The Ministry of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs has unveiled the list of 339 prominent Nigerians who will be honored with national honors in 2023.
Among the recipients are renowned singer Davido, acclaimed filmmaker Kunle Afolayan, and Super Eagles striker Victor Osimhen. The awards include the Officer Of The Order of The Niger (OON) for Davido and Afolayan, and the Member of The Order of Federal Republic (MFR) for Osimhen. Terry Waya, a well-known socialite from Benue, will be conferred with the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR).
The national honors ceremony is scheduled to take place on June 1, 2023, where the recipients will officially receive their medals and certificates. This recognition is a testament to their significant contributions in their respective fields and their impact on Nigerian society.
It is worth noting that this is not the first time that the Nigerian government has honored individuals from the entertainment industry. In the previous year, President Muhammadu Buhari bestowed national honors upon notable entertainers such as 2Baba, Burna Boy, and Teni.
The national honors serve as a means of acknowledging the exceptional achievements and positive influence of individuals who have made remarkable contributions to the development and progress of Nigeria. Through these awards, the government recognizes and appreciates the talents and dedication of individuals across various sectors, including entertainment and sports, who have consistently represented the nation on the global stage.
BREAKING: 27 year old Nigerian singer, MohBad is dead
Nigerian musician Ilerioluwa Oladimeji Aloba, popularly known as MohBad, has passed away at the age of 27. The former Marlian Records signee was confirmed dead on Tuesday, and it has left the music industry in mourning.
The distressing news was shared by music executive Ovie on his social media platform, #Ovieo, on Tuesday evening.
He tweeted, “Confirmed. MohBad is dead. Sad, sad day.”
Furthermore, Nigerian rapper Olamide Adedeji, popularly referred to as Olamide, expressed his grief with a cryptic message on his social media handle.
He posted, “Damn! Mohbad (sic)” and in another tweet, he wrote, “This life (sic).”
Shortly after the news of MohBad’s passing emerged, an old video featuring Bella Shmurda surfaced online.
In the video, Bella Shmurda can be heard discussing MohBad’s recent battle with mental health issues, adding another layer of tragedy to the artist’s untimely demise.
Breaking: Comedian Kenny Blaq Ties the Knot with his lover
In a heartwarming turn of events, renowned Nigerian comedian, Otolorin Kehinde Peter, popularly known as Kenny Blaq, has taken a great step into matrimony.
Breaking away from the glitz and glamour often associated with celebrity weddings, Kenny Blaq opted opted for a tastefully understated wedding ceremony, standing in stark contrast to the grand, headline-grabbing affairs often seen in the world of Nigerian celebrities.
Kenny Blaq shared the joyous news of his nuptials with his adoring fans via an Instagram post on a Saturday. The comedian’s Instagram feed came alive with enchanting snapshots that captured the essence of his special day.
In one mesmerizing photo, Kenny Blaq looked dapper in a white suit accentuated with striking black stripes, complemented by impeccably tailored black trousers.
He lovingly held his wife Stephanie’s delicate hand, their eyes locked in a gaze overflowing with affection. Stephanie, radiant in her resplendent wedding gown, cradled an exquisite bouquet of flowers, her dazzling smile captivating the lens of the camera.
In a heartfelt caption, Kenny Blaq expressed his gratitude to all those who played pivotal roles in crafting the splendid tapestry of his wedding’s resounding success, showing appreciation for the support and love he received from his well-wishers.
This joyous occasion comes just a few months after the comedian made headlines with his performance at a hotel during the Inauguration of President Bola Tinubu.
Interestingly, while attempting to check into the hotel, he was surprised to find a photo of the immediate past president, Muhammadu Buhari, still hanging on the wall, adding a humorous twist to his eventful journey.
Kenny Blaq’s wedding marks a beautiful new chapter in his life, celebrating love and commitment in a style that reflects his unique charm and personality.
5 shocking celebrity marriage failures that stunned Nigerians
The entertainment industry in Nigeria is teeming with extraordinarily talented individuals, including actors, singers, comedians, and other captivating performers.
Through their artistic prowess, they have captivated the hearts of countless Nigerians.
Beyond their remarkable careers, their family lives are facets that often contribute to their elevated statuses.
However, regrettably, some of these beloved celebrities have encountered challenges in their marriages.
1. Bolanle Ninalowo
Renowned Nollywood actor, Bolanle Ninalowo, recently announced the end of his 16-year marriage to Bunmi.
In a heartfelt statement shared on his Instagram page, he described this as a sad reality for him and his children, expressing his deep sorrow over the decision to dissolve the marriage.
His statement reads in part ”A sad reality I prayed, nurtured and worked tirelessly hard never to experience for the sake of all. My wife and I have decided to go our separate ways and headed for an irreconcilable marriage dissolution,” Ninalowo said.
2. Funke Akindele
The multiple award-winning actress, Funke Akindele, faced marital challenges twice.
She initially married Lagos politician Kehinde Oloyede in May 2012, but their marriage dissolved a year later.
In May 2016, she wedded Abdul Bello, a Nigerian songwriter and rapper, but their union also ended in 2022, with JJC Skillz, as he is known, citing irreparable differences.
JJC Skillz said: “Dear Friends and family, I need to let you know that Funke and I have separated. While it lasted, we shared many things and have created two beautiful children”, his post read. “The last two years have been tough for us. I have tried my best to fix things, but I believe it is beyond repair now.”
3. Korra Obidi
Korra Obidi, a talented Nigerian dancer, musician, and model, tied the knot with American chiropractor Dr. Justin Dean in 2018.
Sadly, their marriage lasted only four years, with Dean alleging verbal abuse towards their child and emotional distress as the reasons for his departure.
Dean said: “Many of you know I divorced Korra because we got into an argument and Korra says things to hurt me sometimes and she repeatedly told me that she regretted that June (their first daughter) ever been born.”
4. Tonto Dikeh
Popular Nigerian actress, singer, and humanitarian Tonto Dikeh married entrepreneur and philanthropist Olakunle Churchill in 2015.
However, their marriage faced turbulence, with Churchill accusing Dikeh of falsity and domestic violence. He cited these issues as reasons for ending the union.
Churchill said: “Our marriage was plagued with several frivolous claims of falsity, ranging from domestic violence to false allegations and all whatnot. I never laid my hands on her. I have never done that in my life before. She made up those things to discredit my philanthropic works. I am from a proper disciplined Yoruba home.”
5. Julius Agwu
Renowned Nigerian stand-up comedian, actor, and writer Julius Agwu was married to Ibiere in 2008.
Their marriage endured for 14 years, during which Agwu battled a brain tumor.
He attributed the breakdown of their marriage to his ill-health and the challenges they encountered as a result.
According to him, “I have learnt a lot about life. I don’t want to say some things but the fact is that I have grown. Life has taught me that it is important to strategise.”
These stories highlight the complexities of personal relationships even amidst public success. They serve as a reminder that celebrities, like everyone else, face their share of trials and tribulations in their journey through life.
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