Last Sunday, August 24th
2014 was not only historic, but memorable for lovers of good music and choreography as Mona Dance School, Port Harcourt held the 7th edition of her annual star night amidst glitz and glamour at the prestigious auditorium of the Arena, No 30 Tombia Street, Port Harcourt.
The large audience who attended the event from all works of life were thrilled by the raw talent and mesmerising dance steps of the trained dancers and their exciting and educative drama displays that left the audience spell bound as well as captivating music that blended with the dancers and created the right mood for the night.
The star studded event started at about 5.15pm with an opening prayer by Everest Okonkwo, followed by the introduction of the instructors, the creative minds behind the artistic creation, Jazz Line dance titled “When Jesus says yes…. “by Destiny’s child performed by Holiday socials students and “my first Ballet and Adagio” expressing the different basic movements in Ballet in tune to music using the body, space, different levels, direction and formation.
Other events of the night included in between” which talked of joining hands together in aiding positive growth of our children, “First Game,” which is a Hip Hop rap beat, “Suffering and smiling” which teaches that irrespective of whatever situation we many find ourselves, the smiles on our faces give us the strength to hope for a better day, and “thanksgiving” which teaches that even when we derail from his path in the bid to scarch for quicker solution and fail to find them, God’s grace is always available. There was also ‘Agbeko’, the migration dance of Ghana featuring music and life drums performed by Mona Dance School Instructors and DWM. “Watch me Dance” which is the joy of learning to dance by all ages performed by parents of Holiday socials students, ‘Apeja’ (Fisher Men Dance) exhibiting the rich occupational culture of the people of Lagos state and “the experiences”, Music is broken heels by Alexandra Burks.
The high point of the night is “influence” the theme of the star night which show cased heroes, leaders and remarkable people who have fought against human/ social injustice, poverty, oppression and supported Christian movements with a sence of purpose and integrity, men and women who still speak long after they are gone some of them include the following, Mahatma Ghandi (1869-1948), Martin Luther King Jnr (1929-1968), Mother Theresa (1910-1992) Bishop Ajayi Crowder (1809-1890) and Nelson Mandela (1918-2013) (46664). Speaking with The Tide Entertainment shortly after the events, the Airtistic Director, Mona Dance school Port Harcourt, Mrs Eloi Etomi said, “I feel fulfileld because we are starting with people who want to fulfil their world, we should have different mindsets not to be waiting for our leaders to infulence the soceity we live in.” She noted that we could start it our selves in our little ways wherever we find ourselves so taht the society will be better for all of us to live in. She disclosed that Mona Dance School started in April 2008 and that the star night is an annual event with different themes. According to her this year’s theme has been most fulfilling becasue of its message. She however assured that next year will be better.
One of the guests at the event, Pastor Melvis Odobo noted that the nights event was wonderful and the theme very apt and essential in the sence that the mesasge they passed across to the audience was what the country needed right now considering the personalities who passed through the society and used their and life to influence the society positively.
He stressed that the Mona Dance school is relevant to the society because dance is an art and we should channel the energy of our young ones in that direction as it will help to develop them in body and soul.
A choreographer with the school, Mr Akuro Godwill Bubbo and American based instructor and dancer Miss Angel Eieyae gave kudos to the students for their wonderful performance.
N20m For Grabs As Burna Boy, Tiwa Savage, Others Contest
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.
Egwu Ogba Holds, August 9
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
BB Naija Season Six Begins, ’Morrow
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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