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How Rivers Celebrated Yuletide Of Peace, Fanfare

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The yuletide season ev
ery year is usually agog with festivities such as carnivals, beach parties, cultural shows and celebrations as well as weddings, anniversaries, family reunion, funfair, pomp and pageantry as Christians all over the world celebrate the 25th of December as the birth of Jesus Christ. This celebration continue till January first of every year which is celebrated as the new year day.
Despite the present economic recession in Nigeria, Port Harcourt, the capital city of the oil rich Rivers State celebrated this year’s Christmas and New Year with praise-worship and funfare as well as the various communities in the state. The Rivers State Christmas carol tagged “Hossana 2016”hosted by the state governor Chief (Barr) Nyesom Ezenwo Wike on Saturday December 17th 2016 at the Yakubu Gown Stadium, Port Harcourt ushered in the Christmas and new year celebrations of peace.
About 17,000 Rivers people and residents turned for the event. It was a celebration of God’s grace and blessings to the state in the passing year. The Christmas carol also provided a united platform for the high and low to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and pray for a more prosperous new year.
The spiritual event showcased mass choir ministration, popular solo artistes performances and rendition of Christmas carols by all present including the state governor and his wife, former governor of Akwa-Ibom, Godswill Akpabio, government functionaries and other distinguished guests in attendance.
The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye who preached the sermon at the event handed the state to God and preached for peace, unity and forgiveness in the state.
Other events that took place during the yuletide celebration are the popular Port Harcourt street parties which have become a culture in the city’s social calendar. The events bring together fun lovers from all parts of the city and beyond who partied all night and other side attractions that made the night memorable.
Apart from the street parties, other activities that rocked the state are the beach parties which provided opportunities for the youths and the young at heart to watch their popular music idols perform live onstage as they dance along with them. Popular Nollywood stars are usually not left out of the fun. Some of the popular beach parties that took place curing the yuletide celebration include the popular Buguma beach carnival in Akuku-Toru Local Government , the Ogba-kiri beach party in Emohua Local Government among others.
Also in the list of celebrations which took place this yuletide were the Nwaotam which holds every December 25th in Opobo, Bonny, Port Harcourt City and other areas, the Agaba masquerade and cultural dances. Other areas of interest where fun seekers went to catch full blown fun were the tourist beach, Arnusenet centres, cinema houses, restaurants, eateries, popular hotels and night clubs as well as other hangouts.
In an interview with The Tide entertainment, a showbiz personality in the state, Prince Victor Minima said, most people in the state had fun this yuletide despite the economic recession. This was made possible by the magnanimity and kind heart of the state Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike who paid December salaries to all civil servants and pensioners in the state plus the relative peace and security which created a conducive environment.

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My Victory Resulted From Steadfast Prayers, Says MBGN Winner

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Winner of the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria 2021, Oluchi Madubuike, yesterday said that her victory was as a result of steadfast prayers.
Madubuike, who was crowned Miss Nigeria World 2021 on Saturday, took to her Instagram page to appreciate her family and other people who supported her in the journey.
According to her, she was victorious because of the steadfast prayers, love and support that she received from well wishes.
She said, “The little girl in me is screaming with joy at this new reality of mine. I’m sure my dad is with the host of angels in heaven celebrating me!
“I am so grateful to God most importantly for this opportunity and the hand of favour He placed upon my life. I am a living testimony of his divine work.
“To @silverbirdgrp , all our sponsors and partners, thank you all for this opportunity. I promise to maximize it to my fullest potential.
“This victory was a result of the steadfast prayers, love and support. I pray that God will find a way to repay everyone who contributed in a thousand folds.”
Madubuike would be representing Nigeria at the 70th edition of the Miss World pageant to be held on December 16, 2021 in Puerto Rico.

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Nigerian Female Celebrities Are Not Prostitutes -Movie Producer

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Nigerian movie producer, Samuel Olatunji, popularly known as Bigsam has debunked the idea that successful women in the entertainment industry earn their money through questionable means.
The Public Relations expert took to his Instagram page yesterday to condemn Nollywood actress, Nnaji Charity, who in her Instagram stories wrote that “being a female celebrity in Nigeria is more like an advanced prostitution.”(sic)
“To say her post is uncharitable to women is stating the obvious. What is more uncharitable is the fact that she is a woman (that, I believe because these days, you never can tell), “ the producer said.
He added, “What you are implying is that all these successful female celebrities, both in entertainment and outside entertainment are prostitutes, got to where they are, or are maintaining what they are by prostitution? Nothing could be farther from the truth.
Naming celebrities such as Linda Ikeji, Toyin Abraham, Funke Akindele-Bello, and Ini Edo, the Dear Affy producer attested to lucrative means by which several female celebrities he has worked with, make their money.
He said, “There was a time someone called me to say Linda Ikeji must be doing fraud or advanced prostitution to make the kind of money she has, that year, Linda was charging 50k per post (now it is 150k). I asked the person to open the blog and we did counting of sponsored post for that day as at 6pm, Linda has done about 20 sponsored posts. That year, Linda was raking in about 2 million daily. Before Covid and after, Toyin Abraham was making over 5 million monthly.
“About 10 years ago, we struck a major deal for Ini Edo, my first cut in the money was over 1.5m. Till date, Ini is making legitimate money quietly and in quick succession to have warranted talk that she’s the richest actress in Nigeria. About two or three years ago, Funke Akindele Bello made over 1 million USD from just one of her projects.”(sic)
Also mentioning the likes of Kemi Adetiba, Uche Jumbo, and Lizzy Jay, Bigsam said, “If you see all these women living life and living well, don’t let your limited brain deceive you that they only make it by gracing beds of powerful men (some of these men actually live off them).”
“Women are doing well and it is possible for the upcoming one to do better without turning to prostitution,” he continued.
He further encouraged ladies to ignore the claims by Nnaji as “she doesn’t know what she’s saying.”

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Wizkid, Omah Lay Bag High Nominations In AFRIMA 2021

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The African Union Commission and the International Committee of All Africa Music Awards have released the 2021 nominees’ list.
The list, which was released on Wednesday, features over 400 songs from artistes in the 30 continental and 10 regional categories cutting across African talents and creatives living on the continent and in the Diaspora.
Leading the 2021 AFRIMA nominations scorecard is South Africa’s sensation duo, Blaq Diamond with eight nominations for their song, ‘SummerYoMuthi’ in ‘Best Male Artiste in Southern Africa’; ‘Artiste of the Year in Africa’; ‘Song of the Year in Africa’; ‘Producer of the Year in Africa’; ‘Best Male Artiste in African Inspirational Music’; ‘Breakout Artiste of the Year’; ‘Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Pop’; and ‘Best African Duo, Group or Band’.
Also, South Africa’s Focalistic made it to the top of the list for his hit single, ‘Ke Star’ [Remix], featuring Davido and Vigro Deep with seven nominations including ‘Best Male Artiste’ in Southern Africa; ‘Artiste of the Year in Africa’; ‘Song of the Year in Africa’; ‘Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Dance or Choreography’; ‘Best African Collaboration’; ‘Best Artiste, Duo or Group In African Electro’; and ‘Breakout Artiste of the Year’. Also, South Africa’s Focalistic made it to the top of the list for his hit single, ‘Ke Star’ [Remix], featuring Davido and Vigro Deep with seven nominations including ‘Best Male Artiste’ in Southern Africa; ‘Artiste of the Year in Africa’; ‘Song of the Year in Africa’; ‘Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Dance or Choreography’; ‘Best African Collaboration’; ‘Best Artiste, Duo or Group In African Electro’; and ‘Breakout Artiste of the Year’.

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