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WEEKEND ARENA

There is FFK-Spirit in every Nigerian

After one whole week, FFK has refused to stop trending? Quite unlike Nigeria, where something happens to displace another within a few days, only for everyone to return to probably a trivial one, like the drama in BBN or Tonto Dike, Prince Kpokpogri and their voice notes. Ours is a country of drama, indeed! But FFK’s defection (I choose to call it ‘migration’ sha) to APC has held sway. I see traits of it as rejoinders, news stories, cartoons and the social media is awash with such. It is a...
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World Tourism Day 2021: Sanwo-Olu, Bello, Onyema, Umar-Farouq for honour in Lagos

by WALE OLAJIDE Ahead of the 2021 World Tourism Day, the 13th Annual Eko Oni Baje Festival has announced the quartet of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos State), Governor Yahaya Bello (Kogi State), Hajia Sadiya Umar-Farouq (Minister of Humanitarian Affairs) and Mr. Allen Onyema (Chairman, Air Peace) as the recipients of its prestigious ‘Icons of National Cohesion Award’. With the theme:  Peaceful Coexistence, the Honours committee of the erstwhile cultural fiesta, says the quartet would be honoured for using their offices and activities to cement the ties of national unity amongst...
ARTS, CULTURE & LIFESTYLE

Maria Jijingi: It’s time to Speak Up, if you’re abused

Nollywood actress, Jinjingi By Austin-Fair Nwaulu Crowned Queen of Nollywood, Benue State Chapter and fast rising actress, Maria Jijingi has proved beyond doubts that her sojourn into the make-believe industry is indeed not a fluke. This is because of her towering incursions since she hit the arena a few years ago. Suddenly, she has become one of the of all eyes on choice locations as she wows everybody with her dexterity and fluency at role interpretations, Just like she has waltzed her way into many homes as a shining star...
NEWS

Time 100: See how Prince Harry and Meghan described Okonjo-Iweala

By NGOZI EMEDOLIBE Nigeria’s former Minister of Finance has been named on the list of Time 100 Most Influential People in the world. In an article, Time-style, to introduce the distinguished personalities, Prince Harry and wife Meghan, describe her as a woman who knows how to get things done. The article reads: “What will it take to vaccinate the world? Unity, cooperation—and leaders like Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. “As the first African and first woman to lead the World Trade Organization, a 164-member group of nations that oversees trade across the world,...
ARTS, CULTURE & LIFESTYLE

Music stops playing for ‘Guitar Boy’ at 80

Uwaifo By Ngozi Emedolibe What a week for Nigeria’s entertainment industry. Three renowned artistes passed on in quick succession. First it was actor Victor Olaotan, then actor, Prince  Ifeanyi Dike, the BOT chairman of Actors Guild of Nigeria, AGN, and barely 24 hours later, another big one…Sir Victor Uwaifo, veteran highlife maestro fondly called,  Guitar Boy, who passed on at the age of 80. Born Victor Efosa Uwaifo in Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria, he obtained his secondary school education at the Western Boys' High School Benin and St Gregory's...
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Demise of Victor Olaotan, Ifeanyi Dike heart-wrenching, says Nigerian Film Corporation

Olaotan and Dike By Ngozi Emedolibe The Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC) has said that the passage of Victor Olaitan and Ifeanyi Dike, two legendary film stakeholders and actors which occurred within the out gone week has left Nigeria's movie industry in a state of mourning. It will be recalled that, the film industry lost one of Nigeria’s finest screen actors and Nollywood diva Chief Racheal Etabuno Oniga, who was laid to rest, recently. Dr. Chidia Maduekwe, NFC’s Managing Director/Chief Executive, described the deaths as heart wrenching for film industry stakeholders....
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PMB must not fail…this is how

I once told a friend, Sylvester Asoya, a journalist and writer, that if something was not urgently done, the Nigerian state would degenerate to a point where gangs, would be carving out territories to control within the country. We do not need anyone to tell us, we are almost there. The story is rife and the ugly daily incidents in many parts of the country are a clear testament. Nobody wants to count the daily figures as regards deaths from criminal gangs, who have smartly devised ways of getting their...
NEWS

Anambra 2021: Harris Chuma emerges DG of ADC Campaign Team

Harris Chuma (L) and Sullivan Nwankpo (ADC Guber candidate) By Tosin Adams As the political battle for Anambra Government House intensifies, the African Democratic Congress’ candidate, Chief Sullivan Akachukwu Nwankpo, has rejigged his Campaign Team for more efficiency. A statement from the Campaign Office at Awka, announced Dr. Harris Chuma as the new Campaign DG, while Barrister Victor Okeke takes charge of the media. The move which is seen in the political circle as strategic, considering the wealth of experience of the duo is also sending shivers in the opposing...
WEEKEND ARENA

Biafra: The thin line between a defender and an oppressor

I almost got attacked in a bus, while travelling around the southeast, researching and conducting interviews on my subject for a biography I was commissioned to do. I got into an argument. It was a consequence of the incessant and irritating presence of security personnel on the roads of the southeast. They had positioned themselves a few metres apart, menacingly extorting money from the drivers. My offence was saying that such sieges were very avoidable, if the agitation for secession had not turned violent. Like very hungry lionesses, everyone, mostly...
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