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Ex-MBGN, Anna Banner Laments Depression Experience

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Former beauty queen, Anna Ebiere Banner has opened up on her experience as one that lived with depression and became suicidal at some point in her life.
The 2013 MGBN disclosed that her battle with lack of self-confidence had been covered up with pictures and beautiful social media posts.
She made this known in a series of posts on her Instagram stories on Monday “we don’t have it all figured out, I was suicidal at some time in my life, I never knew what depression was until I experienced it. It wasn’t pretty at all I was ashamed of some decision I made, I lost my self-confidence, I literally lost myself, I screamed silently, but God could hear me, she began.
“I had a beautiful baby girl at age 20 (unmarried, young and school dropout) and five years later I’m a graduate, I thought about quitting school so many times, trust me, I didn’t care anymore. It was too much for me to handle, mentally I was exhausted, at some point my daughter couldn’t recognise me. She called her grandmother mummy instead, I was shattered.
“These are not even half of the silent struggles, but guess what, I came out stronger and wiser, you might be going through worse, but I can confidently tell you that you will be fine, just don’t give up God is working silently for your sake, Joy cometh in the morning.”
She also explained how she got her first share of keeping up fake appearance on social media just to feel good for almost six years, how I’ve had sad birthday experience. It was pretty frustrating, but I was advised to always wear a smile to cover up the pain and sadness, fake it till you make it, smile was my hash tag, but I had to make myself happy by myself and it feels so good. My birthday this year is a huge reminder of how I’ve been able to pull through, I felt like I’ve been caged for almost six years of my life.
Honestly, no one sees the silent struggles and pain we all go through, all we get on social media are likes and comments from people who like you, admire you or even hate you and we post beautiful pictures just to feel good, sometimes, we post perfect family pictures too, but we struggle to sleep at night behind the social media doors.”

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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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