Global jazz icon, Hugh Masekela and Nigerian top acts, Flavour and Lagbaja, have been listed among other leading artistes that will thrill guests at the 2014 Glo-CAF Awards scheduled for Lagos on January 8, 2015. The annual event, sponsored by national operator, Globacom, is held to celebrate the continent’s finest footballers and administrators and is attended by world sports icons, businessmen and entertainment heavyweights.  Other artistes scheduled to perform at the high profile event are Congo DRC’s multiple award-winning song writer, singer and guitarist, Fally Ipupa; Egyptian folk singer and the first person from an Arab country to perform at a Nobel Prize ceremony, Hakim. Soweto Gospel Choir from South Africa, sensational singing group, Uhuru, pan African group, Cirque D’Afrique and Tanzania’s multiple award winning singer, Diamond are also among the acts billed to perform at the event. From the home front, some of the biggest stars in Nigeria are equally expected to light up the evening. They include the wave-making highlife artiste and Globacom Ambassador, Flavour, Hip hop sensations and Globacom Ambassadors, P-Square and Wande Coal, Afrobeat icon, who is also a Globacom Ambassador, Lagbaja, and one of Nigeria’s most prominent female singers and Globacom Ambassador, Omawumi.  “It is a careful selection of music stars and highly decorated performers, whose songs are currently ruling the airwaves across the continent”, said Mr. Ashok Israni, Globacom’s Regional Marketing Director, West Africa. According to him, the stars are expected to take turns performing at different stages of the awards. One of the highest points of the night for many fun lovers, especially jazz lovers, would be the live performance of the legendary South African trumpeter, flugelhornist, cornetist, composer, and singer, Hugh Masekela.  Masekela has performed on some of the best stages across the world, and has picked  a number of high profile awards along the way, including Ghana Music Awards’  African Music Legend in 2007, Lifetime Achievement Award by Channel O and BBC Radio Jazz Awards’ International Award of the Year in 2002. It is expected to be a night of unending thrill, fun and excitement for the dignitaries expected at the continent’s most glamorous football event. From 2005 to date, outstanding African players have won the Glo CAF Awards. Samuel Eto’o Fils of Cameroon emerged the winner of the inaugural edition in Abuja in 2005. Former captain of Cote d’Ivoire national team, Didier Drogba, clinched the 2006 edition in Ghana. In 2007, it was the turn of Malian international, Freddy Kanoute.  In 2008, Emmanuel Adebayor of Togo emerged the winner in Lagos, while Didier Drogba got the award in Accra in 2009.  Samuel Eto’o Fils yet again picked the Award in 2010 in Egypt while Yaya Toure of Cote d’Ivoire emerged the winner (back to back) in 2011 and 2012. Before then, some top Nigerian players like Rashidi Yekini, Kanu Nwankwo and Victor Ikpeba had clinched the title. Globacom is using the platform of this year’s awards to reward its loyal subscribers. 250 of the company’s subscribers who recharge with N5000 up till the end of December or buy a smart phone from any Gloworld shop within the period will stand a chance to reserve their seats at the prestigious event. In another promo on the event, Glo subscribers who successfully predict the African ‎Footballer of the Year, Woman Player of the Year and Coach of the Year equally stand a chance of winning eye-popping prizes including a 2014 Mercedes Benz G Wagon.

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