My Brother Tee A Is 40 Today

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My brother Tee A is 40 today.

I met Tee A in 1998 through Soji Dehinde who had recommended we contact him to host YAFEM – the music awards I was organising.

Tee A hosted the event for free, together with another good friend of mine Henry Ekechukwu.
He was already in UNILAG at the time, and already a busy entertainer.
We’ve remained in touch regularly since then although we only got closer around the late 2000s.

I’m not given to birthday celebrations. But I admit some milestones should not go without befitting acknowledgement. Especially for a gentleman that is a source of joy and pride to me and my family, to our industry and in fact, the entire nation.

Now that Tee A has moved up to join the big men in the 40+ league (I see you Steve Babaeko, Toni Kan, Abisoye Fagade, Ayo Animashaun, Kelvin Orifa, and co), I hope he’ll be honest with himself and follow his true calling: Cooking. Trust me, he’s been wasting his time with comedy.

BHM 2.0 : Going Global

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Our PR agency BlackHouse Media was 8 on November 7, 2014.

The past few years have been remarkable and we have grown tremendously! But within me, I knew it was not yet time for a big celebration.

With some of our core staff members, we spent the weeks before and after our anniversary meeting (at our Lagos HQ, at Eko Hotel and at Protea) to appraise our journey and develop a clear strategy for accomplishing our goal: to build an organisation that’ll place people before profit and solve problems from Abuja to Beijing and Los Angeles.

We spent long days meeting, going through all the details of what we expect of the kind of company we hope to build. We took case studies and asked ourselves pertinent questions.

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We argued and agreed. I took time to explain clearly to everyone how we got here, where we had planned to go, and the direction I now think our journey needs to take.

This past weekend, confident we have developed a blueprint, we spent two days meeting with staff, all 54 of us.

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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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In Celebration of Adaora Zinno-Orara – the most beautiful woman in the world

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My mom never really liked Zinno Orara.

She liked the artist, his works, just like everyone else. But the man?

‘That boy is a braggart’, she would say, as music blasted from Bro Zinno’s Volvo. Often Lucky Dube; almost always reggae or soul.

But as he rolled up his windows and stepped out of the car, I imagined the girls peeping from their windows, ogling his huge shoulders and boyish face. They certainly loved the loud music, the blue Volvo, the man who drove it, his stutter, his sprinting walk.

But it was one who had him.

Aunty Adaora was the most beautiful woman I had ever seen. Simple, yet sophisticated, confident, with glowing eyes and a bright smile. You could imagine it was in homage to her complexion that Victor Olaiya wrote that classic, ‘Omo Pupa’. You could imagine it was because of her, that Bro Zinno was so confident and driven and, in my mom’s opinion, a braggart. Rumour had it that he insisted on her being a stay-at-home wife because of her beauty.

Not that I saw a lot of grown, beautiful women in and around Okokomaiko, the Lagos suburb where we lived. Maybe she was not Miss Universe. Or even the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria. But in the entire six flats that made up our compound; from Seriki to Kemberi and Alaba; from Abule Aka to PPL and Ojo, none could hold a candle to her. And that was my world. Aunty Adaora was the most beautiful woman in the world.

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The Business of Creativity

Ayeni Adekunle was a speaker at the Network Conference 2014 that held on October 7th, 2014.

Had fun speaking with creative professionals from diverse backgrounds two weeks ago in Lagos.

 

Always appreciate an opportunity to chat with brilliant minds, especially young people keen to challenge the status quo.

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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.

President Jonathan Must Take Responsibility For Nigeria’s Ebola Disaster

Dr.  Ameyo Stella Adadevoh   caught the virus after coming in contact with Patrick Sawyer. She died on 19th August, 2014. At least 7 Nigerians have died from EVD, with over 18 infected.

Yorubas say it well: “Ehinkule l’ota wa. Inu’le ni aseni ngbe”.

 

Nigeria and Nigerians are losing on all fronts because of leaders we didn’t prepare for the assignments we are giving them. Every child should be trained please. Everyone should be prepared with the right formal and informal education. We never know what we will become tomorrow… Continue reading…