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Nollywood Star Actress, Funmi Awelewa Makes Directorial Debut With “A WISH”



Funmi Awelewa

Delectable Nollywood actress, Funmi Awelewa who is also popularly called “Morili Omo Ibadan” for her comical roles has upped her game by stepping up from acting to directing.

In a statement released by the talented actress, Funmi Awelewa has made her debut as a director in a new short movie, “A WISH”, which is a true life story.

The movie was shot on location at Ibadan by her production company, Faab Entertainment. It was filmed at the actual places where she grew up and had her childhood.

According to the actress, “it’s really an awesome experience, though very tasking for me to direct this movie because it’s a TRUE LIFE story, and it is the story of my life. It is one story very dear to my heart, hence my resolve to take the risk and direct it myself and I thank God it turns out just the way I wanted it. It’s a very wonderful production in all ramifications.”

The plot of the movie is based on her life experience. How she left home to pursue her acting career and unknowing to her that her mother is suffering from eye problems that eventually led to her blindness.

Speaking on the movie, Awelewa stated that, “we often neglect our loved ones, especially parents in our quests for better life, and many times they have things and issues, especially health wise they go through but don’t have the opportunity to discuss it with their children since they rarely see them one on one.

“I want to use this movie to correct that misdeed. No matter how busy we are, we should always create time for our parents, check on them, talk to them and always advise and assist them to check their health status as often as possible”.

The movie started screening via her YouTube channel, FaabTV on Thursday 12 October, 2023 which also happened to be the day the actress celebrated her 35th birthday.

Funmi Awelewa was introduced into Nollywood by Sola Kosoko in 2013. She made her acting debut the same year when she appeared in the film “Wosi Kenke”. She later got under the mentorship of veteran Nollywood actor, writer, and director Antar Laniyan.

She is also a philanthropist and the founder of Funmi Awelewa Foundation, which is a non-governmental foundation that caters for the visually impaired. She is also an entrepreneur. She is the creator of Glow Envy beauty and skincare products.

She has her own production company, FAAB Entertainment and her production credits include: Aromimawe, Omo Ibadan, Natasha, Gbakoje, Ebudola, Morili Bilisi and Ewon Ife. 

Funmi Awelewa, before delving into acting in 2013, while being an undergraduate at the University of Ibadan was also into fashion designing. The actress mulls a comeback with her fashion brand, FashionENVY.

She enjoys great followership and has a huge fan base across various social media platforms. She is a social media influencer. The actress has an extensive following on Instagram. Presently she has close to 3 million followers on Instagram. She is also famous on TikTok, with over 600 thousand followers.

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Guinness World Record: Adewale Tinubu Throws Weight behind Tunde Onakoya




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Adewale Tinubu


Attempt by Nigerian-born chess player, Tunde Onakoya, to break the Guinness World Record has received a boost with the Group Chief Executive Officer, Oando Group, Mr Adewale Tinubu, throwing his weight behind his effort.

Tinubu, on his social handles, lauded the ingenuity of the young Nigerian.

He wrote: ‘’It’s been 27 hours and counting since  the Grand Chess master took on the inspiring feat of breaking the Guinness World Record for the longest chess marathon in Times Square, New York City, as a beacon of hope for vulnerable children across Africa.

“Let’s take a leaf from Tunde Onakoya’s  book because, in all of us, there exists the capacity for great courage and good. Tunde Onakoya is a truly inspirational story, it’s one of determination, tenacity and, above all, passion for humanity, and one that we must all learn from. Bring it home!’’

Onakoya, 29, who is in New York City, aims not only to break the world record of 56 hours set in 2018,  but also to raise money for the Gift of Chess and  Chess in Slums Africa organisations that aim to use the game to lift children out of poverty.

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Bigi Strengthens its Hold on Nigerian Idol in Season 9




Bigi Carbonated Soft Drink, a leading Nigerian beverage brand, is thrilled to announce that it is again the headline sponsor of the 9th season of Nigerian Idol, Africa’s biggest music reality TV show, as it has previously powered it in three other editions, in Seasons 6,7, and 8.

This reaffirms Bigi’s commitment to supporting the growth and development of the Nigerian entertainment industry and empowering aspiring talents to achieve their dreams.

Since her first sponsorship in season 6, Bigi has witnessed the rise of remarkable talents like Kingdom Kroseide, Progress Chukwuyem, and Victory Gbakara. Season 8 saw Bigi go above and beyond with exciting campus activations, engaging live show activities like the life-size Bigi Chiller photobooth, and captivating events like the Ikeja City Mall Flash Mob and shoppers dash where the top three finalists bought household items worth over a million naira.

This season, Bigi promises to raise the bar even higher, ensuring its presence resonates throughout the entire journey. From pre-show events to live performances and beyond, the brand aims to be on the lips and in the hearts of everyone involved.

Biola Aransiola, Assistant Brand Manager, Bigi, states “We are excited to be back for Nigerian Idol Season 9, and we can’t wait to share our exciting plans! As a brand that cares deeply for its consumers, Bigi wants to empower talent and provide a platform for dreams to take flight.” Aransiola adds, “Our partnership with Nigerian Idol is a reflection of our unwavering commitment to seeing young talents thrive and reach their full potential.”

Bigi’s partnership reflects a shared passion for nurturing talent and creating opportunities for young Nigerians to shine. This aligns perfectly with the show’s theme, “Dare to Dream,” encouraging individuals to chase their aspirations and believe in their potential.

As a brand synonymous with joy and refreshment, Bigi promises to inject fun and excitement into every episode of Nigerian Idol Season 9. Get ready for a season filled with talent, excitement, inspiring stories, the shared pursuit of dreams, and the refreshing taste of Bigi.


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G’Men’s New Year Party Excites Manchester, UK




Ahead of it’s the forthcoming New Year Party celebration in Manchester, United Kingdom, one of UK’s foremost association, G’Men of Manchester have concluded all arrangements aimed at hosting friends, families and other stakeholders at their forthcoming new year party celebration.

Billed for Sunday, January 28, 2024 at the prestigious Empire Hall, Cheethamill, Manchester, UK, the association has left no stone unturned at making the event not only a top notch but also ensuring that the day enjoys a successful and memorable achievement.

According to a statement made available and signed by the association’s Public Relations Officer, Otunba Eyitayo Mustapha, “G’Men is a foremost and leading association based in Manchester, United Kingdom. It is constituted by morally responsible and professionally motivated group of Gentlemen living in Manchester.

Continuing, Mustapha explained that G’Men is an evolution of individual and collective members personal and professional passion and commitment to support its stakeholders towards fostering unity amongst them. Besides this, the association is equally inspired to support its primary constituency of Nigerian residents.

Mustapha further disclosed that the unity in diversity theme uphold by the association has consistently played a pivotal role in the association’s day to day activations.

 Mustapha hinted that this proposed new year event will be the third edition in the history of the association.  It will also attract eminent personalities across Manchester and beyond.

 ‘’As an association, G’Men of Manchester has created a niche for itself as a charity

organisation, offering a platform of cultural projection, a window of social integration

and a channel of professional networking; regardless of members colour, race, religion

or ethnicity”, he said.

‘’ Of the various excitements already generated on the social media and

amongst the various Nigerian ethnic communities in Manchester, and given our level

of preparation, as well as the various support we are getting from all and major

stakeholders, I am confident that this year’s new year party celebration will be nothing

short of glitz, glamour and most especially, success” Mustapha also stated.

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