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Rivers Celebrates Peaceful, Funfilled Yuletide

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Choro graphic display by students of Orada Int’ School, Ozuoba, Port Harcourt

Choro graphic display by students of Orada Int’ School, Ozuoba, Port Harcourt

The world Yuletide refers to
the period around Christmas, while Christmas is the time to think about Jesus as a baby in a manger. The birth of Jesus is a special and miraculous event.  The central truth of Xmas is that the child of Christmas is God.  This is why his birth is celebrated on the 25th of December every year.
This year’s Christmas celebration in Rivers State was not only very peaceful, but funfilled, it was marked with prayers, thanksgiving services, sober reflections and funfair.  Although most people in the state celebrated it in a low-key due to financial constraints, others still took time out to patronize their favourite entertainment hang-outs like the   cinema houses, night clubs, hotels eateries and drinking joints with their families, friends and well-wishers.
The Tide’s entertainment investigation revealed that the peaceful celebration was as a result of the first ever Rivers State Christmas carol hosted by the state Governor, His Excellency Chief Barrister Nyesom Ezenwo Wike (CON) with the theme “Hossana 2015” held on Saturday 19th December 2015 at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium Elekahia, Port Harcourt.
The historic event which attracted a mammoth crowd of Christians from different denominations across the state and its environs, is a record breaking gathering built to strengthen the cord that binds the people of Rivers  State by bringing together choristers, citizens and other attendees from every religious denominations across the state, the state Governor and his deputy, Dr Mrs Ipalibo Harry Banigo, members of the state executives council and other distinguished guests from within and outside the state were also in attendance in what has come to be seen as a lofty, commendable and true unity project.
Although the carol had come and gone, the spiritual liberation left behind by the 1000 mass choir and other gospel singers still lingers in the  minds of those who were opportuned to attend the historic event.  It remains a vital part of the Christians worship experience exuding an ambience of bliss and serenity in and around the event venue and leaving a lingering nostalgia long after the event.
With the Amiable state Governor Chief (Barr), Nyesom  Wike and a renowned man of God and special advisers to the Governor of Rivers State on  religious matters and chairman 1st Rivers State Christmas Carol organising committee, Bishop Winston Iwo at the helm of the religious affairs one cannot but expect the best in spiritual liberation of the people.  It is no gainsaying that when the history of this epochal time shall be written, it shall be said that a choir of uncommon singers joined a team of uncommon people to bring about uncommon physical, mental and spiritual transformation of the people of the state.
Commenting on the Christmas carol a member of the Rivers State Pilgrims board and Chairman Local Government Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) coalition, Rivers State, Rev Peter Wobihiele Georgewill commended the state Governor, Chief Barrister Nyesom Ezenwo Wike for his foresight in introducing the Christmas carol in the state in place of the so-called CARNIRIV.  He said the programme was a right step in the right direction as it had brought the people of the state closer to God instead of the CARNIRIV which did not only distance the people of the state from God, but promoted immorality and idol worship.
The man of God stressed that CARNIRIV also gave roam to satanic activities such as masquerade dancing and other demonic activities that are not in conformity with Christian beliefs.  He noted that the Christmas carol is no doubt a cautious effort by the Wike’s administration to change the ugly trend and bring the people back to God as well as save the state from the reckless and frivolous spending  of huge sums of state revenue all in the name of CARNIRIV, while other important  sectors of the state economy begged for attention.
According to him CARNIRIV was not just a mere conception of showcasing the cultural heritage of the Rivers people, but a deliberate revival of idol worship, sexual perversion and other societal taboos.  This is why all well-meaning people of the state should give kudos to Governor Wike for his timely intervention in saving the state from the cluches of the devil.
Reverend Georgewill who is also the Vicar in charge of St Paul’s Anglican Church Nkpor Village Rumuolumeni in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of the state also lauded Wike for sending over 600 pilgrims to Jerusalem with all expenses paid even when his detractors thought it would be impossible to do so after they had looted the state treasury.
He said the Governor’s magnamity is unprecendented as he has even promised to increase the number of pilgrims to the holy land in subsequent years.  He therefore called on the people of the stat eto embrace Gov Wike’s Administration because when the righteous rules the people rejoice.
Among the personalities that attended the event included his Excellency Nyesom Ezenwo Wike (CON), Governor of Rivers State, His Excellency Hon Justice Eberechi Surzzette Nyesom Wike, wife of the Governor Banigo, Deputy Governor, Rivers State, Rt Hon Ikuinyi Owaji Ibani, Speaker Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon Justice Daisy Wotube Okocha, Bishop Winton Iwo, Bro Felix Obuah, Chairman Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Rivers State, members of the Rivers State executive council and other distinguished guests within and outside the state among others.
The gospel groups in attendance included the Mass Choir led by Adonye Omubo Pepple, Niger Delta North Diocese Choir, Music Ministration by Chioma Jesus, Royal Male Choir as well as Rivers State Cultural troupe and a host of other gospel groups.

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Reno Omokri Writes Open Letter To BBNaija Enthusiasts

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Reno Omokri has written an open letter to BBNaija enthusiasts.
In his letter, the former presidential aide asked ardent followers of the reality TV show to campaign for their businesses as much as they campaign for housemates who do not know them.
His letter reads
‘’Dear #BBNaija enthusiasts,
You see how you campaign for that housemate? Good. Campaign for your success like that. Instead of selling a housemate you don’t know and who does not know you, to me, use that time and energy to sell a product you can profit from to me. Do not be afraid of business or think that it is wrong to make a profit. It is not wickedness for lions to kill and eat antelopes. It is life’s natural order. Don’t be sentimental in business. Set your price competitively. Make your profit. Don’t exploit customers. But dont cheat yourself. A lion that does not kill will itself be killed!’’

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A review Of Tiwa Savage’s Water & Garri EP

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Nigerian multiple award-winning artist Tiwa Savage returns with a brand new extended play “Water & Garri. This comes less than a year after the release of her critically acclaimed third studio album “Celia”.
Water & Garri, a five-track body of work features Grammy Awards winner and veteran rapper, Nas, singer Brandy, the Nigerian underground artist Rich King and Alte singer and soul music stunner, Tay Iwar.
Since her return to Nigeria in 2012, Tiwa Savage has raised the bar for female artists. She embodied the almost frowned on sex symbol attribute in the music industry, her music is filled with flirting words and expressions. No wonder when she called herself African bad gyal, no one disputed the assertion.
Garri is a staple food among Nigerians, water is used to take or make Garri. The title as used in this context refers to her mashed style and global collaboration. She sticks to her heartfelt style in the course of making this album.
Tiwa Savage infused Rnb/Soul with Afro-fusion. The end product is a 19 minutes run of music with themes detailing heartbreak, love, hard work, perseverance, etc.
Nas and Rich King were on the opening track “Work Fada”, the pensive and reflective song preaches hard work and perseverance with Nas almost going preachy in his thought-provoking verse.
The six minutes long track is the perfect opener to the avarde garde album, who opens an EP with this type of lengthy play? Only Tiwa Savage could do such, the theme is distinct and it’s a well-calculated risk.
In 2016, Tiwa Savage’s marriage with talent manager Teebliz hit the rock. Five years later, she seems set to speak her truth. She reveals a little on the Interlude on her last album—Celia. On Water & Garri, Tiwa Savage dedicates two tracks to that ugly incident.
Ade Ori is a soft-light take on past relationships/marriage. She is now independent while she is hopeful about future handling. The lyrics drip with pain and regretful lines.
Tale by Moonlight was a popular weekly storied program on national television. Tiwa Savage details her fairy tale love expectations on this soulful 90s house music. Even though she flirts and gushing about the guy, she is cautious. Amaarae’s whispery vocals compliment Tiwa Savage’s flirt takes.
Seven years ago, American artist Brandy visited Nigeria. At a press conference before her performance at Classic FM Valentine show, she revealed she loved Tiwa Savage’s vocals, she liked it to a 14-year-old. Unknown to her, Tiwa Savage considered the Grammy Winner her role model and one of the reasons she is into music.
When they finally collaborate on “Somebody’s Son”, it is a perfect blend of two songstresses.
They complement one another, Brandy even sings in Yoruba. This track is one of the up-tempo songs on the EP. Its production is filled with Drums and mellow strings. Somebody’s son retains the themes of Ade Ori: it pleads for reciprocal love.
Tay Iwar and Tiwa Savage jointly closed the EP with a rollercoaster of deep expressive expressions. The horn-filled disco makes it sounds like a potential track for a Friday night out.
Veteran producer Pharell Williams called this project a classic but the fans failed to realize his caveat of it not becoming commercially viable. Tiwa Savage is unbothered if her recent promotional talks are anything to go by.
Water & Garri explores Tiwa Savage Rnb/Soul forte with an infusion of Afro-fusion, the EP is a dart between hope and despair. The production is pristine, however, the songwriting is underwhelming.
The featured artists almost overshadowed her. Although it’s obvious that this project is destined for the international market, the collaborations could have been lesser.

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Wizkid Makes History As ‘Essence’ BeComes Most Shazam Song In US

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Nigerian singer, Wizkid has made history in the United States.
The Grammy award-winning superstar made the history with his hit single ‘Essence.’
The 31-year-old father of three registered his name on the book of musical history when ‘Essence’ was announced the most Shazam song in the United States of America.
Apple-owned Shazam, through its Instagram account, announced Wizkid’s ‘Essence’ as the most Shazamed song in the country.
The app, which is used to identify music and TV shows by listening to a short sample of their audio, posted a pictured Wizkid with the caption: ”Big Congrats to @wizkidayo!! #Essence is now the most Shazamed song in the United States.”

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