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Recently evicted Big Brother Nigeria contestant, Leo Dasilva, has said his mum encouraged him to apply for the competition. In a chat with Punch he said,“I do not feel bad that I was evicted from the Big Brother Naija House. I went on the platform so that I could put my business out there and I think I was able to do that. I provide services for people and the more I’m known, the better for my business.

That was the reason my mum made me to go for the audition . If I was able to win the grand prize, it would have been a big bonus but I am not disappointed; that’ s how God wanted it to be. I was the only one in the house who didn ’ t unpack his luggage because I knew that I could live at any time . I just wanted to sell the real me ; I made up my mind not to lose myself because of the money. At the end of it all , my mum was very happy and she said I made her proud . ”

Speaking about who he would miss the most in the house , Dasilva said, “I would miss Alex most . She was devastated when I left the house and that made me very sad . Even after the competition , we are going to continue being friends. She is a very amazing person and I am not going to push her out of my life . Unless she doesn’t want to be my friend , then, I would have to let her go . I pray that she would win the competition . ”

Asked to define the relationship he had with Alex because many felt it was deeper than friendship , Leo said , “There were a lot of misconceptions because Alex and I were very close. I was the only one that knew how much talent she has. I was the only one who constantly encouraged her because I saw beyond her playful persona. That was why we were very attached to each other. She is someone I would have loved to pursue something serious with but I have other priorities at the moment.

However , I am not in any relationship yet . Right now , I am friend with someone whom I really like and I am hoping that it can grow further very soon. Meanwhile , he kept mum on if his love interest is the one whose picture was recently circulated on the Internet.

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I Don’t Belong To Any Political Party — Davido Reveals Prefered Presidential, Governorship Candidates

Gbemileke Ajayi

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Ahead of 2019 general elections, singer, David Adeleke, aka, Davido, has refuted reports of his allegiance to Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

Davido, who has been vocal concerning the politics in Nigeria recently, said he was not a “party man” as opposed to speculations in a section of the media.

The ‘Fall’ crooner further listed candidates he would support during the upcoming elections.

For presidential, Davido disclosed he would support Atiku Abubakar for president.

His tweeted on Sunday: “I am not a party man, I supported my Blood Uncle under (PDP) I am supporting Banky W under House of Representatives (MDP), Mr Jollof House of rep (AAC) Dapo Abiodun Governorship candidate (APC).

“Also supporting Shinna Peller Oyo for House of Representatives (APC) and Atiku Abubakar Presidential (PDP)”

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How We’ll Turn Around Entertainment Industry, By Sanwo-Olu

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has said his administration would be investing “heavily” in creative industry to give talented young people an opportunity to realize their potential. Entertainment and tourism industry, Sanwo-Olu said, is one of key areas his government would focus on for job creation and economic growth.

The APC candidate said he would deploy innovation and modern technology to unlock the potential of entertainment and tourism, adding an investment in creative industry would have direct impact on the economy and discourage restiveness among the youth.

Sanwo-Olu spoke when he hosted the 2018 housemates of Big Brother Naija paid him a courtesy visit in his campaign office in Ikoyi. Big Brother Naija, aired by Africa Magic, is one of the most watched television reality shows in Nigeria and Africa.

The APC candidate said his government would build entertainment hubs across the state where young people can hone their skills and promote their talents. Sanwo-Olu also pointed out that his administration would introduce a funding opportunity that would mitigate the risk and marketing challenges for innovative solutions generated by tech start-ups, stressing that young people would be engaged to drive the tourism programmes of his administration.

He said: “We have started a conversation with experienced practitioners in entertainment industry, with an objective to jointly come up with a general entertainment hub where talented young people can hone their skills in theatre, music, dancing and acting. We are looking at how the private sector can partner with us to build an entertainment destination where every Lagosian would be proud of.

“We are doing this to help the practitioners improve their creativity in film production, acting and entertainment generally. We hope this investment and effort would give our young people a new lease of life in terms of upgrading their skill and turning their skills to something valuable.”

The governorship candidate advised young people to embrace hard work and prepare themselves for opportunities that will help them realize their dreams.

He said: “Young people need to have the audacity to pursue your dreams, but they must have something that is driving them towards reaching their goals. What the government can do is to provide an enabling environment for their skills to thrive. This is what we are setting out to do if elected.”

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Aisha Buhari, Michelle Obama To Receive Special Recognition Awards At Miss Inspire Nigeria Beauty Pageant 2019 In Lagos

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Wife of the President, Dr Mrs Aisha Buhari, will lead other notable Nigerian women and world’s most powerful women like Michelle Obama and others to the grand finale of Miss Inspire Nigeria Beauty Pageant 2019 that will hold on Saturday, March 2nd, 2019 at The Hall, Oregun, Lagos.

The Miss Inspire Nigeria Beauty Pageant 2019 will be giving out special awards of recognition to prominent women around the world who have excelled in their various fields and also celebrate those who lived their lives for humanity with a Posthumous award.

Speaking with the Project Director Mrs Nkiru Stephen, she said “The Miss Inspire Nigeria beauty pageant is one that’s focused at engaging young women who can proffer solutions to Nigeria’s most pressing needs, women who are intelligent and compassionate about seeing a better Nigeria.

Continuing, she said “Miss Inspire Nigeria is looking for women who are not just beautiful but those that are concerned about Nigeria, humanity, community service and their fellow women.

” Miss Inspire Nigeria 2019 is more of a brain pageant and not just a beauty pageant.

” It will be a gathering of invincible women who will be getting the support of the Queen Mother Bunmi Ngozi Osibanjo to facilitate their projects.

“The Miss inspire Nigeria beauty pageant is designed to raise confident, elegant and inspirational women who would use the power of their inner strength and character to provide solutions to some of the challenges facing our country Nigerian”, she said.

On the awards, she said “Our special person of the year award will be going to Dr. Mrs Aisha Buhari for speaking up about her women globally and showing her motherly nature for Nigerian women while our ‘Icon of Innovation Award’ will be going to the wife of former president of USA, Michelle Obama.

There’ll also be legendary achievement award to women who have succeeded immensely in their respective fields while posthumous will also be given to our fallen heroes such as Late Stella Adadevoh for fighting Ebola, Dora Akinyili who championed the course of NAFDAC and also the Late Bimbo Odukoya for her community service and exceptional love for humanity.

In conclusion, she said ” Miss Inspire Nigeria 2019 is aimed at inspiring young girls and women to look away from fashion, vanity, prostitution, drug abuse while they explore their God-given skills and ability to better their lives for themselves and their family at large.

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