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Artistes Seek Viable Market In Niger Delta

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A popular artiste in Rivers
State Mr Darlington Smart AKA D-Smart of The “Pickin, I go drink Small Stout” Fame has called for the establishment of a Viable Market in The Niger Delta as lack of such market is a major set back to the improvement of artistes in the region.
The seasoned musician who spoke with The Tide Entertainment recently, noted that the region needs a viable market and accredited marketers to sell their VCD, – audio and video cassettes as well as promote their musical works, he said the absence of such marketers paves way for pirates to thrive in their dishonourable trade.
D-Smart who has two albums to his credit namely: “Pickin” and “African touch” says his third album titled “God’s Love and reality” is at the completion stage. According to him, he wants to leave a positive legacy behind when he is old and gone that is why his new album is on evergreen songs with positive meaning not girls, love drug cars and other gibberish.
The Pickin I go drink small stout crooner condemned the ongoing crisis rocking the Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria (PMAN) across the country. According to him, the association has been fractionalized into different splinter groups here and there and their activities have succeeded in rubbing the image of the association in the mind.
He called on the leaders of the various factions to bury their hatchets and give peace a chance because PMAN is the only recognized body for performing musicians in the country, so it must not be allowed to suffer untimely death because of greed and selfish interests.
The musician, producer and Comedian disclosed that comedy has made a lot of people wealthy and has taken a lot of young men off the streets. According to him, from the time of Alibaba, the number of comedians that have emerged is impressive and the profession is a lucrative one as many people in Nigeria enjoy comedy shows.
Meanwhile, Rivers State born frontline musician, from the Ogba /Egbema /Ndoni Local Government Area Mr Bright Igwe the ‘Aboki Shine My Shoe’ Exponent has called on the state government to be involved in the development of the music sector by creating a platform for upcoming artistes to showcase their talent and encourage them by grooming them to stardom, stressing that a lot of untapped talents abound in the state.

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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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