Reliving the Thrills of AMVCA Culture Day
Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards is set to hold on today, but activities preceding the day have been nothing short of excitement.
On Thursday evening, the captivating beauty of African culture and rich heritage was on full display, as AMVCA held its Culture Day.
The evening was a rare showcase of African art, fashion and music. Leading the celebration were African entertainment industry personalities in colourful displays of their diverse cultural fashion. Kate Henshaw, Yemi Blaq, VJ Adams, Aduni Ade, Merlin Boss, Whitemoney, Saga, Cross, Saskay among others, proudly represented their native tongues with greetings in their dialects.
If there was an award for the best dressed female on the night, it would have gone to event host, Nancy Isime. The elegant Nollywood actress charmed the audience with her beautiful Edo native apparel. Virtually all in attendance wanted a selfie with Nancy!
Adding Hollywood touches to the night were Tasha Smith and Bayo Akinfenwa. The charismatic Tasha professed her love for Nigerians and African culture. She expressed her desire for a Nigerian name. About eight names were suggested. Hopefully she settles for one or two. Despite his Yoruba lineage, Bayo impressed the audience with his Ogbo language salutations. Igbo kwenu!
At the peak of the show, Afrobeat artiste, Seun Kuti and the Egypt 80 band, delivered a thrilling performance to a standing ovation from the audience. According to an excited member of the audience, “it was like watching baba himself (Fela) live on stage.”
Aside from Seun’s performance, fun lovers from all walks of life, who added colour to the evening with their native wears, had plenty to choose from. For the lover of music, especially the highlife genre, it was an evening of nostalgia. Hit songs by legendary artists like Fatai Rolling Dollar, Haruna Ishola, Victor Olaiya, and Victor Owaifo, were performed live by ‘Owambe’ singers.
Different dance groups, led by Calabar Carnival and the Zulu Troop, displayed Africa’s cultural diversity with captivating performances. It was also an evening of poetic eulogy to mother Africa, as poets delivered lines that espoused the beauty, weath, and the strength in diversity of the black continent.
Also part of the evening was stage performances reminiscing the folklore of different African communities. For several members of the audience, it was their first sight of harmless snakes, native fire spitters, and Agere Masquerades dancing to the talking drum.
The AMVCA Culture Day was indeed a true celebration of African heritage, and definitely one that will be remembered for years to come.
The 8th AMVCA night will air live from 4pm on all Africa Magic channels on DStv and GOtv. For information on the show, follow DSTV on twitter, Instagram and Facebook. You can also join the conversation on Twitter with #AMVCA8
2023 Presidency: Atiku lists five-point agenda
Factual Pursuit of Truth for Progress
Former Vice President and a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential aspirant Atiku Abubakar, on Sunday, said listed his five-point development agenda for Nigeria if he becomes the next President come 2023.
Atiku made this known when he met with Abia State Special Delegates to the PDP National convention at the Government House Banquet Hall.
He highlighted his five-point development agenda to include; instituting symbols of unity, and dealing with insecurity, the economy, education, and restructure of the country.
He said that the South-East is his real point adding, “Therefore, nobody can label me anti-East or anti-race”.
According to him, by 2023, PDP would have been in opposition for 8 years, stating, “We must win the next election.Would we like to go back? Do we want to remain in opposition? These are the questions before us”
“Your aspiration as Igbo people will materialise and be realised. So, give me victory so that your aspiration will be realised.
“Together, we can achieve these goals if we unite as PDP and fight for power.”
He added, “I came with these objectives and if you should be able to give me this opportunity, I believe we will work together to achieve this”.
Earlier in a courtesy call on him, Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu saluted Atiku for his doggedness in his quest to unify and recover Nigeria.
Nigeria, he said, “has drifted further down the valley from where we are. Nigerians are faced with serious challenges and are now begging for the opportunity to live.”
Speaking, the PDP state chairman, Asiforo Okere, expressed his excitement to receive Atiku, adding, “We are not unaware of your contributions to the nation”.
Atiku was led by his campaign director general, Raymond Dokpesi who described Atiku, as “a detribalised Nigerian, astute deliverer of democracy and a unifier”.
Acting Involves Brainwork, Not Only Looks
Nollywood actress, Kehinde Bankole, has advised those coming into Nollywood to be ready for the intellectual work that comes with the glamour of the industry.
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She said, “Don’t see acting as a career you can come into when all other careers are not working for you. (Perhaps), you have been told that doctors and lawyers are more professional than actors, so you decided to start acting because you couldn’t cope in other fields. Acting is not just about looking good; it involves a lot of intellectual work. You have to think on your toes, otherwise, you would become irrelevant.”
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Speaking further, the award-winning actress noted that being able to sustain relevance is where the real work lies. “Being able to sustain relevance is the real work, being able to make it pay your bills. Stumbling on fame doesn’t happen like that for people every time, like the case of Olajumoke the bread seller. There are people whose stories are like that but it’s usually one out of every five hundred.”
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FG empowers women in sanitary items production
Factual Pursuit of Truth for Progress
About 30 women were trained over the weekend by the Ministry of Women Affairs, Bauchi State on the production of sanitary items for home management.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria the training was done in collaboration with QUB Resources Limited, Abuja, which provided the training.
The women were trained on how to make liquid soaps, hand sanitisers, and other disinfectants.
The training was done under the ministry’s Women’s Economic Empowerment Workshop.
Representative of QUB Resources Limited, Mrs. Lydia Shehu, said the theme of the one-day training is, ‘Building women’s economic resilience for inclusive recovery’.
Shehu said that the aim was for the attainment of personal and family hygiene and from bacteria, and viruses, among others, and to improve their means of livelihood.
She lauded the Minister for Women Affairs and Social Development, Pauline Tallen for organising the programme, especially during this period of COVID-19 and other diseases.
The representative explained that the skills taught were not capital-intensive, adding that the trainees could start up the business with little income and train other women on the products.