archiveMarch 2021

ARTS, CULTURE & LIFESTYLE

Patois: How Igbo people of Nigeria influenced Jamaica

Igbankwu ceremony By MICHAEL ELI DOKOSI The continental African presence in Jamaica largely stems from the Akan people in Ghana, underlined by cultural correlations, names, meals and assimilation. ‘Mumu’ derives from both the Ewe and Akan languages. Just like in Jamaican Patois, it is used to describe a dumb or a foolish person. Dokunu is of African origin, used in Jamaica to describe a popular dessert cooked in banana leaves. Also called tie-a-leaf and blue draws. ‘Bafan’ is from the Akan language which can mean a child or helpless person...
ARTS, CULTURE & LIFESTYLE

Nigerian-born actresses Hollywood can’t stop talking about

L-R: Ngozi Ilonzeh, Caroline Chikeze and Sophie Okonedo By OCHECHE OGAH Here is a list of Nigerian born actresses that are presently acting their way to fame and fortune in Hollwood. Is anyone missing on this list? Sophie Okonedo Sophie is the daughter of a Nigerian father and a mother who is an Ashkenazi Jew. She was brought up in her mother’s Jewish faith and was raised by her mother after her father left them. She can be seen in movies like Hotel Rwanda, The Secret Life of Bees, Mrs...
NEWS

Nollywood group raps Buhari on Igbo Presidency in 2023

President Buhari By TOSIN ADAMS A group in the nation’s motion picture industry, Nollywood4IgboPresdiency, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to throw his weight behind the emergence of a President from the South East geo-political zone in 2023. According to the group, which comprises creatives across ethnic divides, the emergence of a President from that region of the country was important at this stage of our national development to ensure equity, fairness and justice, considering the enormous contributions of the Igbo in uniting Nigeria and boosting her national GDP through...
NEWS

International Women’s Day: Sustain educational empowerment of Igbo women—NIROH PG

Dr Paul Okoye As the world marks International Women’s Day, the need to sustain the educational empowerment of the girl-child in the South East, has been stressed. In a press statement by Dr. Paul Okoye, the President General of Ndigbo Royal Heritage Worldwide, NIROH, he commended Ndigbo for the visible educational empowerment often availed to the females and tasked them to surpass the present standards as that is one of the ways to lift women, who are the most vulnerable in the society out of poverty.  Okoye noted that getting...
BIG READ

International Women’s Day 2021: 15 Pioneering Female Role Models in Nigeria

Top: Mohammed, Kale, Nnaji: Below: Iweala, Yusuf, Kalu Jibril, Ekpo and Adedevoh It is International Women’s Day 2021, and visibly the most suitable time to salute the courage and tenacity of women in Nigeria. After an objective and thorough research by the VERIFIED NEWS NGR team, it presents Nigerian females who are pioneering role models in various endeavours.  Aderonke Kale: At a time when a career in the military was not fashionable for anyone let alone the womenfolk, Aderonke, a medical doctor, returned after specialising in Psychiatry to join the...
WEEKEND ARENA

Nigeria’s Erewhonian standards

I was a wide-eyed 9 year-old when my father, Emmanuel, told me about a country, Erewhon, captured by Samuel Butler in his book with the same title. The criminal punishment system of that country left me awestruck after Papa told me how the country justified the criminals and criminalized the just. It sounded impossible until he explained that Erewhon, was fictional, just an anagram from ‘No Where’, meaning such a country was not in existence. Although Butler published his book in 1872, Nigeria as it is, almost 150 years after,...
NEWS

Tributes as veteran actor, Sadiq Daba dies of cancer

Daba Sadiq Daba is dead. The actor died of complications from cancer at about 8.30pm WAT. Joe Odumakin, an activist who has also been at the forefront of raising funds for his treatment announced the death via a social media post, eliciting tributes from hordes of partners and colleagues, including journalist, Dele Momodu. Sadiq Abubakar Daba, known simply as Sadiq Daba came to limelight with his role as Bitrus in Cock Crow At Dawn, a soap opera on NTA Network in the late 1970s. In 2015, he won Africa Movie...
INTERVIEW

Rykardo Agbor: My exploits in Yoruba, English movie sectors

Rykardo Agbor Nollywood star, Rykardo Agbor from Ikom, Cross River State is a cinematic force to embrace. He told IFECHI OKOH, how one can bridge the Yoruba and English movie sectors successfully for VERIFIED NEWS NGR. Excerpts: How did your romance with the theatre start and what efforts made it faster and better? My romance with the industry started as far back as 1992 when Leo Merenini took me to Fidelis Duker’s office for an audition of ‘Visa to Hell’. That time, there was no GSM. So, getting information as...
NEWS

Gunmen fed us according to our tribes, Jangebe schoolgirl reveals

Jangebe Abduction As the nation rejoices over the release of 279 girls abducted by gunmen last week in a secondary school in Jangebe, Zamfara State, the abductees have continued to narrate their ordeal in the hands of the gunmen, whom they said took them 7km into the bush before getting motorbikes to convey them to where they were kept in the middle of the forest. Recounting their ordeal to a reporter from a national radio network, one of the abductees said they were not only threatened with death but also...
VIEWS

Is Reggae music dying or dead?

Reggae legends Marley and Daddy U Roy By Desmond Ekwueme Reggae is one special kind of music that changed the world. It's Apostles come in different forms, acts and styles.... Some are highly "spiritual". Some are very philosophical. Some are very mystical. Some are realists. Some are social crusaders. Some are humanists. Some are activists....Some are nationalists. Some are freedom fighters. Some are preachers. Some are teachers. We can go on and on. The list of who the Disciples of Reggae are is inexhaustible. From Bob Nesta Marley to Ewart...
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