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Ooni calls for investment in girl-child for sustainable devt.



The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, on Sunday, called on both the public and private sectors to invest in the girl-child for sustainable development in the country.

The royal father made the call while speaking with the Nigeria News Agency at the ongoing maiden campaign by Queen Moremi Ajasoro (QMA) against slavery and trafficking of the girl-child in Lagos.

NAN reports that the campaign was flagged off as part of the activities commemorating the 2019 International Day of the Girl Child.

According to the monarch, though girls are regarded as the weaker sex, they should be given the utmost recognition.

He said that if the girl child was neglected in the society, it might result in the destruction of the entire nation.

“If we don’t invest in the girl-child, we are not investing in our nation, because we will just be deceiving ourselves; it means that we have neglected our duties and responsibilities,” he said.

Speaking on the education of the girl-child, he said that there should be more opportunities for her to go to school, adding “when you educate a girl child, you educate a whole nation.

“It’s all about the society, because we have very limited education for the girl-child and this is not good.

“We should focus more on them because they are the engine room of the society but unfortunately, the society seems to have let them down.

“The family values have been lost; even some parents force their girls into early marriage, because no adequate education for them to know their rights,” he said.

Oba Ogunwusi further urged the government to invest in the education of the girl-child, adding that there should be no compromise.

He also noted that foreign culture and lifestyle had taken over most young girls, adding that this was why the Queen Moremi Ajasoro cultural pageant was organised to awaken tradition in them.

“Parents should take a leaf from our diversified culture in the upbringing of the girl-child as the custodian of family values,” the traditional ruler said.

He urged non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the country to start advocacy programmes like the maiden Moremi Campaign against Modern Slavery and Trafficking, which was flagged off on Oct. 11.

“The nationwide awareness campaign like the Moremi Awareness Campaign against Modern Slavery that we just started will seek to rescue victims of trafficking.

“We are set to educate those victims because they really have no idea of what they are getting into. While they are promised greener pastures, they don’t know the risks involved.

Also speaking with NAN, Prof. Remi Sonaiya, advised girls to be one another’s keeper and also be vigilant.

“Girls should be conscious of their environment and report any suspicion they notice against their gender.

“We should educate our girls on the activities of NAPTIP, being the one-stop agency on issues of modern slavery and trafficking,” she said.

Sonaiya also recommended that QMA should initiate taekwondo training for school girls as a defence tool against any form of abuse.

NAN reports that the QMA initiative launched its campaign against modern slavery and human trafficking, with over 200 school girls drawn from six secondary schools in Ile-Ife, Osun.

The schools represented were Oduduwa College, Misty Gee College, Sijuwade Comprehensive College, Vickayo Schools, Emerald Segilade Schools and Glorious Heritage Private school.

The campaign was graced by Prof. Remi Sonaiya, a female presidential aspirant in the 2015 general elections and Mrs Aduke Obelawo, a social development expert.

The facilitator, Princess Ronke Ademiluyi, in company with the current Queen Moremi Ajasoro 2018, Toluhi Adedamola, told NAN that the campaign would be moved across the country for effective result. (NAN)


Edited by Dorcas Jonah and ‘Wale Sadeeq




Grammy: Nigerians elated over Burna Boy’s nomination



Fans have continued to flood social media with congratulatory messages following Afro-fusion star, Damini Ogulu, aka Burna Boy’s Grammy nomination.

Nigeria News Agency reports that Burna Boy’s inclusion in the prestigious Grammy nomination list broke the internet when it was announced on Wednesday evening.

He was nominated in the ‘Best World Music Album’ category for his album ‘African Giant’ which also featured Angelique Kidjo who was nominated in the same category.

Reacting to the nominations, Burna Boy via his twitter handle @Burnaboy, “African Giant is Grammy Nominated! Its been a crazy day, so Grateful.

“Special shout-out to everyone on the album from the producers to co-producers to featured Artists to Engineers.

“I appreciate all your input to making the album. We should all be very proud. #grammys  #GRAMMYNoms.’’

@IvieAni said, “Burna Boy deserves this Grammy nomination. We saw it coming from miles away. The Grammy still having a World Music category is still questionable though.’’

@Omojuwa tweeted, “I am glad Burna Boy let the greatness come through…it was always there, always apparent. Everyone with an eye for genuine talent could see it. Here we are!’’

@Theshawnife said, “When Burna Boy called himself an African Giant, there was outrage on Social Media for days.

“Since then, his album has made mad waves! In the African Giant song he said he would win a GRAMMY.

“Now he’s en route to doing that, he literally spoke it into existence! A KING, WE STAN.’’

@Fifunmi said, “Burna Boy nominated for a Grammy award.

“I’m proud of the #AfricanGiant and proud to be part of the group who promoted the great album. It was worth it.’’

In January, Burna Boy earned the moniker ‘African Giant’ following a swipe at Coachella for writing his name in small fonts for the event’s promotional posters.

NAN reports that he accused the summer festival of disrespecting him and tagged himself an ‘African Giant’ causing a huge social media debate.

Burna Boy eventually performed at Coachella in April alongside Mr Eazi and subsequently named his album ‘African Giant’.

Edited by Julius Enehikhuere/Ese E. Ekama (NAN)

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Femi Kuti, 2baba, other celebrities congratulate Burna Boy over Grammy nod



Nigerian celebrities have continued to congratulate musician Damini Ogulu aka `Burna Boy’ over his Grammy nomination.

The Grammy is an award presented by The Recording Academy to recognise achievements in the music industry globally.

Nigeria News Agency reports that Burna Boy’s nomination announcement on Wednesday evening sent the internet into frenzy.

The Afro-fusion star was nominated in the ‘Near World Music Album’ category for his highly acclaimed 2019 album, ‘African Giant’.

Following the announcement, veterans in the music industry, Femi Kuti and Innocent Idibia aka 2baba congratulated him on social media.

Other colleagues including Banky W, Wizkid, Davido, Tekno and Olamide also congratulated the singer.

@FemiKuti said, “Congratulations @burnaboy on the @RecordingAcad nomination best wishes and love.’’

@Official2Baba tweeted, “Yes ooo. Bless up @burnaboy. It was all a dream.’’

@BankyW said, “Our African Giant has been nominated for a GRAMMY!!!!!!

“Congratulations to @burnaboy, his Mom and the entire team. AMAZING, and well deserved.

“Anything is possible with a little bit of faith and a lot of hard work. So, so, sooo happy for him.’’

@Shaydee wrote, “@burnaboy ma mayne!!!!!! Massive congrats to you blad! You deserve that Grammy nod for sure!!!! #AfricanGiant.”

Toke Makinwa @Tokstarr said, “Burna boy keeps breaking boundaries, this is such an exciting one.’’

@Olamide_YBNL said, “On God!!!!! @RecordingAcad gives @burnaboy that Grammy or we sending @olamide_YBNL over, trust me you don’t want that smoke.’’

Singer, Tekno @Alhajitekno tweeted, “Congrats on every level my brother!!! You deserve collect am! #AfricanGiant.’’

NAN reports that Burna Boy follows in the footsteps of Seun Kuti, Femi Kuti and King Sunny Ade, who had previously been nominated in that category at the Grammy Awards.

Other Nigerian Grammy nominees include, Babatune Olatunji, Wizkid, Timaya and Kah Lo. The only Nigerian to win a Grammy Award remains Sikiru Adepoju.

Edited by Cecilia Odey/Ese E. Ekama (NAN)

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2019 INAC: Ethiopia wants Nigerians, others patronise its indigenous coffee, frankincense



Ms Harmella Mathewos, Trade and Tourism Officer, Ethiopian Embassy, Abuja, on Thursday appealed to Nigerians and other countries to patronise its coffee and frankincense.

Mathewos made the appeal in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency at the Federal Capital Territory Exhibition Pavilion, venue of the ongoing 2019 International Arts and Crafts Expo (INAC).

Theme of the 2019 Expo is entitled: “Networking Nigerian Crafts to the World”.

According to her, Ethiopia is one of the largest producers of coffee and the country generates huge revenue annually from coffee sales worldwide.

“The major coffee produced in Ethiopia referred to as ‘Arabic’ was first discovered in Kaffa and has lots of benefits for the consumers.

“Ethiopia has very rich coffee culture spanning over 1,000 years and our coffee has energising effects and is labelled premium coffee.

“What makes Ethiopia coffee unique is that a lot of ceremony goes with the preparation which makes it touristic.

“This has to do with its washing, roasting and brewing, all in a go.

“Coffee is Ethiopia’s number one export produce and has improved the economy of the nation over the years,” she said.

Mathewos said that other things displayed on the country’s stand for all to embrace and patronise were paintings, dresses, scarfs, jewellery and frankincense, among others.

The trade and tourism officer said that for Ethiopians, frankincense has some religious connotations and was being used at the fair to lighten up the environment.

She said that frankincense was held very highly in Ethiopia because of the biblical allusion which had the three wise men in the Bible presenting frankincense to Jesus Christ as a gift.

According to her, this is not restricted to the Christians alone but.

She said that due to improved technological advancement, the country had been able to improve on the quality of frankincense produced from tree wax.

Mathewos said that frankincenses were made from tree wax and that combination of different scents chemically engineered together gave varieties to the product.

She said that the items exhibited were produced by the country locally to boost its economy.

Edited by Chidinma Agu/Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)

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participants laud organisers of 2019 INAC Expo



some participants at the ongoing 12th edition of International Arts and Crafts Expo (INAC) have lauded the organisers for proving a platform to synergise and showcase diverse cultures.

They made the commendation in separate interviews with the Nigeria News Agency ( NAN) on Wednesday in Abuja.

Ms Odette Peterson- Thomas, the counsellor/head of chancery Trinidad and Tobago High Commssion, lauded organisers saying it was a great platform to showcase culture, arts and Crafts.

According to her, the expo has provided them with a platform to display their culture, arts and national instruments, such as the steel pan-tenor.

Thomas said that the tenor pan when played brought out great sounds and melody and could be played during festivals or cultural events.

She noted that it was her second time to participate in the expo and acknowledged that it was an awesome experience for her.

According to her, Nigeria’s culture is different from Trinidads and that is the unique experience for her and planned to participate in the next expo to showcase more of their cultural heritage and arts.

Ahmed Ullah falso, the Director of Bangladesh Arts and Crafts Foundation, said the expo also provided an opportunity for them to showcase their arts and crafts.

He also said that it was an avenue to learn from other countries participating in the expo for wider experiences.

“This is our first time to participate in this expo and I will be glad if we are given the opportunity to participate again next time

“We are showcasing our cultural items such as the “Jambari sharee” one of our handmade fabrics and the Jute purse and bag made with natural fibre and it is not harmful to the environment.

“There is also the Nakshi Katha fabrics and all these items are made naturally with hands,” he added.

Mrs Binta Abdullahi from Chad Republic of Chad, said that participating in the expo was a place to present and display their traditional medicine meant to cure illnesses such as fibroid and sickle cell diseases and others.

Abdullahi, who is an expert in local and traditional herbs and medicines, added that on display at her stand was local pots and plates made with woods and different types of traditional and local scents.

According to her, this is her second time of participating in the expo, she says she is looking forward to more of the occasion added that she is having a nice time in Nigeria.

Mrs uchenna Eboechiwi a participant from Anambra state, said the event had provided her with a platform and opportunity to showcase the rich culture of Anambra.

She added that she was also participating to showcase the traditional arts and crafted items such as wooden idols and pots from her state.

Eboechiwi, who displayed native hand beads and necklaces made with traditional fabric, cultural hand fans and handmade wooden animals to portray the beauty of their culture also expressed her gratitude to INAC.

She, however, stated that she had been a regular participant and was looking forward for a wonderful event and reiterated commitment to participate in the next edition..

Edited by Abiemwense Moru/Ifeyinwa Omowole (NAN)

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30 countries exhibit as international Arts/Crafts expo begins



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



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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