Nigerian Watch, the UK's premier ethnic newspaper, celebrated its first year anniversary in glitz and glamour last Friday, 17 May 2013. In an overwhelmingly exciting event Nigerian Watch's publishers, board of directors and staff partied with a multitude of the publication's friends and well-wishers into the early hours of Saturday morning after having hosted a bash to rival all bashes.
In what was simply a who's who of the UK-based Nigerian high society, Publisher & CEO Maryanne Jemide, Publisher & Marketing Director Tevin Jemide, Publisher & Operations Director Victor Omosevwerha and Publisher & PR Director Ilonka Omosevwerha were in awe of the turnout and the appreciation their distinguished guess showed.
Maryanne Jemide, Publisher and CEO of Nigerian Watch, said of the event: “It was an incredible evening. We are truly humbled by the fantastic turnout with every strand of our UK-based Nigerian community represented.
“Our 1st anniversary party was our way of saying thank you for the unwavering support we continue to receive and we are very proud to be serving our community with a much-loved, quality newspaper.
Hosted by comedians Eddie Kadi and MC Mark, the night marked a turning point for Nigerians in the UK. The event boasted sterling performances from Nigerian talent: Afrobeats dance group Team Afrika commenced entertainment proceedings with a thrilling performance for the many dignitaries in attendance, with further entertainment provided by Weray Ent, the UK's foremost Afrobeats group who performed hits including Ching Chang Walla and Masquerade.
Crooner MoeLogo also graced the occasion with an a cappella rendition before launching into a ground shaking version of Pangolo, inviting a member of the audience to join him on stage, which she did with much fervour and a litany of dance moves exciting the crowd present into spontaneous applause.
Eddie Kadi and MC Mark were on spectacular form cracking many a rib in the audience with their flurry of quick fire humour. Entertainment proceedings were concluded with Lola Rae sending the crowd wild with a sweeping performance of Watch My Ting Go flanked by two dancers. These performances more than put the gathered guests in the mood to dance, with DJ Unbeetable on the decks blasting the hottest Afrobeats tunes into the early hours of the morning.
The crowd was an illuminating assortment of personalities. Dignitaries in attendance included representatives of the Nigeria High Commission: Minister Ogah, Prince Tajudeen Adeniyi, Minister Inusa, Minister Alege and Minister Aje; as well as Bimbo Folayan (CANUK Chairman) and Chima Olugh (CANUK Vice-Chair). Household names ranging from Rhoda Wilson (presenter) to May7ven (Afrobeats artist) were present as were political heavyweights in the form of the Mayor of Lewisham Obajimi Afefiranye, Ex-Mayor of Brent Michael Adeyeye, and Mayor of Enfield Kate Anolue. Philanthropic giants such as Richard Taylor OBE were also in attendance lending their support to Nigerian Watch.
Nigerian Watch would like to thank its event sponsors Western Union, Westmill Foods (Tolly Boy), Peacock Travels & Tours, Obaseki Solicitors, Kato Enterprises, Yookos and Grace Foods for helping to make it such a glittering night.
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