From Akindoju To Omojuwa, Top Quotes From #SMWLagos

From left: Channels Television Presenter, Chamberlain Usoh; Social Media Influencer, Japheth Omojuwa, Anchor of the session, Claudine Moore; Nkechi Ali-Balogun; and Charles O’Tudor at one of the sessions on day one of Social Media Week Lagos, 2018.


Social Media Week is here again, with more fun and power-packed conversations.

The event that seeks to explore opportunities in the digital space as well as how social media can serve as a catalyst for change kicked off its 2018 edition on Monday, February 26.

This year’s edition themed: ‘Closer’, brought together top influencers, business owners, as well as individuals who are seeking ways to improve their brands.

While there were several sessions ranging from broadcasting and social media, journalism and social media, comedy and fashion blogging, beauty and wellness among others, here are a few key points from some sessions at day one.


Chairman/CEO of Channels Media Group, John Momoh (OON): The Future Of Broadcast Media

Consumer experience is changing so we are leveraging the digital space by digitizing our content.

Fake news is not news. For reliable and balanced reporting, look out for brands you can trust.

Because the world is changing, we (Broadcasters) cannot do things the same way.


Kemi ‘Lala’ Akindoju – Actress/ Film Maker: How To Effect Change With The Content We Produce

The CEO of KrasTV, Femi Bakre: TV presenter, Bolanle Olukanni; Nollywwod Actress Kemi Akindoju and Mr Marcel Mbamalu at the Social Media Week, Lagos, 2018.


In order to win your audience over, avoid constantly throwing out ‘preachy’ content that directly tell the audience what to do.

The onus rests on the content creators to package the content in a way that allows the audience choose what lesson they want to learn from it.

It is our duty as content creators, film makers or story tellers to set the agenda for how we want to be perceived.


Japhet Omojuwa: Leveraging Communications To Challenge Africa’s So-Called ‘Shit-Hole’ Narrative

Social Media Influencer, Japheth Omojuwa at Social Media Week Lagos, 2018.


President Trump is not the problem; he is the consequence/effect.

Our duty is not to try to counter the negatives by merely throwing out positives only. The key is to create balance.

The most powerful force in the world is the media. Africa can be defined outside the narrative of Africa.


Chamberlain Usoh: Leveraging Communications To Challenge Africa’s So-Called ‘Shit-Hole’ Narrative

Bad news makes good news but it is not all the news that there is.

We need to deliberately look inwards. We have young Nigerians that are intelligent and can things.

Nigerian writers, bloggers should choose one Nigerian who has done something good and celebrate them by writing about them.


Nkechi Ali-Balogun: Leveraging Communications To Challenge Africa’s So-Called ‘Shit-Hole’ Narrative

Many countries have created a unique identity for themselves; we must do same rather than constantly copying them.

As long as we are unable to stand up to them, we will continue to be subdued by them.

To project ourselves in positive light, we must begin to change the way we think. Be sensitive to your environment and be proud of who you are.


Charles O’Tudor: Leveraging Communications To Challenge Africa’s So-Called ‘Shit-Hole’ Narrative

Charles O’Tudor one of the speakers at the event.


Africa is a passive brand. This is because we have no global strategy in place to communicate who we are.

A brand is not just an image; a brand is who/what you build from the core of your inside.

Stop complaining, change the system and narrative from your point of view.

PHOTOS: Tunde Kelani’s ‘Dazzling Mirage’ Premieres In Lagos

Tunde KelaniThe latest work of veteran movie maker, Tunde Kelani – Dazzling Mirage – starring fast rising actor, Kemi lala Akindoju, movie maker and actor, Kunle Afolayan, and Yomi Fash Lanso premiered on Friday.

Dazzling Mirage is the story of a talented, beautiful young sickle-cell sufferer who overcomes social stigma, prejudice and her own low self-esteem, to achieve success, marriage and motherhood.

Guests at the premiere included; the cast and crew of the movie, as well as top shots in the entertainment industry – Adewale Ayuba, Joke Silva, Iretiola Doyle and others.

The exclusive event which was hosted by Comedian Gbenga Adeyinka 1st held at the Muson Centre, Lagos.

Check out pictures from the event:

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PHOTOS: Star Studded Launch Of The Juice Season 2

ToolzNigerian celebrities trooped out in their numbers for the launch of a popular TV show, “The Juice” hosted by Nigerian On Air Personality, Tolu ‘Toolz’ Oniru.

Guests included Osas Ighodaro, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, Gbemi Olateru-Olagbegi, Tomi Odunsi, Toke Makinwa, Adebola Williams, Noble Igwe, Sasha P, Kemi ‘Lala’ Akindoju, Yemi Black, Vector, Tunde Demuren, Niyola, and others.

Performers included hit artistes Kcee, Seyi Shay and Yemi Alade. It was a fun-filled evening of surprise guests interviewed live and a dance competition anchored by Kcee with 1000dollars for the best dancer.

Celeb contestants were Noble Igwe, Toke Makinwa and Ebuka Obi-Uchendu.

Emmah Ebuka Obi-Uchendu DJ Spinall Anita Ifeoma Isedah a.k.a Omalicha

Kcee and Olise Adebua Kcee Lala Akindoju NiyolaYemi Alade (2) Harrysong Sasha P (1) Seyi Shay (1) Toke Makinwa (1) Tunde Demurin, Toke Makinwa, Sasha PTitilope Sonuga and Onos Toyin Jolapamo and Vector

Nigeria’s Stage Sweethearts To Star In ‘HEAR WORD’

Joke SilvaDirector of ‘V Monologues’ and Sefi Atta’s ‘Not my Affair’, Ifeoma Fafunwa has announced her new production – HEAR WORD starring Taiwo Ajayi- Lycett, Joke Silva, Kate Henshaw, Bimbo Akintola, Iretiola Doyle and Kemi Lala Akindoju scheduled for May, 2014 at the Muson Centre, Lagos.


HEAR WORD is an exhilarating performance art production which would showcase true stories of triumph from 20 different Nigerian women.

The production would combine artistry, social commentary and true-life stories of transformation delivered by some of Nigeria’s best known and most talented actresses. Fafunwa said “These superb actresses offer us an intimate view into the lives of women from all walks of life as the monologues shine a light on the hidden part of each woman’s soul. I believe that this play will stimulate discussion as well as warm and sadden the heart.”

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Ifeoma Fafunwa

The play, scheduled to show on various stages in May, 2014 in Lagos and Abuja, will take the personal stories of women from all walks of life, all corners of Nigeria, and weave them together to create a tapestry of truth. “HEAR WORD is a place where the highest quality of performance art comes together to express the potential of Nigerian women; it is a celebration of the Nigerian woman to be shared with the world, as the characters reveal themselves, you may recognise your sister, your mother, your friend, your wife and perhaps even yourself” Fafunwa added.

Tunde Kelani’s ‘Dazzling Mirage’ Gets New Trailer Ahead Of Premiere

As the countdown to the premiere of the movie ‘Dazzling Mirage’ continues, veteran director; Tunde Kelani has released a second trailer and new photos for the movie.

In the movie, Lala Akindoju leads as a sickle- cell sufferer who strives to overcome social stigma, prejudice and low self-esteem, determined to achieve success, marriage and motherhood.

The movie also stars Kunle Afolayan, Taiwo Ajayi Lycett, Tosyn Bucknor, Bimbo Manuel, amongst others and was written by Olayinka Abimbola Egbokhare.

Watch the trailer and see photos below.

Lala Akindoju, Kunle Afolayan Lead In New Kelani Movie

One of Nigeria’s famed thespians, Kemi Lala Akindoju, and award winning movie maker, Kunle Afolayan take the lead in the latest Tunde Kelani movie ‘Dazzling Mirage’, which is now in post-production.

Mirage is the story of a talented, beautiful young sickle-cell sufferer who overcomes social stigma, prejudice and her own low self-esteem, to achieve success, marriage and motherhood.

Kemi Lala is known mostly for her work on stage with plays like The V Monologues and Ola Rotimi’s The Gods are not to Blame. This year, she made her pivot to the screen with box office hit ‘Alan Poza’ and a steady role on MNET Series, Tinsel.

Lala is also Casting Director for GTBANK Ndani’s ‘Gidi Up’.

Photos from the movie set below.