The organisers of the television reality show, Big Brother Naija season 7, say over N4.7 billion was invested in the production of the show.
John Ugbe, Chief Executive Officer, MultiChoice Nigeria, disclosed this during the prize presentation to the winner of the “Level Up” edition, Josephine Otabor, popularly known as Phyna, on Tuesday in Lagos.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Phyna emerged the winner of the show as she walked away with N100 million grand prize.
The grand prize comprises N50 million, a new SUV from Innoson Motors, a Dubai trip for two, a year supply of Pepsi, new techno phone-Camon 19, supply of Unik soap and supply of home appliances from Nexus among other mouth-watering items.
Ugbe also said that over one billion votes were cast in the course of the show.
He commended the housemates for giving premium entertainment during the show as he also appreciated the fans and the media for their continued support.
“N4.7 billion was invested into the show, that is the cost of production of the season 7 show, we also had over one billion votes throughout the show.
“Big Brother Naija show is more than just entertainment, it also reflects social and value creation, the show has empowered over 1,200 people, cutting across fashion designers, capenters, interior decorators, photographers and more.
“Today, this show contributes significantly to the Nigerian economy,” he said.
Phyna with her new SUV by Innosons Motors Earlier, Busola Tejumola, Executive Head of Content, West Africa Channels, Multichoice Nigeria, said that it was fulfilling investing over N4.7 billion in the production of the show.
Tejumola said that the show had created a platform for display of viable talents, job creation and individual Nigerians to fulfill their dreams and aspirations of attaining fame.
She said having recorded over one billion total votes for the Level Up season, it attested to the fact that the fans of the show were fully engaged with premium content.
“We are excited to see that the show continues to set great record each season.
“We appreciate our sponsors, Pocket by Piggyvest, Flutterwave and Quidax for making magic with us this season.
“Also to our other sponsors, Pepsi, Aquafina, Johny Walker, Origin, Lush hair, Supa Komando, Munch it, Minimie noodles, Hypo, Unik soap, Techno, Close up, Sunlight dish wash, Lipton tea, Oraimo, Arla Dano milk, Airtel Nigeria, Nexus appliances, Innosons vehicles and travelbeta.
“We are extremely proud to have created a platform that contributes to entertaining the world, showcasing talents of housemates, the different expressions of our culture and contributing to the growth of the creative industry in Nigeria.
“Our commitment to providing premium entertainment is unequalled,” she said.
Tejumola appreciated the winner of the show, Phyna and other housemates, saying they presented premium entertainment in the course of the show “We started this journey of over 40,000 applications during the auditioning process, we are proud to have once again delivered another amazing show.
“Congratulations Phyna for emerging the winner, I want the other housemates to know that they are equally winners since the beginning of the show.
“Every season of the Big Brother Naija show brings a well thought out creative game play, unique personalities, dramas, intrigues, fun and excitement.
“The engagement generated this season has been phenomenal, from fan base to social media conversations and media coverage,” she said.
Phyna, the winner of the show, was presented with a cheque of N50 million and her new SUV.
Phyna, who was referred to as the “content queen”, was elated, and screamed, beckoning on her fellow ex-housemates to take pictures with her.
She attributed her success to God as she appreciated her fans, family and organisers of the show.
“I appreciate God and Biggie for the privilege to participate in the show, this is after four years of attempts to be part of the show, I finally made it in the fifth attempt.
“Thanks to my fellow housemates and sponsors of this show, I had an amazing experience, I appreciate everyone who voted for me.
“It feels good to be the winner, I plan to achieve a lot going forward and I pray God helps me, with God, I can conquer all,” she said.
Some fans of the just concluded television reality show, Big Brother Naija season 7, have commended the organisers for an entertaining and educating show.
The fans who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Lagos, gave divergent views of their assessment of the show, with some advice to improve on the next edition.
NAN reports that 25-year-old Josephina Otabor, known as Phyna, emerged the winner of the season 7 Level Up edition as she walked away with N100 million grand prize.
The grand prize comprises N50 million cash prize, a new SUV by Innoson Motors, a Dubai trip for two, a year supply of Pepsi, new techno phone-Camon 19, supply of Unik soap, and supply of home appliances from Nexus among other mouth-watering items.
Rachael Enem-Isaac, a presenter with Pulse Nigeria, described the show as entertaining and educating.
Enem-Isaac said that because the just concluded show was initially split into two level up houses, most fans lost interest in it, which accounted for the low viewership.
She said she also observed that the fans were not as engaging as the previous shows.
“In the previous shows, some of the housemates had already been verified on their social media platforms, while most of them were able to garner over one million followers, but this year, some of the housemates were only able to attract 300,000 followers,” she said.
Enem-Isaac advised the organisers to take a break in 2023, which is the election year, to look into the loopholes, get feedbacks from fans and design ways of improving on the show.
She said since plans were already on ground to merge Nigerian and South African housemates for the next edition, this must be thoroughly planned to present a great show.
“I advise that the organisers take a break in 2023, engage in working on the feedbacks gotten from fans, let 2023 be the election year so that the youth are not distracted from politics and come back in 2024 to present a great show,” she said.
According to a Chinese national, Kelly Lin, Marketing Officer for Oraimo, the show was loaded with vibes, real energy and series of drama which made it interesting compared to the previous editions.
Lin urged corporate organisations to come up with similar shows that will project Nigerian culture, artistes and fashion designers.
She said the show also tried to engage the youth positively in view of the challenge of unemployment experienced in the country.
Also, Uche Adigwe, an electrician, advised the organisers of the show to ensure that the housemates’ privacy was respected by earmarking different rooms for the male and female housemates.
He said this was to create some sanity and decency in the show.
Amanda Pelemo, a businesswoman, said she observed that the just concluded show had more sponsors than the previous editions which made it loaded with fun as each sponsor came up with series of games and tasks for the housemates.
Pelemo commended the process of auditioning for the show which revealed that the housemates were younger and real.
She advised that in subsequent editions, a single house should be maintained as against two houses.
According to her, the initial idea of two houses affected the viewership of the show.
A member of the House of Representatives, Mr Dachung Bagos, (Jos ) has promised to deliver the dividends of democracy to his constituents to improve their lives.
Bagos made the promise in Jos on Monday while commissioning a hall he built for youths in Jos East Local Government Area. He said that building the ultra modern hall would help the community at large and also the youth to carry out their activities.
“I am happy to have been able to build and commission this project, the people of the constituency deserve this kind of dividends of democracy.
“I will never withhold what belongs to the people, especially my constituents, I will give what belongs to you, I am in the National Assembly for you and not for myself.
“Without you I will not be in the National Assembly, my prayer is for me to be able to replicate things like this and even more all around Jos East and Jos South.
“If I can do all of these things within a very short period, be rest assured that I can do more if my time in the green chambers is extended,” he said.
The lawmaker called on the people of the constituency to vote for him and the Peoples Democratic Party in 2023 election, adding that he and the party were ready to serve Nigerians.
In his remarks, the traditional ruler of Izere, Agwom Izere, Dr Isaac Wakili, thanked the legislator for building the Afizere Youth Movement, promising that it would be put to good use and serve his people positively.
Wakili urged the lawmaker to always push for laws that would benefit the people of the constituency.
He also called on him to draw the attention of government to the deplorable roads in the areas.
A group, the Save Imo Movement, has called on Dr Sam Amadi, the Director of Abuja School of Social and Political Thoughts, to contest for the governorship of Imo State in 2024.
Mr Chinedu Okpara, the convener of the group, made call in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Jos.
Okpara explained that the state had been in dire need of good governance across all sectors, particularly the rising insecurity, hence the need for Amadi to come salvage it from its current woes.
“Imo sits almost at the bottom ladder of states with lowest rates in terms of good governance and dividends of democracy.
“From education to health to infrastructure and rule of law and even to ease of doing business and life expectancy, Imo has remained at the lower grades.
“There is no better time to salvage this situation than now; this is the one golden opportunity to take the right steps and make the right choices,” he said.
Okpara, who described Amadi as an astute politician, added that he has more than 11 years of experience in public life and academic foundations, with huge capacity and impeccable character.
He explained that Imo people were ready to embrace a change and have better option that would move the state out of its current condition to pinnacle of glory.
“If anything is clear, it is that Imo needs a saviour and Amadi is the man for the job.
“This is not just a political move, this is above all things, a passionate plea for rescue.
“This is a clarion call from Ndi Imo to our own very illustrious and noble son to come and salvage us,” he said.
Amadi is also a visiting professor at the Emerald Energy Institute, the University of Port Harcourt, the Chair and founding council member of the Development Law Group of the Nigerian Bar Association’s Section on Public Interest Law and Development (SPIDEL).
He was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1993 after passing from the Nigerian Law School.
In April 2021, he was appointed member of the Law Reform Committee, one of standing committees of the Nigerian Bar Association.
Plateau Gov. Simon Lalong has restated his commitment to complete works at the Jos Stadium along Zaria road.
The governor stated this on Monday at the Tee-off of the Golf kitty at the Lamingo Golf Club, Jos, as part of activities to mark Nigeria’s independence day.
He said that the stadium was one of the legacies he would love to leave behind at the completion of his tenure.
He explained that the work on the stadium was delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic and other economic challenges in the country.
| He further explained that a new contractor for the project would be engaged to continue works for the completion.
“The new contractor has come to buy-off the debt and complete the Jos stadium.
“Am hoping in the next few weeks, we will be able to complete negotiations and take over the completion of the stadium,” he said.
Lalong assured Plateau people that his administration was determined to support sports development in the state, especially at the grassroots.
He described the golf tournament as the usual special kitty organised during independence day since the inception of his administration.
He said that the event would mark his last kitty as the governor of the state and hoped for its sustenance even after tenure.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the foundation of the 30,000 capacity stadium located at Zaria, Jos, was laid in 1988. It was designed to meet international standard and generate revenue for the state.
An NGO, Justice Development and Peace Commission (JDPC) of the Catholic Archdiocese of Jos, has empowered 50 women with N50,000 each in Jebbu Miango community of Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau.
Mr Felix Dimka, the Project Officer, Emergency Preparedness and Response Team (EPRT) of JDPC, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Jos. He said that farmers in the community were grouped into 10 clusters and supported with seeds, pumping machines, herbicides, and other farming tools.
Dimka further disclosed that the empowerment, supported by Menonite Central Committee (MCC), an international organisation aimed at boosting agricultural and economic activities in the community.
”With the support of MCC, we empowered 50 women with N50,000 each in Jebbu Miango.
”This is to enable them to go into petty trading and other economic ventures, to boost their personal income, fight poverty and become self reliant.
”Also, we grouped some farmers into 10 clusters and provided them with pumping machines and its accessories, different kind of seeds, fertilisers among other farming tools.
”Basically, this is to boost agricultural activities and reduce poverty and hunger among the people,”he said.
NAN reports that JDPC had, with the support of MCC and Mission 21, rehabilitated 52 houses for victims of attacks in the community.
The organisation had provided relief materials and foodstuffs to the victims on many occasions, to cushion the hardship due to unwarranted attacks.
Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Kaduna State Command, have arrested 121 suspected drug traffickers and sealed 13 properties belonging to them.
The NDLEA Commander, Mr Umar Adoro, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Kaduna that the operation was conducted in September.
Adoro said 27 notorious drug joints were dismantled across the state.
He said the illicit drug outlets were located in Kawo, Kabala Costain, Numba Zango, Zaria City, Sabon gari, Nupe street and Unguwar Muazu.
Others are Unguwar shanu, Maraban Jos, Dan Magaji, Hayin Banki and Kafanchan among others.
He added that among the 121 suspects, 13 were females.
The commander said the drugs seized included 247,172kg Indian hemp, 0.041kg Cocaine, 0.004kg of heroin, 0.363kg of Tramadol, 74, 441kg Psychotropic substance and 0.001kg Methamphetamine.
“The grand total weight of drugs seized was 322,476kg within the period under review,” he added.
The Commander appealed to citizens for timely and useful information on illicit drug dealers, to enable the agency to take prompt action.
He advised parents and guardians to always be watchful of their wards on the friends they moved with all the time .
He said the war against drug trafficking and consumption would continue until it was brought to a standstill in the state.
Josephina Otabor, known as Phyna, on Sunday emerged winner of the television reality show, Big Brother Naija, Season 7.
This year’s season tagged “Level Up” saw 28 housemates compete for the grand prize worth N100 million.
Phyna edged out the five other finalists Bryan, Bella, Adekunle, Chichi and Daniella to clinch the coveted status of winner.
As winner, the 25-year-old Phyna gets N50 million cash prize, a new SUV from Innosons Motors, a Dubai trip for two,a year supply of Pepsi, new techno phone-Camon 19, supply of Unik soap and supply of home appliances from Nexus among other mouth-watering prizes.
The Edo born actress who was elated screamed upon announcement of her victory by the host of the show, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu.
Before the announcement, Phyna said the journey had been an amazing and splendid one as she waits to embrace everything great.
The show which began July 23 and July 24 had 28 housemates who were evicted at different points of the show while six housemates made it to the grand finale.
Each of the housemates won prizes from different sponsors in the course of the show.
After spending 72 days in the Big Brother House, Bryann emerged the first runner-up while Bella was declared the second runner-up.
Adekunle emerged the third runner-up with Chichi and Daniella as fourth and fifth respectively The fans of the show were thrilled with performances from Nigerian artistes MI, Falz and Pheelz.
Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau has commended the Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, Hon. Rufus Bature, for awarding scholarships and other assistance to indigenes of the state.
The governor gave the commendation during Lalong’s 60th birthday thanksgiving service at Church Of Christ In Nation (COCIN) in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area. Lalong, in a statement issued by his Spokesperson, Dr Makut Macham, on Sunday in Jos, commended Bature for serving his family, community, and humanity with all his gifts, talents, and resources.
He said that the APC chairman had demonstrated capacity to work with people from all backgrounds, particularly at the grassroots level.
The governor described Bature as a reliable and competent leader, a man of integrity and an epitome of humility.
He said that Bature, in his position as a member of the House of Assembly and Secretary to the Government of Plateau State, among other positions he had held, had exhibited high sense of patriotism and resilience in serving the state and Nigeria over the years.
He said: “60 years in the life of a man calls for celebrations, particularly for someone who rose from a humble background to work hard and, by God’s grace, rose to political prominence.
Lalong urged the chairman to continue to be a loyal, committed and kind person, saying this was critical in his political journey.
He expressed optimism that the celebrator would ensure victory for the party, not only in the state but also, in the presidential elections.
Petro de Luanda participates in the Campaign to Plant 6,000 trees in Angola; Petro de Luanda led the BAL in three-pointers made during the 2022 season, resulting in Angola being selected for Threes for Trees.
The Basketball Africa League (BAL) in collaboration with New Fortress Energy (NFE) and Otchiva, an environmental organization focusing on land restoration in Angola, announced today that they will plant 6,000 trees in Angola as part of the "Threes for Trees" campaign.
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and BAL Green, the league's environmental initiative that leverages the collective platform of the BAL, its teams, players and fans to advocate for greater environmental responsibility, make a positive impact on people's lives and help develop the next generation of environmentally conscious leaders.
To commemorate the expansion of Threes for Trees to Angola, Petro de Luanda players Carlos Morais, Lukeny Gerson, Childe Dundao and Jone Pedro joined head coach José Neto and 100 community volunteers for a tree planting ceremony at Luanda.
The BAL, NFE and Otchiva will team up to plant the rest of the trees in Humpata, a town and municipality in the Huila region of Angola.
In Angola, the campaign will help raise awareness of desertification in the southern part of the country, where the Namibian desert is expanding and affecting local communities, including Humpata.
The expanding desert makes the region more likely to experience a prolonged drought cycle affecting local people and livestock.
Beyond the number of human and animal deaths, other consequences of the drought cycle are hunger, food insecurity, forced migration and increased disease outbreaks.
The campaign will contribute to Otchiva's goal of planting one billion trees by 2031 and creating a green wall in southern Angola.
BAL will also work with Otchiva to co-create educational materials and engagement opportunities for athletes and community members.
“We are proud of the impact that BAL is having in communities across the continent to raise awareness of the effects of climate change and desertification,” said BAL President Amadou Gallo Fall. "I want to thank New Fortress Energy, Otchiva and Petro de Luanda for supporting our Threes for Trees campaign in Angola and helping to raise awareness of this critical issue facing us all."
“We are grateful for the opportunity to help contribute to the empowerment of communities in the fight against climate change,” said Fernanda Renée, founder and executive director of Otchiva.
"Beyond inspiring and motivating concrete actions, we are leaving a legacy and contribution to the sustainability of future generations."
During the second season of the BAL, Petro de Luanda converted 80 three-pointers, resulting in Angola being selected for the Threes for Trees campaign.
It was the second consecutive season that Petro de Luanda made the most three-pointers in the league.
At the BAL Finals in May, select players, coaches and staff visited Umusambi Village on the outskirts of Kigali to help the community better understand the effects of climate change and the importance of planting and caring for trees.
On May 28, Tunisia's US Monastir defeated Angola's Petro de Luanda 83-72 to win the 2022 BAL Finals, which was held at the BK Arena in Kigali, Rwanda and broadcast to fans on 215 countries and territories.
The BAL 2022 season generated more than one billion impressions on social and digital media.