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PMAN to picket companies who default in talent-hunt programmes



The Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria (PMAN) on Thursday said that it would picket privately owned companies always reneging on its promise during talent-hunt programmes.


Its president, Mr Casmir Obi said that PMAN would picket companies that were not giving winners of talent hunts their prizes after such events.


He told the Nigeria News Agency in Lagos that the association had received several complaints from the public bothering on extortions from talent hunts.


He said that the association would put a stop to such vices.


“It has come to our notice that some privately owned organisations have been coordinating talent-hunt programmes without giving the prizes they promised to the winners.


“They were fond of selling forms, promoting their companies and giving their programmes several media hypes just to attract the unsuspecting public to key-in into such programmes.


“However, the organisers were fond of not rewarding winners after their programmes.


“This is a criminal act and must stop.


“Anyone caught extorting money from the public in the guise of organising talent-hunt programmes will be handed over to the appropriate security authorities,” he said.


Obi, however, commended genuine players and stakeholders of talent-hunt programmes in the industry.


He said that they had used such events to encourage the development of talents at the grassroots.


Obi advised organisations with good intentions of promoting talent hunts to always follow due process by getting PMAN’s endorsement before doing so.


“Getting PMAN’s endorsement will not affect your operations or plans.


“It will, rather, give the association the opportunity to be involved and also add colour to such an event,” he said.


Obi also said that PMAN had completed plans to kick-start its national talent-hunt programme in the last quarter of the year.


The president said that it would be the association’s way of discovering new talents at the grassroots.









Humanitarian Day: NGO donates educational materials, renovates school for disabled



An NGO, African Scholars Care Initiative (ASCI) has donated educational materials to Karmajiji Community Primary School in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to mark the 2019 World Humanitarian Day.

The world Humanitarian Day, observed on every Aug. 19, to pay tribute to aid workers who endanger their lives for humanitarian service and to rally support for the people affected by crisis across the world.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the NGO also commenced work on the renovation of a three-classroom building for the school, situated at the Karmajiji Disabled Colony, along Airport Road.

The pupils received school bags, sandals, books, mathematical sets, clothing and food items, and the School Head Teacher was handed set of learning desks by the NGO.

Miss Joy Onumajuru, President of ASCI, said the gesture was to bring succour to children of the disabled parents who could do little or nothing towards providing a conducive learning environment and materials for kids.

“In line with ASCI vision of supporting education of the less privileged, we have come to donate these items and formally flag-off the renovation of these classrooms.

“The essence of this day is to make life meaningful and comfortable for people affected by crisis, and these children are affected by their parents’ disabilities.

“As other children are in the comfort of their homes and study in a conducive environment, we have decided to come give support and hope to these ones,” she said.

Onumajuru said there was need to educate young Nigerians, especially the vulnerable and less privileged, to ensure a serene and evenly developed society for all.

She therefore called on good spirited individuals, corporate bodies and civil society groups to help in promoting the “The Big Smile Project’’ programme of the NGO.

“The Big Smile Project is conceived to give hope to seemingly educationally hopeless and under-privileged children in society.”

In his remark, Mr Shuaibu Ahmed, Head Teacher of the school, who received the items on behalf of the pupils, commended the NGO for the support.

He therefore, urged Nigerians to emulate the kind gesture, saying “the disabled parents alone cannot take care of their children’s education.”

“Government and well-meaning Nigerians should remember our community especially these children that need to be educated, and extend their hands of care to them because they deserve good life as well.

NAN reports that the theme for the 2019 “World Humanitarian Day’’ is “Women Humanitarians.

It is aimed at celebrating the unsung women humanitarians, who have been working on the front lines for the survival, well-being and dignity of people affected by crises in their own communities.


Edited by Nyisom Fiyigon Dore

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Set up copyright offices in states to develop creative industries — Akwa Ibom Deputy Gov



The Deputy Governor of Akwa Ibom, Mr Moses Ekpo, has called for the establishment of copyright offices in all the 36 states to further develop the creative industries and contribute to the economy.

Ekpo, who was pioneer Chief Executive Officer of the Commission, made the call at the flag-off of the 30th Anniversary Celebrations of the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) on Monday at Omenka Art Gallery, Ikoyi, Lagos.

“So far, I observed that the commission has offices in only 14 states, including Akwa Ibom. Therefore I call on more state governments to be more supportive of the creative industry,” he said.

The deputy governor then urged all state governments to provide basic support and accommodation for the establishment of copyright offices in their states.

Ekpo also noted that the commission lacked adequate funding for its operations in spite of the fact that the commission’s mandate had been enlarged in the last 30 years.

“I am worried that despite the fact that the commission’s mandate has been enlarged in the last 30 years from being a mere administrative agency to a regulatory and enforcement outfit with additional responsibility to prosecute offenders, I understand that the funding profile of the commission has not improved, rather it has dwindled.

“Therefore, I urge the Federal Government to complement its positive gesture by matching words in the area of getting the commission adequately funded for its onerous responsibility,” he said.

He said that there was evidence that copyright had impacted positively on the nation’s economy.

According to him, it is a fact that Nollywood has become a money spinner and creative artistes such as musicians, authors, sculptors, and artists are beginning to earn from their creativity.

“Nigeria no longer takes the back seat in matters of copyright and intellectual property since we have been opportune to serve the General Assembly of the World Intellectual Property Organisation in Geneva twice.

“It is my expectation that nothing should hinder our avowed commitment to ensuring that Nigeria catches up with global best practices as it is obtained in advanced polities,” Ekpo said.

Ekpo commended all the board members and staff of the commission for continuing to uphold the benchmark of diligence, dedication to duty and commitment to the success of the organisation.

Earlier, Chairman, Senate Committee on Judiciary, Sen. Opeyemi Bamidele, said that the National Assembly would look into various areas of law that needed reforms to further develop the nation’s creative industry.

“There is a need to take an agency like NCC beyond envelop in our budgeting system.

“Funding should be based on the organisation’s need and their vision therefore, it calls for government to accord them greater priority which simply includes greater budgetary allocation.

“In doing this, the National Assembly will have to work with the executive arm of government, especially with the Federal Ministry of Justice, when it is time to do the appropriation,” he said.

The Chairman of NCC Board, Mr Tonye Jaja, said that the copyright industry in Nigeria had done a lot in terms of fostering a global image of the country’s culture.

Represented by Mrs Jidai Mamza, Jaja stressed the need to build respect for the right of authors and creators in view of their enormous contributions to nation building.

“The NCC is committed to making the copyright industry effective, rewarding and globally competitive.

“In line with our mandate, we shall continue to engage with our stakeholders to promote effective rights management, proactive enforcement against rights violations and building linkages at national and international levels.

“This will be to ensure the visibility of Nigeria as a leading nation on copyright and intellectual property protection,” Jaja said.

The chairman also expressed the NCC’s readiness to partner with stakeholders, to create greater awareness among important policy institutions.

“This will help to raise the profile of the copyright system in national discourse and take the creative industry in Nigeria to the next level,” Jaja said.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that NCC was established on August 19, 1989 to support the creative industries to maximise their potentials of adding value to Nigeria’s economy.


Edited by Wale Ojetimi

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Ex-Big BBNaija (S4) housemate reveals reasons for not having relationship while in show



Jeff Nweke, who was recently evicted from the Big Brother Naija house opened up about his personal life.

Nweke revealed this to Nigeria News Agency in Lagos, on Monday.

He said that one can’t have a real relationship in Big Brother Naija house because housemates tend not to show their true characters.

“Its a game and everyone has a strategy, so you can’t play yourself by trying to decipher someone’s true character within that space of time.

“I chose to stay on my own and not try to get attached to any lady in the house because I wanted to be focused, ” he said.

Nweke also addressed rumors that he is married.

He said that, if he was married, the whole world would know. That he was not the type that hide his relationship.

He shared his thoughts about Khafi and Gedoni who already have a relationship in the house.

The Ex-housemate said he felt what they shared was real because he could see the connection they had.

“Khafi is open hearted, she expresses herself to everyone and she’s very accommodating. When she feels strongly about you she exudes that.

“Gedoni on the other hand is the quiet type and not the type that expresses himself, so I would say he’s the opposite of Khafi.

“They were always together, shared the same space and talked a lot, maybe that’s the reason they fell for each other, “ he said. .


Edited by Ekemini Ladejobi

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Star-studded Nollywood movie, ‘The Millions’ set for premiere



A star-studded Nollywood thriller, “The Millions” is set  for premiere  on August 25, its producers have said.

The movie is produced by Chika Lann, ex-international model and TV personality, and it features top Nollywood stars Ramsey Nouah, Blossom Chukwujekwu, Ali Nuhu, Toyin Abraham and Chika Lann among others.

Ace comedian Ayodeji  Makun, popularly known as AY also features in the acclaimed movie, after  high level anticipation from movie lovers across the country on its release date.

According to the trailer released by its producer, the movie will hit cinemas across Nigeria on August 30 after its premiere.

Lann became an internet sensation with her N40 million Avant-garde hairstyle.

Chika Lann, producer of the movie `The Millions’

The producer said she found it difficult that people do not believe she could spent such amount of money on a hairstyle adding that she can invest in her hair and business at the same time.

“I believe it is my money and I will spend it how I wish. I would repeat it again that my hair is a work of art and it is worth N40 million, Lann said.

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