As part of a planned African Tour, tennis icons, Serena and Venus Williams Tuesday arrived the shores of Nigeria, Tuesday October 30 and will be in the country till Friday, November 2.
Their visit is part of tour concerning the recently launched ‘‘Breaking The Mould’’ (BTM) campaign, a women’s empowerment initiative that has already garnered international support.
The visit to Nigeria of the tennis idols is majorly facilitated by Chain Reaction, a Public Relation outfit, with support from other partners, including the Lagos state government.
Explaining the rationale behind the visit of the William Sisters, Lere Ojedokun, group head, communications services, Chain Reactions Nigeria, said the sisters are in Nigeria to inspire young talents, particularly the women folk.
Williams sisters visit was far more than socialising, their visit also provided an opportunity to provoke women into activating and mobilising their own energy and resources towards breaking the mould and making a lasting difference. As individuals who had gone through same, Venus and Serena were perfect role models for this.
At an A-Class event organised in their honour, the Williams Sisters and their mother, Oracene Price stepped into the event hall at Federal Palace at 8:15pm after a brief Red Carpet Reception during which they were received by the MD of Nigerian Breweries, Nicolaas Vervelde.
After a short profile of the sisters was read by Dr. Shola Gbinigie, they were invited up stage for a brief interview session during which the sisters narrated the story of their journey to the top. Gbinigie who was also the moderator for the chat session, a medical doctor and amateur tennis player. she presented the chat session in a fashion reminiscent of the Oprah show.
Two exemplary Nigerian mould-breakers were honored Nike Okundaye of the Nike Art Gallery and Dr. Ola Olakunrin of Air Ambulance Nigeria / Flying Doctors were both honored for their courage and resilience in the face of adversity, and for daring into sectors that many deemed were reserved exclusively for men.
The host for the evening was on-air personality, Tolu Oniru, fondly known as Toolz. Entertainment was provided by Yinka Davies and Timi Dakolo. As guests dined, the Williams Sisters expressed how excited they are to be playing against each other at Friday’s exhibition match slated at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Ikoyi.
Increased empowerment for women…
Accompanied by their mother, Oracene Price, the Williams’ sisters described Africa as a great continent that has produced many great mould breakers, even as they declared that their African descent was never a disadvantage in any way. Visiting tennis champions, Venus and Serena Williams, advocated adequate empowerment of women in Africa , stating that the presence of women in eminent positions around the world is a demonstration of the significance role which the female gender can play in the scheme of things.
WARNING!! A NEW FEVER IS IN TOWN
There is a new fever in town! And no, it is neither Ebola – the deadly scare of the moment – nor lassa fever. Rather it is Dorobucci fever.
In what was first used as Instagram and twitter hashtags by none other than the irrepressible, mega-talented, super-producer Don Jazzy, Dorobucci ‘the catchphrase’ became an instant social media hit, captivating the senses and appeal of Nigerians, despite the fact that then no one knew the meaning of the word. Further momentum was gained when Dorobucci ‘the song’, was released, and since then it has hit more than 12 million downloads. Old men and women tastefully rock the song like oldies; parents use the prefix ‘Doro’ in naming their children; the youths drool over the song like bees on honey; and not to forget the kids who can sing Dorobucci from start to finish without breaking a sweat. Saying that Dorobucci is the unofficial national anthem of Nigeria is akin to saying that the earth is spherical.
Even the continent, and the globe, has caught the Dorobucci bug, which is spreading like wild fire. From nightclubs in Accra to beer huts by the beach in Togo, from neighbourhoods in South Africa to public centres in Nairobi, Dorobucci is topping the charts.
The delirium and anticipation that preceded Dorobucci ‘the video’ was fever pitch: the internet stratosphere was inundated with interesting and comical video versions of Dorobucci, and the countdown to the video premiere was like football fans eagerly awaiting the final whistle of the referee in a world cup final match.
Toni Kan of This Day aptly comments inter alia: “On the surface, as with most Don Jazzy produced songs, Dorobucci sounds like something you would hear from inebriated kegites on a lazy Friday night but the difference is that while the melody might sound commonplace, Don Jazzy has sprinkled his sound and song with the revitalizing ash of novelty thus elevating this simple ditty into a national anthem”.
While our hips vibrate to the unique beats and our ears tingle to the sweet melody of the song, ours minds have not come short to marvel by the sheer ingenuity that gave womb to Dorobucci. It couldn’t have come from anyone else but Don Jazzy himself, who is also credited with introducing similar inconceivable and bizzare-cum phenomenal catchphrases, such as Eminado and Kokolet, into the musical lexicon. While the former has been explained as “Goodluck”, the latter is still being given contextual definitions. And don’t bother to look up these words in the dictionary.
Don Jazzy needs no introduction nor does his inimitable creativity, evidenced by the countless hits under his craftmanship. What perhaps need a little tweaking on his rich CV is a new personage: “Don Jazzy ‘the recording artiste’, athough one he would rather not acknowledge himself to be.
We are accustomed to the creative side of Don Jazzy ‘the producer’, and even the unique voice that makes all the difference of Don Jazzy ‘the back-up singer’, but few people would be prepared for the stunning performance of Don Jazzy ‘the recording artiste’ in Dorobucci. He was immarculate and perfect; masterful of his gift and in complete control, charismatic as ever, a mantra of sort.
Recording works released during the Mo’hits era, it could be recalled, all had imprints of his top-notch production skills and trademark voice. They include: Tongolo, Gbono Feli, Suddenly, Mr. Endowed, Oliver Twist (D’banj); Bumper 2 Bumper, Who Born the Maga, Rotate, The Kick (Wande Coal); Pop Something, Over the Moon, Surulere (Dr. Sid); Omoba, Give it to me, Goody Bag Take Banana (D’Prince); Eminado (Tiwa Savage); Wind am Well (Ikechukwu aka Killz); Asewo (Naeto C); Ijoya (Weird MC), and many more. As if these hits were only warning shots of his artistry as a recording artiste, Don Jazzy laid yet another marker in ‘Babyface’ which he released under compelling circumstances on 5th November, 2013. But Dorobucci will be fondly remembered as his boldest imprint so far. Even the harshest of critics would agree no less.
Shortly after the Mo’hits split, a lamentable Don Jazzy tweeted: Rumours you have all heard recently are sad but true. The way forward now is to make sure I keep bringing you guys more of the beautiful music y’all love to dance to. And true to that promise he’s kept every inch of the word with the release of Dorobucci.
Joey Akan, a writer for Pulse, says that “in the mid-tempo feel-good song, Don Jazzy gave us the fatherly feel, Reekado Banks took us on a chorus of some sort. Tiwa Savage made us hit certain notes. Dr Sid established proceedings, with a reminder of his ‘Siductive’ delivery. Korede Bello, found joy and unrestrictive happiness in this song. Dija played safe, (and D’Prince was in his elements)”. Emphasis mine.
Africa, and indeed the world, is grappling with the current health challenges of the deadly Ebola virus and lassa fever. But we need not be scared of the Dorobucci fever because Don Jazzy has assured that it is “fun, cool, awesome, or fantastic”.
By Da Epic Pen
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Iheoma emerges Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria 2014
Miss. Iheoma Nnadi, 19 year old representative of Akwa Ibom, has emerged winner of the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria (MBGN) 2014.
Iheoma beat 29 other contestants to walk away with the coveted prize – N3million naira, a car and a shot to represent Nigeria at the Miss World pageant coming up later this year.
Miss Abuja was the 4th Runner-Up, Miss Osun- 3rd Runner-Up, while Miss Kwara emerged as the MBGN Tourism and Miss Edo as the Miss Universe.
The ‘Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria’ MBGN, 2014, Miss Iheoma Nnadi has stated that she had always known she would win the MBGN title
In her reaction after winning the title, 19-year-old model who has since put her academics on hold due to her new role disclosed this in an interview with Encomium Weekly.
“Of course, yes. I mean, you buying a form means you are ready to become MBGN. I always knew I would be a beauty queen. Years back, the password to all my accounts had been forevermissworld.”
Recounting her experience at the camp “We had to bond. The girls became sisters. You wake in the morning, you meet the same girls with whom you do practically everything. While in camp, you argue, you make up. We had so many great moments.”
Speaking on her pet project during her tenure, she said, “I will help stop child trafficking and child abuse. We have to work with agencies in this area to eliminate the menace. We need to work with agencies involved in this area to keep children off the street and free them from forced labour.
“I will also organize seminars to mentor young girls, a kind of motivational programme aimed at mentoring them.” She projected.
The grand finale of the competition held Friday night, July 18, 2014, in Bayelsa State.
The judges of the night included Actress Osas Ighodaro, ex-MBGN, Sylvia Nduka, and former Mr Nigeria, Bryan Okwara, while the hosts were IK Osakioduwa and Yvonne “Vixen” Ekwere.
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