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Nigerians in Ghana join most beautiful girl contest as Silverbird opens centre in Accra

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Nigerians living in Ghana have joined  in 2019 Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria (MBGN) pageant,  as more young ladies register for the contest.

Alozie Uzoukwu, Head of Entertainment, Silverbird Group, made this known to  the Nigeria News Agency on Saturday in Lagos.

He said that a registration and screening centre had been opened in Accra to encourage beautiful and intelligent  Nigerian young ladies resident in Ghana to apply.

The News Agency  of Nigeria reports that the 2019 MBGN grand finale is billed  for Sept. 20 in Yenogoa, with 36 finalists to be selected from screening centres across the country and the centre in Accra.

Uzoukwu said that screening had been scheduled to hold in the Accra centre  on Aug.  21 in a Silverbird outlet.

“It is the first time we will be auditioning for diaspora contestants in Ghana, though we have held auditions in the UK in the past,” Uzoukwu told NAN.

Ozoukwu said that the number of contestants so far registered had yet to be ascertained.

“We can state that the turnout of girls each year, outnumbers  previous records; hopefully, this year’s will not be different.

“It has even become a tradition that beautiful girls continue to show interest even till the day of the zonal and final auditions,” he said.

He  said that more than 600 young ladies participated in the 2018 screening.

According to Uzoukwu, the 2019 screening  will start in Yenagoa on  Aug. 14 while the exercise will hold at the Port Harcourt centre on Aug. 15.

“In Owerri, it will hold on Aug. 16,  and in Enugu, on Aug. 17, while Abuja centre will hold its screening on Aug. 24 at the Silverbird Entertainment Centre.

“The Lagos screening will take place on Aug. 30 at the  Silverbird Galleria,” he said.

He told NAN that the MBGN pageant  grand finale would hold on Sept. 20 at the Gabriel Okara Cultural Centre, Yenagoa.

He said the Bayelsa Government  included the MBGN pageant in its annual calendar of events because of its potential to boost tourism in the state.

” The state government hosted the pageant in 2013, 2014 and 2018.

” If we have the Lagos State Government throwing its financial weight behind the pageant, we can hold it here since we have always had the pageant in Lagos.

” The contest, which started in 1986 in Lagos, was moved to Owerri for the first time in 2008 and subsequently to other states until date,” he noted.

NAN reports that the MBGN pageant is organised by the Silverbird Group annually.

The winner participates in the Miss World contest.

A Medical Laboratory Scientist, Anita Ukah from Imo, is the current MBGN title holder.

The MBGN pageant winner for 2001, Rivers-born Agbani Darego, a  Computer Science and Mathematics graduate, was the first African to win the Miss World contest in 2001.

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BBNaija (S4): ‘Omashola TV’ steals the show

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Omashola Oburoh, a housemate in the ongoing Big Brother Naija reality show, has stunned fans with his creative project, ‘Omashola TV’.

Nigeria News Agency reports that Omashola’s makeshift television was part of the wager presentation by his group, ‘The Icons’.

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Omashola designed the television entirely from scrap, waste material in line with the theme of the wager task.

The innovation earned him praise from other housemates, especially Mike who specially congratulated him.

Fans also shared their thoughts on Twitter.

@Halimasucre said, “Omashola’s Box Tv Dey burst my brain.He creatively thought out of the Box totally!

“We #TeamOmashola never saw this coming! I Re Stan my Stanship! I’m Very Proud of You Omashola! Go Icons #theicons.”

@Rainebe tweeted, “That is a strong exhibition of a true winner who is fighting so hard to win a deserving tittle and Price.

“It takes only people with genuine judgement to see how necessary it is to root, support and sponsor Omashola to win.”

@Egedec said, “Well Deserved victory icons. Very creative items ( ready to buy) omashola’s TV great prototype bill board for every shop in the streets. I learnt a lot. Items, presentation and good spirit. #BBNaija”

@MissBarosi wrote, “Omashola’s tv was mind blowing,unexpected. The fact that it changed channels, that was a Bomb.”

NAN reports that Ike’s handmade chess board was another highlight of the wager presentation.

He collaborated with Cindy and Khafi to paint and make chess miniatures from waste materials.

The team had their third win in a row on Thursday, following their last wager and nomination task win.

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19-year-old Nigerian visual artist showcases Fela’s ‘Beast of No Nation’

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19-year-old artist, Emediong Uko has turned Fela’s acclaimed ‘Beast of no Nation’ song into an expressive painting.

‘Beast of No Nation’ is the first song Fela wrote in 1986, after he was liberated from prison—serving two years from a five year prison sentence for trumped-up foreign currency violation charges.

In May, Emediong’s painting of music legend, ‘Lagbaja’ became the first African work to be displayed at the Cyprus Modern Art Museum.

The Akwa Ibom born artist is the youngest and only African artist to have her work exhibited at the museum, which is the largest in the Mediterranean region.

At her recent exhibition, Emediong also unveiled another Fela-inspired work, ‘Shuffering and Smiling’ to celebrate the strength of Nigerians.

In an interview with the Nigeria News Agency on Friday, she said the painting is aimed at drawing attention to leadership lapses that need to be fixed in the country, while retaining Fela’s earlier message.

She said, “I decided to depict the essence of the song. It spoke about the leaders and how they need to do better at leadership.

“I did the painting in about a week this summer, 2019. I want the painting to spark conversations and I hope it inspires people.”

Emediong is known for using musical influences in her art and revealed that she loves every music genre with a message.

On Fela’s influence on new wave musicians, she noted that they are Fela-inspired in a way, from their sounds to lyrics.

She said, “These artists are Fela inspired in a way, especially Burna boy. His piece on the Beyonce album has some Fela-infused vibes.

“We are creating Africa and we are the ones reaching out. In this post colonial times, we are creating ourselves by ourselves.”

NAN reports that Emediong recently auctioned 17 paintings with themes on motherhood, music and nature.

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NIBCARD designs `Wan Wan Touch’ board game on street football

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Mr Kenechukwu Ogbuagu, Creative Director NIBCARD says the team has designed a new board game titled, `Wan Wan Touch” as part of the awareness campaign for street football in the Country.

Ogbuagu gained acclaim, in 2018, for leading the campaign and eventually, opening Nigeria’s first board games cafe with his team NIBCARD.

In an interview with the Nigeria News Agency on Friday, he noted that the street football game titled ‘Wan Wan Touch’ was designed to help adults revisit their childhood memories.

“It can be played by two to four players and takes between 30-60 minutes to play and is suitable for anyone from the age of seven years and above.

“The game idea came up during a board game hangout we hosted. One of the players jokingly talked about the football game we usually played on the street when we were still younger.

“The process has brought back a lot of feelings from the past – memories I thought were forgotten. Also, this game has been a force for better design and production from everyone in the team.

“This is also our first 3D board game. And we are really excited about it. Really excited,” he said.

According to him, he wants the world to appreciate the growing board game community in Nigeria, especially through the ‘Wan Wan Touch’ game.

On the reason for setting up a crowd funding campaign on Indiegogo, Ogbuagu said that he wanted backers to expand the Nigerian board game industry.

He said, “These successes has helped us introduced over 15,000 people to Tabletop Gaming directly and even much more through our online activities (and in different countries too).

“We have also handmade and distributed more than 7,000 games since 2016.

“With their backing, we hope to make better tabletop games and inspire more people in Nigeria to join the hobby, we can never do it alone,” he said.

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`Gimme a name for my Album,’ Davido appeals to fans

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Afropop star, David ‘Davido’ Adeleke has asked fans to help title his upcoming album.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the ‘Fia’ singer posed the challenge to his fans through his Twitter account @iam_davido on Thursday.

He tweeted, “Gimme a name for my Album. Three songs left to record !! I want a fan to name my Album.”

Fans went on to give their opinions on what the new album should be named, often debating among themselves.

Most of them, however, asked that the album be named Psalms after that bible book written by his namesake, King David.

@Jaymiller1 said, “You can also use ‘psalms’ cause guess who wrote it? King David.”

@Badass_Nigerian wrote, “Psalm. Psalm was written by king David. This would be an album mad by a king named Davido.”

@Bawaolayinka tweeted, “Imade would actually make sense. I am not your fan tho just saying.”

@ItsOladeni said, “”Billboard We Coming” will be a good name. It’ll attract billboard and you’ll appear on their hot 200.”

@BallerOxlade said, “Livin davido loca.”

NAN reports that fans had repeatedly asked the singer to release a new album following the success of his singles.

Davido rose to fame in 2011 with the release of “Dami Duro”, the second single from his debut studio album ‘Omo Baba Olowo’.

The 2012 album also contained six additional singles, ‘Back When’, ‘Ekuro’, ‘Overseas’, ‘All of You’, ‘Gbon Gbon’ and ‘Feel Alright’.

The same was also nominated for Best Album of the Year at the 2013 Nigeria Entertainment Awards.

In 2018, Davido became the first African-based artist to have received his award on the BET Awards main stage.

His award was presented by Hollywood actor Omari Hardwick and actress Tika Sumpter.

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BBNaija (S4): Again! ‘The Icons’ wins wager task

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‘The Icons’ group of the ongoing Big Brother Naija reality show, have won this week’s wager task.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the group has been on a streak as this is their third win in a row following their nomination task win and previous wager win.

‘The Icons’ beat out ‘Cruisetopia’, whose members except Venita are already up for eviction, in the series of games set by Biggie on Thursday.

In line with the theme of the week, the ‘Pepper Dem Gang’ were tasked on three elements around the subject of healthy living.

Judged on creativity, participation and holistic messaging, ‘The Icons’ and ‘Cruisetopia’ teams each displayed elements which reflected the three features around the subject of healthy living.

For the first segment of this challenge, the teams were required to contribute to a cleaner environment by recycling items otherwise considered as waste in the House.

In this element, three members of each team took turns as they presented the recycled projects accomplished by the team.

‘The Icons’ presented a bunch of recycled items in the form of a television set, a chessboard, a teddy bear and an hourglass.

While team ‘Cruisetopia’ displayed their reused items in the form of an aeroplane, a mosaic painting and a car.

For the second presentation, both teams explained how relationships can be nourished and also how a healthy space for all to thrive can be created.

To this end, the teams were tasked to develop two separate talks on healthy relationships in seven minutes.

With Jackye and Esther representing team ‘Cruisetopia’, Elozonam and Cindy for ‘The Icons’, each team gave insightful points as they individually took turns to present separate talks on healthy relationships.

The third element challenged the teams to present twelve yoga poses as a means of creating a happy mind.

On this challenge, Sir Dee and Frodd represented ‘Cruisetopia’, while Mercy and Diane displayed on behalf of ‘The Icons’.

For the final wager presentation, Khafi (for ‘The Icons’) and Mike (for ‘Cruisetopia’) each had five minutes to present a single illustrated original positive and uplifting quote for both teams.

NAN reports that Frodd, Sir Dee, Ike, Tacha, Mercy and Diane were given verbal awards for individual efforts.

Meanwhile, for losing this week’s Wager Challenge, Biggie announced that team ‘Cruisetopia’ will be awarded a losing punishment reward.

For winning, ‘The Icons’ left the Arena with this week’s Wager trophy and a bonus of 20 Bet9ja Coins for each team member.

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