To commemorate the International Women’s Day, Trophy, a product of International Breweries Plc, rolled out the green carpet in celebration of two female Nollywood veterans—Idowu Philips, aka Iya Rainbow, and Lanre Hassan, popularly known as Iya Awero.
The event which took place in Lagos saw a band of poets, drummers, dancers, and praise singers storm the residences of the two actresses to give them the ‘Waa Gbayi’ experience as epitomes of culture and in acknowledgement of their invaluable contributions to the movie industry.
Speaking at the event, the Marketing Manager, Trophy, Bamise Oyegbami, described the veterans as “more than deserving of honour”.
He said, “Our brand is synonymous with honour in every sphere of life. We believe that anyone who has excelled in their endeavour is deserving of prestige. It doesn’t matter if such an individual is a known face like our veterans who are being celebrated today or the average person out there; as long as you are striving to be better, we are out to celebrate you with the ‘waa gbayi’ experience.”
In her response, Iya Rainbow appreciated the beer brand, stating that she was overwhelmed and in awe of how far they went to honour her. She said, “To say that I am happy would be an understatement. I am indeed humbled by this show of love.”
A visibly excited, Iya Awero also described the experience as “one of a kind”. “When I got the call that I would be celebrated by this brand to commemorate International Women’s Day, I was surprised, but nothing prepared me for the spectacle that is the Waa Gbayi Experience. I am elated and truly grateful to the brand for deeming it fit to acknowledge my modest contributions to the film industry.”
The Brand Manager, Trophy Lager, Aanu Oyewole, stated that the initiative was the brand’s way of extolling the values of its consumers—men and women who form the bedrock of society with their drive and commitment to doing right by humanity.
Recalling the first time she was raped at the age of 14, Ojo stated that it was by a non-family member, when she was staying with her aunt before witnessing the second sexual assault shortly after — prompting her to run away from home.
She stated that she could not talk about it at the time because it was a ‘taboo’ telling people how one got raped.
The actress explained that she decided to share her story so as to encourage others who have had a similar experience to also speak up with a view to tackling the menace.
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