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Nigerian Excellence celebrated in London at Lux Afrique’s Nigerian Independence Dinner

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APO Group,  the leading Pan-African communications consultancy and press release distribution service, is proud to have been an official sponsor at the Lux Afrique Nigerian Independence Dinner at Claridge’s Hotel in the heart of London last night.

This was the fourth annual staging of the event celebrating Nigerian excellence on the global stage. Organised by Lux Afrique, the luxury lifestyle platform dedicated to Africa, the guestlist represented the crème de la crème of the British and international Nigerian community.

Stars of sport, fashion and entertainment rubbed shoulders with distinguished guests such as Nigerian High Commissioner, His Excellency, Ambassador George Adesola Oguntade to celebrate 59 years of Nigerian independence.

High profile attendees recognised for their contribution to the promotion of Nigeria in the UK included Love Island’s Ovie Soko, actor Charles Venn, former World Champion and Olympic athlete Kriss Akabusi and footballer Peter Odemwingie.

Also in attendance were boxer Richard Riakporhe, Capital XTRA radio presenter Yinka Bokinni, Kojo Annan (son of former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan), Top Boy actor Kola Bokinni and singer Banky “W” Wellington.



The event began with a red-carpet welcome, followed by dinner, speeches and spellbinding performances by DJ Fasida and renowned Afrobeat musician Dele Sosimi and his band. There was also an exhibition of the latest iconic diamond jewellery from legendary fashion house Chanel.

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For APO Group, who sponsored the event alongside the FCMB UK bank and fashion brand Marina Rinaldi, this celebration of African excellence and success epitomises their philosophy of promoting African business, culture and development on a global scale and connecting African people from all walks of life.

Boasting the largest economy on the continent – as well as the two wealthiest individuals in Africa, Aliko Dangote and Mike Adenuga – Nigeria is an emerging power on the global stage.

According to Bloomberg , demand for luxury goods in the country is higher than ever due to significantly increased prosperity. They cite a report predicting that the number of ultra-high-net-worth individuals in Nigeria will rise 90% by 2024 – and global luxury brands are starting to take notice, with Cartier, Dolce & Gabbana and Gucci among companies establishing a presence in Lagos in recent years.



The Independence Dinner is a chance to inspire the next generation of Nigerians to emulate that success. Last night’s event featured a ‘silent auction’, with guests keen to remember their roots and support people back home. The main beneficiary this year is Lagos Food Bank  which helps people in deprived areas of Nigeria with basic food and supplies.

“The Nigerian Independence dinner is always one of the highlights of the calendar,” said Lux Afrique founder and event host Alexander Amosu. “It is inspiring to have so many people from diverse industries come together to celebrate Nigerian spirit and entrepreneurship. Most importantly, it is a great opportunity to network, share stories and showcase the very best of our wonderful nation.”

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“This is a fantastic event for APO Group to be part of,” said APO Group Chairman and Founder, Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard. “Lux Afrique events highlight the success of Africans and positive developments across the continent, and we feel passionate about helping them tell these compelling stories to new audiences around the world. It is a privilege for us to be able to share in tonight’s celebrations and promote African excellence”.

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Buga returns with ‘It has been Baba all the way’

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Popular musician, Jesse King (a.k.a Buga), without doubt, is a proudly Nigerian artiste that is poised in projecting the image of his fatherland positively, mostly through Nigeria’s traditional culture to the world.

The effort, which has become a brand for the revered musician as continue to make him a sought after indigenous musician in the industry; his works, which preaches morals, educate people, as well as full of entertainment, as warmed him into the hearts of his fans.

As a result of this development, Buga as he is fondly called by his fans is currently elated for the success he has recorded so far in the industry, coupled with the support he has enjoyed from his fans over the years.

According to Buga the successful career and the love from his esteemed fans over the years could be best described as a rare grace.

However, there is something new about the Buga crooner. Guess what! He has launched himself back to the forefront of the industry with a new work.

Buga said: “It has been God and my fans that have made my dream come through. This is why I have decided to show my profound appreciation through my new work entitled: “It has been Baba all the way”.

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“I feel great and full of thanks in my heart. It has been Baba all the way since the beginning of my career and I bless the name of the Lord. It has been awesome time with my loving fans. Now that I am back, it is going to be a new beginning and fresh Buga with full enjoyment,” he added

The new work which could be described as an indication for the comeback of the artiste into the mainstream will be released today.

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10 things to know about 2019 BBNaija winner, Mercy Eke

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Mercy Eke yesterday night emerged winner of the Big Brother Naija reality show, season 4 tagged Pepper Dem.

Mercy, 26, who is the first female winner of the show went home with the coveted 60million ultimate prize. Here are 10 things to note about Mercy.

 

1. She is a video vixen and a businesswoman from Imo State.

2. Popular nicknames – Lamborghini, Queen of Highlights.

3. Closest allies in Brother’s House – Diane and Ike

4. Born September 1993.

5. The first-ever female winner of BBNAIJA.

6. First-ever joint Head of House (HOH) with fellow Housemate, Ike.

7. First-ever joint diary session with Biggie.

8. She emerged winner of the 2019 BBNaija 2019 Season with 41.77% votes after four attempts.

9. She plans to start her own fashion brand.

10. For the emerging winner of the show, Mercy went home with a cheque of N30m. She will also receive various gifts and incentives valued at N30m. They include an all-expense-paid trip to Dubai for two, a Sport Utility Vehicle from Innoson Motors, a Scanfrost electronic makeover, a year supply of Pepsi Cola, one year supply of Munch It and Indomie noodles and VIP tickets to watch the European Champions League final.

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Mercy Wins BBNaija Season 4

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Mercy has finally emerged as the winner of the Big Brother Naija reality show  2019 for season 4.

Host of the show, Ebuka-Obi Uchendu, announced the winner on Sunday evening to wild cheers from excited supporters.

Down from 26 housemates, the keenly contested competition tagged  #PepperDem race saw Mercy, Seyi, Omashola and Frodd reach the finals as they battled for the grand price of 60 million Naira.

It had been an intriguing and eventful 90 days as each housemate served their own dose of ‘pepper’.

From the occasional fights, drama and controversy, to the tasking arena games, Friday night parties, celebrity visits and surprise evictions, the show most definitely served up enough pepper and spice that constantly sparked conversations among Nigerians, especially on social media.

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