NH Harrington Hotel
5-25 Harrington Gardens
South Kensington, London SW7 4JW
Nigerian Entertainment & Lifestyle Awards 2012
The 2nd Nigerian Entertainment & Lifestyle Awards, referred to as the ‘NEL Awards’ took place on 22 September 2012 at the prestigious NH Harrington Hotel, Kensington, London SW7 4JW. It is the only event of its kind in the UK to exclusively recognise the achievements of Nigerians in the Entertainment and Lifestyle sectors. The Founders of the NEL Awards are Sam Onigbanjo and Seye Aina.
The NEL Awards is an opportunity to identify, nominate and reward excellence in the Nigerian entertainment and lifestyle sectors. A large number of Nominations were received for the 2012 NEL Awards. From this huge response the Judges selected 33 NEL finalists. These finalists represent some of the best talent in the Nigerian Entertainment and Lifestyle Industry.
The Founders also had the support of the Nigerian High Commission. On 12 September 2012, the Founders Sam Onigbanjo and Seye Aina together with the NEL Finalists visited the Nigerian High Commission in London. They were received by the Deputy High Commissioner, HE Ambassador Oluwatoyin Lawal who personally congratulated all the NEL finalists for their great achievements.
The event was hosted by Tola ’Wise Tola’ Onigbanjo and Bidemi Alaran. Presentations at the event were made by His Excellency Ambassador Lawal, Her Excellency Mrs Fayomi, from France, Top Designer and NEL 2011 Winner Adebayo Jones. Guests were treated to top-class entertainment by Singers, Moe Logo, DL and Saeon.
There was a fantastic Children’s Fashion Show by of collections by Amanda Rabor’s Isossy Children and Mrs Femi Olayebi showcased a collection of designer bags, “Femi Handbags”.
A raffle draw was held on the night. Monies received will benefit the Down\'s Syndrome Foundation Nigeria & the Children\'s Development Centre, supporting disabled children in Nigeria. Present at the NEL Awards were Penny Green (aka Anwuli) and Chuks Etuka representing the Down\'s Syndrome Foundation Nigeria.
The following kindly donated gifts for the NEL Awards raffle draw: Arik Air donated 2 flight tickets, Radiant Glow their cosmetics products, Organic Root a gift hamper and the Director Christian Ashiaku donated a pair of tickets to the Premiere of his new film Amina.
To help raise awareness of the DSF Nigeria guests also took photographs with Penny Green who came with her Olympic Torch. Penny who was selected as an Olympic Torch bearer intends to bring the Torch to Nigeria on her visit to Nigeria next month in a bid to raise further awareness of Down’s Syndrome.
Sponsors were Arik Air, Simon Bethel Solicitors, Africa Movie Channel, United Links Freight Co, GIZ, Promotion Motion Media, Paceworking, Consulting4London, Hart Culture, Asiko foods and Kenteba Creations
Media Partners were Marcomms365, I-circulate ,Diva Scribe, Nigeria Magazine, Nigerian Watch, Come to Nigeria, The Flyer, The Voice, Ok Magazine Nigeria, Panache E and Bubbles FM
A Huge Thanks to His Excellency Ambassador Oluwatoyin Lawal, the Nigerian Deputy High Commissioner to St James Court.
Mr Richard Taylor OBE
The Sodje Brothers
Mrs Fayomi, Wife of The Nigerian Ambassador to France
The Staff of NH Harrington Hotel, South Kensington (Our Venue), we found them so accommodating and helpful.
Our Impeccable team were
Comperes Tola Onigbanjo, AKA “WiseTola” and Bidemi Alaran,
Event Manager Sola Ajilore
Caterers Modinsat Catering - Dupe Babajide, Interior Décor - Tdlight- Tayo Dagazau, stage set up Charles Holder and Sean Hazlewood, Bukola Atunrase, Geisha Osei, Kayode Ariran and Ophelia Holland
All in all it was a very exciting event with lots of celebrities, friends and family in attendance. We look forward to NEL Awards 2013. www.nelawards.com , email firstname.lastname@example.org
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