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Ekpata, Adaugo Emerge Faces Of Native &Vogue

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Charming  duo, Gedony
Ekpata and Doris Adaugo Uche last week in Port Harcourt emerged the faces of Port Harcourt’s International Fashion Week, christened Native & Vogue.
The 23-year old Ekpata and 21 year-old Adaugo beat other nine models to win the male and female categories, respectively during the unveiling ceremony held at the Southern Star Hotel, Port Harcourt.
Both models smiled home with a cheque of N500,000 each and would adorn all materials relating to the Native & Vogue Fashion Week slated for Port Harcourt later this month. They, according to the organisers, would also benefit from a stint at an international modeling outfit in South Africa.
An elected Gedony Ekpata’s manager, Ngozi Anyiam applauded the ceremony and commended the winners, describing them as worthy ambassadors.
“I am so, so proud of Gedony today. He has demonstrated that our little efforts are not in vain and his victory would fire up interests among his peers and those that are still skeptical about modeling as a career,” said the manager.
Meanwhile, throwing more light on the International fashion week being powered by Rivers State Government in partnership with Neo-mantra, Buno Creazioni (Frank Oshodi), Allure (Vanguard) and Studio 24, Rivers Commissioner of Information and Communications, Mrs Ibim Semenitari said that Native & Vogue is an event by the present administration  to relaunch Port Harcourt as the Garden City and hub of the creative industry.
She said that the event is tailored to relaunch what she called the ‘Rivers State Brand,’ stating that “our values were eroded before the coming of the Rotimi Amaechi administration in 2007.”
She further stated that Governor Amaechi remained committed to redesigning the state as a plce to live work and recreate.
According to her, the fashion week is part of innovation by government to thrust the city nad state as a brand, showcase the veracity of the slogan. ‘Rivers of opportunities and possibilities.’
The week which involves modeling, fashion and designing and other creative enterprises will create and encourage new economies where young people  can channel their energy.
It is billed to be an annual event that will draw the world to Port Harcourt.

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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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