There is now a church operating in the heart of Abuja which does not collect tithe nor offering from members, SUNDAY ISUWA reports. Givers Embassy, aka Home of Consular Generals, was formally established in the heart of Abuja at the conference hall of 3J’s Hotel last Sunday, 30th July, 2017. What stands the church out is that it neither collects tithe nor offering from members. The church, according to the pastor, is dedicated to the service of humanity especially Nigerians who are mostly poor in the midst of plenty. Givers Embassy has a football club called, “Givers Shooters FC (1Timothy 4:8).” The players were selected from local football fields, it was gathered. During the inauguration service, the church commenced with greetings and after a warm welcome address, an opening prayer ensued. The first hymn followed thereafter with praise and worship. There were scriptural readings and intercessory prayers for the nation. Thanksgiving and personal prayers...
As part of the one-year anniversary celebration for her #Lemonade album, #Beyoncé has announced via her official website that she will be giving four scholarships – tagged ‘Formation Scholars’ – to four young college women for the 2017-2018 academic year. According to the 35-year-old star, the scholarship is to “encourage and support young women who are unafraid to think outside the box and are bold, creative, conscious and confident.” Her website states that Women who are interested in studying creative arts, music, literature, or African-American studies are welcome to apply, and the schools participating include Berklee College of Music, Howard University, Parsons School of Design, and Spelman College. And while anyone might want to be chosen by Beyoncé, she is on the lookout for some very particular qualities in her Formation Scholars awards recipients. The chosen few can be incoming, current, or graduate students, but they must be studying either creative...
By SAMUEL ABULUDE, Lagos Afro pop star, D'Banj has revealed why he hid his marital status from the public and fans until recently The singer who announced one of his companies, Cream Records lately was a guest at BEAT FM 99.9 on Thursday evening and he disclosed that his marital status had been a talking point for years in the media and he decided to keep everything under wraps until the marriage with girlfriend, Lineo Didi Kilgrow was consummated. He added that the pressure to get married was much even from his parents and thanked God every thing worked according to plans. "I decided to keep my marriage to Didi a secret because based on experience relationships like this get mixed with media hypes and speculations and then it becomes complicated. I want to thank my close friends, parent and families for keeping this secret. You know the pressure to get married...
By ANTHONY ADA ABRAHAM The music scene is becoming more competitive daily with young talents like Small Doctor, Wizkid, Davido, Falz, Yemi Alade, Adekunle Gold, Mr Eazi, Patoranking, Kiss Daniel, Ycee, Reekado Banks, Runtown, Olamide, Tekno, and others giving some big names in the idustry a good run for their money. But it seems some notable artistes are yet to have any hit song this year even though some of them have released some singles and even collaborated with other fellow entertainers. ANTHONY ADA ABRAHAM writes on some few artistes who have not really dominated the airwaves this year. Ice Prince This artiste who due to his hit songs was nominated for LEADERSHIP Artiste of the Year came into limelight with Oleku and the song was regarded as one of the top 10 most played songs in the last decade.After the success of Oleku, he subsequently released other songs that have hit...
By Chinelo Chikelu ... EU Spends N1bn To Support Publication, Access To Northern Literature Kaduna State governor, Mallam Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai has said Kaduna Books and Arts Festival (KABAFEST) will remain an annual for the duration of his administration. The governor who made the pledge at the opening ceremony of the festival's maiden edition, which congregated northern Nigerian, Nigerian, and international writers in Kaduna, said KABAFEST is a part of his administration's creative arts programme to celebrate the creative potential of the people, as well as support the arts. "Kaduna State has always been the center of literature in Northern Nigeria. The very first books published in Hausa, were published in Zaria by Northern Nigeria Publishing Company (NNPC), and Gaskiya Corporation. Kaduna city has clocked one hundred years old. We hope to celebrate the city's centenary towards the end of the year." Fashioned after the Ake Books and Arts Festival, KABAFEST aims to...
By Chinelo Chikelu "50 percent of African Art Investors Are Nigerians, South Africans" "There is Need To Nurture Younger Generation To Replace Veteran Artists" In the past eight years, the world has witnessed an increased rise in the value of African arts, a trend that Ghanaian born but London based artist, art entrepreneurial and founder of the Creative Collective Gallery (CCG), Eric Amoakwa-Boadu, affirmed will likely continue in the next ten years."  Why is the world suddenly interested in African Arts? Amoakwa says African Art initially unaccepted as a form of academic art, now offers novelty, aesthetic appeal and affordability for collectors than some western art. There has been an increase of collectors in the African Contemporary Art scene. By monitoring the global art market, they read trends – like how African arts are gaining more appreciation from the west than before, and discern market shift. "When market shifts occur, it takes a while...
BY STELLAMARIES AMUWA LEADERSHIP Entertainment and Tourism Editor, Anthony Ada Abraham, who is known for championing the growth of entertainment in Abuja and environs, has been awarded the Agent for Positive Change in Entertainment, 2017 by an entertainment TV station, Gafiligadoki TV and Magazine. The event which was attended by the creme de la creme of the entertainment and media industries also saw Oche the King, Big mo, Nollywood Uzee concept, Gully Ryder, Rachael Bacham and others going home with various categories of award. In an interview with journalist after the awards, Anthony expressed appreciation to the organisers for recognizing and also finding him worthy of the award. "I was amazed when I was told I have been nominated to receive an award. This is the fourth award I am receiving in a role. I don't like to blow my own trumpet. I just want my work to speak. Entertainment has always been my thing and I love...
BY SAMUEL ABULUDE, LAGOS Nigerian UK-based Afrocentric soulful Jazz queen, Folashade Aboderin popularly known as Shady Blue, is back after a long hiatus with a new single titled ‘No Fall my Hand’ from her upcoming EP. According to the songwriter, the new single produced by TeeBeeO, who has worked with the likes of Dbanj, JJC, Davido is out on platforms such as, iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Google Play, Spotify, Napster, 7digital, Emusic, and MediaNe from August 1. Shady added that she and other producers, Pastorchild and 2Kriss are currently putting finishing touches to the EP. Sharing her experience on the switch from Soul music to what she described as Afrocentric Soul/Pop, she says it has been an awesome experience. “This is my first attempt at the commercial sound of Afropop/Afrobeat and I think I am enjoying the genre of music at the moment, because it is trendy. The new single is blended...
BY SOLOMON NDA-ISAIAH All is now set for the Aso outstanding Award 2017 which will be confer on some notable Nigerians during the annual prestigious Queen of Aso  Nigeria Beauty pageant,one of Nigeria most prestigious  beauty pageant in Abuja. The 12th Edition of Queen of Aso Nigeria 2017 will hold  August 2017 at the Ladi Kwali Conference Center,Sheraton Hotel and Towers . According to the organisers, mother of the day will be the Wife of the President -Her Excellency Hajia Ashia Buhari along with other prominent Citizens. The pageant is designed  to showcase  the rich cultural  heritage of Nigeria, 37 contestants  representing various states in Nigeria and FCT will display talent, cultural dance, costume and beauty The prestigious Queen of Aso Nigeria beauty pageant is all about humanity and helping the less privileged in the society. The queens have in the past distinguished themselves through various pet projects over the years to help...
BY SAMUEL ABULUDE, LAGOS The new kid on the block, Ara (Thunder), known for her budding talent as Nigeria second generation potter (Talking drum exponent), has announced her presence on the musical scene with the release of her first single, titled, Fimisile, sending signals across the scene that she is here for the long haul and ready to entertain musical bluffs with her unique talent. The young Ara, whose real name is Ofurum Chinedu, from Ohaji Egbema Local Government Area of Imo state, is interestingly from the stable of Atunda Entertainment, which nurtured Nigeria first ever female potter, Ara to stardom. Years after, the musical group, which is noted for its proclivity in grooming young talented artistes from cradle to the height of their careers, has churned out another female talking drummer also with the same stage name, Ara but this new act is differentiated with the appellation Thunder because she literarily...