Celebrating Davido With Media Friends At BHM Lounge

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So we hosted a media party for Nigerian pop star Davido in celebration of his recent global deal with Sony Music.

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Couldn’t find my glasses. And my cap.

Davido

Are you in a photo if it’s just your hand in it? Davido

Davido and his NET cover

Davido was a bad boy. Proud of how he’s cleaned up his image and used his music to show young folks what’s possible.

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The BHM Team and Davido

The BHM Team pose with Davido before he had a chance to enter the lounge.

Surprise visit by City People publisher Seye Kehinde

Dr Seye Kehinde with Ayeni Adekunle

Dr. Seye Kehinde, publisher of City People stopped by BHM this morning.

Dr Seye Kehinde with Ayeni Adekunle

With Publisher, City People Magazine, Dr. Seye Kehinde

Of course all we talked about was the past, present and future of the media industry in Nigeria

Dr. Seye Kehinde at BHM with Ayeni Adekunle
He said he came to interview me. But I ended up asking all the questions and picking every part of his brain.

Publisher of City People, Seye Kehinde With Ayeni Adekunle

City People is one of the most successful celebrity magazines in Nigeria. Now in its 19th year, SK and his team are now plotting a future in an industry that’s increasingly under the influence of bloggers and social media influencers.

I’ll be glad to see Nigerian brands face the digital challenge and not only survive, but use the advantage technology provides to enter new markets and – as we say at BHM – ‘go global’.

You see, to survive in this business, you have to ‘see’ tomorrow.

Publisher of City People, Dr Seye Kehinde with Ayeni Adekunle

 

Dr Seye Kehinde leaving BHM after his interview

#PRisdead: Setting a foundation for the #RiseofPR

PR Is Dead

I agree that PR is dead…

But death is not always a bad thing. At times it gives us an opportunity to reflect, re-invent… a second chance to do this right.

That’s why we invited stakeholders to BHM Group on October 6, 2015 to discuss the life and times of PR.

It wasn’t just to mourn the #DeathofPublicRelations, but a time of reflection, a time to set a road map for not just the #RiseofPR, but also the ‘Future of PR‘.

The conversation continues HERE

 Yomi Badejo Okusanya

Welcoming My Big brother Yomi Badejo Okusanya

CEO, CMC Connect, Yomi Badejo Okusanya addressing guests

CEO, CMC Connect, Yomi Badejo Okusanya addressing guests

Corporate Media and Brand PR Manager NIgerian Breweries, Edem Vindah and APRA Coordinator, Kayode Yeku

Corporate Media and Brand PR Manager Nigerian Breweries, Edem Vindah and APRA Coordinator, Kayode Yeku

CEO, CMC Connect, Yomi Badejo Okusanya with CEO, X3M Ideas, Steve Babaeko

Funsho Arogundade, Y.B.O with Steve Babaeko

Rendering a speech on 'War Against Public Relations'

Rendering a speech on ‘War Against Public Relations’

CEO, BHM Group, Ayeni Adekunle with CEO, CMC Connect,  Yomi Badejo Okusanya &  CEO, X3M Ideas, Steve Babaeko

With Y.B.O & Steve Babaeko

Nseobong Okon-Ekong with Steve Babaeko

Deputy Editor, ThisDay, Nseobong Okon-Ekong with CEO, X3M Ideas, Steve Babaeko

With Yomi Badejo Okusanya, Steve Babaeko & Tosin Ajibade

With Yomi Badejo Okusanya, Steve Babaeko & Tosin Ajibade

PR Is Dead Service of Songs

With Y.B.O, Steve Babaeko & Kayode Yeku

With Staff of CMC Connect

With the ladies from CMC Connect

With YBO, Steve Babaeko, Kayode Yeku & Bolaji Akerele

PR Is Dead Service Of Songs

With Yomi Badejo Okusanya & Tosin Ajibade

Tosin Ajibade With Yomi Badejo Okusanya

Tosin Ajibade With Yomi Badejo Okusanya

Anita Aiyudu (@anitaaiyudu), Lateefah Adesanya (@that1960chick) and Tosin Ajibade (@olorisupergal)

(L-R) Anita Aiyudu (@anitaaiyudu), Lateefah Adesanya (@that1960chick) and Tosin Ajibade (@olorisupergal)

Editor, Brand Crunch, Lekan Babatunde (L) and Corporate Communications Consultant Henry Ekechukwu (R)

Editor, Brand Crunch, Lekan Babatunde (L) and Corporate Communications Consultant Henry Ekechukwu (R)

(L-R) Corporate Communications Consultant Henry Ekechukwu, Chairman of SabiNews, Niran Adedokun; CEO, BHM Group, Ayeni Adekunle; CEO CMC Connect, Yomi Badejo Okusanya; CEO, X3M Ideas, Steve Babaeko & Managing Partner SabiNews, Toni Kan

(L-R) With Corporate Communications Consultant Henry Ekechukwu, Chairman of SabiNews, Niran Adedokun; CEO CMC Connect, Yomi Badejo Okusanya; Managing Editor SabiNews, Peju Akande; CEO, X3M Ideas, Steve Babaeko & Managing Partner SabiNews, Toni Kan

Lateefah Adesanya, Nseobong Okon-Ekong & Tosin Ajibade

(L-R) Lateefah Adesanya, Nseobong Okon-Ekong & Tosin Ajibade

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Steve Babaeko: 20 YEARS OF INSPIRATION

Ayeni Adekunle, Ayo Animashaun & Steve Babaeko

Spent Monday evening at the BHM Lounge, in company of some of the brightest minds around, as we gathered to celebrate the founder of X3M Group Steve Babaeko.

SB had announced last week that September 1 made it 20 years since he ventured into advertising.

As we shared hot amala and orisirisi; with canapés and cognac and cocktails, everyone spoke about the power of Steve’s imagination;  about the determination and drive that got him here. Everyone agreed this gentleman that arrived in Lagos broke and hopeless changed his life and his story by doing the work- from artiste management to equipment leasing, to copywriting and music.

Music gave him the fame; advertising gave him a career and much more.

Steve Babaeko

Steve Babaeko

But it’s the inspiration – the one that pushes him; the one he gives to others even when he doesn’t try, that gave him a name.

That name may be what his parents gave him. But it’s no longer a basic nomenclature for a random guy from Kabba in Kogi state. That name now belongs to a trusted brand that’s fulfilling a promise: that Nigerian advertising can be great again; that copy writers and creative directors can build a business too; that you can make it if you dare. That an agency CEO can sag his pants and wear Giuseppe Zanotti . The promise (and message) that everything you want is chilling on the other side of fear.

The full story of Steve Babaeko will be told someday soon.

Happy anniversary, boss.

Kelvin Orifa, Steve Babaeko & Toni Kan

Kelvin Orifa, Steve Babaeko & Toni Kan

Kelvin Orifa, Steve Babaeko & Ayo Animashaun

Kelvin Orifa, Steve Babaeko & Ayo Animashaun

Ayeni Adekunle with Yetunde Babaeko

With Yetunde Babaeko

Modenine with Steve Babaeko & Yetunde Babaeko

Jonah the Monarch, Modenine with Yetunde & Steve Babaeko

Steve Babaeko,  Ayo Animashaun & Ayeni Adekunle

With Steve Babaeko & Ayo Animashaun

Ayeni Adekunle & TEE A

With Tee A

Chris Ihidero

Chris Ihidero

Ayeni Adekunle, Ayo Animashaun, Steve Babaeko

 

Grand Art Exhibition – Against All Odds – Set To Hold In Lagos

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In celebration of Adaora-Zinno Orara who’s down with stage 7 cancer

 

Blackhouse Media and Mydrim Gallery  today announced a one of a kind art exhibition titled Against All Odds.

 

The exhibition will be showcasing the works of one of Nigeria’s most celebrated painters, Zinno Orara, in dedication to his Wife, Adaora-Zinno Orara, who is battling breast cancer against all odds.

 

Billed to take place from Friday 5 – Friday 12 December 2014 at Mydrim Gallery, 74B Norman Williams St. South West Ikoyi Lagos, the art exhibition promises to be one of the classiest the country has ever seen.

 

Born in 1965 in Benin City, the Artist Zinno Orara attended Government College, Ughelli and The school of Arts and Design, Auchi. He graduated in 1988 with a Distinction in Painting and Illustration. He also holds a masters degree in Philosophy.

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At X3M Ideas’ 2nd Anniversary Dinner

With Steve Babaeko at  X3M Ideas' 2nd anniversary dinner.

With Steve Babaeko at X3M Ideas’ 2nd anniversary dinner.

Glad to have joined my good friend Steve Babaeko and his team at X3M Ideas for the agency’s 2nd anniversary dinner on Friday August 29.

I’m very emotional about X3M, for many reasons, most not easily obvious.

But trust me – anything is possible, If you believe.