What To Expect @ The Event In LAGOS
All is set for the much talked about 20th City People Award for Excellence which is scheduled to hold on Sunday, April 2, 2017, at the prestigious B-Event Centre Marquee, inside the Airport Hotel, Obafemi Awolowo Way, Ikeja. The City People Awards for Excellence is the most sought after, most prestigious and longest running awards in the country. It recognizses organizations and individuals pushing the boundaries of various sectors. City People’s DANIJI EMMANUEL brings you all the necessary details to watch out for, come the D-Day as it promises to be an event of Class, not leaving out the Glamz and Glamour.
A HOST OF COMEDIANS
The combination of Lolo and MC Abbey on stage would sure spark some laughs but the real deal is that they would anchor the Ceremony. The comedians would host the event and coordinate its flow of program from the stage working hand in hand together to give guests the best of the night.
LUDAREH AND HIS ICONIC BAND
The event would experience good music at its best with Ludareh dishing out sounds in its pure state. The Ludareh Iconic Live Band would thrill guests with live music and renditions on stage and its no longer news that the band sure knows how to keep guests on their feet dancing.
AN OVERFLOW OF COMEDY
A night of excellence wouldn’t be complete without rib-cracking jokes from some of the finest comedians Nigeria has produced. It promises to be a night of fun as over 7 comedians would take turn to thrill guests present at the event with comedy. Koffi, Mandy, Baba De Baba, MC Ajele, Hugo Boss and many more would be present to do their thing on stage.
9ICE, ORITSEFEMI & W4 TO ROCK THE STAGE
The combination of these 3 acts would sure ignite some major entertainment during the event. 9ice, the Gongo Aso master would be thrilling guests with some of his old and new tracks. Oritsefemi would also take to the stage to entertain guests. Not leaving out W4 who returned to the scene with his hit song, Medicine. He would be present to give us some major “Wagba Control”, the evergreen street song that went viral. Others acts like Junior Boy, Small Doctor, Rayce will entertain. DJ Samba will be on the wheel of steel.
STYL PLUS TO MAKE SPECIAL APPEARANCE
Eskimo Records Management took everyone by surprise when it announced Shifi n Zeal of Styl-Plus as its new signees in December. The Pop Group who have been silent for a long while have reunited and they would be making their first major public appearance at the City People Awards For Excellence come this Sunday. Expect a surprise performance from them as well.
PROJECT FAME RUNNER-UP KITAY TOO
Nicknamed ‘Warri’ during the show, Kitay emerged 2nd runner-up, winning N2 Million cash prize and a brand-new saloon car. The MTN Project Fame Runner Up would be present at the event to add some spice to the band with Live performance.
TEEKAY FASHION’S SIDE ATTRACTION
From simple traditional outfit to royal embroideries for celebrities, Jumoke Raji, Creative Director of TeeKay House of Fashion, has made her mark. Her Ankara styles are so unique that she would be blessing the event with a Runway Show of her latest designs and collections. It promises to be an eye-catchy display from the banker turned designer.
ABOUT THE VENUE
LAGOS AIRPORT HOTEL has hosted top A-list from time to time and hence has provided the guests and the world with Some of the most amazing ambience and comfort you can ever find. The newly built ultra-modern 1000 capacity event center has state of the art facilities. The B Event Centre which is run by pretty event specialist, Bola Awosika would house City People guests for the Excellence Award. The Event Centre which was set up a few months ago would experience one of its biggest event ever, come this Sunday.
OGUN 1ST LADY TO BE HONOURED
Mrs. Funso Amosun, the amiable first lady of Ogun State is to be honoured for her will power and focus to bring out the best wherever she finds herself has tenaciously distinguished her from the rest. She pays attention to details with a primal vision of setting new standards and raising the bar in her humanitarian quests to uplift mankind. She devotes a considerable part of her time, energy and resources on a regular basis in advancing the cause of the less privileged and championing initiatives that support the needy in our society.
CASH MADAM TO RECEIVE BIG TITLE
She is the grand dame of Business in Nigeria. Cash Madam has remained very popular all across Nigeria for her impressive role in the Business World. For decades, she has dominated businesses in Nigeria all across the 4 cardinal points of this country. The management of City People would be honouring her for this reason with a very big title at the event.
IBADAN BUSINESS WOMAN, TAFIKAT TO BE HONOURED
She’s a very popular personality in Ibadan. Alhaja Tafikat owns the popular hotel, 77 Palms at Agodi. She has soared in business within Ibadan. She is one of the big players in the property and real estate business in Ibadan. She owns a 72-room hotel in Ibadan.
BRF EMERGES MINISTER OF THE YEAR
For successfully running the affairs of the 3 most challenging ministries in Nigeria, Works, Power and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola who is popularly called BRF is to be honoured at the City People Awards for Excellence. He has been adjudged to be the most performing Minister in President Buhari’s cabinet.
SO ALSO SENATOR ASHAFA
Senator Bareehu Ashafa is one of the leading Senators in Nigeria. This APC Senator has been very active in the Senate and he has been one Senator who constantly touches the life of his constituents. He is to be celebrated at the awards.
ACCESS BANK TO BE RECOGNIZED
For their remarkable support in the Lagos Marathon which held some weeks back, Access Bank would be honoured at the 20th Edition of the City People Excellence Award. A total of about 100,000 athletes drawn from 27 countries took part in the Marathon. Herbert Onyewumbu Wigwe, who is the Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Access Bank would also be honoured.
EFCC BOSS, IBRAHIM MAGU TO BE HONOURED
The EFCC boss, Magu would be honoured at the Awards for his fight against Corruption in the country. This no nonesence Cop Magu would be receiving the award for EFCC as the Most Effective Government Agency In Nigeria.
CUSTOMS BOSS TOO
The Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) is to be honoured. He is responsible for the overall management and direction of the Service. He is equally the accounting officer of the service and the Vice Chairman of the Nigeria Customs Service Board, which is chaired by the Honourable Minister of Finance. For his remarkable contribution towards the fight against illegal importation, he would be recognized at the Awards.
TVC, MEGALECTRICS, FAAJI FM FOR HONOUR
TVC’s broad coverage of news and their promptness in delivering has placed them as the best Television station in the country today. Same goes for its News Anchor, Reporter and Presenter of Fireworks on TVC, Bukola Samuel-Wemimo. She is to be honoured.
The programme put these people in constant check by asking those questions agitating the minds of the common man. It asks those questions influential people don’t like to answer, thereby serving as the voice of the voiceless in the society. The media house and the presenter would both be recognized at the event. Megalectrics, home of Beat FM, Classic FM, Naija FM and Lagos Talks is currently Nigeria’s biggest Radio Station touching different segments of the society from locality to Urban. Faaji FM has over the years remained consistent in the quality of their delivery and the uniqueness that comes with it. Evidently you would agree that these 3 media houses deserve to be recognized for doing the Media proud.
PRINT MEDIA NOT LEFT OUT
The President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors, Funke Egbemode would also be recognized. She is the Managing Director of New Telegraph newspaper. Before joining the New Telegraph, Egbemode had also worked in the Sun, Punch and other notable Nigeria newspapers. She also served as the Special Adviser on Media to a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Patricia Olubunmi Etteh.
Also, to be honoured is Ms Ijeoma Nwogwugwu. She is the Editor of Thisday Newspaper.
IT’S 2-IN-1 FOR KELECHUKWU MBAGWU
Kelechukwu Mbagwu is a big player in the real estate sector in Lagos. He is the GMD/CEO of CMB Building Investments Ltd, which has done a lot in the property and real estate sector. The CMB Boss, who recently turned 50 would be winning a double plaque for himself and his company on D-Day for his contribution in the real estate sector.
CLAM PASTOR, WOLE OLADIYUN COMES WITH ANNOINTING
Pastor Wole Oladiyun is the man behind CLAM. He is the President & Senior Pastor of the Christ Livingspring Apostolic Ministry. He is a seasoned evangelist with a strong prophetic ministry. The Man of God would be coming with his anointing to receive his honour for his dedication towards the work of God.
AIRFRANCE/KLM FLIES HIGH
The leading group in terms of intercontinental traffic on departure from Europe, Air France-KLM is a major global air transport player. Its main businesses are passenger transportation, cargo transportation and aeronautical maintenance. Extensively present in Africa, Air France-KLM currently flies to 46 destinations in this continent. Thanks to its joint-venture partnership with Kenya Airways, the Group offers even more flight frequencies between Europe and Africa. Air France-KLM would be recognized for their contribution to the Nigerian Aviation Service and Africa at large.
HONOURING THE OLUWO OF IWOLAND
The Oluwo of Iwoland is among the leading traditional rulers in Nigeria because of the importance of Oluwo stool in Yoruba history. Oba Rasheed Adewale Akanbi would be honoured for his impressive transformation of Iwo in Osun State within a year.
GOING EXTREME WITH STEVE BABAEKO
X3M Boss, Steve Babaeko is one man who deserves all the recognition, honour and accolades for his creative input into the Advertising and Entertainment industry. The man of creativity would be honoured by City People come this Sunday at the Awards for Excellence for his Creative ideas.
INSIGHT COMMUNICATIONS AND BHM TO BE RECOGNIZED
Insight Communications is to be honoured at this awards. So also the new young MD of the company, Feyi Olubodun, who is the CEO of The Year.
Mr. Ayeni Adekunle founder of BHM and Publisher of TheNet.NG would both be recognized at the event for his contribution to the Public Relations sector. Adekunle Ayeni is a Nigerian public relations practitioner, journalist, trained scientist and businessman. He is the Publisher of Nigerian Entertainment Today. While Abiodun Shobanjo is the chairman Nigeria’s largest marketing communication conglomerate and founding CEO of Insight Communications, arguably Nigeria’s number one ad agency.
WOMENFOLK NOT LEFT OUT
Princess Toyin Kolade, the successful Lagos businesswoman is to be honoured in the Freight and Forwarding business. So also the CEO of BISMID Cosmetics. Super actress, Eniola Badmus is to be celebrated at the awards. So also popular star, SIMI, who is red hot at the moment.
ALLEN ONYEAMA & AIR PEACE FOR HONOUR
In the Aviation industry right now, Air Peace is the most consistent and reliable airline. And kudos goes to the MD/CEO of the company Allen Onyeama, who has quietly been running the airline without any controversy. Both the airline and its MD are to be honoured.
OTUNBA OLUMIDE OSUNSINA TO BE HONOURED
Over the last few months the image of Construction giant, Otunba Olumide Osunsina has been on the rise in the world of business. He has systematically been expanding his business empire. And he has lately been diversifying into so many other areas. For building his business into the big empire it is today, with his tentacles spreading across the South-West to places like Otunba is to be honoured at the City People Awards.
LAGOS LG BOSS, GBENGA ABIOLA TO BE HONOURED
Oluwagbenga Michael Abiola is one of the hottest sole administrators in Lagos right now. Born 16 February, 1988, he is the Sole Administrator of Agege Local Government Area, Lagos State. At 28 he is the youngest serving Council boss in the history of local government administration in Lagos and Nigeria as a whole. He is a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Gbenga began his political career in 2006 as a party agent under both the defunct Alliance for Democracy (AD) and Action Congress (AC), which later metamorphosed into APC. He contested the position of Councillorship in Ward B of Agege local government area in 2011 under Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) but had to step down for another candidate. He was sworn in as the Sole Administrator of Agege Local Government Area on June 13, 2016 by Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, the governor of Lagos State, with other 56 Sole Administrators.
NNAMDI OKONKWO & FIDELITY BANK FOR HONOUR
He is one of the bank MDs who don’t make noise about their successes. He loves to let his work speak for him. This is because Nnamdi Okonkwo is a damn good banker who runs a damn good bank. Since he took over the running of Fidelity Bank 3 years ago he has taken it to the next level.
Mr. Okonkwo assumed duties as Managing Director/CEO with effect from January 2014. Since he took over, the bottom line has been looking good. With over 232 branch locations nationwide, the Bank is keen to showcase its competitive capacity as a top Retail & Commercial Bank in Nigeria, and with a great bias for SME Financing and Support. Both Nnamdi Okonkwo & Fidelity Bank are to be celebrated at the awards.