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ECOWAS Lauds Rivers’ Success In Hosting Pageant … Honours Alpha Blondy, Jimmy Cliff As Peace Ambassadors

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Although the 2009 Miss ECOWAS peace Pageant has come and gone, the memories of that historic night at polo club premises in GRA axis of Port Harcourt last Sunday remain ever green in the minds of those who were opportuned to be there. Apart from being a night of beauty, glitz and razzmatazz, it was well attended as all West African nations under the umbrella of ECOWAS came together to show case our cultural heritage and beauty as well as to celebrate peace in diversity.
In his address at the beauty pageant, the President of ECOWAS Commission Dr. Mohammed Ibn Chambas noted that ECOWAS is not all about beauty, glitz and pageantry, but about peace, unity and togetherness of member states showcasing the culture and uniqueness of the states with many languages but one goal.
Dr. Chambas described Rivers State as a wonderful state, stressing “we want the world to know that with the present government, entertainment, tourism, youths and sports are the key to development.” He commended Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi for his warm hospitality and successful hosting of the regional beauty pageant for the second time.
He said one of the objectives of the pageant is to ensure peace in diversity which is the only way to move the region forward and sustain ourselves in this period of global financial crisis. The President also advocated for a borderless West Africa where every West African will feel at home in any country they may be. Alpha Blondy and Jimmy Cliff who thrilled the over 3000 people in attendance with their hit songs of yester years were honoured as ECOWAS Peace Ambassadors for their promotion of peace and the African Culture through their songs. When it was time for 2 Face Idibia and Dare Art Alade to mount the stage, the crowd went wild with joy and excitement as they sang along with the music stars particularly 2 Face’s rendition of ‘my African queen.
Ghanaian cultural troop Wuta and Sherifa as well as little H, a 12 year old Nigerian music sensation also thrilled the audience with their captivating performances.
The masters of ceremony Yibo Koko from Nigeria and Bee Arthur from Ghana also did a wonderful job by adding fun and class to the event.
It was indeed a night to remember especially with a Nigerian, Miss Joy Obasi Ngozika winning the prestigious crown after defeating 22 other contestants from various West African countries.

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Guns Should Be Legalised In Nigeria – Iyabo Ojo

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Popular Nollywood actress, Iyabo Ojo has stressed the need for guns to be legalizeds in Nigeria to deal with child molesters.
The mother of two made this known while reacting to a video posted by comedienne, Princess, on her Instagram page.
Princess, whose foster daughter was allegedly sexually abused by Yoruba actor, Baba Ijesha, shared a video of a four-year-old girl who was sexually assaulted by her teacher.
Alongside the video, Princess wrote: “Abuse of minors has become the new trend in Nigeria and only a few people are speaking up. Even in the animal kingdom, it’s not this bad. Our society stigmatises, even threatening victims and their parents, while the perpetrators like Baba Ijesha walk freely.
“Our children are being destroyed daily and most people see it as cruise.”
Reacting, Iyabo Ojo made it clear that anyone who messes with her children will be dealt with.
The mother of two wrote: “Can they just legalise guns because some demons need to be taken out as soon as possible?

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Comedian AY, Wife Welcome Second Child After 13 Years

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Popular Comedian, Ayodeji Makun, also known as AY, has welcomed his second child after13 years.
He announced this in a video shared on his Instagram page.
The birth of their second child is coming thirteen years after they had their first child, Michelle.
Alongside a video, AY wrote: “Our prayers in the last 13 years has been answered. Ayomide, thank you for making Mabel and I ‘Mummy and Daddy’ again.
“Thank you for making Michelle a big sister. Thanks to everyone who kept us in their prayers and never stopped feeding us with positive vibes.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways submit to him and he will make your path straight.
“God’s time is the best.”

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Living In Nigeria Becoming Crazier – Basket Mouth’s Wife

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Elsie Okpocha, wife of popular Nigerian comedian, Bright Okpocha, popularly known as Basket Mouth has called out President Muhammadu Buhari’s government over the increment in prices of groceries and foodstuffs.
Basket Mouth’s wife, in a recent post said is unfair that Nigerians have to constantly deal with the regular increase in prices.
According to her, it’s getting ‘crazier trying to survive in the ‘Giant of Africa’.
She urged the Buhari-led government to help Nigerians by making life livable.
On her Instagram story, she wrote: “Our dear government, do you want us all to leave this country for you.
“It’s unfair how we constantly have to deal with the regular price increment of foodstuffs and groceries.
“It’s getting crazier trying to survive in this country that’s supposed to be the giant of Africa.
“Abeg you people should help us and make life in Nigeria livable .”
The Tide source gathered that the prices of foodstuffs in the past few months have continued to increase in markets across the country.
Many Nigerians have taken to social media to lament the cost of eggs, bread, beans and other foodstuffs.

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