Singer Omawumi Marries Heartthrob

Singer, songwriter, actress Omawumi, has gotten married traditionally to her longtime sweetheart, Tosin Ibrahim Yusuf in her hometown, Warri in Delta state.

The 35 year-old Itsekiri bride who has two daughters with Tosin was beautiful and regal in the photographs of the wedding shared in social media.

Before now, the couple had tied the nuptial knots at the Ikoyi Court registry in January 2015.

Tosin, is the founder of Lloyd Gate Limited, a real estate company and the former co-owner of Zamunda Nightclub.

The singer, whose full name is  Omawumi Megbele  is also a lawyer.

She gained national attention when she emerged runner-up in the 2007 West African Idols.

She had since moved on to greater things. 

She is a brand ambassador for Globacom, Konga.com, and Malta Guinness.

Her sophomore album, The Lasso of Truth, was a commercial success. She had also featured with notable acts such as Wizkid, Tu Face, Timaya and Flavour.

Nyesom Wike Emerges Silverbird Man Of The Year, 2017

The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has emerged as the Silverbird Man of the Year, 2017. Governor Wike emerged winner from a keenly contested vote by members of the public. The winner of the prestigious Silverbird Man of the Year Award was nominated for embarking on a massive ‘infrastructure’ development in Rivers state, earning him the title , “Mister Projects”. The official presentation and award ceremony will take place on February 23rd, 2018, at the prestigious Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Past winners of the Silverbird Man of the Year Award which was instituted to recognize individuals who have affected the lives of Nigerians positively include, Professor Dora Akunyili, Governor Nasir El- Rufai, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, Adams Oshiomhole, Doctor Mike Adenuga, Senator Godswill Akpabio and Alhaji Aliko Dangote. Others are Doctor Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Peter Obi, Babatunde Fashola , Doctor Emmanuel Emmanuel Uduaghan and Governor Willie Obiano.

Other distinguished Individuals would also be conferred with various awards at the event. They include:
The Silverbird Extra Ordinary Business Award which will be given to Deji Ali, Leo Stan Ekeh, Doctor Ola Orekunrin and Alhaji Samad Rabiu.

The Silverbird Lifetime Achievement Award will be bestowed on Chief Abba Folawiyo , Senator Daisy Danjuma, Lady Maiden Ibru and Stella Chinyelu Okoli.

The Silverbird Post Humous Award will be given to Chief MKO Abiola, Dim Emeka Odumegwu Ojukwu and Doctor Abubakar Olusola Saraki.

The Silverbird Extra Ordinary Personality Award goes to Ronald Chagoury.

The CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele and the Governor of Kebbi state, Abubakar Bagudu will receive the Silverbird Special Achievement Award.

While the Silverbird Education Award will be given to the Governor of Bayelsa State, Seraike Dickson.

Another Governor, Ayodele Fayose will receive the Silverbird Man of the People Award.

The Silverbird Legislative Award will go to Senator Ike Ekweremadu and Femi Gbajabiamila.

The Wife of the President, Aisha Buhari will receive the Silverbird Personality of the Award while the Silverbird Public Servant Award goes to Babatunde Fowler.

Hate Speech Broadcasters Faces Stiff Penalties

Ahead of 2019 general elections, the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has warned broadcast stations in the country against airing or broadcasting hate speech.

It said stiff penalties awaited any radio and television station that indulged in such act.

The Director General of NBC, Modibbo Ishaq Kawu issued the warning on Wednesday in Ilorin, while featuring on “Media Parliament” organized by the Kwara state council of the Nigeria Union of journalists (NUJ).

Kawu said that the agency would not hesitate to clamp down on any broadcast station that violates the ethics of broadcasting.

 The NBC boss condemned the rampant cases of hate speeches and campaigns by some media organizations, adding that, “NBC is committed to engendering national peace and unity through broadcasting.”

He stated plans by NBC to carry out a digital mapping of the country in January, 2018 and that the agency has engaged the services of a foreign firm to carry out the exercise.

Kawu said the commission was working hard to create a national digital economy, adding that four more states would be switched over in January, next year.

According to him, Nigeria is doing well in its digital switch over process among other countries in the African continent.

The Director-General explained that the digital switch-over would assist in entrenching  economic growth and create job opportunities for the teeming youths.

Kawu added that the switch-over would strengthen the nation’s democracy and free press in the country.

State Chairman of NUJ, Comrade Biodun Abdulkareem had explained that the Media Parliament was to provide platform for journalists to interact with guests on topical issues.

The programme was with the theme: ”  Digitization of Broadcast: The Place of Nigeria.”

Wike Offers Scholarship To Talented 12-Year Old Musician

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has offered a lifetime scholarship to a talented 12-Year old musician, Master Nengi Jaja.

The scholarship worth N40million will cover the education of Master Jaja from Secondary School up to University Level.

Governor Wike announced the Scholarship on Sunday at the State Ecumenical Centre in Port Harcourt during the Thanksgiving Service in honour of Prince Uche Secondus where the young musician performed soul lifting songs.

The governor directed the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Province 5 to open an account for the musician in laision with his family for the purpose of his training.

He urged the church to closely monitor and guard the young musician to ensure that he fulfils his destiny.

Young Nengi Jaja emerged as a 2nd Runner Up in an international music festival where over 10000 children participated.

Buhari TV Documentary Out Tomorrow

A video documentary, entitled  the Human Side of President Muhammadu Buhari, will make its debut tomorrow.

The Media and Publicity department of the State House which put together the 55-minute documentary said it will first be shown on NTA between 8 and 9 pm on Sunday.

There will be a repeat broadcast on 26 December. Channels TV  will  air it on Christmas Day.

According to Buhari’s media team, the documentary portrays the President in a light that majority of Nigerians have not seen him.

“It is made up of interviews from close aides of the President and some others who have worked closely with him, carefully put together to show a side of the President that many would love to see,” said Femi Adesina, special adviser to the President on the media.

Palace Of The Lost City Ranked Amongst Best Resorts In Africa

After 25 years, The Palace of the Lost City at Sun City continues to be recognised for its exceptional standard of service and facilities. The luxury hotel, located at Sun International’s iconic Sun City resort in the North West province, has been ranked 39th in the Condè Naste Traveler’s Best Resorts in Africa: Readers Choice Awards 2017.

The awards are the culmination of a stringent survey process whereby candidates are rated based on respondents perceptions with a strong focus on evaluating and measuring customer service and customer satisfaction.

More than 300 000 travelers took part in Condè Naste Traveler’s 30th annual Readers' Choice Awards survey, submitting millions of ratings and more than 100 000 comments to help create a list of winning favourites. Most notably in this year’s survey, guests declared a passion for the authentic, the personalized and the unexpected, finding all three in both newcomers and stalwarts around the world.

The Palace, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, was one of only 12 South African resorts to feature in the top 40 Best Resorts in Africa in this year’s consumer survey.

“We are obviously delighted that The Palace has been acknowledged amongst the leading resorts in Africa. That we received such excellent ratings, based on the perceptions of Condè NasteTraveler’s readership, is a great source of pride. There is certainly no greater stamp of approval than the votes of confidence from our guests. They are the lifeblood of our business.

“The award also bears testimony to our employees’ commitment to service excellence, quality, professionalism, and innovation. As ambassadors, living-out the values of Sun International, they have helped build The Palace into one of the world’s most respected hotels. This is an incredible achievement that would not have been possible without their commitment,” says Raul de Lima, General Manager at Sun City. 

The Palace is part of Sun International's SunLux Collection of 5-star establishments. Since it was built – fit for kings – in 1992, the awe inspiring hotel has captured the imagination and the hearts of its visitors who are treated to royal hospitality in what is perhaps one of the most architecturally-fascinating hotels in South Africa.

Despite its age, it remains the preferred hotel of the discerning guests visiting South Africa from the USA, Britain and Europe. Each room is luxuriously appointed and fitted with individually crafted furniture. 

The Palace is set amid lush vegetation in superb landscaping that has achieved its Botanical Garden status in South Africa. Bathe in the grand pool or stroll down to the royal baths, enjoy a cocktail at the poolside or relax in the gracious Tusk Bar. Dining is a veritable gastronomic delight in the splendour of the Crystal Court, The Grill Room or Plume restaurants where food is a treasured art. The restaurants have menus that feature a variety of meals to suit every taste, including young palates.

While the unique experience of staying at The Palace certainly draws guests time and again, its setting at the vibrant Sun City Resort makes it a unique destination. Sun City has a diverse offering that combines a choice of action-packed entertainment for all ages, as well as opportunities to relax and enjoy the quietness of nature. It’s ‘A world within a City’.

Digital TV Will Generate N100bn For Nollywood, Says Lai Mohammed

Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed says that Digital Television will generate N100bn annually for Nollywood through FreeTV distribution network.

The minister made this known on Wednesday at the launch of digital switch over at the premises of the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA), Ilorin.

He said that Nigerians have watched Nollywood moved from VHS tapes to VCD to DVD, adding that the whole world has moved to digital consumption of content with its attendant benefits and democratisation of distribution.

Nigerian TV viewers, the minister said have been constrained by limited penetration of internet in their homes.

“With the middleware in our `Set Top Boxes’; homes will be able to buy and watch the latest Nollywood movies without the need for internet.

“Imagine a film released on Monday morning being immediately available to all the households in Kwara at the touch of a button. That is the kind of experience we are talking about,” the minister added.

Mohammed added that FReeTV has the capacity to grow TV advertising market by 400million dollar per annum through audience measurement.

“In this regard, permit me to use this opportunity to throw the weight of the government behind the NBC in its efforts to create a viable currency by which producers of content and channels can be re-numerated,” he said.

The minister said that the digital switch over will create tens of thousands of jobs through Technical and Manufacturing opportunities.

“`Set Top Box’ assembling and ultimately manufacturing is an irreversible mandate by the government to the industry.

“We expect this to extend very quickly to local Smart TV and Tablet manufacturing.

“With our strong consumer base, we can quickly become the supplier of these equipments to the whole of West Africa,” the minister added.

Mohammed added that Electronic Programme Guide will also be a platform for App developers to create products that will make life easier for the home consumers.

“For the people of Kwara, we welcome the publishers of Apps to start looking for how to make living easier and commerce easier, using the technology that sits on these boxes,” he added.

Mallam Ish’aq Modibo Kawu, Director General, National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), in his remark said the switch over in Ilorin was the third since inauguration in Jos, Plateau State.

Kawu said that one of the reasons for choosing Kwara in the North Central was the presence of old broadcasting house and its closeness to international borders.

He said the switch over will be done in each of the six geopolitical zones of the country, adding that Kaduna will be next to switch over to digital TV.

The DG added that the Federal Government has imported 600, 000 Set of `Top Boxes’ at subsidised price.

He said that when the 600, 000 boxes are exhausted, there will be no subsidy for subsequent ones as the boxes will be manufactured in the country. (NAN)

Why Lagos Continue To Remains Centre Of Attraction

The saying that Lagos does not sleep is a truism.

Ekwi Ajide was in Lagos state recently and reports that in spite of the cacophony, Lagosians believe the city is the window into the world.

There are always various sounds on the streets of Lagos especially at motor parks in the early and late hours of the day.

For Lagosians such as Mr. Taiwo Tejeu, Mrs. Joy Teluwo and Mr. Mike Anyaegbunam, Lagos is a cosmopolitan town with lots of opportunity for dwellers irrespective of tribe.

According to them, all one needs to do is interact with the right people to make it big in Lagos.

However, for some visitors to Lagos, Messers Henry Ubochi and Sunday Samuel, Lagos is too boring and noisy owing to human and vehicular traffic.

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