Entertainment

Group plans virtual concert to celebrate nation

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As Nigeria prepares to mark her 60th Independence Anniversary, a Lagos-based agency has put modalities in place for a virtual concert to showcase positive changes recorded in the last six decades of nationhood.


The concert tagged #UnlockNaijaAt60 will feature popular Nigerian musicians, comedians, dancers and actors performing to a global audience live via web streaming and on television.

The Federal Government has urged Nigerians to come up with innovative ideas and suggestions towards making the 60th anniversary a success in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic ravaging the globe.

Speaking in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday, the Managing Director of Tobems Media, organisers of the concert, Mr Tosin Obembe, said Nigeria’s resolute spirit deserved to be celebrated.

He explained that having survived several challenges, including the COVID-19 pandemic that shook the entire world, Nigeria should be celebrated for its dogged spirit.

He explained that the concert would, among other things, celebrate the evolution of Nigerian music, dance and fashion.

“Nigerians have been through a lot as a people and we reckon that a typically happy people will be missing one of the things we are most known for: our social life.

“That is why we have decided to celebrate this milestone independence anniversary regardless of the challenges of Covid-19,” he said.

He pointed out that the pandemic was not enough to deny Nigerians the grand celebration of her diamond jubilee, adding that technology had made a lot of things possible and must be embraced.

“With the global pandemic, it will take a while before the world returns to normalcy – if we ever do. So, as young people, we must begin to embrace technology to help us make the best of the new normal.

“You can already see how most Nigerian companies quickly switched their operations online.

“At this time last year, the use of Instagram Live, Facebook Live, Zoom and the rest were not this popular but see how Nigerians have seamlessly conformed to the new normal.

“If we cannot gather for the many concerts and comedy shows that would enliven our Independence Day holiday, we can as well create one that we all can join via the Internet and our television sets and still interact like we were together in one place without buying a ticket,” he said.

Obembe added that the Oct. 1 #UnlockNaijaAt60 mega concert would bring millions of Nigerians at home and abroad together to party from the comfort of their homes.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Ismail Abdulaziz
Source: NAN

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Edo Election: Obaseki queues up to vote

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The Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, on Saturday followed the prescribed electoral process by standing on the queue to be accredited, before casting his vote.


The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Obaseki arrived his Oredo Ward 4 Polling Unit at Emokpae Model Primary School, Benin City at about 10:25am.

Mr Church Haris, a voter at the Governor’s Polling Unit in Oredo Ward 4 commended the governor for following the election procedure.

“I was amazed that he took a position on the queue.

“He surprised many voters in this ward.  We are proud of him,’’ he said.

Rita Osahon, who also voted at the polling unit, similarly commended the governor for staying on the queue to cast his vote.

Sylvester Okoduwa, an official of the Transition Monitoring Group, an election NGO, commended the peaceful commencement of the electoral process in the Edo state capital.

He said the election had started on a peaceful note and the voters wore their face masks, observed the social distancing rule, and also washed their hands in compliance to the COVID-19 protocols.

Edo is voting to elect a governor to run its state affairs for the next four years.

The state has a total of 2, 210,534 registered voters in 18 local government areas with 192 wards.

Edited By: Constance Imasuen/Idonije Obakhedo
Source: NAN

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Edo 2020: Voters observe social distancing

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Voters in Gov. Godwin Obaseki’s polling unit, Oredo Ward 4, Emokpae Model Primary School, Benin City, were seen observing physical distancing, washing hands and wearing face masks to curtail the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).


News Agency of Nigeria , reports that aside security check points provided at the centre of the community, residents moved around freely with their face masks.

Miss Esosa Igbinegin, a voter in Oredo Ward 1(unit 3), said that voters were observing the COVID-19 guidelines.

“Voting is going on well here and no issues at all.

“We are all on our face masks as directed,” she said.

Miss Ehi Osagie, another voter in Oredo Ward 1 (unit 3), said that security personnel were working hard to ensure a hitch-free election.

“Security teams are working well, voting is ongoing peacefully in this Ward,” she said.

Meanwhile, voters in Oredo Ward 12 with 6 units in Oba market were wearing face masks but not observing physical distancing.

Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Felix Ajide
Source: NAN

 

 

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Ember Months: FRSC urges motorists to drive patiently, apply controlled-speed

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The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has advised motorists to be patient and apply controlled-speed on the highways during this Ember-months period.


The FRSC Sector Commander in Enugu State, Mr Ogbonnaya Kalu, gave the advice while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria in Enugu on Saturday.

NAN reports that the Ember-months included the months of September, October, November and December.

According to Kalu, the insinuation that blood sucking demons take over roads during Ember-months period is never true.

“It is human negative attitude that most times lead to increase in crashes and even deaths,’’ he said.

“The major causes of possible increase in road crashes in this period remained human impatient and negligence.

“The human deficiencies stem from impatience and anxiety to meet up personal or group target before the year runs out.

“With impatience and anxiety to meet up target; most motorists care less about other road users and even their own health and body system during this period.

“Another is the negligence of pushing out mechanically deficient vehicles during this time to make more money or returns even at the detriment of passengers and other road users as well,’’ he said.

The sector commander noted that due to the perceived human deficiencies leading to crashes; the command had already embarked on massive road safety education in parks, churches, mosques and public gatherings in the state.

According tp him, as the lead agency on road traffic management and safety; we are all out this season to ensure our people are educated and they are very cautious driving in the not friendly weathers such as rain and harmattan seasons during the Ember-months period.

“Our education also covers the need for motorists and transporters to adhere to the guidelines on COVID-19 prevention as far as vehicular movement of humans and goods are concerned,’’ he said.

He noted that the command would also carry out road audit; vehicular logistic repairs and maintenance for special end of the year and festive operation and improve on joint patrols with sister security agencies.

He said that the corps was determined to reduce crashes in the state to zero level at the end of the Ember Months this year.

Edited By: Felix Ajide
Source: NAN

 

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Edo Polls: Ize-Iyamu votes at Ugboko ward 4, commends conduct of Election

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Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Edo Governorship election on Saturday, Sept. 19 cast his vote at Ugboko ward 4, unit 26, Orhionmwon Local Government Council of the state at about 9: 25 a.m.


The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that Ize-Iyamu joined the queue at his polling unit located at Iguododo Primary school at about 9:20a.m. before casting his vote at about 9: 25a.m.

Speaking to journalists after exercising his franchise, Ize-Iyamu commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the peaceful and smooth electoral process.

He also commended INEC for adhering to the COVID-19 protocol.

“The process is good and going on smoothly; there is no thuggery and violence, the place is peaceful and calm.

“I am happy that INEC has a thermometer to check temperature and they also give out face masks to our people.

“We encourage our people to come out in batches so they can strictly adhere to the COVID-19 protocols of social distances”.

He said he had not been able to get information about the conduct of the election across the state due to the poor network at his voting community.

He expressed optimism that he would emerge victorious in the election saying, “I am confident of victory across the 18 LGAs of the State”.

NAN reports that accreditation and voting commenced simultaneously at Ugboko ward 5, unit 26 at about 8: 46 a.m. amidst the presence of security personnel.

Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Maharazu Ahmed
Source: NAN

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