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Check Out Nigerian Cultural Festivals To Enjoy In 2019

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Festivals in Nigeria are a time to immerse fully in culture and be a more relaxed version of oneself. We are anticipating everything from food and music to art and film in some spectular locations. Check out the various cultural events this year.
Argungun Fishing Festival (February): One of the famous cultural festivals in Nigeria, the Argungu festival takes place in Kebbi state. Thousands of fishermen from the Northern region come together and compete in catching the largest fish in the river using only traditional nets.
Gidifest(March): It is an annual pop culture festival of foods,drinks,sports and music .
Lagos International Jazz Festival[(April): Scheduled to hold in Lagos Island from April 27-30,the Lagos International Jazz Festival brings together award winning jazz artistes and enthuasiasts including the likes of Grammy a3ward winning artistes like Jermaine Jackson, Lekan Babalola .
Lagos Carnival[(May): This is the celebration that emphasizes what a melting pot of culture Lagos truly is. From western Nigeria to Brazil and Cuba the colourful carnival usually involves dancing, music, dazzling costumes and visitors from all over Nigeria.
Durbar Festival(June): Durbar festival or Hawan Daushe is Northern Nigeria cultural treasure. The Durbar is celebrated at the end of Ramadan, Eid el-fitri and at the start of pilgrimage to Mecca. Eid el kabir, Durbar festival holds in Kano, Bida in Niger State, Katsina , Sokoto and Bauchi .
New Yam Festival(August) : The new yam festival or iwaji, ikei , iri iji is an annual festival that holds for a week in August. It is time when the people from southern and eastern Nigeria gather to celebrate the new yams of the season with folk dances, masquerades and parables. The yams are offered to gods or ancestors first before they are eaten.
Ojude Oba Festival (August): It holds in August 23, the Ijebu Ode people celebrate their culture and heritage three days after the start of Eid-el-kabir.
Osun Osogbo Festival(August): This is a two week programme of events in August that typically revolves around the cleansing of the Iwon ‘Iwopopo’. This is followed by the lighting of a 500 year old 16 point lamp ‘’olojomerindinlogun ‘’ .
Igogo Festival (September) : The Igogo festival lasts a total of 17 days in owo, Ondo State. Just like the new yam festival, it also features the blessing and release of new yams.
Lights Camera Africa Film Festival : The lights, camera Africa Film festival was created in 2011 to stimulate discourse on issues and experiences that are rooted in the African experience. The annual event shares a diverse range of African and independent cinema including documentary, feature and animation, supporting the work of emerging African Film makers .
programme of films, keynote conversations and discussions on issues affecting the cinema with participation from film makers, critics, directors and the press. The event usually takes place between November and December.
ABUJA CARNIVAL [NOVEMBER ] : It usually takes place at the end of November, the Abuja Carnival is organized by the carnival road show company and promises to showcase the diverse cultural events and practices in all 36 states of Nigeria. Road shows, music and dance, masquerades are just a few of the highlights.
CALABAR CARNIVAL [DECEMBER] : The Calabar festival is the most anticipated cultural festival in Nigeria with visitors and performers coming in from all over the world. It is tagged as Africa’s Biggest Street Party and holds in Cross River State all through December.

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Big Brother Naija 2022 Kicks Off, July 23, 24

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On Saturday, July 23 and Sunday, July 24, the most watched Nigerian reality TV show, Big Brother Naija will kick off for a seventh edition. The show would get fascinated Nigerians talking again and produce the next coterie of superstars before they are put aside for another set of reality stars, then the cycle continues.
While the reality show has given former contestants the opportunity of a lifetime to see beautiful cities across the globe and travel beyond the shore of Nigeria, more-often-than-not, once the buzz dies, they are left to fend for themselves and rediscover their steps.
Should a prospective reality star go into the house without a proper plan for himself or herself once the show comes to a conclusion, they would be back to square one.
The pampering and fending in Big Brother’s House is only for two-three months, then the media team of the reality show takes care of their image and publicity for the next calendar year before they are allowed to dip their feet into the sea immediately after the reunion show of that season comes to a conclusion.
Once they are back to reality, they have to begin to struggle for endorsement deals, creating a more resourceful career path and becoming a person of value which was their initial aim and objective prior to heading into Big Brother’s House. However, they get lost in the excitement of being talked about for several weeks then fade away into obscurity.
It’s barely a year since WhiteMoney emerged winner of the 2021 Big Brother Naija Shine Ya Eyes edition, albeit, his music career is yet to take off. Life outside the ‘kitchen’ is a different reality, when the fans are no longer watching, it is onerous to carve a career for oneself.
Also, she has continued to remain relevant on social media due to her value. Should she be able to evolve, she would attain her utmost potential.
Meanwhile, housemates such as JayPaul, Arin, Tega Dominic, Beatrice, Adeniyi Lawai, to name a few have been unable to carve a niche for themselves. As a matter of fact, they fizzled out prior to the conclusion of the show. Moreover, they had no storylines during the recently concluded BBNaija Shine Ya Eyes show; collectively, the show was weak.
This is why you do not enter the Big Brother competition with a ‘dream’, most times, it ends up being a ‘pipe dream’. The winner of the 2020 BBNaija Lockdown edition, Laycon showed the world what he was made of with his content and strategy.
Nobody saw him coming, he delivered a gauntlet attack on Nigerians. Gave Nigerians and viewers across the globe a fascinating show on television, then his music projects did the magic outside of the house.
In 2020, you could not escape Laycon. He was everywhere and won the show by a fine margin. The prospective housemates should learn from him, going into the competition means you are building on a foundation you already designed for yourself, your team and most importantly, the brand
Alot of reality stars go into the competition with a ‘vague dream’, abstract to say the least, then they are surprised when nobody buys into their agenda or ploy.
What prospective housemates need to know?
On Saturday, July 23, Nigerians will be introduced to a new set of reality stars. The number of housemates is yet to be confirmed, however, by Sunday night viewers would become more familiar with the direction of the new sea

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Sensational Bamidele, Others Perform At Rivers United FC’s Reception In PH

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It was an exciting moment for players of Rivers United FC, as  the Rivers State Governor  Chief Nyesom Wike  announced $20, 000  largesse  and  two weeks trip to  Madrid to members of the team  at the , Government House, Port Harcourt yesterday.
This follows their(team’s)  victory as they emerged Champions of the 2022 Nigeria Premier League (NPL) Champions and winning the Continental ticket for the  Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) competition.
The occasion witnessed  entertainment  by   Sensational   Bamidele and  the  Abara Cultural Group  of Bonny with their colourful performance.
Wike  who rewarded the players  during a grand  reception commended the team for their outstanding performance and commitment to  their chosen career.
According to him,  the trp to Madrid would further prepare the players for the task ahead, saying that winning the league is good but there is a bigger challenge ahead of them which they must double their efforts to achieve.
“ The  government is ready to give its full Support  and the necessary motivation to  enable them achieve  the  desired results when the chips are down,” he added.
Earlier, the state Commissioner for Sports, Barr. Christopher Green had said that Rivers United has broken  records by winning the highest goal scorer award and best Coach of the season, saying that the victory is possible due to the support and motivation given to the team by  the State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike.

By: Nancy Briggs

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Kizz Daniel Makes History On Boomplay

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Nigerian Afrobeats maestro Kizz Daniel has made history on Boomplay by becoming the first artist to reach 300 million streams on the platform.
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This feat makes Kizz Daniel the most streamed artist on Africa’s leading music streaming platform. The announcement was made on Wednesday 13th July 2022 on Boomplay’s social media accounts.
This sensational feat is a testament to Kizz Daniel’s fame and acceptance across different demographics. It also captures the impressive increase in streaming culture in Nigeria which is a positive for stakeholders in the Nigerian music industry.
Kizz Daniel is enjoying a stellar 2022 with his collaboration with Tekno ‘Buga’ enjoying huge domestic and international success. The sensational singer is currently on a 10-city tour of the United States and fans have turned out impressively for his shows. And with talks of an album on the way, Kizz Daniel is likely to retain his crown as the king of Boomplay.

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