The spotlight will beam on popular Nigerian actor, Richard Mofe-Damijo and Mimi Fawaz, a premium show host and presenter of Sports 360 on Vox Africa, as they host the 2016 GLO-CAF Awards in Abuja tonight, January 5, 2017.
Mimi has worked for CNN, ESPN and ITV Television networks, and has been described as the ‘driving force behind UK’s first original African football show.
She is but delighted by the opportunity extended to her to host the show and has promised Africa and the rest of the world a spectacular delivery.
Richard, on the other hand, is a lawyer, politician and journalist, who was the Commissioner for Culture and Tourism in Delta State, Nigeria between 2009 and 2015.
A multiple award winner, RMD in 2005, won the Best Actor in a Leading Role at the maiden edition of the African Movie Academy Awards and is also the face of Globacom’s powerful television commercials which celebrated the company’s ground-breaking launch of Nigeria’s first nationwide mobile 4G LTE network.
The duo will add colour to the glitz and glamour of the tonight, at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, where the African Player of the Year 2016 will be announced.
Top music acts from different parts of African continent have been lined up to entertain guests, VIPs and members of the football community at the 2016 Glo-CAF Awards Gala on Thursday, 5 January 2017 at the International Conference Centre in Abuja, Nigeria.
Prominent on the list is afro beat musician and son of late Fela-Anikulapo Kuti, Femi Kuti.
Kuti, who started his own Positive Force band in 1986, is renowned for a percussive blend of jazz and funk to his music. He has established himself as a true afrobeat legend with his own unique style and one of his most explosive tracks is beng, beng, beng.
Others are Nigerian recording artist, dancer, songwriter, and performer, Chinedu Okoli, popularly called Flavour N’abania. Flavour is known across Africa and the rest of the world for his massive club banger, “Nwa Baby”. He is expected to enliven the hall with his scintillating dance steps and flawless delivery.
Also due to perform is Diamond Platinumz, a Bongo Flava recording artist and singer from Tanzania. Best known for his hit song “Number One” which kept him on top of the chart for a long period, he is very influential among his fans, and is said to be the most loved and decorated Tanzanian artist at the moment.
Similarly billed to perform at the event is Nigerian singing sensation and Glo Ambassador, Omawumi. The crooner has released many hit tracks including “Megbele “and “If you ask me”.
Other acts billed to perform at the show include the South African group, Muffinz who have unleashed their beautiful world of eclectic soul music on the South African public.
On the bill also is Yemi Alade, a Nigerian Afro-pop singer who made her musical debut in an all-girl group called Noty Spices in 2005, but became famous with the “Johnny” track.
All these artistes will be joined by the duo of Nigeria’s top Disc Jockey, DJ Jimmy Jatt, who will delight the guests with good music and ace comedian Gordons who will treat guests to good comedy at the “Meet and Greet session” and also during the awards gala.
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Gabonese midfielder Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Algeria Winger Riyad Mahrez and Senegalese Winger Sadio Mané have made the final top three for the African Player of the Year.
The trio made the cut following votes from Head Coaches or Technical Directors of the National Associations affiliated to CAF, Media Committee, Technical & Football committee and a panel of Media Experts.
For the African Player of the Year (Based in Africa), Ugandan Goal Keeper is in contention with the Zimbabwean forward Khama Billiat and the Zambian Midfilder Rainford Kalaba .
Below are the top three (in alphabetical order):
African Player of the Year
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon & Borussia Dortmund)
Riyad Mahrez (Algeria & Leicester City)
Sadio Mané (Senegal & Liverpool)
African Player of the Year – Based in Africa
Denis Onyango (Uganda & Mamelodi Sundowns)
Khama Billiat (Zimbabwe & Mamelodi Sundowns)
Rainford Kalaba (Zambia & TP Mazembe)
Other awards for the night include, Women’s Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, National Team of the Year, Women’s National Team of the Year, Most Promising Talent of the Year, Youth Player of the Year amongst others.