Though, he may not be known to this generation, but the name Ben King Iyere Okojie was instrumental to the transformation of the Nigerian entertainment industry back in the days and even today.
Talk about a man that managed and opened the floodgate of successes for top acts like Kris Okotie, Felix Liberty, King Sunny Ade and Lorine Okotie, among others too numerous to mention here. This is just like he painstakingly worked with many of the record companies/labels that provided the needed backups in the arena.
Well, the sad news is that this showbiz impresario passed on last week, a fact that is just beginning to dawn on many people.
Expectedly, the reactions have been quite massive. The industry has lost yet another gem.
For the likes of Charles Imoloame (Charlimo), Orits Williki, Paul Play Dairo, Lorine Okotie, Edi Lawani, Daniel Wilson, Mike Nliam and a host of others, it has been shock and disbelief, but with thanks for a life well spent,” sound like enough consolation for now.
“This man impacted my career positively with his fatherly advice in the music business…,’’ said Paul Play Dairo.
“He was my father,’’ Daniel Wilson.
For Lorine Okotie: “Am in shock, I cannot believe Uncle Ben is gone, he was such a great man….’’
“Many of us don’t know Papa Benita personally, but have felt his contribution and great sacrifice in the industry…,’’ Mike Nliam noted.
Under his tutelage, it will be recalled too, his daughter, Benita also saw the musical green light and shone like a million stars. The list is endless. He was very dedicated to the cause he so much loved, believed in and cherished. He thus ensured that he did everything perfectly well to stand out in every segment of the industry he touched, like a colossus.
Segun Arinze Now ‘Give ‘N’ Take Lottery” Ambassador
Top actor, song writer, vocalist and director, Segun Arinze has been appointed brand ambassador of “Give ‘n’ Take” lottery business.
This was formally announced by the company’s Managing Director and Chief Executive, Jolly Egbe Enabulele.
Arinze is expected to bring to bear his wealth of experience in promoting the image of G’n’T even as he assures numerous players of the company’s lottery games of fair play, and prompt payment of all winnings irrespective of the amount.
Also, being the company’s brand ambassador, he will host “our novel and unique lottery game show tagged ‘G’n’T National Lottery Jackpot’ which will be broadcast live on National Television every week.”
Reacting to the appointment, Arinze said: “One could not be happier being chosen among several popular celebrities to be the ambassador of the Nigerian’s prestigious lottery brand, G’n’T and to crown it with my hosting the unique national lottery game show is gratifying. I look forward to hosting the show and using the platform to reach out to thousands of people who will play the game and win the Jackpot and other prizes”.
Enabulele, while announcing the appointment, added: “Segun Arinze’s appointment is a further testimony of our resolve to conduct lottery business in the most transparent manner and bring Nigerian lottery industry at per with international best practices. We are delighted to have him and look forward to a fruitful and exciting relationship.”
As Woli Arole Enjoys Celebrity Status At Ikeja Mall
Popular humour merchant, Woli Arole is indeed savouring the goodwill of his efforts.
Clad in brown native outfit, he sauntered into the Ikeja Shopping Mall, Lagos, late evening on Thursday and before you could say, ‘Jack Robinson’ he was being greeted by so many people. Some of the fans hugged him, shaking his hands, praising his works, all at once, while at the same time he was busy receiving calls. His phones seemed to stay glued to his ear even as he bought meat pie from one of the food vendors. Even when he strolled into Shoprite, his phone never left his right ear as he kept on acknowledging greetings. With over 100,000 followers on Instagram where he usually posts his humorous Yoruba video skits, what else do you expect from a celebrity?
According to Wooli Arole, “by posting skits on instagram page I was able to get that large number of followers based on my work, because my skits are hilarious, people tend to save the videos and show them to their friends.”