The Federal Government had declared today and tomorrow as public holidays for Nigerians to celebrate the occasion.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the fun seekers of different ages were seen at the various fun spots enjoying themselves.
Some were having picnics, watching animals at the zoo and hordes of others were at the two Shoprite outlets at Dugbe and Ring Road entertaining themselves.
At the fun spots, human and vehicular traffics were high as revelers besieged the centres just as police personnel in their patrol vehicles were observed at some strategic points in the metropolis.
Some of the fun seekers told NAN in separate interviews that they came to unwind and have a good time.
Mrs Foluke Bashir said that she came with her family to Ibadan for the festive holiday and was seizing the opportunity to take her children to some places of interest including the Agodi Garden.
Bashir said that she wanted her children to know that there are also fun places in Ibadan so they could have tales to tell on returning to Lagos.
“I must say that my kids are enjoying this place, we are having much more fun that surpasses the gate fee.
“I think my husband is also having a good time. This is a good recreation spot for the entire family,” she said.
Also, 75-year-old Mrs Mojisola Adebanjo said that she was at the Agodi Gardens with her grandchildren and was happy seeing them enjoying themselves.
Adebanjo said that she was glad to be in the country at this time and having an opportunity to be around her grandchildren.
“The joy of every grandparent is seeing his or her grandchildren happy. You can’t understand how happy I am.
“This place is really an interesting place to be; there are so many activities here that can engage all ages and that is making a whole lot of sense, I must say,” she said.
Another reveler, Mr. Yinka Bakare said that he was at the garden with his wife, Afolashade, to have fun and a quite time without the kids.
Bakare said that he and his wife needed to get away for few hours without the children’s disturbance.
“We came to enjoy ourselves and have adult conversations without the kids disturbing us. Sometimes, couples need this kind of setting to get some things straight.
“Don’t get me wrong; I’m not saying one can’t go out as a family. We all went out yesterday to the Mall as a family but today is just for us,” he said.
NAN reports that the Agodi Gardens is a tourist attraction in Ibadan. It is also called Agodi Botanical Gardens with a serene environment on 150 acres of land.
The children’s facilities in the gardens include a swimming pool with inflated balloons, grown-ups may use any of the diverse tropical trees for picnics and other social gatherings while enjoying the cool breeze.
NAN also reports that the University of Ibadan Zoological Garden was also a beehive of activities as families were seen watching the animals, taking pictures.
Also, vendors of food, snacks and children’s toys were seen making brisk sales at the entrance to the garden.
The Zoological Garden at the University of Ibadan was established over six decades ago and became a full-fledged zoo in 1974. It is mainly for conservation, education and entertainment purposes.
In recent years, the zoo had undergone tremendous transformation in its drive toward international standards.
The garden has now various species of animals categorised into : the Avian, Herbivore, Carnivore, Reptile, Primate and small animal sections.
Similarly, families, teens and young couples were at the cinemas at Ventura, and shopping malls at Ring Road and in Dugbe to watch some movies.
BBNaija (S4): ‘Omashola TV’ steals the show
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’
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
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.
`Gimme a name for my Album,’ Davido appeals to fans
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.
BBNaija (S4): Again! ‘The Icons’ wins wager task
‘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.