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As part of its corporate social responsibility, Heritage Bank Limited, Nigeria’s most innovative banking service provider, is promoting the country’s rich cultural heritage to the global community through the on-going Big Brother Naija.

The Bank said in a statement that the feat was executed by tasking housemates to find a common ground by drawing from and blending their different, unique personalities and cultural backgrounds to create a perfect Big Brother Nigerian wedding during the week.

Earlier in the week, the housemates were introduced to the theme of the week: Big Brother Perfect Wedding.

According to Heritage Bank, Nigeria encompasses a diverse range of human activities, creations and ways of expression, including music, literature, film, sculpture and paintings, a powerful tool to build businesses, connect individuals across cultures, educate and enrich societies. Dressing is a component of culture, reflecting economic and socio-political substrates of the people. In the past, they have supported the arts sector and have promoted cultural heritage of our people through art exhibitions.

The banks believes that culture stimulates our emotive mind and challenges our interpretation of reality by making people to become intuitive, imaginative, flexible and tolerant.

The statement further said the housemates were then tasked to find common ground and fuse and adapt their different personalities and identities and cultural backgrounds for the perfect Big Brother Nigerian Wedding. According to the Bank all housemates took part in the wedding celebration and they were required to draw from Nigeria’s customs to create a perfect Big Brother wedding.

Viewers chose the bride and groom via a Facebook poll on the previous day and the rest of the housemates decided what role they would play.

The housemates also allocated key roles from each culture according to what they chose to adapt: parents of the bride, members of the groom’s family, a marriage guide, decorators, catering among others.

The housemates were tasked with mediating the proceedings to a complete conclusion and each couple was given blackboards and chalk to assign one another their roles.

This task required housemates to draw on what makes them fit into the mould of Proudly Naija and blend each of their own ‘Proudly Naija’ identities to create a fusion of Nigerian culture for a wedding.

The ‘wedding’ preparation which started on at the beginning of the week climaxed on Thursday evening (9th March, 2017) similar to normal wedding scenario in Nigeria.

Some of the objectives of the initiative are to promote and preserve the heritage of Nigerian culture and tradition and to enlighten Nigeria youths and those in diaspora about the richness and diversity of Nigerian traditional marriages through infusion of the Heritage Bank initiatives.

Others were to show case the richness and multiplicity of Nigeria cultural heritage and to encourage Nigerians to be proud of their tradition/heritage #Iamproudofmyheritage as well as impacting the viewers of the programme on television positively through supplies of costumes and props.

The housemates also found a common ground to celebrate their diversities in a unique cultural heritage and it also showcased the way Kings and Queens in different Nigeria’s culture used to celebrate the past.

From the earlier hours of the day, the housemates were paired in groups of two (male & female) and were tasked to cook meals that were peculiar to their cultures.

Branded aprons and utensils were provided for the housemates as well as the ingredients and they then required to cook the meals.

After the housemates were done with the cooking, the meals were all arranged on a table and each housemate came forward to give a short presentation about the meal, its preparation and uniqueness to their cultures.

Later in the day the housemates were required to dress up for the Heritage Naija Old School Party. Local (Ankara) fabric were provided, with each housemate tailored to make costumes unique to each individual culture such as Agbada (Yoruba), Dansiki, Oleku, Iro & Buba, double George among others. The weddings were done in the Igbo, South South, Hausa as well as in Middle Belt traditions.

The venue set up and decoration was made up of cake, bride and groom costume and accessories, parents of bride and groom costume, catering/refreshment, bride’s luggage, music and compere.

A dedicated DJ was on ground to entertain them to local Naija tunes.

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MultiChoice Nigeria Unveils New Reality TV Show; Ultimate Love, Winning Couple To Be Rewarded With Lavish Traditional Wedding, Fully Furnished Home, Others

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MultiChoice Nigeria has announced the launch of a brand-new reality TV show titled ‘Ultimate Love’ and is calling for auditions this November. The show will air live, 24/7 on all DStv and select GOtv packages starting February 2020.

A first-of-its-kind reality TV show format, Ultimate Love is centered around single male and female strangers living together in an isolated location with the hopes of finding life-long love. They are paired based on their mutual attraction to one other as they compete to emerge the ultimate couple of the competition. The winning couple is rewarded with a lavish traditional wedding ceremony, a fully furnished home amongst other prizes. The couples, who are continuously monitored by live television cameras and personal audio microphones, will interact daily with a counselor fondly referred to as ‘Auntie’ as they embark on their journey to love.

Chief Executive Officer, MultiChoice Nigeria, John Ugbe said: “Reality TV shows are immensely popular because they showcase real people experiencing real-life happenings and situations, thus connecting with viewers and fans on a personal and relatable level. There are fewer things more real than love, and Ultimate Love, our new and exciting reality show celebrates this.”

“We are excited to have developed this new reality TV format which further reiterates our position as Africa’s biggest storyteller and custodians of premium and quality entertainment in Africa. Our viewers can expect the very best production values and a show experience, unlike anything ever seen on African television,” he added.

For this first season, a total of 16 individuals comprising 8 males and 8 females will be selected through careful auditions and screenings to live together for 8 weeks. They will engage in a series of locally inspired activities as couples with viewers voting off their least favorite couple on a weekly basis.

Online auditions open Friday, 22 November and will run for one week till Saturday, 30 November 2019. All intending participants are to log on to www.africamagic.tv, to fill out the registration form and upload a short introductory video. Ultimate Love is open to males and females aged 23 years and above, who are single and open to the adventure the show presents. Participants must also have an active subscription on DStv or GOtv to qualify.

For more information, please visit www.africamagic.tv, and follow the social media updates on Ultimate Love @ultimateloveng on TwitterInstagram and Facebook using the hashtag #UltimateLoveNg. You can also get more information when you follow DStv, GOtv and Africa Magic on all verified social media pages

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Maryam Booth, Gbenga Adeyinka Unveiled As Host Of BON Awards 2019

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As the countdown to 2019 Best of Nollywood (BON) awards descends, the Nigerian movie industry is revving and busy for the biggest night to send forth the year.

The ingenuity for this year’s BON Awards is targeted at offering a unique perspective on the make-believe industry and red carpet moments sure to spellbind players and stakeholders as the duo of cerebral top Nigerian celebrities would be anchoring the event.

Gbenga Adeyinka, who is a regular face at the awards will be sharing the stage with the delectable and Kannywood sensation, Maryam Ado Mohammed, known professionally as Maryam Booth.

The choice of Gbenga, who started his career as a corporate affairs manager in an engineering firm, was borne out of his consistency and professionalism in a smooth delivery.

He became popular with his shine-shine bobo promo for ‘Star Game Show’. He has also anchored television programmes for AIT, Galaxy TV, MBI, and Africa Magic on DSTV.

The self-acclaimed Grand Comedian of Nigeria, GCON, is a multi-award-winning Nigerian actor, comedian, writer, and MC, who speaks various Nigerian languages.

On her part, Maryam Booth, who is to co-host with Adeyinka, came into the acting scene when she was 8 years old and has since established herself as an icon in the northern Nigeria media industry.

She came into the limelight with her hit movie Dijangala which was released in 2007 and had gone on to be known for her dexterity in playing a wide range of roles in movies.

Maryam is also a model, fashion designer and brand ambassadors for several notable brands including Ajinomoto.

According to the Chief Executive Officer of BON, Seun Oloketuyi, “This year’s edition of the award will be one of the most intriguing yet to close 2019 for the Nollywood industry, we dare you to be there.”

The 2018 edition, anchored by Helen Paul, held in Oyo State, while this year’s Best of Nollywood awards will hold on December 14, 2019 in Kano State.

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PartyDreams CEO, Emmanuella Ropo Set To Throw Two Lavish Parties In December [Full Details]

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Lagos Socialite and CEO of PartyDreams Ltd, Emmanuella Ropo is set for a double celebration in December, the very elegant light-skinned beauty will throwing two major parties that will obviously shake the town in about 4 weeks from now.

The first on the list will be the 80th birthday celebration of her Dad, Chief Stephen Gboyega Odebiyi (JP) which will come up on the 7th of December, 2019 in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

Emmanuella and her siblings are currently leaving no stones as they get prepared to give their loving father a befitting birthday party that will be the talk of the town for a long time to come.

According to Emmanuella, “The plan is to celebrate our Dad, a good man, in a grand style as a token of our appreciation for nurturing us all to successful individuals. For us, it is not a show-off, it is just to say thank you to a man that’s done so much for us all and to appreciate God for his beautiful life.

The major highpoint for Emmanuella will come up just a weekend after her Dad’s birthday, as the elegant Partydreams CEO will be confined with a chieftaincy title as the ‘Otun Iyalode‘ of Igbeyin land in Abeokuta on December 14th, 2019.

The event which promises to be a societal event will have many celebrities and socialities from home and diaspora gather in Abeokuta to celebrate Emmanuella Ropo as the new Otun Iyalode of Igbeyin land.

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