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Music Artiste, Sammie Okposo Dies, aged 51

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Gospel Singer Sammie Okposo has died at 51

According to reports online, the highly talented music producer slumped Friday morning and died.

Earlier this year, Sammie made headlines after he publicly apologized to his wife, Ozioma for cheating on her with another lady in the United States.

Recall that on January 24, an American-based lady identified as African Doll accused him of impregnating her during one of his tours in the US.

The lady said the gospel singer hid his marital status from her when she met him in Dallas and they started an intimate affair which eventually led to the pregnancy.

African Doll said when she discovered she was pregnant and told Sammie about it, his attitude changed and he abandoned her after asking her to abort it and she refused.

Sammie later confessed to having an extramarital affair with the lady when he tendered a public apology to his wife, family, friends, and fans on his Instagram page.

The gospel singer deactivated his Instagram account amid the backlash over the issue. He also revealed that he will be stepping back from ministerial work until “full restoration”

In the apology which was shared on his Instagram page, the singer lamented over the incident which happened in 2021 and also declared that he was now free from sin.

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We’re Harnessing Technology to Reposition Arts and Culture in Nigeria – Runsewe

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By Cecilia Ijuo

The Director-General, National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, says the agency is harnessing technology to reposition the arts and culture sub-sector in Nigeria.

Runsewe told the News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) in Abuja on Sunday that technology came in handy for the agency during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

He said NCAC was one of the agencies that continued its activities to promote the country’s values due to its ability to deploy technology.

Runsewe said with the use of technology, the agency was able to carry out its activities with little or no hitch, adding that there was minimal human contact.

“During COVID-19 pandemic, the agency was one of the few sub-sectors that were busy with activities.

“We were having forum every Saturday then.

“We were the only ones that had a drive in theatre, where people could watch from their cars.

“We also had a radio network that was connected to car radios within the vicinity to making it easy for people to have clear audio, ” he said.

Runsewe said given the dynamic nature of the society, it was only proper for the agency to keep up with the times to make meaningful impact.

He said, “there is no way you can transfer information that technology will not be involved, so it is critical.

“Part of what we do is to adopt technology, particularly in our effort to reach the youth, who are technology savvy.

“We all know we cannot reach them effectively without the use of technology.”

The NCAC boss said the agency would continue to advance its use of technology for the development of the culture and tourism sector and the country at large.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that recent Gross Domestic Product (GDP) report by National Bureau of Statistics indicated that Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector contributed 18.44 per cent to Nigeria’s GDP in the second quarter of 2022.

It further reports that the sector saw a 6.55 per cent growth rate from first the first quarter 2022.(NAN)

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Veteran Musician, Sir Victor Uwaifo, is Dead

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Legendary singer and guitarist, Sir Victor Uwaifo has been reported dead. He was 80 years.

Uwaifo, who released hits after hits in fast tempo highlife music was said to have died, after a brief illness.

One of his monikers was ‘Guitar Boy’, a name that stuck with him after a song with same title.

The Joromi artist died at home today.

Uwaifo, who served as Commissioner for Arts, Culture and Tourism in Edo State of Nigeria between 2001 and 2003, was born on March 1, 1941, in Benin City.

He attended Western Boys High School in his hometown and later, St Gregory’s College, Lagos.

Sir (Prof) Victor Uwaifo

He subsequently proceeded to Yaba College of Technology, Lagos from where he obtained a National Art Diploma with distinction and shone as an outstanding athlete.

He received a B.A Hons, First Class, Fine and Applied Arts from the University of Benin and a Masters’ Degree in Sculpting from the same university.

He also obtained a Ph.D in Architectural Sculpture from the same university where he has been a Professor for several years.

In March, he marked his 80th birthday, which was turned into a carnival of sort, to celebrate his contributions not just to music, but also to creative arts.

Uwaifo had a Doctor of Letters (D.Litt) Degree (Honoris) by the University of Benin; the Benin National Merit Award; the University of Benin Distinguished Alumnus Award and the National Honour of Member of the Order of the Niger by the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

In 2010, Prof. Uwaifo was one of the select Nigerians awarded the fellowship of the Nigerian Academy of Letters at a grand event at the University of Lagos.

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Yahaya Bello’s Wife To Host Nollywood Awards in Lokoja

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First Lady of Kogi State, Mrs Rashida Yahaya Bello with Seun Oloketuyi

In what seems to be an entrenchment of the romance between the state and Nigeria’s film industry, the board and organisers of the yearly Best of Nollywood Awards (BON) have announced that the book reading for the year will be hosted by the First Lady of Kogi State, Mrs Rashida Yahaya Bello, at the State House in Lokoja.The book reading, which is a BON Awards tradition is an event held for children in the year’s host state for the awards. Asides the fact that it is the first time after the COVID-19 pandemic that BON Awards would be hosting a reading, the event, as usual, is scheduled to coincide with the 2021 Children’s Day celebration.

For this year, the organisers of the leading pan-Nigerian film industry awards have revealed that the official book of the year is Chinua Achebe’s The Trouble with Nigeria, and over 1000 children from all over Kogi State are expected at the event where the First Lady of the state, supported by a number of Nollywood actors, will read for them.

Billed to attend the event and celebrate with the children are Nollywood screen stars like Aishat Lawal, Ali Nuhu, Lateef Adedimeji, and Yomi Fash-Lanso. Others include Gbenga Adeyinka, Fathia Williams, Adebimpe Oyebade, Biola Adebayo and Efe Irele.

The reading, which is a prelude to the events that lead up to the awards come December 11, marks the beginning of the 13th BON Awards activities for the year. It would be remembered that on Tuesday, March 2, Governor Yahaya Bello was awarded the hosting rights for 2021 edition of the awards.

Speaking on the reading, BON Awards founder Seun Oloketuyi revealed that, “this is an important part of the series of events that make up BON because it is for the children, and we are glad that the First Lady graciously accepted to host the reading.”

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