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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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Unveiling Emiife Jadesola, A Fast Rising Nigerian Supermodel

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When it comes to modeling and pageantry in Nigeria, a new star seems to have emerged and ready to shine bright like a diamond in years to come.

Oshibote Emiife Jadesola, a fast-rising Nigerian Supermodel is a beautiful face on an intelligent head whose exquisite figure pans every sight her way.

Her shining black beauty and outstanding body structure earned her the prestigious “Miss Ojuloge personality Nigeria”, 2018/2019 edition where she announced herself as a force to reckon with.

Oshibote Emiife Jadesola, an indigene of Ogun State is a model who makes the photographer’s shutters shoot for joy.  Her ability to combine her natural gift with education define her as an aspiring young Nigerian whose vision is sharp and wide.

She currently studies Business Administration at the National Open University of Nigeria, NOUN and has graced thousands of lenses in photoshoots and walkways. She is also a brand ambassador for Jumade Entertainment.

You can follow Emiife on Instagram @i_am_emiife

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Ikeja Prince Of Nightlife, Sidolart To Celebrate Birthday With The Grand Opening Of Lounge 15:08 In Lagos [PHOTOS]

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Serial Entrepreneur and Ikeja Prince of Nightlife, Yusuf Saheed Adekunle popularly known as Sidolart is set to unveil his new brand in a few days.

Sidolart is set to come through for fun lovers on the mainland with the berthing of Lounge 1508, a beauty to behold lounge located at Plot 2, Otunba Jobi Fele Way, CBD, Alausa, Ikeja.

The grand unveiling of Lounge 1508 comes up on the 15th of August 2019, which also doubles as Sidolart’s birthday.

Classic Highlife tunes will be rendered by SB Live

Sidolart, a father of two boys, married to Alhaja Tiwalade Latifat Saheed-Yusuff says he’s ready to switch up the heat on Ikeja nightlife with a classic delivery in Lounge 1508.

Lounge 15:08 is an architectural delight, located in a serene environment which makes it an ideal place for pleasure and business. With a halo of paradise, laced with contemporary furnishings, elegant styling with great attention to details.

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Esporta Offers Ondo State Local Cuisine, Offers Free Delivery In Lagos

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Esporta Suites Hotel & Resorts, your number one customer friendly hotel with tasty meals, has introduced yet another delicacy in a bid in ensuring patrons, especially Ondo State indigenes, have a feel of home while in Lagos.

The hotel, whose first kitchen chain is located at Omole, caters for customers with preferences for fresh and natural Ondo and other African foods.

The kitchen, which opened a few weeks back, has since turned mecca of sort for those that love hygienic and fresh foods at pocket-friendly prices with delivery everywhere in Lagos, while Omole and Ogba enjoy free delivery service.

According to the CEO, Kehinde Famuroti, the idea is to create a home away from home experience.

“We opened the outlet in order to cater to those who long for that rich African cuisine. We’re very good at this and trust me everything comes fresh.”

Esporta Suites Hotel & Resorts, the parent company and a budget-friendly hotel located at 8B CMD Road Magodo, beside Magodo Brooks Estate in Lagos, is a traveller’s favourite for its proximity with many interesting places that make a megacity. These places include Cribz Shawarma, Centre for Management Development and Domino’s Pizza.

Others are Magrellos Restaurant, Governor’s Office and Ikeja City Mall.

Its rooms are cozy and have been tastefully furnished to ensure guests have a good stay. The categories range from Double Room, Executive Double Room (NW), Executive Double Room (SW), Diplomatic Room, Ambassador Room to Royal Suite with each room featuring an air conditioner, bedside lamp, well-woven rug, desk, and an ensuite bathroom.

The bathrooms are safe and fitted with modern amenities to make patrons have a pleasant stay.

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