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Point of View: Artists’ resale rights take centre stage in Lagos

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How can Nigerian artists receive royalties for their eligible artworks sold in reciprocating countries (which have implemented Article 14 of the Berne Convention)? How can artists from reciprocating countries receive royalties for their eligible artworks sold in Nigeria? Are the same rules to be applied in the case of a derivative work? What should be the basis for its calculation; the sale or auction price?

 

 

The above are among questions that would form the kernel of intellectual discourse at the first edition of a new monthly series of talk tagged ‘Point of View’.

 

 

Themed ‘A Case for the Artist’s Resale Right’ in Nigeria, the event which will hold on Tuesday September 17, 2019, at Alliance Francaise/Mike Adenuga Centre, Ikoyi, Lagos, is organised by the Ben Enwonwu Foundation in collaboration with the Society of Nigerian Artists and supported by Alliance Française Lagos and Nigerian Copyright Commission.

 

 

President, Society of Nigerian Artists (SNA), Oliver Enwonwu, who is the Executive Director of Ben Enwonwu Foundation, and Neil Coventry, who is the Nigeria representative for Bonhams, the leading international auction house for modern and contemporary African art, will serve as presenters, while the panelists include Acting Director-General, National Gallery of Art, Dr Simon Ikpakronyi; Director General, Nigerian Copyright Commission, John Asein; Chairman, Securities & Exchange Commission, Nigeria Partner, Ukiri Lijadu, Femi Lijadu; and Sector Head, Technology, Media & Entertainment, Jackson, Etti & Edu, Ngozi Aderibigbe. Legal practitioner and arts consultant, Seun Alli, will serve as moderator. The event is sponsored by LADOL, Leadway Assurance Company and Zircon Marine.

 

Conceived as a collaborative platform, the series, according to Enwonwu, brings together a diverse line-up of artists, curators, writers, thinkers and policy makers, to share their perspectives on the role of the visual arts in shaping society.

 

 

“Also, drawing from other creative disciplines and experiences to take a broad helicopter view of the art scene in Nigeria and Africa, ‘Point of View’ proffers an innovative format, as well as a three-pronged approach that aims to encourage support and funding for the visual arts through public and private sector partnership while ensuring continuing professional development and empowerment for practitioners,” said Enwonwu.

 

 

He noted that unlike novelists and musicians, visuals artists do not benefit from secondary and downstream sales of their works.

 

 

“Indeed, their income pales in comparison to those other creatives, mainly because they do not earn significantly from the reproduction and communications rights provided to other creators under copyright law.

 

 

“The artist’s resale right seeks to correct this anomaly by ensuring artists receive a small percentage of the re-sale price of a work. Although this right is recognised in the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works (Article 14ter), which sets minimum international copyright standards, it is optional, with only about 80 countries in adherence. 

 

 

“Today, visual artists around the world argue for a mandatory and universal application of the right, to ensure there is an equitable balance between artists and traders in their works, improvement in the traceability and pedigree of artworks and consequently the transparency of the global art market. In addition, resale royalties in place would enable proper cataloging and authenticating of an artist’s work, which are time consuming and costly undertakings.

 

 

He added that ‘Point of View’ therefore aims to “establish an effective system for collecting resale royalties and remunerating artists alike by first providing answers to questions like: Is Nigeria a member of the Berne Convention? How in practical terms can we support the development of the institutions, systems and procedures that would ensure the easy, efficient and cost-effective application and management of a resale royalty scheme? How can Nigerian artists receive royalties for their eligible artworks sold in reciprocating countries (which have implemented Article 14 of the Berne Convention)? How can artists from reciprocating countries receive royalties for their eligible artworks sold in Nigeria? Are the same rules to be applied in the case of a derivative work? Who would be responsible for paying the resale royalty rate? What should be the basis for its calculation; the sale or auction price?”

 

 

Enwonwu who is also the founder/ director of Omenka Gallery, he holds a first degree in biochemistry, an advanced diploma in exploration geophysics (distinction), postgraduate diplomas in applied geophysics and visual art (distinction) and a Masters in art history, all from the University of Lagos. He has exhibited extensively and curated many shows around the world. He is a member of the boards of several other organisations including the National Gallery of Art, Nigeria and Reproduction Rights Society of Nigeria. He also serves as a member of the Advisory Group on Technology and Creativity in the Nigeria Industrial Policy and Competitiveness Advisory Council, chaired by His Excellency, the Vice President of Nigeria. Enwonwu is also the founder and chief executive officer of Revilo, publishers of Network, the magazine of the Nigerian-British Chamber of Commerce and Omenka, Africa’s first art, business and luxury-lifestyle magazine.

 

 

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Not again! Steve Harvey accused of naming wrong Miss Universe costume contest winner

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Steve Harvey’s Miss Universe ghosts came back to haunt him.

The 62-year-old host, who famously named the wrong winner at the Miss Universe pageant in 2015, was accused of flubbing contest results Sunday — but he was later cleared.

“Earlier this week, all the contestants competed in a National Costume contest. Here’s the look at the winner, Miss Philippines,” he said during this year’s contest in Atlanta, according to USA Today.

“It’s not Philippines. It’s Malaysia,” Miss Universe Malaysia Shweta Sekhon firmly told the host while standing beside him on stage.

Flustered, Harvey blamed the teleprompter, reports the New York Post.

“Let me explain something to you. I just read that in the teleprompter. Ya’ll got to quit doing this to me. I can read,” he said.

“Now, they are trying to fix it now. See? This is what they did to me back in 2015 — played me short like that.”

Earlier in the show, Harvey joked about his 2015 mistake, when he named Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez Arevalo, as the night’s big winner, instead of Miss Philippines, Pia Alonzo Wurzbach.

“I’m hosting again. Fifth time. Can you believe it? I can’t,” he said. “Ya’ll never really did let go of that Miss Colombia thing… I survived it all. When you fall, get up.”

“Colombia has gotten over that, too. They’ve forgiven me. Well, not all of them. The cartel is still trippin’ a little bit,” he quipped.

When he announced Miss Colombia Gabriela Tafur Náder was making it into the top 20, she teased him, asking if he was sure he read the results correctly.

But the contest later revealed Harvey was right all along.

“Miss Universe Philippines Gazini Ganados is the winner of the Miss Universe 2019 National Costume competition,” a rep for the competition said.

“As part of the broadcast, we also featured Miss Universe Malaysia Shweta Sekhon’s national costume. Miss Sekhon wasn’t aware we’d be announcing Philippines first, so she jumped the gun when Mr. Harvey started with that news. Mr. Harvey made a joke of it so as not to embarrass her, but no mistakes regarding the national costume winner were made by him, the prompter or production.”

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Miss South Africa wins 2019 Miss Universe

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Miss South Africa, Zozibini Tunzi has been crowned the new Miss Universe 2019.

At Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia were the the pageant took place Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray of the Philippines crowned Zozibini Tunzi the Miss Universe 2019

Before she was crowned Miss Universe on Sunday night Zozibini Tunzi the 2019 Miss Universe said: “I grew up in a world where a woman who looks like me — with my kind of skin and my kind of hair — was never considered to be beautiful,”

“I think it is time that that stops today. I want children to look at me and see my face and I want them to see their faces reflected in mine.”

Steve Harvey was the host of the pageant for the fifth time sporting a bedazzled green and gold suit jacket.

He was commenting on a costume from earlier in week and said Miss Philippines won the National Costume Contest. But the woman standing next to him said she was Miss Malaysia.”Y’all got to quit doing this to me,” he said.

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Man, who played Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street, dies at 85

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Man, who played Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street, dies at 85

The longtime puppeteer behind beloved Sesame Street characters Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, Caroll Spinney, has died at age 85, the Sesame Street Workshop announced in a statement.

 

Spinney spent five decades with Sesame Street, working with legendary puppeteer Jim Henson at the start of his career, reports ABC News.

 

“Caroll Spinney gave something truly special to the world. With deepest admiration, Sesame Workshop is proud to carry his memory – and his beloved characters – into the future,” the workshop announced in a statement. “Our hearts go out to Caroll’s beloved wife, Debra, and all of his children and grandchildren.”

 

While Spinney himself may not have had the widespread recognition of his characters, his portrayal of the 8-foot yellow bird and trash can-dwelling Oscar, skyrocketed both characters to global fame. Big Bird has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, his likeness on a U.S. postage stamp and was named a “Living Legend” in 2000 by the Library of Congress.

 

In a 2015 interview on the website Reddit, Spinney recalled one of his most meaningful interactions with a child. He said he had received a letter asking him to call a 5-year-old boy named Joey who was “so ill, the little boy knew he was dying,” Spinney said in the interview.

 

“He said the only thing that cheered him at all in his fading state was to see Big Bird on television,” Spinney said of the man who had written to him.
When he called and spoke to the child as Big Bird, their conversation lasted for about ten minutes.

 

“He said, ‘Thank you for calling me, Big Bird. You’re my friend. You make me happy,'” Spinney recalled. The child died months after the call.

 

“Caroll Spinney’s contributions to Sesame Street are countless. He not only gave us Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, he gave so much of himself as well. We at Sesame Workshop mourn his passing and feel an immense gratitude for all he has given to Sesame Street and to children around the world,” said Sesame Street co-founder Joan Ganz Cooney in a statement.

 

Spinney, who retired from Sesame Street in 2018, had been living with Dystonia — a chronic disorder that makes muscles contract abnormally — for some time and died at his home in Connecticut. He leaves behind his wife Debra, children and grandchildren.

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Chicago rapper Juice WRLD dies at 21

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Rising Chicago-area rapper Jarad Anthony Higgins, known by his stage name Juice WRLD, died Sunday morning, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed to NBC News.

Higgins hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chartearlier this year with this studio album “Death Race for Love.” The 21-year-old artist was signed to Interscope Records and was considered at the forefront of the emo rap scene.

The cause of death is unknown. Police say Higgins “suffered a medical emergency” early Sunday morning while at Midway Airport in Chicago, NBC Chicago reports.

TMZ reported Higgins had a seizure after a flight from California, although this has not been independently verified by NBC News.

The Chicago-area native released a collaborative album in 2018 with Future before releasing his debut record entitled “Goodbye & Good Riddance.”

The album title began trending on Twitter shortly after TMZ first reported the news of his death.

Higgins once rapped about the short lives of artists in his single “Legends,” where he said he didn’t want to be known as a legend because “all the legends seem to die out.”

“We keep on losing our legends to the cruel cold world,” the lyrics said. “What is it coming to?”

Another lyric from the song, “What’s the 27 Club? We ain’t making it past 21,” also made the rounds on social media as fans mourned.

Higgins grew up in the Calumet Park neighborhood of Cook County learning different instruments, including piano and guitar, before turning to freestyle rap in high school, according to his YouTube biography. His work was featured on the “Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse” movie soundtrack and the BTS: World mobile game soundtrack.

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At Quramo we continue to collaborate and innovate – Shasore

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Mrs. Gbemi Shasore is Executive Publisher at Quramo. She is the moving spirit behind Quramo’s book publishing business, producer of Quramo’s ground breaking documentary about the creation of Nigeria as well as convener of the annual Quramo Writers prize which is now in its 3rd year. In this interview with a group of editors, she talks about the prize, the expansion of the finale into a three-day long Quramo Festival of Words (QFest) and many other sundry issues. Excerpts

 

On Sunday December 15, 2019, the 3rd Quramo Writer’s Prize (QWP) winner will be unveiled, how does this make you feel?

 

I feel very proud of what we have accomplished and the spotlight that we have put on literature, literacy and the arts culture in Nigeria. It is a big task, and one that would have been difficult to do alone. Over the years, we have made some rewarding connections and collaborations with many creatives in the industry and I know that this award will go even further to cementing its place in our popular and literary culture.

 

The Quramo Writer’s prize has remained true to its vision, as an avenue for discovering unpublished authors. Will this change in the future? I think that is a unique aspect of this Prize, and while I don’t see this necessarily changing in the future, I definitely think that the standard and quality of writing of the unpublished works we receive will grow so much that it wouldn’t matter that they are ‘unknown’.

 

 

The QWP prize is worth N1m with the possibility of a publishing contract.

 

A million naira can seem like a lot of money for a budding author?

 

The Prize money serves as a form of Writers’ advance, which again, is not common practice in the Nigerian publishing industry, because the book market is so unpredictable and there is an inherent risk in publishing a book because it might not sell well. We give this advance also as a retainer because making a good book takes time, up to a year, so in that regard, the writer is compensated for their time as they work on the book and do other things.

 

 

Your judges for this year are Toni Kan, Molara Wood and A. Igoni Barrett.

 

How independent are they?

 

 

We believe in a transparent judging process, so our judges are independent, however, we oversee the process to ensure that our vision for the Prize and the winner is ultimately met.

 

We have seen many prizes take off and then fizzle out.

What are the plans to keep this prize sustainable into the future?

 

 

It is impossible to predict the future, but I will say that we are very committed to this platform.

 

It is not something we are dabbling in but a strong pillar of our company’s vision. We hope to continue to succeed by strengthening our networks and partnerships and being as innovative as the environment might require.

 

Samuel Monye’s book was launched at the 2018 event.

 

Is another launch set for this year?

 

 

We have a series of book readings, talks and panel discussions planned that will improve on the previous year’s format.

 

 

This year’s unveil has been expanded into a 3 day Quramo Festival of Words aka Qfest. Run us through the line up?

 

There will be book readings with amazing authors, Masterclasses with some of our most brilliant minds, conversations with notable personalities, panel discussions around publishing and documentaries as edutainment, an open mic night, film screenings, the unveil of the Quramo Writers’ Prize, books at our QBook Café and, a collaboration with an IDP camp where we get to put some faces to the people who have had harrowing experiences and now recovering from the insurgency.

 

 

From publishing to documentaries and now a 3 day fledge festival.

 

What other surprises should we expect?

 

 

We are always innovating and creating and trying to come up with new things, so watch this space! You are also a writer and playwright? Where do all these come from and how do you find the time? As a little girl, I loved to partake in theatre and dance productions.

 

When I went to school in America, I took part in an African stage production of Ola Rotimi’s The Gods Are Not To Blame and I auditioned for the role. I have always loved to be involved in acting and stage productions and I think I have found my calling. I have written two books, In Her Own Right about Abimbola Fashola’s time as first lady and an upcoming book for young adults about the history of Nigerian money. I also produced three stage plays over the years and a documentary.

 

Because I am passionate about this, and it is my calling, I make the time.

 

Last year’s award ceremony was a celebration of the arts with books and music and drama. What do we expect this year?

 

Very much the same, we have created an exciting and concise Award ceremony and we are happy with the way it works out, but we always try to come up with a few surprises

 

Finally, what book did you read last and why?

 

I re-read Possessed and APOG, both by my husband this year, as a way to reconnect with the story, especially with the release of the documentary earlier this year.

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Olamide, Phyno, Humblesmith, others for Ojoto 2020 Festival

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Popular Nigerian music stars including Olamide, Humblesmith, Waje and Phyno have been announced as the headlining acts for the second edition of the Ojoto Carnival. Billed to for January 2, 2020, other stars in the performance line-up at the grand fiesta include Fireboy, Illbliss, Joeboy, Peruzzi, among others.

 

Speaking with newsmen on activities lined up to mark the annual event, Dr. Kennedy Okonkwo, who is the initiator of the carnival and chairman, Nedcomokas, disclosed that the initiative was borne out of the joy of the season and giving back to his community.

 

 

Okonkwo, who hails from Ojoto, a town in Idemilli South of Anambra State, said his town used to be a sleepy one but since the first edition of the carnival, it has created a platform for social interaction and also given room for homegrown artistes to develop their budding talents by sharing the stage with big music and comic acts. While reeling out the plan for the second edition, he said: “We have a beehive of activities for the Ojoto Festival in 2020 comprising a long line of musical artistes, so it’s sequel to the first edition of the festival, we are making this second edition bigger.”

 

Okonkwo, who is also the Chief Executive Officer of Victoria Crest Homes Limited, also revealed that Alist comedians like Funnybone, Kenny Blaq, Ushbebe, among others will perform at this year’s event as well. He further stated that the essence of the carnival was to discover new talents and also give them the opportunity to share the same stage with other great artists.

 

 

Humblesmith, a popular Nigerian musical act, while also speaking at the press briefing, stressed that the expectations for the second edition is high and as such no stone will be left unturned in the edition to give it the recognition it deserves.

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Inject glitz into your style with short Ankara wrap dress

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In Africa and all over the world, Ankara prints are another name for style, elegance and class.

 

Whatever your definition of style is, Ankara will always fit in to give you that bold, elegant and unique touch in your outfit.

 

Modern creative fashion designers have breathed a new life into the popular Ankara prints by designing them in short wrap dress thereby giving them official work wear looks. Short Ankara dress is one of the most versatile pieces of women’s clothing that has a truly timeless and flattering style.

 

 

It is a simple dress silhouette for women of all shapes and sizes and can be worn in so many different ways to flatter every figure type.

 

To achieve the most out of your Ankara wrap dress, choose the shorter version of it, interestingly Ankara wrap dress can be styled in endless ways for any occasion and any temperature.

 

Colourful Ankara wrap dresses are awesome; with the variety in patterns, shapes and styles you could wear a wrap dress just about anywhere.

 

But as awesome as they are, wrap dresses are also notorious for wardrobe malfunctions.

 

Although some short wrap dresses are cut to accommodate the differences in body proportions, everyone is shaped differently.

 

A wrap that accommodates your lower body could leave your upper body loose and vulnerable to accidental exposure.

 

The trick now is, rather than worry about it all day, secure the top of your dress with a pin or broach and you are good to go.

 

For those thinking of wearing a short wrap dress as their go-to during weight loss, weight gain or pregnancy, you are better off starting with a dress that is one size too big than a dress that is one size too small.

 

Wrap dresses are adaptable when it comes to size, but a small dress means you won’t have enough material to wrap around your body.

 

By pairing the dress with the right accent pieces, short Ankara wrap dress can appear differently from one style to another.

 

Day to night, work to cocktails, the wrap dress will carry you through every kind of occasion.

 

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To keep your outfit looking office-ready, revitalize your look  with a smart pair of shoes.

 

 

The wrap dress is known for being easy to wear but the fit can be complex.

 

 

Just because it wraps around you doesn’t mean it’s the right  shape for your body.

 

 

When choosing a wrap dress always consider it for the largest  part of your body. So, if you have a large bust, make sure the dress sits there comfortably.

 

 

If the largest part of your body if your hips, ensure that the  wrap dress fits securely around there to make it appear more  flattering.

 

 

A bit of sparkle with jewellery can go a long way and is perfect  for evening wear.

 

With the help of a couple of accessories, you can transform your wrap dress from a day to night look.

 

 

Injecting just the right amount of glitz can dress up your wrap dress to make it sophisticated enough to wear to an event.

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Add a touch of class to your fashion with clear shoes

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Less is more with the ultra-trendy clear shoes which is also known as PVC or transparent shoes this season.

 

The clear shoes are everywhere from sandals, to slingbacks, to heels, to boots, it’s splashed across major magazines and Instagram feeds on repeat. Kim Kardashian West is often credited with starting the transparent-shoe trend, having first worn her Yeezy heels way back in 2016.

 

A see-through heel is the ultimate “nothing shoe,” a step beyond simply finding a sandal or heel that matches your skin tone, but Kardashian West isn’t the only celebrity who’s into the look.

 

Kristen Stewart has put her singular stamp on Chanel’s clear boots, and the likes of Rihanna, Kendall Jenner, and Bella Hadid have tried their hand at sky-high clear heal.

 

 

It’s important to note that almost all of those stylish women were photographed at night; the subversive “club shoe” isn’t exactly what you reach for when it’s time for brunch. But lately, we’ve seen more and more designers adding seethrough straps and jelly soles to their most casual styles, from By Far’s crystal-strewn mules to Roger Vivier’s barely there ballet flats.

 

Maryam Nassir Zadeh’s best-selling Olympia wedges have got several Vogue editors into the trend. Whether you are a fan of the trend or slightly curious about the buzz, there is something for everyone when it comes to clear shoes.

 

To style enthusiasts, this shoes are comfy and lightweight, you can walk all day and have the time of your life wearing it. It is ideal to pair with dresses, jeans, skirt with tops or shirt for your formal and casual outing. Bounce through the day in these shoes that will give you a smarter look and add a touch of class to your fashion sense.

 

 

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zzClear shoes are basically fashionistas go to because they go with basically everything

zzClear shoes when worn right can be cute, classy, gorgeous and definitely a good fashion investment every fashion conscious

woman should consider having.

zzEvery designer has at least one pair of sexy clear shoes in their lineup.

zzThe darker take on the sandals with a tinted PVC is the shoe of the moment.

zzClear shoes add a touch of gothic romance to the trend.

zzThe closed toe crystal clear heels take on a more formal look. Dainty enough for a pretty number but versatile enough to wear with

jeans and add a feminine touch to an outfit

zzFor a more a dressier occasion, go all out with a playful dress.

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Naija Jollof to feed 10,000 children, set new Guinness World record

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A new social project tagged NAIJA Jollof has been launched with the aim to feed 10,000 children and as well break the Guinness World Records.

 

 

While announcing the planned hosting of the first edition of Naija Jollof on April 13th, 2020 at the 2019 IAMBRANDNIFERIA Award/Gala in Lagos last weekend, Mr. Taiwo Oluboyede, CEO of IAM BRANDNIGERIA said: “We are setting Guinness World Record for the largest serve of Jollof rice in Nigeria next year.” Further, he said: “Jollof is becoming the most engaging topic in both Anglo/Francophone African countries, just like football.

 

Food brings people together “On 13th April 2020, which is a public holiday, 60 top chefs will be cooking 6 Tonnes of rice in a single pot and we are feeding 10,000 children in Lagos, many of them on the streets.

 

This has been described as a one of the largest humanitarian endeavours in our country, where that number of people are touched in a single day.” According to him, “It is a combination of Jollof and the best of Nigerian music in one place.”

 

Describing the size of the pot, volume of rice and number of chef to cook the Jollof, the IAMBRANDNIGERIA CEO added: “The 4.5 diameter pot, one of the largest in the world will be displayed on the street before donation to the museum where people can see and get inspired. O n e o f the exciting things about this project is that the pot is made here in Nigeria.” Jollof has gone beyond just ordinary food.

 

It is now a fashion statement, a common language and heritage to about 500 million people across West Africa and beyond. Oluboyede, who said jollof has created a healthy ‘rivalry’ amongst West African countries such as Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal and others, stated: “We wouldn’t pass any little opportunity to show we have the best of it.

 

You can understand why every food and seasoning brands are delighted in putting us against each other. It is also a sensational trending topic on social media.”

 

With smart foods being an integral part of the country’s budding e-commerce platforms, Oluboyede stated that the event will make a statement about Nigeria having the necessary element to make “Jollof a Nigeria’s brand collateral as the largest producer of rice in Africa now with immeasurable benefits in tourism, rice value chain, innovation, even job creation.”

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Naira Marley, Niniola, Reekado Banks, others light up Lagos Concert for Access The Stars

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Some of Nigerian music’s finest graced the concert of the Lagos edition of the new music reality show “Access The Stars” recently and lit up Lagos with their extraordinary performances.

 

The show, which is fast becoming the hottest music event of the year has drawn much traction over the past few weeks, as Naira Marley, Niniola and others gave amazing account of themselves.

 

Naira Marley, one of the most sought-after artistes in Nigeria and his growing fame was further enhanced with a stellar performance in Lagos.

 

Not to be outdone on the night, Reekado brought his A-game to the stage, as he performed his vast catalog of smash-hit singles. SkiiBii and Niniola also grabbed the mic and did wonders to the excitement of the large audience.

 

With the Lagos concerts now done and dusted, the Access The Stars train now heads to Abuja where the trio of judges, Tee-Y Mix, Kaffy and Seyi Shay, will be tasked with selecting the best talents the capital city has to offer. Speaking ahead of the Abuja auditions, Tee-Y Mix hinted of what to expect; “Abuja is a special city and it’s home to some of the most talented artistes I know.

 

I am convinced that we will find some amazing talents in Abuja, and I am super excited to head to FCT for the next round of auditions.”

 

The Abuja show is set to up the ante, as Zlatan, SkiiBii, Fireboy, and Wande Coal are set to return to perform alongside the five final contestants who will slug it out to make it to the next round of the competition.

 

Access The Stars is proudly sponsored by two of Nigeria’s biggest brands who are teaming up for a mega opportunity to discover new music talents across the country.

 

The new talent hunt show, which is powered by Star Lager Beer and Access Bank will give exceptional Nigerians the chance to perform alongside Nigeria’s biggest stars, while the winner of the show will walk home with up to N150 million in cash and prizes.

 

To get in on the action, head on to accessthestars.ng to register at a location near you. The Abuja auditions will be held at Grand Ibro Hotel, Micheal Okpara Street, while the concert is slated for Old Parade Ground Car Park, Abuja.

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