Preparations heighten for Amuwo Carol 2018

Preparations for the 13th edition of the annual Amuwo Odofin Community Carol tagged Newness has gained momentum as the event comes up in few days.

The theme ‘Newness’ for this year’s edition was gotten from Isaiah 43:19 according to the SOP Initiative President and chief host of this event – Seun Ayeni.

Banners will start appearing in nooks and crannies of Amuwo Odofin estates while we sponsor social media posts to take care of those who may not come around before the D-day, Dare Ayeni, the Corporate Affairs team lead explains.

This year, we also plan to broadcast the event live, just to make sure those who no longer live in or those who by chance are not going to be in the area on the 24th of December are carried along.

The new set of SOP Initiative EXCOs who were just sworn in at the beginning of this year are excited with the challenge ahead and they hope to make the best of it says Funmi Amugo – Vice President of the group also known as the True Worshippers Family.

Details of the event which hopes to features resident ministers and guests like Adeyinka Praise, Praise Aglow, Osho shot and many more can be gotten on the official website of the event (amuwocarol.sopinitiative.org) and it’s social media pages – @amuwocarol.

Adekunle Gold, Jackie Appiah, Mawuli Gavor, Stephanie Coker, Joselyn Dumas, Kemi Adetiba and more Experienced Gauteng, KZN and the Free State in Style With Great Wave of Excitement For the Global Citizens Concert

There is something about South Africa that makes each experience worth the trip… the scenic beauty of its landscape, the ever welcoming people, their rich cultural heritage and the variety of wines and cuisines. Best believe it is the perfect holiday destination. Need extra proof?
South African Tourism in partnership with Inifinix Nigeria hosted, Nigerian Singer, Adekunle Gold, Nigerian TV Presenter and Influencer, Stephanie Coker, Ghanaian Actor and Actresses, Joselyn Dumas and Jackie Appiah, Mawuli Gavor critically acclaimed Nigerian Filmmaker, Kemi Adetiba, Bloggers and OAPs from Nigeria and Ghana, Tosin Ajibade, Noble Ezeala, Ono Bello, Ameyaw Debrah, Osi , Kemi Smallz, Lexis Bill, Eugune, and Francis Doku and Media Guru, Colette Otutesho on a 10 day trip to explore the offerings of South Africa.


One thing you are sure to experience in South Africa is luxurious accommodation with views that just starts your days right. From the Drakensberg Sun Resort in Drakensberg with the mountain views to Protea Hotels in Clarens with the swimming pools and the Davinci Hotel in Nelson Mandela Square – J’Burg which is perfect for shopping.


In South Africa – there’s something for everyone, you can relax, stay in beautiful properties, as well as experience wines and cuisines that will leave you coming back to South Africa again and again.
With South Africa only 6 hours away, the group arrived Johannesburg and set off on a road trip to ‘home’ for the next few days; Drakensberg Sun Resort. With fresh mountain air and awestruck views, the resort is situated high in the dramatic landscapes of Drakensberg also known as ‘the dragon mountain’.


After time spent on a plane and on a bus, rejuvenating spa sessions with complimentary drinks at the Champagne Sport Resorts was the perfect welcome to kickstart the vacay. After the pampering, came the food; the in-house cuisine at the Drakensberg Sun Resort was absolutely amazing and quintessentially South African.


What better way to take in the awe-inspiring and truly magnificent landscape of Drakensberg than going on a horse ride through the area. The group was definitely excited about the horse-back riding experience and was even more thrilled to go on a canoe ride on the Drakensberg’s lake.


Next stop for the group; Cathedral Peak Wine Estate. A must do when in South Africa is wine tasting, and when in Drakensberg, a must visit is the Cathedral Peak Wine Estate – the vineyards of this wine estate is simply magnificent, and the view is even more magical. The group got to sample some of the best of South African wine served with cheese and grapes over happy talks and bonding. For Adekunle Gold and Stephanie Coker, the wine tasting was the highlight of their trip.

This year being the Centenary of Nelson Mandela, the group took a long walk on the path to freedom as they visited the Nelson Mandela Capture Site. In 1952, Nelson Mandela was apprehended for his anti-Apartheid activism acts and a cultural and historical exhibition was set up at the site in his honor. The sculpture at the Nelson Mandela Capture Site comprises of 50 steel columns that were laser cut to form an image of Mandela when viewed at the correct angle. The walk to the capture site was a monumental moment for the group as they got a deeper insight on the fight of Mandela for the freedom of the people of South Africa.


Ready for another road trip, the group was back on the tour bus and it was goodbye Drakensberg and hello! Clarens. The small town of Clarens – just a 3 to 4 hours drive from Johannesburg- is situated at the foothill of the magnificent Maloti Mountian. Clarens welcomed the guests with beautiful sun kisses, and something to get the blood pumping – Quad Biking and Zip Lining at Clarens Xtreme. Dear adrenaline lovers, this has got to be your first stop when you visit Clarens and the best part of it is you do not have to break a bank. Most activities are as little as a half-/full day R250/350.


From a time of adventure, to a time with the people of the Basotho Cultural Village. The Basotho Cultural Village, located at the foot of huge sand stone mountains would take you through time, highlighting the lifestyle of the people of South Sotho from the 16th century to the present. The group was welcomed into the “khotla”, the gathering place of men and had a sip of the traditional beer offered as a gesture of the Basotho hospitality.


Ready to explore more, the crew hit the beautiful streets of Soweto, where Adekunle Gold couldn’t help but beatbox to the music of one of the locals… music is a universal and no matter your country, the music always unites us all.
Next stop was the Mandela House, also known as the Nelson Mandela National Museum. The Mandela family’s four-roomed Soweto home houses various memorabilia, artworks, awards and honorary doctorate conferred on Nelson Mandela and his family, as well as photographs of the family dating back to the 1950s. Mandela had lived here from 1946 to 1962, and the now museum houses the history on the life of Mandela featuring his works on promoting human rights, democracy, reconciliation, mutual respect and tolerance amongst the people of South Africa. The group couldn’t help but feel the spirit of Mandela still lived on.

This year had been a long walk through history for the people of South Africa as it marked the 100th year of the birth of Nelson Mandela and to further honor his legacy, the Global Citizens Festival put together the Mandela 100 concert at the FNB Stadium, Johannesburg as part of one of the biggest campaigns to end extreme poverty across the world. With Trevor Noah as the host and performance by A-list artists such as Beyoncé and Jay Z, Usher, Ed Sheeran, Pharrell, and our very own Wizkid, Femi Kuti, D’banj, Tiwa Savage and many more. The ever welcoming and hospitable people of South Africa hosted over 70,000 visitors from different parts of the world for the festival. The guests were thrilled to be a part of such historical event.


No better way to end a fun filled trip than a time out shopping at the beautiful Sandton Mall.
The beautiful moments and memories made on the trip were also captured on the Infinix Zero 6 and we are officially looking forward to seeing South Africa through the lens of the Zero 6 as this ground-breaking device is set to launch in Nigeria January 2019.

See all the adventure on Instagram @travel2Sa @infinixnigeria
#MySAExperience #DiscoverSAwithZero6

Indomix, African China, GT da Guitarman, Seun Ayeni push community service through Battle of the Sounds Amuwo

Artistes, celebrities, influencers and their friends have come together to execute a community service and youth empowerment in Amuwo Odofin via an initiative created by BizzybodyNG – an event tech solutions company headed by Seun Ayeni.
Seun Ayeni delivering the Opening Speech at BOTS2018

             

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The initiative – Battle of the Sounds is a month long music competition which had over 60 contestants battle in five popular and vibrant genres of music including Reggae-Dancehall, Fuji, Afropop, Acapella and Hardcore Rap.
In a statement by Seun Ayeni, he said, “This concept was born out of the same objectives we hoped to achieve with sports when we started the Mini Sports Festival tagged AmuwoGames in 2017. The energy is out there, the youths are ready to dissipate it, we just need to create a positive media to channel this energy. Music is as good as sports when it comes to getting these objectives achieved, and so, here we are”.
The Grand Finale of the Battle of the Sounds held on November 25th at an Amuwo Odofin Community playground sharing borders with the popular Amuwo Odofin Primary School in Jakande Estate, Mile 2.
Resident celebrities like GT da Guitarman, Indomix, African China and Kpeace and their friends were present as judges and special guests at the Grand Finale and on different days of the competition. Faze, who was also a judge at the opening was unavoidably absent at the finals due to logistic reasons. Other celebrities at the closing were Lafup the Comedian, Babahkay, Kobi Mighty and others.

Performances at the ceremony included music acts by Sheun Natural, Runnjozzy, Pablow and many other resident artistes in Amuwo Odofin.
The presence of the Amuwo Odofin LG boss – Engineer Valentine Buraimoh was also felt through out the competition, as he was represented by delegates at different times, especially by Hon ‘Aquarium’ Ojomo who was also present at the closing ceremony which witness a huge crowd of about 2000 persons.
Prizes of N100,000, recording deals given to contestants were further augmented by prizes which also included cash from African China’s – Cash prizes for 1st and 2nd runner ups in the five categories, Indomix and Kobi Mighty’s cash prize for 1st and 2nd runner ups in the Hardcore Rap categories, recording and studio session deals from Indomix, 4th April Beats and Festac Mag’s bosses – Destiny Orimidu and Ameen respectively and free music video shoot for one of the Acapella groups.

Other prizes presented included Samsung Nigeria’s mobile phone gift for three outstanding persons in the competition, Instant cash and t-shirt souvenir prizes by Baudex – a resident social media influencer to freestyle winners on competition days, Globacom’s freebies to audience at the opening ceremony and FestacOnline’s discounted social media promo package for all contestants.
It was indeed a novel initiative and should be replicated in various communities if possible says the Publisher of Inside Watch Africa – Seyi Adegoke-Adeyemo.
For more news, videos and pictures from the event, please visit battleofthesounds.com or just follow @battleofthesounds or @bizzybodyng on social media.