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Cece Winans to feature in Women of Praise 2018 concert in Nigeria

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Cece Winans, an American gospel singer and multiple Grammy Awards winner, born Priscilla Marie Winans, will feature in the 2018 Women of Praise (WoP) inaugural concert scheduled for November.

The organisers of WoP concert, Southwest Media and Encase Group Presentation, made the disclosure to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Lagos.

They told NAN that gospel musicians had hitherto been limited to the church which had restricted their music from being heard and urged them to come out of the four walls of the church.

Mr Ike Ogbuebile, the Chief Executive Officer, Encase Group, said that no adequate platforms to showcase the creativity of gospel artists had not been provided except for mega events like “THE EXPERIENCE’’ in Lagos, hence the need for the Women of Praise concert in other parts of the country.

Ogbuebile, however, told NAN that there was no competition between the gospel and circular music because both were creatively delivering content in their spheres accordingly.

“There is no competition in the music industry, artists produce music, the music itself is all part of God’s creativity, now the difference is the focus and the message that are being sent out.

“So, because of that, it seems like most gospel artists are put in a box just like the church has been put in a corner and we are saying it is time to come out from the corner and go mainstream.

“Go into the mainstream and be able to do that, we are looking at four different corners (Industry, Education, Faith-based and Governance).

“So, we are encouraging our artists, come out from the four walls of the church and take the center stage and minister the same music that anybody can listen and dance to while the lyrics inspire humanity and give God all the glory,’’ Ogbuebile said.

According to him, gospel music has a role to play in nation building and promoting peace.

“Looking at the music of TimiDakolo, there is power in his music and it does not matter your ethnicity or background, if the music is good, it is good.’’

On his part, Mr Charles Ndudim, Chief Executive Officer of Southwest Media, said that the Women of Praise 2018 was a platform to expose the enormous gospel industry to the majority of the population.

Ndudim told NAN that people find joy, peace and solace in gospel music which inspires the public, adding that Nigerian music was gaining attention globally.

“We have been looking for a vehicle that will carry on this humongous industry to majority of the population. Majority of the population of, indeed about 70 per cent are Christians in Nigeria and they listen to one form of Christian music.

“Even if you are not a Christian, Christian music still uplifts, it is where you find solace and where you find peace and joy. Also, Nigerian music culture is inspiring to the world at the circular field even the Christian field.

“Although the Christian field has not been given the proper channel and platform to carry it to the next level, so, we said, why not come together first of all as Christians.

“Then as children of God to empower our women who have been very boisterous in the gospel industry amid the challenges they have broken through.

“an artiste like Sinach, who is now listed in Forbs as one of the highest paid gospel artist in the world,’’ he said.

According to Ndudim, gospel music is soothing to the soul, and for the current state of the country, there is nothing more soothing than to look up to God, “because when the praises go up, the blessings come down’’.

The organisers are of the opinion that gospel music could help in nation building and promote unity across all religions notwithstanding the extremists and their activities that cause disunity.

They told NAN that the corporate world was failing to understand the gospel demographics because they had not taken time to study the faith-based industry, adding that the concert was open for sponsorships.

Ogbuebile said: “If the corporate world have studied the demographics of the industry, they will gain a lot from sponsoring events such as this and it is easy for them to say they do not touch events at the beginning.

“When such events begin to evolve, they will want to identify with it. So, we are looking for partners who want to identify with us now to build and grow with us,’’ he said.

The programme scheduled to hold on Nov. 29 in Abuja and Dec. 2 in Owerri, will feature an international act from the U.S. Cece Winans and other local musicians like Sinach, Ada, Chinyere Udoma and Onos among others.

NAN reports that the programme’s choice to focus on women was aimed at empowering the Nigerian woman.

The organisers said that there was a charitable arm to the programme to give back to the women in the society, things that would help them to acquire more skills.

They urged everyone to attend the programme scheduled to hold in two cities (Abuja and Owerri in Imo); in Abuja, regular seats will be sold at N3,000; VIP seats for N15,000 and a table sitting position for N250,000.

While in Hero’s Square, Owerri, the ticket are going for N1,000 regular; VIP for N10,000 and the table sitting for N200,000.

Meanwhile, ticket sales began on Oct. 22 and can be obtained from http://www.abujaroxx.com. (NAN)

HBO premieres “Stolen Daughters”, film on kidnapped Chibok school girls

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A film documentary, “Stolen Daughters: Kidnapped by Boko Haram”, a tale of the kidnapped Chibok School Girls, has been released by Home Box Office (HBO), American premium cable and satellite television network.

The documentary was written and produced by Karen Edwards and directed by Gemma Atwal, and is an HBO collaboration with BBC2 and ARTE France.

According to HBO, the documentary, which showed interviews with 82 Chibok Girls rescued by the Nigerian government in 2017, premiered on Monday, and will be available on demand globally on Oct. 23.

In the films synopsis, the producers explained that it chronicles how the girls were adapting to life after their difficult and traumatic experience living with their abductors for years.

It read: “In 2014, 276 Nigerian school girls were kidnapped from a school in Chibok, Northern Nigeria and hidden in the vast Sambisa Forest for three years by Boko Haram, a violent Islamic insurgent movement.

“A year ago, 82 were released, and ‘Stolen Daughters: Kidnapped by Boko Haram’ tells the story of the girls’ time in captivity and follows their lives over the past year.

“The film shows how the young women are adapting to life after their traumatic imprisonment and how the Nigerian government is handling their reentry into society.

“It chronicles reunions with family members they have not seen since they were kidnapped, as well as their process of coming to terms with what has happened to them.”

The producer added that it was granted exclusive access to the freed girls, who upon their release were taken to a secret government safe house in the Federal Capital Territory adequate counseling and reintegration.

It added that, as the film documents, they eventually progress to a residential, government-funded program at the American University of Nigeria.

“Their fate could not have been different than that of thousands of other Nigerian women and girls who have fallen prey to Boko Haram and are known as the “Forgotten Girls.”

“Many live hand-to-mouth in slums and refugee camps, but are determined to tell their stories and move forward with their lives, despite the obstacles”, the synopsis read in part.(NAN)

Oscars body launches new initiatives to support women filmmakers

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The organisers of the Oscars announced a string of new initiatives on Thursday aimed at encouraging female filmmakers.

Called “Action: The Academy Women’s Initiative,” the program will include a one-year fellowship for women filmmakers and executives, a lunch that will bring together women across the industry, and a directory aimed at improving female networking and hiring opportunities.

The announcement by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences followed pressure from women in the movie industry for stronger voices, better pay and more jobs behind and in front of the camera.

“As we continue to advocate for inclusion, we are honored to bring Academy members and the filmmaking community together to support women in all stages of their careers,” Academy Chief Executive Dawn Hudson said in a statement.
The Women of the Academy lunch will take place in London and Los Angeles later this month.

The one-year fellowship will be awarded to an emerging woman filmmaker in the United States, and in Britain.

The Academy, whose 8,000 members vote on the annual Oscars, has made efforts in the past two years to diversify its mostly white, old, and male-dominated ranks by inviting hundreds of women and people of color to join its ranks.

In 2016, the Academy vowed to double its number of women and diverse members by 2020.

According to a June report by the Directors Guild of America, only 16 percent of the 651 movies released in the United States in 2017 were directed by women. (NAN/Reuters)

Everything We Learnt From ‘An Evening With Chimamanda Adichie’ Hosted By Workstation

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Chimamanda Adichie was in Lagos recently for a hangout tagged ‘An Evening With Chimamanda’ hosted by Workstation.

A couple of attendees went to social media to share everything the learnt. Adichie shared her thoughts on feminism in Nigeria and Africa as a whole and everything in between.

Unfortunately, we were not able to attend the event but in curated content from attendees, here is the crust of the discussion.

Equal Opportunities for Both Men and Women

In a world where, you are ridiculed and asked to step back in diverse scenerios because you are a woman, equal opportunities for both men and women is what feminism should really be about. We often misconstrue feminism as the fight for whether women have the right to walk naked on the streets or not. Sadly in Africa, feminism is the fight for equal opportunities for girls and women like the teenagers who are sold into marriages in Beecheve community, Cross River.

Female youngsters who are told not to go into certain careers because they are not men. Young ladies who face sexual harassment and obligatory conditional advancement because they are women. These are the people feminism is and should fight for.

Male Children are Human Too

Male children are born with too many expectations that often defy logical thinking. Men are not expected to cry, men are expected to bear the brunt of ever responsibility “like a man” they will say. Why is it that we often forget that they also have emotions. Masculinity is not being ashamed of vulnerability

Bride Price Should Be Symbolic Exchange Not Exchange of Actual Cash

Adichie insisted that bride price should be symbolic, not exchange of actual raw cash. I completely agree with her. We have to abolish this mentality of after all, we paid your bride price, that means we own you. The husband’s family should be made to understand that bride price is a symbolic exchange doesn’t mean, you have come to buy a slave.

Dear Pretty Mike, Sex Has Nothing to Do With Women Empowerment

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In a recent Instagram post, Club owner, Eze Nwalie Nwogu popularly known as Pretty Mike wrote

SEX is one way women can keep controlling men. That’s why you see a 19 year old girl causing a 45 year old man to behave like a 13 year old boy.
Sex has done well for women empowerment because women are the gatekeepers of companionship, sex and satisfaction.

Men condone very disrespectful behaviors from very young girls of their daughter’s age because they are hoping to have sex.
So many beautiful and smart women have benefited uncommon favours and placements from powerful men who would do anything to have sex.
Meanwhile, men are expected to hustle and die for half the benefits being handed to sexy girls for nothing🙈😂.
No thanks to men’s high sexual drive and the steady overration of sex, women have managed to make the world believe that men want and enjoy sex more than women.

A woman can manipulate a man’s attention, kindness and obligations through smart adjustments and rationing of sex. That’s why a guy will keep chasing the girl he is yet to sleep with.

There is a growing number of emotionally strong and mentally commanding young girls who have mastered the game of sexual consenting and rationing and they are using that knowledge to empower themselves.
Sexual consent propaganda is a powerful weapon women have used to bring men down. It’s crazy but I think sex has unimaginably helped women empowerment and the fight for equality.

Here is a fact, women using sex for conditional advancement is not a form of empwerment.

Women empowerment is not using a body part to acquire things or move forward in life.

The main principle of women empowerment is empowering women to participate fully in economic life across all sectors is essential to build stronger economies, achieve internationally agreed goals for development and sustainability, and improve the quality of life for women, men, families and communities.

All The Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards 2018 Dresses We Loved

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The Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards recognizes outstanding achievement in televisionn and film, voted on by the general public.

The 2018 edition which was hosted IK and Minnie Dlamini was held at the Eko Hotel and Suites.

Cobhams, Falz, Adekunle Gold also dazzled the audience at AMVCA 2018 Stage.

Here are a few dresses we loved at the AMVCAs 2018.

 

Bisola Aiyeola

Nancy Isime

Ngozi Nwosu

Toyin Abraham

Fathia Williams

Stephanie Coker

Here is a list of nominees and winners.

Best Sound Editor

Tatu – Kolade Morakinyo and Pius Fatoke WINNER

Idahaso Trails – Stanlee Ohikhuare

Alter Ego – Zezom Gnawni

Ojukokoro – Dayo Thompson

Hakkunde – James Coon Falcon

Best Picture Editor

Idemuza – Aloaye Omoake

18 Hours – Mark Maina WINNER

Alter Ego – Moses Inwang/Tunde Bakare

Hakkune – Asurf Oluseyi

Hidden – Jibril Mailafia

Best Lighting Designer Movie/TV Series

Tatu – Akpe Ododoru, Tunde Akinniyi WINNER

Kada River – Godwin Gata

Hidden – Agbo Kelly

Lotanna – McBaror

Children of Mud – Sunday Olalekan

Best Cinematography Movies/TV series

Tatu – Akpe Ododoru

Idemuza – Dickson Godwin

T-Junction – Lester Millado

The Torture – Rwamusigazi Kyakunzire

Okafor’s Law – Yinka Edward WINNER

Alter Ego – Bishop Blunt/Adeoye Adeniyi

Best Costume/Designer Movie or TV Series

Tatu – Yolanda Okereke

Isoken – Jade Osiberu

Potato Potahto – Christie Brown

Hakkunde – Joan Gbefwi

The Bridge – Ngozi Obasi and James Bessinone WINNER

Best Short Film/Online Video

The Housewife – Jay Franklin Jituboh

Tolu – Nadine Ibrahim

Penance – Micheal Ama Psalmist’ Akinrogunde WINNER

Lodgers – Ken Ogunlola

Tanwa, The Child We Wanted – Adenike Adebayo

Best Documentary

The Flesh Business – Dennis Wanjohi WINNER

Nightfall in Lagos – James Amuta

God’s Wives – Bolanle Olukanni

Omidan, Styles Defunct by Ayaworanho3d – Aderemi Davies

Calabar Carnival: What the People Think – Oghenefego Ofili

Best Make-Up Artist Movie/TV Series

Tatu – Thelma Ozy Smith, Hakeem Effect Onilogbo WINNER

Ojukokoro – Sandra Oyiana

What Lies Within – Cynthia Ububa

Disguise – Hakeem Effect

Lotanna – Nnenna Emekalam

Best Art Director

Isoken – Jade Osiberu

Tatu – Don Omope, Yolanda Okereke, Segun Arinze, Tolu Awobiyi

Children of Mud – Imoh Umoren

Lotanna – Tunji Afolayan WINNER

Idahaso Trails – Stanlee Ohikhuare

Hidden – Jibril Mailafia

Best Soundtrack Movies/TV Series

M0 – Tom Koroluk

Banana Island Ghost – Enyi Omeruah and Funbi Ogunbanwo

Bella – Andrew Ahuura

Tatu – Evelle WINNER

Idahosa Trails – Oriri Osayamore

18 Hours – Jacktone Okore

Janet Jackson Made for Now Yoruba Intro at The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Was Lit

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Janet Jackson performed her hit single Made for Now at The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon with Daddy Yankee and the performance was lit.

Why,because the intro was in yoruba and the 5 sec drums and sound was everything about that performance.

The drummers sang “Asiko Ope, Janet ti de,” which translates Let us rejoice, Janet is here.

Music is universal and the sound is embedded in our heart.

Here is the video

Janet Jackson scored her 41st entry on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (dated Sept. 1) as her collaboration with Daddy Yankee, “Made For Now,” debuts at No. 88.

Accordin to Nielsen Music, 3.7 million U.S. streams and 20,000 downloads sold in its first full tracking week (ending Aug. 23).

 

Linda Ikeji’s Love Letter to Her Unborn Son is a Must Read for All Millennial Women

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The popular blogger wrote an instagram post on her love for babies and her expectations for her unborn son. The happy mother to be who is currently in the United States of America is awaiting the birth of her son has been sharing her joy on social media.

She mentioned her babysitting years and the joy she felt when her siblings started having babies and how she is still finding it hard to believe that her own baby is almost here.

I love children so much. I’m particularly obsessed with babies. I grew up in a compound with a lot of neighbours and believe it or not, as a teenager/young woman, I was the unofficial resident babysitter. I swear, ask my siblings. I literally carried all the newborn babies born in that compound at a period of time until they grew up to a certain age. Their mums used to come drop the babies at our house whenever they were tired or wanted to go out, this was, of course, to the annoyance of my family..lol. .

The first baby I carried was a boy named Makoba (wonder where he is now, this was about 20yrs ago). From the first day I carried him, I didn’t want to let him go. So every time I had free time, and his mum hadn’t brought him to me, I would walk two floors up, knock on his family’s door and ask them if they wanted me to take the child off them for a while. I was always happy when they said yes. After him other mums started dropping their kids with me. .

Back then my sisters and I used to take turns to cook every day of the week. So whenever it was my turn to cook and I was babysitting and they insisted I go cook, I’d tell my sisters to either hold the baby for me so I could go cook or they go cook. They always chose the latter. Lol.
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Then my siblings started having children & I started to feel more joy. These were no longer neighbours’ or friends’ children, these were my nephews and nieces. My family! And carrying them brought me even more joy. If I was planning to go out and I heard my beautiful nephews and niece were coming over to the house, most times, I change plans and just stay home with them. There’s no greater joy for me than being around them .

So now imagine soon I will look down at a baby, and it won’t be a neighbor’s child, a friend’s child, a sister’s child, but my own child, my own flesh and blood, carried in my womb. My own son. It’s surreal. I can’t get over it. .
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Dear son, you are my greatest dream realized and I can’t wait to meet you! I plan to be one of the best mums the world has ever seen. Thanks for choosing me ❤
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Sometimes I wonder what he will look like. His dad is tall, dark and handsome and I’m cute too so fingers crossed 😍😂

Tiwa Savage’s Rant About Being A Millennial African Woman is Spot On

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Being a Millenial African woman has a lot of downsides. Even celebrities feel the brunt. No achievement is enough, you are measured on the same scale. Making history or remaking it doesn’t cut it.

Millenial African Women have to bear the brunt of judgement on scales of marital life and having a “man over your head.”

Tiwa wrote “tired of proving me,” who wouldn’t be. While people celebrate her success, they also reprimand her marital life. We hear rumours like she is dating Wiz Kid. On one of the biggest nights of her career, the news still had to be about her husband, Tunji Balogun popularly known as Tee Billz.

For the Millenial African Woman, fame and fortune are never enough, there has to be a man linked to your success or else that success will be misconstrued by the society.

Amongst ourselves, we have to deal with the haters who point out how many times you have been single and how your inability to find a smart, intelligent caring man you can spend the rest of your life with is your fault.

Haters remind you, they compare you, each and every single day. As an unmarried Millenial African woman who is also an entrepreneur, I have had to deal with neighbours asking me when I am getting married, clients teasing me about getting a man.

It is never enough that you are successful in your career, the only justification for success if having a husband.

I know a couple of Millenial African women who cannot buy a car even when they can afford to buy three because according to societal standards, a woman who has a car and isn’t married won’t get a husband.

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