Culture can drive Nigeria’s economy, says UNESCO’s officer

The National Programme Officer (Culture), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)’s Regional Office, Abuja-FCT, Mr. Ifeanyi Ajaegbo, has said culture has the potential to drive Nigeria’s economy. According to him, UNESCO and particularly those in the culture sector, agree very strongly with the position of National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO) that, culture has the potential to drive Nigeria’s economy. Ajaegbo, who stated this during a courtesy call on NICO’s Executive Secretary, Associate Prof. Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma, in Abuja, said the visit was to renew UNESCO Regional Office’s…

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All the thrills from Glo Mega Show in Kubwa

Integrated telecommunications’ company, Globacom, treated residents of Kubwa, a satellite town of the Federal Capital territory, FCT, Abuja, to an evening of fun and entertainment as it stormed the city with six top artistes in continuation of its nationwide music concert, the Glo Mega Music Nationwide Tour. At the show, held at the Public Service Institute, Dutse Alhaji Junction of Kubwa, the company once again demonstrated that the happiness of its teeming subscribers is paramount to it as it unleashed on the crowd a combination of different genres of music…

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Goldberg reiterates commitment to cultural devt

As part of efforts aimed at sustaining its promotion of the culture and traditions of the people of Southwest Nigeria, Goldberg, Nigeria’s leading culture-centric beer brand, has announced plans to sponsor various cultural festivals across the region. The festivals, which include Osun Osogbo, Udiroko, Oranyan, Ojude Oba, Olojo and Oyemekun, are scheduled to hold between the months of August and November. Commenting on the plans for the sponsorship, the Portfolio Manager, Mainstream Lager and Stout Brands, Nigerian Breweries Plc, Emmanuel Agu, said with the sponsorships, the brand was reiterating its…

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Ibeji makes grand statement with release of two albums

Ibeji, the enigmatic Nigerian music artiste, hit the music scene with the release of his debut and sophomore albums, GreenWhiteDope001 and GreenWhiteDope002 in a somewhat novel fashion. These releases are sequel to the release of his hit single, Ayanfe, from the album, GreenWhiteDope 001 – a song that still enchants at the Nigerian wedding party scene and continues to attract attention for its sweet vibe and sensuality. He can be followed on Instagram and Twitter @ibejiimusic and his mesmeric music and feature length video releases are on Facebook, YouTube and…

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Why I wrote The Language of Light –Saibu

Felicia Saibu is an entrepreneur and writer. In this interview with TONY OKUYEME, she talks about her debut novel, ‘The Language of Light’, ‘Book One: Beyond Earth’, which was unveiled recently, among others.   The Language of Light… is a griping story of discovery and quest for the unknown. After an accident in London, Ann Bellman, begins to doubt her sanity. She finds herself with the ability to communicate with an alien called Tiz, who happens to be the prince of a planet called Axmorphis. Then she meets Dr Herrmann,…

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Jet Li pays £.6m to family of stunt double killed on set of Expendables 2

  Actor Jet Li has reportedly donated more than half a million pounds to the family of his stunt double who was killed during filming. Stuntman Liu Kun died on the set of The Expendables 2 in 2011. Martial artist Li paid 5.8 million Hong Kong dollars – just under £580,000 – to the 26-year-old’s parents, the Malay Mail reports. It is unclear as to when the donation was made and the newspaper reports Li had intended to keep it private. The news comes after Liu’s parents, Liu Zong Yu…

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NBC hammers 5 songs by Olamide, Davido and 9ice

Weeks after the controversy ignited by criticism directed at it by fellow Nigerian musician, Falz, 9ice’s “Living Things” has come under the hammer of the National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) yesterday. The song, originally released in November 2016, was followed by a video containing ample indecent scenes in early March, leading lawyer-turned rapper, Falz to voice criticism believed to have been directed at the Oyo State-born singer and others “celebrating fraud and internet fraudsters with their music” in June. Oyo State-born 9ice, who made an attempt to represent a section of…

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Boost for NICO’s training school on culture

In what was no doubt a boost for the National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO) training programme for the culture sector, the Vice Chancellor and Chairman of Senate, Nasarawa State University, Keffi (NSUK), Prof. Muhammad Mainoma, has approved the request of NICO to affiliate its Training School for the award of nationally and internationally recognised Postgraduate Diploma in Cultural Administration certificates. According to a letter addressed to the Executive Secretary/CEO of NICO, Dr. Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma, dated 17th August, 2017 and signed by the University Registrar, Alhaji Bala Ahmed II,…

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ARt Approach: Taking dancers back to the source

This year’s edition of the youth empowerment project, entitled “Orisun” (the source), will focus on taking the upcoming and professional dancers back to the source. It will feature children dance and drums classes (age 7 to 15); local games competitions (Ludo, Ayo and Draft); native food cooking competition; and traditional dance competition. The project was initiated and sponsored by Oluwasogba Tayo Sam four years ago with the aim of restructuring professionalism in art companies and business. The event, the 4th in the series, is organised by Whitestones Culture Ambassadors.   …

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Hypocrisy, monetisation, bastardisation of religion in contemporary Nigeria

There is a common perception in this part of the world that the white people in their countries hardly go to church or seek miracles as we do in Africa. The impression is that their developed societies function in such a way that everything needed for the good life is provided by the government. Food, water, housing, clothing, electricity, good roads, healthcare, transportation, jobs, education and leisure are said to be there for the taking. So, people ask: what else is the white man looking for in a church that…

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