From: WOLE BALOGUN, Ado-Ekiti
In a bid to promote excellence and create a culture of positivity
among Ekiti youths, the state government, in conjunction with an
entertainment promoter, ScoopConcepts Media, are planning to honour an
Britain hip-hop star, Sade Adu and other Ekiti State indigenes that are
making waves in the entertainment industry.
Adu, an indigene if Ikere-Ekiti and the son of the Lagos fiery lawyer,
Folarin Falana, popular known as FALZ, are to be honoured as the
state youth ambassadors.
Others on the list are: a renowned artiste, Sola Sobowale, Odunlade
Adekola, Fade Ogunro, Sesan Ogunro, Mayd, Kemi Adetiba, Yinka Ayefele,
Tosin Adarabioyo, Phlex, Sasha, Bukky Fagbuyi, Tope Tedela, Teni Ola,
Niniola, Mosunmola Filani, Foluke Daramola, Dr Frabz, Puffytee, and
The programme slated for November 25 coming under the platform :
‘Ekiti State All –Star Concert 2017’, according to the Scoopconcept
Media’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Sunday Kolawole, was conceived
to honour and reward entertainers, celebrities and legends that have
brought both pride and fame to the state.
He said it would also serve as veritable avenue to showcase Ekiti to
the outside world and lay a foundation for role modeling for the
coming stars in the industry.
“The objective of this is to celebrate our own on their land. It will
be an opportunity to bring together the people of Ekiti on one common
ground. Ekiti is blessed with great talents and legends , who have
created exceptional reputation for themselves in the entertainment
industry , locally and internationally”.
Kolawole urged the celebrities to stay away from scandals and use
their strengths to attract economic benefits to the state .
“We are also appealing to Nigerians to also pay attentions to the
positive sides of our celebrities. What we see in Nigeria is that
people tend to propagate the negative ideals associated with them.
This I feel is not right and dangerous”, he said.
Commissioner for Information, Youths and Sports, Mr. Lanre Ogunsuyi,
and the Director of Arts, Tourism and Culture in the Bureau of Arts
and Culture, Mr. Banji Adelusi, said the efforts at building the
youths’ talents would complement the anti-cultism laws enacted by
government to curb anti-social behaviour in the state .
According to Ogunsuyi, “The State just enacted anti-cultism law 2017 which
conferred life jail for whoever involves in cultism. Rather than
taking into yahoo-yahoo, rape, ritual killings , you can take into
entertainment and make great exploits.
“The government of Ayodele Fayose will do anytime to make sure
students in Ekiti are not used for political brigandage. We have to
connect them to positive behavior and disconnect them from bad ones
and this is exactly what this programme is meant to achieve”, he said.
Adelusi added that the programme will expose the tourism potentials of
the state like Ikogosi warm spring, Ogun Onire Groove in Ire Ekiti,
Erinta Waterfall in Ipole Iloro and others to the outside world.