It was tribute without end last Sunday as O’jez Entertainment Centre, National Stadium, Lagos, played host to founder and CEO of HiTV Nigeria, Toyin Subair, in its monthly O’jez Entertainment Forum in collaboration with the Actors Guild of Nigeria, AGN. From veteran broadcaster and arts patriarch, Ambassador Segun Olusola, highlife music promoter Chief Femi Eso, Nollywood stars Zack Orji, Charles Inojie, Ejike Asiegbu, Chidi Nwakeabia, Emeka Enyiocha, reggae music icon, Ras Kimono, hip hop superstar D’banj among many others, the packed celebrity restaurant, unanimously agreed that Toyin Subair, has done the nation proud with his modest achievement of setting up a proudly Nigerian pay TV station. HiTV’s joint initiative with D’banj, Koko Mansion, also received kudos and endorsement from all the celebrities as well as top personalities gathered at O’jez that evening. Billed to begin soon, Koko Mansion is a reality television show featuring D’banj being facilitated by HiTV. Koko Mansion revolves around the quest of 12 beautiful, talented girls that will live in a mansion for eight weeks, to become the ideal Kokolette (wife). The Mansion is situated in an undisclosed area in Lagos. Hip hop superstar D’banj will play a vital role in the oncoming show. In these weeks, the young women will be groomed and tested in various activities in order to determine the one with the greatest Koko Virtues, worthy of being a wife –a Kokolette. The winner will among other benefits, be crowned Kokolette 1, get a Chris Aires Diamond ring, a brand new convertible car, feature in his next music video You Don Make Me Fall In Love alongside N5 million in cash. Aside that, the winner will be D’Banj’s companion at public events both within and outside Nigeria. She would further emerge as HiTV’s Hi-Babe; that is, Beautiful.Ambassador Olusola described Subair as a “young and resilient Nigerian who has done the nation proud.” As the oldest in the gathering, he prayed to God to give him (Subair) more strength to achieve more successes in life. Amadi Ogbonna, Group Entertainment Editor, Vanguard newspapers, showered encomiums on Subair even as he traced his success story from when he was involved in active legal practice. The distinguished guest revealed he was humbled by the show of love for him. He said HiTV was set up sorely as “a catalyst. We wanted to prove that Nigerians can own and effectively run a pay TV as against the disinformation being passed by many people outside.” He said plans have being concluded in the United States, Africa, France some parts of Europe, to get HiTV signals. “We are grateful about that, because we are out to sell Nigeria positively to the world, our purely Nigerian channels, Hi Nolly, Nigezie are what the world will see and view us from a different perspective. And Koko Mansion reality show coming soon, despite what haters say, is going to redefine reality shows in Nigeria. We are not promoting immorality... I would rather enjoin all to wait and see it unfold.” Ejike Asiegbu, president of the Actors Guild of Nigeria reiterated the guild’s support for HiTV and Koko Mansion “because it is a Nigerian company and Koko Mansion is something fresh, that we are all looking forward to.” The evening was made more refreshing with the performance by D’banj and the Evergreen band that dished out refreshing highlife tunes.
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