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British-Nigerian actress, Carmen Ejogo to star in Netflix’s ‘Madam CJ Walker’

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British-Nigerian actress, Carmen Ejogo is set to star in upcoming Netflix series, ‘Madam C. J. Walker’.

Nigeria News Agency reports that in 2018, Netflix announced a limited series about Madam C.J. Walker to be executive produced by Octavia Spencer.

Spencer, who will be playing the titular character, will produce alongside NBA legend, Lebron James.

Inspired by her great-great-granddaughter’s book, On Her Own Ground, the four-part limited series, ‘Madam C.J. Walker’ will tell the untold, culturally important the black hair care pioneer.

It will also detail how she became America’s first black, self-made female millionaire.

Ejogo, who is known for her roles in ‘Selma’ and ‘True Detective’, has been cast to play Addie, a hairstylist and nemesis of Sarah Breedlove (Madam C.J. Walker).

She is a savvy businesswoman herself, who parlays her good looks and social standing into a profitable African American hair care business.

She stars alongside Tiffany Haddish (Girls Trip), Blair Underwood (When They See Us) and Kevin Carroll (The Leftovers).

Ejogo is known for elevating every role she plays. She began her career as a teenager hosting the Saturday Disney morning show from 1993 to 1995.

NAN reports that ‘Madam C.J. Walker’ is set to premiere in 2020 on Netflix.

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Joe, Enkay evicted from BBNaija(S4)

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Joe Abdallah and Ede Nkechiyere aka Enkay have been evicted from the ongoing fourth season of the Big Brother Naija show.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the housemates were evicted during the live eviction show on Sunday.

While Enkay was part of the losing team ‘The Icons’, Joe was part of the winning team ‘Cruisetopia’ but was put up for eviction by Diane with her power of chance card.

The Icons include; Cindy, Elozonam, Enkay, Frodd, Ike, Khafi, Omashola, Sir Dee and Tacha while the Cruisetopia includes: Diane, Esther, Gedoni, Jackye, Joe, Mercy, Mike,Seyi and Venita.

Cindy, Elozonam, Enkay, Frodd, Ike, Joe, Khafi, Omashola and Tacha were up for possible eviction for failing the nomination task.

The eviction was Joe and Enkay’s first time on stage as they, alongside Venita, Cindy and Elozonam were snuck into the house as new housemates in the middle of the season.

Speaking on stage, Joe addressed his altercation with Tacha which earned him a strike and tipped Tacha, Mike or Omashola to win the show.

Some fans expressed their displeasure at the eviction, adding that it was too early for Joe to leave especially as he was not originally up for eviction.

However, others expressed their joy at seeing Enkay leave the house as they disliked her ‘rude’ attitude, especially towards Cindy.

@TPheonix said, “#BBNaija No eviction has made me cry like Joe’s. Will miss your sarcasm, BAD HUMAN!”

@Ayoola said, “Many people are so pained. The guy is a vibe in the house. So talented and very creative.”

@Gbemiloye said, “Everyone watching here at home cried with me. I never believed I would cry for him. Joe I love you and wish you all the best.”

@Princeadekola tweeted, “Biggie please remember to give Enkay the ludo she used to oppress Cindy… She will play it with her boyfriend at home.”

@EAdeoye said, “@BBNaija So Just because of Ludo, Enkay is leaving. Learn to treat people well.”

@Frizzy_ink tweeted, “Lesson to her: Never look down on anyone. Let her think of her attitude outside the show and make adjustments.”

NAN reports that housemates will still play the game in the two teams as they continue to battle for the Grand prize of 60 million Naira.

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 UNIZIK’s Gabriella Chudi-Ajabor wins Miss Teen Beauty Pageant

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Miss  Gabriella Chudi-Ajabor, 17-year-old undergraduate of Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK),Awka, has emerged winner of the  2019 edition of the Miss Teen Beauty Pageant.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the teenager beat 10 other contestants to clinch the crown at the grand finale of the beauty fiesta held on Saturday night at Merit House in Abuja.

Also, Peculiar Timi ,19-year-old student of Ekiti State University, was named, among other five male contestants, as ‘Mr Teen 2019’  at the  annual event organised by Make-A-Difference Youth Foundation(MADYF).

The new Mr and Miss Teen were then decorated with staff of office and were  given plaques and  certificates for service as ambassadors to herald  visions and programs of MADYF in the next one year.

It was a night of glitz and glamour, as the 15 contestants took turns to showcase attires that depicted the profession they intend to pursue, and thereafter thrilled the audience to various cultural dances.

The teenagers first appeared on stage with sport attires, followed by the attires of their dreamed profession and then the cultural outfits of each of the tribe they represented.

The fashion style showcase was rounded off with conventional dinner attires which attracted ovation from the cheering audience.

Gabriella, who spoke amidst tears of joy, thanked the organisers of the event and pledged her commitment to the vision of the foundation during her reign.

She told NAN, on the sideline, that she participated in the last three editions of the pageant without winning the crown, until she clinched it at the fourth attempt.

“I am very excited because I never gave up  and I am going to use that as an inspiration to encourage young people not to give up on their dreams no matter the challenges,”she said.

According to her, the two winners will be sponsored on a 7-day trip to Dubai, among other opportunities.

She explained that the grand finale was preceded by a 7-day camping period where the teenagers were trained  on entrepreneurial and leadership skills, talent discovery and character molding by seasoned professionals.

“This is to help them become self reliant and well grounded to succeed and make difference in their families and society at large.

“We encourage them to win early in life and then run with their success,”she said.

High point of the event was the presentation of certificate of participation to the contestants, and laurels to friend and partners of MADYF.

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BBNaija (S4) Saturday night party; Fans hail DJ Humility, Jackye

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Fans hailed housemate Jackye Madu for loosening up during the DJ Humility-assisted Saturday night party.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the 23 year-old tech guru, Jackye took fans by surprise with her rara dance steps and vibes at the party.

Fans praised DJ Humility for supplying the right kind of music mixes that got Jackye and other housemates, especially Mike, Mercy and Cindy on their feet.

@_Agnestoy tweeted, “Jackey was a vibe tonight..she gat nice dance steps.”

@Victoria_Rossa said, “My baby killed it. My jackye”

@Gladysdeborah said, “Thanks DJ humility, you made Hanty Jackye dats is always sitting like our sister in Lord in every Saturday’s night party to dance from the beginning of the party till the end.”

@BBNaija tweeted, “Agreed, see how even Jackye was spotted on the dance floor! #BBNaija”

@Sweetmavis said, “Jackye is on fire tonight….local woman is shocked….#BBNaija”

@Bamaojourns said, “Jackye had moves she unleashed tonite. #BBNajia”

Meanwhile, Saturday also doubled as Joe Abdallah’s birthday and his fellow housemates held a party in his honour, complete with cake and heartwarming speeches.

NAN reports that with ‘The Icons’ up for eviction, fans and housemates alike are eager to see the outcome on Sunday night.

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Nigerian comedian, Klint Da Drunk survives car crash

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Nigerian comedian, Afamefuna Igwemba popularly known as Klint Da Drunk, expressed gratitude to God for surviving a car crash along BauchiJos express road.

Klint Da Drunk, took to his instragram handle @klintdadrunk to express his joy on Friday.

Below are extracts from the message:

“Please, help me in praising God Almighty for delivering us from the Jaws of death. Along Bauchi-Jos express road, we were involved in a terrible car crash.

“We boarded golf 2 on charter as it was the only means to move.

“The driver was careful enough so I had no issues with him but then, out of the blues, a truck jumped right in front of us and road was wet as it had been drizzling.

“God being so merciful and wonderful, we got out of the car with very minor injuries, how the tail of the truck was stopped from causing major damage on us is just God’s doing.

“God I thank you for life, I thank You for Your Mercies, I thank You for Your Grace and for your love on sinners like us.

“May your name be glorified forever in Jesus Mighty Name!!! Amen!!!,” he said

The Nigerian comic actor is a famous Nigeria stand out comedian and musician that has contributed to the entertainment industry immensely.

Klint Da Drunk became popular after he made his first appearance in Nigga raw first album “Obodo” then appeared in several other videos.

He became a public figure after his unique performance in a ‘Night of Thousand Laugh’ a comedy show hosted by Opa Willims in several part of Nigeria.

The renowned comic actor has featured in numerous Nollywood movies which include Destroyer, Chain Reaction, Lost Kingdom, My house help etc.

He is married to his longtime girlfriend Lillian and their marriage is blessed with two children.

Meanwhile,Many celebrities were very excited that the comedian and other passengers survived the mishap.

They shared comments of gratitude on his page. Some reactions below:

@julietibrahim: “Glory be to God. I had a similar encounter before and it’s just God’s miraculous intervention God is good all the time.”

@ruggedybaba: “Thank God for His mercies bro.”

@okonlagos: “Thank You Jesus.”

(email)edian: “Thank God!!!!”

@alexxekubo: “God almighty we thank you.”

@patrick_salvado: “God is good bro, sorry about that Ordeal”.

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19-year-old Nigerian artist unveils Fela-inspired painting

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19 year-old Nigerian artist, Emediong Uduak Ikoko has unveiled a Fela-inspired painting to celebrate the strength of Nigerians.

In May, her painting of music legend, ‘Lagbaja’ has become the first African work to be displayed at the Cyprus Modern Art Museum.

Emediong is also the youngest artist and only African to have her work exhibited at the museum, which is the largest in the Mediterranean region.

Nigeria News Agency reports that Emediong unveiled the painting at an auction of 17 of her artworks held in Abuja on Saturday.

In 1980, musical activist and the father of Afrobeat, Fela chronicled the state of Nigeria and the resilience of the people in the award-winning album.

Sharing the same sentiments as Fela, Emediong said she was inspired to paint the work because the phrase was still relevant in present day Nigeria.

She said, “It represents the resilience of Nigerians. Despite the suffering, Nigerians find joy in music and arts. This painting to Nigerians and our strength as a people.”

NAN reports that Emediong also unveiled a painting titled ‘Ekpe’ that featured a masquerade relative to Akwa Ibom, her home state which drew applause from the crowd.

Also in the masquerade series was the painting of the ‘Ijele’ masquerade, generally regarded as the father of masquerades among the Igbo ethnic group.

She also unveiled ‘Fourth Man in the Fire’ based on the biblical Nebuchadnezzar story, ‘Whistling Boy’ enacting the Nigerian folktale and ‘When the Gods Roam’ based on the ‘Eyo’ masquerade.

Speaking earlier with NAN, Emediong said she draws her inspiration from music, experiences, stories and other creative people.

She also urged the Nigerian government to pay attention to the creative industry as it is a platform to help the nation’s image.

She advised creatives to continually search for opportunities that can push their works.

Emediong said, “I feel that the government should pay more attention to the Nigerian creative space because there is so much talent that is hidden in this country.

“The government and other stakeholders should actually pay more attention to the Nigerian creative scene. That push is all the scene needs.

“Creatives should connect. You don’t know who you meet. You don’t know what you create with the people you meet. Everyone has where they are going to and coming from.

“I feel that most creatives should learn how to create networks. They should reach out for opportunities as opportunities won’t come to meet you. You have to reach out to them,” she said.

Also speaking, the chairman of the auction, Dr Solomon Arase, Former Inspector General of Police said that parents should encourage their children to pursue arts and skills.

According to him, artistry and other careers in the creative industry can help curb insecurity as young people will be engaged and find lesser time to commit crime.

He also called on the government to extend its focus to the creative industry by improving the opportunities available to young people in the industry.

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