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Ooni Of Ife Criticizes BBNaija, Suggests Replacement

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The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, has suggested a replacement for the Big Brother Naija reality show.

While playing host to members of the National Youth Council of Nigeria in his palace at Ile Ife, Osun, the monarch criticized the #BBNaija show.

He said the reality show was “misrepresenting the goodness and integrity of the Nigerian youths”.

As a replacement, he suggested a reality show that would project the country’s values, cultures, and traditions.

He suggested that the new show could be tagged “The Big Nigeria Reality Show”.

“The proposed show will be structured in a way that young professionals, talented individuals, and others across several fields of endeavour will be showcased and helped to reach their peak.

“This would help the participants and also help viewers to have access to people that can be seen as role models,” Ooni added.

The royal father, who stressed the need for participation of more youths in leadership, lamented that the youths have misplaced their priorities and must redress it as a matter of urgent public importance.

“Nigerian youths are fond of accusing and abusing our leaders, stop abusing them contribute your own quota. Let’s wear our thinking caps and begin to act like the real future leaders that we are.

“In the last general election, the total number of vote cast was around 27 million while over 170 million people voted during the 2019 Big Brother Naija reality show.

“This is a practical reality of who Nigerian youths are and where our priorities lie as Nigerians.

“The funny side in all of these is that we still go to bed, have a good sleep, and wake up with the hope to meet a Nigeria we didn’t create.

“Unfortunately, every time I talk about this kind of attitude, everyone just laughs and moves on. What kind of nation are we building?

“When people say this country, or what kind of country is this, they are indirectly saying these people – it is the people that make a country; so what kind of Nigerian youths are we?” Ooni asked.

Earlier in his address, the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare, who was represented by Dr Mariam Abdullahi, a director in the ministry, explained that the youths have major roles to play in the country’s development.

“As a government, we will keep ensuring that we equip our youths towards prosperity,” the minister added.

Representing Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun at the event, the state’s Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Mr Yemi Lawal, explained that the youths have a lot to learn from elders towards reaching their goals.

“As much as we youths are important, let us be humble enough to learn from our elders because they were once like us. Humility, persistence, and patience is the key and we must be upright in our dealings,” he said.

The President of the National Youth Council of Nigeria, Mr. Sara-Igbe Sukubo, thanked the Ooni for what he described as an unthinkable warm reception for the youths.

“We have heard your kind words of wisdom and I want to assure you on behalf of the teeming Nigerian youths that we will put them into action.

“Fellow Nigerian youths, as we reflect on youth engagement for global action today, let us realize that a new era of opportunities and responsibilities is now upon us.

“Today’s youths are now being called upon to rise as practical stakeholders in governance and development. Let us rise to this challenge,” Sukubo said.

The youths at the occasion announced Ooni Ogunwusi as the ”Royal Father of Nigerian Youths”, in recognition and appreciation of his immeasurable commitment towards youth development in the country.

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UBA Launches New Online Entertainment Platform, ‘RED Radio’, Opening With Exclusive Wizkid Interview

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Pan- African financial institution, United Bank for Africa, (UBA Plc), continues to lead in innovation with the launch of its dynamic and creative Online Radio channel – RED Radio.

RED Radio, powered by UBA is a lifestyle web platform that has been set up to inform, educate, entertain, and to bring to the fore, the best of Africa. Much like its sister platform, REDTV, RED Radio is expected to showcase the best in lifestyle, entertainment, music, news, comedy, and fashion.

Speaking on the launch of RED Radio, Group Chairman of UBA, Tony O. Elumelu applauded the creative initiative, emphasizing that UBA is a financial institution always ready to support creativity and entrepreneurship. The 2020 Time 100 most influential person in the world who has committed USD100 million to empower young entrepreneurs across Africa said about RED Radio, “Creativity and innovation are a powerful combination and every detail in an art piece is important and meaningful. This applies to growing businesses and budding entrepreneurs. You will encounter challenges like I did, but each experience is a lesson that brings you closer to your goal. That is the beauty of creativity.”

Continuing, Elumelu remarked, “There are many ways to make something beautiful, to make a sound interesting, or to bring a story to life. You can define your expression, and today, as UBA’s RED Radio launches, I wish Bola Atta and her enterprising team many successes through this beautiful medium of expression.”

In appreciation of the support of UBA Group Chairman for the exciting creative initiative, UBA’s Group Head, Corporate Communications, Bola Atta, said ‘just like, REDTV which is Africa’s leading online entertainment network, RED Radio is positioned to fast become the foremost online radio platform in Africa’.

Also expressing his delight, UBA’s Brand Ambassador and star boy, Wizkid, said, “I am never too busy for my UBA family as he granted an exclusive interview on one of the station’s flagship shows ‘On the Street’ where he spoke extensively about his upcoming album and what his fans should expect from him in the coming weeks.

RED Radio promises to bring rich and engaging content that will keep its audience coming back constantly for vibrant and robust entertainment. Listeners can tune in to www.itsredio.com 24/7.

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Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde In A Happy Mood As She, Children Recover From COVID-19

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Prominent Nollywood actress, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, is excited about her recovery and those of her children from COVID-19.

A few weeks ago, the actress revealed that she contracted coronavirus and infected her children.

However, the actress took to her Instagram page on Sunday to express her joy as she and her children are now COVID-19 free.

She wrote: “I am grateful to God Almighty the Lord of lords for all He has done for my family and I. He is truly a dependable Friend if you trust in Him.

“I’ll also like to thank you all for your love, prayers, calls, messages, posts, and thoughts. All truly appreciated.

“My kids and I are fine and COVID free now, and I do not take the experience for granted at all.

“If you still don’t believe that this virus is real, I pray you don’t experience it to believe.

“If you ever feel ill during this pandemic, pls know there’s nothing to fear or be ashamed of…you’re not alone.

“Pls get TESTED immediately, it could save your life. Many have had COVID and treated it as fever, malaria, etc and luckily they’ve been fine….( note that symptoms are different and viral loads vary). However, a problem with that is they have probably gone on to infect others since they were not monitored or guided. The average span for a COVID infection if not severe is 2 weeks (14 days ) when you should totally isolate so as not to infect others.

“Make sure to use vitamins – VitC (1000ml), vitamin D, and Zinc daily, and please WEAR A MASK. Please maintain physical distancing, wear a mask properly, and wash your hands regularly.

“I’ll also like to thank the amazing lead Dr who treated me Dr Folarin Opawoye; and finally, my husband whose Love and Faith nursed us back to health. To God Alone be all the Glory. Thank you all.”

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Afro-Heritage Broadcasting And Entertainment Awards (AHBEA) Felicitates With Oba Yisa Olusola Adeniyi Olaniyan

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The executive committee of Afro-Heritage Broadcasting And Entertainment Awards …. (AHBEA) wishes to congratulate and felicitate with its executive producer, Mr Yisa Sola Olaniyan, – who is also the executive director of afro heritage entertainment promotions, a USA based entertainment company – on his enthronement as the 46th Oba of Ipokia Kingdom in Ogun State.

Oba Yisa Sola Olaniyan’s fervent belief in the promotion of African arts and culture to the rest of the world gave birth to the idea of AHBEA. His unflinching support and logistics have sustained and maintained AHBEA’s consistency for five uninterrupted years even in the face of so many financial constraints.

Many times, we had thought of canceling AHBEA because of finances but he muscles his way to coughing out funds just to make each year a success.

We, undoubtedly, believe that where he is today is Olodumare’s doing. Your love for people, irrespective of background, race or colour, most especially the people of Ipokia kingdom has eventually paid off.

May your reign usher in more progress in human and material form for Ipokia. May your years be long on the throne of your forefathers. May Olodumare and the ancestors continue to guard and guide you to the right path, Kabiyesi.

Yomi Fash-Lanso

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