The celebration of Independence Day, is highly regarded as one of the greatest events among countries around the world.

Today marks 60 years’ independence anniversary celebration of the most populated country on the African continent, Nigeria with a population of about 195.9 million.

The country is famously known for its rich culture, natural resources, industries, productive film industry and a lot more.

Midnight of October 01, 1960, Nigeria gained independence from the British colonial rule where for the first time, the nation’s flag was officially holstered in Lagos, the capital of Nigeria.

This year’s independence celebration had a bit of transformation due to the Covid 19 pandemic. Usually, the country hold a national parade with a lot of power packed cultural and ceremonial functions in honour of the nation’s sovereignty and unity.

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Today’s Independence Day celebration has been special on series of incredible programs put up by the officials of the state and the supports from its citizens across the world.

The festivities included presidential address to the nation, the national cake cutting, showcasing the country’s rich culture with different types of local delicacies among other mouthwatering exhibitions.

Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari’s Independence Day address touched on key developmental topics under the theme; “Together at 60”. He touched on issues pertaining to the country’s economy, health, security, elections process etc.

He emphasized that the issues of the country must be come first than the individual interest in other to build a collective nation with equal opportunities in terms of development.

Also, president Buhari confirmed that his administration would deal with realities and make solid decisions to better the state of the country.

He told Nigerians he’s optimistic that in the next three years, his government would work to eliminate the problems faced by the country.

The president’s speech has received a lot of negative reactions from many Nigerians. People poured on twitter their disappointments in the speech declaring it as unhealthiest Independence Day speech ever.

Congratulations are in order! 
Entrepreneur, Actress and Brand Ambassador Stephanie Linus has been recognized for her role in inspiring improved personal and community hygiene with an appointment from the Federal Government as the National OPS-WASH Ambassador.
She was appointed on Thursday, 24th September by the Honourable Minister of Water Resources Engr. Suleiman H. Adamu at a special decoration ceremony in Abuja.
This appointment is the highest form of recognition given by OPS-WASH (Organized Private Sector in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) to any member of the private sector.

In his address, Engr. Adamu charged Mrs Linus to inspire behavioral change among Nigerians for people to take responsibility for their environment in her role as OPS-WASH Ambassador.

While applauding her efforts with the Hygiene First campaign, he also implored her and her team to map out different activities that would encourage environmental sustainability across the nation.

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Also present at the ceremony was Dr Nicholas Igwe, the National coordinator for OPS-WASH. The premise of OPS-WASH is based on multi-stakeholder collaboration.

He thus expressed excitement at the involvement of the entertainment industry in the WASH sector towards creating behavioral change.

As the OPS- WASH Ambassador, Mrs Linus promised that she will use her role to challenge Nigerians to make good hygiene a culture, as well as inspire citizen participation and responsibility.

This appointment comes as a public sector recognition of the Hygiene First campaign which she launched in May 2020.

OPS-WASH (Organised Private Sector in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) is an umbrella body for private sector collaboration and multi-stakeholder innovation.

It was inaugurated by the Federal Ministry of Water Resources with a goal to end open defecation in Nigeria by 2025 and alleviate other water-related challenges in Nigeria.

Gorgeous Nollywood actress Rita Dominic is a year older today.

 

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Join us in wishing her a Happy Birthday! We wish Rita God’s blessings, Success, Happiness and Good Health…

 

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Nollywood actress Rita Dominic is a member of the Royal Waturuocha family of Aboh Mbaise local government area in Imo State, Nigeria.  

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She is the youngest of 4 siblings. she has starred in  more than 100 movies  her first movie was  A time to kill.  She won the City People Awards in 2004 as the Most Outstanding Actress….

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Join us in wishing the talented great actor/ solicitor more years of God’s Grace and divine health 🙏

Popularly known as RMD, Richard Mofe-Damijo was born July 6, 1961 he is a Nigerian actor and politician.

In 2005 he won the African Movie Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. Since January 2009 he is the Commissioner for Culture and Tourism in Delta State, Nigeria. Mofe-Damijo was born in Warri, Delta State, Nigeria.

 

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He attended Midwest College, Warri and Anglican Grammar School and was a member of the Drama Club. He enrolled into the University of Benin to continue his education and studied Theatre Arts.

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In 1997 Mofe-Damijo returned to the university to study law at the University of Lagos and graduated in 2004…

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THE PRE-COLONIAL AND THE INDEPENDENT NIGERIA

Know your history Thursday 
Nigeria has a population of about 150 million people.  Its major natural resources as crude oil founded in 1956. Nigeria was coined by Miss Flora Shaw in 1897, wife of Lord Lugard, the then British-Nigeria High commissioner. The name originated from the Niger River.
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There are over 150 different ethnic groups in Nigeria, the 3 main dominant tribes are Igbo, Hausa and Yoruba.

The Igbo kingdom

Igbo kingdom’s origin can be traced to their ancestral founder called Nri and Ala, the earth goddess (9th century AD) 
They believed that the Nri founded the Nri kingdom located in the present day Anambra state.  Nri had three sons, Eri, Arodi, and Areli, who also had 4 sons (Aguleri, Aro, Oweri, and Umuleri) that formed the major Igbo ancestral towns.
The early Igbos were mostly traders of yams, palm wine and clay pots. Nri the founder of Igbo was said to have ascended back to the sky on the Eke market day.

The Yorubas

In the present day Western Nigeria. The Yoruba is predominantly dominated by the Yoruba speaking people originated from the old Il-Ife Kingdom.
Around the late 8th century, there reined an empire referred to as Ile-Ife in the Yoruba dominated area which was governed by a supreme king called Ooni of Ife; the Ile-Ife thus formed the Yorubas ancestral home even till date.

The Hausa kingdom

Northern Nigeria referred to as Hausas because their local language was called so. The origin of the Hausa Kingdom could be attributed to a 5th century, a legend called Bayajida who came from a place known as Baghdad to the Borno Kingdom. He took the Queen of Daura for marriage and a Gwari mistress
Bayajida later had three sons from his three wives which one (Bawo) from the Queen of Daura, another (Biram) from the Borno princess and yet another (Karbogari) from his Gwari mistress.
Bawo the first son succeeded his father after his death and had 6 sons and Karbogari the son of the second wife also latter had seven sons, the two which later became Hausa as they are known today.
The primary trade of the Hausa to Mali Empire was gold, salt, leather, cloths, kola nut, slaves and henna. The Hausa kingdom was conquered and incorporated into a more centralized Fulani Sokoto Caliphate. 
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Before Independence

Between 1896 to 1897, the British penetrated and defeated the strongest hold of old Benin Empire sending king Ovonramwen of Benin into exile. The British further to launch the Anglo-Aro war, burning down Igbos’ houses and crops against the Igbo resistance to colonialism
Subject to the arrival of many indigenous elites into Nigeria,  the formation of many political parties and unions by the Nigeria Nationalists starting from the Albert Marculey foundation of Nigeria National Democratic Pact (NNDP) in 1922, Nnamdi Azikiwe introduction of National Youths’ Movement (NYM) in 1938, the Abafemi Awolow creation of Action Group (AG) etc,

Nigeria Indenpence

Nigeria attained independence on October 1, 1960, Nigeria was given independence following the handing over of Freedom chatter to Jaja Nwachukwu, the then speaker house of representative by Queen Alexandra Kent of England in 1959. Thus, Nnamdi Azikiwe was installed as the Governor-General of the New Federation and Alj. 
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Stephanie Linus Arrives Italy To Advocate Against Human Trafficking

TBT: Stephanie Linus Arrives Italy To Advocate Against Human Trafficking

Nollywood Superstar, Filmmaker & Entrepreneur Stephanie Linus Is Currently In Italy To Advocate Against Human Trafficking in Partnership with Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontières)

 

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In the wake of the increased rate of human trafficking being experienced by Nigerians trying to migrate to Europe via Libya.

Actress and Producer Stephanie Linus has recently arrived in Italy to give support to rescued people and raise her voice against such human rights violations.

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Stephanie Linus Arrives Italy To Advocate Against Human Trafficking

This timely intervention is in partnership with the world-renowned international medical humanitarian organisation “Doctors Without Borders” (MSF).

Over the next few days, Mrs Linus will visit the rescue ship “Aquarius” to witness their activities and operations.

Later she will have meetings with some of these vulnerable women;  participate in rehabilitation exercises for the rescued women, media parleys and stakeholder meetings with the aim of alleviating their sufferings and preventing more girls and women from falling prey.

Stephanie Linus Arrives Italy To Advocate Against Human Trafficking
Stephanie Linus Arrives Italy To Advocate Against Human Trafficking

Doctors Without Borders is one of the most impactful humanitarian organisation that rescues thousands of people who faced hazardous conditions trying to enter Europe through the sea yearly. In 2017, the Aquarius (a rescue ship)  has rescued 15,078 people.

Stephanie Linus Arrives Italy To Advocate Against Human Trafficking
Stephanie Linus Arrives Italy To Advocate Against Human Trafficking

 

Stephanie Linus Arrives Italy To Advocate Against Human Trafficking

Mrs Linus has been at the forefront of advocacy over sensitive issues that affect the rights of women and girls.Stephanie Linus has done this through several channels such as her advocacy movie DRY, her role as UNFPA Ambassador; her charity organisation Extended Hands Foundation and many more.

An increasing number of women, mainly from Nigeria, are being trafficked to Europe for sexual exploitation.

According to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), there has been an almost 600% increase in the number of potential sex trafficking victims arriving in Italy by Sea since 2014.

Many of these women were kidnapped against their will or lured with the promise of greener pastures. 

Twitter and Square founder and CEO Jack Dorsey is set to me Moving To Africa For At Least 3 Months In 2020.

Jack Dorsey took to his Twitter page to announce his African trip…

 

 

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Jack Dorsey recently returned from Africa where he visited Ghana, where he attended bitcoin meet ups Ghana and visited few sites as well meeting business entrepreneurs.

Some of the other African Countries that he visited included Ethiopia, Nigeria and South Africa.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Happy Birthday to Peter and Paul Okoye! Join us in wishing the sensational R&B duo an amazing day!

Born November 1981 in Jos, Nigeria, Peter and Paul Okoye  aka “P-Square” are Africa’s biggest singing duo.

The identical twins brothers started as far back as in secondary school mimicking songs by Michael Jackson in their school musical and drama group.

 

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They have unique music to their credit including mega hits like “e no easy”  “busy body” etc.

Sensational R&B duo, Peter and Paul Okoye have been championing African music across the globe for many years.

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Renowned for their energetic stage performances, breathtaking choreography and simply good music, London awaits the timeless hits from the twin brothers who have worked with the likes of Akon, T.I and Rick Ross.

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Their last song ‘Nobody Ugly’ hit 1 millions views with a week on Youtube

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With countless nominations and numerous awards including channel O music video awards, MTV Africa awards “best group” category among others, They have really made Africa proud!

Join African celebs in wishing this talented R&B duo all the best, we hope the alleged break-up is just rumours! We love seeing them perform together!

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David OyedepoBishop Oyedepo is reported to be the richest pastor in Nigeria, affectionately called “Papa” by members of his congregation.

Oyedepo (born September 27, 1954) is a Nigerian Christian author, preacher, the founder and presiding Bishop of Living Faith Church World Wide, also known as Winners’ Chapel, and its affiliated international churches known as Winners Chapel International, with headquarters in Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria.

Oyedepo is the senior pastor of Faith Tabernacle, a 50,000 seat church auditorium, reported to be the largest church auditorium in the world by the Guinness Book of Records.

The Winners’ Chapel network of churches is located in over 300 cities, in all states of Nigeria, as well as, in over 63 cities in 32 African nations, Dubai, the United Kingdom and the United States. 

Oyedepo has been seen as one of the pioneers of the Christian charismatic movement in Africa and has been referred to as one of the most powerful preachers in Nigeria. 

He is the Chancellor of Covenant University and Landmark University. He was named in 2011 by Forbes magazine as being the richest pastor in Nigeria….

 ”Winners Chapel founder Bishop David Oyedepo received a mandate from God through an 18 hour long vision in May 1981 to liberate the world from all oppression of the devil through the preaching of the word of faith…”

 

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Nigerian Actress Monalisa Chinda is a year older today! Join us in wishing this talented and gorgeous superstar an awesome birthday.

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Monalisa Chinda is a graduate of Theatre Arts from the University of Port-Harcourt. The mother of one began acting in 1993 when she was still in school in a soap opera titled “Aba”. In 1996.

 

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Her breakout role however as an actress was when she acted the part of Adaora in the popular Christian soap, “Heavensgate”.

She has won several awards, including Afro Hollywood Award for Best Actress (2009) and Afro-Australian Music and Movie Awards for the Most Outstanding African Actress (2010).

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Monalisa has starred  in over 80 movies. Her contribution to the world of acting in Nigeria was recognized when she was made an Ambassador for Glo (Globacom) the telecommunications giant.

Besides acting, Monalisa is involved in a lot of charity work. She also has a column (Monalisa Code) in the Saturday edition of The Sun Newspapers where she writes on social issues and relationships.

She is a consultant with Royal Arts Academy, a media school known for breeding new talents, in acting, directing, screen-writing…

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