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Ex-beauty queen’s mother advocates regulatory body to check proliferation

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Mrs Francisca Okwu, the mother of a former MBGN beauty queen, has advocated the setting up of a regulatory body that will check the proliferation of beauty contests in the country.

 

Okwu, the mother of former queen Stephanie Okwu who was crowned the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria (MBGN) in 2013, said this while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos.

 

NAN reports that the 25-year-old Stephanie Okwu, also represented Nigeria at the Miss Universe 2013 pageant in Russia.

 

According to Stephanie’s mother, the establishment of a regulatory body in the country will help the organisers to keep to the rules of the game.

 

She said that the body would be enforcing sanctions on erring organisers of pageants who did not have definite objectives to achieve.

 

`The regulatory body should enforce quality assurance measures to raise the bar on what is currently obtainable, if not the real motive of the business will be misplaced.

 

“Some organisers are usually in the habit of reneging on their promises. They make empty promises just to deceive innocent girls,” she told NAN.

 

She also suggested that the body should look into the quality of judges that get involved in pageants, especially, those with international links.

 

“To make our beauty pageants’ platform a standard one, the organisers must remove politics from it, the judges must not be subjective, but should be objective.

 

“ Subjective politics gives rise to nepotism, parochialism, race, colour, greed and most worrisome, `god-fatherism’,” she said.

 

She commended those pageants that had made education and the promotion of the girl-child their pet project.

 

“They are imbibing in them virtues of brain and beauty and such ones should be encouraged.’’

 

She also said that government should check lack of transparency some of the organisers were alleged to be involved in.

 

She also condemned instances where organisers were alleged to only be interested in reaping off contestants and their sponsors.

 

“Such is not obtainable in foreign countries and we have to kick against in our country,” she said.

 

She stressed that an ideal pageant should promote self confidence in the ladies, and helping them to regain their self esteem.

 

According to Okwu, such a motive will promote dignity, self respect, and excellence among the contestants.

 

She applauded some organisers of beauty shows whom she said had met international standards.

 

“I can boldly say that some of the organisers of our pageants have attained international standard.

 

“For that reason, one of our daughters, Agbani Darego, was crowned MissWorld in the past.

 

“ The only thing needed is to get more encouragements from corporate organisations to sponsor the contest to reduce cost,” she said.

 

She also advised potential contestants to always exhibit good conducts to discourage  those who might want to take an undue advantage  of them

 

She also appealed to organisers and would-be contestants to have the fear of God as their guiding principles.

 

She said that would safeguard and promote family values in the country.

Edited by Peter Dada

 

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BBNaija: Enkay apologises for ‘maltreating’ Cindy

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Recently evicted Big Brother Naija, pepper Dem housemate, Nkechinyere Ede popularly known as Enkay has tendered an apology to fans over her actions towards Cindy while in the Big brother House.

Nigeria News Agency, reports that Cindy had approached Enkay to join her in a Ludo game, but Enkay refused and instead chose to play alone.

Fans described Enkays action as `condescending” and did not take kindly.

She tendered the apology in a live video shared via her Instagram handle @Eukay on Tuesday saying she was not a condescending person.

NAN reports that during the eviction which held on Sunday, Enkay told Ebuka Uchendu-Obi, the host of the show that she love Cindy very much and they were jolly good friends.

The 25 years old fashion designer explained that she did not intentionally reject or look down on Cindy while in the house as being perceived by fans of the show.

“My attitude to Cindy was just a misunderstanding, it was absolutely nothing personal.

“I am not a condescending person, I will never look down on anyone, I am as humble as I can be.

“I apologise to anyone that felt I did try to look down on Cindy,”she said.

The incident won fans sympathy votes for Cindy to the detriment of Enkay, who was evicted on Sunday, scoring the lowest votes of 0.88% .

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Celebrity Couple Jamie Foxx, Katie Holms split

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Celebrity Couple Jamie Foxx, Katie Holms split

Hollywood Celebrity couple,Jamie Foxx and Katie Holmes have both ended their six years relationship joining the growing list of celebrities in Hollywood whose relationship has collapsed in the last year.

The oscar winner was recently spotted holding hands with singer Sela Vave outside of a nightclub in West Hollywood.

The duo had been together since 2013, though they never officially confirmed their relationship

Kattie Holmes revealeed that she doesn’t really care about what Jamie does with his life as they haven’t been together for months now.

The  former couple started dating back in 2013 ,a year after she ended her marriage to Tom Cruise.

The duo kept their relationship away from the prying eyes of the public.

Even though they tried keeping their relationship away from the public, it was a known fact they were in an exclusive relationship.

However,the Celebrity couple finally appeared together in public for the first time at Clive Davis’ Pre-Grammys Gala in New York in 2018, and they walked a red carpet together for the first time at the Met Ball in May.

Meanwhile,  Foxx had in June said that things were “,going swimmingly” and the couple were making long distance work, though that’s clearly not the case anymore.

They have frequently shut down engagement rumors over the years, and will now go their separate ways.

 They join the growing list of celebrities in Hollywood whose relationship has collapsed in the last year

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COSON advises youths to take advantage of creative industry

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The Chairman of the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON), Mr Tony Okoroji, on Tuesday urged youths to take advantage of the creative industry by being more innovative with the contents of their productions.

Okoroji told the Nigeria News Agency in Lagos that the Nigeria Copyright Commission (NCC) had in the past three decades continued to guarantee the protection of intellectual property rights.

“The younger generation needs to have the courage to be more creative in other to take advantage of the opportunity presented by the commission to protect intellectual property.

“The NCC will implement the law to its best, but it takes on the individual’s creative person to use the law of the commission to make sure that they develop their life.

“I urge the younger generation therefore, to use the facilities set up to improve on their creativity and push their career to the next level,” he said.

The chairman said that Nigerian music and films were increasingly becoming more competitive in the international community with diverse blend of culture that makes up Nigeria coupled with the unique style of afromusic that makes the Nigerian entertainment industry attractive to foreigners.

Okoroji, who said that the entertainment industry had become a major money spinner for the Nigerian economy, urged the NCC to remain focused in the protection of intellectual property.

“My prayer for NCC is that they find the courage to continue to do what is right so as to encourage quality creative contents capable of growing the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the country.

“I am dreaming and praying for a commission that is completely focused on the interest of the stakeholders, musicians, writers and actors.

“This will allow for speedy development in the entertainment sector which will have a ripple effect in the Nigeria nation as a whole,” Okoroji said.

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I can’t fail my country, I’ll fight on, says Mr Nigeria

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Nelson Enwerem, the current Mr Nigeria, representing the country at the ongoing Mr World in the Philippines, says he will not disappoint his nation with support from citizens.

Enwerem told the Nigeria News Agency in a message from Philippines that in spite of the injury on his knees, he would fight through to the final.

NAN reports that Enwerem, a 24-year-old graduate of Pure Physics, hurt his knee during the sports challenge category which led to his being eliminated from the category.

He described the elimination due to the injury as his major challenge.

“My major problem since I came here was hurting my knee and dropping out during the first challenge (sports challenge) but I’ve been persistent.

“I’ve been fighting though with the pain and limping to compete because I can’t fail my country,” he said.

According to Enwerem who is also a fashion designer, there hasn’t been any elimination so far but we’ve had different category competitions to select winners and am very positive on winning one of them.

He said that the organisers had started announcing winners of various challenges of which he is positive of bagging one of the categories.

“The sports challenge was won by Mr South Africa, Extreme challenge by Mr Ireland, while the other winners will be announced before the grand finale on Friday.

“I’m very positive of wining one of them,” he said.

Enwerem, also a model and actor, appealed to Nigerians to support him by going to his site to vote for him and like his posts on social media.

He added that the more votes from Nigerians would boost his morale and also increase his chances of winning.

“I seriously need the support of my country, it’s a big morale booster to know that the people you represent support you and care for your well being; I need them to vote for me.

“Please, follow my journey on the social media pages, comment, post about me and get to the world out there,” he said.

Mr Nigeria, while commending NAN for projecting his performance at the ongoing competition, noted that his country’s blogs were not projecting his progress reports.

“Thank you very much, NAN, I have seen your stories, I am extremely grateful but it hurts that all these are going on and almost no blog is talking about it,” he said.

He then commended the organisers of the competition for having a hitch-free competition so far.

“The competition has been going on well and I’m very glad I have this once in a lifetime experience,” he told NAN.

NAN reports that Enwerem is one of the 13 young men representing Africa at the ongoing Mr World competition in the Philippines.

The African countries competing are Angola, Botswana, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, Ethiopia, Guinea Bisau, Kenya, Mauritius, Sierra Leon, South Africa, South Sudan and Nigeria.

NAN also reports that Mr World 2019, which is the 10th edition started on Aug. 6, and will end on Aug. 23, in Manila, Philippines.

The current champion, Rohit Khanddelwal from India, is expected to hand over the crown to his successor at the end of the event.

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