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UNHCR Appoints 2Face Idibia Goodwill Ambassador

Nigerian music star Innocent Ujah Idibia, known by his stage name 2Baba, has been appointed a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations refugee agency. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) made the announcement via Instagram. “2Baba has been a committed high-level Supporter of UNHCR’s LuQuLuQu campaign – a pan-African movement of people from all walks of life investing in a better future for forcibly displaced people across the continent,” it said. “We’re delighted to announce that Afropop music legend @official2baba is our newest Goodwill Ambassador. “For the past three years, @official2baba has…

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Execujet Apologises, Says I Thought Fashola Is Works Minister Not Naira Marley

The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Executive Jets Services Limited, Dr. Sam Iwuajoku, on whose chartered flight Naira Marley, Babatunde Fashola flew to Abuja for his concert on Sunday, has apologised to the Aviation Minister, Senator Hadi Sirika for the costly error of his organisation. In a letter of apology to the Minister, the company said that the approval for the flight was secured for a Judge who was to go to Abuja but later discovered that the Judge had followed another flight to Abuja. When the request for another…

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FG Congratulates Mo Abudu Over Netflix Deal

The Federal Government has congratulated media entrepreneur and filmmaker Mo Abudu over her partnership with leading global streaming service Netflix to create two original series as well as multiple Netflix-branded films. In a statement issued in Abuja on Friday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said the partnership, for on-screen adaptation of Wole Soyinka’s ‘Death and The King’s Horseman’ and Lola Shoneyin’s ‘The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives’, adds another feather to Mo Abudu’s already well-adorned creative cap. The Minister also described the deal as a…

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Reggae Legend, Majek Fashek Dies At 57

Nigerian music legend and reggae king Majekodunmi Fasheke, popularly knowned as Majek Fashek, is dead. According to reports from his Manager who disclosed on his instagram, the cause of the death is not known yet but the late musician had in recent times lived a fragile life showing that all was not well with him. His manager said the musician died in an hospital in New York, United States at the age of 57. According to him: “Today been having pressure calls, well it is true that the African No…

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FG To Amend Act Establishing National Endowment For The Arts

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said the Federal Government will amend the Act establishing the National Endowment for the Arts to enable it to play a pivotal role in responding to the demands of the sector, which has been negatively impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. The Minister stated this in Abuja on Wednesday, in his opening remarks at the Virtual Forum of the African Union Ministers responsible for Arts, Culture and Heritage. ”We have decided to amend the Act establishing the National Endowment for the…

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Minister: Broadcasters, Creative Artists Hit Hard By COVID-19 Pandemic

…….FG Grants 2-Month Licence-Fee Waiver To Broadcast Stations The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has announced the granting of a two-month licence-fee waiver for terrestrial broadcast stations in the country by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), as part of efforts to ease the negative effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the broadcast industry The Minister, who stated this at a meeting with the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) in Abuja on Wednesday, also announced the setting up of a committee of Creative Industry stakeholders to look into and…

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Fela’s Afrobeat Ex-Drummer, Tony Allen, Dies At 79

Pioneering Nigerian drummer Tony Allen, a co-founder of the afrobeat musical genre, died in Paris on Thursday aged 79, his manager says. “We don’t know the exact cause of death,” said Eric Trosset  adding it was not linked to the coronavirus. Allen was the drummer and musical director of musician Fela Kuti’s famous band Africa ’70 in the 1960-70s. Kuti, who died in 1997, once said that “without Tony Allen, there would be no afrobeat”. Allen has also been described by UK musician Brian Eno as “perhaps the greatest drummer…

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COVID-19: Rotary Offers To Assist Lagos, Others In Distributing Palliatives Equitably

A call has been made to the Lagos State government, individuals and corporate organisations who are currently deploying all manner of palliatives in cash and kind as a result of the effect of the Coronavirus Disease lockdown to use the network of Rotary International. President, Rotary Club of Ikeja South, Rotarians Michael Effiong James, said this following the spate of protests and anger over the poor and inequitable distribution of palliatives by government officials and others. James noted that about 80 per cent of the over 100 clubs in District…

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Funke Akindele, Hubby Sentenced To 14-Day Community Service, Fined N100k Each

For contravening the restriction order with a house party on Saturday at her residence, actress Funke Akindele and her husband have been sentenced to a 14-day community service and a fine of N100,000 each. The court pronounced them guilty as charged as they both pleaded guilty to the charge as the case commenced. The Court found them guilty as charged and sentenced as follows: The defendants are to pay a fine of 100,000 each, sentenced to 14 days community service, three hours per day, excluding Saturday and Sunday. Each Defender…

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Police To Funke Akindele’s Guests, Report Before We  Search For You

In response to the events that led to the arrest of Nollywood actress, Funke Akindele, the Police in Lagos have called on some of the known guests at the house party held on Saturday to report personally before searching for them. The Police Public Relations Officer in Lagos, Bala Elkana, confirmed this in a statement on Sunday. He explained that the actress was arrested for violating the restriction orders in the state as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The state government had restricted social gatherings in the state…

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