It was a night of fun, music performances and plenty to eat and drink from some Port Harcourt entertainers during the 2019 Correspondents’ Week of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Rivers State chapter recently.
The Correspondents’ chapel of the State NUJ kicked off activities for the week on Monday, December 2 and the curtains were drawn on Thursday, December 5 which was a day set aside for journalists to unwind, make merry and ward off work stress.
The chapel took out time to address issues affecting the state with the theme of the program ‘Role of The Media in Protecting the Rivers Environment’.
Speaking at the event, Permanent Secretary, Rivers State Ministry of Information and Communications and Commissioner Designate, Pastor Paulinus Nsirim stressed the need for the welfare of journalists to be taken care of in view of the tedious nature of their job.
”We need to set agenda for ourselves as it relates to our welfare, nobody will do that for us. Let us interrogate why a publisher or a media owner will not pay salaries for one to two years and such person still answers a publisher, food for thought
“I am believing that this year’s Correspondents’ Week should do a lot of things for the media in Nigeria, a time has come when we need to stand up to say enough is enough, we cannot afford to be involved in slave labour,” Nsirim said.
He however, advised journalists to know their worth and always appear smart before the society in order to get the maximum respect they require from the public.
Also speaking at the event, the Head, Corporate Communications, Indorma- Nigeria Group, Dr. Jossy Nkwocha challenged journalists to top up their games and stop giving so much attention and importance to social media.
“Journalists are helping to take their jobs from them by making those who practice social media to look more important than they journalists; why do we have to take a very big story and do just a post on Facebook rather than doing a big story that can shake the system?
“I have seen so many things that journalists are doing that are undermining our practice and profession, I think we should go back and take back our jobs and we need to do that by being journalists not just someone on social media,” Nkwocha stated.
By: Agnes Onwuegbu
BBNaija 2020: Ka3ina, Lilo Become First Housemates To Be Evicted
Ka3ina and Lilo last Sunday became the first housemates to be evicted from the BBNaija ‘Lockdown’ house.
There was a twist in the eviction show for this year as eviction power is taken away from the viewers and left the fate of the nominated contestants in the hands of their fellow contestants.
The host, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, further shocked the house when he announced that it was going to be a double eviction. He said this after unveiling Lilo, Eric, Ka3ina, and Praise as the least voted housemates of the week.
Biggie also said this year, all the housemates except the head of the house and deputy will be up for eviction every week, hence, the viewers need to constantly vote to keep their favourite contestant in the house.
For Lilo and Ka3ina, the higher majority voted out Ka3ina and Lilo, who Ebuka announced as the first Lockdown housemates to leave the show.
Lilo is a 23-year-old dietitian based in Lagos, Nigeria. Lilo, as she prefers to be known, is also an entrepreneur and describes herself as “a product of God’s grace”.
Lilo hails from Ibadan, Oyo State, where she attended the Vale College, Ibadan, and graduated from Babcock University in 2018 where she studied food and nutrition.
Kate “Ka3ina” Jones (26) is an entrepreneur from Rivers, Nigeria. She describes herself as a strong woman who wants more from life. Her dream is to be famous and own the biggest luxury fashion brand in the world.
Monarch Calls For Tourism Development In EMOLGA
As the good people of Emohua community in Emohua Local Government Area (MOLGA), Rivers State celebrate the return of peace and harmony in the area, the monarch, His Royal Majesty (HRM), Eze Amb VCB Okor, (Mgbo XII) has appealed to the state government to consider the development of the abundant tourism potentials in the area in order to boost economic activities and generate employment for the youths.
The monarch who stated this during a recent interview with The Tide Entertainment in his palace at Rumuche, – Emohua, disclosed that the community is blessed with historic tourist sites such as beaches, artifacts and rivers which include the Oduoha, Isiodu and Ogbaizari beaches, the new Calabar River, ancient markets and historic land marks among others which he said are tourist attractions that could be harnessed.
He called on investors to utilize the opportunity of the peaceful and enabling environment to invest in the community. He said as a community that is known for her legendary hospitality, conducive weather and arable land, good returns on investment is guaranteed”.
Eze VCB Okor noted that the people of Emohua are reaping the dividends of the peaceful co-existence as it has ushered in a new dawn of development and prosperity as well as security of lives and property. He lauded the financial support and selfless sacrifices of Ohna Sergent Awuse and Ihiechi Olomi who championed the peace process. He urged other well meaning sons and daughters of the community to emulate their benevolence and philanthropic gestures.
The Emohua monach also commended Governor Nyesom Wike on his developmental strides which have transformed the state and restored the lost garden city status of Port Harcourt. He also thanked the governor for carrying illustrious sons and daughters of the community along in his administration as well as his road projects and other developmental initiatives which have given the community a face lift.
PH Fans Celebrate 50 Cent @ 45
American rap star, Curtis James Jackson III, popularly known as 50 cent who hails from Queens, New York City, United States of America, who clocked 45 years recently has been celebrated by some of his devoted fans in Port Harcourt.
According to one of the fans, Maxwell Chinedu, popularly known as ‘Maximum’ who spoke with The Tide in a recent interview, ’50 cent is a role model who has inspired many youths through his exploits in the entertainment clan.
He described him as a “pride of the black race” in America as he has achieved a lot within his 45 years of existence on earth; while another fan, Princewill Reuben, a Port Harcourt based upcoming artiste said, 50 cent inspires him in the music industry as he draws inspiration from his achievements which he described as unprecedented. 50 cent also known as Ferrari F. 50 in the music industry shot to fame when he was discovered by legendary rapper Eminem back in 2002. He became one of the world’s best rappers and rose to prominence with his album titled ‘Get Rich or Die Tryin’. It was produced by Dr Dre. The album was released on February 6, 2003. One of the most-famous songs in the album was in ‘Da clu’b.
50 cent has won several awards including a Grammy Award, 13 Billboard music awards, six world music awards, three American music Awards and four Bet Awards. The veteran rap star has sold over 30 million albums worldwide during his career and was ranked the sixth best rapper (behind Eminem and Nelly) by Billboard.
F 50 has also appeared in the semi autobiographcal film, ‘Get Rich or Die Tryin (2005) the Iraq war film home of the Brave (2006) Rigteous kill (2008) and Den of thieves etc. He is also the executive producer of power on starz and for life on ABC Net work.
He also gained a lot of accolades from his performance in power, he played the role of gang star who was among those who posed a threat to the main character ‘Ghost’ played by actor Omari Harwick.
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