The city of Port Harcourt
and its environs bubbled with unrestricted entertainment and fun fair throughout last yuletide as the various entertainment outfits and show businesses were at their best elements in ensuring that there was no dull moments during the Christmas and New Year celebrations.
Although most of the residents travelled outside the city to their various towns, villages and other destinations, those who remained behind had the best entertainment and fun their money could afford under a quiet and peaceful environment. Apart from the Christmas and New Year celebrations, the city was also agog on Friday, 26th January, 2015, as the Muslim faithful celebrated Idel Maland with various social activities and prayers.
During the yuletide celebrations, various popular night clubs, eateries, cinema houses, hotels and other entertainment hangouts witnessed large patronage from families, couples and other classes of fun lovers who stormed the places to relax and enjoy themselves in a peaceful environment.
Among the clubs that provided fun during the period were Oba Omega’s Boomer and night club at Rumuogba, Old Aba road, Ouka Beak night club near Mopol 19 barracks, Fabulous night club at the Emenike buss stop axis of Mile I Diobu Royal Afrique exclusive night club at Rumuokwusi and a host of others. These clubs provided full time entertainment music and dance. Apart from these clubs, there are other popular hangouts such as Mr. D. Plaza at D/Line as well as pepper soup joints that contributed in ensuring a fantastic yuletide.
There were also large crowed of viewers at the cinema houses such as Genesis Deluxe cinemas at Tombia street and the Silver Bird Cinemas, former Obi Wali cultural centre along Abonnema wharf road Port Harcourt. One of the movies that attracted large crowd of viewers at Silver Bird was a hilarious movie titled: ‘Head gone’ featuring top Nigerian entertainers namely Ali Baba, Basket Mouth, Akpororo etc.
The story is about psychiatric hospital bus driver who loses some of its patients on referral to a Federal hospital in a road mishap. To cover up their mistake, the driver and nurse assistant picks up unsuspecting commuters to substitute the patients. The plot thickens in conflict as the sane commuters try to prove their sanity in a psychiatric instruction and the escapee patients try to adjust to a were environment.
Another business that provided entertainment during the yuletide are eateries such as Kilimanjaro, Genesis fast food, Mr. Bigs, Peperoni, the Promise, Sammies etc. They enjoyed the patronage of large number of customers who stormed the places to have a delicious taste of their favourite meals, mouth watering ice creams, snacks and their delicacies.
The comedy clan was not left out as they provided laughter and relaxation on 25th December 2014, Rivers State born humour merchant, Julius Agwu stormed the city with “Crack Your Ribs” at the Arstee Arcum, stadium road Port Harcourt with other comedians namely: Rugged Pastor, Romeo without Juliet, Okey Bakasi, D’Don, Funky 4, K.O. Baba, Dr. Virus, Talk Wise and a host of other artistes including Bona Boy, Sckeles etc. This was followed by another comedy show tiled, “Night of Thousand Laughs”. The comic events attracted a large audience who were thrilled by their funny jokes and popular songs.
The Nwatam cultural dance also entertained residents of the oil rich city of Port Harcourt on the 24th and 25th December at Port Harcourt cemetery, old Port Harcourt township while the finals was on the 25th December 2014 at the Rebisi Field Mile I Diobu Port Harcourt, also known as “Ojukwu Field”. All these events contributed in ensuring that there was no dull moment throughout the yuletide.
The neighbouring communities also had full scale fun through their beach carnivals and parties. This included the famous Buguma beach carnival, Isiola Emohua beach party, Ogbakiri beach party and Elele Alimini street parties among several others.
It would be recalled that prior to Christmas and New Year celebrations, the city of Port Harcourt was in a festive mood as the state celebrated its cultural festival titled CARNIRIV.
The 2014 edition was adjudged one of the best. Although each of the editions had its unique features, that of last year was spectacular because of the unique events that made it one of the best. This included the introduction of the first ever miss CARNIRIV beauty pageant, a word-class stage for artistes and 100 per cent local content.
The one-week event was officially opened on Monday, 14th December and ended on Saturday 20th December 2014 amidst glitz, glamour, pomp and pageantry, among the events that made it spectacular were kids carnival, carnival praise jam, cultural art exhibition, Ekere Rhythm of the tribes, BAMFEST, Hosh Jam, Egelegel Champions of the Sand (Arena), Reggae 360 and old Port Harcourt town groove. Among the artistes that performed were Davido, Phyron, Patroranking, Timaya and Terry G.
Among the events that enhanced the explosion of cultural revival in the state and thumbs-up for the organizers for a job well done were the international Acquatic Fiesta. This is one of Nigeria’s most cherished, most colourful and entertaining water parade by the local government areas and a core part of cultural life and history of the state.
The city of Port Harcourt literally stood still on Friday, December 19th and Saturday December 20th 2014, respectively, as the international heritage parade and garden city free style parade took place amidst glamour glitz and funfair along Aba and Ikwerre roads axis of the state capital. 23 local government areas of the state led by their respective caretaker committee chairmen and wives showcased their floats that depicted their cultural heritage, it was indeed a day that proved the cultural superiority of the Rivers people.
Saturday 20th December witnessed the Garden City free style parade made up of 10 costume bands. One of the bands, Treasure Base band was led by the Governor of the State, His Excellency, Rotimi Amaechi accompanied by the governorship candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr. Dakuku Adol Peterside and other government officials. The 2014 edition of CARNIRIV was indeed a one week of fun and cultural rejuvenation which set the right mood for last year’s Christmas and New Year celebrations that turned out to be hitch-free, peaceful and fun.
Another historic event that took place last year was the traditional marriage of former beauty queen and first female president of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Ibinabo Fiberesima to her long time heart throb, Uche Egbuka a US based soldier and clinical director from Imo State.
The ancient town of Okrika in oil Rivers State was agog with cultural festivities on Thursday December 18th, 2014, as the community played host to the who-is-who in Nollywood and showbiz in Nigeria who witnessed the glamourous event. The marriage ceremony which turned out into a carnival of sorts witnessed a large crowd of guests who were conveyed to the palatial gold mansion of Niger Delta billionaire, Ateke Tom, who played the role of a god father at the reception party.
Among the Nollywood heavy weights in attendance were Francis Duru, who was the master of ceremony, Dieweiet Ikpechukwu, Nkem Owoh (Osuofia), Mr. Ibu and Patience Ozokwor (mama Gee) who were literally mobbed by their fans, guests and villagers. Others included Mr. Emmanuel Oguguah, Segun Arinze, Florence Onuma, Fabian Adibe, Salome Okeke, Vitalis Ndubuisi, Zeb and Chico Ejiro, Jibor Dubor, Bruno Iwuoha, Kingsley Ejiro, Charles Awurum, Lillian Bach and Emeka Rollas among others.
There were also top artistes in attendance such as Zapp Squad and the preferred star of the day, African China, who played several of his hit tracks and kept the people on the dance floor. Other stars who performed were AB Cowboy, who charged the arena with gyration music, Waconzy and a host of others.
I’m Eager To Find Love Again -Tiwa Savage
Nigerian singer, Tiwa Savage, has declared her desire to find love and experience once again. The Koroba Crooner shared her deepest wish with her fans and followers via her instagram page. The number one African bad girl is highly optimistic that her prince charming will seek her out soonest as she is ready to be found and pampered with love.
Tiwa shared a picture of herself as she looked gorgeously dressed in a beautifully tailored pink dress for Toyin Lawani’s wedding reception. She captioned it ‘somebody’s son will find me one day.
Savage was married to Tunji Balogun popularly know as Tee Billz Balogun on November 23, 2013 the couple held their traditional marriage at the Ark in Lekki, while their white wedding was held on April 26,2014 at the Armani Hotel, Dubai.
In 2015, Tiwa gave birth to her first child with Tee Billz. However, in 2016 the singer announced the crash of her marriage as she accused her husband of financial recklessness, drug addiction and abandonment.
Burna Boy Drinks From Grammy Award Plaque
It is no news that Burna Boy was nominated by the organisers of the grammy awards event and won the award with his popular album Twice As Tall. The award remains a highlight for all the nominations, awards won and every other achievement so far in his musical career.
The self acclaimed African Giant was out clubbing with friends over the weekend and made sure to take along his grammy award plague. In the viral video which surfaced on the internet, the kilometer singer was seen in the club in the company of friends as they celebrated his taking receipt of his grammy win.
In the course of their celebration Odogwu held out the gold plague as champaign was poured into it after which he drank the entire content. The video has gone viral and got social media users talking and expressing diverse opinions, while a popular boy has criticised the Afro fusion singer for taking his plague to a club, noting he and his plague have begun a nation wide tour and may visit all the 774 local government areas in Nigeria.
Social media users have become defence ministers for Burna Boy and they have slammed the blog while hailing the artite, noting the grammy win was well deserved and he can celebrate and do whatever makes him happy with his plague.
Dansonko said: “Celebrate your wins, you worked for it, you deserve it and no one can tell you otherwise.
Alibaba, Banky W, Others Attend Wizkid’s Debut Album’s 10th Anniversary
On June 12, 2021, Grammy Award winning music star, Wizkid celebrated the 10th anniversary of his debut album, ‘Super Star’. In a documentary shared on Wizkid’s insa stories, industry giants like Bankyw, Alibaba, Femi Kuti, Basket Mouth and others took turns to speak on the 30-year-old singers evolution since his successful debut.
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the release of the album under BankyW’s Eme, Wizkid released a docu-series titled. “A super star’ made in Lagos on his you tube page and shared across his social media handles.
Speaking in the docu-series, wizkid reflects on his childhood, recalling his early days in Surelere and being the last child of his parents. Wizkid took time to share his experience in BankyW’s Enyire Maths Entertainment (EME) which signed him and released the album.
“Getting signed to Bankyw was one of the amazing things that happened to me, it was just an amazing moment for me, it changed my life,” Wizkid said.
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