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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

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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.

How Brazil Demonstrated Supremacy Over South Korea
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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.

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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.

Queen Nerita Wants Government To See Potentials in Modeling
Amb. Rita Chika Ezenwa (Queen Nerita); Miss Face of Humanity Nigeria flanked by The Whistler Team

“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.

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Amb. Rita Chika Ezenwa (Queen Nerita); Model, and Entrepreneur

“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.

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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”.

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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.

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Rita Chika Ezenwa (Queen Nerita); Nigeria’s representative at the 2023 Miss Face of Humanity International

“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.

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Amb. Rita Chika Ezenwa (Queen Nerita) is determined for every child to have equal opportunities in life

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.

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Amb. Rita Chika Ezenwa (Queen Nerita); Founder and Executive Director of Nery Developmental Initiatives

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“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.

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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.

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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.”

How Fans, Celebrities Celebrated Davido on His 3oth Birthday
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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

Jamal Musiala

World Cup Qatar 2022: Nigerian-born stars at the Tournament
Jamal Musiala

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.

Karim-David Adeyemi

World Cup Qatar 2022: Nigerian-born stars at the Tournament
Karim-David Adeyemi

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

World Cup Qatar 2022: Nigerian-born stars at the Tournament
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

World Cup Qatar 2022: Nigerian-born stars at the Tournament
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

World Cup Qatar 2022: Nigerian-born stars at the Tournament
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

World Cup Qatar 2022: Nigerian-born stars at the Tournament
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

World Cup Qatar 2022: Nigerian-born stars at the Tournament
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.

Read Also: Why Tomori was Left out of England’s World Cup Squad

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

Israel Adesanya; former UFC middleweight champion was reportedly arrested for taking brass knuckles through security at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York.

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.’

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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.

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“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’; the much anticipated fifth studio album project by the Nigerian Grammy Award-winning Afrobeat superstar singer, Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun, Wizkid, has been released.

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.

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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

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The Album includes features with top talented world music stars like Ayra Starr, Skepta, Naira Marley, Don Toliver, Skillibeng, and Shenseea.

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.”

A Peep at ‘More Love, Less Ego’ Album
Wizkid aka Big Whiz

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.

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Rita Chika Ezenwa (Queen Nerita) as a guest on TVC’s Wake Up Nigeria Show

Excerpts

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.

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Rita Chika Ezenwa (Queen Nerita): Beauty Queen, Model, Humanitarian, and Entrepreneur

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.

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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.

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Rita Chika Ezenwa (Queen Nerita); Miss Face of Humanity Nigeria will represent Nigeria at The Miss Face of Humanity International next year in Canada

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.

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Queen Nerita’s advocacy mantra is Her advocacy is “Equality for all through Education”.

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.

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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.

Mohbad Disses Naira Marley in New Song
Mohbad

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?”

Mohbad Disses Naira Marley in New Song
Naira Marley

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.

Excerpts:

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

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Abimbola Abayomi (AIRA) co-founded a spoken word group “word phantoms” during her undergraduate days at the University of Port Harcourt

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.

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Barbing Outreach by Abimbola Abayomi (AIRA) in partnership with black cuts

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.

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Abimbola Abayomi addressing participants during the Eghe Idimu LCDA social inclusion Outreach in Lagos

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.

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Health Check by the Regalo Hope Foundation facilitated by Abimbola Abayomi (AIRA)

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.

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Queen Abimbola Abayomi during her ambassadorial deal signing with Green Lotto

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

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Free Make up class with Dvals facilitated by Abimbola Abayomi

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.

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Ex-Beauty Queen, Red Carpet, and Reality TV Show Host; Abimbola Abayomi (AIRA)

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.

Read Also: Queen Mimidoo Uhundu and The Girl-Child’s Advocacy Campaign


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.

Jay-Z’s Def Jam Recordings signed Rihanna after the rapper Jay-Z had been impressed with her song Pon De Replay, which would later become the lead track from her debut album; Music of The Sun.

Pon De Replay reached number two in the UK charts, while the album reportedly sold more than two million copies around the world.

Rihanna: A Pop Superstar and Businesswoman
Rihanna recorded Lift Me Up for the upcoming Black Panther sequel movie

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.

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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.

Rihanna: A Pop Superstar and Businesswoman
Rihanna and ASAP Rocky welcomed a baby boy, in May 2022

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.

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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.

Ronaldo: There Had to be Consequences; - Ten Hag
Christiano Ronaldo

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.

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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

Chelsea makes the trip to face Aston Villa on Sunday afternoon in the Aston Villa vs. Chelsea clash looking to extend their winning streak in the Premier League to four matches.

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.

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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.

As well as N’Golo Kante being absent for several weeks after a recurrence of a hamstring injury, Chelsea was dealt a blow earlier this week when Reece James suffered an issue with his knee.

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.

Either Ruben Loftus-Cheek or Conor Gallagher could replace Jorginho, while Christian Pulisic may start after remaining as an unused substitute at San Siro.

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.

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Danny Ings is the most likely alternative in attack with Philippe CoutinhoEmiliano Buendia, and Ollie Watkins all at risk of dropping down to the substitutes’ bench.

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.

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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.”

Read Also: Nuggets to Remember About The Late Rico Swavey

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.

Barcelona On the Brink of Champions League ExitThe 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.

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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:

Family

Late Rico Swavey was a graduate of Law from Babcock University. He had seven siblings and was 29 years old when he died.

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Career

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 Accident

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.

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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.

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The Cast of Luckiest Girl Alive on Netflix

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

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Emeka Nwokocha Shops Aggregators for His Recent Films

 

Emeka Nwokocha Shops Aggregators for His Recent Films
Emeka Nwokocha

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.

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“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.

Lady Mechanic Film ‘JOE’: Echoes of 2022 IWD's #BreakTheBias
Official Poster for the Movie; ‘JOE’

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.

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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.

“I Miss Your Killer Figure”; Brown Muazo Tells Vera Sidika
Vera Sidika before the surgery [Instagram: queenveebosset]
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.

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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.

BBNaija: Amazing Highlights Where Phyna Showed the Winning Spirit
Phyna

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.

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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’.

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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.

Tracy Doo Gwaza and The Nigerian Film Industry
Tracy Doo Gwaza; Actress, Educationist & Entrepreneur

 

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:

Location:    Makurdi/Abuja

Instagram: tracydoogwaza_17

Facebook:   Tracy Doo Gwaza

Bust:             38

Height:       5.8ft

Waist:         30

Hips:           42

Skin color:  Dark

Hobbies:     Traveling, Filming, Sports, etc

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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.

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Graham Potter

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.

Crystal Palace duo Jack Butland and James McArthur may be ready to return from a metacarpal fracture and groin injury respectively this weekend, but Guaita should keep the former at bay once again.

Nathan Ferguson (ankle) and James Tomkins (calf) are both expected to remain sidelined for the Eagles, and Vieira’s only real selection quandary comes in the final third once again.

Crystal Palace vs. Chelsea: Prediction, and Team News
Patrick Vieira

Michael Olise and Odsonne Edouard will push to displace Jordan Ayew and Jean-Philippe Mateta, but the hosts could ultimately go unchanged from the side that took a point home from Newcastle.

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.

Edouard Mendy and Christian Pulisic are also set to shake off fitness concerns to make themselves available, with the former sure to displace Kepa Arrizabalaga in between the sticks at Selhurst Park.

Gallagher may be forced to accept a spot on the bench against his old employers, as Potter welcomes the likes of Wesley Fofana and Ben Chilwell back to his first XI.

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.

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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.

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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.”

Who Might Replace Trevor Noah 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.

Who Might Replace Trevor Noah on The Daily Show
Trevor Noah leaving ‘The Daily Show’ after 7 years

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.

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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.

Sanction

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.”

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“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.

Nico Williams Reiterates Decision to Choose Spain Over Ghana

“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.

Read Also: Scotland vs Ukraine: How Scotland Made Amends


 

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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

Scotland vs Ukraine: How Scotland Made Amends 
John McGinn and Lyndon Dykes were on target as Scotland beat Ukraine

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.

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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.

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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

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Label:Starboy/RCA Records

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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However, Groovy does not have immunity from possible eviction.

All housemates are required to nominate three fellow housemates for possible eviction on Sunday.

Congratulations Phyna!

 


Rapper PnB Rock Robbed and Shot Dead in Los Angeles

Rapper PnB Rock was shot on Monday afternoon in Los Angeles as a result of a robbery attempt. He was pronounced dead after being transported to the hospital, the L.A. Times reported.

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.

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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.

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Kim Kardashian And Pete Davidson’s Brief Romance Has Come To An End

By Odion Okonofua.

Kim Kardashian And Pete Davidson Split After 9 Months Of Dating
Pete Davidson and Kim Kardashian

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.

Kim Kardashian And Pete Davidson Split After 9 Months Of Dating
Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, and Pete Davidson

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.

 

Source:Pulse.ng

 


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!

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Sony Pictures Television’s Multi-Award Winning Gameshow Comes to Sub-Saharan Africa

By Kennedy Eberechi.

Sony Pictures Television’s Multi-Award Winning Gameshow Comes to Sub-Saharan Africa
Martin Gbados; CEO, Mekdoss International

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.

IWD 2022: Vicky Nwogu Canvases Support In Tackling Gender-Bias Barriers
Vicky Nwogu; Actress, Entrepreneur and Humanitarian

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 abovea 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.

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“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.

African Leaders Need To See The Enormous Potentials in The Modeling Industry; - Queen Nina
Queen Nina (Ogeh Nancy Ene)Africa’s talented and fast rising Pageant as well as Fashion Model; Miss Ogeh Nancy Ene, popularly called Queen Nina, has called on government to start placing values on models so as to recognize the enormous potentials in the Modelling Industry. According to her, “In this part of the world our government don’t place value on models which is why we don’t even have a standard Modelling Academy”.

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.

Content is King; - Mc Klawn Reveals, Advocates Need to Give Events a Purpose
Mc Klawn

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 BabaOkey BakassiI Go DieBasket 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.

Laughter and Love

 

 

 


Queen Wendy P; Redefining The Essence Beauty Pageants in Africa

By Kennedy Eberechi.

 

Queen Wendy P; Redefining The Essence Beauty Pageants in Africa
Queen Wendy P; Amazon, Woman Valor and Pathfinder of Rare Breed

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.

Queen Wendy P; Redefining The Essence Beauty Pageants in Africa
George Peace Chinwendu; Model, Entrepreneur, Brand Influencer

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.

QUEEN GOSPEL: - A Matrix of Hard-work And Determination
Queen Abel Gospel: Model and Beauty QueenShe 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 debt, her vision.

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.

Excerpts:

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.

QUEEN GOSPEL: - A Matrix of Hard-work And Determination
Gospel Abel: Model and Brand Ambassador

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.

NOLLYWOOD TO THE WORLD:-A Soldier’s Story II Begins The In-Roads To Africa By A Major American Studio
Frankie Ogar; Executive Producer, Writer and Director

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.

NOLLYWOOD TO THE WORLD:-A Soldier’s Story II Begins The In-Roads To Africa By A Major American Studio
Martin Gbados; Executive Producer/Producer

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.

 

As Ghraycee Joywills Broadens Her Profile… 
GHRAYCEE JOYWILLS: Model, Actress &Entrepreneur

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.

As Ghraycee Joywills Broadens Her Profile… 
Ghraycee Joywills

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

ByKennedy Eberechi.

 

ORGENDA COMFORT; Changing The Path of Nollywood Storytelling
Orgenda Comfort; Actress, Filmmaker and Entreprenuer

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.

ORGENDA COMFORT; Changing The Path of Nollywood Storytelling
Official poster for the movie ‘FADED’

“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.

Forget The Grammys, Let’s Talk About ‘Crown Of Clay’
Vector, M.I unite for ‘Crown of Clay’

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 Talent Hunt With SoSo B gets Bigger and Better…
Queen Sonia Christopher; CEO, SoSo B Empire welcoming guests during the first edition of Talent Hunt with SoSo B

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.

As Talent Hunt With SoSo B gets Bigger and Better…
Queen Sonia Christopher, with the Winner of the First Edition of Talent Hunt with SoSo B

“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

A Soldier's Story 2 - Return From The Dead
Official Poster for the Soldier’s Story 2-Return From The Dead

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

By Kennedy Eberechi.

 

AFTERMATH OF MCA 2020: Promise Nicholas Lays Emphasis on Various Focal Areas
Queen Promise Nicholas Ekarika (1st right), shortly after being crowned the 6th Charity Ambassador-Tourism Queen

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.

AFTERMATH OF MCA 2020: Promise Nicholas Lays Emphasis on Various Focal Areas
Promise Nichola Ekarika Right), shortly before been announced 6th Miss Charity Ambassador-Tourism Queen

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.

AFTERMATH OF MCA 2020: Promise Nicholas Lays Emphasis on Various Focal Areas
Promise Nicholas rode on the Riverwood Switch Foundation brand

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.

 

A SOLDIER’S STORY 2: The Most Anticipated Blockbuster Out of Nigeria 2020

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.

A SOLDIER’S STORY 2: The Most Anticipated Blockbuster Out of Nigeria 2020
The Soldiers Story Franchise Owners Martin Gbados (L), Frankie Ogar (R), with Eric Roberts (M) during the shoot in Lagos, Nigeria

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.

 

I Have Always Dreamt of Making An Impact in Life; - Stella Okorie
Stella Okorie

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.

 

NICK B; Set To Ensure Full Participation of Persons With Disabilities in The Entertainment Industry
Nick B

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.

https://www.instagram.com/nickbebiem/

“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.

 

QUEEN OLIVIA MARTINS; Broadening Her Base
Olivia Martins

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.

QUEEN OLIVIA MARTINS; Broadening Her Base

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.

QUEEN OLIVIA MARTINS; Broadening Her Base
Olivia Martins; Fashion/Photography Model, Advocate Against Child Abuse and CEO, Livia’s Skincare and Spa

“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, gbadoka@yahoo.com).

 

 


 

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.

Cultural Diversity In Nigeria Should Be Seen As An Asset Not A Burden – Queen Sarah Akaazua
Queen of Aso-Culture, 2020; Sarah Akaazua

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.

 

Queen Sarah Benz; Set to Galvanize the Interest of the Youths Towards Cultural Recovery
Queen Sarah Benz, Being Congratulated by Queen of Aso-Nigeria, 2015 after her Investiture as the Queen of Aso-Culture for 2020/2021

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.

Queen Sarah Benz; Set to Galvanize the Interest of the Youths Towards Cultural Recovery
Benue-Born Miss Sarah Benz

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.

 

I Would Love To Kiss Ini Edo in a Movie; - Emmy Williams
EMMY WILLIAMS: Actor, Model, Microbiologist

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’

I Would Love To Kiss Ini Edo in a Movie; - Emmy WilliamsDuring 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 Doing A Song Collaboration With Davido Soon; - Says Lyrically Cossy
LYRICALLY COSSY: Award Winning Entertainer, Human Resource Manager

“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.

 

'A Soldier’s Story – Return From The Dead'; An Unprecedented Blend of Nollywood And Hollywood
Producer; Martin Gbados (L), Eric Roberts (M), and Director; Frankie Ogar (R), during the Movie shoot in Lagos, Nigeria

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.

'A Soldier’s Story – Return From The Dead'; An Unprecedented Blend of Nollywood And Hollywood
Martin Gbados, with the Versatile Belinda Effah

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.

RISING INCIDENCE OF RAPE: Queen Mimidoo Uhundu Initiates Support Group for Victims
Queen Mimidoo Uhundu Williams

“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

By Kennedy Eberechi.

 

Being in Abuja as a Film-maker Could Be Quite Challenging…; - Sam Presto
Sam Presto; Co-Founder and Managing Director of Sam Presto Films

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.

Being in Abuja as a Film-maker Could Be Quite Challenging…; - Sam Presto
Sam Presto in a Music Video shoot with Dr. Pastor Paul Eneche; the General Overseer of Dunamis International Gospel Church

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.

Being in Abuja as a Film-maker Could Be Quite Challenging…; - Sam Presto
Sam Presto in a Music Video Shoot for Magnito

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.

 


REAL MADRID ACADEMY WILL BUILD A STRONG FUTURE FOR OUR CHILDREN –  Governor Wike
By The World Satellite
Real Madrid Academy Rivers State
Governor Nyesom Wike, with Cristina Gullon

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.

A statement by Simeon Nwakaudu; Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor,  Electronic Media revealed that Wike while Speaking during a live broadcast on Real Madrid Television during a Programme “Real Madrid Connecta” with Cristina Gullon not too long ago said that the Real Madrid Academy in Port Harcourt will develop great football stars equipped with basic education.
According to Nwakaudu’s statement, Governor Wike remarked that as a global brand, Real Madrid is loved in Nigeria and across Rivers State.  He promised to remain an outstanding promoter of the ideals of the club noting that Nigerians and Rivers people are happy with the  establishment of the Real Madrid Academy by the Rivers State Government.
Governor  Wike further stated that inquiries and  requests for admission into the outstanding Football Academy have  come from far and near. He noted that the Real Madrid Academy in Port Harcourt will be developed along the standards set by the Club.
“Real Madrid Football Club is loved across Nigeria and in Rivers State.  It is a global brand. The best club in the world. People are very happy with the establishment of the Real Madrid Academy in Port Harcourt.  They are eager to  have their children admitted into the Academy. We have given our people the opportunity to use their skills and their potentials to become great Super Stars in the future.These  children will not only be trained to become superstar footballers,  they will acquire basic education at the Academy “, he said.
Governor Wike expressed happiness  that he has the privilege to coordinate the process of grooming the next generation of international football stars who will rule the world.  “It gives me joy that I am privileged to coordinate this process of developing fresh international talents”, he opined.
Again, Governor Wike urged the Real Madrid Family  to always patronise Rivers State because of its economic viability.  He said with over 6million people, an international airport,  two seaports and the high prevalence of oil and gas,  Rivers State remains an economic destination of choice. “I believe all of you will come and see things for yourselves “, Governor Wike said.
Simeon Nwakaudu informed that Governor Wike is in Madrid for the signing of ratification agreement with the Real Madrid Foundation  for the development of Real Madrid Academy,  Port Harcourt into an international football academy.
The agreement signing ceremony  took place at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium,  home of Real Madrid Football Club. The signature event held at the Presidency Reception Centre of the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.

 


 

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.

Chelsea Fc managed by Frank Lampard
Chelsea FC Players

“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.”

GOLDEN ERA

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.

Sarri Lampard manger Chelsea
Maurizio Sarri

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.

Frank Lampard managing Chelsea FC
Frank Lampard

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.

FCT FA Chairman, Mr Adam Moukhtar (Centre) during the inspection

“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.

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“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.

 

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