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Eid-el-Kabir: Fun seekers take advantage of cool weather to visit Lagos beaches



Several fun seekers on Tuesday  trooped out to enjoy themselves at both the Elegushi and Oniru Beaches along the  Atlantic Ocean coast in Lagos State as they continued the Eid–el-Kabir celebrations for the second day.


A correspondent of the Nigeria News Agency   who visited the beaches observed that the revellers  expressed appreciation to Allah for the rainfall.


He said that they  said the rainfall  had brought cool weather in and  around the beaches and made swimming  inside the ocean  very interesting and enjoyable for them.


NAN reports that the Federal Government had since last week  declared yesterday and today as public holidays for Nigerians to celebrate the Eid–el-Kabir.


NAN also reports t that despite the downpour,  Oniru and Elegunshi Beaches , still recorded a large turnout of fun seekers who came to celebrate the public holidays.


Mr Bolanta Wale, who came in company with  his  wife and kids to  Oniru beach said,  “Come rain or shine, we had  already planned and strategised this beach outing long time ago, so the rain is not  going to disturb  us.

“We have taken the  advantage of the holidays to  have a good time and I am happy to be here with my family.”

Also , Mr Kunle Olaitan, a banker who came to Elegushi Beach with his wife, said he had  always looked forward to public holidays in order to visit beaches to catch some fun.

“I always look forward to days like this because I use them to have memorable outing with my loved ones.

“I love to visit beaches, most especially, the Elegushi Beach, because of its serene environment. It is a well organised beach with lovely facilities and  the fascinating  activities  there,” Olaitan said.

Victor Nwanze, who came to the beach in company with his girlfriend, raised concerns over the lack of public facilities such as toilets  and other conveniences around the beach.

He said that  some areas along the  Oniru Beach did not have any public facilities within a short distance from  each other.


According to him,  the available ones are not properly maintained.

“The closest toilet is almost two kilometres away and there are no public facilities in sight.

“I even planned swimming today, but there is no standard bathroom available. And the painful part is that they charge us huge sum of money  as gate fee  to the beach.

“What are they using our gate fee money to do? I urge the authorities to look into this matter. Other country have standard facilities at their beach.”

A restaurant attendant at Elegushi Beach, Miss Ijeoma Okogwu, said the occasion was an opportunity to make huge sales.

“The influx of people into the beach is an advantage for us to make brisk sales; we are making high sales this period.

“I always look forward to periods like this,” she said.


Edited by Peter Dada


PMAN wants more cordial engagements by Ministers of Information, Labour



The Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria (PMAN) on Thursday said that the Ministers of Information and Culture, and that of Labour and Employment, should engage them more in positively  promoting Nigeria before the rest  of the world.


The president of the association, Obi Casmir, made the suggestions in his congratulations to them while speaking with the Nigeria News Agency .


NAN reports that President Muhammadu Buhari reassigned Alhaji Lai Mohhammed as the Minister of Information and Culture and Dr Chris Ngige as the Minister of Labour and Productivity after the inauguration of ministers-designate on Wednesday in Abuja.


Casmir said that he was confident that the ministers would continue the good works they started during their first tenure in their respective ministries.


Casmir said, “Music is the greatest weapon of mass mobilisation, orientation and propaganda.

“The music from Nigerian artistes is today one of our greatest gifts to the rest of the world.


“Both of you have been appointed once again to oversee sensitive, fragile and responsive ministries.

“This assignment at hand is a serious business coming at a time we  musicians are making this country so proud globally, yet getting no recognition in our own dear country,” he said.

Casmir pledged that the association would be partners in progress with government to hasten national development.


He urged them to be selfless in the discharge of their responsibilities.

“We are, however, consoled by your antecedents as progressives who had been part of governance for a long time.

“The hope of musicians in Nigeria are high; with the expectation that in no time things will start falling in place as you both commence your second term in office,” he said.

Casmir added that the association would work in earnest to mobilise, orientate and propagate the Nigerian consciousness to citizens of this great country.

“It is our hope that you will be able to accelerate inclusive efforts to collaborate with us on this assignment to promote a better image for our country.

“We will continuously strive to enhance national reconciliation, foster lasting peace, progress and development for our dear nation and the government of President Muhammadu Buhari,” Casmir said.


Edited by Peter  Dada

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Obamas make Hollywood movie debut with ‘American Factory’



Obamas make Hollywood movie debut with ‘American Factory’


Los Angeles, Aug, 22, 2019 Barack and Michelle Obama made their Hollywood debut on Wednesday with a documentary set in industrial Ohio that film reviewers are calling compelling and timely.

“American Factory,” the story of what happened when a Chinese company took over an abandoned General Motors plant, is the first product of a multi-year collaboration between Netflix (NFLX.O) and Higher Ground, the production company formed last year by the former U.S. president and first lady.

“A good story gives you the chance to better understand someone else’s life. It can help you find common ground. And it’s why Michelle and I were drawn to Higher Ground’s first film,” Obama said in a Twitter posting on Wednesday.

The documentary traces the lives of thousands of workers laid off from their auto jobs in Moraine, Ohio, in the 2008 recession, some of whom were hired six years later by Chinese company Fuyao Glass America to make automotive glass in the same plant.

The Washington Post called “American Factory,” which arrived on Netflix on Wednesday, “a perfect vehicle for (Higher Ground’s) mission to lift up stories from underrepresented groups.”

“We want people to be able to get outside of themselves and experience and understand the lives of somebody else,” Obama told filmmakers Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar in a promotional video released by Netflix.

Michelle Obama told the filmmakers she was particularly struck by the opening scenes of workers on the factory floor.

“That was my background, that was my father,” she said.

“One of the many things I love about this film… is that you let people tell their own story. “American Factory’ doesn’t come in with a perspective; it’s not an editorial.”

The Los Angeles Times called the documentary “compelling,” and pop culture website said it was “a fascinating peek into the challenges of globalization.” It received a 97% approval rate on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.

Under the Netflix deal, Higher Ground will produce, curate and acquire content for distribution on the streaming service. The value of the deal is not known.

Upcoming programming will include an adaptation of Pulitzer Prize-winning book “Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom” by David W. Blight about the slavery abolitionist, a period drama set in the fashion world and a series for pre-schoolers focusing on healthy eating. (NAN/Reuters)


Edited By Ekemini Ladejobi

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Beauty pageant: 35 contestants billed for `Miss Orente’ maiden edition



The organisers of the Yoruba beauty pageant tagged: `Miss Orente’, say that 35 contestants have been selected to take part in the maiden edition scheduled for Sept. 1 in Lagos.


The cultural beauty pageant is meant to re- awaken the nation’s cultural consciousness among youths.


The Operations Director, Oluwatoyin Olaoye, made this known to the Nigeria News Agency on Thursday in Lagos.


Olaoye said that the 35 contestants were selected from among 200 contestants after their auditions in Ile Ife in Osun and Lagos respectively.


He said that the grand finale of the contest would hold at Oriental Hotel in Lekki, Lagos.


“It is to bring back into people’s memories the beautiful Yoruba traditional attires, mixed with the touch and glint of modern fashion styles.’’


According to him, the contest is opened to all Nigerians who understand and appreciate the Yoruba culture.


” `Orente’ Beauty Pageant is one of a kind that is rich in culture and a wake-up call to all who have neglected their ever-rich African roots. It is to save it from extinction.


“We must have love and passion for the promotion of Yoruba beauty, fashion and culture to the world.


“The pageant will bring out the embedded features and beauty of Yoruba tradition through beautifully organised catwalk on a runway.


“It is also to promote and show the leadership, integrity, character and confidence in today’s young girls in the country,” he said.


Olaoye listed some of the criteria used in selecting those that would be contesting in the grand finale.


He said that any aspiring contestant was expected to have a minimum of Senior Secondary School Certificate, be between 18 years and 28 years.


He said that each contestant was were expected to be of 5ft 2 inch minimum in  height, possesses good body shape and be of sound health.


Olaoye said, “others are that you must have good moral status, no trace of criminal record, single, with no body tattoos or extra piercings.’’


NAN reports that the Yoruba ethnic group is one of the most popular ethnic groups in West Africa.


They are predominantly found in Southwestern and North-Central regions of Nigeria and in some parts of the Republic of Benin and Togo.






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‘Point’ n’ kill’ fish top preference at relaxation spots in Maraba, Nyanga



Some residents in New Nyanya and Mararaba in Karu Local Government  Nasarawa State say Catfish Pepper Soup popularly called ‘Point & Kill’ is the major reason why they patronise most relaxation spots.

The residents in an interviews with the Nigeria News Agency on Thursday, said their patronage was due to the nutritional value, aroma and taste of catfish pepper soup, especially when it was properly prepared.

Mr Tony Onyibe, a businessman told NAN that well spiced catfish pepper-soup could be very sumptuous and nutritious and could also be enjoyed by mostly everyone.

“Once in a while, my family hang out to have fun and all we want to do is just to buy point and kill catfish.

“The fun of eating catfish never ends as you have a lot to crave for, from the head to the tail and it is delicious.

“Its nutritional value is good for our bodies and our bones because it helps your body absorb calcium,” he said.

A Plate Of Catfish Pepper Soup

Mrs Chioma Jude, a nurse said ‘Catfish Pepper soup’ provides high level of protein, combined with calcium and phosphorus, which are good for the body.

She, however, stressed the need for good and clean hygiene, while preparing it to avoid food poisoning or contracting any diseases as a result of poor hygiene under cooked.

“Consumption of fish has a lot of health benefits for us, especially as it builds our immune system, bones, protein.

“I prefer to prepare it myself to suit my taste and like, also for the sake of hygiene.

“However, there are times I eat outside, especially when I accompany my husband to watch football matches in relaxation spots, ” she added.

Mr Gbanga Kayode, a football fan, told NAN that his major reason why he visits relaxation spots most time was because of football and catfish pepper soup.

Kayode said watching football match in a relaxation spot, with a plate of catfish pepper and your brand beer could be very interesting.

Meanwhile, some relaxation spots operators along the popular Abuja-Keffi road have expressed satisfaction on the level of patronage of catfish pepper soup, adding that their businesses were booming.

Mrs Oriyamen Numbe, a joint owner who said that patronage had been high in spite of the rain, added that most of her customers order for catfish pepper soup.

“Some hardly eat meat and they would tell you that the doctor advised them on that.

“Catfish gives me good sales compare to cow meat pepper soup, the patronage is on the high side and very encouraging, customers place orders for both roasted and cooked ones.”

“Although it is expensive but people do come for it. I feel so happy for my financial turnout daily, ” Numbe said.

Similarly, Miss Agnes Orinyim, a catfish seller said that sales had been very encouraging and impressive.

“We buy the catfish fresh from the market and all the catfish are sold out daily, there are no leftovers, ’’ she said.

Orinyim, however, said that patronage was usually high during football seasons when fans go to relaxation centres to watch matches.

She said a plate of catfish pepper soup sells between N700 to N1,000 per plate depending on the size.

She added that she makes between N50,000 to N40, 000 at weekends and on week days between  N25, 000 and N20, 000, when a match is being transmitted on TV.

Meanwhile, Mr Abdul Musa, a catfish seller in popular Mararaba market, told NAN that catfish business was profitable for him, especially during the rainy season.

Musa said that in spite of the prevailing economic situation in the country, patronage was encouraging, adding “people need something hot and spicy to keep warm in this rainy season.”


Edited by Ekemini Ladejobi

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