NGO seeks support for beautiful deaf girls, other physically challenged
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Most Beautiful Deaf Girl in Nigeria (MBDGN) Group, Dr Tolulope Oko-Igarie, has urged Nigerians to support the physical challenged to achieve their dreams and contribute to national development.
Oko-Igarie made the appeal when she visited a Board Member of Deaf Women in Nigeria, Hajia Bola Muse, in her office in Lagos.
The CEO was in company with the winner of the MBDGN pageant, Miss Maria Okese of Rivers, and the first and second runners-up.
According to Oko-Igarie, the Most Beautiful Deaf Girl in Nigeria pageant had been on the pipeline since 2010.
“I started this programme out of compassion because I was a guest speaker at a deaf government school programme in Port-Harcourt. I then began to ask myself questions.
“I learnt about a lot of issues facing the physical challenged such as rape and drug abuse which can make one to think that the deaf world is a different world entirely.
“I wrote to the international and Africa deaf beauty pageants; I got franchise, but we were not able to go, because we did not get sponsorship,” Oko-Igarie said.
She expressed satisfaction that the maiden edition of the contest successfully held on Nov. 1, in Lagos.
In her response, Muse, also the CEO of BOMARAH Foundation, pledged her continued support for the physical challenged to enable them to do their best.
Muse hailed the efforts of the MBDGN Group for giving physical challenged persons a platform to express themselves.
She promised to do her possible best to empower the Most Beautiful Deaf Girl in Nigeria, Maria Okese, a professional photographer, to enable her to achieve her goals.
The CEO of Africa Blookchan Alliance, Mrs Ngozichukwuka Uri, appealed to Nigerians to give a sense of belonging to the less privileged.
She pledged continued support for them.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that Miss Bose Odedina emerged the first runner-up and Miss Chinazo Columba emerged the second runner-up in the MBDGN contest held in Lekki, Lagos State.
NAN reports that the MBDGN Group organised the contest in conjunction with Empathy Driven International Initiative, an NGO that focuses on protecting and defending the physically challenged in Nigeria.
Edited by Cecilia Odey/Ijeoma Popoola
Artist urges colleagues to do more research
A visual artist, Stanley Arinze, on Thursday urged colleagues to do more research on their act to scale it up with something new and educate the people.
Arinze spoke on the backdrop of some artistes not doing enough research on their works, especially on visual, performance, films, music theatre among others before coming out for show.
’ “When an artist does research, he or she will be able to tell a story better with his or her works.”Nigeria is a country with rich cultural values, resources and political history that can be highlighted through works,” he said.
The artist, who noted that research, involved a lot of money called on government to assist artists with funds to enable the achieve the desired result in such endeavour.
Arinze said that a well researched work was capable of giving the producer uniqueness that people would marvel about.
It will attract a very good prize or attraction to whatever work created; something new will always attract and make impact on people.
Research increases public awareness on things that people do not have in depth knowledge of and we use it to educate and inform the public.
The visual artist called on colleagues to use their sense of curiosity to scale up their works for better understanding by the public.
Cleric advises Christians to imbibe Jesus Christ virtues as they celebrate Christmas
Pastor Emmanuel Zakari, President Media Christian Fellowship, has advised Christians to imbibe the virtue of Jesus Christ in their daily lives and to live in harmony with their neighbours as they prepare for Christmas.
Zakari who is also a Pastor in Living Faith Church, Gwagwalada, gave the advice on Wednesday in Abuja, at the 2019 Nigeria News Agency Chapel Carol Service in commemoration of Christmas.
He described Christ in the lives of Christians as the hope of the world, adding that they must emulate Him to live a fulfilled life.
The cleric further said that Jesus Christ was born to give light to the world, saying that those who believed in Him and work according to His words, would not have darkness, represented by life challenges.
According to him, absence of Jesus Christ, the light of the world in a family will lead to crisis, stressing that Christians should search for the light He represented.
“By redemption as a Christian you are light, search for light because when light comes, darkness gives way.
“It is the potency of the light you carry as a Christian that determines your speed in life.
As a Christian, your life should be a compass, set a plan for your life and also mend your ways,’’ he advised.
The cleric further admonished Christians to live a Christ like life in their places of work and businesses, adding that it was the light of Christ in them that would distinguish them as individuals.
He, therefore, advised Christians to embrace Jesus, urging them to be good ambassadors of Christ in all of their endeavours.
NAN Chapel also showed special appreciation to some less privileged members with gifts for their resilience in their service of God at the end of the service which was attended by some other media organisations.
Edited by: Dorcas Jonah/Ali Baba-Inuwa
Reality star, Khafi Kareem receives car prize “Lady Foxy’ Innoson vehicles
Khafi Kareem, BBNaija season four ex-housemate, has recieved her Innosson Motors car prize.
Khafi, who is also an author and actress, wrote, “Guess who is the newest car owner in town. I finally got my car and I couldn’t be happier.
Thank you so much Innosson vehicles. I will be calling her lady foxy so if you see me drive by, Holla at your girl,” she said.
The challenge, sponsored by Nigerian brand, Innosson Motors, tasked housemates to present their Nigerian stories and highlight the beauty of being Nigerian.
During the first round, housemates gave presentations on their Nigerian story, however, Khafi’s excellent and inspiring presentation got viewers emotional.
NAN reports that following BBNaija, Khafi has hosted major events including The Future Awards and Nigeria Legal awards.
The talented YouTuber speaks French, English, Italian, Chinese, Yoruba and British sign languages.
Khafi has featured in many movies including, ‘The Evolution of U.S.’, and ‘Lost in London’ among others as well performed on stage at the Royal Opera House.
Edited by: Ese E. Ekama
Nigeria needs to groom people to be creatively grounded, says artist
The President, Poets In Nigeria (PIN), Eriata Oribhabor ,on Wednesday said that Nigeria needed to groom people who would be creatively grounded for the country to grow.
Creativity is the foundation for everything we do in our lives for the growth of our country.
A society cannot develop well without exploring its creativity; if we cannot find new ideas that can later be turned into innovative solutions; then we are not ready to grow.
Creativity starts from the mind and putting it into perspective, for it to grow into something tangible,” he said.
He said that government should continue to support the creative industry and should encourage the organised private sector to do so too.
For creativity to thrive, it is all about money, support, empowering and equipping people especially, the young people from the grassroots by keeping them busy,” he said.
He said that the society also needed to reach out to primary and secondary schools and encourage them to be creative in writing and reading.
He said that creativity was not getting the support needed for it to thrive and help creative minds grow in the country.
Oribhabor, however, said that in poetry, words are usually put together to form sounds, images and ideas that might look somehow complex.
He said that they, nevertheless, had been helping to develop the human minds.
Poetry is important because it helps us to understand and appreciate the world around us.
“It sheds light on the world so that the truth can be known,” he said.
FCT residents hopeful of exciting, memorable Christmas
Some Residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have expressed hope of an exciting and memorable Christmas celebration this year.
Some of them, who spoke with the Nigeria News Agency in Abuja, said that although preparations appeared to be slow-paced, expectations were that “things will eventually pick up’’.
Faith Ekeh, a lawyer told NAN at the Millennium park, Abuja that it was her firm belief that Christmas would be “blissful and crazy’’.
She said that although the park looked nice and conducive the place still needed a lot of work.
There ought to be a pool here. It might get really hot and you might feel like diving in just to cool off.
Coming here often I realised that we have only one mobile toilet. We shouldn’t buy mat coming too, there should be mats available for people to use.
There should be better vendors. This place used to be a place you can get candies and other good stuff but now you can only get soft drinks and other petty stuff,’’ she said.
Nonye Chukwu, also a lawyer, said that she was also looking forward to an amazing time at the park during the yuletide.
I love Christmas because it’s always a colourful period with lots of love to give and to receive.
It’s a time for family and friends to reunite and once more reconnect after a very busy year.
A lot has happened during the year. So it’ll be time to unwind.
I love being with my family during Christmas because I miss them so much in the course of the year.
This is my first time coming here actually. From my observation I think there should be chairs in strategic places in the park where people can sit.
People don’t have to bring their mats here,”she added.
Another fun-seeker,Tolani Abubakar, a student said she wished to have fun too even though she’s not Christian.
Christmas is not about only Christians. I am a Muslim but I really look forward to the festive holiday.
I can’t wait for it to come. I need to eat Christmas rice and have fun with family and friends.
It’s my best time of the year and I am already getting impatient,” she said.
Jerome Elaigwu, a technical personnel at the park told NAN that the park management was looking forward to a lot of patronage during the yuletide.
People are already coming in to book for business space. Some are coming with their ideas to share with the management on how things should be done this Christmas period.
“We are gradually putting everything in place to make sure the park is conducive for visitors during the festive season.
(Edited by: Emmanuel Yashim)
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