give rise to SMEs to promote and get their products exposed to a larger audience. 

Due to the large venue, the event is targeted at over 5000 youths. Some of the entertainers listed to feature in this years edition includes Reminisce (Alaga Ibile), Oxlade, Dai Verse, Eljay, MoGevson, Shorae Moore, JaidoP, JordanStyls, TerryApala, Beambo Taylor Hardvantage and many more. It also have some Nollywood stars such as Shoneye Olamilekan, Esther Agunbiade, Olaide Almaroof, Habibat Jinad and many more.

The tickets for the show can be purchased at the following sites: 

http://www.naijaticketshop.com/details.php?id=3032

https://www.dualtix.com/event-details/grill-fest-gidi-season-3

https://event.flutterwave.com/1298-grill-fest-gidi

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Bodex Media Hangout Awards Queen of TikTok, Iyabo Ojo 

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With the emerging trend in making social media a tool for marketing, communications, wealth creation thereby reaching targeting audience, the convener of Social Media Hangout; Florence Bodex Hungbo has taken giant strides in constantly bringing media enthusiasts, social media influencers and tech-savvy individuals under one roof to discuss salient issues affecting the negative use of social media and thereby discussing the use of social media as a tool for wealth creation among other opportunities. 

For Bodex, who is a media and events executive, the idea of the hangout was conceived out of the quest to ensure that stakeholders in the new media world converge together and rub minds on how to make sure social media platforms are used positively and also open the minds of young chaps on the opportunities that needed to be unlocked so as to generate bogus wealth for sustainability also decrease the surge in cyberstalking, blackmailing and other heinous crimes associated with social media. The annual event which holds every June during world social media week had in attendance top media executives, celebrities and stakeholders.

In a bid to celebrate ingenuity, creativity and originality in concepts, the Social Media Hangout organizers carved an award to appreciate and celebrate deserving social media influencers in Nigeria. At the just concluded Social Media Hangout, Governor Sanwo-Olu was awarded as he was ably represented by the Commissioner for Information Mr. Gbenga Omotoso. Mr. Gbenga Omotoso was also awarded alongside Mr. Charles Kalu, Mr. Macaroni, Kiekie and a host of others.

One of the latest winners of the prestigious award is, award-winning actress and self-acclaimed ‘Queen of Ticktok’ in Nigeria, Iyabo Ojo. She was awarded on Sunday the 22nd of November at the Monarch Event Center in Ikate Elegushi, Lagos as the Best Creative TikTok Influencer of the year at the just concluded Social Media Hangout. The convener Florence Bodex Hungbo who presented the award to the sultry actress averred that; the choice to award Iyabo was engineered by her numerous followers and engagement on TikTok.  Iyabo has through her creative prowess dragging attention to herself thereby gaining global recognition. “As we speak Iyabo is the Queen of TikTok in Nigeria and by chance West Africa. Her videos are amazing and they will crack you up. She has a very wide milage which has attracted audiences from different walks of life. Social media hangout organizers are appreciating her for putting her craft on the world stage thereby encouraging upcoming influencers and social media users that Social media is a platform that can be used to create magic, not for negative vices.”

Bodex further disclosed that; the brand will award many more influencers, other stakeholders and social media enthusiasts who are worthy of emulation and have contributed to the growth of the industry before the next social media hangout in June 2022.

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2021 YULETIDE SEASON: LAGOS BRIGHTS UP AS ZENITH BANK LIGHTS UP AJOSE ADEOGUN STREET 

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The yuletide season has come to life in Lagos with the 2021 Zenith Bank Christmas Light-Up Ceremony, which held at the Ajose Adeogun Street Roundabout, Victoria Island, Lagos, on Saturday, November 20 2021.

With the theme “Let There Be Light”, this year marks the 15th edition of the traditional Light-up Ceremony at the Ajose Adeogun Roundabout. Following the onset of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, which stopped the annual event from holding last year, this year’s ceremony is indeed a momentous and significant one as it signals the return of what could be described as a spectacle that has come to be recognized by not only Lagosians but Nigerians in general as an iconic place and tourist attraction because of the beautiful decorations adorning the length and breadth of Ajose Adeogun Street – home to Zenith Bank’s Headquarters,  during the yuletide season.

The official lighting ceremony, which was performed by the Group Managing Director/CEO of Zenith Bank Plc, Mr. Ebenezer Onyeagwu, supported by Executive Management, saw thousands of the Bank’s staff and customers joining virtually and through the Bank’s social media platforms.

Speaking during the ceremony, Onyeagwu praised Quantum, the company responsible for the annual decorations, for the very outstanding, gorgeous and extremely beautiful work that they have done this year. In his words, “each year when we come in, and we see the decorations, I keep asking myself what next? Would there be something better than what we have seen and I see that at the end of every season, they come up with innovations and creativity, and they make it even far better and take it to a higher level”.

Onyeagwu expressed his delight that this year’s Light-up Ceremony is able to hold following the cancellation of last year’s edition due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the EndSARS protests. According to him, “last year was a very unusual year. Covid threw a curveball at humanity, and as a result, it changed the way we engaged and the way we live; it transformed so many other things, and as a country, we had some unique challenges. As a result of those challenges, especially the EndSARS protest, last year we couldn’t light up, not because there was no money. It was because we had to grapple with Covid-19, and again during the EndSARS protest, the fittings that we employ in having this light-up were terribly vandalized, and it required time and resources for us to put it together. We didn’t want to have any undue exposure or create vulnerability. Therefore we had to allow time to put the fittings back, and as soon as we have put it back, here we are today”.

He noted that Zenith Bank is very happy to be able to reconnect with activating the spirit of Christmas, with the return of the annual turning on of the Christmas lighting and the decorations of Ajose Adeogun Street, which can compare and compete with any decorations anywhere in the world – be it in Europe, North America, or Asia. 

Whilst wishing everyone a Merry Christmas filled with joy, love, peace and harmony, he enjoined all to remember that Christmas is also a time for sober reflection when we think about things that we couldn’t do and focus our thoughts on being better people and building a better society and country. He also used the opportunity to remind Nigerians and the whole world in general that the fight against COVID-19 is far from over. He, therefore, appealed to everyone that as “we celebrate Christmas, we should celebrate responsibly, maintain social distance, wear our masks and for those of us who haven’t been vaccinated, please take your vaccine for vaccination is saving lives”.

The Light-Up Ceremony is one of the many Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Initiatives of Zenith Bank, as the Bank continues to lead in corporate social responsibility (CSR) contributions and spending by Nigerian financial institutions. Indeed, Zenith Bank has clearly distinguished itself in the Nigerian financial services industry as an institution that is committed to building a more sustainable and inclusive economy and one that promotes responsible business practices in Nigeria through the integration of sustainability principles in its business operations.

Zenith Bank’s sustainability and CSR initiatives are hinged on the belief that today’s business performance is not all about the financial numbers – the Bank believes that an institution’s social investments, contributions to inclusive economic growth and development as well as improvements in the condition of the physical environment, all constitute a balanced scorecard.

Through its CSR initiatives, the Bank has embodied the overarching objective of the 17 SDGs, which provide a framework for addressing the major challenges confronting our society. Its social investments are targeted at health, education, women and youth empowerment, sports development and public infrastructure enhancement. Overall, Zenith Bank’s total social investments in 2020 stood at NGN3.29 billion ($8.62million), representing 1.66 per cent of its Profit After Tax. 

The Bank remains committed to furthering the economic, cultural and social development of host communities, particularly through community-based initiatives and philanthropy. As a good corporate citizen, it continues to deliver projects that have long-term social and economic benefits for the communities because it believes that its business is only as strong as the communities in which it operates. 

To demonstrate its commitment to creating and expanding opportunities, the Bank regularly makes donations towards the setting up of ultramodern ICT centres in several educational institutions across the country. It also supports various developmental projects, and healthcare delivery causes in Nigeria and contributes to the development of sports in Nigeria through its sponsorship of the Zenith Women Basketball League and the Zenith Bank Delta State Principals’ and Headmasters’ Football Competitions, to mention a few. 

The Bank also demonstrates leadership when its host communities deal with a crisis. For example, following the unfortunate gas explosion incident of March 15, 2020, which led to the loss of lives and properties at the Abule-Ado area in Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area of Lagos State, Zenith Bank made a donation of NGN100 million to the Emergency Relief Fund set up by the Lagos State Government for the victims of the explosion. 

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Zenith Bank’s commitment to sustainability has not waned, as the Bank donated NGN1 billion as part of the Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID), a private sector-led initiative to support the Nigerian Government to combat the Covid-19 crisis. 

 

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