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FG to ensure UNESCO recognition for Ojude Oba festival

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FG to ensure UNESCO recognition for Ojude Oba festival

The Nigeria government has described the annual Ojude Oba Festival as a platform for fostering the unity of the country as well as one of the country’s tourism potentialities.

The Minister of Culture, Arts and Creative Economy, Hannatu Musa- Musawa, said this on Tuesday, at the 2024 edition of the festival at Awujale’s pavilion, Ijebu-Ode.

The festival has as its theme “Ojude Oba: Unity and Harmony, Our Gift”

The minister, represented by the Director of Cultural Agencies and Heritage, Dr Ben Ugo Anama said the Federal Government will ensure that the festival is backed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) as it was in tune with President Bola Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda.

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She said the mandate of the ministry was to make revenue generation from tourism to be over $100 billion by 2030.

Musa- Musawa said it could be tapped into to diversify the economy from oil and generate more resources in the nation.

She noted that in line with President Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda, the ministry would always collaborate with stakeholders to promote, preserve and protect the rich cultural heritage of our nation.

The minister added that the ministry would ensure it reached its enviable height according to the vision for the ministry tagged “Destination 2030”.

“This vision considers the potentialities in arts, culture and creative economy, in terms of its ability to create economic expansion.

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“Our ambitious goals are predicated on this drive, which is capable of yielding billions and increase the Gross Domestic Product by year 2030,” she said.

She said that the Presidential Renewed Hope Agenda, especially for the ministry demonstrated unwavering commitment to diversify the economy and move away from the country’s over dependence on oil revenue.

Musa-Musawa rejoiced with the sons and daughters of Ijebuland over the success of the festival and the good image it had given the country over the years.

She said that she had observed that the festival had not received any elements of UNESCO approval as one of its approved festivals.

The Minister said that the status of a festival like Ojude-Oba, with its profound impact on the tourism sector, deserved to be listed by the international body.

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She, however, vowed to activate all the processes to get this done without further delay.

Also Speaking at the event, Gov. Dapo Abiodun of Ogun, hailed Ojude-Oba and described it as a festival that had given Ijebuland and the people of Ogun a distinct identity.

Abiodun said that the festival had also become a catalyst for the development of Ijebuland and this underscored the essence of preserving the rich cultural heritage.

The governor, while rejoicing with the sons and daughters of Ijebuland over this year’s celebration, promised to partner with the Federal Government to develop the festival and make it a global tourist attraction and destination.

He added that the theme of the celebration was quite apt, as unity and harmony remained the bedrock of any thriving society.

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He called for a more united force to lift the country out of its present woes.

The Awujale and Paramount Ruler of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona, the chief host of the event, was also on seat to receive over 100 age grade groups of males and females (Regberegbes), decked in attractive and impressive attire.

They came around to pay annual homage to the traditional ruler.

The horse riders, who were from the warrior families in Ijebuland, were also on hand to thrill the fun seekers to various acrobatic displays with their horses.

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Chike unveils third studio album ‘Son of Chike’

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Chike unveils third studio album ‘Son of Chike’

Nigerian music star Chike-Ezekpeazu Osebuka popularly known as Chike, has unveiled his third studio album titled ‘Son of Chike’.

The songwriter announced the project’s release on his social media pages on Friday.

The 12-track project follows the success of his debut album, ‘Boo of the Booless’ (2020), and his sophomore body of work, ‘The Brother’s Keeper’ (2022).

Speaking about the album, Chike described the project as a “celebration of his heritage and identity”.

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He also said the body of work adds to the legacy of music and culture passed down from previous generations.

“I am Osebuka, the son of my father, and this album symbolizes and celebrates my heritage and identity as a #SonOfChike and my new musical offspring joining the ranks of those that came before,” he wrote.

The album features tracks such as ‘Unto You’, ‘Lifetime Love’, ‘Apple’, ‘Mma’, ‘Someone’, ‘Your Loss’, ‘Not Your Daddy’, ‘One Day’, ‘Balance Am’, and ‘Man Not God’.

It also includes earlier releases like ‘Ego Oyibo’ and the hit track ‘Egwu’, featuring the late Nigerian singer Mohbad.

The music star collaborated with other notable artistes on the album, including Olamide, Qing Madi, and Ladipoe.

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Chike began his music career in 2015 with his participation in Project Fame.

He then became the first runner-up on The Voice of Nigeria in 2016.

He is currently signed to Brothers Records.

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“Make smart choices” – Tonto Dikeh offers alternatives to youths’ protest plans

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"Make smart choices" - Tonto Dikeh offers alternatives to youths' protest plans

Actress Tonto Dikeh has shared her perspective on the planned Nigerian youth protest scheduled from August 1 to 10.

While she fully acknowledges the right to protest and empathizes with the struggles stemming from the difficult economy, she believes there might be more effective ways to address the issues at hand.

Dikeh expressed her sadness over the rising cost of living, which makes it hard for citizens to manage their expenses despite working hard.

She recalled how the #EndSARS protest against police brutality in 2020 was ultimately derailed by those who caused damage, and suggested that a more constructive approach might be to form a representative group to engage directly with President Bola Tinubu.

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She wrote, “Dear fellow Nigerian youths, I understand your frustrations about our nation’s current state. The price hikes and economic pressures are tough, and many are struggling with increased costs of commuting and living. However, a nationwide protest from August 1-10, 2024, might not be the most effective method right now. This isn’t to undermine the power of protests but to suggest a more strategic approach.

“Instead of protests, I recommend forming a representative group to formally communicate with the President. This group can advocate on our behalf, request a meeting to discuss our concerns, and propose solutions. Engaging in meaningful dialogue and community development can lead to positive change and unity.

“The economic challenges affect us all, and addressing them through peaceful and diplomatic means could be more beneficial. Let’s unite and work towards a better Nigeria. I urge you to consider alternative ways to make your voices heard and to work towards a brighter future.”

She concluded with the caption: “Sometimes we can be right, but how we express ourselves matters. This is a heartfelt plea to all Nigerian youths—LET’S MAKE SMART CHOICES.”

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Cynthia Morgan blasts MAVINS over Rema’s smoking, Ayra Starr’s attire

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Popular Nigerian dancehall artiste, Cynthia Morgan has criticized MAVINS Record for their artiste Rema’s smoking habit and slammed female singer Ayra Starr for her outfit when meeting American actor Will Smith.

Morgan emphasized that life involves more than music and stage performances.

She also warned MAVINS Record about Rema’s cigar smoking, stating she would locate their office if anything happened to him.

Morgan wrote: “Meeting will smith dressed up like that? There is more to life than music and stage performances my dear @ayrastarr

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“And that Rema wey they hold cigar wey he no sabi smoke. If anything happen to that boy mavins I go find una office.”

Ayra Starr recently had dinner with Hollywood star Will Smith in Rome following her impressive performance at Coldplay’s concert.

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