FG To Make Calabar Canival FOREX Earner

The Federal Government say it will  make the annual Calabar carnival a major foreign exchange earner for Nigeria.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said  this on Sunday in Calabar while flagging off the third dry run of the 2017 carnival which has the theme ‘Migration’.

He said that the carnival, which has united the people  over the years and had attracted wider participation, was the longest street party in the world with 12 kilometre-lond route.

He said that it was time for people to start seeing the carnival beyond entertainment but see the seriousness and the message it conveys.

“”We are pushing the Calabar carnival to be a major foreign exchange earner for the country.

“”We have here today, 26 beauty queens from 26 African countries who are contesting for the 2017 Miss Africa pageant.

““That is a big statement because each of these young ladies are going to spend two weeks here and will go back to their countries as our own ambassadors.

““They will tell the story of what they have seen and the hospitality of Cross River and that is a big plus for the state and the country.

““What is happening here today is reverberating throughout the world because this dry run is unique in the sense that it gives the organisers and participants the opportunity to perfect their act.

““I also want to take this opportunity to appeal to the world to see this street party beyond dancing and beyond the costumes’’, he said.

The Minister said that festival had become a platform for youths to vent their creativity and a platform to turn Nigeria’s creative industry into  a veritable creative economy.

““I am delighted to know that everything being used in the carnival is manufactured locally by Nigerians.

“”Calabar carnival does not only create an economy, but also unites the whole of Nigeria because it had enlightened the people of Nigeria and the world about Climate Change and Migration’’, he said.

Earlier, Prof. Ivara Esu, Deputy Gov. of the state, said that the annual festival had become an international brand.

Esu said that the state was happy to have the Minister in person to perform the flag off, adding all preparations had been made for the grand finale of the carnival billed for Dec. 28.

The Minister, who was earlier taken through the monorail ride from the Calabar International Convention Centre (CICC) to the Tinapa Business and Leisure Resort, described the project as a major booster to  the tourism sector in the state.

“”I am happy to know that the second phase will also link  the airport. This shows that Cross River is taking a major step in building infrastructure that will help in pushing the state as a conference hub.

““We will not hesitate in helping the state government to sustain this kind of project. We are ready as a government to provide the enabling environment for states like Cross River to thrive.

“”Even in the Federal Council of Tourism, Cross River is a member because we recognise the giant stride the state is making in tourism’’, he said.

“Burna Boy” Arrested For Robbery

The police in Lagos have arrested a pop musician, Damini Ogulu, a.k.a Burna boy, over an alleged robbery at Eko Hotel, Victoria Island.

The spokesman for the command, SP Chike Oti confirmed the arrest to reporters on Friday evening in Lagos.

Oti said the musician was arrested over an alleged robbery attack on another popular musician, Mr 2kay at the hotel on Oct. 12.

“”He reported to the police today (15/12/2017) at about 5p.m. He was subsequently arrested, interrogated and detained and would have his day in court on Monday 18/12/2017,” Oti said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that the Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, had on Nov. 20, requested Damini Ogulu to report to the Police for questioning over an alleged attack on a fellow musician.

He gave the name of the musician as Abiye Jombo, popularly known as Mr 2Kay.

The police boss said that Mr 2Kay had reported that he was robbed by four armed men of his valuables, including a gold wristwatch, jewellery and phones, in Room 847 on the eighth floor of the hotel.

According to him, the incident happened during the Buckwyld & Breathless concert.

“”Four armed robbers carried out the attack and detectives were able to arrest one of their girlfriends, identified as Matejero, which led to the capture of the others.”

“The suspects apprehended by the Police reportedly mentioned Burna Boy and his manager, Joel Kantiock, who was arrested in Zaria, Kaduna State.

“They claimed they received a part payment of N50,000 before the job, and another N50,000 after the job was completed,” the police boss said.

Abia One Day Governor Gets N500,000.00

Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, has approved the award of full tertiary education scholarship to Miss Joy Ezechikamnayo, the one-day teenage Governor of the state.

In a statement released to newsmen by the Deputy Governor of Abia State, Rt. Honorable Sir Ude Oko Chukwu, the Governor applauded the one day Governor for her academic prowess and exemplary conduct during her reign and urged her and her team to continue to make the state and their parents proud in their future engagements.

Governor Ikpeazu also approved cash award of N500,000 for Miss Ezechikamnayo, N200,000 for her Deputy, Miss Adaeze Ohaeri and N150,000 for Chikwendu Lekwauwa Augustine who emerged as SSG.

Others who are to receive cash gifts of N100,000, each as a result of their performance in the essay competition supervised by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Teenage Matters, Chinemenma Umeseaka, are:

1. Onoh Ijeoma (Information) 
2. Enyinnaya Blessing (Agriculture) 3. Orioha Gladys (Women Affairs) 
4. Onuoha Daberechi (Youths)

The Deputy Governor directed the affected students to contact the permanent secretary in Government House, Sir Onyi Wamah, for the redemption of their awards.

'Modern Slavery' Hits Nigeria Cinema House

A film to tackle modern slaver will be premiered in Lagos Friday 2nd, February 2018 at Silverbird Cinema Ikeja. According to the producer, Roseline Sanni Ajose, At least 10 people are trafficked into UK every week- facing violence, exploitation and all form of abuse, thus the introduction Modern Slavery Act 2015

‘Modern slavery’ is an appalling crime that has no place in today’s society. However, this is often out of sight in many homes, behind the curtain of Ordinary Street. Modern Slavery and human trafficking is on the rise and the battle against it continued, Announced by Theresa May. 

UK Prime Minister, Theresa May said; “The Government is determined to build a Great Britain that works for everyone, therefore not tolerating modern slavery, an evil trade that shatters victims’ lives and traps them in a cycle of Abuse” At least 10 people are trafficked into UK every week- facing violence, exploitation and all form of abuse, thus the introduction of slavery Act 2015.

Saudi Prince Salman Splashes $450m On Jesus Picture Paint

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is the actual buyer of a painting of Jesus by  Leonardo da Vinci that sold for a record-breaking $450 million at auction last month, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

The young  crown prince, known by his initials MBS, used an intermediary to buy the much-sought-after painting of Christ, “Salvator Mundi,” the newspaper reported, citing US intelligence and other unnamed sources.

The son of Saudi King Salman is seen to be progressively consolidating his power, and is the architect of a wide-ranging plan dubbed Vision 2030 to bring social and economic change to his country’s oil-dependent economy.

He is also seen as the mastermind of last month’s rounding-up of more than 200 princes, ministers and businessmen in a sweeping anti-corruption purge.

The painting — one of fewer than 20 works generally accepted as being by the Renaissance master, according to Christie’s — was bought by little-known Prince Bader bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan al-Saud, reports say.

The Journal reported that Bader was the nominal buyer, but said MBS was identified in US intelligence reports as the true owner.

“He is a proxy for MBS,” an unnamed figure in the Gulf art world told the Journal.

American officials are keeping close tabs on the crown prince, the paper said, citing unnamed sources.

On Wednesday, the Louvre Abu Dhabi announced that the record-breaking Da Vinci painting would be displayed there.

The reports come shortly after the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia announced the formation of a new military and economic committee, separate from the Gulf Cooperation Council.

In recent years, Qatar has been the biggest player in the Gulf art world, but in June, Saudi Arabia and some of its allies broke off diplomatic and trade relations with Doha, which they accuse of supporting extremist movements.

“Salvator Mundi” — dated to around 1500 — is the last known Da Vinci in the hands of a private collector. It was long believed to be a copy but was finally authenticated about a dozen years ago.

Glamour And Colours Greets Lagos Street Carnivals

It was the turn of residents of Ikeja on Sunday to host thousands of fun-loving residents and internal tourists for this year’s Lagos Street Carnival, a celebration that set the tone for the series of activities lined-up by the state government for the festive season.

Many people thronged Oba Akran Road, where the street carnival was held. It was indeed an exciting celebration, replete with pomp and colour.

Another group of entertainers at the Carnival at Oba Akran in Ikeja, Lagos

It began with a parade of beautifully dressed choreographers, acrobats and stuntmen representing the 57 councils in the state before gradually paving way for musical performances by some of Nigeria’s popular and upcoming artistes.

Introduced last year on the Island, the Lagos Street Carnival has evolved into an annual event that showcases the state’s potential for tourism, arts, culture and entertainment.

NAN-TV’s Iyiola Pedro captured highlights of this years’s 12-hour celebration, organised in partnership with the private sector.

Aliko Dangote, 49 Others Makes Bloomberg’s Most Influential Persons

Africa’s leading industrialist and its richest,  Aliko Dangote was honored last night at the Bloomberg 50 annual gala dinner at New York’s iconic Gotham Hall.

Bloomberg’s list of 50 most influential names, who have had an impact on the world in 2017 included Dangote, for his outstanding commitment of over $4B USD to increase Nigeria’s food production capacity.

Represented in New York by the CEO of his Foundation, Dangote was joined by electric car visionary Elon Musk; Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman; Beatrice Fihn, anti-nuclear weapons advocate and Nobel Peace Laureate; Amazon’s Jeff Bezos; Robert Mueller, special counsel investigating Donald Trump’s potential collusion with Russia; and Vitalik Buterin, whose invention of the cryptocurrency Ethereum is revolutionizing the new blockchain craze.

Dangote and South Africa born Elon Musk, were the only Africans honoured.

Dangote’s contribution to the world this year revolves around his dynamic attention to lessen food imports into his own country and Africa’s largest nation, Nigeria, by focusing on domestic production of sugar and dairy, with 500 million liters of Nigerian milk to be produced by 2019. Earlier this year he announced a $50B USD plan to invest in renewable energy.

“What sets The Bloomberg 50 apart from other lists is that each person chosen has demonstrated measurable change over the past year,” Bloomberg Businessweek editor Megan Murphy said.

The event was emceed by actor Keegan-Michael Key, with a performance by Mandy Gonzalez of Broadway sensation “Hamilton.”

Dangote claimed another distinction at the Bloomberg 50; he was the only African.

Oba Of Benin Visits Abuja, First After 2016 Coronation

The Benin monarch, Oba Ewuare II, has arrived in Abuja, the first visit since his coronation in October 2016.

The Oba who arrived the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport at about 5:05p.m. on Wednesday.

He was received by some Benin traditional chiefs, prominent Benin indigenes and friends.

Chief Odigie Oyegun, Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), one of the Edo indigene at the Airport to receive the Monarch, said that the visit was historic being his first after his coronation.

“The Oba’s visit is bringing peace, hope to the country and change in the nation.

“Everybody is here as you can see came to give him a rosy welcome. It is an historic occurrence, our new Oba, a unique Oba with a unique culture.

“We also have a unique president in the person of Muhammadu Buhari with a unique way of doing things. A lot of good things will come out of this visit,’’he said.

Similarly, Mr Johnson Agbonayinma, a member of the House of Representatives, said the Edo indigenes in Abuja are excited to welcome the Oba which he described as caring.

“There is a saying that if you do not value what you have, somebody else will help you devalue it.

“I value my traditional Institution and all I can do is to tell my Honourable colleagues, friends of Edo to let them know that we have a caring King.

“I am happy to see the crowd that came to receive the Oba; I ask God to bless them and the chiefs as well.

“This is to tell you that our Oba is one who deserves all the respect accorded to him without being sentimental.

“It is a glorious day as his mission is to also show appreciation to all those who supported him during his coronation.

“It will be an honour to understand that we have an Oba who cares about the unity of the country.

Also Mr Dickson Omoregie, the President of Benin community in Abuja described the visit as a multi-dimensional as he would move from one place to another to appreciate those that supported him during his coronation.

“That is why he is starting here in Abuja to visit his children, we are delighted to receive him.

“When your daddy comes to visit you, you are so excited; It is a joyful day for us Edo people in Abuja.’’

Also, Mr Osazuwa Imasuen described the Oba as a man of the people, a highly trained diplomat who knows the value of friendship.

“We are glad to receive the Oba as he brings us peace and goodwill,’’he said.
Traditional dancers from Benin Kingdom and Abuja thrilled the crowd who came to receive the Oba. (NAN)

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