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Entertainment Clan Rebrands Nigeria … Boosts Hospitality Industry – Chief Okoha

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The entertainment clan particularly the movie and music industries have been given kudos for their efforts in trying to rebrand the countries image both locally and internationally which has also gone a long way in boosting the hospitality industry in Nigeria.
This observation was made by a seasoned industrialist and hotelier based in Port Harcourt, Chief Godswill Okoha during an interview with The Tide Entertainment on Wednesday. He noted that Nigerian musicians have been winning awards both at home and abroad as a result of their exploits in music. He also stressed that the Nigerian movie industry popularly known as Nollywood is rated the third highest movie industry in the world after Hollywood of America and Bollywood of India.
The managing director of De Crown Hotels Aluu and Twin Valley Hotels Limited, Port Harcourt, maintained that these achievements have restored the good image of the country which had been tarnished over the years by detractors. He said though the country has not reached a near perfect situation, with time all the inherent lapses will be taken care of.
Chief Okoha, the Eze Igo I of Ogbakiri in Emohua Local Government Area (EMOLGA), Rivers State called on other industries to emulate the entertainment sector which he said has contributed immensely to the development of the nation’s economy, stressing that after the oil sector, the entertainment industry comes next.
According to the Eze Ochialili the achievements of the entertainment sector has impacted positively on the hospitality industry, contending that hospitality business, entertainment and showbiz work hand in hand as partners in progress. He therefore called on the federal and state governments to invest more in those areas.
The business magnate also commended the efforts of the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Alhaji Sanusi Lamido for trying to revive the banking sector by exposing loan defaulters and fraudulent bank Chief executives.
He said before now a lot of shaddy deals were going on in the sector as the bankers had always used depositors money as their own and give them out to friends and relatives without adequate collateral which he said led to the failed banks saga in the country.
He urged the apex bank and other regulatory bodies to extend their search light to the stock exchange market which he said needs purging because of the high level of insider fraud that takes place there. He alleged that most of the brokers sell customers stock without their mandate and convert the proceeds to their personnel purse. He therefore called for effective monitoring of the market to insure sanity in the system as this will help to restore customers’ confidence.

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N20m For Grabs As Burna Boy, Tiwa Savage, Others Contest

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Nigerian social media space is bustling with activities as top Nigerian celebrities drawn from music, movies and football sectors lock horns in an online engagement contest hosted by the Nigerian Social Media Awards whose grand finale is slated for December 11, 2021 at Eko Hotel and suites, Victoria Island Lagos.
     Celebrities competing in the Naija Game of Thrones category are 2Baba, Davido, Burna Boy, Tiwa Savage, Wizkid, Olamide, Don Jazzy and Genevieve Nnaji, while Phyno, Victor Osimhen, Kelechi Iheanacho, King Rudy, Yemi Alade, Funke Akindele Bello, Timaya and Mr. P are contesting in the Naija x Factor category.
      A confirmation of the degree of engagement the celebrities have with their online fans, the contestants involve the fans visiting the website to vote for them to boost the celebrities opportunity to win N20 million grand prize that would be paid to the celebrities to support his/her corporate social responsibility project.
     The project manager Nigeria social media awards, Francis Amirize in a statement said the social media which a few years ago started as a fun spot has today metamorphosed into an opinion shaping part of existence which can no longer be ignored in the marketing of brands projects and personalities.

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Egwu Ogba Holds, August 9

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The Umu-Akoku Family of  Erema Town, Egi in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State has fixed 9th of August, 2021 as date for this year’s Egwu Ogba festival.
August 9, according to the family source,  falls within eight Nkwo market days from the nineth of July 2021, when the declaration was made.
 The declaration of the date was made by Elder Elijah Obulor on behalf of Elder Andrew Nwaoma who is the eldest member of Umu- Akoku family of  Erema at the ancient Anamaoji play ground.
Speaking earlier in an interview with The Tide,  the oldest member of the Umu-Akoku Family, Erema, Elder Andrew Nwaoma said the festival has no iota of  fetism in it, stressing that it is a celebration of the culture of the Egi people.
Elder Nwaoma said Egwu-Ogba also fosters peace and unity, stressing that it is a celebration of all persons irrespective of their religious creed.
Also speaking, the head chief of Umu-Akoku Royal Family of Erema, Chief Ikenna Obulor said the celebration has remained the same despite the influx of different religions  into Erema.
Chief Obulor said Egwu Ogba brings peace, prosperity and oneness to the entire Ogba Kingdom.
He used the occasion to refute alleged rumour of fighting during the ceremony, stressing that the entire place is peaceful.
The eldest son of Andrew Nwaoma, Bro. Kayedi Nwaoma said the present generation will ensure that the festival does not die.
Also speaking, the Eze Egi of Ogbaland, Eze (Prof) Anele Uzondu Wokoma said Egwu Ogba represents the feast of passover for the Egi people.
Wokoma said the festival brings bumper harvest to the Egi people as well as fosters unity in the Kingdom.

By: John Bibor

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BB Naija Season Six Begins, ’Morrow

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Multi Choice Nigeria, Monday, revealed that Season 6 of the Big Brother Naija Reality TV Show will begin on July 24.
      Disclosing this while briefing journalists, Multi choice customer officer, Martin Mabudu, said that this year’s edition of the reality show would run for 72 days and end on October 3, 2021.
   Recall that Olamilekan Agbeleshe also known as Layon won BB Naija lockdown edition last year. He went home with N30 million cash prize, a two bedroom apartment, courtesy of Revolution Plus, a top of the range SUV from Nigerian automaker, Innoson Motors, a trip to Dublin, courtesy of Guinness and home appliances courtesy of Scan Frost.
  Others are trip to Dubai, packaged by Travel Beta, a year’s supply of Indomie noodles, Munch it and Colgate toothpaste, a year’s supply of Pepsi, a branded chiller trip to watch the UEFA Champions League final and a branded new oppo mobile smartphone.
  In 2019, BBNaija winner, Mercy Eke, won N30 million prize money as well as other mouth-watering gifts.

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