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Kalabaris Celebrate Alagba Festival …Admits Dickson Into Ekine Society

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The Kalabari  people of Rivers State recently celebrated the Alagba masquerade festival, the famous and most outstanding masquerade in the history of the Kalabaris Kingdome, the festival was celebrated in Buguma City in 1908, 1927, 1973 and 1991.

King Prof TJT Princewill, the Amayanabo of Kalabari Kingdom whose eminent presence captured the beauty and significance of the festival used the occasion to declare to the entire world that the kingdom is peaceful and safe for investment and development. The festival was witnessed by a mammoth crowed and array of personalities ,

King Princewill further explained that the Kingdom used the masquerades to welcome and entertain high placed dignitaries adding that in Kalabari, the highest honour they give to a stranger was to admit him into the Ekine society as they do not confer chieftaincy titles on strangers.

He explained that the Ekine society served as the court of the people, since traditionally, there was no court or police in the kingsom. The Ekine society also serves as the custodian of the culture, matters are settled there and you cannot be a chief without being a member of the society.

His Excellency, Chief Seriake Dickson the Executive Governor of Bayelsa State in a remark expressed happiness for being invited and initiated into the prestigious Ekine Society. “With this, I am now a true son of the Kalabari Kingdom with King Princewill as my King. This event reminds me of the Kalabari chieftaincy institution which is as old as the Kalabari Kingdom with very interesting historical background in its evolution as one of the ancient Ijaws of the Niger Delta. I am indeed very appreciative and grateful for the honour done on me by His Majesty, King (Prof.) T.J.T. Princewill (Amachree XI), the incumbent Amanyanabo of Kalabari by permitting me to witness this great epoch making event. I therefore wish to thank him for this great honour done to me as one of his sons.

Governor of Bayelsa state, Chief Seriake Dickson used the opportunity to state that the government of Bayelsa State would continue to work with Governor Chibuike Amaechi the Rivers State Governor and other constituted authorities in Rivers State to ensure that the people have better security and development. The Governor vowed not to allow anything to cause disunity between Rivers and Bayelsa, stressing that the two states would continue to work together to promote unity, development and cultural heritage of the Ijaws. According to him, we shall continue to maintain the peaceful co-existence and development among the people and the two states. “For this to happen, then you must work and support your Governor, Rt.Hon. Chibuike Amaechi”, he said.

He however commended the Amayanabo of Kalabari, His Majesty, King Theophilous T.J.T Princewill, the Amachree XI, the people of Kalabari and the Sakiabo club for the honour they have done on him to become a member. He noted that he accepted the membership of Sakiabo club to underscore the importance of their culture. “Whatever we do, those of us who are in government have duties to support and promote our culture and traditions, preserve and transfer them to succeeding generations”, he said.

The Governor joined some of the dancers to dance the Alagba Masquerade which was last displayed 20 years ago.

Prof Robin Hutton a Professor for over 60 years a Briton and now a Kalabari man married to a Kalabari woman and a member of Ekine Sekiep Society who was very visible during the festival expressed his happiness that peace has finally returned to his people and development will now flow as the Asari River flows. He stated that he has been in the kingdom for over 30 years and it has been long since one saw this type of love, unity and peace among the people of the kingdom.

Alh Asari Dokubo the Leader of the Niger Delta Peoples Frontier Force (NDPFF) and the Edi-Abali of the Kalabari Kingdom stated “The Federal Government of Nigeria can no longer use lack of peace in Niger Delta as a periquisite to deny the people of the region the needed development that is lacking in the region. The Kalabari Kingdom with over 33 communities is the largest section of the Ijaw Nation and with peace being celebrated through the Alagba Masquerade festival today; peace is assumed to have returned to the region so we expect immediate and sustainable development in the Niger Delta region. We are proud of our culture as without culture the people ceases to exist. With what has happened today the Kalabari Kingdom will now take its rightful place among the great cultural centres in Africa. I am involved in this event not minding that I am a Muslim due to that with my position in the Kingdom as the Edi-Abali, I am the custodian of culture of our people!

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Dating Many Ladies Helps Me Interpret Romantic Roles –Ray Emodi

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Actor and singer, Ray Emodi, has interpreted many romantic roles in his acting career. Emodi, who has acted alongside Zack Orji, Tina Mba, IK Ogbonna and others, said his experience with ladies helps him to play romantic roles.
In an encounter with Saturday Beats, the ‘Unfinished Business’ actor said, “I have dated all kinds of girls, so whenever I get a romantic role, I pull from my experience almost all the time. That helps. When my future wife asks about my body count, I would tell her I was doing it to get experience for my acting.”
On what he considers his biggest challenge in Nollywood, Emodi said, “The biggest challenge in Nollywood is that we can’t shoot with the air conditioner on. A lot of sweating goes on while shooting. When we eventually end a scene, there are people coming to you to clean the sweat. But in all, I believe the movies are getting better.”
Maintaining that he has a good relationship with his female fans, he said, “My female fans are well behaved. Though I had an experience with one who used my picture on her Instastory and her friends asked her if we were in a relationship.”
Emodi said his trajectory in Nollywood has been swift. “My growth has been fast. It feels like I started acting yesterday. My first movie was in 2017 and it’s been two years now. It’s been interesting.”

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Watch Out: Five Most Anticipated Films For Dec, 2019

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December is gradually becoming the month for big releases in Nollywood and top filmmakers, and production companies have lined up big movies up for release this Christmas.
In 2018, records were set and broken with the December releases. Kemi Adetiba’s ‘King, of Boys’, EbonyLife Films’ ‘Chief Daddy’ and AY Makun’s ‘Merry Men’ redefined the Christmas box office in Nigeria.
Interestingly, films like ‘Knockout Blessing’ and ‘God’s Calling’ which were top contenders, managed to stay afloat despite the wave of the blockbusters in the cinemas.
Muna
Director: Kevin Nwankwor
Release Date: December 6
Synopsis
‘Muna’ is the story of a spirited girl raised by her grandmother; the last surviving member of their family. Muna’s driving desire to provide a better life for herself and grandmother in the land of milk and honey leads to shady characters that will change the trajectory. Landing her smack dab into the hands of traffickers.
That experience turns her once golden heart into one driven by stone-cold revenge on those who stole her innocence but she found love while on the mission.
The movie stars, Adesua Etomi-Wellington alongside  Onyeka Onwenu, Falz, Ebele Okaro among others.
Your Excellency
Director: Funke Akindele-Bello Release Date: December 13 Synopsis
‘Your Excellency’ tells the story of Chief Ajadi and his wife. Nigeria is thrown into a social media frenzy when the most unlikely candidate ever decides to run for president. His unexpected rise intrigues the public, as they begin to believe an outsider can aspire to the highest public office. As the story reaches its climax, you begin to believe that anything and everything can happen if you capture the imagination of a nation through the power of social media.
The movie stars, Funke Akindele-Bello, Akin Lewis, Shaffy Bello, Deyemi Okanlawon, Osas Ighodaro, Falz, Seyilaw, Kemi Lala Akindoju among others.
Merry Men 2
‘Merry Men 2’ is scheduled for release on December 15, 2019 [Instagram/AY Comedian].
Director: Toka McBaror Release Date: December 15 Synopsis
Remi Martins, Amaju Abioritsegbemi, Ayo Alesinloye, and Naz Okigbo are Abuja’s most eligible bachelors. And it is most notorious. They have thriving businesses, palatial homes, fast cars and the attention of women in no short supply. They are known as The Merry Men, but the ladies call them The Real Yoruba Demons. The Merry Men meet their match in Kenya and other new ladies who are bent on making them pay for their atrocities.
The movie stars, AY Makun, Ramsey Nouah, Regina Daniels, Iretiola Doyle, Alex Asogwa, Jim Iyke, Falz, Nancy Isime, Ufuoma McDermott, Linda Osifo, Damilola Adegbite among others.
Kpali
Director: Ladipo Johnson
Release Date: December 20
Synopsis
‘Kpali’ is the story of Amaka, a young Nigerian and Investment Banker, who has 30 days to secure a resident permit (kpali) in the UK or face the consequence which might include disappointment or deportation.
The movie stars Ini Dima-Okojie, Nkem Owoh, Gloria Anozie-Young, Linda Ejiofor, Kunle Remi, Uzor Arukwe, Seyilaw, Kunle ‘Abounc’ Fawole, and Linda Ejiofor- Sulaiman  among others.
Sugar Rush
Director: Kayode Kasum
Release Date: December 25, 2019 Synopsis
All hell is let loose when three young ladies found a total sum of $800,000 and decided to spend it all. The money is later found out to be the loot of some internet fraudsters and the ladies have the EFCC and a ring of criminals to contend with.
The movie stars Adesua Etomi-Wellington, Bisola Aiyeola, Omoni Oboli, Tobi Bakre, Mawuli Gavour, Banky W, Adedimeji Lateef, Uzor Arukwe among others.

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John Legend Crowned Sexiest Man Alive

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He’s got an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony, and now John Legend — one of the nicest guys in Hollywood — has been crowned this year’s Sexiest Man Alive.
John Legend — a man so talented he became one of only 15 stars to achieve EGOT status last year — is making history yet again: the 40-year-old singer has now been crowned PEOPLE’s Sexiest Man Alive.
After taking home his first Grammy in 2006 with his debut album ‘Get Lifted’, the star began a steady ascension to superstardom while using his voice for good. Unabashedly in love with his wife Chrissy Teigen and a doting father to their kids, 3½-year-old daughter, Luna, and 18-month-old son, Miles, Legend has become one of Hollywood’s biggest stars while remaining as down-to-earth as ever.
So it’s no surprise that the Voice coach, whose deluxe edition of A Legendary Christmas is available now, had a mix of emotions when he first heard about his latest title.
“I was excited, but I was a little scared at the same time because it’s a lot of pressure,” the entertainer tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story. “Everyone’s going to be picking me apart to see if I’m sexy enough to hold this title. I’m [also] following Idris Elba, which is not fair and is not nice to me!”
Legend is PEOPLE’s 34th Sexiest Man Alive, joining a long list of Hollywood’s hottest, starting with a then-29-year-old Mel Gibson in 1985.
With a buttery voice and unparalleled musical skills, the star — who entered the University of Pennsylvania at just 16 years old — says his mother, Phyllis, a seamstress, was his first and biggest fan.
“Whenever we had opportunities to sing in church or in school, my mom would suggest that I do it,” he says. “She always encouraged me.”
But most importantly, Legend says his parents, including his dad, Ronald, a factory worker, taught him to remain humble and kind.
“My father taught me about character. He taught us by example. He always conducted himself with such grace and dignity,” he says. “My parents always taught me that if you’re going to succeed in life, part of success is having humility. It’s a good way to live life, treating other people the way you want to be treated.”
And now with his gorgeous family and an endless list of accolades, the star is happier — and more confident — than ever.
“I’m so proud that I have a wife and two kids I’m so in love with and so connected to. I’m also so proud of my career,” he says. “I love writing songs and performing on stage. I get a lot of joy from it and give a lot of joy to other people. I’m pretty at ease with myself

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