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Bravo and many rewarding years ahead to Rivers State entertainment clan as the state celebrates her 55th Birthday. The annual event marks the liberation of Rivers people from exploitation, domination, deprivation and under development, made possible by the creation of Rivers State on May 27, 1967 out of the defunct Eastern region of Nigeria by the then military Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon.
May 27 every year affords the good people of the state the opportunity to relish the unprecedented achievements recorded by the state during the past years of existence. Located in the Southern coast line, in the Niger Delta region of the country, Rivers state today, boasts of 23 Local Government Areas with distinct languages, customs and traditions. The state has also become the hub of oil and gas activities in Nigeria, and one of the fastest growing economies of the nation as well as the undisputed treasure base of the country, amongst other milestone achievements so far recorded.
“At 55, the Rivers State Entertainment enclave is thriving and bubbling with social activities, the entertainment landscape is second to none in Nigeria as the industry has recorded awesome achievements globally in the areas of music, movie, comedy, beauty pageantry, culture and tourism. The exploits of the entertainers in the world stage have not only attracted huge revenue and fame to the state, but also contributes to employment generation and image laundering abroad.”
Music:
In music, Rivers State born Afrobeat Sensation, Burna Boy, won the 2021 Best World Music Album at the 63rd annual Grammy Awards on March 14, 2021 with his hit album ,‘Twice AS Tall’. The album was nominated in the same category in 2020 making him the first Nigerian artiste with Back-To-Back nomination at the Grammys. This is in addition to his several international awards including artiste of the year at the 2020 VGMA’s awards.
Burna Boy was rewarded with a state reception party by the Rivers State Government in Port Harcourt, where he was conferred with the second highest honour of the state, ‘Distinguished Service Star of Rivers State (DSSRS) by the State Governor Chief Nyesom Wike. The Governor, also gave him a land at the GRA and money to develop it in appreciation of his victory at the global music stage which brought honour and prestige to the state and Nigeria.
Other distinguished indigenous artistes, who had made the state proud at the international, regional and national levels include: Port Harcourt first son, Duncan Wene Mighty, Omah Lay, Daniel Wilson, Frank O’Nero, Waconzy, Oba Omega, Peter Stone Cold, Maja Briggs, Lady IB, Ras Bob Kelly, Muma Gee, Lexy M, Kombo Ye Sinclair, Soty Sammuel Horsefall, Robin Maja and a host of others.
In the highlife music genre, the state has also produced notable Veterans, namely, Cardinal Jim Rex Lawson,King Sunny Brown, Jackwest Omodu and Prince David Bull, all of blessed memory, as well as the great Sinya of the Sea Masters band. They held sway in the Nigerian music industry of yester years.
Movie
In the movie clan, Rivers State is also at the fore front and parades the best stars in Nigeria’s make believe industry, popularly called Nollywood, who have made the state famous through their chosen career. Among others are Ex-Beauty Queen and Former President of Actors Guild of Nigeria, (AGN), Ibinabo Fiberesima, Ex Glo Ambassador, Monalisa Chinda and NAPTIP Ambassador, Tonto Dike.
Others are: Hilda Dokubo, Amb. Milliscent Jack, Marreen Ihua and Vicky Een as well as Dr Sam Dede, Columbus Irosoanga, Gentle Jack, Alaso Wariboko and former Chairman of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Rivers State Chapter, Engr. Reginald Orlu, who stated in an interview with The Tide that the association had produced general movies that are shown in cinemas and displayed in movie shelves across the country.
The films are,” The Snake Kingdom, War of Roses, Double Trouble, Battle of the Gods, Second Life, The Market Place etc. He disclosed that the state also hosted the ION International film festival for the first time in Africa, among other international events.

Comedy
In comedy, Rivers State is widely known for her array of honour mongers, who entertain their global and local audience with raw jokes, fun, laughter and relaxation, Among them are rib crackers like, Julius Agwu, Prince Hezekiah, Dan D’Hwnorous, Angel D’ Laugh, Rugged Pastor, etc.
These hamour merchants have also organised comedy events in the state including Glo Lafta Fest, Night of a Thousand Laughs, Crack your Ribs and Laugh for Christ Sake, amongst other hilarious shows that helped to showcase the state to the outside world and generated revenue for it.
Another arm of the entertainment industry, where Rivers State has played trending roles is in beauty pageants. The state produced the first ever black woman to win the highly coveted Miss World Crown in the person of Agbani Derego, who was crowed in 2021. She was also highly rewarded by the state government for making Rivers State and Nigeria proud.
Rivers State also played host to several other international and national beauty pageants, such as Miss ECOWA Beauty pageant for two consecutive years, 2008 and 2009. The 2009 edition held at the Polo Club, GRA, Port Harcourt produced the First Nigerian born Miss ECOWAS, Joy Obasi Ngozika. The state also hosted the Miss Universities African Beauty pageant in November, 2017 where 54 beauty queens from various universities in Africa participated. These continental events also helped to boost the image of the state and attracted investors to the state economy.
Apart from these international, continental and regional achievements, the state government also organised beauty pageants such as Miss Centenary, Miss Golden Jubilee and Rivers State Reality Beauty pageant which gave the state ample opportunity to explore, show case and promote her culture and tourism potentials, create business and investment opportunities and earned the state an enviable status as a peaceful state with beauty, unreserved hospitality peaceful coexistence and unity.
In the tourist sector, Rivers State has also achieved much as a tourist destination. The state boasts of exciting tourist sites such as Port Harcourt Pleasure Park, Isaac Boro Park, Port Harcourt Zoological Garden, Amusement Parks, state museum and beaches.
The state is also famous for her amazing food culture with traditional mouth-watering dishes. Such delicacies include, Bole, African Salad, Sea foods, among others. These put together have made the state a tourists’ first port of call. The conducive and investor friendly environment, unique culture, peaceful co-existence and legendary hospitality stand the state out in the country as a home away from home and the tourists’ destinations generating huge revenue for the state.
It is therefore, no gainsaying that despite the restrictions imposed in entertainment, hang outs and activities as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the beat still goes on as high life continues to bubble in the ever busy metropolitan Garden City of Nigeria.

By: Jacob Obinna

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Tiwa Becomes Ambassador Of Smart Phone Brand

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Afrobeats songstress, Tiwa Savage has been unveiled as latest brand ambassador for a popular smartphone brand.
Before her official unveiling, the smartphone had teased its followers to guess who their latest ambassador by sharing a foggy image of the singer.
Officially welcoming her to their fold via its Instagram, as their ambassador for ‘Camon19Launch’, Tecnomobileng wrote: “Queen of Afrobeats! Mama Africa! Multitalented singer! Superstar extraordinaire and confirming the news in the comment section, the “Koroba” singer wrote: “The sexiest phone ever.”
Taking to her social media pages, Tiwa announced to her fans that she is the newest brand ambassador for smartphones.
Sharing an advert snippet of the brand, Tiwa wrote: “This one is highly approved by the No1ABG, Your girl is on board with one of the coolest brands ever – TECNO!

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Jungle Justice: Police Order Portable To Report Himself

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The Nigeria Police has ordered a Nigerian singer, Habeeb Okikiola, popularly known as Portable, to report himself over a viral video.
The Tide source reveals that Portable was seen in a viral video accusing a young man of sending a message to his ‘wife’, asking her to advise him to stay away from his friends for they had no glory.
In the video, the ZaZu Zeh crooner asked the young man to name his friends whom he was accusing of having no glory.
Without allowing his victim to say a word, the singer asked his boys to beat the helpless guy.
As they pounced on the victim, Portable was heard in the Yoruba language, saying “e luu pa”, that is, “beat him to death.”
Reacting, the Portable was asked to report to the Ogun State command as the incident happened somewhere within the state.
The Ogun State police spokesperson, Abimbola Oyeyemi, while describing the act as unbecoming and barbaric, asked the singer to surrender himself or be declared wanted.
“The attention of Ogun State Police Command has been drawn to a video clip circulating on social media, where a popular hip hop musician, Habeeb Okikiola (a.k.a Portable, the Zazu crooner), was seen organising some youths to beat up a young man and inflict bodily injury on him. The incident was said to have taken place somewhere within Ogun State about two days ago.
“Such unruly and violent behaviour is not only barbaric, but unbecoming of somebody who is supposed to be a role model for the youths and therefore should not be tolerated.
“In view of this, the Command is using this medium to advise Okikiola Habeeb, a.k.a Portable, to report himself at the nearest police station in Ogun State, failure of which his arrest will be ordered.
“The flagrant display of impunity by Portable in the viral video is condemnable and if not checked, it will send a wrong signal to the youths who are looking up to him as a role model.
“Jungle justice has no place in our laws and whoever embarked on it must be made to feel the weight of the law, no matter the status of such person,” Oyeyemi said. statement on Monday.

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Davido Earns N144.5m From Boston, Toronto Ticket Sales

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Nigeria’s Afrobeat superstar, David Adeleke alias Davido, who is currently on a North American tour labelled: “We rise by lifting others”, which began on June 16, at Brooklyn, New York, has made N144.5 million from the sold out ticket sales from History-Toronto, and House of Blue in Boston.
Figures released by SeatGeek showed that the award-winning singer’s tour tickets were generally sold for as little as $41.00, with an average price of $74.00. Davido made $185,000 (N76.8m) and $162,800 (N67.6m), totalling N144.5m based on an average ticket sales rate of N415.37 and the capacities of History (2,500) and House of Blues (2,200), according to BusinessDay.
Reports indicate ticket purchasers would go online to search for ticket prices using sites such as SeatGeek’s Deal Score Function which ranks tickets by value and shows buyers how good a deal they are getting when purchasing tickets.
While speaking with Trevor Noah, the daily show on the tour, Davido stated that his main aim of the North American tour was to showcase Africa in its entirety and to carry everyone along, especially Africans.
Award winning Nigerian singer, Davido Adeleke, has offered full scholarship to Suleyman, a young boy who got parallel A1 in WAEC exams.
Despite getting such an impressive result, Suleyman has been sitting at home due to lack of funds to sponsor his education at the tertiary level.
Fortunately for him, Davido heard about his condition and has promised to sponsor him through school and also take care of his allowance and accomodation. Davido tweeted: “We have contacted Suleyman who lives in Ghana and he has been given a full 4/5 year scholarship to Adeleke university.. accommodation and allowance included ! God bless y’all ..”

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