Nigeria: General Elections 2019

Time until Saturday, 16 February 2019, 08:00:00 (Lagos time)

INEC Youth Ambassadors

Innocent Ujah Idibia

Innocent Ujah Idibia

Innocent Ujah Idibia(born inJos, Plateau State, Nigeria), better known by his stage name 2face Idibia, or 2Baba, is a Nigerian singer-songwriter, record producer and entrepreneur. In 1996, he adopted the stage name “2Face” (Tuface). He cited the reason as “trying to demarcate his personal life with his business life.

He officially discontinued the use of the name Tuface and selected 2baba or Tu-baba as his stage name.  He is one of the most decorated and successful Afro pop artists in Africa. He is also one of the most bankable artists in Africa.

2baba (2Face) has received one MTV Europe Music Award, one World Music Award, five Headies Awards (Hip-hop award), four Channel O Music Video Awards and one BET award for his musical work, four MTV Africa Music Awards, one MOBO award, one KORA award, and numerous additional nominations.

He has established an NGO called 2Face Foundation.  Whose motto is “service to humanity”.

Innocent Idibia was born in Jos, Nigeria. He is from the Idoma ethnic group in the southern part of Benue State, in central Nigeria. He attended Saint Gabriela’s Secondary School in Makurdi, Benue State. He enrolled at Institute of Management & Technology, Enugu (IMT), where he did his preliminary National Diploma course in business administration and management. While attending IMT, he performed at school organised shows and parties, as well as other regional schools such as the University of Nigeria and Enugu State University of Science & Technology. He eventually dropped out to pursue his music career. While attending IMT, 2face Idibia started composing and singing jingles at the GB Fan Club at Enugu State Broadcasting Services (ESBS) in 1996 and continued to pursue his carrier in music.

In 2009, 2Face was appointed as ambassador by National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control. He released a song “Man Unkind” to raise awareness on the menace of fake and sub-standard food and drug products in Nigeria. In 2009, he was presented with the prestigious International Youth Ambassador for Peace Summit and the Nigeria Youth Merit Award by the National Youth Council of Nigeria in recognition of his contributions to youth development in Nigeria. Tu Face is presently one of the Judges in The Voice Nigeria. He was appointed INEC Ambassador in 2015.

Ime Bishop Umoh

Ime Bishop Umoh

Ime Bishop Umoh, Akwa-Ibom born Comic actor. He is from Nsit-Ibom Local Government Area in Akwa Ibom state. He studied Philosophy in University Of Uyo. Ime Bishop started acting in his childhood , he acted lead roles as a child in his church’s drama group.

He has featured in over 100 movies. The movie that brought him to limelight was an indigenous movie called ‘Uyai.’ It was produced by Emem Isong in 2007 and released in 2008.

Imeh Bishop Umoh was awarded Best Supporting Actor (Udeme Mmi) in Nollywood Movies Awards 2013. He was nominated as Best Actor In A Comedy in AMVCA 2016. 

Marriage

 

He got married to Idara Saviour on October 17, 2013, at the Insight Bible Church, Uyo. They have a beautiful daughter together and he was appointed INEC Ambassador in 2015.

Adaora OnyechereAdaora Onyechere Is a Nigerian TV/radio presenter, entrepreneur, motivational speaker and author. She is recognized as the co-anchor of Kakaaki, a daily talk show on Africa Independent Television.

Born in Nigeria to parents who are natives of Okigwe, Imo State, Adaora is the first child of six children. In an interview with The Nation Newspaper, Adaora revealed that her parents wanted her to be a lawyer but her love for writing made her study English Language.

Adaora completed her A Level education at IONA College, England then subsequently obtained a diploma in Law at Coventry University before she graduated from London Metropolitan University after studying English Broadcasting. Adaora also holds a master’s degree in creative writing after graduating from Oxford Brooks University.

Prior to moving back into Nigeria in 2009, Adaora wrote for Worldview Magazine London, a student-based magazine back in the U.K.  She had her first broadcasting stint as a radio presenter with Confluence Cable Network Limited, a broadcast media house in Kogi State before working for Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, Vision FM and DAAR Communications, a media company that houses Africa Independent Television where she currently works as a presenter.

Apart from broadcasting, Adaora is a motivational book author. Some of her published books include: Poetry for LifeBlack Girl With A White HeartWomen In The World. She was appointed INEC Ambassador in 2015.

Awards and recognitions

NOA Mission Envoy of Peace Award

Naija Daimond Winner Award

Michael Godson Ifeanyichukwu

Michael Godson Ifeanyichukwu

Michael Godson Ifeanyichukwu, better known as Mike Godson(born October 10, 1985) is a popular Nigerian actor. He was born in Kano State, Nigeria but hails from Imo State

Godson studied at the University of Jos, Plateau State, where he got a B.Sc. in Theatre and Communication Arts

Mike Godson began acting in 2001. He is one of the best-known actors in Nollywood, and has appeared in over 100 films. He has starred with with leading Nollywood actors and actresses including, Pete Edochie, Clem Ohameze, Kenneth Okonkwo, Van Vicker and John Dumelo. He was appointed INEC Ambassador in 2015.

 

Gbenro Emmanuel Ajibade

Gbenro Emmanuel Ajibade

Gbenro Emmanuel Ajibade was born in Maiduguri, Borno State. He is the fourth child born into a family of six children.

He attended Makurdi International School and later Mount Saint Gabriels Secondary School. He then completed his education by graduating from Benue State University with a degree in Biology.

He is a leading character in the popular soap operaTinsel and has acted in Gbomo Gbomo Express and The Wages.

Ajibade won Most Outstanding Actor/Model of the Year at the 2011 Nigerian Model Achievers Awards.

He is married to actress Osas Ighodaro, together, they have one daughter, Azariah Tiwatope Osarugue Ajibade and he was appointed INEC Ambassador in 2015.

Ijeoma Sorochi

Ijeoma Sorochi

Ijeoma Sorochi She is a graduate of Bachelor of Art (BA) in English Language, from the University of Abuja, Nigeria.

At age 17, she started working with Children and Young people especially girls within her community to help them build life skills, she was inspired by her experience to create a platform (Teenz Tym) for young people to express themselves on social issues hampering their positive growth to get required help. She founded Teenz Global Foundation during her final year at the University at Age 20 and was appointed INEC Ambassador in 2015

 

 

 

Marcus Edibogi Akor

Marcus Edibogi Akor

Marcus Edibogi Akor, Passionate about rural youth development and empowerment, since 2011, Marcus has been in the business of empowering young people to contribute meaningfully to nation building through training in Voters’ education, entrepreneurship, leadership, anticorruption, democracy and good governance via his organization, “The Bridge Youth Development Foundation”.

Marcus studied Business Administration and Management at Benue State Polytechnic, Ugbokolo. He is 2011 Fellow of the 11 months course of Kanthari International Institute for Social Entrepreneurs & Innovators, India, 2013 Fellow of Democracy Series for Participatory Learning and Actions by Youth, Africa Season 8 (DESPLAY Africa), 2013 Fellow of Youth Leadership Institute, Jos, 2015 Fellow, Thinking School Africa, Abuja and 2017 Fellow of the President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative, Accra, Ghana. He is the award winner “Special Prize for YALI Star Entrepreneurship”.

Since 2012, Marcus have been using a radio programme “Youth Wing” on Joy 96.5 FM in his community in Benue State to mobilize young people for change, create awareness on the MDG now SDG and increasing youth participation in politics and increasing awareness on voters’ education.

Marcus was part of a national project that popularized the Nigerian Youth Agenda on Political Participation to Millions of Nigerians across communities in Nigeria. Also on a different project, “Vote Not Fight, Election no be war”, Marcus mobilized thousands of young people to sign peace cards prior to the Nigeria 2015 general elections and the outcome of the election was peaceful which led to his being appointed as an INEC Youth Ambassador. Marcus is also the Benue state coordinator advocating for the “Not Too Young To Run” bill in Nigeria to reduce the age of contesting for elective positions. Social media, Facebook, blog and whatsapp have been his major tools of mobilizing young people for campaigns.

 

Ibrahim Addra

Ibrahim Addra

Ibrahim Addra Mr. Addra is an excellence-driven, focused and result oriented broadcast journalist with over twenty years experience in Radio and television.

An effective communicator and information manager, he is a grade ‘A’ On Air Personality, reporter, actor, compere, Scriptwriter, translator and a trained online journalist.

He has worked with various stations in Bauchi, Jos, Nasarawa, Kaduna and Abuja. These include prominent roles of news anchor on the network services of Radio Nigeria, FRCN and Nigerian television Authority, NTA.

He anchored Early Edition, Good Morning Nigeria, Late Edition, Nigeria Today and Radio Link etc.

He also had media production stints with BBC World Trust, LEAP/USAID, Compass/USAID in Change Communication and Interactive Radio Instruction Series, IRI.

He served as Director Media and Publicity to the Executive Governor of Nasarawa State between 2009 and 2011.

In the private sector he has worked for Gotel Africa and presently with Channels Television, a leading broadcaster in Nigeria.

Ibrahim Addra holds a higher National Diploma in Mechanical Engineering and BSc Degree in Mass Communication.

An alumnus of the Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi, Nasarawa State University, Keffi and Radio Nigeria Training School, Lagos and Radio Netherland Training Centre, in The Netherlands.

Also an alumnus of the International Visitors Leadership Programme, IVLP of the United State government and Guest of the Custodian of the Two Grand Mosques by the Authority of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

He was nominated Youth ambassador for peace by Universal Peace Federation in 2012 and He was appointed INEC Youth Ambassador in 2015.

He is the CEO of Addra Cultural Foundation, ADCULF a non-profit organisation engaged in youth empowerment and Cultural preservation.

Hails from Doma in Nasarawa State and married with children.

 

Alex Ibe

Alex Ibe

Alex Ibe a.k.a Mr. Kool (Creative Director/ CEO of Great Minds Entertainment) is a Nigeria singer, songwriter, producer; with vast experience in media/creative arts. He has worked as Creative Director/ Consultant in the production of several commercial Ads and social awareness campaigns including Fidelity bank TV Ads, 2006 Coca Cola World Cup, kanu Nwankwo Heart Foundation, Calabar carnival, Rivers State @ 50, You and I with Monalisa TV show; and many more. He was appointed INEC youth Ambassador in 2015.

 

 

 

 

Ali Nuhu Mohammed

Ali Nuhu Mohammed

Ali Nuhu Mohammed Is a Nigerian actor, producer, director, dancer and scriptwriter. Referred to in the media as the “King of Kannywood”, having been appeared in hundreds of Hausa Language and English Language films.

Nuhu was born in Maiduguri, Borno, in north eastern Nigeria. His father Nuhu Poloma hailed from Balanga town of Gombe State and his mother Fatima Karderam Digema from Bama village of Borno State. Nuhu grew up and spent the highest number of his years in Kano. He attended Riga Special Primary School, Government Commercial Secondary School and Science Secondary School in Kano State where he obtained Primary and Secondary school certificates respectively. Nuhu is an alumnus of University of Jos where he obtained a degree in Geography. He later attended University of Southern California for a course in film production and cinematic arts.

Ali Nuhu entered the Hausa film industry in 1999 as an actor and has appeared in over 160 Hausa movies and 110 English movies. He participated in a film training programme at the Asian School of Media Studies in Noida, New Delhi, India.

Nuhu is one of the most decorated actors in the Hausa Cinema, and has earned more accolades than any other actor in Kannywood. Nuhu won the Best Upcoming Actor award at the 3rd Africa Movie Academy Awards. He was nominated as the Best Actor in a supporting role at the 9th Africa Movie Academy Awards and won Best Actor in a film at the 2013 Nigeria Entertainment Awards.

Other Recognitions include:

  • 2002 with the movie YANAYI
  • 2003 with the movie SUTURA
  • 2004 with the movie RUHI
  • Best Actor Hausa THE AFROHOLLYWOOD AWARD in London
  • STARS in the movie Award 2008

 

Gideon Okeke

Gideon Okeke

Gideon Okeke Is a Nigerian actor, model and TV Presenter. He came to the public eye in 2006 when he appeared as a contestant on the first edition of Big Brother Nigeria. In 2008, Gideon joined the cast of MNET TV series Tinsel, one of the most popular ‘soaps’ on TV.

An only child, Gideon grew up in Ajegunle, one of the slums of Lagos, a place he speaks so fondly of. He attended Nnamdi Azikiwe University where he studied Applied Bio-Chemistry. He later enrolled at the Lee Strasberg Institute in New York where he obtained professional training in acting.

After appearing in the first edition of Big Brother Nigeria, Gideon joined the cast of M-NET daytime series Tinsel, as Phillip Ade Williams, the arrogant son of a media mogul. He remains one of the longest serving actors on the show. Gideon has also appeared on the South African TV series Jacobs Cross. In 2014, he played the role of Bernard in the irokotv series Poisoned Bait, directed by BAFTA LA award winning director Leila Djansi. In addition, Gideon was the host of the DSTV game show Money Drop

Gideon landed his first lead role in the Nigerian drama film Relentless in 2010, starring alongside Jimmy Jean-Louis and Nneka Egbuna. His second lead role was in the 2014 crime thriller A Place in the Stars. In the same year, he played the role of Tobena, the love interest of the lead character in the romantic comedy When Love Happens. Other films to his credit include the caper crime comedy Gbomo Gbomo Express and the Ghanaian romantic drama Anniverssary. In 2016 he was cast in the drama thriller 93 Days. Starring alongside Danny Glover, Gideon received an AMVCA nomination for his portrayal of Dr Morris Ibeawuchi, one of the surving doctors of the Nigerian Ebola crisis.

Gideon has appeared on several stage productions including Fractures, an adaptation of Arthur Miller’s A View From The Bridge. He also played Fela Kuti in Fela.. Arrest The Music, a musical that celebrates the talent of the Nigerian Afrobeat legend. Gideon is also a cast member of Saro The Musical 2, currently touring London. He was appointed INEC youth Ambassador in 2015.

 

Helen Paul

Helen Paul

Helen Paul Is a comedian, singer and actress from Nigeria. She is also a stand-up comedian, known as Tatafo, characterized by a voice range that made her sound like a child.

Helen spent most of her early years with her mother and grandmother, both in Lagos. As a kid, she used to entertain small groups of peers, neighbors and friends within the neighborhood. In many of the interviews she later granted, she would recall that her growing up was not easy, as it was filled with “ups and downs” – raised by two disciplinarians. She is a graduate of Theater Arts of the University of Lagos.

Helen received a bachelor’s degree in Theater Arts in 2010 and a Master’s degree in 2012, from the same University. She also has certifications from other institutions, including a “Certificate in Media Enterprise” from the School of Media and Communications, Pan-African University, and a “Basic Presentation Certificate” from the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN). She is currently undergoing her PhD degree in Theater Arts, also in the University of Lagos

She has worked as both a freelance and full-time presenter at several media houses in Nigeria. These include Lagos Television (LTV 8), Continental Broadcasting Service (CBS), and MNet (as a co-presenter on Africa Magic Channel 114’s “JARA”).

Helen broke out as a naughty comic character in a critically acclaimed radio programme known as “Wetin Dey” on Radio Continental, 102.3FM, Lagos. She is known on the programme as “Tatafo” – a witty kid who addresses and lampoons societal issues in a satirical manner. She also presents programmes on TV Continental.

Helen began working in the entertainment field when she started working at Eko Reelmix Studios, Radio Lagos/Eko FM as a front desk manager whilst doubling as a back-up and voiceover artiste. During this period, she featured on several music projects with artistes and music groups including P-Square, Infinity, Olufunmi, and Yinka Davies. She also recorded radio jingles for a number of companies and well known brand names.

As an entrepreneur, Helen opened a bridal and fabric boutique in Lagos in 2012 and has since proceeded to open three other outlets of the Boutique in different parts of Lagos. In 2014, she opened a film and theater academy, named “Helen Paul Theater and Film Academy”. The Academy is equipped with the latest facilities in the world of technology. It consists of a dance studio, a makeup studio, a recording studio, a rehearsal studio, a photo studio, a mainly digital library, an editing studio, and a hostel for students who enroll for courses in the Academy. The academy is a multi-million naira project and Helen would later state, that the opening of the Academy is a dream come true, “having nurtured the ambition from childhood”. She further explained that the initiative is geared towards contributing her own quota to the development of the entertainment sector, and education in general.

She was also appointed as an ambassador for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), just before the General Elections in Nigeria.

Awards and recognitions

2012 African Film Awards (Afro-Hollywood, UK) • Comedienne of the Year

2012 Exquisite Lady of the Year Award (Exquisite Magazine) • Female TV Presenter of the Year

2014 Exquisite Lady of the Year Award (Nominated) • TV Presenter of the Year (Jare, Africa Magic)

2014 Nigerian Broadcasters Merit Awards (NBMA) • Outstanding TV presenter (Female) (Entertainment/Talk Show)

2012 National Institute for Cultural Orientation • Merit Award in Recognition of Support for Children’s Initiative

2009 Exquisite Lady of the Year Award (Exquisite Magazine) • Female Comedian of the Year

2012 Effizie Style and Effects Awards (Effizzie Magazine) • Comedienne of the Year

2012 Sacramento Productions • Children’s Entertainer of the Year

2012 Doyen – Naija Growing Green Media Dinner Award • Recognition Award as Advocate/Ambassador of Peace and Unity for a Better and Greener Nigeria

2011 Rotaract Club Award • Outstanding Female Comedian of the Year

2011 City People Entertainment Magazine Award • Female Comedian of the Year

 

Adam Zango

Adam Zango

Adam A. Zango (born Adamu Abdullahi; October 11) is a Nigerian actor, singer and songwriter.

Born in Kaduna State, northern Nigeria, Zango started his career as a music composer, and later became a singer. He has numerous hits under his beat. He started his acting profession as a low level actor, but in a short while won recognition as an international icon by winning the Africa Movie Award in London, UK.

While many celebrities in the Kannywood industry struggle to create an impact in the film industry, Adam Zango popularly called ‘Usher’ has in a short time established himself as one of the best-known actors and great talent in kannywood while maintaining a conspicuous presence as a renowned musician. He was appointed INEC youth Ambassador in 2015.

Adam Zango Awards

Best Film for Gwaska – 2015

Kannywood Best Actor – 2012

Africa Movie Best Actor – 2014

City People Magazine Best Popular Actor – 2015

 

 

Akintayo John Faniran

Akintayo John Faniran

Akintayo John Faniran Born in Oyo town, Nigeria, Akintayo John Faniran is a model who represented Nigeria in the ninth season of the Big Brother Africa (BBA) reality television series. Tayo Faniran became the second Nigerian housemate at the Big Brother Africa (BBA) “Hotshots”, the first Nigerian was Lilian Afegbai.

Tayo is 1.93m tall model with a Higher National Diploma in Maritime Studies, he works as a model in South Africa’s first international model agency, Boss Models. He was appointed INEC youth Ambassador in 2015.

 

 

Seun OkinbaloyeSeun Okinbaloye Broadcast Journalist with Channels Television Nigeria.

 

 

 

 

 

 

References

https://en.wikipedia.org

https://www.naij.com/tag/tayo-faniran.html

http://www.takemetonaija.com/2017/03/actor-adam-zango-full-biography.html

http://stargist.com/entertainment/nigerian_celebrity/ime-bishop-umoh-biographyime-bishop-umoh-profileime-bishop-umoh-wikipedia/