The first ever Nigerian Entertainment & Lifestyle Awards UK 2011 held at the Phoenix Centre in London hosted numerous talented individuals amongst the nominees and the awards presenters on the night including Shalamar & Nigerian Idol Judge Jeffery Daniel, international award-winning fashion designer Deola Sagoe, CEO and Founder of the Global Women Innovators and Inventors Network (GWIIN) Bola Olabisi, CEO BEN Television Dr Alistair Soyede.
During an evening of celebration peppered with speeches by Minister Nigerian High Commission Mr Sola Enikanolaiye, Down’s Heart Group & Down’s Syndrome Foundation Nigeria (UK Branch) Penny Green, Vice-Chairman, MTXpress Money Transfer Randall Harper, and performances by Niimphs Coalition, Roxanne Beharie and Dawn Lulu Briggs, the awards found their worthy winners as below:
MIRROR BOY- The film was written, produced and directed by Obi Emelonye and features Nollywood’s finest, Genevieve Nnaji, Osita Iheme, Fatima Jabbe, Edward Kagutuzi, Victor Carvalho, John Charles Njie, Momodu Musa Cisse and Felix Cisse
The film shot in Gambia and London is an enthralling journey as seen through the eyes of a London- born 12 year old African boy, Tijani.
MEET THE ADEBANJOS - Meet the Adebanjos is a revolutionary Family Sitcom about a British Nigerian Family living in the London. In an entertaining way it
deals with how a larger than life Dad (Bayo Adebanjo) struggles to instill
his old fashion African values in his British household. The show was created by MTA Productions Ltd run by Andrew Osayemi and Debra Odutuyo and is
produced by MTA Productions LTD and Fresh Media Productions LTD.
Outstanding contribution to Theatre:
FEMI ELUFOWOJU JR – is a freelance theatre practitioner, Femi has directed plays for flagship companies across the country including Salisbury Playhouse, the National Theatre, New Wolsey Theatre, the Royal Court and the West Yorkshire Playhouse.
He was recently elected a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts in recognition of his work with Britain’s foremost African theatre company, Tiata Fahodzi which he founded and artistically led for 13 years. His production for the company Iya-Ile at Soho Theatre, received a nomination for Outstanding Achievement at the 2010 Laurence Olivier Awards. Forthcoming developments include Naija, the Musical with Ayo-Dele Edwards. Femi is currently Michael Attenborough’s Associate Artist at the Almeida Theatre, London.
Outstanding contribution to Comedy:
MC MARK – AKA Mark Omotope Olaniyi Afolayan. Referred to by many as the African face of UK Good news Comedy and Apostle of Jokes. Mc Mark’s comedy cuts across multinationals, corporate, liberal and the conservatives performing in three continents including Europe, Africa and America. He has mentored a couple of comedians now making wakes in Nigeria and is presently mentoring more as a form of giving back to the society he also contributes regularly to several charities including sightsavers and save the children.
Outstanding contribution to Music:
DELE SOSIMI - stands out as one of the most active musicians currently on the Afrobeat scene worldwide. Dele‘s career began when he joined Fela‘s Anikulapo-Kuti‘s Egypt 80 (1979–1986) and then subsequently with Fela‘s son Femi Anikulapo-Kuti‘s Positive Force (1986-1994). In both bands he was musical director and keyboard player. Since Fela created Afrobeat, Dele‘s Afrobeat pedigreee is therefore impeccable. The music is a blend of complex but highly danceable funk grooves, Nigerian traditional music (including hi-life), African percussion, underpinning the jazz horns and solos from other instruments, as well as rhythmical singing. Dele toured extensively around the world with Fela and Femi, re-orchestrating and arranging music and also handling the recruiting and training of new musicians.
Dele performs in one of three formats, each as compelling and funky as the others – a 15-piece Afrobeat Orchestra (featuring a 5-piece horn section and dancers), a 6–9 piece band (the most frequently used format) or a trio/quartet (with bass and drums/percussion).
Best UK Entertainment & Lifestyle event
AFROBEATS FESTIVAL – held on 28 August 2011, it was an event which for the first time saw the Hammersmith Apollo being Sold out with an 100% African entertainment line-up. With acts such as Psquare, Wiz Kid, Ice Prince, JJC, Basketmouth, Elenu and many more, the festival was a ‘never been seen’ extravaganza which brought London to a standstill.
The Afrobeats Festival organisers are a coalition of professional and experienced members who have come together, bring their expertise to produce an event like no other. They are:
Cokobar experienced event organisers with an impeccable record and a reputation for delivering world class concerts.
Smade is a UK-based revolutionary Entertainment company that provides extraordinary services/experiences in the realms of entertainment.
Phoenix Media Partners are the UK’s leading ethnic Media marketing agency specialising in the African and Caribbean market.
Outstanding contribution to Fashion:
ADEBAYO JONES COUTURE – The name Adebayo Jones is synonymous with exquisite fashion, he is a London-based fashion Designer and style consultant who has an international following for his fashion label over the last two decades and is now a Multi award winning Designer
The KING OF COUTURE as he is widely known and referred to in the fashion world and Media, believes details will set your work apart… The results are simply outstanding. His famous clients are numerous and include singer/ actress Patti Boulaye, T V star Sally Familoe, Miss World 2001 winner Agbani Darego, TV and stage star Ms Faith Brown, celebrity stylist Janet Ginnings etc.
Best Entertainment & Lifestyle Magazine:
ARISE MAGAZINE – is Africa’s first and foremost international style magazine. Highlighting African achievement in fashion, music, culture and politics, it provides a positive portrayal of the continent and its contribution to contemporary society across the world.
ARISE had its successful soft launch in October 2008, at the Royal Albert Hall, which was attended by US senator Colin Powell and an array of A-list celebrities and guests. It hit news stands in February 2009, coinciding with the debut ARISE African Fashion Collective show during New York Fashion Week 2009. As part of its ongoing commitment to promoting African talent, ARISE has hosted several fashion and music events in major cities including London, Abuja, Johannesburg and Paris.