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Tiwa Savage, Davido, Burna Boy, Simi nominated for 2019 AFRIMA



The All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA)  on Wednesday unveiled Tiwa Savage, Davido, Burna Boy, Simi, Wizkid, Kizz Daniel, Teni, Yemi Alade, Niniola along other international artistes  nominated for  2019 edition of the prestigious award.


This was made public  during a press conference held at Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island Lagos by Aderele Niyi, AFRIMA’s Associate Producer.


Niyi said that the nominees that  cut across Western, Eastern, Central Southern and Northern Africa were carefully picked after  rigorous screenings by a group of professional jury.


She said thatcsome of the criteria used in arriving at the nominees include:  fairness, creativity, excellence, integrity, originality of their music, authenticity which must reveal African concept among other things.


According to her, the world music festival will  hold  between Nov.21 to  Nov. 23  2019 in a country that will be announced next month.


Niyi said that the event was established to reward and celebrate musical works, talents and creativity around the African continent, while promoting the African cultural heritage.


“The platform is to position Africa as a musical hub for the world as Africans are seen as talented and highly creative.


“This is going to be  the 6th edition of AFRIMA and I can say that it has been getting better each year; this year’s edition promises to be a unique one,” she said.


Niyi called for continental  support from African leaders in order to enlarge the scope of   the event for more international acceptance.


She also urged music artistes to see the platform as theirs for better exploration.


The Nigeria News Agency reports that the following were nominated for the best male artistes from   West Africa: Burna boy with his song “Ye”, Davido’s “Wonder Woman”, Kizz Daniel’s “Madu”, Wizkid’s “Fever”.


Other nominated artistes are : King Promise from Ghana; Salif Keita from Mali, Shatta Wale from Ghana, Sidiky Diabate from Mali and late DJ Arafat from Cote d’Ivoire


The nominees for the  female category from Nigeria  and their works are : Simi’s “I Dun Care”; Tiwa Savage’s “One”; Teni’s “Case”; Yemi Alade’s “Oh My Gosh”; Niniola’s Bana.


Others are : Aya Nakamura from Mali; Jossey from  Cote d’Ivoire ; Kanuer Adams from Liberia; Manamba Kante from  Guinea and Mzuee from Ghana.


The best male artistes nominated from  Central Africa are : C4 Pedro from Angola; Fally Ipupa from  Congo; Locko from  the Cameroon; and Magasco also from the  Cameroon.


Others are ; Maitre Gims from Congo; Rui Orlando from Angola; Niska from  Congo Brazzaville; Salatiel from the  Cameroon and Ya Levis from the  Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).


The best nominsted  female artistes from  Central Africa are : Anna Joyce from  Angola; Blanche Baily from the Cameroon; and Bruna Tatiana from  Angola.


Others are; Charlotte Dipand also from the  Cameroon; Daphine from the  Cameroon; Duda from  Angola; Shan’l from Gabon and Titica from Angola.


Also, the best male artistes from   North Africa are:  Ahmed Soultan from -Morocco; Aminux from  Morocco; Amr Diab from  Egypt; DJ Moh Green from  Algeria; and  Mostafa Hagag Kelso from Egypt.


Others are: Soolking from  Algeria; Tamer Hosny from -Egypt and Yann Sine from Morocco.


In the best female categories : Cairokee from Egypt; Kenza Morsfi from  Algeria; Nada Azhari from Morocco; Psychoqueen also from Morocco; Salma Rachid also from Morocco; Sherine from  Egypt and Souhila Ben Lach from Algeria.


For the best male artistes from  Southern Africa are:  AKA, Nasty C, Prince Kaybee, Casper Nyovest, Black Coffee x David Guette, Sjava from South Africa and Jah Prayzah and Winky D from Zimbabwe.


Also, nominees for the best female artistes from   Southern Africa are : Ammara Brown, and  Tamy Moyo from Zimbabwe; Zonke, Kelly Khumalo, Nadia Nakai,  and Sho Madjozi from South Africa; Trina South from Zambia and Chikune from Namibia.


Those nominated  for best male artistes from  East Africa are : Black Boy from  Madagascar; Diamond Platinumz from Tanzania; Harmonize also from  Tanzania; and Khaligraph Jones-from Kenya.


Others are: Shyn from  Madagascar; WCB Wasafi,  Rayvanny- and  Mbosso from  Tanzania and Nyashinski from  Kenya



Jonathan salutes Babangida at 78



Former President Goodluck Jonathan has described former Military President, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida (rtd.), as a courageous leader who devoted his time and strength to upholding the glory and honour of Nigeria.

Jonathan stated this in a goodwill message issued on Friday in Yenagoa by his Media Adviser, Mr Ikechukwu Eze, on the occasion of Babangida’s 78th birthday.

He said that the former military president contributed immensely to the physical and economic development of the country.

“I am delighted to join your family and other well-wishers to celebrate with you on the occasion of your 78th birthday.

“You are a courageous leader who has committed his time and strength to defending the honour and glory of Nigeria.

“As a military president, you contributed immensely to the physical and economic development of our nation.

“As you celebrate, I pray that God Almighty will keep you in perfect peace and bless you with divine health,” he said.

The former president prayed God to grant Babangida more glorious years on earth.

Edited by Chioma Ugboma and ‘Wale Sadeeq


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Women Council partners NCAC to curb public nudity



The National Council of Women Societies (NCWS) and the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) are collaborating on efforts to curb public nudity among females in Nigeria.

The two organisation made the decision on Friday  during a courtesy visit of the NCWS’s executive members to Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, Director General of NCAC in Abuja.

Mrs Gloria Shoda, National President of NCWS, who led the delegation, said the visit was to seek a common ground with the NCAC in preserving Nigeria’s age-long culture and values, especially on decent dressing.

According to her, the cultural values and morals which defined the Nigerian woman were being perverted by ‘Civilisation’ and  moral decadence among young people.

She commended  Runsewe and the NCAC for condemning the recent video clip of musician Tekno dancing with half naked in a display van in Lagos, which had gone viral on social media.

“We thank the NCAC for taking a stand against such public display of nudity by our females , and we are set to work with it in fighting the increasing rate of  such immoral tendencies.

“The identity and pride of the Nigerian woman is being demean by those  who feel they have right to behave as they want.

“Most of these people deceive us by saying it is civilization, and if we do not work against this, they future of our children will be in danger.

“When we were growing up, our mothers prided themselves as women and dressed decently, a value they passed to us, which must be sustained,” she said.

Shoda therefore declared Runsewe as ‘Honorary Member’ of the NCWS.

In his remark, Runsewe, NCAC DG, commended the women body for the visit and pledged its commitment to defending the pride and value of womanhood.

According to him, NCAC under his watch was set to speak against any artiste, ,celebrity and screen programmes  that will derail young Nigerians, especially youths from  age-long values and decency.

He therefore express willingness to work with the NCWS and vowed to do anything within the ambit of law to safeguard the culture and values that define the Nigeria people.

“Having sexual affairs on screen and dressing half-naked is not our culture, and we must stop it.

“NCAC as a custodian of our cultural heritage has come out in strong term against nudity.

“If we did not address it now, in few years to come it will cost us more than terrorism   is costing us now,” he said.

NAN reports that the two organisations also agreed to work together in the fight against half-naked dressing among women.

They also agreed to engage in advocacy initiative and engage religious leaders ,parents and other stakeholders in the campaign for values preservation.

High point of the event was the decoration of the visiting women as “Cultural Ambassadors “of  NCAC Runsewe.


Edited by Ekemini Ladejobi

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NTDC boss charges state govts on tourism development



The Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) has called on State Governments to develop tourism sites in their respective states to boost tourism.

Director General of the Corporation, Mr Folorunsho Coker told Nigeria News Agency on Friday in Abuja that if tourism sites are developed, it would attract tourists and also generate revenue for the states.

Coker said that most of the tourism sites and festivals in the country have not gone through what it takes to make them commercially successful, hence the need for a brand identity.

He explained that tourism needed a process and a legal framework for its benefits to be realised similar to the banking, oil industry and telecommunications sectors.

According to him, there is need to create a brand name that gives an identity and a good produce and offer something good to tourist.

“This is because it is the brand name that goes into merchandising.

He said that the states must create brands when dealing with the tourism destinations in order to encourage prospective tourist as well as create an avenue to earn revenue

He emphasised that tourism sites and venues of cultural festivals should be equipped with minimum requirements and facilities.

Coker listed some of the facilities to include: emergency services, telephone services, parking space, relaxation spots and conveniences to make people feel comfortable.

Coker also said that tourism sites should have a simple procedure that are globally acceptable and known as seen in other countries such as where to stay as well as where to sit among others.

“There is a lot of packaging to be done in tourism sites like in every other events such as sports, if you buy your ticket to go and watch football, your sit number is allocated immediately.

“This should be replicated in order to make tourism sites attractive.

“If a shopping mall can have facilities such as toilet, seats and telephone signals among others, it is important for it to be replicated in tourism sites.

“We cannot just look at the waterfalls; there is need to create a viewing area.

“It must be maintained,” he said.

Coker said that there are opportunities for state governments to develop their tourism sites, adding that it was another avenue to boost its revenue generation.

He, however, reiterated commitment to partner with stakeholders in order to ensure tourism in Nigeria became a business as well as generate revenue. ( NAN)

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Berlin, Helskini to host Nollywood Travel Film Festival



The cities of Berlin and Helskini have been selected to host the next edition of the Nollywood Travel Film Festival (NTFF).

The NTFF, which is Nigeria’s biggest and foremost travel film festival, hosts screenings of Nollywood films in cities around the world.

The festival, which is currently on a European tour, will screen 12 short films alongside ‘The Power of 1′, ‘Amara’ and ‘The delivery Boy’.

Speaking with the Nigeria News Agency on Friday, Mykel Parish, the festival director said that the films were chosen because of their strong messages about Nigeria.

He said, “The European tour will run from Berlin to Helskini to Islo, Stockholm and Munich.

“We look at films with unique story directions and can appeal to international audience, good quality and has a strong message,” Parish said.

‘Power of 1′, directed by Izu Ojukwu and executive produced by Efe Omoregbe is loosely based on musician, Innocent ‘2baba’ Idiabia.

It follows the story of Justin Aba, (played by Alexx Ekubo) a successful musician and a socially conscious Nigerian.

He has a large fan base and didn’t know how powerful he was until he supported a cause by identifying with the cause.

‘The Delivery Boy’ is the story of a runaway teenage suicide bomber (Jammal Ibrahim) and his newfound ally, a young prostitute (Jemima Osunde), who must rely on each other to survive the night.

The intense, independent film was written and directed by award-winning filmmaker, Adekunle ‘Nodash’ Adejuyigbe.

NAN reports that the festival, which is in partnership with Nollywood Germany, screens at The Word Berlin and Moviemento Kino from Aug. 27 to Aug. 31.

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