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Real Housewives of Potomac: Wendy osefo and Nneka ihim unfolding drama of egocentric demeanor  By Chris Onuoha As the buzz, frenzy and intrigues of the dynamics of the Real Housewives of Potomac (RHOP) trend and gain momentum among Nigerian viewers,  the most watched and exciting reality television talkshow by the American based BravoTv had continued to pull surprises on the Season 8 episodes with cast members’ feuding. #RHOP has been a formidable hub for lovers of the sitcom all female-cast gossip lounge centered among Maryland Potomac clout in the US, laced with influential women of substance in their different endeavors feuding, spilling and unraveling their different social issues in a manner that seem quite entertaining while revealing their peculiar challenges at their homes and private lives with no holds bar. With the Potomac series running into the eighth edition, the show got more exciting with an inclusion of a new Nigerian diva, Nneka Ihim, seen by many as a newbie with alluring wand to change the social narratives of the Potomac housewives and also an addition to black-skinned Africans whose presence on the show brings a cultural dimension to the trend. As a matter of special interest and attention by African viewers, Dr. Wendy Osefo’s cold shoulder over inclusion of another fellow Nigerian, Nneka Ihim on the set created a buzz that almost tore the scene apart, especially with an early jibes over ego-centered comments, cultural differences and social supremacy. These also led to the dragging of both families dirty linen to the screen. However, it was also seen and embraced by Potomac as a kaleidoscope, but was frowned at, by Nigerian audience who were not enthused at Wendy’s uncomely attitude towards a sister cast member and families threat of shrines. Episode after episodes in season eight unravels more of intrigues, with the seemingly unending feuding among cast members. While Karen and Gizelle seem to dwell in amicable space, they are of two different minds when it comes to the direction of the show. As revealed by an observer, Karen has been on the verge of steering the Potomac ship back toward a standard conflict-discussion-resolution arc, while other cast members are attempting to establish seniority and authority over choice of favourite cast members fraternise. The ego supremacy among members of the crew seems to create an unhealthy rivalry and stilted storytelling line that has also engulfed Wendy’s messy rift with Nneka as Wendy attempts to use her seniority to ice out Nneka. According to Shamira Ibrahim’s insight into episode eleven of the eighth season, she narrates how Karen had devised scheme on her big event to bring feuding members in a closet; the clear aim is to trap people who have lingering tensions on a four-hour Sprinter-van ride to southeast Virginia, perhaps, to look each other in the face with a permissive aura of resolving differences.  However, the dynamics between Wendy and Nneka which has suddenly became iconic was not part of Karen’s secret plot of close-knitting big event bonding. Shamira Ibrahim noted that while on the trip, Nneka does extend an olive branch, inviting everyone, including Wendy, to her new home, which Wendy cattily rebuffs, adding that the silent treatment in the Sprinter van voyage was an unbelievably immature tactic, that made all the more silly by Wendy’s struggle to relax on-camera. “It would have been more interesting for Wendy to confront Nneka on why she would invite someone whose family she claims submitted hers to a shrine; that would amount to willingly inviting malevolent forces. Instead, we get a stilted exchange over a reheated lunch in which Wendy begins to launch into this clearly rehearsed lecture on how she is not interested in resolving this issue with Nneka, a stance that only hurts her. For better or worse, Nneka is aiming to build all of her own relationships with the cast; smoothing this situation over is in Wendy’s best interest as both she and Candiace have lost Robyn as an ally,” the comment stated. As the event unfolds, Wendy’s right to stand firm in the position that Nneka maligned her family, seems understandably well to outrightly rebuff the invite which is also seen as an unproductive stance when Wendy is losing solid footing on the show, instead, more of her scenes are one-offs, promoting her immediate family rotating business interests in a continued attempt to fill out her presence in the cast, that are not insightful enough to stimulating interest on the viewers. Another interesting scenario is Wendy’s awkward tactics to engage with Nneka on a seniority status; an egocentric demeanor that tends to dwindle her reputation on Potomac. To Nneka, her unassuming demeanor,  seems to stir more reactions as cast mates and viewers alike root for her continues presence and representation. The vulture magazine had stated that “Nneka’s house looks lovely, and we are getting more sides of her personality and sense of humor. It’s unfortunate it took so long into this season to get a picture of her that is outside of the fracas with Wendy.” Reviewing reactions trailing Nneka’s rising profile on Potomac against her rift with Wendy, @Venicecalifornia85 stated, “I think this will be Wendy’s last season, and production will keep Nneka because she is proving to be more interesting, more dynamic and willing to get the plot along. And I like Wendy, but she is not doing herself any favour.” Another X post by @ohchadwick stated, “Nneka is taking the high road, attempting to move forward, while Wendy refuse to budge, despite her mom starting the conflict by calling Lebe. I am on Team Nneka…” The intensity of Wendy’s recalcintrancy on Potomac,  draws attentions to other poll reactions that states; “Do you think Wendy deserves another season at Potomac with Nneka, with a ‘NO’ poll having 59 percent against a ‘YES’ 41 percent poll. Perhaps,  it is interesting to note a comment from an iconic  cast member of Bravo television reality show, ‘Real Housewives of Orange County’ Tamara Judge, who was a cast member since 2008. Tamara, an American businesswoman and television personality was blunt in her website comment where she showed disgust to Wendy’s unbecomings towards Nneka. She was disappointed in how Wendy Osefo is treating her Nigerian sister and budding cast member,  Nneka. With the unfolding feels about the two Nigerians on a global entertainment  radar SEE, Nneka is coming strong against all odds.

 

By Chris Onuoha

As the buzz, frenzy and intrigues of the dynamics of the Real Housewives of Potomac (RHOP) trend and gain momentum among Nigerian viewers,  the most watched and exciting reality television talkshow by the American based BravoTv had continued to pull surprises on the Season 8 episodes with cast members’ feuding.

#RHOP has been a formidable hub for lovers of the sitcom all female-cast gossip lounge centered among Maryland Potomac clout in the US, laced with influential women of substance in their different endeavors feuding, spilling and unraveling their different social issues in a manner that seem quite entertaining while revealing their peculiar challenges at their homes and private lives with no holds bar.

With the Potomac series running into the eighth edition, the show got more exciting with an inclusion of a new Nigerian diva, Nneka Ihim, seen by many as a newbie with alluring wand to change the social narratives of the Potomac housewives and also an addition to black-skinned Africans whose presence on the show brings a cultural dimension to the trend.

As a matter of special interest and attention by African viewers, Dr. Wendy Osefo’s cold shoulder over inclusion of another fellow Nigerian, Nneka Ihim on the set created a buzz that almost tore the scene apart, especially with an early jibes over ego-centered comments, cultural differences and social supremacy. These also led to the dragging of both families dirty linen to the screen. However, it was also seen and embraced by Potomac as a kaleidoscope, but was frowned at, by Nigerian audience who were not enthused at Wendy’s uncomely attitude towards a sister cast member and families threat of shrines.

Episode after episodes in season eight unravels more of intrigues, with the seemingly unending feuding among cast members. While Karen and Gizelle seem to dwell in amicable space, they are of two different minds when it comes to the direction of the show. As revealed by an observer, Karen has been on the verge of steering the Potomac ship back toward a standard conflict-discussion-resolution arc, while other cast members are attempting to establish seniority and authority over choice of favourite cast members fraternise. The ego supremacy among members of the crew seems to create an unhealthy rivalry and stilted storytelling line that has also engulfed Wendy’s messy rift with Nneka as Wendy attempts to use her seniority to ice out Nneka.

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Pregnant Married Woman Arrested For Faking Kidnap, Sharing Ransom With Boyfriend

Operatives of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command have arrested an expectant mother who faked her own kidnap and demanded for N2 million as ransom from her husband.

It was gathered that the woman shared the ransom money with the man suspected to be her boyfriend, and whom she connived with to defraud the husband.

FCT Commissioner of Police Benneth Igweh, who paraded the suspects yesterday, said: “About 19:40hrs on March 11, one Chiedozie Ubah of Saburi II Dei-dei, Abuja, reported at Gwa Gwa Police Division that his pregnant wife, Rosemary Ubah, left for the hospital on same date but did not return home. He later received a call from his wife’s number telling him that she had been kidnapped and demanded for two N2 million ransom before her release.

“He transferred the money into his wife’s account as instructed and later brought his wife to the station after her release. During interrogation, the wife freely confessed to have conspired with one man named Walter Ezeala living on the same street with them at Saburi to extort money from her husband.

“The said Walter was arrested and he confessed that he got N800,000 from the ransom money.

“N793,500) cash, two ATM cards and two android phones were recovered from them.”

In a similar development, Igweh narrated how operatives of the command arrested a man who faked also his own kidnap to test the loyalty of his girlfriend.

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Dollar To Naira Exchange Rate For Today 22 March 2024

Find below, the Dollar to Naira exchange rate for today, 22 March 2024.

Lifestyle Nigeria has obtained the official dollar to the naira exchange rate in Nigeria today, including the Bureau De Change (BDC) rate and CBN rates.

What Is The Official Exchange Rate For Dollar To Naira Today?

The exchange rate between the Naira and the US dollar according to the data released on the FMDQ Security Exchange, the official forex trading portal showed that the Naira opened at ₦1536.83 per $1 on Wednesday, March 20, 2024, and closed at ₦1453.28 per $1 on Thursday, March 21, 2024.

However, the Naira is trading as high as ₦1,400 per Dollar at the black market even though the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) announced the unification of all segments of the foreign exchange market.

The apex bank, had in a circular on Wednesday 14th June 2023, said all FX windows were now collapsed into the investors & exporters (I&E) window.

The statement read, “Abolishment of segmentation. All segments are now collapsed into the Investors and Exporters (I&E) window. Applications for medicals, school fees, BTA/PTA, and SMEs would continue to be processed through deposit money banks.

“Re-introduction of the “Willing Buyer, Willing Seller” model at the I&E Window. Operations in this window shall be guided by the extant circular on the establishment of the window, dated 21 April 2017, and referenced FM/DIR/CIR/GEN/08/007. All eligible transactions are permitted to access foreign exchange at this window.

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Abure Ajaero – .

The National Chairman of the Labour Party (LP) Comrade Julius Abure, has warned the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Joe Ajaero, against utilizing the NLC’s platform, finances, and assets for his aspirations to vie for the presidency in 2027 or the governorship of Imo State.

Abure issued this warning in Asaba, Delta State on Wednesday in response to the closure of the Labour Party’s National Headquarters by protesting NLC members. The protesters were calling for his swift removal as the National Chairman of the party.

He said: “I must state today that the leadership of NLC under Joe Ajaero is on the part of destroying the successes we have recorded in the 2023 general election.

“I had expected that as a responsible trade union centre, a responsible labour leader; number one should have teamed up with Labour Party to see how we can team up together to make the country better.

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Abure continued, “Unfortunately and ironically too, the NLC is the one that is on the part of war against Labour Party. I must state clearly that Ajaero as NLC President has not been able to organise a successful strike action. Not even a single protest or even picketing government establishment in order to bring government to accede to the numerous requests of workers.

“As we speak, there are unfair labour practices meted out to workers by several organisations in the country. I have not seen Joe Ajaero go to such organisations to picket them.”

While stressing that Joe Ajaero is not officially affiliated with the Labour Party, Abure clarified that the party is not under the ownership of the NLC as asserted by the labor union.

He said: “Over the past few years, NLC has been claiming ownership of Labour Party. l must state clearly that NLC is not the owner of Labour Party. The party is not owned by NLC.

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