Written by Ere-ebi AGEDAH

BON Hotel announces dramatic changes








The CEO of BON Hotels, Guy Stehlik, has disclosed that the Nigerian hospitality industry should look forward to exciting developments nationwide with the opening of over 21 hotels in major cities like Lagos and Abuja, and smaller towns like Yola and Gudu.

While briefing journalist in Abuja over the weekend, Stehlik said that beginning in Abuja, BON Hotels is committed to providing loyal clients with reliable conferencing and outstanding hospitality experience.

He stressed that the main aim is to add value to the country holistically noting that the hotel management runs a mixture of local content which enables Nigerians to be trained to come up the ranks to become managers.  

The BON CEO stated that through this expansion many more Nigerians will be gainfully employed.

“Since the inception of our hotel group, we have always advocated for investment in Africa by Africans, and being able to work with such talented groups of people across the continent makes us not only hopeful, but assured of the exponential growth of the hospitality industry throughout Africa.

“The hospitality industry in Nigeria has previously focused on major cities like Lagos and Abuja, with multinational companies copying and pasting their approach of launching large hotels in the capitals of African cities, and ignoring the potential of venturing into smaller but as important cities. This has resulted in limited options for both local and business travellers, who would not always be stationed in major cities. This is where BON Hotels seeks to fill the gap and provide visitors with quality accommodation and outstanding conferencing facilities run at international standards in cities like Warri, Asaba and Apo.”

Also speaking was Executive Director for West Africa, Bernard Cassar, who said that BON is gradually becoming a household name noting that the opening of new hotels will attract massive investment in to Nigeria.


Dino Melaye gets first cinema movie role in ‘Lemonade’

Senator Dino Melaye, who has been hilariously touted as a candidate for Nollywood, has finally clinched his first cinema movie role in a new Nollywood blockbuster titled ‘Lemonade’ set to premiere December 11, 2019 at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja.

The senator, who had had a taste of acting in a new TV series, ‘Equity Unbound’ features alongside stellar cast of  Kunle Remi, Joy Idoko, Ayoola Ayobami, Linda Osifo, Mofe Duncan, Real Warri Pikin, Chioma Idigo, Sean King, among others. 

This long anticipated movie is a stimulating account of affection, ambition and determination to succeed irrespective of the circumstances, with strong emphasis on courage, tenacity and diligence.

A production of 100% Joy Media Productions and directed by prolific film maker, Lummie Edevibe of Filmcorp, it is the story of a single mum and aspiring writer who finds courage to leave a toxic relationship, and to pursue her dreams on her own. Decided not to get tangled in another heartbreak, she fends off all advances and eventually finds true love in a most unexpected way.

The new movie, ‘Lemonade’ is touted to be one of the best movies to be released in 2019 judging by the reviews of the trailer, caliber of cast, crew and the script. The tickets for the premiere are already selling at designated centers in Abuja.


Banky W set for ‘mega’ comeback

Banky W is bracing up for a return to the music scene after taking a break to focus on artist management.

Real name Olubankole Wellington, the singer, rapper, actor and politician has been in the music industry since 2002 and is known for hits like Lagos Party, Jasi, High Notes and more.


Before the break, Banky W had to his credit four, 4 studio albums; Back in the Building, 2006, Mr. Capable, 2008, The W Experience, 2009 and R&BW, 2013.

He is also known for bringing to limelight and managing the likes of Wizkid, Skales, Shaydee and other notable artists who are doing well for themselves.

During his time off the music scene, he ventured into politics and ran for a position in the National Assembly but narrowly lost. In that time also, he got married to actress Adesua Etomi.

The 38 years old musicpreneur made this known on Twitter while responding to a follower.

The follower wrote “Who else misses @BankyW, the singer? I love @BankyW the actor, the politician, the activist but please sir still give us music. If you don’t want to do again, for goodness sake can you just make even if it’s one song a year, just one?”

After other followers supported the request, Banky W replied with “Okay…I’m gonna do at least one more album, in 2020. Not sure if there are too many ppl who feel the same as you do, but thanks for this. I appreciate it.

“Completely overwhelmed by all the responses today on this. Thanks so much everyone. The 2020 album must happen. God bless you all.”

All R&B and Banky W lovers will surely be looking forward to a melodious 2020 already.


Grammy: Nigerians elated over Burna Boy’s nomination

Burna Boy’s inclusion in the prestigious Grammy nomination list broke the internet when it was announced during the week.

He was nominated in the ‘Best World Music Album’ category for his album ‘African Giant’ which also featured Angelique Kidjo who was nominated in the same category.

Reacting to the nominations, Burna Boy via his twitter handle @Burnaboy, “African Giant is Grammy Nominated! It’s been a crazy day, so Grateful.

“Special shout-out to everyone on the album from the producers to co-producers to featured Artists to Engineers.

“I appreciate all your input to making the album. We should all be very proud. #grammys #GRAMMYNoms.’’

@IvieAni said, “Burna Boy deserves this Grammy nomination. We saw it coming from miles away. The Grammy still having a World Music category is still questionable though.’’

@Omojuwa tweeted, “I am glad Burna Boy let the greatness come through…it was always there, always apparent. Everyone with an eye for genuine talent could see it. Here we are!’’

@Theshawnife said, “When Burna Boy called himself an African Giant, there was outrage on Social Media for days. “Since then, his album has made mad waves! In the African Giant song, he said he would win a GRAMMY. “Now he’s en route to doing that, he literally spoke it into existence! A KING, WE STAN.’’









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