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Praiz Drops New Music Video With Wizkid

X3M Music act, Praiz Adejo has just released the music video for his hit track Sisi featuring superstar Wizkid.

Directed by Unlimited LA and produced by GOSPELONDABEAT, the four-minute video showcases high quality colorful and crisp pictures that complement the stimulating and harmonious beats of the hit track.

The beautiful video has multiple well designed backdrops and cameos includes; Sammy of X3M music and lots of female video vixens

The track Sisi which appreciates the African beauties all around the world, amplifies this by featuring beautiful African women.

 When asked about the video, Praiz had this to say:

“I am excited that this long awaited video is out because a lot of work has gone into and I’m glad it is finally here for my wonderful fans”.

“I made this song because I appreciate the beauty of my female fans and I’m happy this video portrays that” - Praiz added

The award winning R&B sensation is making waves in the industry with his recently released double-barreled album Rich and Famous

BHM Group Announces The Launch Of Pan-African Digital Agency

One of Nigeria’s leading Media and Public Relations agencies, BHM has today, announced the kick off of a new company called ID Africa.

The new agency, headquarted in Lagos, is a ‘social and digital marketing agency’, according to founder Ayeni Adekunle.
BHM is a major advocate of social PR – a practice that prioritizes the use of C2C conversations in driving advocacy and telling brand stories. The agency is a digital PR leader in Nigeria, in an industry that’s just slowly waking up to the opportunities technology and trends provide.

ID Africa is a creative, social and digital marketing agency specializing in the customization of brand communication to specific target markets, and the use of stories and conversations to engage audiences.

The company is part of the BHM Group, which is home to Nigerian Entertainment Today and BlackHouse Media.
In 2014, BHM introduced Nigeria’s first mobile application for the media and PR industry, and, according to data from its digital department, the company recorded over one billion (1bn) social impressions from different campaigns during the year.

Speaking further, Ayeni says ‘Brands should not only tell their stories, they must have a passionate community of consumers who are believers and evangelists, happy to share their experience and convert even the worst skeptic. The combination of great social technology and cool content are the sine qua non to achieving this!’

ID Africa aims to fill the gap left by digital marketing firms across Africa who currently offers only the most generic of marketing and digital ad services. This it hopes to achieve by leveraging on the often-overlooked Internet business community in Nigeria reported to be growing by up to 50% annually.

The birth of this type of digital conversations, according to ID Africa, may just be the end of advertising, as we know it. If successful in this quest to disrupt status quo, the company would have created a new global template for Internet Marketing and online Public Relations.

Why My New Company Is A Big Deal - By Ayeni Adekunle

It's 6AM in Lagos, Nigeria.

I'm sitting at my desk, looking back at the past few years of my life. I haven't had much sleep, haven't seen my kids in two days. I'm wearing the same clothes from yesterday. 

But I'm not complaining. Instead, I'm actually grateful. 

It's 6AM on February 27, 2015 - just about 11 years after I left the University of Ibadan with a third class degree. Just 11 years ago, when I was a hospital reject, a homeless and unemployable 'graduate'. 

It's 6AM on February 27, 2015. Eight years and 14 days since I officially left paid employment.  I remember the day on February 13, 2007, my dad's 63rd birthday, when I looked my boss in the face and said 'actually, sir, I don't think I want to work here anymore'.

It's 6AM on Friday February 27, 2015, eight years and three months since I started what is now known as BHM. By now, I'm sure everyone knows the story of how we started with zero Naira, how we squatted for years and used my wife's salary to run the business. 

It's 6AM on Friday February 27, 2015, over three years since we crossed the $1m mark (yes, a big deal, for a little Lagos agency), nearly five years since we started our second business (Nigerian Entertainment Today) and the day we officially launch our third - ID Africa – a sexy company that will introduce new ways of helping brands and consumers use social tools to connect with those they care about.

I don't like to write when I'm emotional; because then I go places I usually would not. But how do I help being emotional on a day like this?

How is it that I was begging to feed in UI eleven years ago, having Doyin Adesida pay the house rent in Agbowo-Ibadan, squatting with Charles Mayomi in Ketu-Lagos and taking a N60, 000 loan from work to pay my first rent in Akute 10 years ago; and now - I'm launching company number three? Employing nearly 60 people and living the life I could never have dreamed of?

It's not a big deal, really, in the books of those who grew in privilege. For those born brilliant, for those with access to great education and finance. Not a big deal for those who grew up knowing what and who they were. And it's but a tiny achievement, within the scope of the dream for my life and our organisation. But considering where I'm coming from; looking back at how I battled to fight off stammering, how I wrote JAMB for five years, struggled through university only to fail out, how I fought plenty complexes and didn't know my self; thinking of many of my friends who are still job hunting, in jobs they hate, still stuck where we're coming from; or those the circumstances of our environment have limited or destroyed, I consider myself a miracle. 

So it's more than a big deal, it's a major miracle that we're kicking off ID Africa today. Unlike BlackHouse Media and Nigerian Entertainment Today, we're actually starting our new company with a couple of computers, an office space, and a combination of skills that'll work wonders. We actually have capital. Ha!

Friday February 27, 2015: I've waited long for this day!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Amstel Malta Hosts Joke Silva, Kunle Afolayan, Iretiola Doyle, Segun Arinze, Others At The 2015 AMVCA Nominees Brunch.

- Reveals plan to reward four winners with One million Naira cash prize each.

Veteran actress Joke Silva, Iretiola Doyle, Segun Arinze and a host of other popular Nollywood acts were yesterday, February 25, 2015, treated to an exquisite brunch organised by the official sponsor of the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards(AMVCA), Amstel Malta and Multi Choice at the Intercontinental Hotel, Lagos.

The celebrities, all of who came out dressed to the nines, were full of appreciation to the organisers of the brunch and awards. Major highlight of the event was the reveal of Amstel Malta’s plan to reward winners of the Best Actor (Drama), Best Actress (Drama), Best Comedy and Best Overall Movie categories with cash prizes, which brought smiles to the faces of all present.

O.C Ukeje, who himself is a nominee of the Best Actor category, couldn't hide his excitement at the idea. According to him, it was a laudable one and deserved a lot of commendation,

“It’s a great feeling to know that our efforts do not go unnoticed. As actors and movie makers, we put in so much work into what we do, all in a bid to please our viewers and it feels absolutely amazing that we can be rewarded when we do it right. Big Kudos to Amstel Malta” he said.

Other notable faces present at the event were renowned celebrity photographer, Kelechi Amadi, media personality, IK Osakioduwa, Lala Akindoju, Wole Ojo, Ivie Okujaye amongst others.

The 2015 AMVCA will kick off with the Technical Awards on the 6th of March and climax the following day with the main awards event, both at the Eko Convention Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Kunle Afolayan, Ayo Makun, Rita Dominic Battle Other AMVCA 2015 Nominees For Amstel Malta’s 4 Million Naira Cash Prize.

Talented Nollywood producers and actors, Kunle Afolayan, Ayo Makun, Rita Dominic, Zeb Ejiro, O.C Ukeje, Ivie Okujaye and other AMVCA 2015 nominees are up against each other, as official sponsor of the AMVCA and Nigeria's leading premium low-sugar malt brand, Amstel Malta announces its reward of One million naira cash prize each, to winners of four award categories.  

According to Edem Vindah, Corporate Media and Public Affairs Manager of Nigerian Breweries, who addressed nominees and guests at the AMVCA Nominees Brunch, held yesterday, 25th of February 2015, at the Intercontinental Hotel, Lagos, the Amstel Malta cash reward will be given to winners of the Best Actor(Drama) and Best Actress (Drama) as well as Best Movie (Comedy) and Best Overall Movie. 

Edem explained that the brand, which has been a part of the AMVCA since its maiden edition in 2013, is very determined to celebrate the best, hence the decision to reward the winners.

“Amstel Malta is a brand that promotes exceptional talents and those who want to be the best in what they are doing. It is indeed an awesome privilege to be part of this great project”, he added.

Former Amstel Malta Box Office (AMBO) winner, Wole Ojo, who was at the brunch, also expressed his pleasure at the gesture.

“This is certainly a welcomed initiative and truthfully I'm not too surprised at Amstel Malta's decision to do this. I mean, this is a brand that has always supported the movie industry from way back. They sure know how to do it best. Everyone needs such encouragement to keep up the good work and it couldn’t have come at a better time”, he said.

Amstel Malta with this initiative, hopes to urge its many consumers to continue steadfastly on their journey to success while it keeps on doing all it can to encourage their efforts to be the best they can be.

The 2015 AMVCA will hold its Technical Awards on the 6th of March at the Eko Convention Centre, followed by the main awards event, the day after at same venue.

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