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SULE LAMIDO, GODSPOWER AKPABIO, FASHOLA are co-winners of Vanguard Award

SAM Amuka Pemu-led Vanguard Newspapers staged Vanguard Personality Award of the Year, on Saturday, February 7, 2015, at Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The Personality Award of the Year was won by three state governors – Sule Lamido of Jigawa, Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom and Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State, for exceptional service in governance from 2007-2014.

Governor Liyel Imoke of Cross River was honoured with the Best Tourism Development Award; Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano was honoured with Openness in Governance Award and Mr. Tony Elumelu won the African Personality of the Year.

In attendance was Lagos socialite, Erelu Abiola Dosunmu, Guardian publisher, Mrs. Maiden Ibru, This Day publisher, Prince Nduka Obaigbena, Ben Bruce of STV, Attorney General of Lagos State, Mr. Ade Ipaye, Cross River Commissioner for Finance, Rev. Costakis Etim, Iyabo Ojo, Biodun Okeowo, Cossy Orjiakor, Osas Ighodaro, Patoranking, Kiss Daniel and many others.

 

Iyabo-Ojo-1‘I am glad to be here’ – IYABO OJO

How do you feel being here today?

I am very happy to be here. I feel glad and honoured to be here.  I feel glad to be part of this event.  It is a big event and it’s always good to be among the people.

Would you be given any award?

No, I am here to honour an invitation.  I am here to meet with my colleagues and fans and also enjoy myself.

How is your business, Fespris World doing?

Fespris World is doing very well.  We are growing day by day.  We are getting stronger and getting more customers.  We thank God.

We heard you have introduced many new beauty products into Fespris?

Fespris is all about the world of beauty that is why it’s called Fespris World.  We do massaging and a lot of beauty therapy.  We engage in things that make ladies beautiful.  It’s all about looking good in and out.  It promotes beauty and we are boosting the confidence of ladies out there.

This is a new year, what should people expect from you?

I just shot two English movies, one is out in the cinemas doing good.  It’s entitled, Silence.  The other is entitled, Beyond Disability, and it’s going to be in the cinemas soon.  This year, I am going to do more movies, both English and Yoruba.  So, expect more productions this year.

What do the movies talk about?

Silence talks about the danger of child abuse.  So, you should expect a lot of message from that.  Beyond Disability talks about children with disabilities because there is always an ability in disability.  They both talk about societal issues.  They send a message to the public and nation as a whole.  They talk about the things that affect our day to day activity.

 

 

KISS-DANIEL-4-1‘This is my time’ – KISS DANIELS

How does it feel being here today?

I feel very great and blessed because it is not my doing but that of God. It is a media event and I just have to be here not only as a performer but to show that I appreciate the platform they have given me.

When did you start music?

I have always been singing for a long time but I started music as a career in 2014 and I am grateful to God for making my first single a hit song.

What inspired your single?

A lot of good songs because I listen to them and they have influenced and inspired me a lot.  I listen to the likes of 2Face, 9ice, Oritsefemi and many other good artistes.

The video of your single, Woju, is out but some of your fans do not like it. What inspired it?

The video has everything the song is talking about.  The song is about a guy going to a party with a girl and leaving the same party with another girl.  And that is what I displayed in the video.

Coming into the music industry is not easy, what stands you out?

I know it is not easy but this is my time and I intend to make good use of it.  When it is your time nobody can take it away from you?

How did you come about the name Kiss Daniel?

I got the name Kiss while I was in school and Daniel happens to be my name.

Tell us about your background.

I hail from Ogun State.  I had my primary, secondary and tertiary education in the West.  I graduated from the Federal University of Agriculture, where I studied Agricultural Engineering.

 

 

Bovi2‘Success is still a long journey’ – BOVI

How do you feel being here today?

It is normal for me because this is what I do for a living.  But every event comes with its own vibes.  Sometimes you don’t know what to expect, you just know it’s going to be good.  That’s what this evening already looks like, something that is going to be exciting.

This is a new year, what should your fans expect from you?

They should expect what I normally do which is to entertain them.  I am going to diversify this year, do things in other genres of art.  They should expect to see me in a different light.

You are rated amongst the most successful comedians in the industry. How do you feel?

Success is based on perception.  Personally, I don’t see myself as a success yet.  I see myself as work in progress.  So, if I am rated that way, it’s because people appreciate what I do, but success is still a long journey.

How would you rate your career over the years?

I won’t lie, it has been a steady struggle.  I had it better last year and it’s more difficult now because expectations are higher.

What would you say has been the challenges of being a comedian?

It’s staying fresh, unlike music where people are ready to hear the same tune over and over.  But for comedy, it is not the same.  Those that follow you want to hear something new every time you open your mouth.  So, staying fresh, having to recreate yourself is a peculiar task but we are up to it.

Can you tell is your success story?

I am not successful yet.  I am still work in progress.

 

 

Open1‘My wedding bell will soon ring’ – OSAS IGHODARO

OSAS Ighodaro is a Nigerian-American actress, model and presenter.  She won the Miss Black USA pageant in 2010.  She plays the role of Adanma in the soap, Tinsel and co-hosted the 2014 African Magic Viewers Choice Awards.  The beautiful actress recently got engaged to her long time boyfriend and colleague, Gbenro Ajibade.  In a brief interview with ENCOMIUM Weekly, she revealed more about her partner, career and much more…

 

How would you rate your career over the years?

I believe when you want to do something, you work very hard for it, dedicate your time and energy to make it work.  I take it a day at a time and just continue to be better from the last time I did it. But I would say it has been challenging.

Congratulations on your engagement, when should we expect the wedding bell?

Thank you, I feel great about it and for the wedding bell, stay tuned because it is coming up soon.

What do you love most about your partner?

The fact that he is God fearing and his love for the Most High, I admire these about him a lot.

How did your path cross?

I actually met him on the set of Tinsel.

Really?

Yes.

What attracted him to you?

Obviously, his physique is attractive.  But it was when we got close and started talking I got to know him as a person.  That got me more attracted to him.

How challenging would you say your career has been?

It’s been challenging for me everywhere I go, but then again nothing you love comes easy.  So, it makes me continue to work hard and I will continue to be persistent, dedicated and do my best.

What should your fans expect from you?

I am excited because I am working on some projects that are coming out soon.  I will be doing things that people have not seen me do.  They will see me in a different light, not the regular Osas everyone is used to.

What would you say about your fashion sense?

My fashion sense is what makes me comfortable.  I am grateful that people like what I wear.  Whatever people see me in, I have to be comfortable in it.

What is that thing that you will never be found wearing?

I am a risk taker.  So, I will never say never.

 

 

 

akpororo‘I pray for endorsements’ – AKPORORO

BOWETO Jephta, popularly known as Akpororo, is one comedian that has gradually become a force to be reckoned with in the comedy industry.  His rise to fame can be described as phenomenal even though he started the comic business in 2008.  The Delta born humour merchant has no doubt surpassed most of his colleagues that were before him.  The surprising thing about this outstanding act is the obvious transformation he has gained since he got his first breakthrough in 2010.  Speaking with ENCOMIUM Weekly, he opened up on his music career, comedy and more.

 

This is a new year, what should your fans expect from you?

I want to thank all my fans for all their love and support.  I can’t be more grateful.  Also, I thank them for nominating me for the Comedian of the Year award which I won and I believe together we can make it happen again this year.  This year, my fans should be on their feet because Akpororo versus Akpororo will be coming up again this year.  I will be working on my song also and I intend to stage more comedy shows.  Most importantly, I pray for endorsements.

How would you rate your career over the years?

If anyone knows me and my story, then you will know I am a testimony.  One thing I believe and I know is that, God is taking me somewhere greater but I remain grateful for where I am today.

The art of making people laugh is not easy, how have you been doing it?

I can never stop thanking God for all He has done for me because it is not by my strength or my power but I appreciate the special talent that He has given me.  I would say it is a raw talent because many see me and start laughing without me even saying or doing a joke.  They tell me, ‘Man, we don’t understand you when you are on stage or not, you are just the same.’  But I thank God for the ability and gift to make people laugh.

What would you say have been the challenges of being a comedian?

The major challenge that comedians are facing is the issue of payment.  I have been saying this and I will continue to repeat it, they need to increase our pay.

What are the gains of being a comedian?

If you understand the real meaning of being a comedian, you will be happy always because it is not an easy job, at the same time, you can easily interact with people. I would say I am happy being a comedian because it is what I love doing and it gives me joy seeing people laugh when I talk.

It is the season of love, what plans do you have?

February 14 is my birthday.  So, I will be inviting many people to come and celebrate with me on that special day.

Where do you see yourself in three years?

Like I will always say, by then, I for don blow.  That is, my brand would be bigger.  I would be a better person.

What plans do you have for this year?

My fans should get ready for my upcoming show.  I would be going on a tour of Nigeria and outside Nigeria.  Also, I would be working on my single entitled, I go give am praise and more songs.  I will basically be doing new things.

 

–   Interviews by DOLAPO AMODENI And NKECHI IBEMERE

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