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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Celtel supports MOBO African awards

Celtel International has announced its support for the 2007 edition of the “Best Music Star - African Category” of the Music of Black Origin (MOBO) awards.

Confirming this development, chief executive, Celtel Nigeria, Mr. Bayo Ligali, said that the award ceremony to be held in London on Wednesday, September 19, 2007, would give African music acts including Nigeria’s Hip Hop rave, Tu Face Idibia, and D’Banj (Dapo Daniel Oyebanjo), the opportunity to share global music limelight with several popular acts such as smash hit “Umbrella” star, Rihanna, American rapper, 50 Cent (Curtis James Jackson III), and Senegalese-American hip hop and R&B singer, Akon, among others.

He also said that music acts nominated in the African award category include Wambali Mkandawire (Malawi); Bebe Cool (Uganda); Kabelo (SA); Eric Wainaina (Kenya); Jua Cali (Kenya); Tu Face Idibia (Nigeria) and D’Banj (Nigeria).

Some of the artistes nominated in the other categories include Akon, Rihanna, Kanye West, Joss Stone, 50 Cent, Beverley Knight and Sadie Ama.

MOBO awards were created to honour best artists who perform music of black origin irrespective of their race or nationality.

A press statement made available to Champion Infotel and endorsed by Mr. Otokhine, quoted the Chief Executive Officer, Celtel Nigeria, Mr. Adebayo Ligali said, the telco was delighted to be part of the sponsorship of MOBO award.

“By showcasing music of African origin, MOBO awards contribute to the promotion and reinforcement of the black music heritage which is the core of our African identity,” he declared.

He added that music lovers globally could vote for their favourite Best African Musician as well as for other nominees in the other award categories at the award website, www.mobo.com.

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