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Beauty Queen urges Nigerians to come out massively for Saturday’s election




Chidinma Aaron, 42nd Miss Nigeria has urged electorate to come out and exercise their civic responsibilities by voting for candidates of their choice in Saturday’s governorship and state House of Assembly elections.

The Beauty Queen disclosed this while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Lagos.

“My fellow Nigerians, as we draw closer to the elections slated for Saturday, across the country, I urge everyone to come out massively and vote.

“We need to choose the right candidates for the Governorship and State House of Assembly elections as was done at the federal level,” she said.

According to her, let’s do well to vote our choice candidate in high spirits and for the supplementary elections which will hold in some parts of the country.

“There will be voting, where the general elections did not hold or was cancelled due to some reasons.

“In the same way, I plead with all of you, not to sell your vote, let us maintain peaceful conduct at the polling units; election is not war,” she said.

The 25-year-old graduate of Business Administration from Lead City University, Ibadan, in Oyo state urged law enforcement agents to maintain decorum during the election.

“We should aid ourselves by staying safe, avoid wearing political party clothing or engaging in political argument and the likes at the polling units.

“We are moving Nigeria forward, let us not loose hope, let no ethnic difference bring a set back to the nation,” she said.

NNN reports that the 25-year-old queen succeeded Mildred Ehiguese, who was the 41st queen.



Thai-styled massage parlors, spa parlors, beauty salons, fitness centers in Thailand to reopen




Thai-styled massage parlors, spa parlors, beauty salons and fitness centers in Thailand can reopen on the upcoming Monday as the authorities have further eased up anti-pandemic measures.

The Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), headed by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, on Friday decided to allow Thai-styled massage parlors and spa parlors, beauty salons and fitness centers nationwide to reopen on the upcoming Monday on condition that the owners or managers of such venues strictly keep them disinfected, said National Security Council Secretary General Somsak Rungsita.

However, the phase-3 easing of the anti-pandemic measures is not as yet allowing the body-steaming and facial massage services, which might be a time-consuming process at the spa parlors or saunas, according to Somsak, who currently sits on the CCSA.

No modern-day massage parlors, pubs or entertainment venues, where many people would gather and alcohol averages would be served, are allowed to reopen as yet, Somsak said.

Meanwhile, department stores and shopping malls can open for one more hour until 9:00 p.m., beginning on the upcoming Monday, comparing to the closing hour at 8:00 p.m. earlier allowed.

Stadiums can reopen only for training and not for competitions between teams while movie theaters can reopen with a maximum of 200 viewers, who are strictly required to wear face masks. No musical concerts inside movie theaters or stadiums are allowed as yet.

Curfew hours nationwide are shortened to four hours between 11:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m., compared to an earlier imposed period between 11:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m., he said.


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Feature: Egypt’s beauty salons struggle to survive COVID-19 impacts




Many beauty salons across Egypt are struggling to survive, as the number of COVID-19 cases has been continuously climbing in the country.

When customers enter LeBeauteSalon in Cairo’s upscale Maadi district, they are provided with face masks.

“I offered 25 percent discount on haircut, pedicure, manicure, and microblading services to attract more customers,” said Samira Aly, the 43-year-old owner of the salon.

“My business is almost dead since the middle of March. There are some days that no customer enters my salon at all,” Aly told Xinhua.

Aly has sent the offers to her loyal clients via WhatsApp to encourage them to come nack and plans to receive only four appointments in each section per day to avoid crowds.

To ease the worries of the client, Aly asks all the staff to wear masks and gloves while washing the customers’ hair.

Currently many prefer not to visit any beauty center to avoid even a slight possibility of infection, said Nermeen Ismael, a manicurist at Sham beauty center in Nasr City.

Although she assured that she would be using disinfection and sterilization, there are few customers showing up. “It would be a happy day if I could work for two clients,” she said.

Ismael said her salon is offering discounts which has further reduced her daily income, but she bets on the last ten days of Ramadan hoping to receive more clients and get good tips.

In the past, while the Eid al-Fitr, the Islamic holiday that follows the fasting month of Ramadan, is approaching, beauty salons in Egypt are turned into a beehive.

However, in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, which has claimed 525 lives in Egypt as of Sunday, hair salons and beauty centers are struggling to keep their business alive.

To curb the spread of the coronavirus, the authorities have taken measures including the closure of schools, restaurants, mosques and churches, as well as introducing a night curfew.

The hair salons are required to close by 5 p.m. local time. (1500 GMT)

As the total number of confirmed cases in Egypt hit 9,400 on Sunday, Mohamed Desouqy, a member of the parliament, demanded the closure of the hair salons nationwide to curb the spread of the virus.

He said that beauty centers are “hotbeds for transfer of the infection” because social distancing is very difficult to be applied.

Opposing shutting down the salons, Mahmoud al-Degwi, chairman of the Hairdressers Branch with the Trade Chamber of Egypt said “the beauty industry is changing rapidly in response to the coronavirus pandemic.”

For the time being, many beauty workers are shifting their businesses to focus on online classes rather than in-person makeovers, he added.

“Both cosmetic retailers and beauty service workers are facing unprecedented challenges to keep their businesses running as usual. Salons are closing in many areas, leaving makeup artists and hairstylists without work,” said al-Degwi.

The small business owners and the freelancers face the biggest challenge as most of them literally cannot do their craft at this moment, he said.


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Feature: Reopened hair and beauty salons busy in Israel




After more than a month without a professional place to go for haircuts and nail polish, Israeli people are embracing the newly reopened beauty salons.

On Sunday, the Israeli government eased the restrictions on economy by allowing most of the street shops to open again, though with significant precaution measures.

Hairdressers, cosmeticians, manicurists, pedicurists, and esthetic clinics are among the most desirable places for people to visit.

The beauty salons are now much busier than before the COVID-19 crisis.

Market manager of My Look beauty salon at the city of Ma’ale Adumim, next to Jerusalem, said that he is still worried despite the current high demand for haircuts and beauty treatments.

“Our clients like us were sitting at home without work, so I am not sure if they would have money to spend on beauty treatments. Beauty care is less important than food,” explained Boris Pechurihin.

Nevertheless, since Sunday, as many other hairdressers and beauty salons, My Look has seen a significant increase in clients.

“The number of customers has tripled,” Pechurihin said, but he is still not sure whether the current situation will last.

“We need to see what would happen in the coming months because beauty treatments are usually desired only ones in a few weeks or months,” Pechurihin said.

Pechurihin and his wife immigrated to Israel from Russia and started their business of beauty salon.

In the beginning, it was a tiny place with just one worker. But gradually, it became bigger and bigger as they moved into a shopping center.

They have four workers who are temporarily getting unemployment benefits from the state, due to the coronavirus crisis.

Pechurihin said that during the closure he still need to pay the rent which has been a great pressure.

“Because of our loans and expenses, we thought to declare bankruptcy if the lockdown on our business would continue for another month, yet still, I don’t know if we would survive, we are on thin ice,” told Boris.

Tel Aviv, a central seaside city of Israel, is full of hair and beauty salons, alongside bars and cafes on its main streets.

One of the popular hairdressing salons in the city is Snir and Meir barbershop, named after two brothers that own the place, which serves only males.

“It is great to reopen. It is my passion,” said Snir Aharon, the co-founder of Snir and Meir barbershop.

Since the reopening, Aharon and his hairdressers have been working hard from morning until midnight, hoping to earn back all the money they lost during the closure.

One of the first clients of Snir and Meir barbershop was 12-year-old Jonathan Spronz who was excited about finally having the opportunity to have a professional haircut.

Spronz, accompanied by his mother Rachel Spronz, said, “my mother cut my hair during the time barbershops were closed, but it wasn’t so good.”

“During the lockdown, I bought a simple haircut machine. It took me an hour and a half to cut his hair. It was the first time for me to try to do such thing,” said Rachel.

Dr. Monica Elman is the owner of three aesthetic clinics under her name in the cities of Tel Aviv, Haifa, and Rishon Lezion.

“My clinics are educational centers for workshops and courses for doctors and nurses. Since the coronavirus crisis begun, my clinics have been locked down for seven weeks, ” Elman told Xinhua.

During the period of seven weeks, Elman received many e-mails and calls from clients, encouraging her to reopen as soon as the restriction is removed.

Before the outbreak of the COVID-19, Elman employed 42 workers. At present, her clinics has reopened but with a new requirement of social distance, face masks, gloves, and hand washing.

Elman hopes to bring back to work all her employees in about a week.


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COVID-19: Little Beauty Queen wants palliatives for vulnerable children



Little Miss Nigeria, Queen Angelica Ituma, has called on government at all levels to provide palliatives for the vulnerable, especially children in orphanages, remand homes and Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps.

Ituma made this call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Abuja, saying that the COVID-19 pandemic is a serious time for all nations.

”The nations of the world are plagued with so much fears, too many gory tales of death, anxiety and apprehension.

”The once boisterous cities parks, beaches and streets are now deserted; businesses, offices, schools, markets, malls, churches, mosques and other public places are now empty.

“Security officials and siren blaring through the empty streets and the entire nations of the world are shut down.

“But my heart goes out to the children in the orphanage homes, children in remand homes, IDP camps and the homeless across the globe,” she said.

According to the 12-year-old, COVID-19 has brought so much hardship and hunger and many children are starving.

“I therefore raise my voice on behalf of millions of Nigerian children to speak peace to our dear nation,” she said.

Ituma further said that although the pandemic had taken its toll over every facet of life, it’s not a death sentence and called for all to take responsibility in order to contain it.

“Our roads are deserted, it has taken over our economy, it has also taken our places of worship, we can no longer play as children, we are socially distancing from our friends, in fact, this is anti-social.

“Let’s take back our streets, we take back our schools, we take back our nation, Yes…we can.

“Let’s kick it out of our nation, stay home, stay safe, let’s avoid its further spread,” Ituma said.

She advised children to observe good hygiene, maintain social distancing, wash their hands regularly with running water and soap or use alcohol-based hand sanitisers.

”Avoid rubbing your eyes, picking your nose or touching your mouth and avoid crowded places.

“Report any suspected case in your neighborhood by calling the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) toll free numbers,” she added.

She encouraged children to engage in regular exercise, drink lots of water, watch and study online and assist their parent while house chores while staying at home.

“Children please let’s take up new challenges, add value to your life, study your holy books and above all, pray for our dear nation, that this whole episode be over soon so we can have  our lives back,” she said.

Queen Ituma also called on good spirited Nigerians to reach out to the needy children with foodstuff and other basic items.

“We reman the future of this great nation,” she added.

Edited By: Fela Fashoro and Isaac Ukpoju (NAN)

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Beauty Queen warns youths against illicit drugs abuse



Queen Favour Makolo, 2019-2020 Miss Igala Beauty Pegeant winner has called on youths across the country to shun illicit drugs use for them to  fulfill their dreams.

The Beauty Queen made the call during a Sensitisation Peace Walk Against Drug Abuse organised for the youths in collaboration with Confluence Concept Productions Limited (CCPL) on Saturday in Lokoja.

Makolo noted that illicit drug use among the youth had hindered many young people from fulfilling their dreams .

“Drug abuse has been a major issue globally and we have been trying to preach against it because it is actually hindering the youth of this generation from fulfilling their dreams.

“We are in a collective effort with conventional and social media as well as media influencers here to talk and preach against drug abuse so that as youths and leaders of tomorrow, we can have fulfill dreams”, she said

Makolo, the 200-level student of History and International Studies at the Federal University, Lokoja, also said drug use and addiction should therefore, be nipped with adequate sensitization and awareness creation.

She explained that drug abuse was now rampant among children from the age of 13 as a result of peer pressure with nobody to tell them the implications.

Makolo further said the campaign had three segments, adding that: ” aside the peace walk, we are going to have a seminar on drug abuse in each of the three senatorial districts of Kogi state”.

“After that, we are going to be doing a Catch-Them-Young program. This will involve secondary schools because students from secondary schools have to be aware of the consequences associated with consuming ban substance”, the Queen said.

She said: “as leaders of tomorrow, if we start using drugs now, I do not think when that tomorrow comes we will benefit from the package that comes with it”.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the youths carrying   placard with various inscriptions   started their peace walk from Ganaja junction to Government House gate, Lokoja.

Some of the inscriptions on of the placards read:  “Stay Off Drugs and Fulfill Your Dreams”;  “Say No To illicit Drug Use”;  “Stop Using Drugs To Be Better”; and “ A Drug-free Nation Begins With You.”

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Beauty Queen sensitises people with disabilities on coronavirus, Lassa fever



Queen Imelda James, Winner of 2019/2020 Miss Health Beauty Pageant Nigeria, has begun a sensitisation campaign on coronavirus and Lassa fever among the vulnerable in Gwagwalada, Abuja.

James while speaking with Nigeria News Agency in Abuja said it was very important to educate People With Disabilities (PWD) on the preventable infections.

She said the campaign became imperative because PWD were the most vulnerable group and could facilitate the spread of the viruses if nothing was done to checkmate it.

James said her desire was to continue to create awareness on health issues to prevent health related fatalities resulting from lack of knowledge.

“It is my passionate desire that health awareness is provided through every means possible to prevent unfortunate and preventable health related fatalities due to the lack of knowledge,” she said.

According to her, coronavirus infection is primarily through human-to-human transmission via respiratory droplets that people cough, sneeze or exhale.

“The incubation period is typically between two to 14 days and symptoms may include fever, cough and shortness of breath.’’

The Queen, however, emphasised on preventive measures, adding that “prevention is better than cure”.

She appealed to the Federal Government not to ignore the vulnerable group in the country to ensure the success of the fight against the deadly viruses.

James said that several items such as hand sanitizers and face masks among others were distributed to them to support government efforts in preventing the spread of the viruses.

The queen, therefore, called for sponsorships and support from spirited Nigerians and donor agencies to enable her achieve her desire.

Edited By: Hawa Lawal/Isaac Aregbesola




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Men gradually taking over beauty business in Jos – Survey




In what seems like an unusual turn, men in Jos are gradually taking over the beauty business.

Nigeria News Agency reports that years ago, the business of making women beautiful was considered a job exclusively for the female gender.

It was generally the belief that only a woman knows how best to make another woman look beautiful.

Hence, jobs like fashion designing, hair dressing, braiding, manicure and pedicure and other related tasks were seen as no-go-areas for males.

Before now, any male found doing such businesses was seen as eccentric, gay or an unserious person.

It is no longer what it used to be, in recent times men have gradually established themselves in the business of making women beautiful.

Today, the preferred choice of many ladies for their beauty needs are the men.

A cross section of some of them who are doing the business in Jos, shared their experiences with NAN.

Mr Moses Okpanachi, 25, a hairstylist and a 300 level student at the University of Jos, said he learnt the art of braiding hair when he was only 10years-old while having fun braiding his sister’s hair.

Okpanachi said he went to a beauty school a few years later to perfect his skill when he realised it could be a source of income for him.

“I started braiding hair from young age when I saw how my sisters struggled to braid their hair, not long enough, her friends would come with N50 so I could braid them as well.

“I realised the value for money at that young age and decided to learn more and I enrolled in a beauty school, called Joey’s Galleria in Jos, where I learnt how to fix weaves and become an expert.

”The owner of the business is a man himself and has many young men who learn different beauty trades under him.

“This business has helped me alot financially, my parents, apart from paying my school fees don’t do anything for me, I have been paying my bills since 15 years of age.

“I would love to open a very big beauty palace after school where I would love to teach others so that they too can be financially independent, braiding is my passion,” he said.

He, however stated that the society sometimes frowned their face when a man ventures into the business of hair making as it was seen as a business exclusively for women.

He stated that it was now better as more women had now embraced men attending to their beauty needs.

Mr Emmanuel Chikwado, a professional hair stylist at the Terminus Market,Jos, on his part, said that braiding and fixing weaves for women became a job for him when he could not find a white collar job.

“I graduated from the Polytechnic over 7 years and I couldn’t find a job, some of my friends were already into the business of making hair so i joined.

“I started as an apprentice and within a year, I was able to learn and started my own business, it has really helped me alot, it pays my bills and I can help my family members as well.

John Idi, a professional make up artist, said that applying make up for women stemmed from his love for art.

Idi described make up artistry as his passion, stating that making women beautiful gave him satisfaction, adding that it also paid his bills as women paid good money just to look beautiful.

He, however, said the downside of the business was societal judgement, as most people perceived men who venture into the make up industry as homosexuals.

Philip Gyang, 22, a nail technician, who also spoke with NAN, stated that more women now preferred male technicians than their female counterparts because ‘men paid more attention to details’.

“When it comes to beauty needs, more women prefer men to do their nails and other beauty needs, they always say we pay more attention to details than women and are faster.

“Fixing nails has made me financially independent and I want more men to open their minds and join the trade than roam around without a job,” Gyang said.

He also that he was happy that people in the state were currently embracing men in the business.

Edited By: Josephine  and Abdullahi Yusuf

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Valentine: Agape love, best remedy in promoting unity in the country — Beauty Queen



A young  beauty queen, Miss Cynthia Obaji, has urged Nigerians to promote agape love as the best remedy in promoting unity in the country.

Obaji told the Nigeria News Agency that school children should be the target for the promotion of true love and unity as they represented the foundation or root of any successful nation.

She spoke at the end of Valentine rally organised by some schools in Lagos suburb.

According to her, love is a necessary and inevitable tool that every Nigerian needs in order to exhibit good patriotism and further promote national development.

Obaji, popularly known as “Queen Rhoda” of Catholic Youth Organisation of Nigeria (CYON), Lagos Archdiocese, said children should be encouraged to exhibit and see agape love as a foundation for an ideal Nigerian child.

” As the future of our country, children should sow love from their individual homes, spreading it to the schools, which will eventually become a part of our society,” she said.

Rhoda noted that if love was a part of every Nigerian, there would be less or no violence or crime in the country.

“Kids should learn to say, ‘Mum I love you, Dad I love you’ all the time, especially today, we are projecting love to remind the world that it is the only solution to all challenges.

“We should be patriotic by obeying school rules and other laid down rules in the society, be obedient and importantly, say no to exam malpractice if you want to be successful,” she said.

The beauty queen, speaking earlier with the school children, urged them to emulate the selfless service of Saint Valentine, who exhibited love and sacrifice.

“You should learn to look for good role models instead of imitating trending negativities in society in the cover of moving with the tides.

“Respect the security agents and aspire to become one as they are models of national sacrifice to the nation,” she said.

Obaji, while crowning the new Little Miss Valentine of Holy Family School, 11-year-old Favour Ekenze, urged girls to be bold in defending what is right and just.

NAN reports that part of activities for the Valentine rally was a cooking competition between boys and girls which the girls beat the boys narrowly.

Some of the schools in attendance were Prevailer Schools, Ijegun, Marymatins School, Ikotun and Holy Family School, Community, in Lagos suburbs.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Wale Ojetimi

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We can perform better with supports from stakeholders, says ex-beauty queen



With supports from stakeholders, Nigerian beauty queens have the potential to rule international beauty pageantry.


Miss Anita Ukah, the immediate past Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria (MBGN), disclosed this to the Nigerian News Agency in Lagos.


Ukah said that this was because of the impressive ways Nigerian young ladies had been performing in some of the past international beauty contests.


She said that last December, Douglas Nykachi  emerged one of the  best five beauties in the Miss World pageantry held in ExCel, London.


Nyekachi Douglas, current MBGN at the 2019 Miss World finals


NAN reports that Douglas Nykachi, the current MBGN got to the top five after she had lost out to Jamaica’s Toni-Ann Singh and, eventually, emerged the Miss World Africa.


The 21-year-old Nykachi, being the first Nigerian to attain the level of Miss World Africa since 2004, was also named Miss World Top Model, having won the head-to-head challenge.


Ukah, the 2014-Miss-Igbinedion-University beauty queen, was also among the top 30 in the 2018 Miss World contest.


“It is obvious that we are having quality representatives and a good outing in the international pageantry.


“We can do better with adequate supports and commitments from relevant stakeholders,’’ Ukah said.


She appealed to the stakeholders such as designers, media directors,  modeling agencies and artists to always support aspiring beauty queens and those vying for continental and international contests.


“With maximum co-operation from them, our queens and models will come out on top in any international competition.


“This is because Nigeria is rich in culture with unique talents,” she said.


Miss Anita Ukah, immediate past MBGN


The Imo-state-born model said that the public should understand that any model or beauty queen from Nigeria that stands on the international stage was representing Nigeria.


“She does not stand there for herself or for her directors, she is there representing Nigerians and Nigeria,” she added.


Ukah said that Nigeria should continue to maintain her position as the giant of Africa  by encouraging  her nationals to particpate in good ventures  that  include beauty shows.


She also appealed to corporate bodies and private individuals to show interests in sponsoring promising candidates for international pageantry.


Edited by: Josephine Obute/Peter Dada

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