Mente De Moda Cupid Bazaar to celebrate Valentine in February

It will hold at BICS Garden, B20, Wole Olateju crescent, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos on the 12th of February, 2017.

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To kick of the year on a great note, organizers unveil its first exhibition of the year tagged: ‘The Mentedemoda Cupid Bazaar’ scheduled to hold on the 12th of February, 2017.

As it is customary, Valentines day is marked by sharing of gifts with loved ones to celebrate the season of love. It’s a time to appreciate special people in our lives because they deserve it. It has been observed that over the years, Valentine gifts have been a constant cliché with no form of uniqueness attached to it thus, making gift-giving rather boring. Well, Mentedemoda has got you covered.

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The Mentedemoda Cupid Bazaar is a special edition dedicated to all things ‘love’ and shall cater to all your needs for this special season. Our vendors offer a wide range of unique products to suit this occasion, all tailored to the needs and taste of our customers at affordable rates.

Due to the economic situation of our country, standard of living has increased leading to constant inflation of prices. Hence, in order to remain in business and continue to serve better, organizers have been forced to adjust (with a 25% increase) to the current fiscal climate to make up for our current expenditure with current stall price at N25,000.

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Organizers apologise for any inconvenience that this might cause as a result. But worry not, your favorite exhibition still offers 20% off early bird bookings which basically translates to a N20,000 stall booking fee till the 29th of January 2017. So hurry now and grab your stall with added features since the past 3 editions evident to recurring vendors.

Mentedemoda Cupid Bazaar comes with lots of fun and a variety of activities from mouth watering finger food from our highly esteemed food vendors to the unlimited shopping experience brought to you by our vendors who are there to help you choose the appropriate gifts and items of choice.

Book a stall today on http://www.mentedemoda.com and enjoy the ultimate love experience this Valentines!

Glo CAF Awards 2016 Riyad Mahrez crowned African Player of the Year

He won the award ahead of last year’s winner, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Sadio Mane.

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Algerian and Leicester forward Riyad Mahrez poses for a photo after being crowned African Footballer of the Year in Abuja, on January 5, 2017

Algeria and Leicester City player, Riyad Mahrez was named the African Player of the Year for 2016 in a CAF awards ceremony that took place in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, on Thursday, January 5, 2017.

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It completed a hattrick of individual honours for the Algerian forward who had already been named PFA players’ player of the year and BBC African player of the year.

The skillful winger played a pivotal part in Leicester’s shock run to winning the English Premier League last season as he played in all but one of the club’s games, scoring an impressive 17 goals.

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He won the award ahead of last year’s winner, Gabon’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund), and Senegal star Sadio Mane (Liverpool).

He joins Rabah Madjer (1987) and Lakhdar Belloumi (1981) as the Algerians to have won the award.

South African club, Mamelodi Sundowns were named the African Team of the Year after winning the Absa Premiership title and the CAF Champions League and representing the continent at the Club World Cup in Japan.

For masterminding the team’s exploits, 52-year-old Pitso Mosimane was named Coach of the Year.

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The team’s Ugandan goalkeeper, Denis Onyango was named African Player of the Year (Based in Africa) beating Zimbabwean teammate Khama Billiat and Zambian, Rainford Kalaba (TP Mazembe).

Nigerian striker, Kelechi Iheanacho was named as the Most Promising Talent on the continent after the breakout year he had at Manchester City. His compatriot, Alex Iwobi won the Youth Player of the Year award for forcing his way into Arsene Wenger‘s Premier League side, Arsenal.

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For winning yet another Africa Women Cup of Nations, Nigeria’s Super Falcons were named Women’s National Team of the Year for their record eighth title win in Cameroon.

Leading the charge of that title triumph was Arsenal star, Asisat Oshoala who was named Women’s Player of the Year after finishing the tournament with six goals.

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The Cranes of Uganda won the honours for the National Team of the Year while 37-year-old Gambian, Bakary Papa Gassama was named the Referee of the Year.

The winners were picked by CAF member associations’ national team coaches, a panel of journalists and television consultants.

Golden Globe Awards 2017 winners: The full list

The 74th annual Golden Globe Awards Awards took place on Sunday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles on Sunday and below is the list of all the nominations and winners. List and winners after the cut…

Best Motion Picture, Drama

Moonlight (WINNER)

      Manchester by the Sea
      Lion
      Hacksaw Ridge
      Hell or High Water

 

Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

 

    La La Land (WINNER)
    20th Century Women
    Sing Street
    Florence Foster Jenkins
    Deadpool

 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama

      Isabelle Huppert, Elle (WINNER)
Natalie Portman, Jackie
Ruth Negga, Loving
Amy Adams, Arrival
Jessica Chastain, Miss Sloane

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

      Emma Stone, La La Land (WINNER)
Annette Bening, 20th Century Women
Lily Collins, Rules Don’t Apply
Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins
Hailee Steinfeld, The Edge of Seventeen

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama

    Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea (WINNER)

Denzel Washington, Fences
Joel Edgerton, Loving
Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

Mahershala Ali, Moonlight

Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water
Dev Patel, Lion
Simon Helberg, Florence Foster Jenkins
    Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Nocturnal Animals (WINNER)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

    Viola Davis, Fences (WINNER)
Naomie Harris, Moonlight
Nicole Kidman, Lion
Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures

Best Director, Motion Picture

    Damien Chazelle, La La Land (WINNER)

Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea
Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
Mel Gibson, Hacksaw Ridge
Tom Ford, Nocturnal Animals

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

    Ryan Gosling, La La Land (WINNER)

Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool
Colin Farrell, The Lobster
Hugh Grant, Florence Foster Jenkins
Jonah Hill, War Dogs

Best Screenplay, Motion Picture

 

    Manchester by the Sea
    La La Land (WINNER)
    Moonlight
    Hell or High Water
    Nocturnal Animals

 

Best Original Score, Motion Picture

Arrival
Lion
    La La Land (WINNER)
Moonlight
Hidden Figures

Best Motion Picture, Animated

Kubo and the Two Strings
Moana
My Life As a Zucchini
Sing
    Zootopia (WINNER)

Best Original Song, Motion Picture

“Can’t Stop the Feeling,” Trolls
    “City of Stars,” La La Land (WINNER)
“Faith,” Sing
“Gold,” Gold
“How Far I’ll Go,” Moana

Best Motion Picture, Foreign Language

Divines, France
    Elle, France (WINNER)
Neruda, Chile
The Salesman, Iran/France
Toni Erdmann, Germany

Best Television Series, Drama

     The Crown (WINNER)
Game of Thrones
Stranger Things
This Is Us
Westworld

Best Television Series, Musical or Comedy
    Atlanta (WINNER)
    Veep

 

    Transparent
    Black-ish

Mozart in the Jungle

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

American Crime

The Dresser
The Night Manager
The Night Of
    The People v. O.J. Simpson (WINNER)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, Drama

Rami Malek, Mr. Robot
Matthew Rhys, The Americans
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
    Billy Bob Thornton, Goliath (WINNER)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, Musical, or Comedy

    Donald Glover, Atlanta (WINNER)
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent
Anthony Anderson, Black-ish
Gael Garcia Bernal, Mozart in the Jungle
Nick Nolte, Graves

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Riz Ahmed, The Night Of
Bryan Cranston, All The Way
    Tom Hiddleston, The Night Manager (WINNER)
John Turturro, The Night Of
Courtney B. Vance, The People v. O.J. Simpson

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television

Sterling K. Brown, The People v. O.J. Simpson
    Hugh Laurie, The Night Manager (WINNER)
John Travolta, The People v. O.J. Simpson
Christian Slater, Mr. Robot

John Lithgow, The Crown

Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series, Drama

Winona Ryder, Stranger Things
    Claire Foy, The Crown (WINNER)
Evan Rachel Wood, Westworld
Catriona Balfe, Outlander
Keri Russell, The Americans

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television

    Olivia Colman, The Night Manager (WINNER)
Lena Headey, Game of Thrones
Chrissy Metz, This Is Us
Mandy Moore, This Is Us
Thandie Newton, Westworld

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

    Sarah Paulson, The People v. O.J. Simpson (WINNER)
Kerry Washington, Confirmation
Felicity Huffman, American Crime
Charlotte Rampling, London Spy
Riley Keough, The Girlfriend Experience

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy

Rachel Bloom, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Sarah Jessica Parker, Divorce
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Issa Rae, Insecure
Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin
    Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish (WINNER)

Over 53,000 Condoms Were Distributed At The Calabar Carnival Village

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA),said it has so far distributed over 53,000 condoms through its Wise-up Cross River State campaign at Calabar Christmas Village.

Mr. Olamide Onifade, Head, Monitoring and Evaluation Unit, UNFPA, Wise-up Cross River State, disclosed this in a release he issued and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Calabar on Sunday.

Headies 2016 Poor show, bad execution, but it’s still Nigeria’s best

Was it a poor show, judging by standards that the Headies had earlier set? Yes. The production failed to cover itself in glory.

Headies Awards 2016

Headies Awards 2016

It’s quite the year for the Headies. This marks the first time that two Headies Awards shows will be held in one calendar year. Wasn’t it just yesterday that Don Jazzy and Olamide were going at each other, while the rest of Nigeria watched on in delight, disgust and concern?

The second 2016 Headies rolled into town, with the bar set in the hearts of fans to expect uncertainty. Many people wanted something special, although no one had a clear picture of what they had in mind. For many others, they just wanted a show to rival the best of what the US had, and what MTV was doing on the continent.

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These people were left disappointed. Everyone was left disappointed. Everyone who wasn’t a winner.

It has been a difficult year to run business in Nigeria. The country is suffering from the effects a recession, which has destabilized businesses, with inflation and the a downward spiral of the Naira having negative ripple effects on business, and the standard of living. It’s a tough year to secure sponsorships, and the Headies felt the weight of it. The event ran without a headline sponsor.

Viewers from home who watched a live feed mostly complained about the poor quality of the pictures and audio, while the production of the show failed to impress. The ideas were large and designed to be effective and entertaining, the performances all planned out, and the awards looking very shiny. But execution left a lot to be desired.

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Compared to last year, and the year before that, the Headies started on time. Shout out to Ayo Animashaun who gave the the thumbs up for the show to be kicked off when 90% of the nominees and eventual winners were absent. Lateness is a culture of the country, and the Headies was disrespected by the stars who were blatantly late.

Empty seats in front, made the affair look a bit unattended and sparse, and eventually took something off the general shine of the event. Transitioning was a big issue, with drags and friction marring the entire production.

Hosts for the night, Falz and Adesua Etomi, were amazing. They didn’t have enough practice, but they combined humor, wit, slapstick displays to put out a good performance, and salvage what they can. Falz and Etomi gave music performances, were glowing in fashion, and also scored a winner with the funny depiction of Bobrisky.

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Performances on the night was not bad. The organisers attempted to mix vintage performers with the toast of today. Tony Tetuila, Eddy Montana and Eedris Abdulkareem came through to give us a trip back to the days of Remedies, one of Nigeria’s finest music groups. Jazzman Olofin and Adewale Ayuba was a revelation, while Raskimono and Aramide’ performance is melding of two generations of music. For real music lovers, this was the best.

Planned peformances by Mr Eazi and Kiss Daniel were cut short, but Seyi Shay was elegant and sey at the same time, giving off a fire performance, before Flavour’s strength and artistry wrapped up the night.

The show initially had a very low turnout of celebrities. Their absence was glaring with numerous nominees and awardees absent at the award. Notable absentees were the entire members of Mavin Records and YBNL Records, two music companies whose bosses had a bitter spat at the previous edition. Simi failed to claim her award for “Best Vocal Performance”, Kiss Daniel failed to claim an award, Illblisss who was a big winner in two categories, Patoranking who won the Best Reggae/Dancehall single was absent, and Olamide won two awards, but was a no show. Lateness and a heavy December schedule for many star acts ensured that holes were left in the ceremony.

The magic of the Headies was on display as Kcee and Harrysong reunited on stage. The former label mates were best of friends and frequent collaborators during their time at Five Star Music until November 2016, when Harrysong abruptly split from the group and swiftly set up a new music company, named Alter Plate.

Kcee, Harysong on stage at the Headies 2016.Kcee, Harysong on stage at the Headies 2016.(Twitter)

Harrysong granted interviews which revealed his frustration and perceived lack of appreciation from Five Star Music. He also took personal shots at Kcee by accusing him of disrespect.

But at the Headies 2016, all of that seemed to have been abandoned and peace achieved. Harrysong’s ‘Reggae Blues’ won the award for Song Of The Year, and Kcee, who collaborated with him on the track climbed the stage to welcome. “We been dey fight, but it is all settled,” the singer said, as they hugged and accepted the award from presenter Uti Nwachukwu. The duo later showed up to present an award together.

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There was drama too. It was an embarrassment for Phyno, as the rapper failed to pick up any gold trophy. Phyno who appeared late and had a ceremonious entrance, was awarded the Song Of The Year for his efforts on ‘Fada Fada’, came out to receive his trophy. The rapper opted not to give an acknowledgement speech, grabbing the mic and coldly muttering “Me I no get speech o, Thank u for the award”

But no trophy was handed to him. No assistant usher brought any trophy on stage for the star, and he was made to walk back to his seat empty handed. Midway through the walk, he met up with Ayo Animashaun, the organiser of the award and laid his frustration.

One of the events that will forever be ingrained in the hearts of the audience was Wizkid snubbing Eva Alordiah’s fiancé, Caesar. Wizkid walked into the venue almost at the last hour sending the crowd into a frenzy. While walking past he reached out to hug someone, Caesar thinking it was him, stretched his arms only for Wizkid to ditch him and hug Eva.

Ouch.

Epic moment Wizkid snubbed Eva’s fiance, Ceasar.

The event was later ended abruptly. With a number of awards not presented and Flavour showing up to round it off.

Was it a poor show, judging by standards that the Headies had earlier set? Yes. The production failed to cover itself in glory. And a number of reasons can be put forward as causes. But the bottomline shows that the organisation was substandard.

But if you can look away from this year’s production and see the bigger picture, then you will have a deep sense of admiration for what Ayo Animashaun has done with the Headies. It’s Nigeria’s most consistent and prestigious music show, standing out as the yardstick for measuring the best in the country. This year’s edition is the 11th.

While USA leads with the Grammy, and Africa can always rely on the MTV Africa Music Awards to shine forth, we in Nigeria has the Headies as our own curator of music history. And we have to support it.