Preparations are in top gear as over 1000 swimmers from various Parts of Nigeria are expected to storm Rivers State for the first ever Rivers State Water Festival to be held in December at the New Calabar River in Emohua, Rivers State as part of programmes to create awareness about climate change and to showcase the natural tourism potentials in the area.
The project consultant of the Rivers State Water Festival, Mr Kinikanwo Osigbo who led other members of the team on a sensitisation visit to the Emohua monarch, Eze (Amb) Vincent C.B. Okor (Mgbo XII), said the 1000 swimmers expected to participate in the maiden edition of the water event would be selected from their various sports councils across the 36 states of the Federation.
He stated that the environment in the state had been highly destroyed by oil pollution and gas flaring, so they are using the festival to create awareness about climate change and the participants would swim against the tide in the event tagged “Swimming Against the Climate Change”. He said the Water Festival is not only the first in Nigeria but Africa as a continent.
Osigbo said the choice of the New Calabar River is as a result of a-seven-year research project carried out to find out a river that is swimmable in Nigeria and the New Calabar River in the banks of Emohua River alone the East West road is a natural swimming pool with beaches, conducive tropical climate, beautiful mainland vegetations and divine landscapes.
He called on people to visit and appreciate the wonders of nature and invest in the area to boast her tourism potentials.
He maintained that there are investment opportunities in the area such as coral diving, fishing and holiday resort. The consultant called on all hands to be on deck to achieve the lofty objective by making the new Calabar River and Emohua Kingdom the new tourist destination in the state in no distant time.
Earlier in his welcome address, the paramount ruler of Emohua Kingdom, HRM Eze VCB Okor, JP (Mgbo XII) congratulated the consultants for embarking on such a laudable project and for finding the New Calabar River ideal for their project and assured them of support and encouragement of the good people of Emohua Kingdom.
In his address read by the Prince of Emohua Kingdom, Prince Chigozi V.C.B Okor on behalf of the traditional monarch lauded the organisation for the prestigious honour bestowed on him as the life patron of Rivers State Water Festival initiative. He noted that one of the prime resources in Rivers State is her national wonders of which new Calabar Rivers stands out amongst others.
Kunle Afolayan’s Film ‘Citation’ Hits Cinemas, August
Renowned film maker, Kunle Afolayan, has announced a prospective release date for his anticipated new feature film, ‘citation’, staring Temi Otedola.
Kunle’s sex for grades themed movie is gunning for an August 2020 theatrical release, the film maker confirmed this during a meeting live chat where he spoke extensively about the movie’s release.
He revealed that while the coronavirus pandemic may have affected productions, he is excited that his team had concluded primary photography before the coronavirus influenced lockdown.
“Thankfully we were able to complete the shooting of the film, we have also started post production before the entire COVID-19 started and we already have a hit, but because of the lockdown, things have slowed down.
The upcoming movie starring Temi Otedola, Jimemy Jeam Louis, Sadig Daba and Gabriel Afolayan will also be available on Netflix before the year runs out as confirmed by Afolayan who further revealed that he was already in talks with the American streamer.
COVID-19: Emohua Monarch Cancels 116th Birthday Celebration
Following the current global Coronavirus pandemic ravaging the world, the monarch of Emohua Clan in Emohua Local Government Area (EMOLGA), Rivers State, His Royal Majesty V.C.B. Okor, (Mgbo XII) has cancelled his 116th Birthday celebration in compliance with the state government’s ban on social gathering to prevent the spread of the deadly virus in the community.
In his birthday message to the people of the area, the monarch urged them to celebrate the birthday in their houses and abide by the various measures government has put in place to prevent the spread of the virus and stay safe.
The monarch who spoke through his son, Prince (Amb) Chigozi Okor noted that he is happy with the level of compliance and improved hygiene among the people, as they had been properly informed and sensitised on the dangers of non compliance by the town crier and health officials.
Eze VCB Okor commended the governor of the state for the various measures he put in place to curb the spread of the virus in the state. He noted that the temporary measures were taken in good faith to protect the lives of the people as he called for fervent prayer for God’s intervention and solution to the ravaging pandemic.
He called on the state and local governments to extend their palliative measures to the people of the community to cushion the effects of the lockdown.
The monarch thanked the Chief of Staff, Government House, Port Harcourt, (Engr) Emeka Woke and Ohna Sergeant Awuse for ensuring security and peaceful coexistence in the community.
Multi Choice Rewards Customers With Package Upgrade
DSTV and GOTV subscribers who have fully paid their subscriptions will enjoy an upgrade at no cost. The leading video entertainment company, multi choice Nigeria which made the announcement, Monday said it is part of its commitment to lessen the impact of the ongoing social economic crisis due to COVID-19.
“It is our priority to put customers at the heart of everything we do”, said the company’s chief customer service officer, Martin Mabutho.
“And in line with our mission to make great entertainment available even during the most trying of times. We are giving our loyal and valued customers base a chance to experience a wider range of the quality content we carry on our other packages. This is our token of appreciation for their continued support”, Mabutho said.
According to him, starting on Monday, April 20, DSTV customers on DSTV Compact Plus, Compact, Confarm, Family, Yanga and Access who pay for their current package or reconnect will be up graded to a higher package.
He added that this would afford them the opportunity of experiencing a wider viewing experience. DSTV Access Customers will have access to international shows on real time, Nollywood on Africa Magic Epic and Rok 2.
Mabutho stated that subscribers on the family bouquet will have access to movies and TV on TNT Africa and BET Customers on the compact package will have access to international and local entertainment on I Magic, Africa Magic Showcase and M-net movies Premiere and Comedy Central.
For GOTV customers, he said the offer will be available to GOTV Jollc, GOTV Plus GOTV Jinga, Value and Life Packages.
This provides GOTV lite and value customers access to E! Entertainment, FOX life and PBS, adding that GOTV Plus Customers will have more programmes on the GOTV Jollc Package such as CBS Reality and TNT Africa.
While GOTV Jollc customers will enjoy 75 channels options available on GOTV Max like BET, Starlife, Discovery ID and Cartoon Network.
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