As The Black Book Moves From Lagos To Los Angeles and Beyond
In a groundbreaking moment for Nollywood, Editi Effiong’s cinematic masterpiece, The Black Book has achieved an unprecedented feat, securing the coveted number-one spot on Netflix worldwide. This historic achievement not only marks a turning point for Nollywood but also highlights the immense potential of the Nigerian film industry on the global stage.
“The Black Book” tells the compelling story of Paul Edima, portrayed by the iconic Richard Mofe Damijo (RMD), a former military guerrilla on an unwavering quest for justice. The film’s gripping narrative, delving into themes of redemption and the haunting specter of the past, has captured the hearts of audiences worldwide. It’s a must-watch for anyone who appreciates powerful cinematic storytelling.
One of the significant challenges that Nollywood has faced over the years is securing funding for ambitious projects. “The Black Book” stands as a testament to what can be achieved when vision, talent, and determination converge. This movie’s success not only sets a new standard for Nollywood but also demonstrates its capacity to produce world-class content.
Effiong’s directorial brilliance shines through in every frame of the film. He seamlessly integrates Hollywood-style techniques into the Nollywood narrative, raising the bar for the industry. The cinematography and camera angles that were once exclusive to Hollywood productions now grace the screens in this groundbreaking Nollywood film.
What truly distinguishes “The Black Book” is its ensemble cast, a showcase of the immense talent within Nollywood. With veterans like Sam Dede, Alex Usifo, Shaffy Bello, Ireti Doyle, Patrick Doyle, and Taiwo Ajayi-Lycett, the film not only soars to new heights but also solidifies Nollywood’s position as a cinematic powerhouse. These actors deliver performances that leave an indelible mark on the audience, enhancing the film’s impact.
Beyond its remarkable success, “The Black Book” has paved the way for a new era of Nollywood filmmaking. It has shattered geographical boundaries, proving that Nollywood’s stories can resonate with audiences across the globe. This achievement invites a broader discussion about the future of Nollywood, its potential for international recognition, and the possibilities that lie ahead.
As “The Black Book” continues to reign supreme on Netflix’s global platform, it’s a testament to the talent and creativity within Nollywood. It serves as an inspiration not only for filmmakers but also for fans of African cinema worldwide. The rise of “The Black Book” signifies Nollywood’s triumph and its emergence as a global cinematic force to be reckoned with.
In a world where storytelling knows no boundaries, Nollywood has arrived on the international stage, and “The Black Book” is leading the way, proudly claiming the number one spot on Netflix worldwide. This is a momentous achievement that paves the path for a bright future where Nollywood’s stories continue to captivate audiences from Lagos to Los Angeles and beyond.
Napoli’s Treatment of Osimhen: A Lack of Respect for Talent
In the high-stakes world of professional football, where the spotlight shines brightly on both success and failure, the treatment of players can speak volumes about a club’s character. The recent events surrounding Victor Osimhen and his relationship with Napoli have sparked a passionate debate about the importance of respect and support for athletes, even in their darkest hours.
A Disheartening Display of Disregard
Victor Osimhen, a rising star in the football world, found himself in the eye of the storm after a crucial penalty miss during a recent match. While the disappointment was palpable, what followed left a bitter taste in the mouths of many fans and observers. It seemed, at that moment, that Napoli had forgotten the importance of standing by their players through thick and thin.
When Talent Alone Isn’t Enough
In the world of sports, athletes are more than just assets; they are individuals with dreams, aspirations, and emotions. Napoli’s treatment of Osimhen sends a distressing message: that his value to the club hinges solely on his ability to score goals. This reduction of a talented player to a mere commodity is a stark reminder of what can go wrong when clubs prioritize success over empathy.
Respect: A Fundamental Need
For any truly gifted athlete, respect is not just a desirable quality; it is a fundamental need. Osimhen, like any other player, deserves the support and understanding of his team, especially in moments of adversity. The ridicule he faced following his penalty miss highlights a disturbing lack of empathy within the Napoli camp.
The Path Forward
To salvage the situation and regain Osimhen’s confidence, Napoli should consider taking a few important steps. An open apology to the player would be a significant gesture, demonstrating the club’s commitment to its athletes. Additionally, providing the necessary support and guidance to help him bounce back from this setback would go a long way in restoring faith in the relationship.
In the world of football, success is often measured in goals and trophies, but the treatment of players during their lows is equally important. Napoli’s recent treatment of Victor Osimhen has raised questions about the club’s values and priorities. It’s a stark reminder that talent alone cannot guarantee a player’s happiness and productivity. As fans and observers, we should remember that, ultimately, respect matters more than money or victories.
- By Ken Gbados.
BBNaija All Stars: Six Finalists in High-Stakes N120M Battle
With the eviction of three prominent housemates, Venita, Soma, and Angel on Sunday, September 24, 2023, the BBNaija All Stars competition has now narrowed down to six determined finalists who are vying for the coveted N120 million grand prize.
The Journey So Far
The All-Stars edition of Big Brother Naija began with 20 housemates, each bringing their unique charisma and talents to the table. As the weeks unfolded, the intense competition saw the addition of four new housemates, spicing up the dynamics within the house.
BBNaija All Stars Final Six
The ultimate week of the show has finally arrived, and the six finalists who have successfully navigated the twists and turns of the game are Ilebaye, Mercy, Cee C, Cross, Adekunle, and Pere. These finalists have demonstrated their resilience, strategic prowess, and charm, earning their spot in the race for the N120 million mega prize.
The Grand Finale
With the evictions of Venita, Soma, and Angel, the stage is set for the grand finale of Big Brother Naija All-Stars, scheduled for October 1, 2023. The excitement is palpable as fans eagerly await the crowning of the ultimate champion.
Voting in Full Swing
Hosted by the charismatic Ebuka, the live eviction show not only delivered suspense but also brought the announcement that voting for the winner had officially commenced. Viewers now have the power to decide who will emerge as the All-Stars champion and take home the life-changing N120 million prize.
BBNaija All Stars: The Road to Glory
As the competition reaches its zenith, the remaining six finalists will undoubtedly give it their all to win the hearts of the viewers and secure their place in the annals of BBNaija history. With their personalities, strategies, and friendships on full display, the coming days promise intense drama and unforgettable moments.
Stay tuned as the drama unfolds, and the clock ticks down to the grand finale on October 1st. Who will be the last All-Star standing? Only time will tell as Nigeria’s favorite reality show heads towards its thrilling conclusion.
- By Ken Gbados
BBNaija All Stars Eviction: Drama, Goodbyes, Secrets
In a whirlwind of emotions and anticipation, the Big Brother Naija All Stars house witnessed an eviction night that left fans and fellow housemates in shock. Whitemoney, Omashola, Neo, and Alex were the unfortunate contenders who bid farewell to the house, marking yet another dramatic chapter in this electrifying season.
Whitemoney: The Eighth Evicted All Star
The night began with the departure of Whitemoney, the Season 6 Shine Ya Eye winner. His eviction left many stunned, as his love triangle with Mercy had been a prominent drama within the house. Now, all eyes are on how their story unfolds beyond the confines of the Big Brother house.
Omashola: The Last New Housemate to Exit
Omashola, fondly known as Biggie’s guest, became the second eviction of the night. With previous experience from the Pepper Dem season, he spent a total of four weeks in the All Stars house, leaving his mark on the season.
Neo: A Shocking Third Eviction
The eviction night took an unexpected turn as Neo, a Lockdown season alumnus, became the third housemate to leave. The shockwaves of his exit reverberated across social media, leaving fans in disbelief.
Alex: The Fourth and Final Eviction
As the night drew to a close, Alex, a familiar face from the Double Wahala season of BBNaija, bid her farewell. Her presence had added a unique dynamic to the All Stars house, and her eviction marked the end of a dramatic night.
Ebuka’s Revelation: The Love Letter Drama
Host Ebuka Obi-Uchendu didn’t just stop at evictions; he also exposed a lingering love letter drama involving Angel. The revelation added another layer of intrigue to an already intense season, leaving fans eager to see how this revelation would impact the game.
As we move closer to the grand finale, the remaining All Stars housemates are now more determined than ever to secure their spot in BBNaija history. With alliances forming and breaking, strategies evolving, and surprises around every corner, this season promises to be one of the most memorable yet.
Stay tuned as we continue to unravel the twists and turns of Big Brother Naija All Stars, where drama, strategy, and entertainment collide in a game of survival.
- By Ken Gbados.
MohBad, Rising Nigerian Music Star Passes Away at Age 27
The Nigerian music industry is in mourning as Ilerioluwa Oladimeji Aloba, popularly known as MohBad, a 27-year-old rapper, singer, and songwriter, has tragically passed away. The former Marlian Records signee’s untimely death was confirmed by YBNL Music Executive and artist Olamide on Tuesday, leaving fans and fellow musicians in shock and sadness.
MohBad, known for hit songs like “Ponmo,” “Feel Good,” and “KPK (Ko Por Ke),” left Marlian Records in 2022 to pursue his solo career. His music earned him three nominations at The Headies Awards in 2022.
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Details surrounding his death remain undisclosed at this time, but his legacy in the Nigerian music industry will endure, with fans and fellow artists paying tribute to his talent and contributions.
As the music community reflects on his passing, the question remains: How will MohBad’s memory be honored in the coming days and years?
Doyin’s Eviction: A Shocking Turn of Events
In a shocking twist of fate, Doyin has become the 11th housemate to be evicted from the BBN All-Stars reality show. As fans and viewers eagerly anticipated the live eviction show, no one could have predicted this dramatic turn of events.
Doyin’s journey in the BBN All-Stars house was filled with ups and downs, but her eviction came as a surprise to many. The audience had witnessed her highs and lows, her laughter and tears, making her eviction a bittersweet moment for fans who had grown attached to her over the weeks.
This unexpected eviction raises questions about the dynamics within the house and the criteria for receiving strikes. While we await more information on the reasons behind her eviction, it’s essential to reflect on the impact she had on the show.
Doyin was a memorable contestant who brought her unique personality and charisma to the BBN All-Stars house. Her presence added to the drama, entertainment, and unpredictability that make reality TV shows like this so captivating. She formed bonds and rivalries with fellow housemates, creating memorable moments that will be etched in the minds of viewers.
As we bid farewell to Doyin, it’s important to acknowledge the resilience and determination displayed by all the housemates in the face of challenges and eliminations. Each eviction reminds us of the competitive nature of the show, where only the strongest and most adaptable can survive.
In the days to come, fans will undoubtedly express their opinions and reactions to Doyin’s eviction on social media and other platforms. It’s a testament to the show’s popularity and the emotional investment viewers have in the lives of the housemates.
As we look forward to the remaining episodes of BBN All-Stars, we can only wonder what twists and turns await us. The eviction of Doyin serves as a reminder that in the world of reality TV, anything can happen. With each passing week, the competition becomes fiercer, and the stakes higher, making it a must-watch for fans and viewers alike.
In conclusion, Doyin’s eviction from BBN All-Stars has left fans stunned and eager to see how the remaining housemates will navigate the challenges ahead. It’s a stark reminder that in the world of reality TV, nothing is ever certain, and the only constant is the unpredictability that keeps us hooked to our screens.
Thecoaches Academy Shines at BAIP with Chidimma Obasi
LAGOS, Nigeria – Thecoaches Academy, under the leadership of CEO Blessing Inyang, has continued its winning streak as Chidimma Obasi, a student of Thecoaches, emerged as the First Runner-Up at the prestigious Beauty of Africa International Pageant (BAIP) held in Lagos last night. Chidimma Obasi’s remarkable achievement earns her the honor of representing Nigeria on the international stage.
While BAIP is an annual international beauty pageant held in Nigeria, with a focus on promoting culture, tourism, and positive change among young women, Thecoaches Academy, renowned for its self-development and pageant coaching, plays a pivotal role in shaping intelligent and empowered women who excel in various fields.
Blessing Inyang’s academy offers a platform for women to develop their skills and confidence, paving the way for success in pageantry and beyond. Thecoaches’ commitment to empowering women like Chidimma Obasi reflects its dedication to nurturing talent and fostering positive change in society.
Can Pep Guardiola Reshape England’s Football Destiny?
Pep Guardiola, the mastermind behind Manchester City’s recent dominance in the Premier League, might be on the verge of a seismic shift in his career.
Reports suggest that the Football Association (FA) is considering Guardiola as a potential successor to Gareth Southgate as the manager of the England national football team.
While this might be a dream scenario for England fans, it could also have far-reaching implications for the Three Lions and even clubs like Arsenal.
Game-Changing Pedigree of Pep Guardiola
Pep Guardiola’s resume is nothing short of awe-inspiring. He has conquered club football across Europe with three Champions League titles and numerous league successes in La Liga, the Premier League, and the Bundesliga. His tactical innovations, penchant for nurturing young talent, and commitment to attacking football have made him one of the most sought-after managers in the world.
For England, having Guardiola at the helm would be a game-changer. Southgate’s tenure has had its moments, including the impressive run to the 2018 World Cup semi-finals. However, critics have often questioned his tactical approach and ability to unlock the potential of the talented squad at his disposal.
Guardiola’s arrival could bring a breath of fresh air, injecting a new level of tactical sophistication into the England setup. His footballing philosophy aligns closely with the kind of attractive, possession-based football that England fans have longed to see their national team play.
Arsenal’s Potential Gain
The impact of Guardiola’s move to England wouldn’t be limited to the national team; it could also reshape the Premier League landscape, particularly for Arsenal. Recall that Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane, two of the best wide players in the world, blossomed under Guardiola’s tutelage at Manchester City.
If Guardiola takes charge of England, it would free Arsenal from the specter of facing his City side in the league. It’s no secret that Guardiola’s Manchester City has been a thorn in the side of Arsenal, with the Spaniard pipping the Gunners to the title in recent seasons.
Moreover, Arsenal’s England stars would have the privilege of learning from one of the best coaches in the world. Mikel Arteta, the current Arsenal head coach, has already incorporated elements of Guardiola’s philosophy into his tactical approach. Guardiola’s arrival at England’s helm would create a seamless transition for these players between club and international football.
A Brighter Future for English Football with Pep Guardiola
While the move is purely speculative at this point, it’s intriguing to consider the possibilities that a Guardiola-led England could offer. Guardiola’s commitment to youth development, tactical innovation, and his ability to bring out the best in players could herald a new era of success for English football.
The prospect of Declan Rice and Bukayo Saka playing under Guardiola is no longer a distant dream, and it might not even require their exits from their respective clubs. Guardiola’s potential arrival in England could change the footballing landscape for the better, making the Three Lions a force to be reckoned with on the international stage.
In conclusion, while we await further developments on this intriguing possibility, there’s no denying that the prospect of Pep Guardiola becoming England’s manager is a tantalizing one. It could be the catalyst for a brighter future for both English football and the talented individuals who represent it on the world stage.
- By Kennedy Onyegbado
Burna Boy and Dave’s Explosive Collaboration: ‘Cheat On Me’
Nigerian superstar Burna Boy and English rapper Dave have collaborated on a new single, “Cheat On Me,” which showcases their unique Afro-fusion and lyrical styles.
The track, produced by a team including LiTek, whYJay, Taras Slusarenko, Jacob Daniel Jones, Kwabena Adjepong, and James Napier, is set to be a standout hit on Burna Boy’s upcoming album, “I Told Them…” set to drop this Friday.
The album promises an eclectic mix of tracks that transcend boundaries while staying true to his Afrobeat roots. The collaboration has sparked conversations about the potential impact of this dynamic pairing on the music industry and cross-cultural collaborations.
BBNaija: Lucy Mulls Exit, Omashola Expresses Disappointment
In an unexpected twist on Big Brother Naija All Stars, Lucy has considered a voluntary exit following a heated argument with fellow guest contestant Kim Oprah.
Lucy expressed frustration during her first diary session on Tuesday, citing Kim Oprah’s statement and the potential for escalating conflicts. She voiced concern about being perceived as arrogant during a task.
Meanwhile, Omashola, another house guest, expressed disappointment over not initially being invited to compete for the N120 million grand prize.
Omashola revealed his discontent in his diary session, feeling snubbed compared to fellow participants from his season.
As emotions run high in the house, viewers anticipate how these revelations will shape the competition’s dynamics.
As BBNaija All Stars Continues to Explore Drama and Strategy
As the latest season of BBNaija All Stars continues to captivate audiences across the nation, it’s clear that the house is not short on drama, strategy, and evolving gender dynamics. From shocking evictions to explosive confrontations, the show’s allure remains as strong as ever, sparking conversations and debates both online and offline.
One of the most recent incidents that have set tongues wagging involves Ike Onyema’s controversial act of trashing Ilebaye’s clothes. Ike’s explanation for his actions sheds light on the complexities of relationships within the house.
His assertion that Ilebaye’s behavior towards Seyi was the driving force behind his actions underscores the strong bonds and loyalties formed among housemates, even under the scrutiny of the reality TV lens. The house’s confined environment amplifies emotions and confrontations, making for a compelling watch.
The eviction of Kiddwaya, the son of billionaire Terry Waya, further stirred up conversations. With the divine power of the jury playing a pivotal role in deciding who stays and who goes, this season has showcased a unique blend of audience votes and jury decisions. While the dynamics of the jury’s decision-making process remain a subject of speculation, it’s evident that their choices are sparking reactions and debates among viewers.
Perhaps one of the most noticeable shifts in this season is the increasing influence of women in the house. From previous seasons where men often dominated the winners’ circle, the inclusion of female solid housemates has reshaped the narrative.
The introduction of Omashola, Kim Oprah, Prince, and Lucy as “guests” in the house adds a new layer of intrigue. While they won’t compete for the grand prize, their presence promises to shake up the status quo and inject fresh energy into the house. This unexpected twist is set to test the existing alliances and friendships, creating an unpredictable environment that both fans and critics eagerly anticipate.
Kiddwaya’s post-eviction interview with show host Ebuka Obi-Uchendu shed light on the diverse strategies and personal experiences of housemates. His emphasis on enjoying the experience and maintaining a friendly demeanor with all the housemates reflects the challenges of navigating interpersonal dynamics.
As the son of a billionaire, his journey in the house offered a unique perspective on how people from different walks of life can find common ground and build relationships despite their differences.
The evolving gender dynamics, strategic maneuvers, and interpersonal relationships in the BBNaija All Stars house are an emblematic microcosm of society at large. As viewers continue to tune in and invest emotionally in the show, it’s clear that the allure of the reality TV spectacle remains deeply ingrained in Nigerian culture.
In a time where entertainment serves as a mirror reflecting societal norms and behaviors, BBNaija All Stars Season is more than just a reality show; it’s a complex tapestry of human interactions, aspirations, and challenges. As the season progresses, it’s inevitable that more surprises, controversies, and defining moments await both the housemates and the eager audience watching from their screens.
- By Ken Gbados.
Messi’s Masterclass Fuels Inter Miami’s League Cup Journey
Lionel Messi’s ability to astound and inspire knows no bounds, as evidenced by his recent performance in the 2023 league cup semifinal match between Inter Miami and the Philadelphia Union. In the 20th minute, Messi unleashed a breathtaking long-range finish that not only put his team ahead 2-0 but also showcased his sheer brilliance on the field.
With this mesmerizing goal, Messi notched his ninth goal of the tournament, reinforcing his status as a football icon who consistently delivers moments of magic. His presence on the pitch exudes a sense of confidence that ripples through his team, empowering them to aim higher and dream bigger.
It’s not just about the numbers; it’s about the impact Messi has on the game and the players around him. His precision, vision and unwavering commitment to excellence elevate the sport to a higher level. Each time he steps onto the field, he reminds us why we are drawn to football – for those extraordinary instances that defy logic and leave us in awe.
As Inter Miami marches towards the finals, Messi’s role becomes even more significant. His leadership and unmatched skillset have the potential to carry his team to victory, as they chase the ultimate goal. His journey resonates with sports enthusiasts’ worldwide, serving as a reminder that dedication, talent, and hard work are the keys to success.
In an era of constant change, Messi remains a constant force. His legacy is etched in the annals of football history, and he continues to write new chapters with every match he plays. The league cup semifinal was just another page turned, but its impact will be felt far beyond the final whistle.
Messi’s magic on the pitch isn’t just about winning matches; it’s about igniting a fire within us all. It’s about the belief that anything is possible when you strive for greatness. His long-range finish in the semifinal encapsulates the essence of his journey – a journey that has inspired millions and will continue to do so for generations to come.
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In a world of fleeting moments, Messi’s brilliance is a timeless gift. And as the league cup final beckons, football fans across the globe eagerly await the next chapter of his extraordinary story.
Destiny Etiko: Nollywood Success Beyond Lagos
In an industry that often seems synonymous with the bustling streets of Lagos, Destiny Etiko stands as a testament to the fact that talent knows no geographical boundaries. Over the last decade, this remarkable actress has defied convention and redefined the path to success in Nollywood, inspiring a new generation of artists to pursue their dreams on their own terms.
For years, a prevailing notion within Nigeria’s entertainment industry has been that to make it big in Nollywood, one must pack their bags and head to Lagos, the nation’s entertainment capital. However, Destiny Etiko’s journey has unraveled this myth, proving that with unrelenting dedication, exceptional talent, and unwavering self-belief, success can be achieved from any corner of the country.
Destiny Etiko’s decision to primarily base herself in her hometown of Enugu has not hindered her ascent to stardom; in fact, it has proven to be her unique selling point. While many flock to Lagos seeking fame, Etiko’s choice to remain in her roots has allowed her to cultivate authenticity, something that resonates deeply with her audience. Her performances aren’t just acting; they’re a genuine reflection of her love for her craft and her commitment to representing her culture.
In an industry that often pushes actors to conform to certain norms, Etiko’s career trajectory defies the expected narrative. She has etched her name in the Nollywood pantheon as the “hottest Nollywood bad girl of the time,” proving that one doesn’t have to follow a predefined path to make an impact. Her enchanting beauty, creative prowess, and undeniable charisma have earned her a special place in the hearts of fans across the country.
The story of Destiny Etiko isn’t just about her achievements; it’s about shattering stereotypes and debunking long-held misconceptions. Her success opens doors for aspiring actors who may not have the means or desire to uproot their lives and move to a different city. It’s a reminder that passion, hard work, and an unwavering belief in oneself can transcend any limitations.
Etiko’s journey also underscores the importance of regional diversity in Nollywood. Nigeria is a nation rich in cultures, languages, and traditions, and this diversity deserves representation on screen. By choosing to stay in Enugu, Etiko has become a beacon of cultural authenticity, showing that embracing one’s roots can be a source of strength rather than a limitation.
As the entertainment landscape continues to evolve, Destiny Etiko’s story serves as an inspiration to all who dare to dream big. She stands tall as a reminder that success can be achieved from anywhere, that talent is the ultimate currency, and that breaking away from conventions can lead to a legacy that transcends time and geography.
In Destiny Etiko, we find not just a talented actress, but a trailblazer who has proven that the journey to success is as unique as the individual taking it. Her story challenges us to redefine our notions of achievement, reminding us that with a fiery passion and an unyielding spirit, we can achieve greatness, no matter where we stand.
Destiny Etiko has not only embraced her destiny, but she’s also rewriting the rules of the game – and that’s a narrative worth celebrating, sharing, and championing for generations to come.
Princess: Unforgettable BBNAllStars Journey & Shocking Exit
In a surprising twist during the live eviction show of the highly anticipated #BBNAllStars, Princess Linda Onyejekwe, affectionately known as Princess, bid an emotional farewell to the Big Brother house. The geologist and University of Nigeria, Nsukka alumna became the first housemate to be evicted from the star-studded reality show on Sunday.
Princess: A Promising Geologist with Humble Roots
Born on July 23rd, 1993, she hails from the vibrant town of Nkwere in Imo State, though most of her formative years were spent in the picturesque city of Enugu. Her eviction marked a bittersweet moment for her fans and admirers who were hopeful of her making a lasting impression in the house.
A woman of strong character and charm, Princess entered the #BBNAllStars house with great aspirations, aiming to showcase not only her magnetic personality but also her skills as a geologist. With her engaging presence and unwavering determination, she quickly captivated both her fellow housemates and the show’s audience.
Princess as Fan Favorite with Unwavering Support
During her time in the house, Princess exhibited a blend of intelligence, wit, and camaraderie, earning her a place in the hearts of many viewers. Her down-to-earth nature and relatable demeanor made her a favorite among the audience, who showered her with love and support through social media platforms.
However, despite her genuine efforts to connect with others and actively participate in tasks and challenges, fate had a different plan for Princess. The live eviction show brought forth an emotional rollercoaster for the beloved housemate, as her name was announced as the first evictee.
Gratitude and Promises for the Future
As she gracefully exited the #BBNAllStars house, Princess expressed her gratitude for the unforgettable experience, acknowledging that the journey had been nothing short of transformative. She thanked her fans and supporters for their unwavering encouragement and promised to make them proud in her future endeavors.
Princess’ journey in the #BBNAllStars house may have come to an end, but her magnetic charm and undeniable talent are sure to open doors for her outside the show. With her background as a geologist, she possesses a unique skill set that can pave the way for various opportunities in both her professional and personal life.
As fans bid farewell to Princess, they send her their best wishes and support for whatever lies ahead. Her eviction from the show is just the beginning of an exciting new chapter in her life, and she will certainly continue to shine brightly in all her future endeavors.
An Unforgettable Start to the #BBNAllStars Show
With Princess’ eviction, the #BBNAllStars show enters a new phase, and the remaining housemates brace themselves for the challenges and triumphs that lie ahead. The excitement and drama are far from over, and viewers can expect more surprises as the contestants battle for the coveted title.
As we continue to watch the captivating journey of the #BBNAllStars, we wish Princess Linda Onyejekwe all the best in her future endeavors and eagerly await the unfolding of her success story.
Nigeria’s Presence at MFOH Global Final Will Be Impactful; – Thecoaches
Abuja, Nigeria – The international organization behind the Miss Face of Humanity (MFOH) global showcase has officially announced December 15, 2023, as the date for the highly anticipated final show to be held in Mexico. As excitement builds for this prestigious event, all eyes are on Nigeria’s representative, Amb. Chika Ezenwa, the reigning Miss Face of Humanity Nigeria.
Amb. Chika Ezenwa, who earned the right to represent Nigeria at the MFOH global final, is set to showcase the nation’s rich cultural heritage, traditions, and values to a global audience. Her role as Nigeria’s representative comes with high expectations, as she has proven to be an unwavering advocate for humanitarian causes, spearheading initiatives and projects aimed at making a tangible difference in the lives of those in need.
The Miss Face of Humanity global final show will see representatives from various countries competing to highlight the essence of beauty with purpose. For Amb. Chika Ezenwa, it is not just about winning the crown; it is an opportunity to promote world peace, bridge cultural gaps, and foster international cooperation.
Blessing Inyang, CEO of Thecoaches and National Director for Miss Face of Humanity Nigeria, in a Press Release, expressed her excitement about Amb. Chika’s participation, stating, “Amb. Chika’s reign as Miss Face of Humanity Nigeria has been nothing short of remarkable.
“Her dedication to humanitarian causes aligns seamlessly with the vision of Miss Face of Humanity – to create a better world through compassion and empathy. We have no doubt that Amb. Chika will eloquently represent Nigeria’s essence and make us proud at the global contest.
“The international platform of the Miss Face of Humanity final show presents a unique opportunity for potential sponsors. Supporting Amb. Chika Ezenwa means aligning their brand with positive change, social impact, and the promotion of humanitarian rights. As a sponsor, they will be associated with an exceptional representative who stands for meaningful causes.
“Thecoaches; franchise owners for Miss Face of Humanity Nigeria, wholeheartedly stand behind Amb. Chika Rita Ezenwa as she prepares to embark on this transformative journey to Mexico. We invite potential sponsors to join us in empowering Amb. Chika to make a lasting impact on the world stage”, Ms. Inyang informed.
The Miss Face of Humanity Nigeria (MFOH Nigeria) franchise, owned by Thecoaches, continues to pave the way for Nigerian beauty queens to advocate for change on the global stage. With Amb. Chika Ezenwa leading the charge, Nigeria’s presence in the MFOH global competition promises to be both impactful and inspiring.
Stella Okorie Crowned 3rd Most Beautiful Queen in Abia State
In a dazzling spectacle of beauty and talent, the Most Beautiful Queen in Abia State pageant, organized by Goldsborg Events & Services in collaboration with GIFMAG Concepts, came to a splendid conclusion over the weekend at the prestigious Michael Okpara Auditorium in Umuahia, Abia State.
Amidst a glimmering array of contestants, the radiant and graceful Miss Stella Okorie emerged as the triumphant winner, claiming the coveted crown and title of the 3rd Most Beautiful Queen in Abia State. Her victory marked a momentous achievement in her journey as a model, beauty queen, and actress.
Queen Okorie, who hails from Abia State, and currently studying Office Technolgy and Management at the Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic Unwana, Ebonyi state, showcased not only her captivating beauty but also her exceptional talent and charisma throughout the pageant.
The event was a celebration of grace, charm, and elegance, as the audience was treated to a captivating display of beauty and cultural finesse. With her win, Queen Stella Okorie has not only achieved personal glory but also brought pride to her institution and state.
Congratulations poured in from well-wishers and supporters as she embarks on a new chapter in her journey as a beauty queen. Her coronation is set to be a platform for making a positive impact in her community and beyond, as she takes on the responsibilities and opportunities that come with the title.
As Miss Stella Okorie begins her reign, there is no doubt that she will continue to shine brightly and inspire others with her beauty, talent, and dedication to making a difference. The Most Beautiful Queen in Abia State pageant has found a worthy ambassador in her, and her presence will undoubtedly leave an indelible mark in the hearts of those she encounters.
Big Brother Naija Housemates Relive Unforgettable Moments
In an electrifying premiere, the long-awaited Big Brother Naija All Stars edition finally graced our screens last night, and it was nothing short of sensational. As the familiar faces re-entered the iconic house, memories flooded back, and emotions ran high as they took a moment to reflect on their past experiences, reminiscing about their most memorable highlights from their previous seasons in the reality show.
The All-Stars edition promises to be an epic showdown, bringing together some of the most loved and controversial housemates from previous seasons. From fan favorites to notorious game players, the eclectic mix of personalities guarantees an explosive and captivating season ahead.
As the night unfolded, we saw tears and laughter as housemates shared anecdotes from their past journeys. From heartwarming friendships forged in the house to fiery conflicts that kept viewers glued to their screens, it was evident that the Big Brother Naija experience had left an indelible mark on each contestant.
For some, it was the electrifying challenges that tested their physical and mental endurance, bringing out their competitive spirit and pushing them beyond their limits. Others fondly recalled the emotional rollercoaster of forming bonds with strangers, only to face the heartbreak of eviction.
The conversations were rife with discussions about how the show had transformed their lives, catapulting them to fame and opening doors to opportunities they never thought possible. It was evident that Big Brother Naija had not only been a reality show but a life-changing experience for many of the housemates.
As the evening progressed, the anticipation for what lies ahead grew palpable. With the promise of new twists, surprise guests, and unforeseen alliances, fans are already on the edge of their seats, eagerly awaiting the drama, suspense, and heartwarming moments that only Big Brother Naija can deliver.
Social media platforms erupted with excitement, with fans and celebrities sharing their thoughts and predictions for the season. Hashtags related to the show dominated the trending lists, proving once again the Big Brother Naija franchise’s immense popularity and cultural impact.
With the All Stars edition going live, viewers can expect a delightful blend of nostalgia and fresh excitement, as their favorite housemates embark on a second chance to claim the coveted title and grand prize.
As we gear up for the weeks of unscripted drama, laughter, and tears, one thing is sure: the Big Brother Naija All Stars edition has set the stage for a thrilling and unforgettable ride. Stay tuned as we bring you all the updates, eviction shocks, and jaw-dropping moments from the most anticipated reality show of the year!
Carlos Alcaraz Shocks Tennis World, Ends Djokovic’s Reign
In a historic upset, Carlos Alcaraz claimed victory in the Wimbledon men’s final, breaking Novak Djokovic’s five-year winning streak in an enthralling five-set match. The clash at the hallowed grounds of the All England Club has already been hailed as one of the sport’s greatest spectacles.
Having enjoyed an unbeaten run of 34 matches at Wimbledon and an impressive record on Centre Court dating back to 2013, Djokovic was the undisputed favorite. However, the young Spanish prodigy, Carlos Alcaraz, displayed remarkable tenacity, fighting back from a set down to deliver an instant classic.
Alcaraz’s triumph marks a historic milestone as he becomes the first player outside the tennis ‘big four—Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Andy Murray—to clinch the prestigious Wimbledon men’s singles title since 2002.
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Djokovic’s quest to equal Federer’s record of eight singles titles was thwarted by Alcaraz’s extraordinary performance. After the match, an elated Alcaraz expressed his joy, stating, “It’s a dream come true for me, playing a final against a legend of our sport.”
Nollywood Actress Cynthia Okereke Passes Away One Year After Kidnapping Ordeal
Renowned Nollywood actress Cynthia Okereke has sadly passed away, marking a tragic end to a year filled with challenges.
The news of her untimely death was shared by her colleague in the entertainment industry, Joseph Okechukwu. Just when plans were being made for Cynthia to travel to America, Joseph received the devastating news that she had passed away on Tuesday night.
Joseph, a filmmaker, expressed his deep grief and shock on his Instagram page, reflecting on their two-decade-long friendship. He described Cynthia as an amazing, decent, and lovely soul, and expressed his disbelief that she had left the world so suddenly and unexpectedly.
Cynthia’s death comes exactly one year after she and Clemson Cornel were kidnapped while returning from a movie shoot in Ozalla town, Enugu state. The incident caused great concern among their families and colleagues, but they were eventually released after a few days.
The entertainment industry and fans alike are now mourning the loss of Cynthia Okereke, remembering her talent and warm presence. Her passing serves as a reminder of life’s fragility and the unpredictability of circumstances. Cynthia’s memory will live on, and her gentle soul will be greatly missed until the day we meet again.
Nsikan Isaac Hosts CANA ’23 Fashion Show with Charming Energy
Abuja’s fashion scene witnessed an enchanting weekend as the TTC Auditorium in Gwarimpa came alive with the esteemed Nigerian actress, Writer, Producer, Humanitarian, model, and Entrepreneur; Nsikan Isaac taking center stage as the host of the highly anticipated CANA 2023 Fashion Show and Sales.
With her magnetic presence and undeniable charm, Nsikan Isaac truly stole the spotlight, captivating the hearts and minds of attendees throughout the event, which took a bold stance by embracing the theme “Clothed and not ashamed.”
Advocating for fashion modesty and promoting decency within the industry, the CANA ’23 Fashion Show and Sales transcended mere fashion and style, emphasizing the ability to showcase captivating and electrifying fashion while maintaining modesty.
Known for her exceptional talent and versatility in the entertainment industry, Nsikan Isaac brought a touch of elegance and grace to the event. As the host, she flawlessly guided the audience through the various segments of the evening, effortlessly balancing wit, humor, and professionalism. Her infectious energy set the tone for an unforgettable night, creating an atmosphere of excitement and anticipation.
Nsikan’s profound knowledge and passion for fashion were evident as she engaged in insightful conversations with designers, models, and industry experts. Her engaging interviews unveiled the inspirations behind the showcased collections, shedding light on the creative processes and stories that brought these stunning creations to life.
Beyond her hosting duties, Nsikan Isaac also showcased her impeccable sense of style on the red carpet, captivating onlookers with her fashion-forward choices. Her ensemble exuded sophistication and trendsetting elegance, further cementing her status as a fashion icon.
Throughout the event, Nsikan Isaac’s infectious charisma resonated with the audience, elevating the overall experience of the CANA ‘23 Fashion Show and Sales. Her ability to connect with attendees on a personal level created an intimate and welcoming atmosphere, ensuring that every guest felt included and appreciated.
In a media chat with The World Satellite Magazine, Nsikan revealed that the concept behind the event aimed to counter the prevailing recklessness often associated with the fashion world, encouraging designers and attendees to explore the realm of fashion through a modest lens.
In her own words, “As I stepped into the hall to host ‘CANA Fashion Show’ 2023 and make the first speech, I could literally feel like I was standing under the real open heavens as I heard the roar from the crowd… it was different, yet electrifying to think I had to take up a task a little different from what I was so familiar with… but then grace took the unfamiliar and put his perfection on it… what a time to be alive.”
The day commenced with an electrifying Sales fair, offering a diverse range of trendy clothing, accessories, and designer collections to satisfy even the most discerning fashion connoisseurs. The bustling marketplace created a buzz of excitement as attendees flocked to discover the latest fashion trends and exclusive deals.
As the sun dipped below the horizon, the spotlight turned towards the highly-anticipated Fashion show, which showcased the finest creations from both established and emerging designers. From avant-garde ensembles to classic silhouettes, the runway became a canvas for artistic expression and sartorial excellence.
Models glided with poise, exuding confidence and breathing life into the meticulously crafted garments. The crowd was left awestruck by the captivating fusion of colors, textures, and innovative designs that graced the stage.
While the Sales fair and Fashion show served as the main attractions, the red carpet brought its own share of glamour and excitement. Celebrities, influencers, and fashion icons dazzled in their carefully curated outfits, making a striking impression with their impeccable style choices. Camera flashes illuminated the night as the attendees embraced the limelight, displaying their unique fashion statements and setting the trends for the season.
Nsikan’s presence at the event not only highlighted her remarkable talent as an actress and producer but also showcased her versatility and passion for the fashion industry. Her ability to seamlessly transition between roles, captivating both on-screen and on stage, is a testament to her remarkable talent and unwavering dedication.
Abuja will undoubtedly remember the CANA ’23 Fashion Show and Sales as a remarkable event that celebrated fashion modesty, showcased captivating designs and elevated the industry to new heights.
With Nsikan Isaac’s captivating energy and undeniable talent as the host, the evening proved to be an unforgettable experience, leaving attendees inspired and eager to embrace the essence of modest fashion.
- By Ken Gbados.
Relationship Expert Slams Davido for Disrespecting Chioma
Following accusations by two women claiming to be impregnated by Davido, Blessing expressed her disappointment, stating that while cheating might be expected in his celebrity lifestyle, it is disrespectful to engage in such behavior without protection.
She emphasized the importance of using condoms to protect Chioma and questioned Davido’s actions, accusing him of manipulating Chioma and undermining their relationship.
“If you want to make Chioma special, at least if you want to sleep with other women, I understand you’re a musician, use condom na.
“Let it be that Chioma is that one woman that you sleep with without a condom. Aren’t you afraid of giving her STDs? You bring this woman online every day and show us how much you love her. That is not love. You’re manipulating this girl, maybe because she is soft, maybe because she loves you so much. But to be very honest, Davido, you are disrespecting Chioma.” She said.
The Witcher Season 3 Episode 3 Reveals Sinister Connections
In the expansive world of the Continent, numerous unresolved plotlines have captivated viewers. However, The Witcher Season 3, Episode 3 begins to assemble the scattered fragments into a grander picture.
Previously, the Continent appeared as a realm torn apart by conflicts, with countless political entities vying for dominance. Yet, this season takes a different turn, shedding light on a formidable adversary concealed within the shadows.
As the main characters converge on a single location, seemingly disconnected scenes in Episode 3 serve to remind us of their whereabouts. Nonetheless, the episode skillfully guides our heroes towards a climactic convergence, where momentous events are destined to unfold.
At the outset of Season 3, Geralt of Rivia (portrayed by Henry Cavill) and Yennefer (played by Anya Chalotra) go their separate ways, each pursuing their own paths in order to safeguard Ciri (played by Freya Allan).
However, the episode titled “Reunion” effectively demonstrates that the missions of all involved are intricately intertwined.
The major antagonist of Season 3 is revealed to be linked to numerous unfortunate occurrences on the Continent, knitting the destinies of the characters together in an intricate web of fate.
‘WHEN HEARTS TOUCH: Nkem DenChukwu Explores Poverty’s Impact
Houston, Texas – Renowned author and filmmaker; Nkem DenChukwu has shared insights into her latest masterpiece, both a book and an animated film, titled: “When Hearts Touch,” a poignant tale that explores the profound influence individuals can have on one another’s lives.
Hailing from Eastern Nigeria and currently residing in the United States of America; DenChukwu, who holds a Masters’s Degree in Healthcare Services, on Wednesday, captivated audiences during her appearance on the popular one-hour morning show; Great Day Houston, hosted by Deborah Duncan on KHOU-11, the CBS affiliate in Houston, Texas.
Drawing from her diverse background, she has crafted a captivating narrative centered on an orphan named Preye, encapsulating the black boy magic kind of story. Through this inspiring story, DenChukwu emphasizes the transformative power of human connections and highlights the profound impact they can have on someone’s life.
DenChukwu eloquently stated during her interview, “Poverty is genocide in slow motion.” With these evocative words, she brings attention to the pervasive and devastating effects of poverty on individuals and communities.
Thus, by weaving this theme into “When Hearts Touch,” DenChukwu not only offers a compelling narrative but also sheds light on the urgent need to address poverty as a pressing societal issue.
Through her multi-faceted talent and thought-provoking works, Nkem DenChukwu continues to make a significant impact in the literary and film worlds. “When Hearts Touch” stands as a testament to her creative prowess and her commitment to addressing important social issues.
As readers and viewers are captivated by the story of Preye, DenChukwu’s work serves as a reminder of the profound influence each of us can have in transforming lives.
- By Ken Gbados
MFOH Nigeria Emerges Beauty Queen of the Year 2023
Lagos, Nigeria – The prestigious Golden Stars Award ceremony unfolded mesmerizingly over the weekend, at the Whitewater Event and Hall in Lekki Peninsula, Lagos.
Among the esteemed nominees in the Beauty Queen of the Year category, it was the reigning Miss Face of Humanity Nigeria (MFOH Nigeria); Amb. Chika Rita Ezenwa, who emerged victorious, captivating the hearts of the audience and leaving an indelible mark on the glitzy event.
MFOH Nigeria’s Amb. Chika Rita Ezenwa faced tough competition from a formidable lineup of accomplished beauty queens such as Montana Felix (Miss Universe 2022), Damilola Bolarinde (Miss Grand Nigeria 2022), Shatu Sani Garko (44th Miss Nigeria), and Tosin Adeduro (10th Miss Tourism Nigeria).
Amb. Ezenwa’s triumph can be attributed to her exceptional qualities and dedication to philanthropy. As the reigning Miss Face of Humanity Nigeria, she has continued to demonstrate a strong commitment to making a positive impact on society.
In her acceptance speech, she expressed gratitude to the Golden Stars Award committee, the judges, and her fellow nominees. Amb. Ezenwa highlighted the importance of using the beauty and glamour platform to advocate for meaningful causes and create awareness about social issues.
As the Beauty Queen of the Year 2023, Amb. Chika Ezenwa now joins the league of extraordinary women who have made a significant mark on the Nigerian beauty industry. Ezenwa’s reign promises to be one filled with purpose, compassion, and a commitment to making a difference in the lives of the less privileged.
The Golden Stars Award 2023 brought together prominent personalities, celebrities, and distinguished guests to celebrate excellence in various categories.
Inside Asake’s Sophomore Album “Work of Art”
Nigerian singer-songwriter, Ahmed Ololade, popularly known as Asake, has triumphantly returned to the music scene with the release of his highly anticipated sophomore album, “Work of Art.”
Packed with 14 mesmerizing tracks, including three previously released hits, the album showcases Asake’s growth as an artist and solidifies his position as one of Nigeria’s most promising musical talents.
With his unique blend of afrobeat, pop, and soulful melodies, Asake proves that he is here to make an indelible mark on the music industry.
Unveiling “Work of Art”:
“Work of Art” is an artistic masterpiece that takes listeners on a captivating musical journey from start to finish. The album beautifully encapsulates Asake’s experiences, emotions, and personal growth, resulting in a collection of diverse and thought-provoking tracks. Each song is meticulously crafted, demonstrating Asake’s exceptional songwriting skills and his ability to connect with his audience on a profound level.
Among the 14 tracks on the album, several standout songs are already gaining popularity and making waves across the airwaves. “Work of Art” introduces listeners to Asake’s enchanting vocals and infectious rhythms, leaving an unforgettable impression. Notably, the inclusion of his previously released hits adds an extra layer of familiarity and excitement for fans who have been eagerly awaiting this album.
Evolution of Asake:
“Work of Art” serves as a testament to Asake’s artistic evolution. Since his breakthrough in the music industry, he has shown tremendous growth and versatility, effortlessly navigating various genres and experimenting with different sounds. Asake’s ability to adapt his style while remaining authentic to his core artistic vision is commendable and sets him apart as a true musical chameleon.
Influence and Impact:
Asake’s music transcends cultural boundaries, resonating with listeners not only in Nigeria but also across the globe. His ability to combine catchy melodies with meaningful lyrics has garnered him a loyal fan base. With “Work of Art,” Asake continues to break barriers, pushing the envelope of his creative boundaries and proving that he is an artist destined for greatness.
Asake’s sophomore album, “Work of Art,” is a testament to his unwavering dedication to his craft and his relentless pursuit of musical excellence. With a diverse range of tracks that showcase his growth as an artist, Asake invites listeners to embark on an unforgettable musical journey.
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As the album garners well-deserved attention and accolades, it is clear that Asake’s star is on the rise, and his impact on the music industry will only continue to grow. “Work of Art” cements his position as an artist to watch and elevates him to new heights, leaving fans eagerly anticipating what Asake has in store for the future.
By Ken Gbados
Nollywood Mourns Veteran Actor Don Brymo at 56
The Nigerian entertainment industry has been thrown into mourning following the sudden demise of veteran Nollywood actor, Don Brymo, at the age of 56. The talented thespian, known for his remarkable performances on screen, reportedly passed away on Thursday. His untimely death has left his colleagues, friends, and fans in shock and grief.
Don Brymo, a native of Anambra State, was widely acclaimed for his versatility and dedication to his craft. With a career spanning several decades, he endeared himself to audiences through memorable roles in numerous Nollywood movies. From his debut performance to his most recent projects, he consistently displayed a remarkable talent that made him a beloved figure in the industry.
The news of Don Brymo’s passing was confirmed by his close friend and colleague, Mr. Mayor Ofoegbu, who took to his Facebook page on Thursday morning to express his sorrow. The post, filled with heartfelt condolences and reminiscences of their time together, served as a poignant tribute to the late actor’s legacy.
“Plan for tomorrow but live for today. Tomorrow is not guaranteed”.
“I wrote those lines on my WhatsApp status yesterday evening. My man, my 5 & 6, Don Brymo Uchegbu, passed in his sleep.
“I received the shocking news this morning and had to verify from his family. Chai! Don Brymo my manchi. It’s had to say goodbye. Nnukwu nwa na Enugu ukwu,” Ofoegbu, who posted a picture of them together, wrote.
Details surrounding the circumstances of Don Brymo’s death remain scarce, but it has been reported that he passed away peacefully in his sleep. The exact cause of his demise is yet to be disclosed.
As the news spreads across the Nigerian entertainment community, tributes and messages of condolences have been pouring in from fellow actors, industry professionals, and fans, who are devastated by the loss of a beloved icon.
Kylian Mbappé and the Speculative Future
In the realm of football, certain players possess the ability to captivate the world with their unparalleled talent and unwavering dedication. One such individual is Kylian Mbappé, a prodigious French forward who has already etched his name in the annals of the beautiful game.
With his electrifying speed, impeccable skill, and remarkable maturity, Mbappé has become a symbol of hope and inspiration for aspiring footballers worldwide. This article delves into the extraordinary journey of Kylian Mbappé, exploring the essence of his exceptional abilities, his impact on the global stage, and the legacy he is poised to leave behind.
Mbappe: Transfer Speculations:
The possibility of Kylian Mbappe leaving Paris Saint-Germain this summer along with Lionel Messi was raised after he informed the club on Monday that he would not be exercising his option to extend his contract until 2025.
The 24-year-old France striker’s current contract, which has a one-year extension option, expires at the conclusion of the next campaign.
The French champions might now sell him this summer rather than miss out on a windfall for one of the finest players in the world because if he does not sign, they run the chance of losing him for nothing in a year.
After losing Messi, Mbappe’s decision to forego a contract extension was declared in a letter to the club and made public by the French sports daily L’Equipe.
Kylian Mbappé’s journey from a young dreamer to a global football icon has been nothing short of extraordinary. His lightning speed, technical brilliance, and immense talent have earned him the admiration of fans worldwide.
Beyond his achievements on the pitch, Mbappé has also used his platform to advocate for social change and make a positive impact on society. As he continues to evolve and create magic on the field, the world eagerly awaits the unfolding of Mbappé’s promising future.
Whether it’s his mesmerizing runs or his philanthropic efforts, Kylian Mbappé has already left an indelible mark on the world of football, forever etching his name among the all-time greats.
- By Ken Gbados
Haaland: The Unstoppable Force Dominating Football’s Future
Erling Haaland, the electrifying Norwegian Manchester City striker, has become an unstoppable force in the world of football, leaving spectators and defenders alike in awe of his extraordinary talent. At just 22 years old, Haaland has taken the sport by storm, captivating audiences with his explosive speed, clinical finishing, and insatiable hunger for goals. From his humble beginnings in a small town in Norway, Haaland’s journey to global stardom has been nothing short of remarkable.
Born on July 21, 2000, in Leeds, England, to former professional footballer Alf-Inge Haaland, Erling was destined for a life on the pitch. He developed his skills at his local club, Bryne FK, where his remarkable goal-scoring ability quickly caught the attention of scouts from top European clubs. However, it was during his time at Red Bull Salzburg in Austria that Haaland truly burst onto the scene.
The 2019-2020 season proved to be a turning point for Haaland, as he announced himself to the footballing world with a flurry of remarkable performances. He showcased his remarkable talent in the UEFA Champions League, becoming the first teenager in history to score in his first five appearances in the competition. Haaland’s lightning-fast runs, strength, and clinical finishing left defenders dumbfounded and etched his name in the record books.
In the summer of 2022, Haaland signed a five-year deal to join City from Borussia Dortmund for £51.2 million and has been the star of the Premier League season so far With his imposing physique and lightning-quick acceleration, he terrorized defenders, leaving them scrambling to contain his relentless attacking threat. Haaland’s ability to find the back of the net with astonishing consistency drew widespread acclaim and propelled him into the upper echelons of world football.
While his exploits in domestic leagues have been awe-inspiring, it is Haaland’s performances on the grandest stage, the UEFA Champions League, that have truly cemented his superstar status. His unforgettable hat-tricks against top European clubs have demonstrated his capacity to shine brightest in high-pressure encounters. Haaland’s unwavering confidence, unwavering self-belief, and natural flair for decisive goals have elevated him into a rare class of footballing prodigies.
Beyond his on-field accomplishments, Haaland’s humility, maturity, and professionalism have captured the hearts of fans worldwide. Despite his rapid rise to fame, he remains grounded and focused on constant improvement. Moreover, he actively engages in charitable endeavors, leveraging his platform to make a positive impact on society.
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As Haaland’s star continues to ascend, speculation surrounding his future intensifies. The world’s elite clubs are vying for his signature, with transfer rumors swirling and colossal fees being mentioned. Football aficionados eagerly await Haaland’s next career move, recognizing that he possesses the potential to reshape the landscape of the sport.
- By Ken Gbados
How Actress Victoria Nwogu Shined at 2023 South Africa Week
The South African Consulate General, Dr. Bobby Moroe, hosted the inaugural South African Week in Lagos, Nigeria. This was aimed at celebrating 29 years of diplomatic relations between South Africa and Nigeria.
The 23rd of March 2023 function was tagged A Night with the Stars.” It was held at the Mike Adenuga Complex, Ikoyi (Lagos). The night included screenings of films and documentaries by South African and Nigerian filmmakers and producers. Followed by a panel discussion on how the creative industry can forge a new Africa.
In attendance were several personalities: Victoria Nwogu, AY the comedian, IK Osakioduwa, Pretty Mike, Uti Nwachukwu, Elvina Ibru, Judith Audu, Emmanuel Ikubese, Leo Da Silva, and a host of other film industry practitioners and sponsor companies.
During the panel session that filmmaker Judith Audu led, Victoria Nwogu was recorded to have referred to using a broom as a case study for Nigerian and South African unity. She quotes
“A stick of broomstick cannot sweep; the moment you make broomsticks a bunch, you can sweep from this hall to Falomo, Ikoyi. Nigerians and South Africans need to be more open-minded and understand we are better off doing things together. We should apply pressure with our collaborations,” she added.
She brought humor and detailed and intentional illustrations to the panel discussion.
#VictaminE23: Inside Victoria and Emeka’s Colourful Traditional Wedding
by Ken Gbados.
Recently, the historic and distinctive trending hashtag #VictaminE23 was all over social media to commemorate the momentous events in the lives of the founder of Dudublack Group, Emeka Nwokocha, and the daughter of pioneer NLC Vice & NUPENG Woman leader, Actress Victoria Nwogu, who traditionally tied the knot in a colorful ceremony in Owerri, Imo State.
In a star-studded celebration, the bride from Mbaise and the groom from Oguta, both in Imo State, celebrated their union in the company of family, friends, and celebrities. The event was a showcase of Nigerian culture; the Igbo tribe from exquisite apparel to delectable food and upbeat music.
The bride’s hometown of Mbaise, Imo State, served as the starting point for the ceremony, which culminated at the Landmark Events Centre in Owerri, Imo State’s capital. Beautiful flowers and colors that suited the bride’s attire were used to decorate both locations.
Emeka and Victoria showed their gratitude to their loved ones in a media interview. They are excited about their future together and grateful for all the love and support they have received.
“We thank God for uniting us and for bringing us together. We are grateful to everyone who helped make this day a success since it is a dream come true. Together, we look forward to creating a joyful household”, they stated.
Five years into their relationship, the couple’s love story is stunning and motivational. According to Victoria’s narration of their love story, “Emeka and I have been close friends since we were in high school. Every Christmas break in the hamlet, we connected. Everyone is aware of how similar Igbos and visiting their communities for Christmas is to writing on paper.
“We were neighbors (at my maternal family villa in Oguta), and he claimed he used to see me walk by their gate with my trademark fringe haircut during the holiday season and wonder why I don’t say hello. Emeka came to the conclusion that I was a spoiled brat in that way.
“One day, our gateman Anthony, also known as Anthony Pepe, with whom I had a good relationship, got me, Emeka, and his cousin conversing on our street. Fast forward a few days, and Emeka suggests that we go for a walk. We got along so well, discussing our goals, lives, schools, and friends, among other topics. hmmmmmm!!! This young man had some wise words!
Despite the fact that we lived in different cities, we poured our souls into our friendship. We would talk about what we had done in each of our numerous cities. I attended an all-girls boarding school, so I always told my classmates about my new guy acquaintance only to make them envious of me. Lol! Emeka always felt awkward with the term ‘guy acquaintance.” “Who’s your bestie?” and “When I’m ready for you, you’ll know,” he would say. Lol. I wish I knew
“At the beginning of December 2016, I was in Lagos doing the required NYSC scheme when my mother arrived for a meeting. I met with her, and she taught me the qualities to look for in a man. I chuckled because those characteristics are not common. Lol!
Then I remarked, “The only person who has those attributes toward me is Emeka, my friend,” and she replied, “Then marry him. Hello Jisox! Is that how they get married, Mama? For Christmas that year, we traveled once more to my mother’s property. Ajeee! Then, at home, I informed them that I was going to a wedding in Owerri since Emeka had intended to show me around his hometown. I guess that was the start of something incredible!
When he suggested we get to the “that’s my wife” level (in his voice) as I was approaching my fifth year as his girlfriend, I knew he was the one.
“We kept it quiet, particularly on social media. Emeka had made up his mind to be my biggest supporter after our friendship had opened up so many doors for me. You will find him there if it helps my development as an actress or my life in general,” the bride said.
Victoria is a well-known actress in Nigeria’s burgeoning film industry, Nollywood. She has made appearances in a number of films and television programs, garnering praise for her performances. Emeka, on the other hand, is a seasoned Nigerian Entrepreneur/businessman, socialite, and film enthusiast with a number of profitable ventures to his credit.
The couple’s relationship is a lovely fusion of love and business, with each person contributing their own special talents. Together, they look forward to raising a healthy, content family and having a positive influence on their neighborhood.
The wedding of Emeka and Victoria served as a reminder of the nation’s rich heritage and the value of honoring love, family, and culture. Numerous well-known Nigerians, including celebrities, Politicians, NLC, NUPENG, and business executives, attended the event.
This was preceded by the bridal shower that the bride’s friends had planned. The bride used social media to thank her lifelong friends for throwing her a charming and colorful bridal shower fit for a princess in the city of Port Harcourt.
Fans and well-wishers have showered the couple with words of love and congratulations. They are a brilliant example of what true love and dedication look like, and their love story has inspired many people.
May their relationship only deepen with each passing day, and may they serve as an example to others, encouraging them to follow their hearts and pursue their ambitions.
How Victor Osimhen Guided Napoli to Win Scudetto in 33 Years
Victor Osimhen, a striker for Napoli, was instrumental in helping his team win the Scudetto for the first time in 33 years. In Thursday’s 1-1 draw between Napoli and Udinese, the Nigerian international netted the equalizer, securing the championship for his team.
In the summer of 2020, the 22-year-old striker transferred from the French team Lille to Napoli, where he has been a vital member of the squad all season. Osimhen has been a consistent threat in front of goal with his speed, strength, and precision finishing ability. His assistance was crucial in helping Napoli win the Serie A championship.
Napoli got off to a fast start and controlled possession against Udinese on Thursday. However, Rodrigo De Paul’s goal for Udinese gave them the lead in the 12th minute.
Osimhen’s equalizer in the 23rd minute gave Napoli the breakthrough they required as they continued to press forward. The Nigerian striker displayed excellent poise as he advanced the ball past the Udinese goalie and placed it into an open goal.
Both teams had opportunities to score the rest of the time, but neither was successful. Napoli won the Scudetto championship with a 1-1 draw, giving them a four-point advantage over second-place Juventus.
Osimhen acknowledged his happiness at helping Napoli win the championship in a post-game interview. “I’m thrilled to have contributed to my team’s Scudetto victory. I am pleased with my teammates and the work we have accomplished this season, and it is a great feeling,” he remarked.
Luciano Spalletti, the manager of Napoli, lauded Osimhen for his contribution to the team’s accomplishments. Victor has been a key player for us throughout the season, and he was instrumental in our team’s championship victory. “I am thrilled for him and the team. His goal tonight was crucial,” Spalletti added.
The Scudetto title won by Napoli, their first since 1990, completes a memorable campaign for the team. Osimhen made a significant contribution to the team’s success, and he plans to keep up his strong play in the upcoming seasons.
Sam Allardyce Returns To Coaching With Leeds United
Sam Allardyce, commonly known as “Big Sam,” has joined Leeds United and is making a comeback in football management. Since departing West Bromwich Albion in December 2020, the 67-year-old has been unemployed, but he is now prepared to guide the Yorkshire club into a new era.
As the former manager of numerous teams over the years, including Bolton Wanderers, Newcastle United, Blackburn Rovers, West Ham United, Sunderland, Crystal Palace, Everton, and West Bromwich Albion, Allardyce brings a wealth of experience to the table. He is recognized as a maestro of the survival fight since he has defied the odds to keep multiple teams in the Premier League.
Allardyce has been deemed the best choice by new Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani to guide the team forward. The Italian billionaire has big aspirations for the team and thinks Allardyce’s skills and experience will be essential to seeing them through. The former England manager is eager to get started after signing a two-year deal.
Allardyce said in a statement: “I’m thrilled to be back in management and even more thrilled to be joining a club as big and historic as Leeds United.” “From afar, I’ve always admired this club, and I can’t wait to get involved and help them advance.”
Fans of Leeds United have had a variety of reactions to Allardyce’s appointment. His playing style, which is frequently criticized for being excessively straight and defensive, is disputed by others. Others, however, think he is precisely what the team needs right now.
At New Leeds United, Allardyce will undoubtedly have his work cut out for him. Although the club’s ninth-place finish in the Premier League last year was an impressive result for a team that had just been promoted, Radrizzani has made it clear that he wants the team to aim even higher.
If Allardyce wants to accomplish this, the team must be strengthened. He has apparently created a list of transfer targets and already identified a number of areas that require improvement. It is anticipated that he will concentrate on acquiring players with experience who can mentor the team’s younger players.
Without a doubt, Allardyce is an astute player in the transfer market. He has built a reputation for turning discounted players into star performers throughout his career. If he wants to assemble a team that can contend for European positions, he must repeat this process.
Additionally, Allardyce will need to win over the crowd. Leeds United fans are renowned for their fervor and commitment, but they can also be intolerant if they believe their team isn’t performing at its best. Allardyce will have to strike a compromise between his realistic outlook and the aggressive, quick-paced style that the supporters have grown to like.
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Finally, Sam Allardyce’s selection as New Leeds United’s manager is an intriguing one. He is a seasoned Premier League player who offers a plethora of experience to the team. To be successful, he will need to gain the support of the crowd and assemble a team that can contend for European positions. Watching him approach this challenge and determine whether he can advance the club will be interesting.
Rihanna’s Impact on Fashion and Philanthropy
Rihanna is a name that resonates with many, not just for her music but also for her fashion and philanthropy. In recent years, she has made a significant impact in these fields, making headlines with her bold fashion choices and her charitable work.
Rihanna has been a fashion icon for many years, known for her unique and daring fashion sense. In 2014, she launched her fashion line, Fenty, which has been a hit among fashion enthusiasts. The line, which includes clothing, shoes, and accessories, has been praised for its inclusivity, offering a wide range of sizes and styles for women of all shapes and sizes.
In addition to her fashion line, Rihanna has also made a mark on the fashion industry with her appearances on the red carpet. She has graced the covers of top fashion magazines and has been a muse for designers such as Tom Ford and Alexander McQueen.
Rihanna’s philanthropic work has also been commendable. In 2012, she founded the Clara Lionel Foundation, named after her grandparents, which supports education, health, and emergency response programs around the world. The foundation has funded projects in Haiti, Malawi, and Barbados, among other places.
In 2020, Rihanna and former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey donated $15 million to support mental health services in underserved communities in the United States. The donation was made through the Clara Lionel Foundation, and the funds were distributed to a number of organizations providing mental health support.
While Rihanna’s fashion and philanthropic work have been widely praised, she has also faced some controversies. In 2018, she faced backlash for using a song that included a hadith, a sacred Islamic text, during her Savage X Fenty fashion show. She later apologized for the mistake, saying that it was not her intention to disrespect anyone’s religion.
In 2019, Rihanna was criticized for launching a lingerie line that did not include sizes for plus-size women. The line faced backlash for promoting body shaming and exclusion. Rihanna later addressed the criticism and promised to expand the line to include more sizes.
Rihanna’s impact on fashion and philanthropy cannot be ignored. Her fashion line has brought inclusivity to the forefront, while her philanthropic work has made a difference in the lives of many. While she has faced some controversy, she has always been quick to apologize and make amends. It is clear that Rihanna will continue to make waves in the worlds of fashion and philanthropy, and we can’t wait to see what she does next.
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Why MFOH Nigeria Deserves The Golden Stars Award
By Ken Gbados.
Since announcing the categories and nominees for the Golden Stars Award 2023, pundits have been excited about the event, which celebrates achievements in the entertainment, entrepreneurship, and sports sectors, especially the Beauty Queen of the Year category.
The Beauty Queen of the Year category is particularly interesting going by the role Beauty Queens play as the symbolic representation of a collective identity by a group of people to represent them (or some of them) to a larger, often national, audience.
It is also fascinating because it is a category where the young, beautiful, vibrant, intellectually sound, and eloquent beauty queen, career model, humanitarian, and entrepreneur; Amb. Rita Chika Ezenwa (NERITA); Miss Face of Humanity Nigeria (MFOH Nigeria) has been nominated, and analysts are finding it difficult to write her off going by her unprecedented profile as an amazon, woman valor, and pathfinder of a rare breed, who has been de as a symbol of hope, with an adorable sense of belonging and respect for humanity.
Very assiduous, focused, and result-oriented, Ezenwa Nerita joined the modeling industry in 2014 and has steadily progressed in Pageantries, Runways, and Commercial Modeling.
Before becoming Miss Face of Humanity Nigeria, she participated in and won several other pageant crowns such as the Most Beautiful Girl Abuja in 2016 and Queen of Aso International in 2019.
Equally, she has walked on runways for Runway 3 in Abuja, Oyami Fashion Show in Benin Republic, and others numerous to mention, just as she has done commercial shoots for brands such as Elsas, the Michelle brand, and Shushi.
In 2018 she was unveiled as the face of one of the fastest and biggest perfume brands in Nigeria; Sapphire Scent and Sapphire Time.
As an entrepreneur, Ezenwa Nerita owns an online store known as Nerita Luxury, wherein she produces and sells Bedding sets, Duvet, Throw Pillows, Souvenirs and Night wears.
Also, a certified interior decorator and designer, whose company; Nerita Homes & Interiors provide unique interiors for both residential and commercial space.
Ambitious, optimistic, and goal-driven, the light-skinned beauty queen, out of her passion to reach more people with her humanitarian campaign, founded an NGO; Nery Developmental Initiative in April 2022.
Though her humanitarian engagements came to the limelight when she became the Queen of Aso International in 2019, over the years, she has been unconditionally dedicated to her vision of getting infants out of the street and giving them a better reason for living.
She has initiated several projects and advocacies to provide care for children suffering from autism, out-of-school kids, and charity visits to IDP camps where she and her team have provided foodstuffs, clothes, etc. More so she has partnered with NAPTIP to organize a Kick-Against-Rape project in addition to a back-to-school project.
Beyond the God-given factor, her inspiration comes from life experiences. Ezenwa Nerita grew up in a very unsure background. So, having seen the downside of life, she decided to do better and change her story. This inspires her a lot as she wakes up every morning desiring to be a better version of herself.
Since becoming the Miss Face of Humanity Nigeria, she has used the platform to become a better version of herself and engage highly profiled stakeholders in the fight for social inclusion for kids living with disabilities, special needs, women and youth empowerment, peace, and sustainable development, through advocacies, outreach, and charity, etc.
Given her passion and enthusiasm, Amb. Rita Chika Ezenwa (NERITA) is a plain beautiful woman who has strived to break free from imposed and self-imposed blockades that often drag most individual youths from achieving their dreams.
Thus, receiving the 2023 Golden Stars Award Plaque as The Beauty Queen of The Year will add to improving the already strong dynamism and functionality in redefining the essence of being a Beauty Queen.
For more info visit @goldenstarsaward on Instagram
TIMELESS: Davido Drops 17-Track Album
Afrobeat star; David Adeleke popularly known as Davido has finally dropped his much-awaited album, ‘Timeless.’
The music star took to his social media page in the early hours of Today to announce the release of the 17-track project to his numerous fans.
“At long last – WE are back. The journey from my last album to this album has been a whirlwind, to say the least. I recall sitting and staring over the ocean not too long ago, wondering if I could get here again, after all, I’ve been through… but with your love and support, we made it. I’m not sure what comes after this but I wanted to give you my heart, soul, and energy. Today I present you “TIMELESS”.
“So many people to thank who helped make this happen but first, I must send a special thank you to the strongest woman I know, @thechefchi ! Thank you, thank you, and thank you.
“And to all my supporters – I love you.
“Now, enjoy! I’ll see you all on road soon”! the ‘OBO’ crooner said.
The album, Timeless features exciting Nigerian and international artists such as Fave, Asake, and Cavemen, as well as British-Nigerian rapper Skepta, multi-Grammy winner Angelique Kidjo, South African singer Musa Keys, and Jamaican Dancehall star Dexta Daps.
Davido Breaks Social Media Silence, Sets Album Release Date
After a four-month social media hiatus, which began in October 2022 when his son Ifeanyi died, Nigerian music star; Davido on Tuesday announced the release date for his highly anticipated album.
In an Instagram post, the 30-year-old, who has been in seclusion from the public all the while shared a video snippet of himself in a scene trying to find a way out of a tropical area.
Voicing over, he introduced the new album titled ‘Timeless’, which will be released on march 31, 2023 saying there is a time for everything and that he is grounded by timeless love.
“There is a time for everything. A time to grieve and a time to heal. A time to laugh and a time to dance. A time to speak and a time for silence.
“Thank you to everyone out there for your love and support that has held me down. All the love and messages while I was away, the gifts sent, the concerts you all threw! I appreciate it all.
“Today, I want to remind you all that what is now Timeless, was once new. It’s time for new. My next album TIMELESS is here, March 31st,” he wrote.
How Brazil Demonstrated Supremacy Over South Korea
Considered one of the strongest contenders to lift the trophy, Brazil on Monday outclassed South Korea with an emphatic 4-1 crush to issue a warning shot to the rest of the competitors left in the tournament.
Their relentless attack and strong defensive ability mean they will take some beatings as they now look toward their quarter-final matchup with Croatia on December 9.
Injured Neymar, who returned to the Brazilian squad and showed the commanding presence of the top classed player was an element of a devastating performance that ripped South Korea to shreds and settled the game well before half-time yesterday
Vinicius Junior set the tone with a composed penalty-area finish from Raphinha’s cross after seven minutes. Neymar doubled Brazil’s advantage from the spot six minutes later after Richarlison had been fouled, scoring his 76th goal for Brazil, which leaves him just one goal behind the legendary Pele’s record.
Richarlison then produced the highlight and another entry into his showreel of great goals at this World Cup when he followed up his spectacular volley against Serbia with a real work of art, controlling the ball three times with his head and foot before moving into position take Thiago Silva’s pass in his stride and score.
Brazil went four up with another gem after 36 minutes, Vinicius picking out Lucas Paqueta for West Ham’s expensive acquisition to score with a well-placed volley.
South Korea, to their great credit, continued to compete and forced several fine saves from Brazil keeper Alisson, before substitute Paik Seung-ho pulled one back with a glorious 30-yard strike to add to the night’s collection of special goals.
For 45 minutes at Stadium 974, Brazil hit heights no other team has reached at this World Cup, demonstrating the level that will be required to overcome Tite’s team, producing a collection of goals constructed in their country’s best traditions.
And it was all achieved with the smooth freedom of expression that is Brazil’s trademark, a four-goal half-time advantage demonstrating their supremacy.
Queen Nerita Wants Government To See Potentials in Modeling
Miss Face of Humanity (MFOH) Nigeria; Amb. Rita Chika Ezenwa, fondly called Queen Nerita has called on the government at all levels to start placing values on models to recognize the enormous potential in the Modelling Industry.
The multi-talented beauty queen, commercial model, humanitarian and interior designer, who made this call in an interview published by The Whistler, stated thus:
“In other countries like the Philippines and Thailand, their governments support their modelling industry and the entertainment industry. That is why they are one of the biggest in the world.
“I wish our government could see that modelling gives women a voice and helps them support their little community and their advocates. If the government can support the modelling industry, the industry will go far.
“This is because the modelling industry is well-positioned to earn foreign exchange for the country. More so, it is another way of showcasing our rich cultural heritage, which boosts the tourism sector”.
Perspective on the Modeling Industry
The light-skinned beauty queen further revealed that though becoming a model may seem easy, a little training and experience can make the world of difference.
“Big thanks to academies such as Thecoaches.com that are helping models learn the ropes and acquire skills needed to become a successful and professional models in addition to helping boost their confidence in general.
“Government can invest in the modelling industry by giving such a standard academy and other financial incentives, such as grants and loans or fiscal incentives, such as tax holidays and reduced tax rates.
“Modelling is such a competitive industry so learning the basics put one at the top of the pile when it comes to booking jobs”, she explained.
Describing modelling as a highly vocational business, Queen Nerita informed that there is more to modelling than a quick pose or walk. “Modelling can be a very highly paid profession so one needs to be equipped with the correct tools to be on top of his or her game and succeed as a model”.
Queen Nerita on the Sex for job challenge
On the other hand, Amb. Rita Chika Ezenwa who has positioned herself as a force to be reckoned with since joining the industry in 2014 recounted that breaking into the modelling industry is always a hard one as there are thousands of girls who want to be models.
Citing that most times, those in charge tend to place charges on upcoming models, which may include sex before the job, she advised every young girl not to put herself in a position where she has to sleep with a man before getting what she wants.
“I believe every girl should have a standard for herself. If you can always give your body, how many people are you going to sleep with? The moment you have that idea that you can sell your body to get what you want; you are losing your value.
“Therefore, every young girl and woman coming into the modelling industry must have a stand. Have a willpower mind and never let people manipulate you as a woman.
“God has given us the power that can get things done in society. So know your power and know how to use it. Do not let any man deceive you out there. I believe when one defines what he/she wants in the industry he/she will be able to overcome all odds”, Nerita inspired.
Queen Nerita and Passion for Humanity
Describing the Miss Face of Humanity Nigeria as one of her biggest breakthroughs in the industry, the ardent humanitarian highlighted how it aligns with her goals and aspirations in life.
“I have always been a humanitarian, with a special interest in supporting kids living with special needs and disabilities. I have always given back to society and the MFOH platform is giving me more voice and support for my call to action.
“Not too long ago, I founded the Nery Developmental initiatives as an NGO to widen my support for kids living with autism, and special needs and generally support kids going back to school.
“The government should support kids living with autism because they are craving for inclusion in every aspect of their life, especially education. When certain people are neglected in our educational system, we can’t even have a functional country.
- By Ken Gbados
How Fans, Celebrities Celebrated Davido on His 3oth Birthday
Born David Adedeji Adeleke, the afrobeat superstar better known as Davido clocked 30 on Monday. The singer was born in Atlanta, United States, on November 21, 1992, to Osun-born business mogul, Adedeji Adeleke, and a late University lecturer, Veronica Adeleke.
To celebrate the music star’s special day, some celebrities and fans of the artiste took to social media platforms to pray and pour encomiums on him on the occasion of his birthday.
Celebrating the superstar, a popular music star and signee under Davido’s record label, DMW, Peruzzi took to Twitter to send a goodwill message to his boss, describing him as the strongest human he knows.
Popular celebrity barman and Davido’s close ally; Cubana Chief Priest, also took to his official Instagram page to shower prayers on the ‘Fem’ crooner.
“Happy Birthday 001. On the 30th floor, you shall feel love, peace, and prosperity. No more sorrow my fellow. This is the will of God for you my Champion,” he wrote.
Also, Nigerian music artist; Zlatan Ibile wrote on Instagram, “Happy 30th birthday KN. The strength you need at this moment will be bestowed on you by our good Lord. I appreciate all that you do. Thank you very much. God bless you.”
The fans of the music star were also not left behind as they trended the hashtag #Davido@30 on Twitter and prayed for the music star in their numbers.
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Davido has, however, been off social media and is yet to make any public appearance since the death of his three-year-old son, Ifeanyi Adeleke, who tragically passed away on October 31, 2022, after drowning in a private swimming pool at the Banana Island residence of the Adeleke’s.
World Cup Qatar 2022: Nigerian-born stars at the Tournament
The long-awaited World Cup Qatar 2022 kicked off yesterday, November 20, 2022, with 32 teams, including the host country, Qatar, competing in the tournament.
Played every four years, except in 1942 and 1946, due to World War II, the tournament has become one of the world’s favorite and most-watched games since its inception in 1930.
Though the Super Eagles of Nigeria did not make it to the World Cup Qatar 2022, several players of Nigerian descent were in attendance at the world’s biggest football festival, having been included in the squads of other countries.
Here are some of the Nigerian-born stars assumed to be at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022
One of the most gifted young players in the world today, Jamal Musiala has already won 17 caps for Germany at just 19 after only making his international debut in 2021.
A Chelsea academy product, Musiala was eligible to play for Nigeria (through his father), England, and Germany.
The wonderkid represented the youth teams of the two European countries at different times. But Musiala finally decided for the four-time world champions.
The Bayern Munich star could be crucial to any height Germany attain in Qatar.
Born to a Nigerian father and Romanian mother, Germany took advantage of the fact that Karim Adeyemi was born in Munich to integrate the youngster into their youth system.
Regarded as a generational talent, Adeyemi won the 2019 Fritz Walter award for the best youngster in Germany.
Only last year, the former Salzburg forward led Germany to victory at the UEFA European Under-21 Championship.
And the Nationalelf will hope Adeyemi can help inspire another title triumph in Qatar.
Noah Arinzechukwu Okafor
Noah Okafor was born in Binningen, Switzerland, to a Nigerian father and a Swiss mother. Okafor’s talent was spotted when he was with the Basel youth academy, and the forward had been a part of the Swiss youth system since the under-15s.
The Salzburg winger made his debut for Switzerland in 2019. And his spot in Qatar was sealed last November when he scored a goal in the win over Bulgaria that secured automatic qualification for Switzerland to the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Manuel Obafemi Akanji
Also born to a Swiss mother and a Nigerian father, Manuel Akanji could have been playing for the Super Eagles. But the Neftenbach-born center-back’s progression from the Swiss youth teams to the national side was completed in 2017.
And after amassing 43 international caps for the Red Crosses, Akanji is one of the most experienced heads in the Swiss camp in Qatar.
And the Manchester City defender will target a repeat of the 2019 UEFA Nations League Finals, where his team finished fourth.
Samuel Ayomide Adekugbe
Born in England to parents with Nigerian heritage and raised in Canada, Samuel Adekugbe could have played for any of the three countries.
But Canada handed Adekugbe a chance at the youth level and included him in their squad for the 2017 Concacaf Gold Cup.
The 2022 FIFA World Cup will be Adekugbe’s first appearance at football’s biggest fiesta.
Bukayo Ayoyinka Saka
Considered one of the best young football players in the world, Bukayo Saka’s aim in Qatar will include making amends for his penalty miss in the final of last year’s European Championship.
Winner of Arsenal’s Player of the Season award over the last two seasons, Saka heads to his first World Cup with more experience than many within his age bracket.
The 21-year-old winger could have been representing Nigeria, though, through his parents.
Iké Dominique Ugbo
Ike Ugbo was eligible to represent Nigeria (through his parents), England (through birth), and Canada (through youth residency).
The Chelsea academy product helped England U20 win the 2017 Toulon Tournament.
But in September 2021, Ugbo made public his decision to play international football for three-time African champions, Nigeria.
A couple of months later, though, the 24-year-old forward made a u-turn and instead switched his international allegiance to Canada.
And after only making eight appearances for the Reds without scoring a goal, Ugbo was included in Canada’s squad for Qatar 2022.
And the Troyes star will look to help the Canadians make it past the group stage for the first time in World Cup history.
Brass Knuckles: Adesanya Released After Arrest in the US
This incident came barely four days after the 33-year-old lost his UFC middleweight championship to a Brazilian professional mixed martial artist and former kickboxer; Alex Pereira,
According to a report in Daily Mail, a Port Authority spokesperson at the John F. Kennedy Airport in New York confirmed the arrest, saying Adesanya was booked for possessing ‘metal knuckles.’
Brass knuckles are a Class A misdemeanor in New York, and it is also illegal to bring them aboard an airplane. It’s not clear where Adesanya allegedly stored the weapon.
Meanwhile, in a statement to MMA Fighting, Adesanya’s manager; Tim Simpson, revealed that the matter had been dismissed and the UFC star was on his way home.
“Israel was handed a gift by a fan, which he put in his luggage. When flagged at the airport, Israel quickly disposed of the item and cooperated with authorities. He has complied accordingly. With that, the matter was dismissed and he’s on his way home.” the statement read.
A native of Lagos, Nigeria, Adesanya is now a citizen of New Zealand and currently lives in Auckland.
A Peep at Wizkid ‘More Love, Less Ego’
‘More Love, Less Ego’ marks the follow-up to 2020’s Grammy-nominated Made in Lagos, which has over a billion streams and was certified gold by the RIAA.
A Review of More Love, Less Ego
The newly released 13-track album sees the Afrobeat maestro infusing a blend of Afropop, Amapiano, and R&B vibes to create a feel-good rhythm and celebrate love over money
On More Love, Less Ego, the task was made smoother with producer P2J again by his side.
Their percussive, midtempo palette makes for a rich, winning combo, and the duo leans into it here with Wizkid’s pillowy vocals and the bright, unifying themes of passion and celebration the ideal complements.
But, as the title suggests, a more emotionally exposed artist emerges across the album’s 13 tracks.
Speaking on the album, Wizkid said, “I feel we need more love in our communities. We need to just be good to one another and appreciate life more. So, this album title and even the music is just my way of making people feel good.”
Collaborations in the Album
The previously released songs- album intro ‘Money and Love’ and the Amapiano feel-good vibe, ‘Bad to Me’, were accompanied by melodic singles as well as incredible collaborations with Nigerian and international music superstars.
Wizkid recruits Jamaican dancehall superstars, Skillibeng and Shenseea for ‘Slip N Slide’, calls his frequent collaborator, British-Nigerian rapper Skepta and Nigerian street-hop sensation, Naira Marley for ‘Wow’, features Afrobeats songstress, Ayra Starr in ‘2 Sugar’, and American rapper, Don Toliver in ‘Special’.
Other songs on the album include the lovely and romantic outro ‘Frames (Who’s Gonna Know)’, Balance, Everyday, Deep, Flower Pads, Pressure, and Plenty Loving.
Queen Nerita Vows to Fight for More Social Inclusion
Amb. Rita Chika Ezenwa popularly known as Queen Nerita is the reigning Miss Face of Humanity (MFOH) Nigeria. Described as an amazon, woman valor, and pathfinder of a rare breed, she is seen as a symbol of hope, with an adorable sense of belonging and respect for humanity.
Driven by passion and determination, Queen Nerita joined the beauty and glamour industry in 2014. Out of hard work she has steadily progressed in pageantries, runways, and commercial modelling. No doubt she has made a success of her passion, interest, and zeal.
Queen Nerita granted Ken Gbados of The World Satellite an interview and in it, the light-skinned beauty queen, model, humanitarian, and entrepreneur sheds light on her life, strives, passion, and unprecedented designation as the first Miss Face of Humanity Nigeria.
You were recently crowned the first MFOH Nigeria, would you say your NGO, which you announced in April this year earned you the title?
I would say my humanitarian antecedents of getting infants out of the street and giving them a better reason for living made this title possible. I have been engaging in humanitarian services before I unveiled the NGO. I started my humanitarian engagements in 2019 when I was the Queen of Aso International
Over the years, I have been unconditionally dedicated to giving back to society. I have initiated several projects and initiatives to provide care for children suffering from autism, out-of-school kids, rape victims, and charity visitations to IDP camps.
I have also been engaged in providing assistive technology for disabled individuals living with special needs including; blind autistic/ down syndrome individuals, autistic individuals with hearing impairment, and wellness for individuals with severe cerebral palsy and birth deformation.
This year, I decided to make my humanitarian services more engaging and professional by registering an NGO. The NGO; Nery Developmental Initiatives is providing that needed platform to reach more people with my humanitarian campaigns.
Hence, those years of engaging in humanitarian services, giving back to society, and understanding the struggles of the less privileged, kids with special needs made me the Miss Face of Humanity Nigeria.
Briefly reflect on the MFOH Nigeria title and what it means to you as a person and as a brand
Miss Face of Humanity Nigeria is a franchise under the management of Miss Face of Humanity International owned and established in Canada. It provides a platform and countless opportunities for young women to share their voices, purpose, poise, and confidence with the world.
Miss Face of Humanity is a role model and a global ambassador for youth and women empowerment all around the world. Her personality is gentle, humble, kind, compassionate, and loving. Her presence is full of grace, strength, and hope.
Being the Miss Face of Humanity Nigeria, which I will be representing Nigeria for the Miss Face of Humanity International next year in Canada is like a dream come true for me.
I am so excited about it because the brand’s vision aligns with my goals and purposes as a passionate humanitarian who loves giving back to society.
The MFOH platform will enable me to become a better version of myself and fight more for social inclusion for kids living with disabilities, special needs, women and youth empowerment, peace, and sustainable development.
Wearing the MFOH crown, I see myself as a symbol of hope to the child on the street who is scared and confused, the families that do not have a roof over their heads, and the boys and girls that have been raped and molested.
Queen Nerita has been described as one beauty queen that has continued to respond practically toward supporting children, especially the underprivileged in society; where did you get this attribute from?
Passion; I am passionate about kids living with disabilities and special needs, and I believe in equality for all through education. That is to say, every child has the right to quality education. I have kids and my foundation is currently paying their school fees both at the secondary and primary school level.
Also, beyond the God-given factor, my life experiences. I grew up in a very unsure background. So, I know what it feels like not to have food on your table, afford school fees, sleep, and wake up in a house without a roof.
Having seen the downside of life, I decided to do better, and change my story. That inspires me a lot as I wake up every morning desiring to be a better version of myself.
Again, having known what being on the downside of life feels like, I am always happy each time I can send a child to school. This is because Life was tough for me as a growing child and I did all sorts of menial jobs.
The woman I am today is inspired by what I have passed through in life. Therefore, whenever I see that humanitarian opportunity, I want to get involved in any little way I can.
Mohbad Disses Naira Marley in New Song
Ilerioluwa Oladimeji Aloba; the fast-rising singer known by his stage name Mohbad, has just released what seemed to be a disparaging song against Marlian Records and Naira Marley, his former record label and boss.
Titled ‘Tiff’, the song is coming a month after Mohbad had alleged he was assaulted for seeking a change of manager. He had shared footage showing the bruises he sustained and subsequently terminated his contract with the record label.
In a short clip shared via his Twitter handle, Mohbad sings about his ordeal, alleging efforts were made to deprive him of growth.
He also talks about how his parents were allegedly threatened in the record label dispute that almost had him go broke.
In the song, he further addressed existing drug abuse claims against him by clarifying he had quit smoking “ganja” (marijuana).
Finally, in what appears to be an indirect attack on Naira Marley, Mohbad asked, “Why is Naira going down?”
Generally, in the hip-hop scene, disparaging songs and all their uncovering are common trends among warring parties.
This latest move by Mohbad might be suggesting that his discord with his ex-label is far from being resolved.
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Abimbola Abayomi And the Social Inclusion Project
Ex-Beauty Queen, Red Carpet, and Reality TV Show Host; Abimbola Abayomi, also known as AIRA has continued to advance her commitment to improving the terms of participation in society, particularly for disadvantaged people, through enhancing opportunities, access to resources, and voice and respect for rights.
In an exclusive media chat with Ken Gbados of The World Satellite, the graduate of Language and Literature emphasized various focal areas which include her reign as the 13th Nigerian Queen 2021/2022, current engagements, her aspirations, and contemporary issues facing young people.
The Nigerian Queen 2022 was held in August wherein a new Queen emerged as the 14th Nigerian Queen; briefly reflect on your reign as the 13th Nigerian Queen and what it means to you as a brand
The Nigerian Queen beauty pageant is a brand targeted at redefining beauty with a connotation of purpose, and the sole aim of carrying out humanitarian activities. So, like a lot of women going into the pageant space, I had a lot of expectations, hopes, and dreams I desired the title would help make a reality.
I was not disappointed, because aside from being a communicator, I have always wanted to be a connector of people. The Nigerian Queen beauty pageant, being a platform that opens doors, afforded me the needed opportunity to accomplish various impactful engagements within several communities during my reign.
Personally, it gave me the chance to focus on my strengths and build from there. I still do that today and hope to go further in media and public speaking which I believe is a calling I can better hone for self-fulfillment and actualization.
As a brand, it made me self-aware and cautious. It also deepened my empathy and allowed me to use my voice and platform for the betterment of several communities.
Which of your pet projects as the 13th Nigerian Queen gives you the most satisfaction?
As a beauty queen, I discovered that the biggest problem facing young people today is an identity crisis. This, I believe stems from the world being a global village and the quest to find a path for oneself within reality and what is obtainable globally.
Therefore, I came up with the Social Inclusion Project, which focused on the at-risk youths in society. This project aimed to enlighten underserved youths and those at the grassroots level on how they are also important parts of their society and how their decisions in life affect society, not just them.
In the process, we were also able to create employment opportunities and provide them with skill acquisition opportunities so they can be better contributors to their society. The outreach featured health checks, job opportunities, and skill acquisition classes
The project was carried out at two local government areas, where with the help of the local government we reached over 500youths at both LCDAs
We also had other projects like school and foundation visits to inspire and motivate kids. More so, we partnered with the Initiative for Inclusive dialogue (IIDN) to give grants to young people people who are actively working to create a better environment for us all.
Nonetheless, the social inclusion project gave me the most satisfaction. This is because about 40 young people were impacted and are now positively engaged either in business, internship, or skill acquisition.
You have been described as resilient about social security; where did you get these attributes from, and what motivates you?
(Laughs), I do not know about being resilient, though I believe that anything worth doing is worth doing well or to the best of one’s ability.
I think a lot of it came from my mother; she made me know it’s rewarding to sometimes look beyond yourself and to others. Beyond that, I have always been a people person.
What motivates me is the need to wake up every day and say “I am here, and my being here matters, my being here is important!”, irrespective of where “here” may be at any and every given time. Even on days when life is being the life and everything seems bleak, I can still find a purpose in that stage or phase.
Beyond the Nigerian Queen, what’s Next for Abimbola Abayomi?
Life, living, growth; making all three simultaneous. Back to my hobbies and things that make me happy. Most importantly, I am focused on building AIRA as a brand beyond a beauty queen
Also, I am doing more work in public speaking; one of my highlights of this year was being a speaker at tedxLasu where I spoke on the topic “the dangers of self-love”. I hope to grow more in that field, sharing ideas, learning, and growing
Again, creating content that inspires and pushes people beyond their comfort zone, through the use of words, reviews, stories, and my online platform @bluehearts.mn
Shortly, I hope to make bluehearts.mn a leading platform that drives social change, in areas of inclusion and availability of opportunities, using dialogue, media, charity, and promoting a global ideal tailored to the Nigerian reality
Do we expect more pageantries from you, and would you say pageantry Objectifies women?
No, it does not. Rather it shows women as being more than they may be perceived to be or expected to be. It takes away the preconceived notion of a woman having nothing more than her beauty to offer.
Pageants today are redefining the standard of beauty and pushing the boundaries of its essence beyond the physical appearance of a woman to include intellectual and individual awareness.
The Nigerian Queen title would be a tough act to follow, to be honest. However, there are boundless opportunities out there and I see myself as one who is limitless; I never say never. Nonetheless, I would love to have an international opportunity to represent my country; if that comes my way, it would be amazing.
Rihanna: A Pop Superstar and Businesswoman
Rihanna, who just made a historic return to the music scene with the release of a new single; ‘Lift Me Up’ has continued to reinvent herself as a pop superstar and a business mastermind
Declared Barbados’ first billionaire by Forbes earlier this year, Rihanna recorded the new single for the upcoming Black Panther sequel movie.
Lift Me Up marks her first new music since the 2016 release of her eighth studio album Anti.
Rihanna and her musical career
Born in 1988 as Robyn Rihanna Fenty in Bridgetown, Barbados, Rihanna moved to the US in 2005 to pursue a career in music.
Pon De Replay reached number two in the UK charts, while the album reportedly sold more than two million copies around the world.
Rihanna followed it up with 2006’s A Girl Like Me, which spawned the successful singles SOS, Unfaithful, and Break It Off.
Her status as a pop superstar was cemented a year later with the release of her third album, Good Girl Gone Bad.
A global hit, it reached number one in the UK album charts thanks to the singles Don’t Stop The Music, Shut Up And Drive, and Umbrella.
The latter was jokingly blamed for 2007’s exceptionally rainy summer.
Chris Brown Controversy
Rihanna’s performance at the 2009 Grammy Awards was reportedly canceled amid rumours of an assault by her R&B singer boyfriend; Chris Brown.
Subsequently, an infamous picture was leaked to the US showbiz website TMZ, showing Rihanna with a visibly bruised and swollen face.
Brown was later sentenced to five years probation. The pair briefly got back together, with Rihanna confirming they were seeing each other in January 2013.
Her first album after the 2009 Brown controversy, Rated R, marked a musical departure for the singer, moving away from her pop-heavy previous efforts.
It contained the singles Rude Boy and Te Amo. Rihanna has since released four studio albums, the last of which was 2016’s Anti.
Other Affairs after Chris Brown
Rihanna, in 2017 began a relationship with Saudi businessman; Hassan Jameel. They later split in 2020 and she reportedly took up with US rapper ASAP Rocky.
Until recently Rihanna and Rocky have only been pictured publicly a handful of times, including last year’s Met Gala in which they appeared wearing coordinating outfits.
But the couple announced in early 2022 that they were expecting their first child, with the singer sharing a picture of her baby bump on Instagram.
They welcomed the child, a boy, in May 2022, in Los Angeles.
Rihanna as a Businesswoman
Rihanna’s prowess as a businesswoman and entrepreneur has continued to grow.
First launched in 2017, her brand Fenty Beauty, generated more than 550 million dollars (£420 million) in revenue in 2020, according to Forbes.
She is also behind a lingerie brand, Fenty X Savage which raised a valuation of one billion dollars (£765 million) in February 2021.
Rihanna is also an actress and appeared in the 2018 heist film Ocean’s 8, as part of a female-led ensemble cast including Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, and Anne Hathaway.
The new musical release, Lift Me Up, comes ahead of Rihanna’s performance at the 2023 Super Bowl halftime show.
Ronaldo: There Had to be Consequences; – Ten Hag
The Manchester United manager has dropped Ronaldo from Saturday’s trip to Chelsea, as punishment, after he refused to come on as a substitute during Wednesday’s win against Tottenham.
Following the impressive 2-0 win over Spurs at Old Trafford, post-match talks have been dominated by the early exit of the 37-year-old Portuguese superstar.
Ronaldo headed down the tunnel before the final whistle and made a hasty departure from Old Trafford.
Asked at his Saturday’s pre-match press conference whether Ronaldo had refused to come on as a substitute against Spurs, Ten Hag said, “Yes.”
Ten Hag said, “What (happened in) the talk is between Cristiano and me. The (club) statement is also clear, I think.”
But the Dutch manager, in his first season at Old Trafford, said Ronaldo “remains an important part of the squad.”
The forward was also among those that left Old Trafford early in July’s pre-season friendly against Rayo Vallecano, leading Ten Hag to underline the importance of players staying to support their team-mates.
Asked how he deals with the situation, the Dutchman said on Friday: “How we did. I am the manager. I am responsible for the top sport culture here and I have to set standards and values and I have to control them.
“We are in a team, so we have standards, we have values and I have to control that. After Rayo Vallecano, I told (you) it was unacceptable but he wasn’t the only one. That is for everyone.
“When it’s the second time, that will have consequences. That is what we did. We miss him tomorrow. That is a miss for us. For the squad, it’s a miss.
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“But I think it’s important for the attitude and mentality of the group. Now we have to focus on Chelsea and that is the most
Aston Villa vs. Chelsea: Prediction and Reviews
While the Blues begin the weekend sitting in the fourth position in the standings, Villa is down in 16th place despite a four-game unbeaten run of their own.
Despite the controversial and harsh nature of how Thomas Tuchel was removed from his position in the Chelsea dugout, it is difficult to argue against the feeling that Graham Potter has brought about a seismic shift in Chelsea’s performances.
After coming from behind to defeat Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, the Blues have recorded three successive victories and posted clean sheets in the process, a win over Wolverhampton Wanderers sandwiched between triumphs over AC Milan.
With Wolves being without a permanent head coach and AC Milan being reduced to 10 men in the first quarter at San Siro, things have gone Potter’s and Chelsea’s way, but that should not take anything away from the level of their displays.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has chipped in with a goal in his last three appearances in all competitions, providing Chelsea with a much-needed ruthless streak in the final third.
However, it may be that retaining their sturdiness at the opposite end of the pitch proves pivotal this campaign, with Chelsea keeping three shutouts in a row for the first time since February.
If reports are to be believed, Steven Gerrard is clinging onto his Villa job by a thread, despite his side going four matches without defeat in the top flight.
Gerrard has reason to be frustrated with the missed chances that have occurred in the final third, but he has also shown a lack of willingness to significantly improved Villa’s style of play.
That may ultimately cost Gerrard his role in the dugout, but Villa will not be in a position to part ways with the Englishman if he adds a positive result against Chelsea to the draw that was achieved versus Manchester City last month.
A statistic that is in Gerrard and Villa’s favor is their defensive effort with just five goals being conceded in their last six top-flight outings.
The only time that two were conceded during that period came away at Arsenal, and the foundations are there for improvement if Villa can find some form in attack.
The Englishman will not be in contention for this game, likely seeing Cesar Azpilicueta recalled as his replacement, and further alterations are expected as Potter juggles a triple-header of Villa, Brentford, and Manchester United.
While Leon Bailey could return to the Villa squad after a minor muscle injury, Gerrard may consider naming the same side from the 1-1 draw at Nottingham Forest.
Aston Villa possible starting lineup:
Martinez; Cash, Konsa, Mings, Young; McGinn, Luiz, Ramsey; Buendia, Watkins, Coutinho
Chelsea’s possible starting lineup:
Arrizabalaga; Chalobah, Silva, Koulibaly; Azpilicueta, Kovacic, Loftus-Cheek, Chilwell; Mount; Pulisic; Aubameyang
Culled from SportsMole
Footage of Rico Swavey in Hospital; Lagos Govt Begins Probe
The Lagos State government has hinted it has commenced an investigation on the unethical filming of the late Rico Swavey by persons suspected to be nurses in a hospital.
The state Commissioner for Information and Strategy; Gbenga Omotoso made this known as the 30-second video clip showing the final moments of the late BigBrother Naija housemate attracted condemnation from members of the public.
He said, “That hospital is not a government hospital; we have started an investigation into the unprofessional conduct of those who appeared in that video.”
The visual, allegedly recorded by one of the nurses attending to Rico Swavey, had him placed on oxygen as he was unconscious on a chair.
It was gathered that the nurses were attempting to carry him on a bed when the nurse allegedly brought out a phone and started recording him. Another nurse was heard cautioning her colleague against the act.
“You people should stop making the video; somebody is dying, you people are making video,” the nurse said.
Reacting to the video, a marketing strategist, Samuel Atigba, condemned the action of the nurses.
Using his verified Twitter handle, @SamuelOtigba, he wrote, “Anytime I watch that video of the nurses joking, laughing and making needless videos of Rico for social media instead of giving him the necessary urgent attention needed to save his life, my heart breaks over again cause he could have survived. RIP Rico.”
It would be recalled that Rico Swavey whose real name was Patrick Fakoya; a 2018 Big Brother Naija housemate, had a ghastly car accident on Tuesday. He later succumbed to cold hands of death on Thursday as a result of serious injuries he sustained.
Barcelona On the Brink of Champions League Exit
Sunday’s El Classico between Real Madrid and Barcelona provides the perfect opportunity for Xavi Hernandez’s side to respond to a harmful result against Inter Milan in the Champions League.
With that negative result, Barcelona’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League knockout stages are out of their hands after a frantic 3-3 draw with Inter Milan.
The inquest has begun into the events of Wednesday night, which leave Barcelona’s hopes of progressing to the knockout stages hanging by a thread, but there is very little time to dwell on that disappointment.
Real Madrid host Barcelona at 3.15 pm UK time on Sunday looking to rub salt into open wounds. Barca tops La Liga on goal difference ahead of Madrid, with both teams on 22 points.
Few Nuggets to Remember About The Late Rico Swavey
Perhaps, it is no longer news that Rico Swavey has died. The Big Brother Naija star passed away on Thursday, October 13, 2022, after being involved in a motor accident on Tuesday, October 11.
Born Fakoya Patrick in 1992 the late BBNaija season 3 housemate was on Wednesday placed on life support in the hospital after calls were made on social media by his colleagues and management, soliciting prayers for him.
Below are a few things to know about the late Rico Swavey:
Late Rico Swavey was a graduate of Law from Babcock University. He had seven siblings and was 29 years old when he died.
He loved music and became an artist before entering into the Big Brother House, despite studying law. After leaving the show, he delved into movies as well. Two years ago, he released a song titled ‘Afrosantana’ and was also featured on the movie set of the Tinsel and Life 101 drama series.
Rico loved singing and swimming and he said that he was very good at them.
Rico Swavey’s Life in BBNaija ‘Double Wahala’ edition
Rico spent 10 weeks in the house before being evicted. He once revealed that he entered the show to help his cousin who had autism and also to invest in his music career. Observably he was one of the guys who were not so romantically linked to anyone in the house while on the show.
The media had earlier reported that Rico was involved in a motor accident on Tuesday, October 11. BBNaija Season 3-star; Alex Asogwa aka Alex Unusual, shared the news of the crash on her Twitter page.
However, yesterday October 12, his management announced that he was on life support in the hospital and also posted a video of the crashed car. They asked for prayers and support from his fans, via his Twitter handle. Asogwa and co-star, Tobi Bakre had also launched a fundraiser for Rico via social media.
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His death was eventually announced on Thursday morning on social media by Asogwa and Bakre.
‘Luckiest Girl Alive’: One of The Best Movies of The Year
Based on a New York Times best-selling novel by author Jessica Knoll, who also serves as a screenwriter, Luckiest Girl Alive tells the story of a magazine writer who’s aiming to make it to the top rankings of the writing world.
The more she focuses on her steadfast race to the top, however, the more complicated her personal life gets: A documentary about a traumatic event in her past is getting made, and Ani (Kunis) is the person that potential viewers are more interested in hearing speak out.
The first and most interesting choice that Luckiest Girl Alive makes is to establish Ani as an unreliable narrator. Not only is this explicitly stated in a flashback by one of Ani’s teachers, but you constantly hear Ani’s voiceover contradicting a lot of what she does and says onscreen. This decision sets up a whole belief for us viewers that you can’t exactly trust this protagonist, and that belief is the cornerstone of the movie’s endgame.
Once you feel like you can’t trust the narrator, the approach to Ani’s traumatic past is taken with a grain of salt, and only as it starts to unfold do you understand the importance of believing – or not – in its main character. Of course, this makes for a great twist in the story, but more than that: It completely underscores the movie’s message.
Without getting into any spoilers, it suffices to say that the movie’s flashbacks flip what you think you know about the character. We get a tiny taste of being in her shoes for the good (and bitter) measure. And then it gets scary.
Luckiest Girl Alive is hardly a far cry from real-life stories sadly because in today’s day and age it’s not too far-fetched to think about how willing entire communities can be to believe in a girl or woman’s “bad” reputation. And to tip the scales just a tiny bit in their favor, some women are often forced to build up entire picture-perfect lives for people to even consider hearing their voices.
On the other hand, men get the benefit of the doubt, excuses are handed to them on a silver platter, and their entire existence is perceived as nuanced – and you definitely can’t pin them on a single mistake in life, because they are much more than that.
Which leads to another clever decision of Luckiest Girl Alive. The movie plays with our perception of innocence and forgiveness by making its worst character an unquestionable victim. And while it’s pretty easy to see to what extent that label applies once we realize their actions, the same can’t be said about real life.
We’re so ready to slap men on the wrist that when Ani states angrily in a powerful scene that she’s a victim, too, the sentence hits hard because we forget that nuance way too often.
None of the nuance in the story would be possible without its main actor, though. Mila Kunis’ performance is hypnotic and keeps you on the edge of your seat at every turn.
You never know what she’s going to do or say, and once the movie starts wrapping up and makes the core of her behavior clear, you fully understand and relate to the character.
If you finish watching Luckiest Girl Alive without feeling as angry as Ani, you didn’t watch it right. You also can’t ignore Chiara Aurelia’s performance depicting Ani’s younger years. The young actor takes on an incredibly tough role.
As the movie progresses, her character gets more and more silent, to the point at which you have to be able to see through her face to understand what’s going on in her mind, or how numb she has become to everything around her.
In her storyline, there is no closure, no vindication. Aurelia nails it in every scene, most of the time without saying a word.
Luckiest Girl Alive is, plain and simple, one of the best movies of the year. It offers a career-best performance from Mila Kunis and isn’t afraid to throw salt in two giant wounds that can’t and won’t heal until we treat them with the seriousness they demand.
From a narrative standpoint, it surprises and excels because it’s not interested in black-and-white characters: From its protagonist to supporting characters, everyone is flawed, and no one is let off the hook. Sometimes because it’s good for the story, other times because life’s unfair like that.
- Culled from Collider
Emeka Nwokocha Shops Aggregators for His Recent Films
In a bid to continue to advance and project Nollywood to the world, serial entrepreneur and investor; Emeka Nwokocha has revealed his desire to engage aggregators for his two recent films. The films; ‘Ije Awele’ and ‘Joe’ are set to be released later this month.
Mr. Nwokocha further noted that both films address the burning issues of sexual abuse within the homes and breaking the bias against women that are topmost on the United Nations agenda for 2022, adding that he hopes to sell to one of the major streaming platforms and PAY-TV putting into consideration monetary offers as well as viewer base.
“Both films are thought-provoking projects that touch on all sides of a young girl’s journey to self-discovery. ‘Ije Awele’ tells the story of very many girls in the world facing abuse from people who should protect them, while ‘Joe’ talks about a young girl whose passions lie in the unconventional art of auto repairs often regarded as a male-dominated industry”, Emeka Nwokocha explained.
Lady Mechanic Film ‘JOE’: Echoes of 2022 IWD’s #BreakTheBias
Since the release of the trailer and the official poster of the Lady Mechanic Film ‘JOE‘, analysts and the media have been optimistic, describing it as the most anticipated blockbuster out of Nigeria in recent times.
The movie portrayed the United Nations agenda for the year 2022, which is essential for achieving gender equality in the context of environmental and disaster risk reduction. These are some of the greatest global barriers facing women in the twenty-first century.
Recall that the 2022 International Women’s Day observance with the mantra; ‘Break The Bias’ is in recognition and celebration of the women and girls who are leading the charge on gender equality adaptation and response, and to honor their leadership and contribution toward a sustainable future.
To further this agenda, businessman; Emeka Nwokocha, and social security advocate; Victoria Nwogu threw their weight behind this engaging hit movie as Executive Producers in an expression of their desire to continue pushing different positive agenda using film as the vehicle.
‘JOE’ tells a story of a young girl whose passions lie in the unconventional art of auto repairs often regarded as a male-dominated industry. The movie, set to be released later this month drew inspiration from Sandra Aguebor; Nigeria’s first female mechanic who broke all gender barriers to achieve her dream of being a mechanic.
More intriguing is that the movie was directed and produced by females in the persons of the prolific Esse “Esse Rocks” Akwawa, and the energetic Victoria Nwogu respectively.
Again, it stars brilliant acts which include the multi-talented Victoria Nwogu playing the lead role, Kelechi Udegbe who brought his A-game in interpreting his role perfectly, and many others.
Furthermore, the movie employed the use of brilliant camera work, excellent cinematography, and catchy scores to tell a very compelling story that has a little bit of everything: Action, Drama, and Comedy that thrills to the very end.
It is equally well positioned to earn both at the box office for entertainment and quality due to its strategic collaborations.
On the strength of the film, it stands out among other movies because of its complete adherence to international standards of movie production in terms of plot, setting, visual effects, and colour correction among other procedures.
Generally, the movie ‘JOE’ echoes proactive steps in tackling the persistent barriers against gender quality and recognizes the enormous potential of women as society is driven by their existence. Hence, the many positive reactions to the movie.
- By Ken Gbados
“I Miss Your Killer Figure”; Brown Muazo Tells Vera Sidika
Husband to Vera Sidika and Kenyan musician; Brown Mauzo, has allegedly broken his silence after his wife supposedly underwent surgery.
Mauzo reportedly said that the journey has been tough but he has admired Vera’s resilience throughout as she sought to educate the public on the dangers of butt implants. The singer seemingly added that although he misses his wife’s previous killer figure, he treasures her personality.
“Dear wife, I know this hasn’t been easy at all. I’ve been with you through the entire process and all I can say is that you are a very strong lady. I’m so happy you found peace & acceptance & finally dared to come out and educate young girls.
“I your husband miss your killer figure so much but what I love and treasure is your personality & pure heart. I will love you more just the way you are,” he reportedly wrote.
It would be recalled that on Wednesday, Socialite and entrepreneur; Vera Sidika shocked her fans when she announced that she underwent surgery due to ‘health risks and complications.’Terming it the “hardest phase in my life,” the ‘Veetox founder and new mom attributed the decision to get her butt implants removed to “health risks and complications.” She backed her message up with a picture that explicitly depicts her new look, which is a stark contrast to her voluptuous backside that she has famously known for years on end.
“It’s still very unbelievable but I’ve come to terms with it & learned to love myself regardless. Ladies, please learn to love yourself, and don’t ever let peer pressure rush you into things that will ruin you in the future. I’m lucky to be alive, God loves me so much.
“Honestly, it’s been pretty hard, I didn’t even celebrate my birthday this year, but here we are. Happy birthday to me. New me. I’ve come to appreciate life & never take things for granted. Thanks to my family, especially my husband for being there for me,” she wrote on her social media pages.
She further thanked fans for their support and assures us she’s still the “same sweetest Vera Sidika and that hasn’t changed.” To give back, Sidika promises she will be posting her surgery journey videos in her quest to probably change the minds of those contemplating cosmetic surgery.
BBNaija: Amazing Highlights Where Phyna Showed the Winning Spirit
Nigerians on social media have congratulated Big Brother Naija housemate; Phyna, for winning the seventh edition of the reality show to become the second female winner of the show with a mouth-watering N100 million worth of prizes.
Phyna emerged the winner of this year’s edition of the reality TV show tagged Level Up at the grand finale on Sunday with 47% of the total votes while Bryann came behind with 28%.
Reacting, fans of the show said Phyna deserved the prize because she put up a great show in the house. Here are 10 amazing highlights in the Big Brother house where Phyna showed the winning spirit.
1. Phyna promised to bring all the energy, ginger a, and vibes to the house and she delivered quite perfectly with her “Who dey” street chant and being the drama queen of the Level-up house.
2. The street queen was loved by her loyal fans “Phynation” for her jovial attitude, talent, intelligence, creativity, no-nonsense attitude, and, realness.
3. She built a large fanbase on Twitter, with over 90,000 followers in 72 days, and trended a lot of times. She also became the first and only female housemate to become verified on Instagram, a few weeks into the show, and gained over 428,000 followers.
4. Phyna made us know she was about the social/ jovial life and ready to win when she yanked her wig off her hair not long after she walked into the Level Up House.
5. She announced at the start that she was ready to win the Big Brother Naija Grand prize at nothing else because of one simple reason; she wants to make a difference.
6. The singer and hype-priestess was known for her amazing skills such as dancing, singing hype, leadership, and a whole lot, of drama.
7. Phyna was also known for a lot of fun-loving moments in the house including an amazing relationship with Groovy and friendship with Chichi, Daniella, Amaka, and other housemates.
8. Phyna was a strong competitor all through the season in House tasks, wager, and Head of House Games which made her a strong contender for the grand prize. She survived eviction after being nominated by fellow housemates close to eight times.
9. Phyna broke a jinx in the house by becoming the first Level 2 housemate named the Head of House. She took the historic win after showing character, determination, and stellar gameplay.
10. She also led the house during weekly wager presentations with phenomenal leadership qualities especially when she emerged as the Head of House.
Surely, for the reality TV show pundits, Phyna is a deserved winner of the BBNaija S7 Level-up show.
Tracy Doo Gwaza and The Nigerian Film Industry
Tracy Doo Gwaza may not be among the popular faces seen on television yet, but the hybrid cluster of talent and hard work has distinguished herself as a force to reckon with in the Benue state chapter of the Nigerian Movie Industry.
Born Tracy Dooyum Gwaza to the family of late Mr. Gwaza David Utee and Mrs. Mchivir Dorcas Utee of Mbaajir, Ukum Local Government Area of Benue state, the dark skin graduate of Benue State University is an actress, makeup artist, make-effect.
Perhaps, nothing prepared Tracy for a career in the movie industry more than life itself. She had surgery to remove appendectomy, which developed complications and led to 18 months in a hospital bed.
After that near-death experience, she had an opportunity to present a drama with her Church youth group wherein the lead role was a very sick and dying lady. It fitted perfectly with her story and she accepted to play the role.
After playing the role to perfection, she was congratulated by the congregants and many advised her to take up acting as a full-time career; this marked the beginning of her journey. While she hopes to catch a big break in mainstream Nollywood, Tracy has starred in several featured movies alongside notable industry professionals.
A hardworking, innovative and strong team player, Tracy runs her own production company; La8 Night Pictures through which she produced ‘Butchered’, co-produced ‘Closed Book’ and currently working on post-production for ‘Autonomy’.
In recognition of her exceptional performances, the creative Tracy Doo Gwaza has received numerous awards and recognitions including being voted as one of the top three Benue Entertainers in 2021.
Not relenting in pursuing her career, Miss Gwaza currently works with 2et media in Abuja. She is a member of the committee for the 2022 World Tourism Day (WTD) at the national level in Abuja.
Moreso, she is one of the crew members for the upcoming reality TV show titled ‘UNLEASH YOUR CREATIVITY’, which has been added as one of the activities for the Calabar state carnival.
Seeing her greatest strength in God, determination to win, and stature, Miss Tracy, aspires to become a sensation with several accomplishments in Nigeria and beyond.
Beyond acting, she has found a passion in protecting and preserving the dignity of the less privileged and has initiated and partnered on several projects geared towards empowerment and capacity development.
Off production, she loves traveling and watching movies, in addition to sports such as volleyball, handball, and table tennis, in which she represented the kebbi state at the interstate competition in 2002.
Given her passion and determination, those who argue that there is a future for the Nigeria Film Industry can and indeed proudly point at Tracy Doo Gwaza as a perfect example of a person who is breaking free from imposed and self-imposed blockades that usually drag behind most youths from achieving their dream.
Tracy Doo Gwaza at a Glance:
Facebook: Tracy Doo Gwaza
Skin color: Dark
Hobbies: Traveling, Filming, Sports, etc
By Ken Gbados
Crystal Palace vs. Chelsea: Prediction, and Team News
Crystal Palace vs. Chelsea clash on Saturday afternoon will allow Potter to finally take charge of his first Premier League game for Chelsea at Selhurst Park for a London derby.
The Blues entered the international break sitting seventh in the table, while the Eagles are nine places and four points worse off than their upcoming opponents.
A reunion with former loan star Conor Gallagher awaits Crystal Palace this weekend, and how Patrick Vieira could do with a player of his mold right now, as the Eagles seek just their second win of the league season in Saturday’s derby.
Nick Pope and Vicente Guaita stole the show as Newcastle United and Crystal Palace played out an action-packed 0-0 draw before the international break, although the PGMOL has since admitted that a mistake was made in ruling out a Magpies winner in the dying embers.
Newcastle’s goal was disallowed for a perceived foul by Joe Willock on Guaita when in reality the ex-Arsenal man was pushed into the Spaniard by Tyrick Mitchell, and Palace fans would have been counting the lucky stars that they came away from St James’ Park with a point.
That has done little to improve the Eagles’ 16th-placed standing in the embryonic rankings – hovering just two points above the relegation line – but they do have a game in hand on most of the teams around them and have only suffered one defeat in their last six in all tournaments.
After ending the 2021-22 Premier League season with five consecutive clean sheets at Selhurst Park, Palace has conceded in each of their three top-flight home games so far this term – a defensive downturn which Chelsea and their new manager bounce will seek to take advantage of.
It has been a rather long time coming, with the death and state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II leading to a wave of postponements up and down the British Isles, but Potter will finally be in the dugout for a Premier League game with Chelsea this weekend.
Thomas Tuchel‘s successor has had a bountiful time getting acquainted with his squad of superstars having only taken charge of one game since his appointment was confirmed, drawing 1-1 with Red Bull Salzburg in the Champions League as the Blues remain winless in Europe.
Potter has taken the reins at a Chelsea side who have only posted a measly two wins from their last seven games in all competitions, and a total of 10 points from six Premier League outings leaves the West London club languishing in seventh place in the table – eight points adrift of league leaders Arsenal having played a game fewer.
There are unsurprisingly some concerns that Potter may be a small fish in a big pond, and the ex-Brighton & Hove Albion boss is under immediate pressure to reverse a trend that has seen Chelsea lose each of their last three away games in all competitions.
The visitors have also notched up just two goals on the road in the 2022-23 season but can take some comfort in the fact that they have won each of their last nine league games against Crystal Palace, and their penchant for London derbies is apparent – winning eight of their last nine capital clashes on their travels.
As for Chelsea, N’Golo Kante has made a timely return to training as he battles back from a thigh injury, but Potter should be reluctant to throw the Frenchman back into the fray given his fitness record.
Crystal Palace’s possible starting lineup:
Guaita; Ward, Andersen, Guehi, Mitchell; Schlupp, Doucoure, Eze; Ayew, Mateta, Zaha
Chelsea’s possible starting lineup:
Mendy; Fofana, Silva, Cucurella; James, Jorginho, Kovacic, Chilwell; Mount, Aubameyang, Sterling
Chelsea is still clicking into gear under Potter, and Selhurst Park is not an easy place to visit for any side, even if Palace’s defensive resilience at home is no longer what it was.
Vieira’s side may feel that there is no better time to end their dismal losing streak against Chelsea, but a steadfast Potter-led defense can hold firm as the Blues’ attackers nick an all-important goal to kickstart a potential revival.
Who Might Replace Trevor Noah on ‘The Daily Show’
Comedian Trevor Noah has announced he is stepping down as host of The Daily Show after seven years. Although it is still too early to tell, fans of the programme have begun to speculate on who might be the best candidate to replace the role.
A Reddit community has listed their favourites, including the now-axed Netflix show, Patriot Act, host and comedian; Hasan Minhaj.
There are also suggestions about replacing Noah with Jordan Klepper; a journalist and comedian, or Samantha Bee, a comedian and political commentator.
One said: “Hasan Minhaj’s Patriot Act held its own. Don’t know why it was ever cancelled. He’s a compelling orator who can still make you laugh through the bull***t and outrage. Hopefully, he takes over.”
Another suggested: “I think Samantha Bee also did the best job in following up her work on TBS and making it her own, but I don’t think she was ever going to get much traction or support being on The Daily Show.”
A former correspondent on The Daily Show, Bee hosted Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, an American late-night talk and news satire television programme that aired on TBS from 2016 to 2022.
Meanwhile, Klepper, who was also a correspondent on The Daily Show, started his satirical programme; ‘The Opposition with Jordan Klepper’, which was cancelled in 2018. He then starred in the 2019 docuseries; ‘Klepper’, before returning to ‘The Daily Show’ later that year.
Why Trevor Noah is Leaving the Daily Show
Trevor Noah delivered the news to step down as host at the end of his show on Thursday (September 29) night, saying he decided after realising his “time is up” and he wants to continue “exploring” other parts of his life.
He said: “I found myself filled with gratitude for the journey. It’s been amazing. It’s something I never expected. I found myself thinking throughout the time everything we have gone through – the Trump presidency, the pandemic…and I realise after seven years, my time is up – but in the most beautiful way.”
Noah’s announcement prompted shocked gasps from the audience, but he later stressed hosting the show was something that he loved doing.
The 38-year-old hosted the satirical news and talk show since taking over from Jon Stewart in 2015. He said the timing of his departure would be announced later and that he would continue as host in the meantime.
Noah began his career in his native South Africa, where he released several stand-up specials and hosted a late-night talk show before moving to the United States in 2011.
When he was chosen to take over the Daily Show on the Comedy Central network, he was still a relative unknown, but he has since become an internationally recognised personality and won multiple television awards.
He said: “I remember when we first started, there were so many people who didn’t believe in us, it was a crazy show, a random African springing and what a journey it’s been ..it’s grown all around the world.
“I realised there’s another part of my life that I want to carry on exploring. I miss learning other languages, I miss going to other countries and putting on shows. I miss just being everywhere and doing everything. I’m grateful to a network who believed in this random comedian nobody knew on this side of the world.
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“I never dreamed that I would be here. I sort of felt like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I came in for a tour of what the previous show was, and then the next thing I know I was handed the keys. All I can say is thank you very much.”
How Coolio Died in Los Angeles
Coolio; the rapper whose smash hit “Gangster’s Paradise” sent him to international stardom has died, according to a report.
The beloved artist who was 59 visited a friend in Los Angeles on Wednesday and went to the bathroom but never emerged, the report said.
According to the report, when the friend went to check on Coolio, he found him unresponsive on the floor. First responders pronounced him dead at the scene.
Coolio’s cause of death remains unclear, but his manager said the paramedics believe he died from cardiac arrest.
Coolio, whose legal name was Artis Ivey Junior, rose through the rap game in Los Angeles in the 1980s, but he became a national name with the number 1 hit “Gangster’s Paradise” in 1995.
He rode the success of that single and the album of the same name to a mainstream career that included three more top 40 hits and two songs on the “Space Jam” soundtrack.
Coolio also parlayed his fame into dozens of movie roles, including an appearance in 1997′s “Batman & Robin,” starring George Clooney.
NECO Result 2022 Records 60% Pass
NECO Result 2022 as released by the National Examinations Council (NECO) revealed that 727,864 candidates representing 60.74 percent of a total of 1,198,412 candidates who sat the internal diet of the 2022 Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) recorded credit passes and above in five subjects including English Language and Mathematics.
The Chief Executive Officer and Registrar of the examination body Datani Wushishi, who announced on Thursday in Minna, Niger State capital, advised concerned candidates to check the examination body’s website for the results.
According to the registrar, a total of 1,209,703 persons with 636,327 males, representing 52.60 percent, and 573,376 females, representing 47.39 percent, registered for the examination. He, however, said 22,422 registrants failed to take part in the examinations.
The registrar, who was announcing the examination body’s results for the first time as a substantive head, described the process as a big achievement.
He said: “It gives me great pleasure to inform you that the conduct of this year’s Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) Internal has been adjudged by many stakeholders to be hugely successful in recent years. This indeed is a big achievement.”
NECO Result 2022: on Malpractice
Meanwhile, the registrar also revealed that a total of 13,594 candidates representing 0.13 percent of the total number of candidates were involved in various forms of malpractice during the school-based examination.
Mr. Wushishi said the figure of those involved in examination malpractice in 2021 was 20,003 and that it represented 1.63 percent of the total number of candidates for the year. He, however, noted that NECO would remain steadfast in its commitment to sanitizing the system.
“The Council has a long-standing tradition of zero tolerance for malpractice. Thus, it can be noticed that the malpractice incidence in 2022 has dropped, compared to the figure of 2021,” he said.
The registrar said as part of efforts to show stakeholders of its commitment to zero-tolerance for examination malpractice, four schools were recommended for de-recognition “for two years due to their involvement in mass cheating/whole school cases.”
“Also, twenty-nine (29) supervisors were blacklisted for various offenses ranging from poor supervision, Insult, Aiding and Abetting, during the examinations,” the registrar added.
Nico Williams Reiterates Decision to Choose Spain Over Ghana
Athletic Bilbao forward; Nico Williams, has insisted that his interest is to be with the Spanish football team and not his native country, Ghana. The 20-year-old reiterated his decision to choose Spain over Ghana, while he said I ‘wanted to be here.’
His brother, Inaki had already declared publicly to play for the Black Stars and went on to make his debut in the friendly clash against Brazil where Ghana lost 3-0.
After making his debut for Spain in their 2-1 defeat to Switzerland in the UEFA Nations League, Williams restated his choice to ignore Ghana for the 2010 World Cup champions.
“I have always been clear that I wanted to be here and I am very happy that Luis Enrique has given me this opportunity,” said Williams.
“I hope to take advantage of it. As everyone knows, I want to be with the Spanish team and be better, show that I’m worth being here.”
Nico Williams made his second substitute appearance for Spain on Tuesday and helped the side cruise past Portugal with a 1-0 win in a winner-takes-it-all clash in the UEFA Nations League.
Sex Toy Souvenirs: Nkechi Blessing Replies Critics
Nollywood actress; Nkechi Blessing Sunday, has slammed people who criticized her for sharing sex toys as souvenirs at her mother’s memorial ceremony on Sunday.
Backlash had followed the viral video of her announcing and thereafter distributing the gift to the female guests at the event. Via her Instastoryon Monday, the actress urged her critics to leave her alone.
Nkechi stated that some of those criticizing her on social media do not take care of their parents as opposed to her.
The actress boasted that she took care of her mother before she died, saying in Pidgin English, “Even people wey don forget their parents wey never die sef dey talk. Everyone around me knows I don’t joke with my family.”
She went on to say that the cake and celebration were for her late mother’s posthumous birthday and that no one deserves any explanation from her because they were not there when she suffered with her family.
“25th was my mother’s birthday hence the cake and a little party to host a few friends. Not like you all deserve any explanations on what I choose to do with my own life. Cus when we dey suffer/hungry I no see any of una, So make all of una try rest.”
Rita Dominic: Fans Flood Social Media With Felicitations
Veteran Nollywood actress Rita Dominic is currently trending on social media amid the buzz of welcoming a set of twins. The alleged twins; baby girls were reportedly delivered in the UK.
The news broke this morning as the popular actress; Rita Dominic allegedly posted the photo of the twins on Instagram. A source disclosed that the mother and children are in good health.
Suffice it to mention that this latest development is coming months after Rita Dominic and her husband; Fidelis Anosike did their traditional wedding on 19 April 2022 in Imo State. Recall that Dominic had earlier announced their engagement on 5 April.
Shortly after the wedding, there were allegations of Rita Dominic’s husband cheating on her with a couple of her friends. She failed to respond but rather posted pictures of her and her husband in coupons’ posse.
Ever since the news of her delivery broke, social media has been buzzing with congratulatory messages. Still, one reason many have the news with joy is that this alleged set of twins is the 47-year-old actress’ first issue. However, at the time of her wedding in April, it was reported that she was already pregnant.
Rita Dominic has however been known for keeping her relationships private. So, when she announced their engagement in April, it set the internet on fire.
And many looked forward to the wedding, which did not disappoint as Dominic’s colleagues were there to support her.
Scotland vs Ukraine: How Scotland Made Amends
Scotland takes control of Nations League Group B1 with a 3-0 win in the Scotland vs Ukraine match on Wednesday. Thanks to goals from John McGinn and substitute Lyndon Dykes at Hampden Park.
Steve Clarke’s side, which has now moved two points clear at the top of their Nations League group after the heartbreak of missing out on the World Cup opened the scoring through McGinn (70) before Lyndon Dykes headed in twice from corners (80, 87) to help Scotland make amends against Ukraine following defeat in June’s World Cup semi-final play-off.
Scotland had the best of the chances in a scrappy first half, with Christie heading over after getting underneath Armstrong’s cross before narrowly mistiming his follow-up run after the Southampton midfielder’s shot was kept out by Ukraine goalkeeper Anatoliy Trubin.
Shakhtar Donetsk winger Mykhaylo Mudryk, who has been a transfer target for Arsenal and Brentford, was a constant thorn in the side of Everton right-back Nathan Patterson until he was stretched off but was largely kept quiet in the second half by Brentford’s Aaron Hickey.
Adams led the line well for Scotland and thought he had broken through the Ukraine defense in the closing stages of the first half until he was body-checked by Valeriy Bondar. Scotland boss Steve Clarke was incensed on the touchline and felt it was deserving of a red card, but Oleksandr Karavaev was on the cover and Adams’ last touch took the ball away from goal.
Scotland we spurred on by the perceived injustice of the decision after the break and Armstrong had two chances to break the deadlock, but was prevented by Trubin before firing over from close range with the goal seemingly at his mercy after a neat one-two with Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay.
Adams had two big opportunities to score with his head at the back post but was kept by the crossbar and Ukraine goalkeeper Trubin, before floating a cross into Armstrong only for the midfielder to spurn his third chance in a matter of minutes with a poor mistimed header.
But Scotland eventually got the breakthrough when McGinn outmuscled Bondar just inside the box before turning and firing a low, drilled strike into the bottom corner. The arrivals of Ryan Fraser and Dykes paid immediate dividends, as the Newcastle wide-man set up the QPR striker for two-headed goals from corners.
Scotland has taken control of Group B1, with only two draws needed against the Republic of Ireland and Ukraine to finish top. Promotion to the top tier of the Nation’s League would give Scotland the guarantee of a Euro 2024 play-off should they miss out on qualification.
After a Long Break; Wizkid Returns With “Bad To Me”
After two years of hiatus, one of the hugely influential African artists; Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun popularly known as Wizkid, aka Big Whiz of (Starboy Entertainment), has returned with a brand-new smash song titled “Bad To Me.”
With the raving Amapiano sound buzzing everywhere, Starboy decided not to be left out as the new single incorporates trending elements such as crowd vocals and Amapiano which has defined the Nigerian soundscape in 2022. The song is jointly produced by P2J and Sammy Soso, and it’s sure to get the party going.
With this latest single, “Bad To Me,” which is off his forthcoming album “More Love Less Ego” set for release this year, Big Whiz demonstrates a more developed vocal range and lyrical sophistication than ever before.
Big Whiz is a well-known figure in the Nigeria Music Industry, the prolific and talented vocal wordsmith understands the music business and masters his craft to perfection.
He has always proved beyond reasonable doubt that music is his thing taking African Music to the map with the genre called, “AFROBEAT”.
The legendary Wizkid of the old is revered for his aggressive demeanor and boundless vitality on classic Afro-beat recordings. At this moment in time, his music is quite soothing and might help one unwind.
It would be recalled that on 30th October 2020, Wizkid unleashed his fourth studio album called, Made In Lagos, which comes fully refined with fourteen enthralling euphonies, starring highly profiled music entertainers including; Burna Boy, Skepta, H.E.R., Ella Mai, and many others, carefully selected and added value to their songs.
On August 29th, 2022, the project received a Gold Certification by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAM) after selling more than 500,000 copies in the US.
Possibly, Wizkid is the only performer to have secured so many foreign partnerships. His most recent album features American R&B singer Chris Brown on the track “Call Me Everyday,” which is still a radio staple.
“Machala” is prepared to make the rest of the month lovely and enjoyable for his followers and music lovers throughout the world under the exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment.
In this latest creative output; “Bad To Me”, Wizkid once again proves his singing talent, showcasing his vocal abilities and talents in the music business. With this new release, you can say the Nigerian-born singer gets better with the years like wine.
Length: 2 minutes 57 seconds
Lessons for Barcelona After Painful Defeat to Bayern Munich
Once again at the Allianz Arena, Barcelona left as the losers after Bayern Munich showed their superiority. It was a very different occasion to the famous 8-2 defeat this time, though. There is a feeling that Barcelona could have won the game and had more to give in the 2-0 defeat.
They were the superior team in the first half that ended 0-0 and Xavi Hernandez‘s side should have been ahead. Former Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski had a host of presentable chances, one of which has to go down as a bad miss.
They didn’t allow their opponents to get the ball out comfortably and forced them to make mistakes. Everyone worked hard, but special mention should be made of Sergio Busquets and Gavi who won the ball countless times.
Pedri the Director
Pedri‘s game was also excellent. He was all over the pitch and was the axis through which all Barcelona‘s attacking play passed.
The pity was the two chances he missed, one in each half. Barcelona was able to create a lot of chances against Bayern Munichin their half and very few teams manage to reach Manuel Neuer‘s goal so often and this point is very positive.
Lack of Finishing and Quality Defending Against Bayern Munich
With as many chances as they created, Barcelona could not leave with a clean sheet. They missed them all. Lewandowski, who never misses, was unrecognizable in his former home.
Pedri also had the two aforementioned chances, while Raphinha had several chances in the second half. Ansu Fati and Ferran Torres were also unsuccessful.
In Europe, and against opponents of this caliber, missing chances is very costly. The defense in the second half was unrecognizable from the first. First of all because of the big mistake in the first goal.
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Lucas Hernandez went in alone to finish, but he did so in an area where the goalkeeper has to be in control. The penalty area is Marc-Andre Ter Stegen‘s territory.
BBNaija Level Up Phyna Emerges HOH, Makes History
BBNaija Level Up Housemate; Phyna has made history as for the first time this Level Up Season, a former Level 2 housemate is now the Head of House.
The former Level-2 housemate replaces last week’s Head of House, Hermes, and will enjoy immunity from this week’s eviction.
Level-up housemate, Phyna emerged as the Week 8 Head of House in a contest all the housemates participated in except last week’s Head of House, Hermes.
After an energetic contest, four housemates qualified for the second round. Phyna showed character and determination as she defeated Adekunle, Daniella, and Sheggz in the second round to emerge as the second female Head of House this season after Chomzy.
Phyna will also enjoy the privilege of living in the Head of House lounge for one week with her lover, Groovy, whom she chose as her companion.
However, Groovy does not have immunity from possible eviction.
All housemates are required to nominate three fellow housemates for possible eviction on Sunday.
Rapper PnB Rock Robbed and Shot Dead in Los Angeles
An explicit and graphic video is currently circulating online purportedly depicting Rock, whose real name is Rakim Allen, on the floor surrounded by a pool of blood.
The incident took place inside Roscoe’s House of Chicken & Waffles restaurant located in Inglewood, as Allen was dining with his girlfriend.
According to reports, law enforcement was called around 1:23 p.m. to respond to a shooting resulting in life-threatening injuries.
Reportedly, the shooting happened, with restaurant employees in a panic as the rapper lay on the floor. Law enforcement sources say they got a call to the restaurant at 1:23 in the afternoon for a shooting victim.
We don’t yet have any info on the shooter, but we know PnB was there dining with his girlfriend, Steph, who posted a photo of their meal. A source connected to the restaurant tells TMZ … it appears the shooter targeted PnB, because no one else was shot or assaulted, and there were plenty of people eating inside the restaurant.
Our source adds it appears the shooter took jewelry off PnB and then fled. and had previously posted a video of himself wearing several diamond/silver chains. We’re told there are surveillance cameras inside the restaurant, so it may help police apprehend the shooter.
Rock is originally from Philly, but calls L.A. home. He released his debut mixtape in June 2014, and in 2015 signed a record deal with Atlantic Records. In 2016, Rolling Stone named PnB on the list of “10 New Artists You Need to Know.”
In 2019, PnB Rock unveiled his long-awaited official debut album, TrapStar Turnt PopStar. “I’m not an overnight success at all. I put in work and now it’s my time,” he told Billboardat the time. “I was one of the mothers—-ers who paid to get on stage at one point in my career. I went to SXSW like two different times and paid a few hundred to get on that stage.”
The album came after the star took part in Billboard Hot 100 hit collaborations like Meek Mill’s “Dangerous” and YFN Lucci’s “Everyday We Lit” together. “That sh– is a lot of pressure — I can’t lie, it was starting to get to me,” he admitted of creating an album after generating so much buzz. “I wanted [the fans] to know, like, ‘I’m working on some sh– for y’all!’ It will be worth it.”
Following the news of the shooting, rapper Russ and others took to social media to pray for PnB Rock.
Kim Kardashian And Pete Davidson’s Brief Romance Has Come To An End
By Odion Okonofua.
American reality TV star Kim Kardashian and her boyfriend, Pete Davidson have called it quits. According to several reports, the couple called it quits this week.
“Kim and Pete have decided to just be friends. They have a lot of love and respect for each other, but found that the long distance and their demanding schedules made it really difficult to maintain a relationship,” a source close to the reality star told PageSix.
The mother of four has been busy co-parenting with her ex-husband, Kanye West while Pete has been travelling because of his job.
Kim and Davidson first sparked relationship rumours in October 2021, after they were spotted holding hands on a rollercoaster ride, during a trip to Knott’s Scary Farm in Buena Park, California. This was followed by another private dinner date about a week later.
Weeks after, they took trips to Davidson’s native New York City and Kardashian’s hometown of Los Angeles. However, the relationship faced several setbacks from Kim’s ex-husband, West.
Kanye and Pete have been at loggerheads since Pete hooked up with Kim. There were several reports of Kanye spreading rumours about Pete.
Kanye was alleged to have told people that Davidson is a junkie in addition to threatening that he’s going to have the “Saturday Night Live” star beaten up.
It would be recalled that Kim and her rapper estranged husband, Kanye West, filed for divorce in 2021.
Ruth Kadiri Ezerika Welcomes Baby No. 2
Congratulations are in order for actress and producer Ruth Kadiri Ezerika and her hubby! The new mum recently welcomed her second child; a daughter named Emerald-Chizaram-Ezerika.
Ruth announced the news via Instagram, sharing a sweet photo of her embracing her newborn in the hospital, which she captioned:
“Dear Emerald-Chizaram-Ezerika born 20th of July 2022. I want you to know that I prayed for you. Waited for you. Loved you before I met you. And you have made our lives a complete reminder that God answers prayers”.
Theis new addition will join big sister Reign Ezerika who will turn three in August.
Congrats to the Ezerikas on their new addition!
Sony Pictures Television’s Multi-Award Winning Gameshow Comes to Sub-Saharan Africa
By Kennedy Eberechi.
A few hours after Sony Pictures Television’s Press Release announcing the acquisition of the classic US game show format ‘Pyramid’ by Nigeria’s Mekdoss International for a local adaptation, the Content Industry has been agog with the huge opportunities and mileage it brings to content market and associate companies.
Mekdoss CEO; Martin Gbados in a media parley shortly after the announcement by Sony Pictures Television exposed that The Pyramid Gameshow; one of the greatest game shows of all time offers a huge platform for Corporate Social Responsibilities for Companies and Organisations alike.
“The Pyramid Gameshow is a show that gives back to the people; as such offers the Nigerian audience the opportunity to win money. More so, Mekdoss International feels that the celebrities being part of the show to help contestants win money is a way to give back and also support those fans that have been supporting them.
“Also, fans watching at home will have the opportunity to play along on their phones to also win money. In terms of entertainment value, it is a fun-filled family game show wherein families can come together and learn new words and phrases.
“It is planned to show on over 5 television stations nationwide in prime time. So looking at the present state of the economy, Pyramid Gameshow coming to Nigeria is timely and will leave a huge impact on the people and create value for companies that support the show. The host and celebrity participants will be announced in due course”, Mr. Gbados enlightened.
In the Press release which went viral on the international news bulletins on Thursday, Sony Pictures Television further revealed it first time the Franchise of the fast-moving, 30-minute game show that features two teams, each composed of a celebrity and a contestant, with the celebrity helping their partners to make it to the winner’s circle to win money has come to sub-Saharan Africa, produced for the Nigerian audience.
“Originally launched in the US in 1973 as The $10,000 Pyramid, the format is a word game in which two teams composed of a celebrity and non-celebrity contestant compete for a cash prize. The Nigerian version, which is the first to air in sub-Saharan Africa, will offer contestants the chance to win N10m (US$24,000). It will launch later this year”, Sony Pictures Television informed.
IWD 2022: Vicky Nwogu Canvases Support In Tackling Gender-Bias Barriers
By Ken Gbados.
Celebrating International Women’s Day is to celebrate a Women’s Journey through her life, struggles, achievements, and contributions. It is to celebrate her joy, freedom, liberty, and rights. It is to celebrate Womanhood.
Reacting to the above, a foremost rising Nollywood actress; Vicky Nwogu has called on stakeholders to take proactive steps in tackling the persistent barriers against gender quality and recognize the enormous potentials of women as the society is driven by their existence.
In a Media statement on the sidelines of the 2022 International Women’s Day held globally, the prolific actress, entrepreneur, and humanitarian; stated that given their enthusiasm, managerial abilities in building a formidable home and the society at large, women have the potential to contribute immensely to the socio-economic development of a nation.
“A woman is the personification of ageless beauty, selfless love, purity, grace, and dignity. She symbolises virtue, great inner strength, tremendous patience, resilience, and fortitude. The same values she inculcates in everyone around her. She is the pillar of strength to her family Society and the Country as a whole. Women are the backbone of a Nation’s Economy. “There is need therefore to create an enabling environment and opportunities for the socio-economic empowerment of women”, she added.
Continuing, Miss Nwogu frowned at the fact that despite these inherent attributes, women’s empowerment is still a burning issue in the polity. According to her, this is in recognition of the vast number of women with little or no education and skills to enable them to support their livelihoods or become active in the country’s mainstream economy.
“The problem is further exacerbated by the alarmingly high number of our women who are either unemployed or under-employed. Again, those who are successful are being looked at from an immoral point of view. Women are pathfinders and they work assiduously to achieve any feat they set out for”.
While reckoning the contemporary women’s challenges, she informed that women face limited access to credit to capitalize on their micro-informal businesses. “In spite of having brilliant business ideas, the women and girls are sometimes regarded as high-risk clientele group as they do not have the prerequisite collateral.
“They often cannot access project funding from formal financial institutions. This has left the women and girls stuck in the vicious poverty cycle as their businesses remain merely aspirational and micro in nature, providing income for subsistence purposes only.
“Certainly, efforts to design and implement practical programs to generate decent employment, reduce poverty among women and girls and economically empower them to play a more meaningful role in the development and fulfillment of their communities and the nation at large is timely, as it is the catalyst for family and societal values recovery”, she said.
On the one hand, Miss Vicky, who has been upbeat at discovering and encouraging talented female youths in Nigeria and beyond to participate effectively in championing charity campaigns and development in Nigeria through her *Vicky Nwogu Outreach* underscored that women are disappointed with the stewardship of our planet, the unabated violence directed against them and the slow pace of change in fulcrum issues like education.
Asserting that policies are needed that will promote equality in childcare responsibilities and provide State support to families, and those who work in the informal economy, she cited as cause for hope, growing support in tackling gender-bias barriers; a ‘driving will’ for change across generations and counties while adding that the last 27 years “have shown us what is needed to accelerate action for equality.
“We don’t have an equal world at the moment and women and girls are angry and concerned about the future. They are radically impatient for change. It’s an impatience that runs deep, and it has been brewing for years”, Miss Nwogu concluded.
African Leaders Need To See The Enormous Potentials in The Modeling Industry; – Queen Nina
By Ken Gbados.
The creative and multi-gifted Entertainer, who made this call during a media parley in Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria stated that though becoming a model may seem easy, but a little training and experience can make the world of difference.
“Setting up a standard Modelling Academy will help an upcoming model learn the ropes and acquire skills needed to become a successful and professional model, or just help boost one’s confidence in general. Modelling is such a competitive industry so leaning the basics puts you at the top of the pile when it comes to booking jobs”, she explained.
Describing modelling as a highly vocational business, the CEO of The Nigerian Fashion and Culture Entertainment Agency revealed there is more to modelling than a quick pose or walk. “Modelling can be a very highly paid profession so you need to be equipped with the correct tools in order to be top of your game and succeed as a model”, Queen Nina added.
On the other hand, Miss Ogeh who has participated and won several beauty pageants, including Miss NACRISS, Miss Diaspora Nigeria, Beauty of The World as well as featured on several Fashion shows and Magazines recounted that breaking into the modelling industry is always a hard one as there are thousands of girls who want to be models. She further stated that because of this, most times, those in charge tend to place charges on upcoming models. Such charges could include sex before job.
“I had this same challenge when I first contested for a pageant. Knowing that I had all it takes to be a Pageant Queen, I stood by my ground and won the pageant, which was my first attempt in breaking into the modelling industry. Some are faced with the challenge of going nude for a particular brand, but I believe when one defines what he/she wants in the industry he/she will be able to overcome all odds”, she expounded.
Under the platform of The Nigerian Fashion and Culture Entertainment Agency; a brand, which specializes on beauty pageants, fashion and cultural exhibitions so as to promote a cultural and fashion phenomenon in Nigeria and Africa at large, the 25 year old who is also a make-up artiste, script writer, hair stylist, costumier etc., is the sole organizer of the of Mr and Miss Fashionable Nigeria International and Queen of Culture International, built on decency to bring out the best in models and upcoming models to the limelight.
Content is King; – Mc Klawn Reveals, Advocates Need to Give Events a Purpose
By Ken Gbados.
Africans are generally very jovial and humourous, and it takes a lot of effort to be able to gather a crowd of people in one room with the sole aim of making them laugh all through the duration of the show.
In Nigeria, Shows like the Nite of a Thousand Laughs created by veteran showbiz entrepreneur; Opa Williams defined the Nigerian comedy space. That era was dominated by the likes of Ali Baba, Okey Bakassi, I Go Die, Basket Mouth, and many others who have also created periodic shows where they gather crowds to sell humour.
Incidentally, Africa’s fastest rising entertainer; Obineche Virginus Chukwudi, popularly known as Mc Klawn has revealed that with good content and unique style just about anyone can crack his or her way in and establish a recognizable brand in the comedy sector of the entertainment industry.
The multi-talented content creator who has made various contents for Grace TV Africa, Galaxy Creative Network, Spot Puzzle and so many other brands too numerous to mention expressed this in a media parley on his upcoming event tagged: “Laughter and Love”.
Describing the event billed for the 13th of February as a vision to create a ‘get-away platform for couples and singles to unwind, the initiator of ‘Komedy Invaders’; an annual comedy show making waves in Nigeria and beyond stated that it is not easy to take a break from a brand that is already in the market to start afresh.
“I see comedy as a vehicle to drive home serious matters, which is the motivation behind Laughter and Love” event. It is not just about about the funfair like the other regular comedy shows, but a vision, more like a seminar, a candle-light dinner. Nigeria is so difficult that couples sometimes sleep on the same bed but not able to communicate.
“Laughter and Love came on its own as I was looking for other means complementary to the other parts of me. I noticed that couples have challenges that only advice cannot solve but seeing what other couples do will go a long way in helping their marital life. So I reasoned that it would be worthwhile to gather couples in a convivial atmosphere to laugh together, not forgetting the singles too. On the event day there will be singles hand-tag. This is because we want singles to meet and connect either for relationship or business”, Klawn explained.
Furthermore, Mc Klawn noted that unlike the current trend where people record videos and publish online to get people to laugh, Nigerian comedy show require a lot more for it be successful, hence, the ‘Laughter and Love’ event specifically designed for a purpose.
“There is nothing as refreshing as listening to a purpose-driven comedy show. It is very relaxing and healthy for the body. ‘Laughter and Love’ will carve itself as a niche in the Entertainment industry. We have lined up talented comedians and other entertainers who would make couples and singles alike laugh and connect with purpose”, he concluded.
Queen Wendy P; Redefining The Essence Beauty Pageants in Africa
By Kennedy Eberechi.
She comes across as a very modest, may be even plain – a plain beautiful woman. And then she begins to talk, and the plainness about her dissolves and you catch your breath at her eloquence, her depth, her talents and her vision.
The choice of George Peace Chinwendu as winner of the 2021 edition of Face of Success; an annual Beauty Pageant to help empower and promote young and upcoming ladies did not come as a surprise to many observers and stakeholders in the Africa’s entertainment industry.
Amongst the other contestants that participated in the pageant, the light-skinned trailblazer, who rode on the crest of the desire for the advancement, development and security of lives of the vulnerable was crowned Queen after biting other contestants in intellectual assessments and personality.
George Peace Wendy, as she is fondly called, is versatile, strong and persevering. Today, her antecedents and doggedness would always remind you that hard-work, determination and God’s grace are the key ingredients that have propelled her to being adjudged a testament of the ‘African Dream’.
Prior to becoming the Face of Success, the trailblazer, CEO of Wendy Enterprises and brand influencer has participated and won several pageants such as Heritage Queen Africa-Tourism2021, Queen of Aso Nigeria 2020, Most Beautiful Girl in Abuja Tourism 2019, Face of IMT 2015/2016, just to mention but a few.
Her success is underscored by her humanitarian landmarks and leadership attributes. Energetic and often working tirelessly, one cannot wonder how she manages to cope with her academics. Since becoming the Face of success, Queen Wendy P has continued to express her interest in advancing advocacy campaigns geared towards protecting and preserving the dignity of the Girl-Child through pro-activeness in initiating and partnering on a number of women’s and Girl-Child reproductive projects.
Queen Wendy noted this in an exclusive interview during when the focused, dynamic natural leader and excellent communicator laid emphasis on various focal areas, which include discriminations, exploitations, inequalities and violence in all forms.
Recognizing that being a beauty queen is not just a title but a sign of great responsibility; the Enugu state-born entrepreneur revealed that she will carry the crown with utmost dignity and will use the platform at her disposal to work towards widespread and availability of means, resources and opportunities in helping the GirlChild while not forgetting the BoyChild.
Continuing, the very assiduous and result oriented Wendy P, whose glittering innovations have been well laid by her unique pedigree asserted that she will initiate an organization through which she will, within the course of her reign and beyond create an enabling environment wherein the rights of women and other vulnerable groups are guaranteed.
“I will start up an organization through which I will be able to carry out several advocacy campaigns and outreach programmes to ameliorate the plight of women and the venerable, while developing consciousness of their dignity, especially the Girl-Child and BoyChild who are being raped or molested. I just want to uplift them because they are no different from others”, she explained.
Beyond this, Miss George is also upbeat about discovering and encouraging talented female youths in Nigeria and beyond to participate effectively in championing gender empowerment campaigns in Nigeria so as to underscore the disappointment of girls with the stewardship of our planet, the unabated violence directed against them and the slow pace of change in fulcrum issues like education.
Highlighting that the last 26 years “have shown what is needed to accelerate action for equality, the undergraduate of Business Administration believes that as cause for hope, growing support in tackling gender-bias barriers, a ‘driving will’ for an equal world for everyone regardless of class or gender across generations and countries is pertinent.
“We don’t have an equal world at the moment and women and girls are angry and concerned about the future. They are radically impatient for change. It’s an impatience that runs deep, and it has been brewing for years”, the beauty queen noted.
Again, Queen Wendy clearly expressed that The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, which has been described as the most progressive blueprint ever for advancing the rights of not only women but girls calls for a world where every girl and woman can realize all her rights, such as to live free from violence, to attend and complete school, to choose when and whom she marries, and to earn equal pay for equal work.
The Queen further explained: “In nearly 26 years, we have seen more girls move from dreaming to achieving. More girls today are attending and completing school, fewer are getting married or becoming mothers while still children and more are gaining the skills they need to excel in the future world of work.
Additionally, she informed that girls are breaking boundaries and barriers posed by stereotypes and exclusion, including those directed at children with disabilities and those living in marginalized communities.
“As entrepreneurs, innovators and initiators of global movements, girls are creating a world that is relevant for them and future generations. There is need therefore to create an enabling environment and opportunities for the socio-economic empowerment of women”, Queen Wendy added.
Another area of concern for Queen George Peace Chinwendu is the fact that despite these inherent attributes, women empowerment is still a burning issue in the polity. According to her, this is in recognition of the vast number of women with little or no education and skills to enable them support their livelihoods or to become active in the mainstream economy of the country.
For her; “when you invest in a girl’s education, there are vast social and economic benefits. Girls who are educated are less likely to become victims of violence and they are also less likely to become child brides and child mothers. Educated girls contribute to their country’s economic growth. The impacts are multi-generational, too. Women typically reinvest 90% or more of their income into their families”.
No doubt, the progress since the Beijing Declaration is remarkable, but Wendy still believes that girls around the world – especially those living in rural areas or humanitarian settings and those with disabilities – still need us to stand with them to achieve their full potential.
Giving her passion and enthusiasm so far, Queen George Wendy Peace is a big boost to improving the already strong dynamism and functionality in redefining the essence of Modelling and beauty pageants in Africa.
QUEEN GOSPEL: – A Matrix of Hard-work And Determination
By Kennedy Eberechi.
Celebrated as a hybrid cluster of talent and hardwork; Queen Abel Oziomachi U. Gospel; the reigning Miss Gorgeous Nigeria is a perfect example of the African youth who has broken free from imposed and self-imposed blockades.
Very assiduous, focused and result oriented, the model and event/TV presenter has for the past few years carved a niche for herself and her brand in the already over saturated fashion and beauty industry of Nigeria and beyond, and has overtime demonstrated her relevance and passion.
These she was able to demonstrate when The World Satellite Magazine encountered her not too long. During our chat with her, she took us on a voyage around the Industry as well as how she has been able to penetrate and sustained her brand for the past few years together with her unprecedented achievements.
You Recently Bagged An Ambassadorial Deal For Lora’s Secret Beauty And Skin Care; Briefly Reflect On This Together With Other Achievements Of Yours And What They Mean To You As A Person And To Your Career?
It is a source of pride and joy to me – pride in being recognized in the already oversaturated industry wherein as a model and a beauty Queen, I have won lots of Crowns. Prior to winning the 2020 edition of Miss Gorgeous Nigeria, I have participated and won several pageants including Nigeria Cultural Queen, Miss Starlet Africa, Miss Amity Nigeria Cultural Queen, Miss Starlet Africa culture, etc.
Beyond this I have bagged several awards and Ambassadorial deals, which the most recent is the Lora’s Secret Beauty And Skin Care Ambassador. More so, when it comes to being an Event/TV Presenter I’ve been opportuned to anchor lots of events including state events that have served as stepping stones to building and sustaining my career and developing my profile.
These antecedents and achievements have helped me to have a perfect understanding my strengths and weaknesses. Furthermore, they have helped in shaping my life into a better person and so, they mean so much to me and my career as I can cannot talk about my career without mentioning this achievements.
By and large, I thank God for his grace over these few years. My jobs speak for themselves; the later jobs are better than the former in that order and I keep enjoying the growth. Though, I am not where I am expecting to be, but I am not where I used to be. So far, its been great and I have more concepts and ideas to put out very soon.
Being In The Beauty And Fashion Industry Could Be Quite Challenging. How Have You Managed Them And What Are The Motivating Factors Behind This Your Passion?
Challenges are opportunities for you to rise above and to do what needs to be done. Penetrating and sustaining your brand in the Nigerian Beauty and Fashion Industry generally is really challenging but it has been God all the way.
The Entertainment industry in Nigeria is being threatened with several challenges which some of them are piracy, nonchalant/laissez-faire attitude and envy. Though the journey has not been easy, but I strive against all odds to deliver an excellent output on every engagement I am involved in.
When it comes to my strategy; confidence in myself and the ability to adapt to my environment, harken to corrections and learn to appreciate other people’s effort have combined to help me grow in the industry.
More so, for me, being a model and entertainer is inbuilt, as growing up as a child, I have being a lover of creativity, entertainment and fashion. Having the entertainment channel on Television as my favourite channel and my big sister as a great support have been a great motivation to me. The creative and entertainment industry in Nigeria has helped me into realizing and actualizing my talents, dreams and achieving great heights.
We could not agree more! Describing Queen Abel Oziomachi U. Gospel as an epitome of resilience, innovativeness and hardwork could be an overstatement. A humble, respectable, and passionate individual; she remains a role model and source of inspiration to young and aspiring entrepreneurs and models
NIGERIA TO THE WORLD:-A Soldier’s Story II Begins The In-Roads To Africa By A Major American Studio
By Kennedy Eberechi.
When in December, 2020, the Franchise owners; Martin Gbados of Mekdoss Productions and Frankie Ogar of Frankie Ogar Films released A Soldier’s Story II: Return from the Dead; the second part of a trilogy produced and directed by the duo respectively; movie pundits all over Africa and the media adjudged it to have surpassed any movie done out of Nollywood. Infact, its was described as the most anticipated movie of all times out of Nigeria.
As a testament of the commitment of the franchise owners in advancing and projecting Nollywood to the world, the American Based Hollywood Studios; Lions Gate have released the blockbuster Nollywood Action Movie “A Soldier’s Story 2- Return from the Dead”.
Hence, this sequel (A Soldier’s Story II) to the multi award winning movie (A Soldier’s Story), which emerged as the movie with the highest number of awards in 2016/2017 is now showing in America and Canada across major streaming platforms and PAY-TV like Apple iTunes, Google Play Movies, Vudu, Amazon Video, Microsoft Store, Comcast Xfinity, FandangoNOW, YouTube, Redbox, FlixFling, DIRECTV online and Apple TV.
According to a Press Release sighted, Lions Gate through their affiliate Strawberry Fields Entertainment believes that Nollywood have become a major player in the movie world and this deal only goes to confirm it.
Continuing, CEO of strawberry Fields entertainment noted that the company would also apart from distributing a soldier’s story 2 – Return from the Dead, will also fund the franchise of the next movie with budgets in the $5 million range.
According to the distribution agent, Strawberry fields is poised to make in-roads to Africa. “we are happy to begin this journey with such a powerful movie”
CEO of strawberry Fields entertainment says that the company would also apart from distribute a soldier’s story 2 – Return from the Dead, will also fund the franchise next movie with budgets in the $5 million range.
It would be recalled that this most successful blockbuster out of Nigeria has an unprecedented combination of Hollywood actors; Eric Roberts, John Vogel and Berit Glaser, and Nollywood actors including veterans such as Alex Usifo, Akin Lewis, Segun Arinze, with younger ones such as Linda Ejiofor, Somkele Iyamah-Idalamah, Michelle Dede, Daniel K. Daniel, Tope Tedela, Baaj Adeuble and Sambasa Nzeribe, in addition to Chris Attoh from Ghana and Vimbai Muthinri from Zimbabwe.
Furthermore, the production quality of the film marked a turning point for the Nigerian film industry. It was equally well positioned to earn both at the box office for entertainment and quality due to its strategic collaborations, and as such has surpassd any movie ever made in Nollywood.
On the post-production side, Mekdoss Productions and Frankie Ogar Films collaborated with Revolve Agency LA (which handled films like ‘X-Men’ and ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’) Moving Picture Company, Asia and Crater Studios Serbia.
On the strength of the film, it has stood out among other movies because of its complete adherence to international standards of movie production in terms of plot, setting, visual effects, colour correction amidst other procedures.
Set in two West African countries; Nigeria and a fictional country called The Watz Republic, the Movie, shot in Lagos with very international plots will take the audience on an adrenaline pumped emotional rollercoaster as it highlights the issues most of the world is slowly becoming familiar with, terrorism, emigration, rape, civil rights, international trade and relations.
As Ghraycee Joywills Broadens Her Profile…
By The World Satellite.
It is generally believed that Nigeria’s entertainment industry is over saturated and quite challenging. She may not be the regular face we see on TV, but spurred by passion and determination, Miss Grace Urama Omega; popularly known as Ghraycee Joywills is a testament of a persona who has broken free from imposed and self-imposed blockades that usually dragged behind, most individuals from achieving their dreams.
From a modest background where entertainment is seen as a waste of time and a sign of waywardness, Ghraycee; a creative and determined actress, model and entrepreneur hails from Ogbadibo LGA of Benue State in Nigeria and has a Bachelors degree in in Business Management from the Benue State University.
Very assiduous, focused and result oriented, Ghraycee started acting and modeling professionally in 2017 and has featured in several celebrated movies including the celebrated 4-top movies from Benue state, which includes Faded, Falsity, Tales in The Neighbourhood, Celebrity Husband, etc.
As a fashion/catalog model, she owns a brand called Joywills Fashion House. Additionally, she has modeled for several fashion brands and has had breath-taken poses for catalogues, Magazines and calendars that include pictures of archetypal just as she has hosted several high profile events/
A hardworking and innovative talent, Miss Joywills has overtime demonstrated her passion in supporting to develop self confidence in the young people and making them see the importance of skills acquisition before leaving school in addition to helping the less privileged attain a better life and education, which will set them on the right path to achieving their goals and dreams
Acknowledging the fact that glamour is not just about the funfair, the inventive and multi-talented Ghraycee has continued to use every opportunity at her disposal to develop a robust platform to engage stakeholders at promoting child’s education and championing charity campaigns as veritable ingredients for socio-economic development.
In a recent chat with The World Satellite Magazine, the meticulous Ghraycee noted that the advancement of child’s right and social security for the poor and the needy in the society such as ours is one that cannot be over-emphasized, and the bedrock for viable Human and Material Capacity Development. “If I am in the position to help or reach out and I fail to do that, I would forever be restless; education is Key”, she explained.
Furthermore, she revealed her desire and vision to establish a foundation through which together with NGOs and philanthropists she would reach out to people professionally. She also looks forward to modelling for brands
Finally, she called on the government at all levels to pay more attention to the Entertainment Industry in general so as to create the enabling opportunities and platforms for upcoming Artistes either by way of sponsorship or by opening support centres to offer training and upgrade according to individual talents.
ORGENDA COMFORT; Changing The Path of Nollywood Storytelling
Orgenda Dooshima Comfort; the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Same Minds Media Network has raised the bar in Nollywood Storytelling in Benue state of Nigeria and has changed the game with her second feature film production: “FADED”.
Shot in Makurdi, Benue state, FADED dealt on a very sensitive topic. It highlighted the alarming rate of drug abuse in the society among young people by telling a story that parents and young people can relate to while exposing some of the causes, dangers and solution to drug abuse.
FADED, which was written and produced by Orgenda Dooshima Comfort and directed by Sunny Okwori had the best selection of cast and crew in the Benue movie industry. It stared brilliant acts including the veteran Raph Obaje, Orgenda Dooshima Comfort, Mimi Ben, Edna Jones, Architect John Bosco Tyozenda, Enoch Bemshima Ortese, Grace Urama Omega and more.
When asked why she embarked on such a project in an exclusive interview, the filmmaker, actress and entrepreneur stated that she was compelled to produce the kind of movie she would want to be in.
“I had seen too much of a certain kind of movie here in Benue start and I wanted to go in a different direction. So it is safe to say the Movie received the recognition it got when it was premiered in November last year. This is because it was one of a kind in addition to the support of all the people involved in the production process,” she added.
Undoubtedly she made the difference as ‘FADED’ employed the use of brilliant camera work, excellent production, post-production and catchy scores to tell a very compelling story that has a little bit of everything: Action, Drama, Comedy and it thrills you to the very end.
Describing the movie industry of Benue State, the graduate of Benue State Polytechnic Ugbokolo, who has been in the movie industry for over five years explained that though the industry is fast-rising, the speed is not consistent due to some challenges.
“The industry is doing very well at the moment though we can still do better, and we can say there have been tremendous success considering where we are coming from as an industry”, Dooshima said.
Continuing, she highlighted the challenges facing the industry in her locality as poor reception from the people, explaining that due to cultural background, most parents see filmmaking as an indecent career in addition to lack of funds and sponsorship.
As a panacea, Miss Orgenda posited that creating awareness and sensitizing the people on what the industry truly represents through organizing seminars, talk shows and even doing movies to back up the claims would go a long way in building the industry. She also appealed to well-meaning citizens and political office holders for support and sponsorship.
Conclusively, the business manager and brand influencer revealed that Same Minds Media Network is currently working on a partnership with two different reputable media houses to showcase all the production company’s products and to sensitize the society on morals using film as a tool just as she added that they are also on a Pre-production stage for their next feature film.
Generally, down the lane in her career, Orgenda Dooshima Comfort has featured in several movies including ‘Angbian Wam’, ‘In Her World’, ‘Erdoo’, ‘Tales in the Neighbourhood’, ‘The Conned’, ‘Closed Book’, ‘Falsity’ (written and produced by her), ‘Faded’ (written and produced by her), etc.
A Toast To Kanye West, Who Is Now $6.6 Billion Rich
By William Ikhinosimhe Orbih.
I have not come here to praise money. I am here to praise Kanye Omari West, the richest black man in American history! He is certainly not the richest in black history. At least, he is not richer than Alico Dangote.
He is certainly not as rich as King Mansa Musa, who ruled over the Mali empire between the 13th and 14th centuries. His worth is estimated to have been 400 billion dollars. He was a devout Muslim, and it is said that his generosity with gold during his pilgrimage to Mecca around 1324 AD created a massive 10-year gold recession in Mecca and its environs.
I want to reiterate that I have not come here to praise money. I honestly don’t give a damn about money. I am not saying that I don’t like money. I am not Rotimi Ameachi; I like money very well ooo.
Wire me small money now and see if I will not thank you the way Prosper thanked Frank (Basket Mouth) in one of the episodes of MY FLATMATES. However, while I like money, I don’t give a damn about it. Wondering what the difference is? Let me explain.
I don’t give a damn about money because money is indeed a “tainted thing,” as Jesus would describe it in Luke 16:9. So much wisdom is needed to use it properly. Not many rich people have got this delicate wisdom required to use money well.
Much of what I see among rich people in Nigeria is the desperation to gather and gather and keep gathering money. How many houses and lands must you grab in Abuja before you build an estate for the poor, or at least lower the price of your rent so that poor people can afford a place to stay?
Many rich people in Nigeria do not care about the wise counsel of Jesus in Luke 12: 15: “an individual’s life is not made secure by what he owns, even when he has more than enough.” Many rich people in Nigeria have not learnt how to use their money to “buy” the real and lasting treasures of eternal life, as Jesus urges in Luke 16. For many Nigerian Christians, charitable giving is limited to enriching pastors.
I am not saying giving money to religious leaders is a bad thing. I am not so fresh, neither am I the daddy of fresh people. Rather, what I am saying is that it never occurs to many of us that Jesus was more particular about almsgiving to the poor than he was about putting money in the temple or giving it to temple functionaries.
I don’t give a damn about money because, like St Paul, “I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want” (Philippians 4: 12). Like M.I famously rapped: “Money slow to enter. Money quick to go. Where money dey go, I don’t know.” Precisely because I don’t know where money dey go, I don’t give a damn about it.
As I boast thus, I sorrowfully and shamefully recognize that there are millions of Nigerians who are too poor to not give a damn about money. Woe to me! Woe to all rich people too engrossed in endless gathering to care about the poverty all around them. Woe to the looters and public thieves of Nigeria!
Woe to politicians who continue to steal our common patrimony! As Proverbs 22:16 curses: “he who oppresses the poor to increase his own wealth or gives to the rich, will only come to want.” It may not be financial want. But what about the lack of simple peace of mind?
Now, while I don’t give a damn about money, I give a damn about the fact that Kanye has made tons of it. Yet I don’t love Kanye because of his billions. I love Kanye for two reasons: His music and his strong personality.
Living in a “cancel” culture we need many Kanyes to keep reminding us about the meaning of courage. Let’s quickly talk about JESUS WALKS, my greatest gospel rap song ever! I can connect with almost every syllable of the song.
First a warning. JESUS WALKS (go check it out) is not for the never-sinning, all-solemn, always holy, Christian. It is for the Christian, who like me, never quite measures up to the standard of Christianity.
I am the Christian who desperately needs God to show me the way because as Kanye says of himself, “The devil’s always trying to break me down.” I am the Christian whose feet are always failing him. Forget the fact that I wear the collar and parade around with people calling me FATHER, I struggle, I sin, I stumble—often.
I am the Christian who is sometimes too tired and disillusioned to pray because even when I do, it doesn’t always seem God is saying anything back. Above all, I am the Christian who always needs Jesus, the way, as Kanye points out, “school needs teachers.”
While the jury is still out as to whether we should call JESUS WALKS gospel or not, in 2019, Kanye released a rap gospel album—the one that recently won a Grammy. In that album, he praised Jesus, proclaimed him King, and defied much of America’s secular status quo.
In this JESUS IS KING album, he openly praised Chic-Fill-A for daring to keep up their tradition of closing for business on Sundays in a super-capitalist socio-context. However, much more than praise a franchise, Kanye proclaimed God as “his light in the darkness.” He thanked Jesus for saving him from insanity.
He talked about Christianity not being a religion but a revolution of true freedom, healing and salvation. Wow!!! All these fiery lines are to be found in GOD IS, the fourth song of the JESUS IS KING album. It is the song to watch out for—theologically speaking. I am a theologian; I kid you not!
JESUS IS KING is everything that Kanye represents. His uncommon courage. His brutal openness about his life and his views, even if they go against the grain. “Nothing worse than a hypocrite,” he raps in HANDS ON. Kanye West is no hypocrite. Kanye is also no perfect man.
He is at home with his imperfections, and thus he never accepts the “role model” tag Hollywood always desperately wants to heap on her celebrities. It is for all these reasons that he is so hated by HOLYWOOD. They call him crazy. They call him insane. He doesn’t give a damn. I love him for that.
Hollywood never gives him a chance. Can you imagine that the same Hollywood that literally worships money, did not even tweet a line of celebration for Kanye’s newly calculated $ 6.6 billion? I heard that that money is two times more than Jay-Z and P. Diddy’s net worth put together.
11 years ago, in DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER, Kanye rapped what has now come to pass. “It will take more than a magazine to kill Kanye’s vibe” (paraphrased). Magazine is an ammunition storage and feeding device for guns. It is also one of the place journalists spew half-truths and biases. Talk about the depth and poetry of rap. It is why I love the genre.
I must conclude with a disclaimer. I am not saying that I agree with everything that proceeds from the mouth of Kanye. I did not agree with him running in America’s presidential election last year, even though I secretly wished he won.
I certainly don’t agree with Kanye implying that Africans voluntarily chose to remain chained in the chords of slavery for 400 years. I only agree with him if what he meant was that slavery must never be reduced to ‘white people evil and guilty versus all black people good and innocent.’ That thinking is not just simplistic; it is wrong.
I am certainly not also happy that Kanye and Kim Kardashian are getting a divorce. I pray they reconsider. I heard Drake is already warming up to take over from where Kanye stopped. Can someone tell Don Jazzy to also warm up? It does not seem his dream with Rihanna will ever come to pass.
Besides that Rihanna too slim for our egbon na. Maybe Burna Boy now stands a better chance with both Kim and Rihanna. After all, he is now TWICE AS TALL, standing upon a plaque Kanye pissed on last year. I swear, no beef on my mind, no Mohican.
Forget The Grammys, Let’s Talk About ‘Crown Of Clay’
By William Ikhianosimhe Orbih.
I should have done a piece on the Grammys, except that I don’t care about that award—maybe until the day that I win it (year 2067; even though, I would have to first learn how to chant the parts of Mass).
I should have done a piece on the Grammys, except that I am beefing the organizing committee—whoever they are—for snubbing some of my favorite artists throughout history. Just think about some of your favorite artists who have never won a Grammy.
I am thinking aloud, you may want to think with me. Think about Tupac Shakur and his arch-nemesis Biggie. Despite how much they revolutionized hip hop with their beats, lyrics, beef, and deaths, Grammy evaded them.
I heard it took Tupac less than a single studio visit to compose and record some of his greatest hits. That man was a box of poetry. Think about Bob Marley and Diana Ross. Think about Nicki Minaj, all her talent—and all her shape.
Think about Abba Gold and your fondest Christmas memories. Think about 50 Cent, and his evergreen album, Get Rich or Die Trying. How come it did not win 7 Grammys, even with all those back-to-back hits?
Think about Nas, whose song, ETHER, humbled Jay-Z for an entire year. Only God knows how many times Jay-Z looked into the mirror wishing for thinner lips. His record 21 Grammys still does not erase the fact that Nas once murdered him.
The fact that Kanye literally pissed on the Grammy last year and won it this year, and as a gospel artist too, is a mystery and marvel. Well, for my love for eccentric Kanye and his JESUS WALKS (one of my best rap songs ever!) I give up some of my beef against the award choosers. His recent award ties him with Jay-Z on record 21.
I should have done a piece on the Grammy, except that I do not think it has much to contribute to the renaissance Africa desperately needs and which my pen is committed to. It is undoubtedly beneficial to the careers of winners: Africa giant, Whizzy, Queen Tiwa, Femi Kuti. I am happy for them.
I am also happy that some of the songs being celebrated have rich pro-African themes. BROWN SKIN GIRL, for instance, is an eternal classic, celebrating the perfection of the black/brown African skin.
Also, no doubt, these winners have put Nigeria on the global (maybe American) map. These are things worth pointing out and celebrating. But there is no necessary correlation between these and Africa’s renaissance.
For Africa to be reborn, she must learn to seek and place self-validation over external validation. Nigerian artiste X winning over Nigerian artiste Y does not necessarily mean that X is better than Y. Often, it simply means that to some unnamed white ear, X sounds closer to the so-called “art ideal” of the white ear than Y. Do you get the point I am making? No further comment on this.
Beyond these reasons above and the fact that I spent the weekend grading 32 papers, each averaging about 1300 words (I am a Teaching Assistant to one of the most meticulous and compassionate Professors ever), I did not get to think of the 63rd Grammy because something else caught my attention during the weekend. I am talking about CROWN OF CLAY, Vector’s new rap song featuring Mr. Incredible himself, M.I.
Just so you all know, M.I is my favorite Nigerian rapper. No other rapper comes close—maybe Olamide, Phyno, and Falz the Bahd Guy. And just so you all also know M.I and Vector have been beefing, and M.I literally destroyed Vector’s past, present and future in his last year’s diss track VIPER. I am surprised that Vector is still alive and breathing (Biaaaaassss).
It is obvious that they have put their beef behind them for a more honorable cause, that of calling forth Africa’s renaissance in their own little way. In my humble opinion, CROWN OF CLAY should replace the school anthem of all Secondary schools across Africa for the next one month or until the message sink into every young Africa mind. There should be some editing though; some of the contents are not so decent for young impressionable minds.
Ignoring those needless additions, Let’s talk about some golden lines, first from Vector’s verse and afterward, from King M.I. Vector rapped: “I am Africa and blessed.” To be Africa is to be blessed. Right now, I am ashamed of the geographical expression called Nigeria, but not of my Africanness. I am from a bloodline of Black Kings and Queens. I am proud of my African heritage.
Now to M.I. It is so special that his verse is dedicated to Africa’s “black queens who birthed black dreams from their black hips and covered us with black wings.” M.I also informs us that the ancestors are starting to speak more loudly. What are our ancestors telling us? “We are all sinners, but God was in us before they sent us on slave ships.”
This needs reiteration. There was God in Africa before the advent of Christianity and Islam. Igbos have Chukwu, Yorubas have Olorun, Etsako people have Osinegba (the transcendent one). All different names for the one true God.
Logically speaking, there can be only one true God. We may name him differently. Many may worship “wrongly.” Yet it is the one true God we all hope or attempt to worship. For M.I, “this means that our village is our holy ground. Our traditions and our names they all are holy sounds. The wealth [including our sacred traditions] that was in our continent was stolen up.”
M.I did not leave without some brutal questions. Who the hell is Mungo Park? Some white-supremacist shit told us that he discovered the source of River Niger. How??? River wey our ancestors been dey fetch water from?
We desperately need to reconsider, or at least, edit the history textbooks used in our Secondary Schools. We need to replace Mungo Park heroics with those of the likes of Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, Jaja of Opobo, Ewuare the Great.
Finally, the chorus from Pheelz: “nothing shakes the strength of a black man [and woman].” This is so true. If black strength was not solid, slavery, colonialism, and neocolonialism would have completely crushed it by now.
Yet through all these, we Africans remain Twice as Tall. Of course, this is my shy way of saying congrats to #burnaboy aka OluwaBurna—Nigeria’s biggest winner at the recent award. I no dey beef am. As M.I will put it, “no beef on my mind or mohican”
As Talent Hunt With SoSo B gets Bigger and Better…
By The World Satellite.
As part of its drive to continue to engage, showcase and reward young creative people in Nigeria, SoSo B Empire; a General Contracts, Entertainment, Publicist and Image Management Company has kicked off auditions for the second edition of Talent Hunt With SoSo B.
Speaking with the CEO; Queen Sonia Christopher, she revealed that the mission of the company, which is to support and enhance projects, programs, and activities for creative talents in our country and to provide an appropriate, competitive forum for the displaying of their talents gave rise to the talent hunt with SoSo B
Also, she noted that after the success of the first edition, the company decided to make it a yearly event so as to continue on the strength of the company’s dedication d to the development of youths with creative talents.
“Talent Hunt with SoSo B as a talent show platform goes beyond helping creative and talented youths showcase their talents to providing financial support in collaboration with other organizations to advance their talents. The star prize to be won has been moved from Two Hundred Thousand Naira to Five Hundred Thousand Naira, inclusive of a house in Abuja.
“Our talent hunt is built on the understanding that creative minds are the catalysts to national development thus the need to create such a platform whose mandate amongst others is to build confidence, inspire hope, empower and groom talented youths into agents of social and economic change.
“Auditions have already started with Delta State, which will continue this weekend in Abuja and subsequently we will go to Lagos. There is also provision for online auditions on the 27th and 28th of this month”, the Ex-Beauty Queen explained.
Furthermore, the former Miss Ebony, Face of TM Africa and Miss Glamour Nigeria International hinted that the contest is not just about funfair but a platform aimed at discovering and nurturing creative talents to stardom, which also helps to provide a unique platform that celebrates and showcases our rich cultural heritage.
As a basic requirement, according to her, contestants that will be selected from all parts of the country will be performing their talents across any field, from music and dance to comedy, poetry and much more at the show, which seeks to groom creative talents and provide a lifetime opportunity to turn their dreams and aspirations into reality.
5 Fun Facts You Need To Know About ‘A Soldier’s Story II’
By Precious ‘Mamazeus’ Nwogu.
Here are five exciting facts you may have missed from the recently premiered Frankie Ogar’s directed film.
Frankie Ogar’s anticipated feature film; ‘A Soldier’s Story II: Return from the Dead’ premiered to impressive reviews on December 11, 2020.
The star-studded sequel to the multiple award-winning 2015 film of the same title continues the story of post war violence in the fictional Watz Republic. The story also systematically explores political themes and interestingly the role foreign interventions play in African crisis.
If ‘A Soldier’s Story II’ is on your watch-list this weekend, here are five fun facts you definitely need to check out:
1. The Movie Stars Eric Roberts; Julia Roberts; Older Brother:
A Soldier’s Story II boasts of a fine list of Nollywood and Hollywood Stars, including Osacr nominee Eric Roberts. Roberts who is interestingly the older brother to actress Julia Roberts takes on a supporting role in the Movie alongside Hollywood actor and actress; John J. Vogul and Berit Glaser
While ‘A Soldier’s Story isn’t Roberts’ first Nollywood feature, the actor had to visit Nigeria for the first time to shoot his scenes
2. Watz Republic Was Shot In Nigeria:
In case you are wondering where the fictional Watz Republic was shot, here is your answer. The scenes depicting the infamous African country were all shot in Lagos, Nigeria.
3. The Landmark Locations Like Lekki Toll Gate and The Third Mainland Bridge Where Shut Down for Hours to Shoot the Film:
When you finally catch ‘A Soldier’s Story II’ in cinemas, you’ll find it hard to miss some Lagos landmark locations featured in the film. Interestingly, the Lekki toll gate and the third mainland bridge had to be shut down for hours while filming was ongoing.
4. All Actors Performed Their Stunts:
‘A Soldier’s Story II’ had no need for stunt doubles as the actors were perfectly fine and fit enough to pull up some major moves in the film. The most memorable, as you will find out, is Sambasa Nzeribe flying over a moving car.
5. The Movie Had Over 100 People on The Location Set:
It literally took a village to make ‘A Soldier’s Story II’. According to its makers, the film’s location had over a hundred people most of which were cast and crew.
‘A Soldier’s Story II’ is currently showing in cinemas across the country.
Source: Pulse Nigeria
AFTERMATH OF MCA 2020: Promise Nicholas Lays Emphasis on Various Focal Areas
Queen Promise Nicholas Ekarika; the 6th CHARITY AMBASSADOR TOURISM QUEEN for the Miss Charity Ambassador 2020 Pageant has expressed her interest in advancing advocacy campaigns geared towards protecting and preserving the dignity of the Girl-Child through pro-activeness in initiating and partnering on a number of women’s and Girl-Child reproductive projects.
Queen Promise noted this while speaking exclusively with The World Satellite Magazine on the sidelines of the 2020 edition of the Miss Charity Ambassador pageant, which held over the weekend at the Sheraton Hotels, Abuja during when the focused, dynamic natural leader and excellent communicator laid emphasis on various focal areas, which include discriminations, exploitations, inequalities and violence in all forms.
Recognizing that the MCA crown is not just a pageantry title but a sign of great responsibility; the Akwa Ibom State-born beauty queen revealed: “I will carry the crown with utmost dignity and will use this platform to work towards widespread and availability of means, resources and opportunities in helping the GirlChild while not forgetting the BoyChild.”
Continuing, the very assiduous and result oriented Promise, who won The People’s Choice Award and a one year contract with the IBK Fashion Home at the Pageant asserted that she will initiate an organization through which she will, within the course of her reign and beyond create an enabling environment wherein the rights of women and other vulnerable groups are guaranteed.
“I will start up an organization through which I will be able to carry out several advocacy campaigns and outreach programmes to ameliorate the plight of women and the venerable, while developing consciousness of their dignity, especially the Girl-Child and BoyChild who are being raped or molested. I just want to uplift them because they are no different from others”, she explained.
Beyond this, Miss Nicholas is also upbeat about discovering and encouraging talented female youths in Nigeria and beyond to participate effectively in championing gender empowerment campaigns in Nigeria to underscore the disappointment of girls with the stewardship of our planet, the unabated violence directed against them and the slow pace of change in fulcrum issues like education.
Highlighting that the last 25 years “have shown what is needed to accelerate action for equality, the 22 year old ‘Lawyer in equity’ believes that as cause for hope, growing support in tackling gender-bias barriers, a ‘driving will’ for an equal world for everyone regardless of class or gender across generations and countries is pertinent.
“We don’t have an equal world at the moment and women and girls are angry and concerned about the future. They are radically impatient for change. It’s an impatience that runs deep, and it has been brewing for years”, the beauty queen noted.
Again, Queen Promise clearly expressed that The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, which has been described as the most progressive blueprint ever for advancing the rights of not only women but girls calls for a world where every girl and woman can realize all her rights, such as to live free from violence, to attend and complete school, to choose when and whom she marries, and to earn equal pay for equal work.
The Queen further explained: “In nearly 25 years, we have seen more girls move from dreaming to achieving. More girls today are attending and completing school, fewer are getting married or becoming mothers while still children and more are gaining the skills they need to excel in the future world of work.
Additionally, she informed that girls are breaking boundaries and barriers posed by stereotypes and exclusion, including those directed at children with disabilities and those living in marginalized communities.
“As entrepreneurs, innovators and initiators of global movements, girls are creating a world that is relevant for them and future generations. There is need therefore to create an enabling environment and opportunities for the socio-economic empowerment of women”, Queen Nicholas added.
Another area of concern for Queen Promise Nicholas Ekarika is the fact that despite these inherent attributes, women empowerment is still a burning issue in the polity. According to her, this is in recognition of the vast number of women with little or no education and skills to enable them support their livelihoods or to become active in the mainstream economy of the country.
For her; “when you invest in a girl’s education, there are vast social and economic benefits. Girls who are educated are less likely to become victims of violence and they are also less likely to become child brides and child mothers. Educated girls contribute to their country’s economic growth. The impacts are multi-generational, too. Women typically reinvest 90% or more of their income into their families”.
No doubt, the progress since the Beijing Declaration is remarkable, but Promise still believes that girls around the world – especially those living in rural areas or humanitarian settings and those with disabilities – still need us to stand with them to achieve their full potential.
A SOLDIER’S STORY 2: The Most Anticipated Blockbuster Out of Nigeria 2020
By Kennedy Eberechi.
There are several factors that can create anticipation leading up to the releases of certain movies. Often, it’s the sequels (and sometimes prequels) to wildly popular films that get people excited, though adaptations of bestselling novels and comic books have been awaited with almost equal degrees of enthusiasm, especially in the last couple of decades.
A variety of other contributors exist, such as a movie’s growing controversy, behind-the-scenes buzz (both positive and negative), or sometimes simply the star power of an actor, producer and director.
Incidentally, since the release of a teaser from the Movie; A Soldier’s Story 2: Return from the Dead; the second part of a trilogy, (like Bourne Identity, each one with a life of its own but with the same cast and sequence), the movie pundits all over the world and the media have been upbeat and are already counting down the days to December when it will be officially premiered.
When in 2015, the Franchise owners; Martin Gbados of Mekdoss Productions and Frankie Ogar of Frankie Ogar Films who also produced and directed the movie respectively released the first part, it was widely adjudged the most successful movie out of Nollywood, having the highest number of awards in 2016 including two AMVCA, two AMAA, two NEA, three BON and Best Nigerian Movie at the Abuja International Film Festival, just to mention but a few.
Additionally, the movie provided the platform for stardom to most of the cast members whose career has been on the rise since they featured in the movie. Hence, the much buzz and frenzy over the sequel.
Again, what makes this Movie the most anticipated blockbuster out of Nigeria is the unprecedented combination of Hollywood actors; Eric Roberts, John Vogel and Berit Glaser, and Nollywood actors including veterans such as Alex Usifo, Akin Lewis, Segun Arinze, with younger ones such as Linda Ejiofor, Somkele Iyamah-Idalamah, Michelle Dede, Daniel K. Daniel, Tope Tedela, Baaj Adeuble and Sambasa Nzeribe, in addition to Chris Attoh from Ghana and Vimbai Muthinri from Zimbabwe.
Furthermore, the production quality of the film marks a turning point for the Nigerian film industry. It is equally well positioned to earn both at the box office for entertainment and quality due to its strategic collaborations, and as such, will surpass any movie ever made in Nollywood.
On the post-production side, Mekdoss Productions and Frankie Ogar Films collaborated with Revolve Agency LA (which handled films like ‘X-Men’ and ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’) Moving Picture Company, Asia and Crater Studios Serbia.
On the strength of the film, it stands out among other movies because of its complete adherence to international standards of movie production in terms of plot, setting, visual effects, colour correction amidst other procedures.
Set in two West African countries; Nigeria and a fictional country called The Watz Republic, the Movie, shot in Lagos highlighted major socio-economic issues such as, insurgency, terrorism, women’s rights, emigration and more, which the world is currently tackling on a global scale, while telling a compelling story of love, hope and survival in the face of corruption.
I Have Always Dreamt of Making An Impact in Life; – Stella Okorie
By Mr. Slim.
From a modest background in Bende Local Government Area of Abia State, Nigeria, Stella Okorie, the 3rd child of a Christian home with six children, developed her love and passion for the Modeling Industry while still in primary school. Then, she used to participate in fashion parades and cultural day kit up.
In an interview, the Nigerian beauty queen remarked: “I loved the way I fashioned out any style of material that I was given and by that I decided that modeling and the spotlight is indeed my calling”.
Growing up, Stella Okorie has always had a soft spot for the needy and the cravings for an impactful life. Revealing her passion to contribute to making the nation a better place, Miss Okorie noted:
“If she were to be crowned Miss Nigeria or Miss World she would spend some of the money in building a foundation that would aid train and assist the less privileged to raise their standards so that one day they may help others as well, she added that she believes that with such a cycle, the nation would be a better place “I believe with such a cycle the nation would be a better place”.
Five years from now Stella Okorie sees herself scaling greater heights and in a different position in life, which is very different from where she is currently. She wants to make a lot of changes and impact; she wants to be the voice of the voiceless as well as a super star, powerful and prolific woman.
Encouraging ladies who wants to venture into the modeling world never give up on their dreams; she noted thatthey should strive to conquer and never fear failure.
“In fact they should embrace it by avoiding bad energy and negative minded people because tough times don’t last but tough people do. More so, they should work hard towards achieving their goals.
NICK B; Set To Ensure Full Participation of Persons With Disabilities in The Entertainment Industry
By The World Satellite.
Over the years in Nigeria, we have had series of Reality Shows which produced stars like KCEE, Chidinma, Iyanya and many others but the opportunity has always eluded young people with disabilities due to the marginalization they face in many forms in the entertainment industry, their gifts/talents have not been considered in order to harness more talents in the likes of Cohbams Asuquo, Crazy legs, Yinka Ayefele and Kenny Blind.
Recognizing the need to give equal opportunity to persons with disabilities, Ace Abuja entertainer; Nicholas Bibiem, popularly known as Nick B has concluded plans to hold a talent hunt, tagged: AID TALENT HUNT- The first Nigerian Reality TV Show packaged exclusively for persons with disabilities to harness their potentials and talents in the Entertainment industry.
In a press statement, signed personally by him, NICK B; the Project Director for the Talent Hunt revealed that the AID (Ability in Disability) is aimed at boosting the self-esteem and independence of People with Disabilities so as to ensure their full participation in the entertainment industry, thereby creating a world of endless possibilities, with the desire to empower them with skills necessary to be included in Entertainment sector.
“It will be a great sight to behold a young man with physical disability crack ribs or sing in a melodious voice, a blind dance so good, a deaf who can act or sing a popular song with sign language of lyrics you know he has never heard. There are many talented persons with disabilities waiting to take the world by storm but their hopes and dreams are always dashed before they are even conceived”, Nick B explained.
Continuing, Nick B, who is also the Executive Director of Miss Health International Foundation and the CEO of Bibiem Entertainment noted: “I am elated that God is about to answer the pray of many of us young people with disabilities who have been so good in one art or the other but we have limited opportunity.
“We are always faced with several challenges ranging from inaccessibility of public buildings and rejections even when we succeed in meeting producers or show promoters. Therefore, the Miss Health International Foundation has packaged The AID TALENT HUNT to give youths with disabilities a sense of belonging, an opportunity for them to show the world that they too could become super stars.
While stating that The AID (Ability in Disability) Talent Hunt is specifically designed to discover, develop and promote Talents inherent person with disabilities, Nick B expressed no doubts that it will also enhance the overall skills needed to compete favourably with others in the entertainment industry. “This talent hunt is historic as it will help to bring talented persons with disabilities to the limelight and build self-esteem which we are lacking in our quest of becoming super stars.
“It will be glorious seeing 50 contestants with disabilities being groomed and trained in an in-house camping for 13weeks to become amazing entertainers. The lives of the 50 contestants will never be the same because the popularities and exposure will be the tonic they need to excel in the entertainment world.
“Therefore, singers, dancers, comedians, artists, actors and poetics with disabilities, it is your time to show the world. This is because if you remove the ‘DIS’ in ‘DISABILITY’, it is ‘ABILITY”, he enthused.
By Kennedy Eberechi.
She comes across as a very modest, may be even plain – a plain beautiful lady. And then she begins to talk and the plainness about her dissolves and you catch your breath at her eloquence, her depth, her vision. Her name is Olivia Obini Ayomide Martins; the reigning Abia Next Top Model, who has been active in the Nigerian Beauty Industry for over five years.
At a time when modesty and value orientation are needed to recognize the enormous potentials in the Modeling Industry, it has become necessary for this Beauty Queen and Catalogue Model’s credentials to be laid bare.
Spurred by passion and determination, Queen Olivia Martins is a seasoned Beauty Queen and a Catalogue Model, who has risen from the ashes of sexual abuse and has positioned herself as a force to be reckoned with in the modeling industry, breaking free from imposed and self-imposed blockades that usually dragged behind, most individual youths from achieving their dreams.
From a humble background, Queen Olivia Martins, who hails from Delta State, was born in Aba Abia State, Nigeria and has in view a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Health Technology from the Abia State College of Health Management and Technology.
Very assiduous, focused and result oriented, Queen Olivia has overtime demonstrated her passion to seek a platform to be a voice for the voiceless, hope of the hopeless and to engage government and stakeholders towards putting smile of the faces of the indigent and the vulnerable in the society.
This passion became more profound when she contested and won the first ever edition of the Abia Next Top Model beauty Pageant in 2017. Since being crowned the Abia Next Top Model; a crown she still wears till date owing to her great efforts towards the Brand, the prolific Catalogue Model has had deals of breath-taken poses for catalogues, Magazines and calendars that include pictures of archetypal.
Miss Martins, who enjoys posing and giving different types of looks to the camera, has over the years garnered several awards. Perhaps significant among them are: The Beauty Queen of the Year, Top Model of the Year, Humanitarian Queen of the Year, Charitable Queen of the year, etc. More so, she has featured in several glossy magazines such as L’omo Magazine, FOURWALL Magazine, Tresh Magazine and many others too numerous to mention.
Recently, the Dark-Skinned beauty Queen bagged an endorsement deal with the brand, St. Rayzenah Luxury; a clothing brand in Nigeria and the United States of America which deals more with African fabrics.
In an exclusive media chat, Miss Martins revealed that within few weeks of working with them, it has been awesome and of worth, which according to her aligns with the type of modeling she does and with the few weeks of working with them, it’s been awesome and worth it.
Believing that every woman; young and old desire the look of a super model without having to hid behind masks and layers of foundation powder, the hardworking and innovative beauty queen revealed that she has concluded plans to unveil her Skin-care brand known as Livia’s Skin-Care and Spa, built on honesty.
“African women have long been getting it wrong with artificial facial cosmetics and as a result, facial disorders are becoming a normal part of our beautiful black skin. It’s time for us to consider the use of natural products because of the safety they offer our skin so that, even when we try them out, we have nothing to loose.
“In the bid to get the best facial look, we have done ourselves more harm than good by diverting our attention from enhancing our skin to hiding facial defects caused by artificial cosmetics. Quite a number of the ladies simply make haste to buy creams they feel suit the skin of another, judging the efficacy of a cream on its price tag without realizing that a pricey jar of cream doesn’t necessarily give beautiful complexion. Smooth shining skin is not only a sign of good health but good grooming, which can be totally and safely achieved by going the natural way”, she explained.
Acknowledging the fact that the modeling industry is not just about the funfair of crowning beauty queens and posing in front of the camera, the inventive and multi-talented Olivia has continued to develop a robust platform to engage stakeholders at promoting child’s education and championing charity campaigns as veritable ingredients for socio-economic development.
Specifically, preaching against Sexual Abuse and advocating for the less privileged to attain a better life and education that will set them on the right path to achieving their goals and dreams, are some of the issues that fire her up.
Giving her passion and enthusiasm so far, it cannot be gainsaid nor overemphasized that Queen Olivia Martins is a big boost to improving the already strong dynamism and functionality in redefining the essence of the Nigerian Modeling Industry.
*Kennedy Eberechi is a Publicist; he heads Ken-Gbados Concepts Limited, and writes from Abuja, Nigeria. (07064715591, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Cultural Diversity In Nigeria Should Be Seen As An Asset Not A Burden – Queen Sarah Akaazua
By The World Satellite.
Queen Sarah Akaazua; the current holder of the Queen of Aso-Culture has continued to take more proactive steps in demonstrating her commitments to galvanizing the interest of the youths and strategically re-channel them to national pursuits that will culminate in development and cultural recovery in a bid to address the burning issue of segregation and fundamentalism. This was evident in an exclusive media chat with The World Satellite Magazine on Monday in Abuja on the occasion of her birthday.
Queen Sarah who spoke passionately on the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16, which comprises of Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions, noted the complementarities between culture and peace. “To build peace that leads to development, it is necessary to have mutual understanding and tolerance between cultures. If people accept cultural diversity and understand cultures other than their own, it will contribute to the prevention of conflict, building of peace and development. Hence, cultural diversity in Nigeria should be seen as an asset rather than a burden,” Miss Akaazua said.
Continuing, the Benue-born beauty queen observed that with an estimated population of about 130 million and over 250 ethnic nationalities, Nigeria ranks the most populous country in black Africa. Accordingly the important part of human rights and sustainable peace is cultural diversity. “The emergence of differing culture and maintenance of cultural diversity has raised the possibility of the human race to adapt to environmental change in the future.
“In order for culture itself to retain its creativity and vitality, the existence of other cultures is a must. New ideas are born from other cultures, and the source of cultural creativity lies within constant encounters between different cultures,” she added.
Furthermore, while noting the strategic importance of her position especially now that the country is undergoing series of orchestrated violence, the passion-driven entrepreneur revealed use her platform as a Cultural Ambassador to galvanize a large army of Nigerian youths to reflect on the need for peace and cultural recovery as a path way to economic and sustainable development.
“The moment the youths of Nigeria are sufficiently educated about the essence of and the philosophy behind Nigeria’s rich cultural diversity, it is easier for the different segments of the complexity that Nigeria is, to now unify and decide to live in peace, harmony, equality and respect for equity, social justice and practice democracy the way it should be.”
Conclusively, she reminded the government that one of the fundamental objectives of state policy is to promote our cultural values. According to her, to promote cultural values one has to create the enabling environment for the proper promotions of the different cultural activities that we find Nigeria.
Queen Sarah Benz; Set to Galvanize the Interest of the Youths Towards Cultural Recovery
By The World Satellite.
Identified as the future of the African Pageantry, Miss Sarah Akaazua, popularly known as Sarah Benz is a manifestation of a hybrid cultural upbringing which has directly influenced her emergence as the 2020/2021 Queen of Aso – Culture.
It was all fun as the former Queen of Benue Tourism; Sarah Benz emerged the Queen of Aso – Culture in the just concluded virtual edition of the Queen of Aso Nigeria beauty pageant 2020 in Abuja; a prestigious pageant aimed at promoting the rich culture and heritage of Nigeria and the society at large.
Speaking on her recent emergence as Queen of Aso – Culture in a chat with The Word Satellite Magazine, the light-skinned Benue-born beauty queen who expressed her delight in the crown posited that she would use the platform to advocate for the mutual understanding and tolerance between cultures especially in the Capital city of Abuja.
“To build peace that leads to development, it is necessary to have mutual understanding and tolerance between cultures. If people accept cultural diversity and understand cultures other than their own, it will contribute to the prevention of conflict, building of peace and development. Hence, cultural diversity in Nigeria should be seen as an asset rather than a burden,” Queen Sarah explained.
Also, Queen Sarah; an entrepreneur who manufactures organic soap, pink lip balm and glow oil for all skin types expressed that the cultural richness, grace, dedication, leadership and strength exemplified by the organizers of the pageant will inspire her to not just see the pageant as a funfair of crowning beauty queens, but to use her voice, passion and position to Galvanize the interest of the youths and strategically re-channel them to national pursuits that will culminate in development and cultural recovery.
While revealing that she would make use of the media of mass communication as instruments of social mobilization and enlightenment to be able to galvanize a large army of Nigerian youths, she opined: “the moment the youths of Nigeria are sufficiently educated about the essence of and the philosophy behind Nigeria’s rich cultural diversity, it is easier for the different segments of the complexity that Nigeria is, to now unify and decide to live in peace, harmony, equality and respect for equity, social justice and practice democracy the way it should be.
Furthermore, Queen Sarah was convinced that her role as the Queen of Aso – Culture will enable her to shine the spotlight on Nigeria and beyond, tell her story, inspire others and most importantly serve humanity.
She concluded by asserting that one of the fundamental objectives of state policy is to promote our cultural values. According to her, to promote cultural values one has to create the enabling environment for the proper promotions of the different cultural activities that we find Nigeria.
I Would Love To Kiss Ini Edo in a Movie; – Emmy Williams
By The World Satellite.
The honourary award recipient of The Best Actor of the Year in Kogi State; Mr. Ade Emmanuel Ibikunle, better known as Emmy Williams has expressed his desire to be featured alongside Nollywood’s ‘A’ List Actress; Ini Edo in a romantic movie, which will afford him the opportunity to lock lips with the veteran actress.
Emmy Williams, who recently received his call-up letter to take part in the season two of NEXT SUPERSTAR REALITY TV SHOW, which will take place for a continuous period of 40 days after the ongoing Big Brother Naija Reality Tv Showrevealed this in an exclusive media chat with The World Satellite Magazine.
While noting that the core objective of the reality show is to give entertainers and talented youths a platform where they could be seen by the world in a greater light, the Ondo-born Actor, who resides in Enugu State, Nigeria noted his excitement in being accepted to take part in the season 2 of the Reality Show, adding that it will provide him with the veritable platform to broaden his base of appreciative fans and take his career to a greater level.
“Receiving that confirmation letter stirred up the drive and passion to succeed in me; I was not only excited about it, I also saw it as a proof that I am ready to take my entertainment career to the next level”, Emmy stated.
Generally, Emmy Wiiliams; a Bachelor Degree holder in Microbiology from the University of Benin started his acting career at the age of 7 from the creeks of Warri, Delta State where he grew up. In spite of being told by a Producer in 2016 that he is not fit to be an actor, he continued pressing forward and got his first role in 2017 from the NTA/JEP soap opera, ‘100 Ways to Win a Husband’, where he played the character ‘Old dog’
During his NYSC in Kogi State in 2018, Emmy featured in a Movie wherein he played the role of a security guard. Highlighting on the challenges confronting upcoming actors, Emmy Williams stated: “It’s very difficult to get the desired “lead roles” every actor craves for. Sometimes you’ve got to lay low and learn from each character. I once played the role of a palace guard in a movie, but I didn’t see myself as a palace guard; I saw it as an opportunity to learn as every role has a lesson attached to it. So, what I simply do is take every challenge as an avenue for learning”.
Very assiduous, focused and result-oriented, he got his first Lead role in the short film “Insecure”. His role in the movie brought him to the limelight and in 2019 he secured a sub lead role in the Northern movie ‘Love and Poverty’ wherein his role as ‘Salim’ received positive praise from pundits.
A member of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, known for his astute interpretation of roles and characters, which has earned him more praise from his fans and colleagues; Emmy Williams has won several awards which includes the Conquest as ‘Radiodurans Mr Macho’ in 2017. He was the ‘Face of La Pregunta’ in 2019, and he is a recipient of an honorary award from Kogi state as “Actor of the year”.
Given his enthusiasm and achievements so far, it is believed that the inclusion of Mr. Emmy Williams in the season two of the Next Superstar TV Reality show will be a big boost to improving the already strong dynamism of the Reality show and the Entertainment industry at large.
I Look Forward To Doing A Song Collaboration With Davido Soon; – Says Lyrically Cossy
By Kennedy Eberechi.
Those who argue that there is future for the Nigerian Music Industry can and indeed proudly point at Jim Terver Kpindi, popularly known as Lyrically Cossy as a perfect example of a persona, who has broken free from imposed and self-imposed blockades that usually dragged behind, most individuals from achieving their dreams.
A focused, dedicated and unique singer, songwriter and a performer, whose sound is full of Afro-Pop; Lyrically Cossy has over the years demonstrated his quest to being Nigeria’s fastest rising Music Maestro and Entertainer. His life, talents and visions have been characterized by innovations and ingenuities.
When in 2017, he dropped the single (Loving your Way), we thought like every other upcoming artiste that we have seen the best of him; but that was only paved the way for a more productive career ahead of him.
With his sensual free and smooth voice, which flows like a melancholy breeze, he has gone ahead to record an Ep of 6 tracks, with a video of one of the tracks (Na-Wetin) already making waves. This year, he has already dropped 3 singles, with Come Closer as the most recent.
In a recent chat with the World Satellite Magazine, the graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management revealed his desire to do song collaboration with DAVIDO, who has influenced him and his musical career greatly.
“I look forward to collaborating with DAVIDO; the biggest artiste in Africa. I love him so much because he motivates me and his hard work and passion really moves my blood. People like him can never fade in the industry, except he decides to call it quit with music. So I look forward to collaborating with him soon very soon”, Cossy stated.
While highlighting finance and connection as the major challenges confronting upcoming artistes in the industry, Cossy noted that being passion-driven is the foundation for success in the Music Industry especially for the upcoming ones.
“If you are not being driven by that zeal and passion you cannot do music lyrically, financially and otherwise. With this zeal and passion, coupled with the grace of God, I have gotten used to the stage and the MIC. Nevertheless, I still see myself as learner because I have not gotten to that very point of a full blown artiste.” Cossy explained.
Continuing, Cossy who will be dropping another single titled “YOU” very soon informed that since going professional in 2017, he has seen a whole lot of upgrade and massive change in his career through his singles. According to him, this is because he makes sure any single he does, is an improvement on the last one, which has broaden his base of appreciative and passionate fans.
Furthermore, he called on the government to pay more attention to the Entertainment Industry in general so as to create the enabling opportunities and platforms for upcoming Artistes either by way of sponsorship or by opening support centres to offer training and upgrade according to individual talents.
‘A Soldier’s Story – Return From The Dead’; An Unprecedented Blend of Nollywood And Hollywood
By Kennedy Eberechi.
Few months to the premiere of the Movie; A Soldier’s Story – Return From The Dead, the movie world and the media have been upbeat about the Movie. The Movie, due to be released in December this year, is the second part of a trilogy, (like Bourne Identity, each one with a life of its own but with the same cast and sequence), Produced by Martin Gbados, written and directed by Frankie Ogar.
Recall that that the first part of the Trilogy; A Soldier’s Story, which was released in 2015, was widely adjudged the most successful movie out of Nollywood, having the highest number of awards in 2016 including two AMVCA, two AMAA, two NEA, three BON and Best Nigerian Movie at the Abuja International Film Festival, just to mention but a few. In addition, the Movie provided the platform for stardom to some of the cast members whose career has been on the rise since they featured in the movie.
Banking on the success of the first part, the second part; A Soldier’s Story – Return From The Dead is a huge project that combined an unprecedented blend of Hollywood actors; Eric Roberts, John Vogel and Berit Glaser, and Nollywood actors including veterans such as Alex Usifo, Akin Lewis, Segun Arinze, with younger ones such as Linda Ejiofor, Somkele Iyamah-Idalamah, Michelle Dede, Daniel K. Daniel, Tope Tedela, Baaj Adeuble and Sambasa Nzeribe, in addition to Chris Attoh from Ghana and Vimbai Muthinri from Zimbabwe.
No wonder over the week, a versatile Nollywood actress and presenter; Belinda Effah took to her Instagram page to eulogize the awesome cast. “So Martin Gbados, I saw your post yesterday on the cast of A Soldier’s Story – Return From The Dead due in cinemas this December. Almost everyone was there; Old and New, Hollywood and Nollywood…”, Belinda said.
Set in two West African countries, Nigeria and a fictional country called The Watz Republic, the Movie, shot in Lagos highlighted major socio-economic issues such as, insurgency, terrorism, women’s rights, emigration and more, which the world is currently tackling on a global scale, while telling a compelling story of love, hope and survival in the face of corruption.
In a recent chat, the Producer; Martin Gbados revealed that on the post-production side, they collaborated with Revolve Agency LA (which handled films like ‘X-Men’ and ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’) Moving Picture Company, Asia, and Crater Studios Serbia. “On the strength of the film, it stands out among other movies because of its complete adherence to international standards of movie production in terms of plot, setting, visual effects, colour correction amidst other procedures.
“The production quality of the film marks a turning point for the Nigerian film industry. It is equally well positioned to earn both at the box office for entertainment and quality due to its strategic collaborations, and as such, will surpass any movie ever made in Nollywood”, Mr. Gbados expressed.
RISING INCIDENCE OF RAPE: Queen Mimidoo Uhundu Initiates Support Group for Victims
By The World Satellite.
Against the backdrop of the recent escalation of rape cases across the country, which has viciously and unfortunately led to the untimely death of some victims like late Uwa, Barakat while others are left with the psychological scars and trauma for life; Queen Mimidoo Uhundu has unveiled plans of setting up a support group and rehabilitation scheme for victims
Queen Mimidoo; the current Face of Middle-Belt, Nigeria made this known in an exclusive media chat with The World Satellite on the sidelines of her birthday over the weekend during when she noted that rape cases are not reported because of stigmatization of the victims, which makes the cases rise.
“I am in the process of setting up a support group and rehabilitation scheme for victims and the details will be made available soon. I also have arrangements with rights-based organizations for follow-ups on cases reported. One of such organisations is Lawyers Alert and bystanders are also encouraged to report cases, because often times the victims are scared of speaking out.
“I can assure you that tips will be followed up and sources will be confidential. I encourage survivors and persons who have a history or experience in handling this to stand up for the sake of ensuring the safety of our young girls and this appeal cuts across all gender”, Queen Uhundu revealed.
Again, while expressing pains that due to stigmatization, rape predators still roam freely, the benue-born beauty queen who is so passionate about the vulnerable in the society with emphasis on women and children called on the police authority to train its officers and men on how to proactively handle rape cases so as to avoid tempering with associated evidence and pressures on the victims by their family members to withdraw the case.
Continuing, the undergraduate of Benue State University stated that nothing exposes the backwardness of a country more than this prevalent rape culture backed up by religious and cultural sentiments. According to her, this cultural and religious context is the underlying reason behind the societal pressure to remain silent and the strong element of shame around rape and rape survivors.
“Rape survivors are faced with long-suppressed feeling of shame, anger and rage. The public acknowledgement of the fact that there is a massive rape problem in Nigeria is the first step towards building a responsible society that protects women.
It saddens my heart that in this period of Covid-19 pandemic, rape cases are leading the polls. Women now live in fear of rape more than the corona virus. Many have expressd their views on this context and even make excuses for these perpetrators but let me put it straight that there is no excuse for rape. Women don’t get raped because they went drinking/partying or they dress indecent or take lonely paths, women get raped because someone raped them”, she emphasized.
In conclusion, she called on The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) to be more proactive in its mode of operation instead of been reactive. More so, she joined her voice in demanding immediate justice for Uwa, Barakat and all rape victims, while adding that all hands must be on deck to destroy rape before rape destroys Nigeria and cause our dear country an international condemnation.
Being in Abuja as a Film-maker Could Be Quite Challenging…; – Sam Presto
Those who believe that Abuja can and indeed transform into a film-making destination for Nigeria and beyond, can proudly point at Sam Presto as an example of a perfect example of a young Filmmaker, who has broken free from imposed and self-imposed blockades that usually dragged behind, most independent and content producers from achieving their dreams in Abuja.
Born Samuel Ikechukwu Osondu in Imo State; Sam Presto is a passionate Music Video/Movie Director, a Cinematographer, Editor, Drone Pilot and YouTuber. He is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Sam Presto Films; a content and independent production company based in Abuja, Nigeria. There, he drives excellence in quality Music Video and Film-making.
Sam granted The World Satellite Magazine an interview and it; he sheds light on the scope of Film-making, the role of Sam Presto Films in making Abuja a Film-making destination. Read Excerpts:
I want us to start by asking you to give a general overview of the movie industry in Nigeria
The Movie Industry in Nigeria or Nollywood has progressed from the traditional industry of the old. It has really transformed in the sense that our indigenous films are being showcased as Netflix Original; example is Lion Heart by Genevieve Nnaji.
In addition, so many other Nigerian movies that could be compared with Hollywood abound. The likes of “Soldier Story“; produced by Martin Gbados and Directed by Frankie Ogar, which I heard the sequel due to be premiered in December this year is an intercontinental project. Am really proud to be part of this creative industry called Nollywood.
Sam Presto Films has been adjudged one of the fastest growing production companies in Abuja and beyond; how has it been able to climb the ladder and sustained it?
It’s been God all the way. Though the journey has never been easy, but we strive against all odds to deliver an excellent output on every production we are involved in. Service delivery and customer satisfaction are some of the foundations that have helped us. There is this saying that ‘a satisfied client is a potential marketer’.
Although we have had our setbacks, which we are trying to improve on, but on the whole, technological ingenuities and innovations have been our driving force. Sam Presto Films is well known in Abuja and beyond today because of our consistency in service delivery and not being afraid to try new ideas or concepts.
Film-making, especially in Nigeria could be quite challenging, briefly highlight some these challenges and what you are doing to overcome them.
Challenges are opportunities for you to rise above and to do what needs to be done. Being a Film-maker in Nigeria generally is really challenging. One of the problems we all face is funding; as an indigenous filmmaker, getting a sponsor is not really easy. Even when you have some credible movies to show for it, people still have this doubt of knowing if their money will yield returns.
Another challenge is getting the best hands to work with you; getting the best loyal crew. This is because when once someone trains under you, after sometime, they feel they can stand on their own and just want to open their own production houses.
May be because of the economy, everybody wants that quick cash in the quest for survival. Nobody really stays long serving or being a crew member, everyone wants to be a Director the moment he or she learns something.
At Sam Presto Films, have been advocating and pushing forward in writing to some sponsors. Currently, we have some close friends who have indicated interest to help in funding. We have written so many proposals that are on the pipeline right now, everything is working fine and at the right time we will kick off and start shooting some films
In the area of getting best loyal crew, we decided to start up a Home Training Initiative to groom those we think have the potentials of being good in film-making. I engage them and give them some written agreements while I waive it off for some.
Therefore, when they become good, they tend to be loyal because they know they did not really offer anything compared to what is being charged out there to learn film-making. So far it has been working for us and we have some good hands working with us.
More so, being in Abuja as a film-maker in Nigeria could be quite challenging, but the Abuja industry too is growing. People are getting to know film-making as a big lucrative industry that can really generate huge amount of revenue if funded. So far, I have been in Abuja and we are doing well.
Quality Assurance and Customer Service differentiate a company from its competitors; what would you say is your strength at Sam Presto Films?
Our strength is in our people and our attention to details. Technology is very important and of course, enterprise solution is in servicing the client. We are investing in that, and we are also trying to upgrade to more recent technologies and software that will make our clients get even more than what they are paying for.
Because we are a growing production company, we are not very much concerned about making profits now, rather in making a good name for ourselves, which stems from getting good quality outputs
Therefore, quality is something we try not to compromise on. We try to give every project our best so as to give clients that wow moment. Most times, when we deliver our jobs, the excitement that exhumes from the client when they watch their project is something I cannot really explain and that gives us a whole lot of joy.
Recognizing the need for a readily and easy channel of communication, we always try to respond and deliver as quick as possible, we try to hear from them, get their complaints and give them the best solution for their complaints.
Generally, I would say that we have been good, but we are not perfect yet, because structurally we have a lot to put in our customer service so as to give the best customer service any production company could give.
Professionally, how many years have you been doing this, and how satisfied are you?
I have been in this industry for more than 15 years; I have done a professional video that is about 15 years now. Looking back at my works no regrets so far; it has just been from glory to glory, from one stage to another and I give God the praise.
Being a filmmaker for me is inbuilt. I can tell lots of stories and I can visualize a lot in my head. There is even a part I am still working on, which is on cartoon animation series. I don’t know any other thing I would have done to make me this happy. This is because being around media production, gives me joy.
By and large, I thank God for his grace over these years. My jobs speak for themselves; the later jobs are better than the former in that order and I keep enjoying the growth. We are not where we are expecting to be, but we are not where we used to be. So far, its bin great and we have more concepts and ideas to put out very soon.
As Dafina Keeps RUNNING
By The World Satellite.
DAFINA Zeqiri has continued to take more proactive steps in demonstrating her creativity and originality as a singer – songwriter. Recall that at the age of 5, when most children only think about playing, Dafina already knew that her passion was to become a singer.
This was underscored by her constant sitting at the piano and sing, which was the most beautiful feeling in the world for her. From an early age she took classical singing lessons and attended ballet and hip-hop dance classes.
The exceptionally talented singer-songwriter, with her debut single “Shot calling”, reached the third place in the MTV Swiss Video charts in 2017, and in 2019 she successfully completed her studies in architecture
Fortuitously Dafina is back with her new single “Running”! According to a Press Release cited by The World Satellite Magazine Website the exceptional singer was credited as having her own way of dealing with this year’s spring, marked by patience and isolation.
Continuing, the Press Release described the unmistakable voice of the young singer-songwriter as appealing to our inner strength in times of this Covid-19 pandemic. “Running is an empowering track about willpower and hope. The video for “Running” was premiered on Friday, 24 April 2020”, the statement noted.
Conclusively the statement informed that fastidious and efficacious plans are being put in place for her come to Nigeria for a full promotion and media tour
Currently Dafina is working on her first EP which is due this year. The talented singer, who has a truly international background with roots in Germany, Kosovo and Nigeria, is ready to put her deep, raspy voice out into the world again and follow up on the success of past chart entries.
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that the Real Madrid Academy in Port Harcourt will train children in both football and Basic Education with a view to building a strong future for them.
Sentiment Or Performance: A Look At Why Chelsea Appointed Lampard AS New Manager
By Amaechi Agbo
Chelsea has appointed Frank Lampard as their Manager on Thursday, as owner; Roman Abramovich turned to the Fan’s favourite rather than an experienced hand to replace Maurizio Sarri and lead the club into a new era.
Lampard, adored by Chelsea fans as the heart and soul of the club’s midfield during a trophy-laden 13 years at Stamford Bridge, was handed a three-year contract having left second tier Derby County.
“I am immensely proud to be returning to Chelsea as head coach,” Lampard told the club website.
“Everyone knows my love for this club and the history we have shared, however, my sole focus is on the job in hand and preparing for the season ahead”.
“I am here to work hard, bring further success to the club and I cannot wait to get started.”
A relative rookie as a manager, the 41-year-old Lampard earned plaudits for taking Derby into the Championship playoff final in his first year in the dugout — even if they just missed out on promotion to the Premier League.
Derby said an undisclosed compensation package had been agreed with Chelsea and wished Lampard well.
Lampard’s assistant and former Chelsea midfielder Jody Morris is returning with him to Stamford Bridge along with first team coach Chris Jones.
Lampard faces no small task in returning Chelsea to the status of Premier League title contenders following Sarri’s departure to Juventus and Eden Hazard’s move to Real Madrid. His rebuilding efforts at Chelsea will also be hampered by a FIFA transfer ban.
Lampard’s cousin Jamie Redknapp, a former England midfielder, said patience would be the key factor.
“The fans adore Frank, but he’s going to need time,” Jammie told Sky Sports television. “You’ll have to be patient and I think everyone will be, because it is Frank Lampard.
“The players will respect him, but patience will be the key because Chelsea is a hiring and firing club, no matter what you say…it almost feels like they may have to change that process and say from the outset Frank’s going to be given time
“The fans I have no doubt will give him time. But to say this year he’s got to get in the top four and things like that, I think that’s unfair. You have to be realistic.”
Sarri, who departed after one season at Stamford Bridge, guided Chelsea to the Europa League title and third place in the Premier League but was never loved by Chelsea fans.
“Lamps” will have no such problems.
The former England midfielder played a key role in Chelsea’s golden era, making 648 appearances and scoring a club record 211 goals between 2001-2014. In that time, he won three Premier League titles as well as the Champions League.
“After 13 years with us as a player, where he became a club legend and our record goalscorer, we believe this is the perfect time for him to return and i am delighted he has done so,” Chelsea Director, Marina Granovskaia said.
“We will do everything we can to ensure he has all the support required to achieve a huge success.”
Lampard’s former Chelsea team mate Petr Cech joined the club as a technical and performance advisor last month, and the pair will play a key role in the overhaul of the playing squad.
Chelsea, however, were handed a two-window transfer ban by world soccer’s governing body FIFA in February for breaching rules regarding the international transfer and registration of players under 18.
The club appealed against the ruling at the Court of Arbitration for Sport last month.
The ban could force Lampard to put his trust in youngsters, a blueprint he developed at Derby where he blooded a number of Chelsea loanees.
Fikayo Tomori, Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham were all involved in the playoff final at Wembley and they could all be back in west London next season.
With teenager, Callum Hudson-Odoi having made the breakthrough under Sarri last season, Lampard may appear the ideal choice to construct a Chelsea side based on youth.
Chelsea, who finished third in the league last season will kick off their 2019-20 campaign against Manchester United on Aug. 11.
“I think if they were to finish in the top four, that would be an amazing season,” said Redknapp.
“Top six is a certainty with the players they’ve still got, and the manager. I’ve got no doubts they will do that.”
FCT FA CHAIRMAN INSPECTS AREA 3 FIELD FOR RENOVATION
By Amaechi Agbo
The newly elected FCT Football Association chairman, Adam Moukhtar Mohammed has inspected the Area 3 Field in Abuja for renovation work.
The chairman went round the field in company of few coaches, exchanging ideas with them on possible areas that need immediate attention.
Mr Moukhtar after inspecting the field told our reporter that the new administration in the FCT football will swing into action in order to give the playing field a befitting outlook.
The chairman noted that the fate of the field which has been serving the FCT and indeed Nigeria for more than 10 years is unacceptable adding that work will commence immediately in giving the field a facelift.
He however stressed that the renovation work will not be radical in view of the fact that to do a total overhaul of the field, the FA would need permission from the owners of the facility; the FCT Sports Council. He however reiterated the resolve of the new administration to beautify the field and give it a new face of attraction.
He however, mentioned areas his administration will carry out immediate work to include working on the road leading to the field which he said is deplorable; providing toilet and water utilities in the field as well as building fans and VIP stands to give Abuja citizens as well as visitors a sense of belonging.
“We have gone on assessment and we have come here to see the current state and condition of the Area 3 pitch and what we can do in short term before we can have a long-term measure. We came here to see how we can improve on the standard so that it can look better than it currently is”, Mr. Moukhtar emphasised.
Furthermore, he added that the most important thing is for us to have toilet facilities, running water good road., owing to the fact that the road is in a very bad condition.
“These are the priority attentions right now. We need to beautify the environment within the pitch. We need to start from there. We need proper stands for the players, fans and VIPs. We need to secure the entry points which is part of conditions for playing league matches. There are a lot works to do and we have begun’, he reiterated.
Continuing he stated; “We have began already and the public will start seeing changes soon. But there will be no radical changes because we have to take permission from the authorities. So we start with a little bit of work to improve the field and its beautification”.
“We have to change in all angles because if the field is given a facelift, automatically the dressing rooms will not remain as they are. We are expecting league matches in the field as well as promotions to the premier league and this is definitely one of the places we will use. The current state of the pitch is unacceptable. I am sure that when they come for inspection, they will not approve it so there is need for us to start thinking ahead of time,” he concluded.
On the award of contract for the renovation work, Mr Moukhtar who defeated the former chairman; Alhaji Talle in the June 20 election, said that there is no need yet to award contract stressing that the measure adopted was for short term in order to rescue the field from its current situation.
“It will not be contract because that will be a long process. We don’t own the facilities; they are owned by the FCT Sports Council. We are just making use of it. We cannot take laws into our hands and do things without seeking necessary approvals”.
“But being that we are the ones making use of it, it is allowed that we make minor adjustments and beatifications. We will handle it with direct labour for now,” he added.