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Nigerians on Twitter debate Wole Soyinka, aircraft passenger saga

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Nigerians on Twitter have continued to share diverse, ‘hot’ reactions on the trending issue between Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka and a fellow aircraft passenger.

News Agency of Nigeria reports that the debate began after entrepreneur, Tonye Cole revealed that a young man refused to give up his airplane window sit for Soyinka, despite pleas.

Cole shared a picture on Instagram @tonyepatrickcole that showed Professor Soyinka and the man in question accompanied by a lengthy caption detailing the event.

He wrote, “@professorwolesoyinka #celebrategreatness #relationshipsmatter met one of the greatest Nigerians walking the earth today and as with other times, he was genteel, witty, forthright and humble.

“My smile gives me away as he permitted the picture whereas he will have preferred to get back to his newspapers.

“Then we boarded the flight and after assisting him with his bags, he took the window seat and promptly started reading again.

“A few minutes later this young man, baseball cap, t-shirt to show his muscled chest and tattooed biceps boards the plane and tells Prof he is on his seat (which he was).

“Those of us including the cabin crew tried to reason with Bobo Fine to let the old man be but the chap refused.

“He insisted Prof should vacate his window seat, which the old man quietly did for his original aisle seat next to him.

“I couldn’t understand how we got to this point where we no longer have respect for elders, even if we are so ignorant of the great global personalities in our midst.

“Is it too much to ask that an elderly man be allowed to remain in a seat allotted to you in the same business class cabin and the same row? Na wa o!,” The lengthy post read.

Some Nigerians on twitter were divided on both sides of the debate with one part arguing that the young man ought to leave the seat for Soyinka and the other half emphasising that seats are pre-allocated.

@TomiwaImmanuel said, “The fundamental meaning of ‘my right’ means it’s supposed to be exercised. We as Nigerians have ignored our rights for decades and that’s part of why we are in such a terrible state.”

Femi Fani-Kayode @Ffk said, “The young man that told an 80 year old Nobel Laureate Prof. Wole Soyinka to get up, move to the aisle and vacate the window seat for him on a commercial flight is disrespectful and irreverent.

“We know it is his right but it is not every right that you insist on exercising.#wolesoyinka”

@Classicnedu said, “They both paid the same amount for the ticket. I see no reason why we should call him disrespectful for demanding his rights.”

@Eneeolah tweeted, “That’s why he’s earned his title it’s a fact ! Not all fingers are equal and different personalities and status comes with different privileges.”

Meanwhile, media mogul, Mo Abudu has come under ‘fire’ for insinuating that the ‘young man’ should have left the seat for Soyinka.

Abudu commented under Cole’s post and said, “So so sad. The young man will get what he truly deserves. This is definite.”

Some twitter users noted that the comment undermined the young man’s right to his seat by playing on the privilege usually accorded to older people in Africa.

@Ayoatitiebi said, “Mo Abudu’s comment on the story is an unsurprising evidence of the unfortunate high power distance that exists in most, if not all African countries.

“How dare a child insist on his right against an adult? How dare you, an infant, refuse to subscribe to our culture of silence?”

@Ololade tweeted, “Don’t understand this Mo Abudu comment. Tonye Cole thanks for sharing this and Prof thanks for accepting to go back to your sit.

I won’t say more than that because I have respect for my elders.”

@Upytegor said, “It’s Mo Abudu’s response I can’t wrap my head around. Which one is “that young man will get what he truly deserves”? Aunty, please what does he deserve?”

NAN reports that the issue has been the most trending since Monday. ‘Wole Soyinka’, ‘Mo Abudu’, ‘Nobel Laureate’ are among the top ten trending issues on Twitter.

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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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YCee’s album ‘YCee vs Zaheer’ hits 2m streams

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‘YCee vs Zaheer’, the latest album of singer and rapper, Oludemilade Alejo aka YCee, has been streamed over two million times.

Nigeria News Agency reports that YCee excitedly shared the news on his instagram page @iam_ycee.

The long-awaited debut album entitled ‘Ycee vs Zaheer’ was released on Nov. 8 and has steadily become a fan favourite in the last couple of days.

The project comes as a follow up to his 8-track body of work ‘First Wave’ (2017) and ‘Late Night Vibrations’ in 2018.

The two-dimensional album featured collaborations with Davido, Phyno, and Niniola.

Among the songs contained in the 15-track project are `Its Amazing’, ‘Wahala Dey’, ‘Bossing’, ‘Chocolata’, ‘Cheque’ and ‘Dakun’.

Others are ‘Vibing’, ‘Mo Salah’, ‘So Nice’, ‘Mine’, ‘Love Like That’, ‘Bassline’, ‘Dada’, ‘Vacancy’.

The album also had Ycee engage a squad of fiery producers including Adey, JayBidz, Ballertosh, Fanatix and BeatsbyKarma.

He also worked with Syn X, Krizbeatz, Jay Popping, Buzzin Producer, AP Da Don, TwoSeven, Elmore, and KO.

Speaking on the idea behind the album’s title, the Headies-nominated singer had said that his choice of ‘Ycee vs Zaheer’ was a deliberate attempt to display his singing (Ycee) and rapping (Zaheer) side.

YCee rose to limelight after his single ‘Condo’, which features vocals from Patoranking, earned him two nominations at the 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards.

He was also nominated for Best Artist in African Pop at the 2015 All Africa Music Awards.

In October 2016, Ycee signed a record deal with Sony Music, but terminated his contract with the label in February 2018.

Edited by Ese E. Ekama

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Wizkid wins SoulTrain songwriting award for ‘Brown Skin Girl’

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Afropop superstar, Ayodeji Balogun aka Wizkid has won SoulTrain’s Ashford and Simpson Songwriters’ award.

Nigeria News Agency reports that he won the award at the 2019 ceremony held on Sunday in Las Vegas.

The ‘Ojuelegba’ singer earned the award for his collaboration with Beyonce, Blue Ivy Carter and SaiNt Jhn on the sensational song of Beyonce’s ‘Lion Heart: The Gift’ album.

Wizkid shares the award with other credited songwriters including, Beyoncé Knowles, Carlos St. John, Adio Marchant and Shawn Carter.

Others are Stacy BartheAnathi Mnyango, Michael Uzowuru, Ayodeji Balogun and Richard Isong.

NAN reports that this was the third time Wizkid had made the nominees’ list for the prestigious award.

He was nominated for Best Dance Performance in 2017 for his song ‘Come Closer’ and in 2016 for the Rhythm and Bars category for his song ‘One Dance.

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‘Most music legends are not versatile’ – Singer, Simi

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Nigerian alternative music star, Simi Ogunleye has deemed audience ‘unrealistic’ expectations from artist as one of the main issues plaguing the music industry.

Nigeria News Agency reports that in a series of Twitter posts @simplysimi, she noted that Nigerian musicians are forced to cater to the same audience and switch their sounds to feed them.

According to the ‘Soldier’ singer, artists are forced to be versatile even when they have their own original sounds, as musical legends are usually monotonous in their sounds.

“I think one of the most trying things Naija artistes deal with is that we are mostly catering to the same audience.

“We don’t want to have to, but the structure of the industry makes it inevitable. We expect the same people to like Rap, street music, soul, pop, indie. Its strange.

“Strange for the audience because they keep messing around with your preference. You expect everyone to please you.

“Zlatan and Johnny Drille. Strange for the artist cos they keep messing around with your creativity. You expect everybody to like your music. A waste of time.

“So when I see someone tell an artist “you’re monotonous’’, it amuses me. Most of the legends are monotonous.

“Unless they don’t have a sound. Imagine Fela doing hip-hop today and RnB tomorrow or Whitney Houston – Soul today, akpala tomorrow,’’ she said.

NAN reports that Simi, who is married to fellow alternative singer, Adekunle Gold recently released a new album, ‘Omo Charlie Champagne’.

The album swiftly follows her acclaimed 2017 eponymous album ‘Simisola’ which went on to win ‘Album of the Year’ at the Headies and contained a bunch of fantastic singles, including ‘Joromi’ and ‘Lovin.”

Edited by Ese E. Ekama

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Centre to produce documentary film on 1949 Iva Valley massacre

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The Center for Memories says it will produce a documentary film on the 1949 Iva Valley Enugu coal mine massacre to immortalise the victims.

A historian at the centre, Mrs Rina Okonkwo, said this on Monday during the wreath-laying ceremony to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the massacre at the New Market Roundabout, Enugu.

Okonkwo said that the documentary would avail the younger generation the opportunity to learn about the past “in sight and sound.”

She said that the documentary would help to capture the remaining form of the environment where the coal miners’ worked as well as interviews of the aged survivors of the attack.

Okonkwo said that the centre would also strive to produce the story and pictorial of the incident in a modern history book as “the Federal Government is restoring back history to school curriculum’’.

He said: “We are pushing ahead with the documentary project, however, we have funding challenge since the centre is not a profit-making institution.

“However, we are still looking ahead and optimistic that the project will be out probably before the next anniversary of the massacre,’’ the historian said.

Okonkwo said that the documentary had become expedient because “Nigerians easily forget, while most historical events and relics are fading away from our memories and sight’’.

Nigeria News Agency reports that on Nov. 18, 1949, no fewer than 21 coal miners were brutally massacred, while 50 others were injured by the British colonialists for daring to protest aginst racism as well as their poor working and living conditions.

(Edited by Sam Oditah)

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