Nigeria’s GDP Grows 2.38 Per Cent In Fourth Quarter Of 2018

 

Nigeria’s GDP has grown 2.38 per cent in real terms within the fourth quarter of 2018, showing a 0.27 per cent jump over the fourth quarter of 2017.

The Real GDP growth posted 5.31 per cent on a quarter-on-quarter basis, with an annual growth rate of 1.93 per cent printed for the fiscal year of 2018.

READ ALSONigeria’s GDP Slowed In Second Quarter Of 2018

While the aggregate nominal GDP was at NGN 35.230bn, a higher 12.65 per cent from NGN 31.275bn recorded in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Nigeria’s nominal GDP for the fiscal year of 2018 was at NGN127.76bn, posting a nominal growth rate of 12.36 per cent above the fiscal year of 2017 level of NGN 113.71bn

2018: The Year Of Wakanda, Assurance, Fever, And Hard Goodbyes

 

Every year comes with its fair share of good, bad and wild moments and 2018 brought nothing short of that in entertainment.

From Davido giving us Assurance to Amaka disappointing us and Wizkid and Tiwa, giving us Fever and eventually some hard goodbyes we had to say, here are some of the top moments that shaped the year.

Black Panther and the tale of Wakanda (February 16)

The movie which tells the tale of a fictitious African country, Wakanda, from the perspective of affluence, light age development and technology was one of the many that had viewers enthralled.

The film particularly appealed to people of colour because they felt it was a shift from the regular plots which always portray Africa as an underdeveloped, forsaken continent.

More exciting for some fans was the fact that Nigerians were among the cast.

Acrimony (March 30)

The psychological thriller starring Taraji P. Henson, tells the story of a loyal wife who decides to take revenge on her ex-husband after he becomes successful, following years of their struggle together.

Read Also: Tyler Perry’s Acrimony Trends Again, Months After Release

He remarries and lavishes his new wife with everything he had promised his ex-wife – a situation which infuriates her and makes her hell-bent on revenging.

The movie left most of its viewers in utter shock and in a state of introspection such that months after its release, the debate over who was right or wrong lingered.

It was produced, written, and directed by Tyler Perry.

Davido Gave Chioma ‘Assurance’ (May 1)

2018 was the year singer, Davido, gave his girlfriend ‘Assurance’, proclaiming his undying love for her.

In the music video for the hit single, his girlfriend Chioma Avril Rowland, made a cameo appearance and the artist was seen professing his love for her, crowning it all by gifting a Porshe Car which was said to be between 45 to 50 million Naira.

The song had most people falling in love and seeking similar ‘assurance’.

Consequently, the lovebirds continued to trend for weeks on end.

While fans continued to show them love, some critics, however, called out the DMW crooner for flaunting his relationship despite having several ‘baby mamas’.

Meghan and Prince Harry’s Royal Wedding (May 19)

A picture released by Kensington Palace on behalf of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on May 21, 2018 shows Britain’s Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, (CL) and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, (CR) posing for an official wedding photograph with (L-R back row) Master Brian Mulroney, Miss Remi Litt, Miss Rylan Litt, Master Jasper Dyer, Prince George of Cambridge, Miss Ivy Mulroney, Master John Mulroney and (L-R front row) Miss Zalie Warren, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge and Miss Florence van Cutsem in the Green Drawing Room, Windsor Castle, in Windsor on May 19, 2018. PHOTO: Alexi Lubomirski / KENSINGTON PALACE / AF

The Royal wedding had the whole world talking for weeks leading up the event and weeks after.

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The new Duke and Duchess of Sussex exchanged vows at the altar in St. George’s Chapel in an emotional event that brought the bi-racial US TV star into the heart of the British monarchy.

Falz’ This Is Nigeria (May 25)

A cover for US Rapper, Childish Gambino’s This Is America, Falz’ This Is Nigeria, became one of the hot topics of the year as it highlighted major issues around the nation’s politics, security and economy.

The video sparked conversations and immediately gained up to 15 million views in the past seven months.

World Mourns ‘Queen Of Soul’ Aretha Franklin (August 16)

Raised on gospel, bathed in rhythm and blues and fluent in jazz and pop, Aretha Franklin came to be known as the “Queen of Soul” through seven decades of electrifying performances.

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From her father’s church to the hallowed grounds of the US Capitol, Franklin sang for parishioners and presidents and left her mark on music fans everywhere.

She died in Detroit where family and friends had gathered during her final days, her publicist told US media.

Wizkid, Tiwa Savage Give Fans ‘Fever’ (October 24)

Another hot topic of the year was the purported sizzling romance between singers, Tiwa Savage and Wizkid.

While both singers kept mum on the issue, their chemistry in the music video for Wizkid’s Fever, seemed to fuel the speculations that they could be dating.

Read Also: Wizkid, Tiwa Savage Give Fans ‘Fever’ In New Video

Regardless of whether or not they were, they had us talking about them as well as enjoying their music and both singers quickly emerged as the top trends on social media at the time.

Stan Lee (November 12)

Hollywood lost the legendary Stan Lee, who revolutionized pop culture as the co-creator of iconic superheroes like Spider-Man and The Hulk who now dominate the world’s movie screens.

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Lee rose through the ranks to become a comics writer, making millions of superhero fans dream of his fantastic universes and humans with extraordinary powers, and eventually led the Marvel empire for decades as its publisher.

He died in Los Angeles after suffering a number of illnesses in recent years.

Farewell to the ‘voice of Lagos’ Tosyn Bucknor (November 19)

Nigerians bade farewell to on-air-personality, Tosyn Bucknor, popularly known as the ‘voice of Lagos’ on November 20.

She died at the age of 37, following complications from the sickle-cell disease.

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Bucknor was reportedly found dead by her husband, Aurelien Boyer, when he returned home from work.

Known and loved by many, the OAP was buried amid tears and tributes.

Ras Kimono: Rub A Dub King Bows Out Under Pressure

Courtesy: Ras Kimono (Facebook)

Part of the loved ones we lost in 2018 is the Rub A Dub King, Ras Kimono who died of a heart attack in Lagos.  Sadly, before we could come to terms with the legendary musician’s demise, we heard the announcement that his wife, Efemena Okedi, had passed on also.

She died just three months after he was laid to rest.

Ras Kimono brought us the Rhumba style and for this, he and his lovely wife will always live on in our memories.

Funke Akindele Welcomes Twins (December 22)

It was a joyful year for actress, Funke Akindele, popularly known as Jenifa as she welcomed a set of twins with her husband, Abdulrasheed Bello, popularly known as JJC Skills.

The news went viral on social media after the actress shared some posts expressing gratitude to God.

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Funke and her husband got married in 2016 and the twins would be their first together.

Fans and well-wishers took to social media to congratulate the couple.

Concerts

Before we proceed into gigs and concerts, can we all but give it up for Burna Boy who is arguably the number one show stopper for the year 2018.

With ever-growing followership that seems sometimes like the fans practically worship him, Burna Boy lays claims to the throne as king for the year in review.

That said, you can be sure that there’s no better time to unwind than the holiday season when concerts and all the fun-fair is at its peak.

The commercial hub of Nigeria, Lagos in particular, comes alive as the year winds down.

Read Also: Dbanj, Tubaba, Wizkid, Others Thrill Fans At Burna Boy Concert

Although some notable events took place during the course of the year, some of the notable ones include Burna Boy’s concert tagged Burna Live.

The concert took place on December 26, at the EKO Hotel Convention Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos with thrilling performances from top Nigerian artistes including D’banj, Wizkid, Davido and Tubaba.

The ‘Gbona’ sensation performed his hit tracks such as ‘On the Low’, ‘Ye’ and ‘Wo Da Mo’ at the show.

Other concerts were that of Wizkid and Davido.

Top 10 Nollywood Movies People Loved In 2018

 

2018 was yet another big year for Nollywood as the industry continues to get better and better.

With a lot of movies increasingly hitting the big screens and receiving more recognition globally, many say the Nigerian movie industry is now truly coming into its own.

Here are 10 of the most liked and successful movies of the year according to Google’s viewer ratings, in no particular order.

“Merry Men”

 

This movie tells the story of four young men, considered to be Abuja’s most eligible, as well as notorious bachelors.

They have thriving businesses, fast cars, massive homes and the attention of women in no short supply.

While they are known as the Merry Men, the ladies call them the Real Yoruba Demons.

The movie stars, Folarin Falana, Ayo Makun, Ramsey Nouah and Jim Iyke.

Directed by Toka McBaror and produced by Ayo Makun, the movie was released in September 2018 and is liked by 98% of the viewers.

Read Also: 2018: The Year Of Wakanda, Assurance, Fever, And Hard Goodbyes

“New Money”

Starring Jemima Osunde as Toun Odumosu, the movie tells the story of a young lady, who goes from being a shop girl to a billionaire,after her absentee father leaves her his empire to run.

Directed by Tope Oshin, the movie was released in March 2018 and liked by 92% of the viewers.

The star-studded movie features Folarin Falana, Osas Ighodaro, Wofaifada, Daniel Etim Effiong, Adeolu Adefarasin, Kalu Ikeagwu.

“Lion Heart”

Veteran actress Genevieve Nnaji stars in this flick as Adaeze Obiagu, a young lady who has to step up to the challenge when her father is no longer able to handle the company due to health issues.

Her father Ernest Obiagu (Pete Edochie), leaves the company in the hands of an uncle and both of them have to fight to save the company from a huge debt or lose it altogether.

An inspiring drama which addresses issues around family values, succession, and female empowerment, “Lion Heart” marks Nnaji’s directorial debut.

“It highlights the various challenges faced by women, particularly in male-dominated industries,” she told Women and Hollywood.

Online movie streaming platform, Netflix, also announced that it acquired the worldwide rights for the movie.

According to Google, 96% of viewers liked the movie.

“Up North”

This movie tells the story of a young rebellious heir, Bassey Otuekong (Banky Wellington), who is sent to Bauchi for his NYSC assignment as a punishment and as a way of humbling him, while also being groomed to take over his father’s company.

It explores love, friendship and family politics, all of which collide, creating memories to last a lifetime.

Directed by Tope Oshin, the movie features Rahama Sadau, Kanayo O. Kanayo, Adesuwa Etomi Wellington, Hilda Dokubo.

It hit cinemas in December 2018

“Wedding Party 2”

The romantic comedy starring Banky W as (Dozie) and Adesua Etomi as (Dunni) is a sequel to ‘The Wedding Party’, which became a monster hit after its release in December 2017.

The story is about two people genuinely in love and the unnecessary interference of family members as well as the hassles of inter-cultural marriages.

While the first movie explores the flamboyant Nigerian wedding culture, the sequel, which is also full of humour and warmth, captures the concept of destination weddings, which is gradually gaining ground among Nigerians.

The movie has remained a favourite for many, despite being released on December 15, 2017, and is one of the top trending movies of 2018.

Directed by Niyi Akinmolayan, it was liked by 93% of viewers according to Google.

 

“Royal Hibiscus Hotel”

In this romantic comedy, a disillusioned London chef, Opeoluwa (Zainab Balogun), visits Nigeria and struggles with her matchmaking mother as well as in restoring the family’s rundown hotel.

She’s heartbroken as she discovers her new lover, Deji (Keneth Okoli), is working on a deal to buy the hotel.

An Ebony Life Films production, the movie which was directed by Ishaya Bako had its world premiere on September 9, 2017.

It was then officially released in February 2018 and is liked by 94% of the viewers.

“Esohe”

Nigerian Immigrant Gary Barbar (Jimmy Jean-Louis), works as a teacher in the United States and is quite successful.

However, from time to time, he suffers violent flashes of visions and nightmares of a past that he knows nothing about.

His entire life and aspirations eventually hinge on finding the truth and meaning behind the nightmares.

In trying to find answers, he returns home to Benin City but is totally unprepared for the complications that await him.

Esohe, directed by Charles Uwagbai, is an epic film that explores themes of reincarnation, love and the supernatural.

It features Jemima Osunde, Chris Attoh and Toyin Aiyemakun.

“King Of Boys”

This movie follows the story of Alhaja Eniola Salami (Sola Sobowale), a businesswoman and philanthropist with a promising political future.

As her political ambitions see her outgrowing the underworld connections responsible for her considerable wealth, she’s drawn into a power struggle that threatens everything she holds dear.

To come out of this on top, she is caught up in a game of trust and ruthlessness.

The movie was directed by Kemi Adetiba and is her second film after her directorial debut, The Wedding Party.

It was released in October 2018 and is liked by 97% of the viewers.

“Chief Daddy”

The movie tells the story of billionaire industrialist Chief Beecroft, a flamboyant benefactor to a large extended family of relatives, household staff and assorted mistresses.

He lives extravagantly, until the day he dies suddenly and the ‘bullion van’ stops.

“Chief Daddy” also explores the chaos caused by having numerous children from different women who were not aware of the existence of one another, until their father’s death.

Directed by Niyi Akinmoloyan, the movie was released on December 14, 2018.

According to Google, it is liked by 96% of viewers.

“God Calling”

This is a movie that explores themes of faith, spirituality, and self-discovery.

Starring Zainab Balogun, the story looks at the life of a young woman, Sade, her family, and her faith through the lens of an unconventional encounter with God in the modern age.

After suffering a personal tragedy, she is taken on a journey of self-discovery and faith which transforms the lives all those around her.

Directed by BB Sasore, the movie features Karibi Fubara, Nkem Owoh, Richard Mofe Damijo, Tina Mba, Onyeka Onwenu, among others.

It was released in December 2018 and is liked by 100% of the viewers.

 

“Lara And The Beat”

This movie tells a story about the young and beautiful Giwa sisters caught in the center of a financial scandal with their late parents’ media empire.

The sisters are forced out of their privileged bubble, and must learn to build their own future and salvage their family’s past.

Produced by Tosin Coker, the movie was released in July 2018 and it is liked by 94% of the viewers.

Cast: Seyi Shey, Vector, Somkele Iyamma, Sharom Ooja among others.

World Cup Final Drew 1.12bn Audience, Says FIFA

 

A combined global audience of 1.12 billion watched the World Cup final between France and Croatia in July, FIFA, the governing body of world football, said on Friday.

In total, FIFA said, a “combined 3.572 billion viewers – more than half of the global population aged four and over – tuned in to world football’s ultimate competition” for at least a minute, over the course of the World Cup’s from June 14 to July 15.

A survey it had commissioned by FIFA found that 3.04 billion viewers caught at least three minutes, a 10.9 percent increase on Brazil 2014, and 2.49 billion watched at least 30 minutes, or one-third of one match, up on 2014’s 1.95 billion.

FIFA calculated that the average live audience for each of the 64 matches was 191 million.

The survey estimated that 9.5 percent of that audience, or 309.7 million people, watched no coverage at home but “caught the action on digital platforms, in public viewing areas or in bars and restaurants.”

That proportion was higher for the final between France and Croatia. FIFA said 884.37 million viewers tuning in to traditional TV coverage and a further 231.82 million watching outside the home or digitally.

AFP

Russia’s Fairytale World Cup Run Ends In Tears

Russian fans react as they watch Russia 2018 World Cup quarter-final football match between Russia and Croatia in a cafe in Moscow on July 7, 2018.
Konstantin CHALABOV / AFP

 

The impassioned shouts of “Ros-si-ya” died away on the streets and tears filled the stadium as Russia bowed out of their home World Cup in the cruellest fashion: on penalties.

The men in red exceeded the wildest expectations by coming within a penalty kick and a save against Croatia of making it into the semi-finals for the first time since 1966.

They lost the quarter-final shootout 4-3 after extra-time ended with the sides deadlocked at 2-2 in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.

It was that close — and it all ended just as the nation was starting to believe.

“We leave the tournament with tears in our eyes but our heads held high,” the team tweeted as the stadium emptied of the 45,000 or so who had lost their voices cheering them on.

They had reason to be proud.

Russia were the lowest-ranked team entering the tournament and many in the sceptical media thought they would be lucky to win a game.

They trudged off the pitch after making it to the quarter-final for the first time in 48 years.

A semi-final was within grasp and the loss stung.

But the Russian team showed heart and won what seemed like the entire nation’s gratitude.

“The champions of our hearts,” the popular Sport Express daily said in a headline.

Then it paid them the highest compliment possible by declaring: “Russia knows how to play football.”

– Empty feeling –

Fans who had been dancing in the streets after a heart-pounding shootout win over 2010 champions Spain in the last 16 last Sunday were gloomy but grateful.

The nation was mourning on Saturday — but also paying its respects.

Chants of “Mo-lod-tsy” — an almost untranslatable word of praise and thanks that roughly means “Good job, guys” — echoed across the dark streets of Moscow and other cities.

“What can I say? It’s a pity we are out of this tournament but I am very proud of my team,” said Muscovite Alexander Khramoichenkov.

“I’m very proud of Russia,” the 34-year-old said.

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev called the team’s performance “magnificent” after the watching the game from a VIP box with Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic.

He came down into the players’ locker room and suggested that Russian football would never be its disappointing old self again.

“We will simply have a different type of football after this,” he said. “I am absolutely certain of this.”

But coach Stanislav Cherchesov — his moustache becoming the unofficial symbol of Russia’s Cinderella waltz through the tournament — seemed visibly distraught.

“I am still not myself yet,” he admitted after listening to a press conference question and then being unable to say a word.

Midfielder Roman Zobnin sounded very similar moments after he walked off the pitch.

“I have no emotions left. I left them all out there,” he said with difficulty.

“I feel empty inside.”

Tatu, Alter Ego Lead AMVCA 2018 Nominees

Joselyn Dumas and Bovi present nominees list on June 30, 2018.

 

The nominees for the 6th Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Award (AMVCA) have been announced.

The list was revealed on Saturday, June 30, by popular Ghanaian actress and TV presenter, Joselyn Dumas, and Nigerian comedian and actor, Bovi via a syndicated broadcast on all Africa Magic channels.

See the complete list of nominees in over 20 categories below.

Best Overall Movie
Potato Potahto – Shirley Frimpong-Manso
Alter Ego – Moses Inwang
18 Hours – Phoebe Ruguru
Devil’s Chest – Hassan Mageye
Descent – Awal Abdulfatai
The Road to Sunrise – Shemu Joyah

Best Movie West Africa
Potato Potahto – Shirley Frimpong-Manso
Alter Ego – Moses Inwang – Esther Eyibo
Isoken – Jade Osiberu
Tatu – Don Omope, Yolanda Okereke, Segun Arinze, Tolu Awobiyi
Children of Mud – Imoh Umoren
Lotanna – Ifan Micheal

Best Movie East Africa
18 Hours – Phoebe Ruguru
Devil’s Chest – Hassan Mageye
The Forbidden – Kizito Samuel Saviour
Rain – Mathew & Eleanor Nabwiso
Bella – Math Bish

Best Movie Southern Africa
Descent – Awal Abdulfatai
The Road to Sunrise – Shemu Joyah
Salute! – Phillipe Talavera
Jomako Black Democracy – Abraham Kabwe
Nyasaland – Joyce Mhango Chavula

Best Director
Moses Inwang – Alter Ego
Aloaye Omoake – Idemuza
Asurf Oluseyi – Hakkunde
Don Omope – Tatu
Jade Osiberu – Isoken
Mulindwa Richard – The Torture
Shirley Frimpong-Manso – Potato Potahto

Best Writer Movie/TV Series
Idemuza – Alaoye Omoake
Soul Tie – Kehinde Joseph
Idahosa Trails – Stanlee Ohikhuare
18 Hours – Njue Kevin
The Torture – Mulindwa Richard
Alter Ego – Patrick Nnamani/Koye O/Moses Inwang
Hakkunde – Tomi Adesina

Best Art Director
Isoken – Jade Osiberu
Tatu – Don Omope, Yolanda Okereke, Segun Arinze, Tolu Awobiyi
Children of Mud – Imoh Umoren
Lotanna – Ifan Micheal
Idahaso Trails – Stanlee Ohikhuare
Hidden – Jibril Mailafia

Best Picture Editor
Idemuza – Aloaye Omoake
18 Hours – Mark Maina
Alter Ego – Moses Inwang/Tunde Bakare
Hakkune – Asurf Oluseyi
Hidden – Jibril Mailafia

Best Sound Editor
Tatu – Kolade Morakinyo
Idahaso Trails – Stanlee Ohikhuare
Alter Ego – Zezom Gnawni
Ojukokoro – Dayo Thompson
Hakkunde – James Coon Falcon

Best Actor in a comedy
Kalu Ikeagwu- Dr Meekam
IK Ogbonna – Excess Luggage
Blossom Chukwujekwu – The Big Fat Lie
Odunlade Adekola – A Million Baby
OC Ukeje – Potato Potahto
Jimmy Olukoya – Guyn Man

Best Actress in a comedy and TV series
Rita Dominic – Big Fat Lie
Adesua Etomi – 10 days in Sun city
Queen Nwokoye – Excess Luggage
Bimbo Ademoye – Backup Wife
Dakore Akande – Isoken
Nyce Wanueri – Auntie Boss

Best Cinematography Movies/TV series
Tatu – Akpe Ododoru
Idemuza – Dickson Godwin
T-Junction – Lester Millado
The Torture – Rwamusigazi Kyakunzire
Okafor’s Law – Yinka Edward
Alter Ego – Bishop Blunt/Adeoye Adeniyi

Best Soundtrack Movies/TV Series
M0 – Tom Koroluk
Banana Island Ghost – Enyi Omeruah and Funbi Ogunbanwo
Bella – Andrew Ahuura
Tatu – Evelle
Idahosa Trails – Oriri Osayamore
18 Hours – Jacktone Okore

Best Supporting Actor
Saidi Balogun – Banana Island Ghost
Tomiwa Edun – Banana Island Ghost
Falz – New Money
Kunle Idowu – Idahosa Trails
Gabriel Afolayan – Okafor’s Law
Wale Ojo – Betrayal

Best Supporting Actress
Toyin Aimakhu – Tatu
Dorcas Shola Fapson – Banana Island Ghost
Funlola Afofiyebi-Riami – Tatu
Ebele Okaro – Blackrose
Lydia Forson – Isoken
Emem Inwang – Alter Ego

Best Actress in a Drama/TV Series
Agaba Joan – The Torture
Keira Hewatch – The Witness Box
Miriam Kayode – Children of Mud
Cinderella Sanyu – Bella
Omotola Jalade Ekeinde – Alter Ego
Lilian Echelon – Black Rose

Best Actor in a Drama Series
Wale Ojo – Alter Ego
Kalu Ikeagwu – Benevolence
Rushabiro Raymond – The Torture
Adjetey Anang – Keteke
Adjetey Anang – Sidechic Gang
Chris Attoh – Esohe

Best TV series
Gina and Friends – Paul Igwe
Professor Johnbull – Tchidi Chikere
Papa Ajasco Reloaded – Wale Adenuga
This Is It – Dolapo Adeleke
Relatives – Tunde Adegbola

Best Documentary
The Flesh Business – Dennis Wanjohi
Nightfall in Lagos – James Amuta
God’s Wives – Bolanle Olukanni
Omidan, Styles Defunct by Ayaworanho3d – Aderemi Davies
Calabar Carnival: What the People Think – Oghenefego Ofili

Best Lighting Designer Movie/TV Series
Tatu – Akpe Ododoru, Tunde Akinniyi
Kada River – Godwin Gata
Hidden – Agbo Kelly
Lotanna – McBaror
Children of Mud – Sunday Olalekan

Best Short Film/Online Video
The Housewife – Jay Franklin Jituboh
Tolu – Nadine Ibrahim
Penance – Micheal Ama Psalmist’ Akinrogunde
Lodgers – Ken Ogunlola
Tanwa, The Child We Wanted – Adenike Adebayo

Best Indigenous Language Movie or TV Series – Hausa
Mansoor – Ali Nuhu
Umar Sanda – Kamal S Alkali
Dadin Kowa Sabon Salo – Arewa24
Uwar Bari – Hamisu Lamido Iyantama
Rashinsani – Tiana Johnson

Best Indigenous Language Movies or TV Series – Igbo
Bound – Lilian Afegbai
Ofuobi – Victor Oyke
Uwa Na Eme Nyughari – Tiana Johnson
Oge Nkem – Tiana Oboyi Johnson
Ego Malaysia – Iyooh James Chidozie

Best Indigenous Language Movies or TV Series – Yoruba
Alakiti – Abiodun Jimoh, Jumoke Odetola
Adaba – Adebayo Salami
Etiko Onigedu – Femi Adebayo
Egun Iran Kinni – Oyindamola Awotidebe
Ogun Sengese – Ibironke Ojo

Best Costume Designer Movie or TV Series
Tatu – Yolanda Okereke
Isoken – Jade Osiberu
Potato Potahto – Christie Brown
Hakkunde – Joan Gbefwi
The Bridge – Ngozi Obasi and James Bessinone

Best Make Up Artist Movie/TV Series
Tatu – Thelma Ozy Smith, Hakeem Effect Onilogbo
Ojukokoro – Sandra Oyiana
What Lies Within – Cynthia Ububa
Disguise – Hakeem Effect
Lotanna – Nnenna Emekalam

The AMVCA, which has rewarded excellence in TV and film for five years since 2013, is scheduled to hold on September 1, 2018.

England’s World Cup Squad Out On May 16

England Coach, Gareth Southgate

 

Gareth Southgate will name his England squad for the World Cup in Russia on May 16.

Southgate will reveal his 23-man group for the finals on Wednesday and is scheduled to discuss his selection in a press conference at Wembley the following day.

World governing body FIFA has set June 4 as the date when all final squads for the tournament must be submitted.

Southgate has already been forced to rule Liverpool duo Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joe Gomez out of his plans.

Oxlade-Chamberlain suffered a season-ending knee injury in the first leg of the Reds’ Champions League semi-final against Roma.

Gomez has undergone ankle surgery on an injury suffered in England’s friendly against Holland in March.

England warm up for the World Cup with friendlies against Nigeria at Wembley on June 2 and Costa Rica at Elland Road on June 7.

They kick off their World Cup campaign against Tunisia on June 18 in Volgograd and also face group matches against Belgium and Panama.

AFP

Saraki, Atiku, Dogara Wish Nigerians Best Of 2018

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara and Nigeria’s former Vice President Atiku Abubakar have sent their New Year messages to Nigerians, wishing citizens the best of the New Year.

Saraki in his message wish Nigerians happiness in 2018 and asked them to look into the year with the understanding that better days lie ahead.

“In this New Year, let us all rise up with the courage and determination to make Nigeria better. Every Nigerian deserves a chance to live a better life. This is why the Senate, and the 8th National Assembly as a whole, will continue to collaborate with the executive to ensure that all the policies and programmes of the present administration that are targeted at making life more meaningful for people across the country become actualised.

READ ALSO: President Buhari Addresses Nigerians On New Year

“We will not spare any efforts in passing laws that will serve as catalysts for our economic stability and growth. We will always continue pushing to pass pieces of legislation that will help make Nigerian businesses thrive across the nation. We will also continue to work hard to pass Bills that will help to put more money back in the pockets of every Nigerian man and woman — as well as create more jobs and opportunities for all our young people,” he said.

Saraki said further that most of the problems that threatening the unity, progress and peace of Nigeria are rooted in the poor state of the economy, therefore, there is a need for governments at all levels and to citizenry to work together this year to ensure the success of policies that have been set-up to rebuild the economy, attract more foreign investment, and make the nation more self-sufficient.

Former Nigeria’s Vice President Atiku Abubakar in his New Year message expressed hope that Nigerians will remain united in the New Year and called on Nigerians to tell all that 2018 will be the beginning of the renaissance of Nigeria.

“As we step into the New Year, my hope for Nigeria is that all Nigerians will be united. It is my hope that this year will bring out the empowerment of Nigerians and that through increased job opportunities, Nigeria will be working again.

It is my hope that all Nigerians will live in a safe and secure country. It is my hope that all Nigerians will live in an economy that provides them the quality of life they deserve and our youth have the opportunity to receive an education that sets the standard for all of Africa and the world. My commitment in this new year is to help ensure that Nigeria will rise again and that the hopes of all Nigerians become a reality,” he said.

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara wants Nigerians to renew their commitment to the unity and progress of Nigeria in the New Year. In his message he said Nigerians should draw on the lessons learnt in the outgoing year to strengthen the bonds of unity, solidarity and peace.

He commended the resilience and determination of Nigerians in the midst of daunting challenges, expressed optimism that better days are ahead.

“The New Year presents an opportunity for stock-taking and a strong resolve to sustain the gains of Nigeria’s exit from economic recession. Improvement of Nigeria’s economy, security and welfare of Nigerians must remain our priority in the New Year.

“As a people, we must continue to imbibe the spirit of togetherness and love for one another. We must also support government at all levels by contributing our quota in the generation of wealth and alleviation of poverty in the land,” he said.‎

Nigerians Welcome 2018 With Fireworks, Celebration

 

Nigerians have joined millions of people across the world in welcoming the New Year.

While many, especially in major cities, gathered at fun spots from where they ushered in 2018, some others started the New Year in places of worship, giving thanks.

As fireworks filled the sky in the first minutes of the New Year, many took to the social media to share images and send out greetings to their loved ones.

In the nation’s capital, Abuja Nigerians ushered in the New Year in churches and at the Eagles Square with prayers and thanksgiving.

Apart from thanking God for his protection and blessings throughout 2017, Christians also prayed for the nation with clerics preaching messages of hope and assuring their congregation of God’s abundant blessings in 2018.

The New Year had arrived in Nigeria hours after the people of Samoa celebrated its arrival.

Samoa, south of the equator was the first country in the world to welcome in 2018 and was quickly followed by Australia.

Australia welcomed the New Year in style with a spectacular firework display over the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and opera house.

As Nigerians join the global celebration of the New Year, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara, wants them to renew their commitment to the unity and progress of Nigeria.

In his New Year message to Nigerians, Mr Dogara wants Nigerians to draw on the lessons learnt in the outgoing year to strengthen the bonds of unity, solidarity and peace.

The Speaker, who commended the resilience and determination of Nigerians in the midst of daunting challenges, expressed optimism that better days are ahead.

“The New Year presents an opportunity for stock-taking and a strong resolve to sustain the gains of Nigeria’s exit from economic recession. Improvement of Nigeria’s economy, security and welfare of Nigerians must remain our priority in the new year.”

On his part, President Muhammadu Buhari will address the nation at 7 am.

Ten Big Events In 2018

Here are 10 major events to look forward to in 2018:

– Winter Games –

– February 9, South Korea: Start of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang against the backdrop of tensions with North Korea over its nuclear missile programme. The Games close on February 25.

– The end of the Castro era

– February 24, Cuba: Raul Castro steps aside as president, ending nearly six decades of Castro leadership on the island.

– A fourth term for Putin ? –

– March 18, Russia: Presidential election at which Vladimir Putin will seek a fourth term.

– Voting in Iraq –

– May 15, Iraq: Legislative and provincial elections, the first since the defeat of the Islamic State in the country.

– Royal wedding –

– May 19, Britain: Prince Harry marries US actress Meghan Markle at Windsor Castle.

– Football finals –

– July 15, Russia: The final of football’s 2018 World Cup, which opens on June 14 in Moscow.

– Test for Trump –

– November 6, United States: Midterm elections, the first serious electoral test for President Donald Trump.

– Venezuela votes in crisis –

– December, at a date to be confirmed, Venezuela: Presidential election in the country, which is mired in political and economic crisis.

– Climate, the moment of truth –

– December 3, Poland: Start of the COP24 environmental summit in Katowice, where key decisions are expected on the implementation of the Paris climate accords.

– Delayed voting in DRCongo –

– December 23, Democratic Republic of Congo: Presidential election, two years after the expiry of the term of outgoing President Joseph Kabila.

AFP