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BBNaija season four winner to get N60m worth of prizes

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Organisers of the Big Brother Nigeria have announced that the winner of the upcoming fourth season will walk away with 60 million Naira worth of

News Agency of Nigeria reports that the e Chief Executive Officer, MultiChoice Nigeria, John Ugbe noted that the increased prize money is part of significant improvement that is synonymous with the show.

He said, “Each edition of Big Brother Naija significantly improves on all aspects of the previous season and this year is no different.

“The winner of season four will walk away from the house with N30m cash prize and a top of the range SUV amongst many other exciting prizes.

“The Big Brother Naija winner will also emerge as the most popular and marketable personality on the continent, as the show is known to launch prominent careers in arts, entertainment and other supporting industries.”

The breakdown of the prizes for the winner includes a N30m cash prize; a top of the range SUV from Nigerian automaker, Innoson Motors and a trip to Dubai for two packaged by TravelBeta.

Also, the winner will get a home make-over courtesy Scanfrost; a year’s supply of Pepsi and One Africa Fest VVIP experience; a year’s supply of Indomie noodles & Munch it; and a brand new Oppo mobile smartphone.

There is also a bonus prize of two VIP Tickets to watch a European Football final game LIVE, courtesy BET9ja.

In 2017, Efe Ejeba walked away N25 million cash prize and an automobile valued at N5million.

Meanwhile, in 2018, Miracle Igbokwe walked away with N45m worth of prizes.

NAN reports that the highly anticipated fourth season of the reality show will premiere on June 30 after months of delay.

Edited by Ekemini Ladejobi

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30 countries exhibit as international Arts/Crafts expo begins

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The 12th edition of International Arts and Crafts (INAC) Expo opened on Wednesday with no fewer than 30 countries showcasing their cultures and heritage.

NAN reports that some of the countries in the Expo are Kuwait, Cuba, Ethiopia, others displaying their cultural wares and heritage.

Speaking with Nigeria News Agency ( NAN) in Abuja, Mr Abdullah Alawadhi, a diplomatic attache to Kuwait Embassy described the expo is an opportunity for the embassy in Nigeria to promote the country’s cultural heritage.

Alawadhi added that it was the country’s first time of participation and expressed optimism that it would be a remarkable experience for the citizens.

He said that the expo would help strengthen the bilateral relationship between Kuwait and Nigeria in terms of culture.

Carlos Trejo Sosa, the Cuban Ambassador to Nigeria said the embassy was participating for the first time in the expo, adding that Cuba had been following the nation’s culture for many years.

He also said that Nigeria and Cuba have similarities in terms of culture noting that 50 per cent of Cubans are linked to people from Calabar in Cross River

According to him, the relationship dates back to the 19th century during the slave trade.

The Envoy, who is rounding off his posting in Nigeria, however, said that the expo was a welcome development and expressed delight in what he saw on ground saying it was a way of showcasing culture and heritage.

The Syrian Ambassador, Adeeb Albodi, said that the opening ceremony showed that it was a well organised event noting that every participant had its own pavilion to showcase its country’s culture

He also said that it was the country’s second time of participating in the expo and reiterated readiness to attending the 2020 edition of the expo.

According to him, the expo is worthy of emulation and it is an avenue for countries to showcase their cultural diversities.

He added that it would also strengthen relationships between various countries and the host country.

NAN reports that about 10 states such as Kano, Ogun, Yobe, Anambra, Zamfara among others were also present and displaying their wares at the INAC. ( NAN)

Edited by Dorcas Jonah/Donald Ugwu (NAN)

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International Arts/Crafts Exposition promotes inter-cultural relations – participants

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Some participating countries at the 12th International Arts and Crafts Exposition (INAC) on Wednesday expressed delight in the ability of the council to promote intercultural relations through the event.

Hermella MatHewos, Trade and Promotion Officer of Ethiopian Embassy, told Nigeria News Agency on Wednesday in Abuja on the sideline of the opening ceremony of the 2019 INAC that it was an opportunity to showcase their cultural heritage.

MatHewos, displaying the method for preparation of Ethiopian popular coffee, affirmed that the event had enhanced the promotion of countries’ products and provided a platform for inter-African trade for cultural items.

“We have our beads, traditional outfit, coffee, artwork, music and dance all out for display in the expo.

“The biggest expectation is that we have to promote our products, have an inter African product exchange where we trade our cultural items which this event has provided at this stage,” she said.

Head of Chancery, High Commission of Malaysia, Yunus Ibrahim, said that the event had provided a means for Malaysia to showcase its arts and craft.

He said that the event would also provide an avenue to reach the Nigerian public with the intention of developing closer relations as they intended hosting a “visit Malaysia” event in 2020 to attract tourists.

Sharing experience from the previous year, Yagoub Babiker, the council and consular agent for Sudan Embassy in Abuja, said that INAC had used culture to network various States and countries.

“We have always been here, sharing experiences with Nigeria, we are also learning from Nigeria in the way it uses culture to network the states.

“It is a privilege that we are given the window to showcase our culture and the similarities between Sudan and Nigeria for the benefit of everyone in dancing, festivals, crafts from palm leaves, others.

NAN reports that no fewer than 30 countries were present as at the first day of Exposition with eight states in Nigeria.

Edited by Dorcas Jonah/Donald Ugwu (NAN)

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Carnival: FCT residents, vendors call for quick fixing of new date

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Some residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and festival vendors on Wednesday called for a quick fixing of a new date for the 2019 Abuja Carnival.

They made the call when Nigeria News Agency visited some proposed venues of the 2019 Abuja Carnival.

NAN reports that the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture on Tuesday announced the postponement of the carnival, adding that a new date would be announced in due course.

At the Old Parade Ground, the proposed venue of the Opening Ceremony and Street Carnival, floats and side kiosks were seen with vendors and some contingents hanging around.

Mrs Grace Ayuba, who sells shoes, bags and other female accessories, said she had already bought wares to be displayed for sale at the carnival.

“The sudden postponement of this carnival will really affect us as some of us have already gone to market to buy goods for sale.

“Whatever the reason for the postponement, just within few days before the carnival, we plead with the government to come up with a new date very soon,” she said.

Mrs Ronke Adams, who deals on water and soft drinks, said she had stocked her shop with various brands, lamenting that her capital ‘will now be tied down.’

“The carnival is a period we always looked forward to making sales for the Christmas, but this sudden shift is really a concern,” she said.

Mr Sunday Johnson, a corps member serving in the FCT, said: “We have been excited, waiting to witness the Abuja Carnival because Calabar Carnival is the one known by some of us.

“We hope that arrangement for a new date will be made by the government as soon as possible,” he said.

Mr Suleiman Mohammed, a delegate from Zamfara State, said he had procured some woods and materials to construct a float for his contingents, and was looking forward to disposing them due to the postponement.

“We were about constructing our float before we heard of the postponement, and we are left with no options than to look for buyers for the materials we have purchased already,” he said.

NAN reports that Abuja carnival is an annual event that holds in the nation’s capital to showcase the diverse cultural events and practices in the 36 states of Nigeria and the FCT.

It features road shows, music, cultural dances, masquerades fiesta, durbar and lots more with participants from Nigeria and beyond.

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Edited by Dorcas Jonah/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)

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Blockbuster stage drama, “Hertitude” for National Theatre in December

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The producer of Nigeria’s blockbuster stage drama, “Hertitude”, Mrs Kesiena Obue, on Wednesday said that the “A list drama would be staged at the National Theatre, Lagos in December.

Obue told a news conference at the VIP Room, National Theatre, Iganmu, that the blockbuster stage drama had received lots of commendation, hence, the need for lovers of drama to enjoy it more.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that Hertitude is a stage drama weaved on a storyline of a heartbroken single woman who later suffered a heart attack.

The woman left behind with three daughters, Kesiena, Rume and Ogor, who struggled to keep the home front through reunion.

The story also screened a series of betrayals that eventually disrupted their already dysfunctional lives in a play that also takes the stage with dance and music.

On the lessons from the drama, the playwright, Obue, who also wrote the blockbuster film, “Lagos Bling”, said the drama depicted all the social categories of life, the high, low and middle class.

“The film, Hertitude, is metaphorical because it takes us round the three classes in the society, the elite, middle and lower and our moral pictures in life.

“When it comes to morality, the society has different standards and many only take sides when one of the morality does not favour them. It also parental abuse.

“The play dwells so much on parental abuse which most people in the society don’t like to talk about and also the question of immorality which has been exemplified in the play.

“Hertitude is like a smokescreen of what individuals are inside and what they really are inside when people are not there, the real ugliness inside us, our flaws and imperfections,” she said.

Obue said that the drama also depicted a spiritual linkage which many seek ways to deal with societal ills.

“Hertitude is a drama for all because it has the real lessons of life which many sseek for. It is like a spiritual healing for many seeking for help to find their compass.

“The film also tells us about how to find ourselves out different and solutions provided around us which we must be able to decipher if it suits us or not.

“The film, though it has women as principal characters, it is not a feminism storyline but a drama centred on women’s role and their impact in shaping the society,” she said.

NAN reports that Hertitude will be on stage at the Cinema Hall 1, National Theatre from Dec. 14 to Dec. 22. It will also return on Dec. 25, Dec. 28 and Dec. 29 at 5 p.m.

The drama will also be staged on Jan. 1, Jan. 4 and Jan. 5, 2020, while the ticket will be at seven points in Lagos, namely: Ariyatickets.com, africticket.com. Slots shops and others.

(Editing by Peter Ejiofor)

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FTAN calls for national policy on ‘Cultural Tourism’ in Nigeria

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Alhaji Rabo Saleh, National President, Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN) has called on the Federal Government to come up with a national policy on ‘Cultural Tourism’ to boost the sector.

Saleh said this on Tuesday at the 5th Edition of Nigeria Tourism Investors Forum and Exhibition (NTIFE) in Abuja, with the theme: “An Insight into the Legal Framework of Tourism in Nigeria”.

Saleh said that domestic and international tourism experts have concluded that cultural tourism was Nigeria’s most competitive tourist product, if properly harnessed.

“Nigeria is a promising African tourism destination, therefore, there should be no dichotomy between ‘culture’ and ‘tourism’.

“Culture and Tourism departments in government ministries should work as a team to sell Nigeria to inbound tourists.

“Other countries, like Turkey and China have recently been investing in cultural tourist products with enviable success,” he said.

The FTAN president urged Federal Ministry of Information and Culture and other stakeholders to utilise the opportunities to put Nigeria on the global tourism map.

He added that this could be achieved by the diversification of the economy through cultural tourism products that would attract inbound forex spending tourists, also by promotion of domestic tourism to create business.

“State governments are the natural custodians of most tourist sites because the sites are all local.

“Mapping out tourism development zone at the Local Government level, provision of tourist facilities such as access roads, facilitating land acquisition for tourism investors should be put into consideration,” he said.

He called on the government, both federal and state to analytically look at the Nigeria’s tourism map and build up a motor-able road that would lead to and fro tourist destinations in Nigeria.

Also speaking, Mr Samuel Alabi, Chairman, FTAN Board of Trustees, appealed to the FG to allocate land to FTAN for tourism to flourish.

Alabi, also a former president of FTAN,  added that allocating land to the association would help tourism development in Nigeria.

The event attracted personalities from the Federal Ministry of Information, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, National Orientation Agency as well as stakeholders in the tourism sector, among others.

Edited by Dorcas Jonah/Ifeyinwa Omowole

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Women, groups eulogise men on International Men’s Day

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Men have continued to receive praise and eulogy on social media in commemoration of International Men’s Day.

International Men’s Day (IMD) is an annual international event celebrated on Nov. 19.

The objectives of celebrating an International Men’s Day are set out in ‘The Six Pillars of International Men’s Day.’

It focuses on men’s and boys’ health, improving gender relations, promoting gender equality, highlighting discrimination against men and promoting male role models.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the accolades, which came mostly from women and social groups, praised men for their bravery and courage.

@Chibeie said, “To the father that never left and provided at all cost!

“To the man that believes in women’s rights! To the man that never raises his hands on a lady!

“To the man that never indulges in rape or Adultery! Happy #InternationalMensDay. You are the real MVP!”(Most valued person).

@BellaRizinti wrote, “Happy #InternationalMen’sDay To my friends & loved ones.

“To the men tackling toxic masculinity. To the men who aren’t afraid to be vulnerable.

“To the men who are struggling with mental health issues. To the men who are told to “man up”. You’re good enough as you are.”

NAN reports that the men were also encouraged to speak up about issues that disturbed their mental health.

@Melacomfort said, “Suicide remains one of the most common causes of death for men, aged between 18-50.

“All men should be made to feel comfortable about speaking openly and getting support.

“Asking for help when you need it doesn’t make you weak. It just means you’re human. #InternationalMensDay.”

@Ericafett said, “To the men out there that realise that your depth as a man and more importantly as a human, isn’t measured by how much you lift or how “tough” you are.

“Rather, your ability to be a good man. Bless all you good ones out there. #InternationalMensDay.”

NAN reports that the celebration in Nigeria was unofficial as the country is not listed as one of the 44 countries in the world that observe the Day.

This has reduced the level of awareness of the importance of the International Men’s Day celebration in Nigeria.

Seeing that the country celebrates International Women’s Day and officially organises events, some respondents noted that the lack of celebration for men was partial.

Albehi Salehi said, “There is Day for men. Sadly government isn’t running any event on this day. Partiality. #InternationalMensDay”

Johnson Akinwale said, “I feel men deserve a celebration as grand as women. Our struggles and pains are valid too and need to be acknowledged.”

Edited by Dada Ahmed

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