The statement said instead of embarking on such a venture, the State Civil Service Union, in collaboration with the Office of the Head of Service, would rather host an annual Valentine’s Day event that has been on for the past four years which was started by the administration of Governor Gboyega Oyetola.
A circular earlier on Saturday which was signed by K. Akintola, on behalf of the State Head of Service, had stated that the celebration would hold at the Bola Ige White House, in the Osun Governor’s Office, on Tuesday.
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“The event was regularly held under the previous administration, and as such, the Civil Service Union is only continuing a tradition that predates the administration of Governor Ademola Adeleke,” he said
Foremost digital services company, Globacom, on Wednesday, February 1, 2023 presented another set of prizes to winners in the commercial city of Onitsha, Anambra State in the on-going Festival of Joy promo.
The venue of the presentation ceremony, Conoil Gloworld, Onitsha Bridgehead was filled to the brim with family members and friends of the winners who came to celebrate with them.
At the event, 30 year old Construction Technician, Chukwuemeka Chikezie received the keys to a brand new car while other winners went home with different home appliances, including Power Generating sets, Sewing Machines and Rechargeable Fans.
The car winner, Chikezie who is impaired in his left arm from a job related accident, stated that, “If anyone had told me yesterday that I would be a car owner today, I would never have believed”, adding that “I love the Glo network very well and I have always depended on it for my calls and data needs” Chikezie who was full of praise to Glo for transforming his life through the car prize said he received Glo call on Tuesday while working on a project in Enugu, far away from his Onitsha base. He said he found it difficult that he could become an instant car winner just like that.
He explained that he travails that led to his being unable to use his left hand was enough to make anyone lose hope, but he never gave up.
Speaking at the event, Hon. Emeka Orji, the transition Chairman, Onitsha South Local Govt Area, Anambra State, Hon. Emeka Orji, who commended Globacom for putting the promo in place, expressed his joy and happiness that the event was held his territory.
Also the representative of the National Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC), Mr Ezelue Nnamdi, stated that the promo has been very transparent all through. The event was by attended by Hon. (Mrs) Beverly Ikpeazu-Nkemdiche, representing Onitsha South 2 Constituency, Anambra State House of Assembly as well as nollywood duo of Ebube Nwagbo and Stephen Odimgbe (Flashboy).
The 95th Academy Awards nominations were announced on Tuesday, with the multiverse-skipping sci-fi indie flick “Everything Everywhere All at Once” taking the top spot with 11 nominations. “All Quiet on the Western Front” and “The Banshees of Inisherin” followed with nine nominations each.
The blockbusters “Top Gun: Maverick” and “Avatar: The Way of Water” each received nominations for best picture, and there is a ton of star power among the nominees.
For songs from the movies “Top Gun: Maverick” and “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” respectively, Rihanna and Lady Gaga received nominations in the category for original songs.
Actors including Angela Bassett received a nomination for “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” in the category of best supporting actress; For “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” Jamie Lee Curtis was nominated in the same category; Best supporting actor nominees include Judd Hirsch in “The Fabelmans,” Colin Farrell in “The Banshees of Inisherin,” Brendan Fraser in “The Whale,” and best actor nominees Brendan Fraser and Michelle Williams in “The Fabelmans” and Cate Blanchett and Michelle Yeoh in “Everything Everywhere All at Once.”
Allison Williams, who most recently starred in the horror hit “M3GAN,” and Riz Ahmed, who received an Oscar last year for his role in the short film “The Long Goodbye,” announced the nominations.
The Academy Awards are set to take place on Sunday, March 12.
Below, check out this year’s full list of nominations vying for a little gold statuette.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says the celebration of Christmas brings hope, joy, God’s grace and relief to Nigerians. (Watch Video Here)
Mr Osinbajo spoke with State House correspondents on Sunday after the Christmas service at Aso Villa Chapel where he delivered the sermon. (Watch Video Here)
According to him, the celebration is good news because Jesus Christ offers himself for the sins of man.
“My message is the message of Christmas which is the birth of the new covenant; the birth of grace; God’s grace and mercy is what we celebrate today because the birth of Jesus Christ is the birth of the grace of God. (Watch Video Here)
“From the moment Christ was born, God said he was not going to hold us to account for our sins for as long as we believed in what he did; the sacrifice of Jesus Christ; Jesus Christ came to pay in full for all of our sins.
“So, really why we celebrate is because this is good news; before, we had to pay for our sins; the consequence of sin we have to bear. (Watch Video Here)
“This is because we always continue to sin; but Jesus came to substitute all our unrighteousness and replace it with his own righteousness so (Watch Video Here) long as we believe him.
“So, it is a celebration of joy and a great relief; that is why it is called the good news,” he said.
On his part, Seyi Malomo, Chaplain, Aso Villa Chapel, said that Jesus Christ is a bringer of the new covenant; the covenant of Emmanuel; of God with us. (Watch Video Here)
According to him, one who has God lacks nothing.
“What’s most important is when you have God on your side; things are definitely bound to improve.
“And as we go into the New Year, with God on our side, no matter how and whatever may be the negative forecast of people, we know that God who goes ahead of us; will make the crooked place straight. (Watch Video Here)
“He will make the rough edges smooth; he will level the mountains and elevate the valleys and he will give us victory.
The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has told Nigerians not to lose hope, adding that God has not forgotten them. (Watch Video Here)
CAN President Archbishop Daniel C. Okoh, in a statement he signed on Saturday, reminded Nigerians of the unfailing and never-ending love of God. (Watch Video Here)
He noted that this period is significant and important to Nigerians, especially the Christians, because they are expecting the coming of a new leadership ordained by God to restore the fortunes of the country.
CAN noted that this year’s Christmas celebration has come amidst uncertainty, fear, untold suffering, hardship and pain in the face of a harsh economy, record inflation figures, worsening poverty situation and a weakened security system due to bad governance. (Watch Video Here)
“This precarious situation in our national life can be likened to the sufferings, helplessness and hopelessness of the Israelites as a result of the decisions of their leaders to forsake God and pursue after their (Watch Video Here) bellies which they have made into gods through greed, selfishness and blatant corruption,” the statement added.
“Nevertheless, the message of Christmas informs us that God will not abandon us,” CAN said. (Watch Video Here)
“Our political leaders, especially those jostling for the opportunity to lead our country out of the woods in 2023, should use this Christmas season to reflect on the words of the new-born Messiah who, when it was time to inaugurate His rescue mission in the world, expressed the consciousness that. (Watch Video Here)
“They should be prepared to ensure justice by insisting that the resources and positions in governance are shared equitably among people of all regions and tribes. Equitable distribution of positions will help us to harness the abundance of potentials in our dear country for national development. (Watch Video Here)
“As we gear up to elect new sets of leaders at both the federal and state levels in the first quarter of 2023, Christmas is a reminder that God has not forsaken us.
“Therefore, we should pray to God to open our eyes to be able to discern and vote for those who will govern the nation with godly fear and devotion.
“Let those contesting for elective positions realize that the forthcoming election is not a do-or-die affair; rather, it is God who gives power to whoever he pleases. They should eschew violent conduct and toe the path of honour and peace as they campaign for votes.”
Governor Benedict Ayade has called on Nigerians to be patriotic and alive to their civic duty ahead of the forthcoming general elections in 2023. (Watch Video Here)
He asked Nigerians to ensure that they come out and vote for candidates of their choice.
This was contained in his Christmas message released on Saturday and signed by his media adviser, Mr Christian Ita. (Watch Video Here)
Governor Ayade maintained that Nigeria was now at that bend when love was needed as a balm to heal and bind the people.
“We must be meek to one another, pull together and support one another. It is the only way that we can (Watch Video Here) mend the chasm and build bridges of unity as a nation. This season of Christmas has afforded us a unique opportunity to achieve that,” he further enjoined. (Watch Video Here)
Ayade charged Christians to use the opportunity of the Christmas celebration to reaffirm their love and compassion towards one another.
Ayade urged them to reflect on the import of the birth of the saviour, Jesus Christ and its redemptive hope to Billions of Christians around the world and reignite the flame of love exemplified in Christ’s birth. (Watch Video Here)
Ayade said Christians should rededicate themselves to the values of love, peace, sacrifice and tolerance as necessary ingredients for peaceful coexistence. (Watch Video Here)
“Christmas underpins the redemptive role of Christ to mankind, just as it stresses the pivotal place of sacrifice, necessary for a peaceful and harmonious world.
“So, as Christians, we must remind ourselves that love is the first requirement for a better and peaceful world.”
Enthusiastic Christians in Kaduna have continued to prepare for the celebrations despite the apparent hardship in society. (Watch Video Here)
Noble Reporters Media observed men and women, young and old, early on Saturday morning trooping to slaughterhouses for their meats. (Watch Video Here)
In Kakuri, Sabon-Tasha, Angwar Tarke, Nassarawa, Kasuwan visited by our correspondent, many residents were seen roasting and cooking their chickens and goats.
Although some residents had earlier expressed worry over (Watch Video Here) the cost of food items, meat and condiments in the market ahead of Christmas, they are, however, spending the much-needed funds to make merry during the season. (Watch Video Here)
A resident, Dr. Samuel Adoyi who works with St. Gerald hospital, Kaduna said, ” Christmas is once in a year. I must celebrate and make provision, no matter the cost of foodstuff and meat.”
Mrs. Juliet Obonyilo, a market woman in Sabon Tasha, said Christmas is not a do-or-die celebration and that she would celebrate if she has the purchasing power. (Watch Video Here)
“I can not because of Christmas borrow money and I cannot pay. I cannot because of Christmas steal food or meat. I will only do things according to my reach.” She said.
Former President of the Senate, David Mark has urged Nigerians to renew hope and faith in God in the quest to find lasting solutions to the socio -Economic and political challenges facing the nation. (Watch Video Here)
Senator Mark in a goodwill message to Nigerians marking this year’s Christmas celebration said there is a need to seek refuge in God saying “ if all things fail, God never fails”.
He canvassed for religious harmony between and among various groups saying that peaceful coexistence is needed for development to take place. (Watch Video Here)
The former Senate helmsman bemoaned occasional religious conflicts in the land and called on religious leaders to do more in preaching the good news of peace, love and good neighbourliness. (Watch Video Here)
Specifically, Senator Mark urged the Christian faithful to not forget the essence of Christmas on the altar of merriment saying “Jesus Christ came to redeem mankind, preached the message of peace, love, forgiveness and help for the needy”.
He urged the religious to educate their followers on the need to be their brothers’ keepers at all times pointing out that “nobody can live a life of loneliness or isolation. We need each other to make the world a better place”. (Watch Video Here)
The Kaduna State chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), has called on Nigerians to have a deeper reflection on Christmas, the birth of Christ, as the ultimate gift ever given in the existence of the world for its salvation. (Watch Video Here)
In a Christmas message to Nigerians, Rev. John Joseph Hayab, said, “It is a symbolic gift that aims at exemplifying to us believers the importance of giving and the fact that (Watch Video Here) there is absolutely no limit or boundaries to giving.”
He said the major theme of Christmas is selfless giving, which is why Christ was given and enjoined Nigerians to make selfless giving for the entire country’s development. (Watch Video Here)
He added that Nigeria at the moment needed the Christ-like sacrifice for every Nigerian for the best to come of the country and for it to compete favourably with other countries, saying that the country has all that is needed to be the pacesetter in every sphere of life. (Watch Video Here)
Rev. Hayab, who is the Country Director, of Global Peace Foundation Nigeria, further explained that Christ was gifted effortlessly to the womb that conceived him, adding that (Watch Video Here) when he came, he was birthed in an inn that was not paid for, freely did the wise men from the East embark on the journey to the place of the blessed birth, for nothing but to give him gifts, royal, priestly and prophetic gifts. “Nigerians should also learn to give from their hearts to make Nigeria a better place for humanity to live in and its overall development,” he added. (Watch Video Here)
He explained, “Even during His ministry, He feed people from bread and fish gotten freely, and he ended his life as a free gift for the salvation of mankind. Indeed it will not be far fetched to say, “giving is the reason for the season, pointing out, “Our nation Nigeria today is dealing with the toughest of all times, things seem to be moving in regression, we do not seem to be growing as a nation, daily people die out of starvation, ill-health, poverty to mention but these. The fact is that our nation Nigeria is in dare need of kind hearted citizens who are willing to give there all for the survival of the nation and people.”
According to him, there is no better time when this nation ever needed the show of kindness than this material time, saying that as Christ selflessly gave himself, so also Nigerians are called to selfless sacrifice to those in need of unity, peace and development of the country, believing that it is the only way the country will overcome every challenge it is going through at the moment.
Hayab noted that as leaders during this season, Nigerians must continually teach their people the importance of giving not only within this season but as long as they live on earth, saying that the act of giving is not only for the old or young, rich or poor, mighty or lowly, no, as long as people are alive, they have what someone needs to gain hope again as someone needs a meal, a kind word, a hug, a smile, a little amount of money to have hope in life again.
This season, according to him, calls on Nigerians to attend to the needs of others.
“We are not blessed by the amount that we give; we are blessed by the quality of our gift, a gift should be given in love with the sole purpose of meeting the needs of others. This is an attitude parents should teach there children from their childhood; as scripture says, when we train a child, he will grow and not depart from the right path. This is a call to action not words, parents should provide for their children and guide them to picking what have been provided for them to give other people around them that are in need,” he added.
Rev. Hayab explained that there are many children out there that need just the fragments of the old tattered toy that children of the rich no longer need; some need those clothes that some children can no longer wear; parents should be seen at the season, and beyond guiding their children to picking these things and gifting other children within their reach, churches, societies, associations and individuals should be seen at this season meeting the needs of others, true love should be seen around, kindness should be felt in each street, neighbourhood, village, town, city, and anywhere souls breathe.
He called on Nigerians that as they celebrate the season, may heavens be kind to them, may God protect Nigerians all and may he grant them the grace to be able to live up to their expectations in this season that, in the end, the name of the Lord alone will be glorified, stressing that Nigerians should not forget not to let this season pass by without them giving something to someone in need and make Christ always live in them by keeping the virtue of giving even after the yuletide season.
Former President Dr Goodluck Jonathan has sent a goodwill message to Nigerians at Christmas in which he called for love, unity and peace among Christians and others around the world. (Watch Video Here)
In a statement released by his media office on Friday, Dr Jonathan urged Nigerians to “approach this season of Christmas with optimism and renewed faith in ourselves and our country.”
He further stated: “At Christmas, we celebrate love, hope and joy, which the birth of Jesus heralds to the world. As individuals and as a nation, we face different challenges. But we should not allow that to weaken our faith in God and our country, as well as imperil our shared promise of greatness and prosperity. (Watch Video Here)
“Let us approach this season of Christmas with optimism and renewed faith in ourselves and our country. Let us exhibit love, tolerance, a sense of unity and peace towards our neighbours and all around (Watch Video Here) us during this season and beyond. Merry Christmas.”
The usual beehive of last-minute shopping by residents stocking up in preparation for their home-cooked Christmas meals was nowhere to been seen at Utako market in Abuja. (Watch Video Here)
Channels Television reports that prices of food items such as rice, beans and chicken had also increased. A bag of rice sold for N30,000 last year now costs between N40,000 and N45,000. (Watch Video Here) A 10-litre bottle of cooking oil is sold for N15,000 and 25 litres costs between N30,000 and N35,000. Prices of perishable goods are also on the rise. A small basket of tomatoes now goes for between N2,500 and N3,000. (Watch Video Here)
Sellers complained about low turnout of customers. One merchant said, “We expected that this Christmas, we would have good business but maybe because elections are near and people have started campaigning, we haven’t seen a lot of interest from customers. People are complaining that there is no money and prices are going up every day. So, the amount of business we expected is not there.” (Watch Video Here)
In the same vein, some buyers blamed the hike on inflation and closure of the nation’s borders.
One shopper said, “The prices of tomatoes, peppers, chicken, goat meat, you don’t even talk about turkey – you can’t afford it! It’s just God (we need) to help us. Inflation (is) not only in Nigeria; even in advanced countries. (Watch Video Here)
“But what I am very concerned about is the ordinary man on the street. How is he going to cope? I may be able to cope. But how about the command man? How is he going to buy Christmas clothes for his children if you have four or five?”
Another pointed out that food items were “extremely expensive” compared to last year. “Some of the things you would buy before, like chicken – the one you bought last week for N10,000, today it’s N12,000 or N15,000,” she said.
Though the increase in prices of food prices and livestock becoming the usual practice during festive seasons, the effect on Nigerians this Yuletide has been notable. Their appeal to the government is for new policies that will cushion the effects of the hardships on citizens in the coming year. (Watch Video Here)
Dancehall artiste Charles Nii Armah Mensah Jnr known in showbiz circles as (Watch Video Here)Shatta Wale has applauded his colleague and former enemy Stonebwoy for a successful concert. (Watch Video Here)
Stonebwoy yesterday held his Bhim concert at the Grand Arena of the Accra International conference centre (AICC).
The event saw Stonebwoy and Jamaican musician Busy Signal headlining it with support from some other artists. (Watch Video Here)
Following the success of the 2022 Edition, fans and other musicians took to social media to applaud Stonebwoy for being able to organize and perform to the satisfaction of everyone who made it to the event. (Watch Video Here)
One of the intriguing moments was when Davido’s lookalike mounted the stage and thrilled the audience with his gyrations.
The man who shares a striking resemblance with the singer could be seen jumping alongside other individuals on stage while Davido’s song was being played.
Some fans present initially thought it was Davido that appeared at the concert.
The lad had trended a few months back due to his appearance. Comedian, Cute Abiola once featured him in one of his skits where humour was served at its peak Reacting to the man’s performance, netizens had different opinions
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Organizers of the prestigious Africa Movie Academy Awards, AMAA, last weekend, pulled out all the stops again and packaged another show that will not be forgotten in a hurry by the regular attendees.
It was a show stopper parading the best in the film sector in Africa. The award night best known for its glamour, glitz and spark lived up to its billing even when it looked like the continental reward show had been reduced to a board room event.
The organizers of the show indeed did everything last Sunday night to deliver a world class event. Hosted by Funnybone, Chigul and Kachi Offia, the show held at the Jewel Aeida Hall, Lekki, Lagos, honoured the best films and stars of 2022. The week-leng event facilitated by the Lagos State government brought back the glory of AMAA.
With several nominees from different parts of Africa and the diaspora in attendance, the 2022 AMAA was spiced with memorable performances from Choc City’s Young Jon and Candy Bleakz, Zadok, and Yinka Davies.
But the highpoint of the night was the P-square’s electrifying performance. This is the second time the singing duo would be performing together in the country after their reunion. The first was when they organized the Psquare Reactivated Concert in 2021at the Livespot Festival.
The duo’s outing last Sunday was an indisputable proof of reclaim of their lost spot in the Nigerian music scene. The crowd couldn’t contend their excitement, seeing the duo performing together on the same stage again after years of break up and beefing each other. It was a moment never like before.
The duo dressed in camouflage opened the floor singing their 2007 hit song, “Do Me” featuring Waje and “Bizzy Body” from the 2015 album “Get Squared.”
But when they performed “No One Like You” from their third studio album “Game Over”, the whole place erupted in excitement as everyone took to the floor, dancing and singing with them. Indeed, it was a happy reunion of sorts with the fans of P-Square who have been longing to behold their idols perform together again after their reunion last year.
The presence of actress Rita Dominic also caused a stir at the show, after it was rumoured months back that she and her husband, Fidelis welcomed a set of twins. Rita stormed the show decked in black skirt on blue tops with a black handbag to match. The beautiful actress was making her first public appearance after her traditional marriage which took place early in the year. She still looks gorgeous and enthralling but no protruding baby bump in sight.
If this year’s AMAA is anything to appraise, the show still retains its glamour and glitz. Gone are the days when who’s who in the African film sector would embark on shopping spree to steal the AMAA show. But all that was missing at this year’s outing as the show was a blend of old and new film stars, reality stars, singers and comedians.
The likes of veteran actor, Richard Mofe Damijo, Keppy Ekpeyong Bassey, Bimbo Manuel, Jennifer Eliogu, Ejike Asiegbu, David Akande, Dickson Iroegbu, Daniel K .Daniel graced the occasion.
Other attendees were Wole Ojo, Daniel K. Daniel, Enyinna Nwigwe, Deyemi Okanlawon, Yemi Blaq, Osas Ighodaro, Denrele Edun, Sola Fajobi, Tony Akposeri, Osita Iheme among several others.
The Emmy Awards spread its accolades to repeat winners and several first-timers in a glorious ceremony on Monday. While the HBO drama “Succession” and comedy “Ted Lasso” bagged the top honors again, a “Squid Game” actor took a major acting prize home as his first.
“Succession” was named best drama series, an award the HBO show had won in 2020 before the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted its production schedule. The show, which secured four trophies overall, tells the story of the wealthy and back-stabbing Roy family as members jockey for power.
Apple TV+ series “Ted Lasso” also was a repeat winner, claiming best comedy for the second straight year for its tale of an American football coach leading a British soccer team. Its stars Jason Sudeikis and Brett Goldstein were second-time winners of best comedy actor and supporting actor.
Likewise, voters honored “Euphoria” star Zendaya as best drama actress and Jean Smart of “Hacks” as best comedy actress. It was the second win for each in those categories.
One newcomer to break through was Lee Jung-jae, who was named best drama actor for his role in South Korean thriller “Squid Game.” The dystopian story about cash-strapped contestants risking their lives for wealth became a global sensation after its release on Netflix a year ago.
The actor thanked the team behind “Squid Game” for “making realistic problems we all have to face come to life so creatively on the screen.”
The most-lauded show of the night was HBO’s “The White Lotus.” It won 10 awards including best-limited series and acting trophies for Jennifer Coolidge and Murray Bartlett. Those wins helped HBO and streaming service HBO Max lead all other networks with 38 honors overall.
Host and “Saturday Night Live” star Kenan Thompson kept a celebratory tone throughout the show, saying it was a time to appreciate one of the world’s favorite pastimes.
“What would we do without television, read books?” he joked, before joining dance numbers to theme songs ranging from classic sitcom “Friends” to current sci-fi hit “Stranger Things.”
Winners largely steered clear of politics or world events. One exception was “Succession” creator Jesse Armstrong, who joked that it was a big week for “successions,” referring to King Charles taking over the British throne following the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth.
“I’m not saying we’re more legitimate in our position than he is. We’ll leave that to other people,” Armstrong said.
British “Lasso” actor Goldstein, who plays foul-mouthed but soft-hearted soccer legend Roy Kent, said he was going to try not to swear after his profanity-laced remarks were cut off in Britain when he won last year, preventing his family from hearing them.
Then he added: “Mum, Dad … I f*cking love you.”
Singer Lizzo earned an Emmy award for competition series for “Watch Out for the Big Grrrls.” The musician said that as a little girl she had always wanted television to feature “someone fat like me, black like me, beautiful like me.”
“I’m going to go back and tell a little Lizzo something … you’re going to be that person,” she said.
Among other winners, Michael Keaton was named lead actor in limited series for playing a small-town doctor who becomes addicted to painkillers in “Dopesick.”
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When Progress Chukwuyem was announced the winner of the Nigerian Idol Season 7, last weekend, everyone expected the sporadic tears, the screams, the excitement! It was a dream come true for him and for the multitude of Nigerians supporting him.
After several weeks of battling 11 other top-tier singers, the Warri-bred musician emerged champion, walking home with over N30 million naira, a brand new Sports Utility Vehicle, a year’s supply of Bigi fizzy drinks, a Travel Beta all-expense covered weekend getaway, as well as a record deal for an EP, with six music videos. For anyone in Progress’ shoes, this is an invaluable springboard to stardom and an entry to the easy life.
From the audition stages to the grand finale, Progress is one artiste that has lived true to his name. His musical strength shone all through the show, in his stellar vocal range and stagecraft. Now, with a massive fanbase, a unique singing ability and a determination to succeed, Progress trails another adventure in his life, breaking out within the music industry.
Devoid of any fears of his future exploits, the young singer sits with Guardian Music, narrating his ordeals during the show, backstories as an artiste, as well as his plans to become the next breakout act in the music industry.
Congratulations to you both. How does it feel? FOR me personally, it feels good. It feels good to be the winner; it’s like a dream come true for me personally. But yeah, I know that it is also a lot of work. It’s not the end, because coming for the show; I already told myself that it is not a means to an end.
You understand? It’s not the end; it’s just the beginning. So, I know that there are bigger things waiting for me to do, right. So yeah, that’s the energy for me.
Did you see yourself emerging as a winner? Yeah, for me, winning has never been the number one thing. Though I am the winner and I am super happy, I am so happy and I feel fulfilled and satisfied. But then, there are other things that brought me to the show, because where I come from there are not so many opportunities like the way it is here in Lagos in terms of entertainment and how effective the industry is in entertainment.
So, getting here and getting into the live show was a big achievement for me and for where I come from, you understand me? So before emerging as the winner, I had already been checking all the achievements I have had on the show, you get me? So, yeah.
How did you get into music? First of all, I am born into a music family- my mum (before she died), my dad, my sisters; all of us are into choir. But it was different for me because I took music more seriously than the others. They all sing, but I chose to, I don’t know, I feel like it came from the inside. My love for music supersedes every other person in the house.
I joined the choir at an early age. Music was like my go-to if I am down; if I am happy, it was because of music. I don’t know if you get what I am saying; I’ve been doing and singing music. The first time I ever sang a special number in the church, I think I was like 10 and the reaction of everyone in church was mind-blowing.
So, I knew that okay, this is something I really want to do, because I was really doing it from my heart and I loved it. So, I decided that music is something I want to follow when I competed in a competition back at Warri in 2015 and 2016. So yeah, I knew that I was going to take it seriously as a career.
Were you already recording music before the competition? Yeah, I have recorded a couple of songs, but no one is out on the digital platform yet, but yeah, I thank God for this.
It is one thing to win a music contest and it is another thing to break into the music industry. How do you feel about it? I am excited; because it’s something I have always wanted. Like I said, where I come from, there are not so many opportunities in terms of the entertainment industry. So, coming for the show and having this exposure it’s like a springboard into the music industry, because if I was doing music back at Warri, it might be slow before getting into the industry.
So, coming for the show was like a bridge into the industry. I know that I am still an upcoming artiste, but then it has brought me closer to what I want. So, I feel excited about it and I know that when I put in the work and keep pushing, it will get better.
What was your most challenging period during the show? I think it varies. During theatre week, I would say the most challenging was the one that took us to the top 12, which was when I sang Justin Bieber’s Yummy. It was crazy because I had just one day. See, during theatre week, they give you the song, so whatever song you get, it’s your concern. If you like, do it and if you like, don’t do it, that’s your problem.
So, when I got Yummy, I didn’t have any choice but to do it, because that was my song- so that’s for theatre week. For the live shows, I would say it was Show Stopper and it became my best performance. It was challenging trying to like it because for Show Stopper, I had to take a different route.
From the beginning of the live shows, I was very intentional about all the songs I was picking- songs that I knew I would be able to do and perform very well, songs that I knew I would be able to relate with and be able to communicate the song very well. So, for the Show Stopper week, I told myself I want to go- like took a risk of going into something I have never gone to before. It was really challenging for me and I held myself on the neck like I have to do it. So yeah, it was the best performance for me.
How did the competition influence you as a musician? What are the ways that the competition influenced me? It is to always never feel limited because you never can tell the things that you can’t do. As individuals, we have so many potentials, but sometimes, we just stereotype ourselves and feel like, ‘okay, let me be this and let me stick with that. However, in the competition, I understood what growth was and what letting yourself free and just allowing yourself to do the things that you are meant to do and you would be just surprised about the achievements that you can get from it.
Who had the most impact amongst the judges on you? The judges influenced me in several ways. Like Obi was a straightforward man; if he sees something that is nice, he can spot it, like you are actually amazing in this particular field, right. Then, for Simi, she is a unique singer. She has her own sound and I was really influenced by that- staying true to yourself and your sound.
And then for Dbanj, he might not be a vocalist, but then he is a great performer and he always sees that for Zadok. When he sees that ability for you to carry the crowd and entertain and be able to communicate the song that you are singing not just vocally, but with your expression and everything- he comments on that.
So, I love the judges, this season’s judges were just super; well selected because they had their different roles to play as judges. And yeah, I felt I would not pick one, I will just pick all of them because they are very good at their own thing.
Was there any time in the house when you felt like giving up? Like I said, coming for the show is like a means to an end and I was ready for anything. Getting on the first, I was super excited, like performing anything on the first day, like people watching you and all that. I was happy, but I would say when the competition became really challenging for me, I was like, ‘oh my God.”
It started getting into me when we became top 4. When they announced the top 4, I was almost giving up, because the tension at that point was at its peak for me. And I was like, ‘I can’t wait,’ because it was already too much for me. Mentally, you will be thinking, ‘okay, what’s next, what’s for me to do?’ That state where you are like ‘mehn, this is getting tougher,’ and you don’t know how you can handle it.
At that point, you know we were just four and eyes are already on you; people are expecting so much for you to do your best. You have already built your fan base and sometimes you would get messages and people telling you don’t fall into our hands o. No pressure, but sometimes it gets to you and you are like you don’t want to let people down, you understand what I am saying.
So, when we got to the top 4, I was in that state, but then, I told myself that I have been doing it until this point and it is almost over. So, I was just like step up and keep doing it, you are as better as others so try and do better; that was it for me.
Was your family supportive when you started music? I have never had a conflict when it comes to music worth my family. Since childbirth, I told you that we are all singers in my family but I am the one that has keyed into music professionally. So, they already know that this is what I love and they have been supporting me throughout. This is not my first competition, but this is my first major and a bigger competition than the last two competitions I have been in.
What did you study in school? I’m not in school yet.
What are you studying? Before coming for the show though, I tried and I wrote my JAMB and post-UTME. I made those, but I didn’t get the admission. There is this thing with UNIBEN; they always don’t want to give people admission, but I tried. I didn’t get the admission and that was before I now applied for the show. I don’t know what the future holds, but I will eventually go to school.
Moving forward, do you have a sense of the type of music you want to make? Like I said on the show, I have learned to ‘stay true to yourself and own your sound. As long as it’s right, you will always have a niche for yourself and that was somewhat what I did on the show. I was very intentional about the songs that I chose for the show because I was trying to sell myself.
Moving forward, outside the show, those kinds of music are the kind of music I will put out. So, anytime I was choosing something, I was very intentional about what I was chosen because these are the songs that… it’s like testing the waters. Like, ‘okay, let me see if I can do this if I can do that- if I am able to do this,’ meaning, ‘yes, I can do this.’
If you noticed in the show, I was doing the horseplay inspirational, love song; I sang the Johnny Drille song, love song. I did the inspirational song. Wizkid’s Joy, I don’t know if you get me? So, after this show, I would do contemporary gospel and inspirational music.
The Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya at a Regimental Dinner Night has urged retired officers in 81 Division Nigerian Army (NA) never to rest on their oars even in retirement until the security challenge in the country is brought to an end in favour of the Armed Force and by extension the Nation.
The Army Chief who was represented by the General Officer Commanding 81 Division NA Major General Umar Thama Musa at the Regimental Dinner Night in honour of officers who retired in 81 Division noted that the Army is still open to their invaluable contributions towards attaining her constitutional mandate and would always welcome their supports. General Faruk further said they are welcome to attend functions and sessions in order to continue to extend their fellowship to the colleagues they were leaving behind in service.
According to General Yahaya, retirement is an inevitable phase in the life of every military personnel as it marks the complement of active service to the nation. He therefore commended the retired officers for the remarkable achievements they made while in active service to the Nation through the NA.
The Army Chief assured the them that the NA will remain grateful for the services they rendered in the defence of their fatherland. He said the celebration should also be taken as an avenue to thank God for the grace to render the distinguished and meritorious service to the Nation in the quest to restore peace and harmony to our beloved country.
Earlier the President Mess Committee Brigadier General Danlami Ndahi while welcoming the Retired Officers and invite guests to 81 Division Officers’, congratulated the retired officers and their families on behalf of the entire Division on their successful and meritorious retirement from the NA. He said retirement marks the successful complement of active service to the nation.
Colonel Mustapha Anka (rtd) while delivering the vote of thanks on behalf of the retired officers said the COAS has laid a landmark which they much appreciate. He thanked the Army for given them a sense of belonging and for appreciating their sacrifices and service to the Nation through the NA.
The retired officers honoured included Colonel Moses Abolanle, Colonel Igwe Ibemere, Colonel Mustapha Abubakar Anka, Colonel Francis Ekoyo, Colonel Folarin Orolugbagbe and Lieutenant Colonel Ceril Chukwuma Okafor. Others are Lieutenant Colonel Moses Babuba, Lieutenant Colonel Abong Leku, Major Gabriel Ogwo, Major Rilwanu Ishida, Major Bisi Olajide, Major Paul Akpan and Lieutenant Emmanuel Adejoh. The highpoint of the occasion was the presentation of plagues and souvenirs to the retired officers
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday was formally presented with the award for Leadership Person of the Year 2021 at the Leadership Newspapers’ Annual Conference and Awards ceremony in Abuja.
In January, Osinbajo had been named the Leadership Person of the Year 2021, alongside the Director-General, World Trade Organization (WTO), Nigeria’s Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.
The newspaper had noted in its citation that the VP is a worthy recipient of the award “for his key role in steadying the ship of state through the storms as well as laying the foundation for the social intervention programmes of the current administration.”
Speaking at the event, after receiving the award, the Vice President noted that we must also create a country that can provide, “by means of an effective social welfare scheme, a safety net for the very poor and the vulnerable; a united and tolerant nation where all, irrespective of ethnicity, religion or political persuasion, are respected, treated fairly and justly, and have equal access to all opportunities.”
The VP added “we must build a Nigeria where a boy or girl does not say that, ‘I am from the South-West, or I am from the North-West, or South-South or North-East, or North-Central or South-East, but that I am a Nigerian, a citizen of one of the greatest and most prosperous nations on earth.
“This is the kind of Nigeria that those of us in this political tendency, to which Sam Nda-Isaiah belonged, all attest to and believe.”
Osinbajo dedicated the award to “millions of Nigerians who believe in this new Nigeria, and who retain faith in our possibilities as a people and are doing their best every day in their various corners to build this nation through honest endeavour.”
“To these people of goodwill who are working hard to promote peace, tolerance and to build a country that truly represents all of our dreams; to those working hard to build bridges, those who have refused to be frustrated or even wearied by the trials of our country as it grows and continues into the fullness of its manifest destiny.”
According to him, “it is because of such Nigerians, that despite the great challenges we are passing through on our march of progress, I am certain that we will build this great Nigerian nation that we all yearn for.”
Emma Raducanu’s stunning 2021 US Open run—where she became the first qualifier in history to lift a major trophy clinching all 20 sets she played no less—has seen the captivating teenager amass a growing sponsorship portfolio, millions of Instagram followers and an appointment as a Member of the Order of the British Empire.
The Brit can now add the 2022 Laureus World Sports Award for Breakthrough of the Year after being crowned over the weekend. She beat out fellow 2021 US Open winner Daniil Medvedev, Pedri (football), Neeraj Chopra (athletics), Yulimar Rojas (athletics) and Ariarne Titmus (swimming).
“It means so much to receive this award and I really want to congratulate my other nominees. I feel like it’s been a really great year for me but I’ve still got a lot of work to do,” Raducanu said.
The 19-year-old received a special video message from one of her tennis heroes.
“Hey Emma, Li Na here to say congrats. I’m happy that as a member of the Academy that my colleagues and I have chosen you as the winner,” the 2019 International Tennis Hall of Fame inductee said.
Raducanu joins elite company in this category and if history repeats itself, has more big moments in store to come. All of the past tennis recipients reached No. 1 and became multiple major champions: Marat Safin, Rafael Nadal, Amelie Mauresmo, Andy Murray and Naomi Osaka.
This week, Raducanu celebrates a new career-high WTA ranking after jumping to No. 11 following her quarterfinal showing in Stuttgart. Among her previous honors included being named the 2021 BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
The 35-year-old musician was the big winner at theceremony held on Sunday (03.04.22) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas – which was hosted by comedian Trevor Noah – including Album of the Year for his 2021 smash ‘We Are’ as he claimed that music is a “spiritual experience” for him.
He said: “I love music, I’ve been playing since I was a little boy. It’s more than entertainment for me, it’s a spiritual practice.”
The ‘I Need You’ singer – who fought off stiff competition from the likes of Doja Cat, Lady Gaga and Olivia Rodrigo for the prestigious award – also won for his song ‘Cry’, the video for ‘Freedom’ and for his work composing with Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross on the soundtrack for ‘Soul.’
Hot on his heels were R B supergroup Silk Sonic which comprises ‘Marry You’ hitmaker Bruno Mars and rapper Anderson .Paak who took home four Grammys for their efforts over the last year in music.
The duo received Record of the Year for their 2021 debut ‘Leave the Door Open’, just hours after scooping up the gong for Song of the Year at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards and by the end joked that they were “trying hard” to be humble.
Things took a sombre turn when Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy made an appearance via a pre-recorded video message and told viewers that music should be the “opposite of war” as he longed for his country to be free of the conflict brought on by the Russian invasion.
He said: “The war doesn’t let us choose who survives and who stays in eternal silence. Our musicians wear body armour instead of tuxedos. They sing to the wounded in hospitals, even to those who can’t hear them. But the music will break through anyway.”
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Rock band the Foo Fighters won three awards but were not in attendance to collect the trophies following the death of Taylor Hawkins but the show’s In Memorium segment opened with an extended tribute to the drummer – who was found dead aged 50 at the end of last month after reportedly suffering cardiovascular collapse and pop star Billie Eilish wore a t-shirt with his face on it in tribute as she performed ‘Happier Than Ever’.
The section also honoured other late stars such as Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts, Meat Loaf and his collaborator Jim Steinman and paid tribute to musical theatre legend Stephen Sondheim with a performance of some of his iconic showtunes.
Pop star Olivia Rodrigo led the performances of the night, opening the show with an elaborately staged version of her viral hit ‘drivers license’ and when she was named Best New Artist claimed that her “biggest dream” had come true.
Other performance highlights included Silk Sonic’s performance of ‘777’ just before their first big win, ‘American Idol’ winner Carrie Underwood’s debut of new song ‘Ghost Story’ and Lady Gaga, who took to the stage to perform jazz number ‘Love For Sale’ without co-star Tony Bennett, who was not able to attend due to ill health
The Weeknd has once again bagged a Grammy on music’s greatest night in Las Vegas on Sunday, despite his boycott of the show.
Earlier, the Canadian crooner,32, publicly said he would boycott the annual award show after his album After Hours was snubbed, but still managed to won a Grammy for best melodic rap performance for his feature on Kanye West’s song Hurricane.
The award was announced during a pre-show telecast, and the prize did not air during the televised portion of the night.