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Rivers Celebrates Peaceful, Funfilled Yuletide

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Choro graphic display by students of Orada Int’ School, Ozuoba, Port Harcourt

Choro graphic display by students of Orada Int’ School, Ozuoba, Port Harcourt

The world Yuletide refers to
the period around Christmas, while Christmas is the time to think about Jesus as a baby in a manger. The birth of Jesus is a special and miraculous event.  The central truth of Xmas is that the child of Christmas is God.  This is why his birth is celebrated on the 25th of December every year.
This year’s Christmas celebration in Rivers State was not only very peaceful, but funfilled, it was marked with prayers, thanksgiving services, sober reflections and funfair.  Although most people in the state celebrated it in a low-key due to financial constraints, others still took time out to patronize their favourite entertainment hang-outs like the   cinema houses, night clubs, hotels eateries and drinking joints with their families, friends and well-wishers.
The Tide’s entertainment investigation revealed that the peaceful celebration was as a result of the first ever Rivers State Christmas carol hosted by the state Governor, His Excellency Chief Barrister Nyesom Ezenwo Wike (CON) with the theme “Hossana 2015” held on Saturday 19th December 2015 at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium Elekahia, Port Harcourt.
The historic event which attracted a mammoth crowd of Christians from different denominations across the state and its environs, is a record breaking gathering built to strengthen the cord that binds the people of Rivers  State by bringing together choristers, citizens and other attendees from every religious denominations across the state, the state Governor and his deputy, Dr Mrs Ipalibo Harry Banigo, members of the state executives council and other distinguished guests from within and outside the state were also in attendance in what has come to be seen as a lofty, commendable and true unity project.
Although the carol had come and gone, the spiritual liberation left behind by the 1000 mass choir and other gospel singers still lingers in the  minds of those who were opportuned to attend the historic event.  It remains a vital part of the Christians worship experience exuding an ambience of bliss and serenity in and around the event venue and leaving a lingering nostalgia long after the event.
With the Amiable state Governor Chief (Barr), Nyesom  Wike and a renowned man of God and special advisers to the Governor of Rivers State on  religious matters and chairman 1st Rivers State Christmas Carol organising committee, Bishop Winston Iwo at the helm of the religious affairs one cannot but expect the best in spiritual liberation of the people.  It is no gainsaying that when the history of this epochal time shall be written, it shall be said that a choir of uncommon singers joined a team of uncommon people to bring about uncommon physical, mental and spiritual transformation of the people of the state.
Commenting on the Christmas carol a member of the Rivers State Pilgrims board and Chairman Local Government Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) coalition, Rivers State, Rev Peter Wobihiele Georgewill commended the state Governor, Chief Barrister Nyesom Ezenwo Wike for his foresight in introducing the Christmas carol in the state in place of the so-called CARNIRIV.  He said the programme was a right step in the right direction as it had brought the people of the state closer to God instead of the CARNIRIV which did not only distance the people of the state from God, but promoted immorality and idol worship.
The man of God stressed that CARNIRIV also gave roam to satanic activities such as masquerade dancing and other demonic activities that are not in conformity with Christian beliefs.  He noted that the Christmas carol is no doubt a cautious effort by the Wike’s administration to change the ugly trend and bring the people back to God as well as save the state from the reckless and frivolous spending  of huge sums of state revenue all in the name of CARNIRIV, while other important  sectors of the state economy begged for attention.
According to him CARNIRIV was not just a mere conception of showcasing the cultural heritage of the Rivers people, but a deliberate revival of idol worship, sexual perversion and other societal taboos.  This is why all well-meaning people of the state should give kudos to Governor Wike for his timely intervention in saving the state from the cluches of the devil.
Reverend Georgewill who is also the Vicar in charge of St Paul’s Anglican Church Nkpor Village Rumuolumeni in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of the state also lauded Wike for sending over 600 pilgrims to Jerusalem with all expenses paid even when his detractors thought it would be impossible to do so after they had looted the state treasury.
He said the Governor’s magnamity is unprecendented as he has even promised to increase the number of pilgrims to the holy land in subsequent years.  He therefore called on the people of the stat eto embrace Gov Wike’s Administration because when the righteous rules the people rejoice.
Among the personalities that attended the event included his Excellency Nyesom Ezenwo Wike (CON), Governor of Rivers State, His Excellency Hon Justice Eberechi Surzzette Nyesom Wike, wife of the Governor Banigo, Deputy Governor, Rivers State, Rt Hon Ikuinyi Owaji Ibani, Speaker Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon Justice Daisy Wotube Okocha, Bishop Winton Iwo, Bro Felix Obuah, Chairman Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Rivers State, members of the Rivers State executive council and other distinguished guests within and outside the state among others.
The gospel groups in attendance included the Mass Choir led by Adonye Omubo Pepple, Niger Delta North Diocese Choir, Music Ministration by Chioma Jesus, Royal Male Choir as well as Rivers State Cultural troupe and a host of other gospel groups.

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Stephanie Linus, First Black Recipient Of Lennox K. Black Prize

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Nollywood actress and filmmaker Stephanie Linus has made history as the first black recipient of the Lennox K. Black Prize For Excellence in Medicine.

The Lennox K. Black International Prize for Excellence in Medicine is a prestigious accolade awarded by Thomas Jefferson University, recognising outstanding individuals.

The actress was honoured with the Lennox K. Black International Prize for Excellence in Medicine by Thomas Jefferson University in America in recognition of her outstanding contributions to social activism and impact through her work.

This remarkable achievement, they said, highlights her dedication to societal well-being and marks her as the first Black recipient of this distinguished award.

The Tide Entertainment reports that the Lennox K. Black International Prize for Excellence in Medicine is a prestigious accolade awarded by Thomas Jefferson University, recognising individuals who have made significant contributions to the medical field, promoting scientific discovery and advancements.

Named after Lennox K. Black, a Canadian manufacturing executive known for his philanthropic efforts and service on various boards, including Thomas Jefferson University, the prize celebrates excellence in medical innovation and global contribution to health and medicine.

The actress is renowned for her activism and impactful work in areas concerning women’s health and rights, including her efforts to combat issues like fistula and gender-based violence.

According to  the award organisers she has been instrumental in bringing about social change through her films and campaigns. They added that her work extends beyond borders, affecting lives and policies internationally, embodying the spirit of the Lennox K. Black International Prize.

On receiving the award, Stephanie expressed her gratitude and reaffirmed her commitment to using her platform for social good.

“This recognition goes beyond me; it is for all the women and girls fighting for a healthier, safer world. It amplifies our message and our work. It strengthens my resolve to continue advocating for gender equality, social justice, and improved maternal and reproductive health in Africa,” she said

Susan Aldunge, Interim President of Thomas Jefferson University, admired the actress, saying, ‘‘Your ability to educate while humbly addressing the cultural obstacles impeding progress for young women is commendable. Your intelligent, personal take on the necessary human rights changes has deeply impacted all lucky to encounter you. Congratulations once more on this well-deserved award and the acknowledgement of your efforts.’”

Ms Aldunge further said  that Thomas Jefferson University, a leader in medical education and research, hosts the award to underscore its mission of improving lives through innovation in health care.

‘‘The university is proud to honour Stephanie Linus, whose work aligns with Jefferson’s values of creativity, collaboration, and compassion in pursuing excellence in medicine and beyond.

“Awarding the Lennox K. Black International Prize to Stephanie Linus celebrates her achievements and signals a broader recognition of the importance of social activism in medicine and health,” she added.

“Her pioneering efforts continue to inspire and effect change, paving the way for a healthier, more equitable world’’.

Stephanie, who was named Chairperson of the Nigerian Official Selection Committee (NOSC) for the Best International Feature Film (IFF) category of the Oscars in August 2023, is best known for her 2015 advocacy movie ‘Dry’, which tells the story of a 13-year-old girl whose parents marry her off to a 60-year-old man, with devastating consequences.

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‘I’ll Continue To Ask For My Balance’ – Phyna reacts.

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Winner of Big Brother Naija ( BBNaija) Season 7, Josephina Ijeoma Otabor, popularly known as Phyna, has responded to the recent revelation by Ilebaye, the Season 8 winner, that she received her prize money in full.

Ilebaye’s revelation came just after Phyna had publicly called out the organizers for withholding some of her prizes.

Phyna, who revealed this to Newsmen  insinuated that Ilebaye broke the gender code by announcing that she got her full prize money.

She also stressed that she would continue to demand for her balance, stating that she worked hard for the money during the show’s 72-day duration.

Phyna said then girls take a chill pill. I’m happy you all got your money in full according to you, seems I’m being cheated on then. Women supporting women in the mud.

“I believe I should at least get what I worked so hard for 72 days. You all suddenly remembered your alert screenshots and IG Live………… Common……one among others is 1BTC which is over 80m in today’s market.

“To those who got their money in full
I’m happy for you. As a poor man’s child,  let me ask for my money and other items remaining.,” She added.

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Monarch Pledges Good Governance,  Team Spirit To His People

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The Eze  Ogba Iji-nu -Ede, HRH. Eze Barr.(Dr) Temple N Ejekwu, Nye Need Eli Rumuogba Kingdom has reassured his people of good governance and team spirit with a target to always bringing meaningful development to the community.
This was contained in a statement by his Media Team and made available to The Tide Entertainment recently,  after he celebrated his birthday.
The birthday celebration which was said to be exciting and fun too, had attendees enjoyed themselves, as the popular “My  Wife Say”  Band by Richman Oparanma was on ground to entertain the mammoth crowd to the fullest.
The statement said Eze Ogba was much appreciative of his audience who defiled the economic quagmire and graced the occasion even without proper invitation.
According to the statement, such was a prove to the fact that Eze Ejekwu was truly a man of the people.
“The mammoth crowd at the palace of the Eze Ogba was a litmus test to the fact that Temple is a man of the people. No invitation cards sent, but the crowd was over overwhelming”, it stated.
The statement which also elugised all Government recognized Traditional rulers and other Community leaders, who attended the event, assured them of the Eze Ogba’s promise to always do that which will make them proud at all times irrespective of the time or season.
The Media Team via the statement also thumbed up for the management of the Okporo Community Secondary School , especially the Leadership of The Eze BARR Dr Temple N Ejekwu JP ‘ s (House Purple House) which came top at its recently concluded Inter-House Sports Competition.
It noted with joy that the presentation made to the Eze on the said day will remain permanent in the annals of history.
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