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Ama Ofuo Masqurade Receives Ogbuagu Rank

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Saturday 28th of February 2020 was a very memorable day in Amaofuo, as different types of masquerades from both Imo and Anambra states  gathered to celebrate the new Ogbuagu rank given to their  masqurade by the Ozoebule masquerade group.

Speaking to journalists during the event, the  chief host , who is also the traditional ruler of Amaofuo autonomous community in Oru west Local Government Area of Imo state , HRM Eze Prof. Peter Onyekwere Ebigbo, Eze nwokeoma, Ezeanaroaro, Ogbuehi Vi of Amaofuo, expressed delight, describing the event as a great way of showcasing and  promoting the cultural heritage of the land.

Eze Ebigbo also stressed the need for people to love and value the cultures and traditions of the land, adding that , faith without culture is faith not received. pointing out that he is a christian, a knight of the Roman  catholic ,  his father was a catechist and he was almost  ordained a  priest, but yet it didn’t stop him from loving and respecting  the culture of his land, because he sees nothing wrong in taking part or promoting one’s cultures and tradition.

He further disclosed that, he decided to bring the culture into the church , modify it and get rid of every fetish thing about the masquerade, because according to him the people like the masquerades because it is fun and brings so much joy to the people  , that is why he became a patron of the  Mmanu Ozoebule with the headquarters at ukpor and Chief Mbadike Amaechi is their overall leader.

The royal father also stated that, there are different ranks in the masquerade cult, and they have different types of Ekwuru where the masquerades live, they have Eze mmanu, Okoro mmanu, Etiaba, Akakpu and so many other masquerades, stressing that, the masquerades are used in deriving levies, maintaing peace ,  order and also discipline people who go contrary to the law of the community, it is seen as their local police. Adding that they have different ranks in the masquerade cult, like Ozo and they are respected according to their ranks and Ogbuagu is the highest rank.

Eze Ebigbo futher disclosed that, all the masquerades were welcomed with gun salutes, Each titled Ezemmuo is receivedvwith two canon shots on arrival but four  for each of the two masquerades who already have been conferred with Ogbuagu title,  When Akarugo rises to go to the arena for the title accompanied by other Eze mmuos filing out in order of their ranks, sixteen canons are fired but when Akarugo has taken the title, twenty one gun canons are fired  Even as he noted that because of the hardship in the country, anything that will bring smile on the face of people is good, adding that he makes sure that the people are wearing their face mask and observed other covid-19 rules.

He therefore advised people to be proud of their identity by, show casing their cultural heritage and partake in it, pointing out that any one without culture  lives a fake life, adding that culture doesn’t stop one from being a christian, rather it shows you have a root, your identity, you home land, your pride. He concluded.

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Genevieve Nnaji to star in Fela’s musical show premiering on Clubhouse

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Nollywood actress and director, Genevieve Nnaji, will star in an audio adaptation of the Broadway musical ‘FELA’ which will premiere on the Clubhouse app this weekend.

The audio adaptation on Clubhouse termed ‘Fela Ten-Twenty’ will portray the “#EndSARS movement in the context of Fela Kuti’s legacy,” Fela Ten-Twenty director/producer, Funa Maduka, told CNN.

The ‘Ten-Twenty’ signifies the date #EndSARS protesters were reportedly shot at the Lekki Toll Gate on October 10, 2020.

“Fela’s music… demanded global engagement with African political thought. In the aftermath of the October 2020 #EndSars protests … his message still achingly resounds. This production is a love letter to those fighting for a better Nigeria,” said Maduka.

The organisers further revealed that Nnaji will star as one of the ‘Kalakuta Queens’, representing the musician’s dancers in Fela Ten-Twenty.

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Nnaji revealed in a statement that she is “honoured to be part of the production.”

She said, “The contemporary issues highlighted are what sold me. This is an artful retelling of Fela’s story and I’m honoured to be a part of it.

“I grew up on radio plays and the experience is nostalgic for me – the power of voice to influence minds and touch hearts is undeniable.”

According to Maduka, part of the proceeds from the show on Clubhouse on May 15th and 16th will go to the GEANCO Foundation and will be used to provide scholarship to young female victims of terrorism and gender inequality.

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Davido gifts daughter Imade SUV as birthday present

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Popstar, Davido, will surely make his first child a happy one on her birthday later this month as he has bought her an early birthday gift.

The Fem singer took to his social media accounts to reveal the lovely gift he bought for his princess.

On his Instagram page, Davido shared two slides. In the first, the excited Imade was in a video ‘testing her new ride’ with her friends. In the next slide, the singer shared a picture of the sport utility vehicle – a Range Rover Evoque.

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In the caption section, the singer wrote, “Happy early birthday @realimadeadeleke daddy loves u !! Enjoy ur MOTO.”

However, his friends and fans on the social media platform have applauded his gesture and wished his princess a happy birthday.

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Chidinma speaks on becoming gospel singer, says ‘I’ve had enough fame’

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Popular Nigerian singer, Chidinma Ekile, has announced her switch to full-time gospel ministration, saying she regrets `wasting’ so much time doing secular music.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the singer turned actress stated that “the devil has been winning too long.”

She said, “Our God is faithful; He never lies and He does whatever He says. So, I’m here today. It’s been a long journey. I had an opportunity to spend time with Him; it’s a rare privilege to spend time with Him and He told me a lot of things and He said He has been waiting for me.”

The songstress made it known that she is not going into gospel music for the fame as she has had “enough of all of that”. 

“God has been very intentional about me. He is very mindful of me. I’m not here because I want fame. I’ve had all of that and I think I’ve had enough of all of that. So, right now is the time to work for my Father. He is the one who has called me I did not bring myself here. As a matter of fact, I did not want to be here, but I’m going into ministry in full force,” Chidinma stated.

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She added, “So, most of you might not understand my ways because you don’t know where I’m coming from, and that is because a lot of time has been wasted. So, I need to catch up with time. I’m moving with time, there is no time. The enemy has been winning for too long. I’ve had my share of influence and all of that, but now I’m using all of that.

“Everything the enemy thought he had given to me though was given to me by God, while he was lying that he gave them to me. Now I’m using all of that to work for my father. So, when you see me doing some very extreme things, just understand where I’m coming from, there is no time. 

“There are too many people out there we have to bring back into the house. Jesus is coming soon; sooner than you expect. So, we cannot allow them to miss out on that. Now is the time to do the work.”

Chidinma is currently signed on with the Eezee concept and has released her first gospel song titled: “Jehovah overdo.”

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