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Rivers Fans Celebrate Easter Without Fanfare

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Easter period is the most important festival in the Christian calendar to mark the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It starts on Friday which is the day Jesus was crucified on the cross and Christians refer to the day as Good Friday, while Easter Sunday is celebrated as the day Jesus rose from the dead three days after his crucifixion.
This great event in Christaindom is usually celebrated annually with fun fare and a lot of spiritual activities. During this period, churches organize a lot of spiritual activities, businesses boom as families shop to ensure they celebrate in grand style. Tourists seize the opportunity to visit choice destinations even as people travel far and wide to meet loved ones and individuals, hold social events, visit cinema houses, eateries and clubs among others.
This year’s Easter celebration was devoid of the usual boisterous celebration which Easter has come to be associated with over the years. The Good Friday procession in most churches that traditionally mark the crucifixion of Jesus Christ by devout Christians was not observed, even the entertainment enclave was shut down due to the novel coronavirus pandemic which put the entire world on pulse.
The impact of March 29, 2020 nationwide broadcast by President Mohammadu Buhari ordering a lockdown on Abuja, Lagos and Ogun States in a bid to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic was also adopted by some state governors including the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike who in a state wide broadcast on March 23rd ordered the closure of churches, markets, public parks Night clubs, drinking parlours and observance of social distancing among other measures to check the spread of the deadly virus in the state.
The Governor explained that the lockdown and restriction of movement was in good faith to checkmate the spread of the virus in the state. This led to the cancellation of many events and plans scheduled for the Easter. Most of the entertainment joints were shut down, while the churches witnessed a low turnout of worshippers during the Easter Sunday as most of their members observed the Easter service online and Via social media plat forms.
Despite the restrictive measures the spirit of Easter was high among some of the devoted Christians who discovered alternative ways of worshiping God in their various houses, while some of the fun lovers who spoke with The Tide wore long faces as they lamented that the lock down had spoilt their Easter plans.

 

Jacob Obinna

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N20m For Grabs As Burna Boy, Tiwa Savage, Others Contest

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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.

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Egwu Ogba Holds, August 9

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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

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BB Naija Season Six Begins, ’Morrow

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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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