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Entertainers Promoting Abuse Of Women’s Bodies, Frustrating Government’s Efforts — FG

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The Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Pauline Tallen, has accused entertainers of frustrating the government’s efforts at curbing the violation of women by promoting vulgar lyrics and using female dancers in a most disdainful manner.

Tallen said this while delivering her speech at the launch of the State of the World Population 2021’ report in Abuja on Tuesday.

Speaking on the theme, ‘My Body is My Own: Claiming the Right to Autonomy and Self-Determination,’ the minister said the Federal Government was working hard to tackle fear and stigma of survivors of violence, weak community, and facility referral systems, lack of counseling services for women and girls and the communities as well as seek justice for victims.

She, however, argued that entertainers were frustrating the government’s plans.

Tallen added, “It is almost disheartening to note that while we are confronting these obstacles to increase advocacy, the entertainment industry which has large followership of young minds, continues to indirectly support the abuse of the female body as a sex object through vulgar lyrics and employment of female dancers in compromising customs.

“This is indeed unacceptable. I want to use this opportunity to appeal to producers and writers to support us so that together we can ensure that Nigerian society is able to guarantee an environment where girls and women are able to make choices about their bodies without the fear of violence or having someone else decide for them.”

The minister promised that the government would continue to provide an enabling environment for the state and non-state actors in the eradication of violence and abuse of women.

Tallen said the ministry would continue to work with relevant partners to build on all ongoing measures aimed at eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls.

“This is why we are calling on all the remaining 12 states to domesticate the Child Rights Act of 2003 and the 18 states yet to domesticate the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act, 2015 to immediately do so,” Tallen said.

Earlier in her remarks, the UNFPA Representative in Nigeria, Ms. Ulla Muella, said only 46 percent of married women in Nigeria are able to make decisions freely on their sexual and reproductive health.

She added, “In Nigeria, among married women between the ages of 15 to 49, 46 percent are able to make decisions regarding their sexual and reproductive health and rights.”

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Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Others Nominated For 2022 NAACP Award

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Nigerian music stars, Wizkid, Fireboy, Tiwa Savage, Kidi, and Omah Lay were on Tuesday night nominated for the NAACP Image Awards in the Outstanding International Song category, organized by the National Association for Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP).

Wizkid received a nomination for his song “Essence,” which features Tems and Justin Bieber, and Fireboy DML received a nomination for his smash song “Peru.”

Tiwa Savage was nominated for her song “Somebody’s Son,” which features Brandy, while Kidi and Omah Lay were nominated for their songs “Touch it” and “Understand,” respectively.

The 53rd NAACP Image Awards honor exceptional achievements and performances by persons of color in film, television, streaming, music, literature, and podcasts across more than 80 categories.

The 2022 NAACP Image Awards were announced Tuesday in a virtual event on NAACP’s Instagram channel, hosted by actress Kyla Pratt, Black-ish actor, Marcus Scribner, and singer Tinashe.

The winners will be announced during the two-hour live television special, which will be hosted by seven-time NAACP Image Awards winner, Anthony Anderson, airing on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022, at 8:00 PM ET/PT on BET.

Netflix leads nominations across motion picture and television plus streaming categories while  Insecure received the most nominations in the television plus streaming categories.

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CKay’s Hit Track ‘Love Nwantiti’ Gets Certified Gold In The US

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On January 10, 2022, the worldwide popular song ‘Love Nwantiti’ by Nigerian musician CKay was certified Gold in the United States. This happened after the album was declared Gold in the United Kingdom and France.

In 2020, the record surpassed chart streams all over the world, topping key charts. This made history, establishing CKay as Africa’s most popular musician on Spotify. In the United States, such prestigious movements as obtaining the Gold Plaque occur when an album sells the equivalent of 500,000 copies through streaming and raw CD sales.

The hit tune “Love Nwantiti” was first published by Chocolate City in 2019, but a year later, a remix featuring Joeboy and Kwami Eugene was released, and it quickly became a hit.

The original version of the hit song ‘Love Nwantiti,’ not the remix, made ripples in the United States, earning him the Gold Plaque.

“When I came here, I had a master plan,” he remarked of his road to the limelight when he arrived in Lagos in 2014. I had the ability to both produce and write. He continues, “At one point, that was all I had to offer.” He had to develop and write for a long before publishing his own tracks, which brought him to Chocolate City and then Warner Music in 2020.

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I Was Born To Be An Actress, Says Canada-Based Yetunde Adeyemi

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Yetunde Adeyemi is a Canada-based actress and movie producer.

She is also a beautician who makes other ladies look beautiful.

This stunning beauty is into make-up and Hair.

She spoke to Citypeople Magazine a few days back about her success story.

Below are excerpts.

Please introduce yourself to us and what you do for a living

My name is Yetunde Adeyemi “CEO” yetibae.beautymakeup

I was born to be an Actress

Am a beautician (eyebrow tech, makeup artist, hairstylist, and so on…)

How did acting start for you?

Felt like I was born with it … I started in my primary school … at the age of 12yrs whereby the school had to take us from one province to another to perform on stage …and I always felt awesome about entertaining people…

How long have you been acting?

Been into movie production since 2006 …15yrs

How challenging has it been sustaining your interest in acting abroad?

As an international producer, we struggle to get the development funding and also the cinema distributor, which is still healthy but different somehow …

Where were you born? Where did you grow up? Which schools did you attend?

I was born in Lagos, grew up in Lagos, spent my adult age in Abuja …

I attended a couple of primary schools…(federal government college ijanikin), I finished from a private school (Tedoa nursery school)

For my Secondary school, I attended Iludun Oro comprehensive high school in Kwara State …

I attended the University of Abuja.

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