- As Organisers Release Conference Programme Nigerian Entertainment Today, publishers of Nigeria’s foremost entertainment newspaper and organisers of the biggest gathering in the entertainment industry, Nigerian Entertainment Conference have announced recipients for NET Honours 2014. At the inaugural edition last year, nineteen distinguished practitioners were honoured for their contributions towards the development of the Nigerian entertainment industry. This year’s recipients include some of Nigeria’s most notable entertainment practitioners including veteran actress and singer, Onyeka Onwenu, Nollywood icons, Jide Kosoko, Adebayo Salami and Sunday Omobolanle, street music pioneer, Daddy Showkey, Gospel legend, Ebenezer Obey, OAP/compere extraordinaire, JAJ, Media moguls, Amin Mousalli, Ayo Animashaun and Tajuddeen Adepetu. Others are distinguished moviemaker, Zeb Ejiro, Storm 360 Boss, Obi Asika, ace music producers, Laolu Akins and OJB Jezreel, seasoned journalist, Jahman Anikulapo and post humous recipients, Christy Essien-Igbokwe and Sunny Okosuns. According to Chris Ihidero, Chairman of the Editorial Board at NET, the path of honour will always be threaded by distinguished individuals who continue to remind us all of what it means to be ‘Proudly Nigerian’ and make that count when it matters... ‘The idea of the NET honours is that we’ll keep recognizing people who have contributed positively to the Nigerian entertainment industry. It’s not bound by age, time, or gender. It’s an on-going process. We hope, one day we can honour everyone who have imparted immensely’, Ihidero says. This year’s edition of the conference has a star-studded line up of speakers and panelists, inclusing Prof Pat Utomi, BasketMouth, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, 2face Idibia, Jason Njoku, Uche Jombo, Tony Okoroji, Ope Awoyemi, Olisa Adibua, IK Osakioduwa amongst others. The event is set to hold by 9am at the Grand Ballroom of Eko Hotel and Suites on Wednesday April 23,2014. PROFILES OF NET HONOURS RECIPIENTS ONYEKA ONWENU This actor, broadcaster, singer and songwriter personifies excellence in all its ramifications. All through her glorious career, this indefatigable trailblazer continuously reminded us all that excellence is never accidental; rather, it is a result of incessant strives for perfection. ZEB EJIRO One of the country’s most prolific television drama writer and producer, with classics such as Ripples and Candle Light and Nollywood classics like Domitilla, Zeb Ejiro has shown repeatedly entertained millions of Nigerians and thereby contributed immensely to the development of the entertainment industry in Nigeria. JAHMAN ANIKULAPO Jahman was the last man standing of a dying breed of arts and culture reporters who shaped the entertainment industry, not by heaping unearned praise on celebrities, but by beating the industry into shape through conscientious and constructive criticism. Jahman stands a world apart from even his contemporaries: he is the reporters’ reporter, the editors’ editor and the most important arts and culture journalist of at least the past two decades in Nigeria. DADDY SHOWKEY Daddy Showkey’s sheer relentlessness defined the music of his era, from album recordings to live performances to reigning dance steps, it is an era still fondly remembered by many Nigerians with nostalgia. AMIN MOUSALLI Amin Mousalli has for long been the silent hand that rocks the cradle. When he launched Cool FM in 1998, something changed in radio broadcasting in Nigeria forever. Then WAZOBIA FM happened. His next move is television, those in that sector should watch out! JAJ Jacob Akinyemi Johnson popularly known as JAJ is an on-air-personality, news anchor and broadcast journalist. With a career spanning over two decades and his unique style of presentation, the JAJ brand has become a household name in the world of entertainment journalism. JIDE KOSOKO, ADEBAYO SALAMI AND SUNDAY OMOBOLANLE These three men are being honoured today as leading lights of a long-standing tradition of cultural presentation and representations through drama across platforms. From stage to screen, we have known these men almost all through our lives, bringing fun and excitement into our homes for decades. Dedicated to drama performances from the days of the travelling theatre tradition, to the days of television drama and now to film, these gentlemen are prime examples of a life solely dedicated to service in the entertainment industry. LAOLU AKINS Laolu Akins, the man who produced Sir Shina Peters’ ACE album is one of the brightest minds in a long tradition of excellent producers that have put the Nigerian music industry on the global stage. And he didn’t do it for Sir Shina Peters alone. Adewale Ayuba, Chris Okotie, Onyeka Onwenu and many are among the careers his great mind and magical fingers brought fame and glory. OJB JEZREEL For Babatunde Jezreel Okungbowa a.k.a. OJB Jezreel music is undoubtedly the essence of his life and making beautiful music the purpose of his existence. OJB has been the creative force behind the numerous hits of a countless number of artistes. From Ruggedman, 2Face Idibia, Jazzman Olofin, Nomoreloss to Raskie, K-Show & Six-O, C-mion, Abounce, Jafaar, Amah, Funke, the list is endless. TAJUDDEEN ADEPETU Tajuddeen Adepetu started from creating content for several terrestrial stations to establishing his own cable TV channel and TV station. Soundcity and ONTV have grown to become household names in entertainment. His other assets include Spice TV, a full channel on DSTV and a social media platform Buddie. AYO ANIMASHAUN His relentless pursuit of fresh avenues to engage the entertainment industry is unparalleled. From newspaper to magazine to online radio and now to Hip TV, impossible is not a word Ayo Animashaun is familiar with. OBI ASIKA As the CEO and founder of Storm 360, Obi Asika is at the forefront of driving urban entertainment across Nigeria and Africa. His work spreads across TV, film, music, events and merchandise. EBENEZER OBEY Baba Miliki! The gentle crooner is a true legend by all measures, his evergreen pacifist music continues to us towards gentler possibilities of human interactions and co-existence. He provided the soundtrack to a time when life was easier and the hustling and bustling that has become the trademark of contemporary life was not so dominant. CHRISTY ESSIEN-IGBOKWE Nigeria’s Lady of Songs transcended linguistic and cultural limitations and repeatedly went to the core of her music and connected with our souls. Her music reflected the socio-cultural concerns her life was dedicated to. Gone too soon, she’s affectionately remembered and her music continues to signpost our realities. SUNNY OKOSUNS Sunny Okosuns typifies the Nigerian artiste as a social activist. His many revolutionary songs dotted the lines of conflicts both national and continental. He preached revolt and reconciliation through his music long before he donned the robes of a clergyman. As our nation currently experiences psychological and physical devastation from one conflict or another, it is the music of people like Sunny Okosuns that we miss; the kind of music that points out the foolery of focusing on our differences, rather that embracing ever more tightly our shared values.
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