Over one thousand Art
ists from around the world are expected in Port Harcourt the Rivers State capital this October for the International Festival of Contemporary Dance (IFCOD).
The festival which is at the instance of Mona Dance school Port Harcourt is part of the effort by the organisation to make Rivers State the hub of the entertainment industry in Nigeria.
The Executive Director of Mona Dance school Port Harcourt Mrs Elo Inyeinengi-Etomi who briefed newsmen on the forth coming event in her office in Port Harcourt also said that the festival will create awareness on the economic value of dance and other arts in the society. Mrs Etomi said that dance plays a pivotal role in the entertainment industry as it combines both music and drama to achieve its goal.
She said that the festival will play consistent role in the development of the Art industry in the various communities across the state.
According to her, apart from making the state the hub of the Arts industry the festival will also help in the creation of employment opportunities for the teeming unemployed youths in the state.
She also said that, the international festival of contemporary Dance also seeks to harness the abundant local talents and resources for the improvement of the society.
Mrs Etomi said that the Arts industry has done so much in selling Nigerians image abroad, while also bringing millions of Foreign exchange to the economy, adding that the economic contribution of Artists to Nigeria and other countries was indications that there are no longer the under dogs that people take them to be.
She said that the activities of Mona Dance school over the years have changed the perception of the public about dance stressing that at the moment dance as a subject is being taught in over 26 schools in Port Harcourt.
Mrs Etomi however, stressed the need for the support of the government, multinational corporations and other organizations to ensure the success of the forth-coming programme.
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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