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Foundation organises free medical care for children with sickle cell disease

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The Brain and Body Foundation, in partnership with Sickle Cell Advocacy and Management Initiative (SAMI) and The Federal Ministry of Health has organized a free medical clinic for children with sickle cell disease (SCD) ages 1-12 years.

The event with the theme Breaking The Cycle Of Pain’ was held on Friday December 20, 2019 at the Kernel Park, off Amosu Road, Surulere, Lagos State.
Speaking at the launch, Dr. David Ajibade, the founder and executive director of the Brain and Body Foundation, explained that the purpose of the event was: to help children with sickle cell disease live as normal a life as possible; one which peers without the disease enjoy; one without pain or suffering.”
As the co-convener of the event, he gave a keynote address on how to combat the pains and other symptoms associated with the ailment. He also spoke on genetics, and on the importance of intending couples checking their genotype in a qualified clinic or laboratory before tying the nupital knot.

Dr. Ajibade also spoke about the importance of children with the disease taking high quality nutrients in order to boost their immune systems and improve blood flow.

A co-sponsor of the event – A United States based psychiatrist, Dr. Yinka Onafuya, said that there is a genuine need and urgency to properly educate people with sickle cell disease and of the crucial need for supplements that can help them live free of the life threatening consequences of the disease.

His words of advice also included the importance of regular follow-up (regular blood tests), of staying well hydrated, and of using well treated mosquito nets to prevent malaria.

Another participant at the event – Ms. Toyin Adesola, spoke on the use of folic acid and other supplements by children with SCD and the importance of consuming vegetables often.

It was a rewarding outreach because at the end of the event, over 200 sickle cell disease patients between the ages of 1 and 12 were attended to at the venue.

There was a questions and answers segment too, and the kids who had severe issues were each able to consult with a team of doctors individually who made out time to attend to them.

Participants came from both within and from outside Lagos for the event and all went home happy at the end of the day.

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Popular Nollywood actor dies in hotel room

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Popular Nollywood actor dies in hotel room

A popular Nollywood actor, Frank Dallas is dead.

The Witness learned that Dallas died on Wednesday, February 19 in his hotel room in Abia State, southeast Nigeria while attending a summit.

Reacting to the death, the President of the Actors’ Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Emeja Rollas, declared three days of mourning and prayers across all state chapters of the guild.

In a statement released on its Instagram page by the Guild’s PRO Monalisa Chinda-Coker, the AGN said it has cancelled all official activities for three days in honour of the popular Nollywood actor.

The statement reads as thus; “With heart full of sorrow, we announce the sudden death of the immediate past National PRO of GNU, Frank Dallas Ebulukwu.

“The National President of AGN, Ejezie Emeka Rollas has declared three days of National mourning and prayers accross all State Chapters including FCT Abuja.’

“In view of this, all official activities of the Guild at all levels are hereby cancelled for three days.

“State Chapter Chairmen are instructed to open condolence register in his honour from Monday, 24/02/2020.

“Monthly meeting for February is dedicated to mourning and prayers. We shall be guided accordingly while we await further directives and burial arrangements from the family. May his gentle Soul rest in peace,” the statement added.

Also reacting, another Nollywood actor, Charles Inojie, paid his tribute to Dallas on his Instagram page, writing that: “Nollywood has lost a crowd in one man… FRANK DALLAS… the effervescent spirit! Rest in peace bro”

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Gospel music sensation, Philadelphia Kes speaks on her new single “He Came Through”

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Gospel music sensation, Philadelphia Kes speaks on her new single "He Came Through"
Philadelphia Kes

Philadelphia Kes speaks on her new single “He Came Through”.

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If there is one act that is waiting to explode in the Nigerian music industry, it is Philadelphia Ekesiena with the stage name Philadelphia Kes. The young dynamic and creative gospel artiste is gradually carving a niche for herself as one upwardly-mobile singer with potentials to be great. Her latest single ‘He Came Through’ is is testimony to this.

In this interview with select journalists in Lagos including The Witness JULIUS AKPOVIRE ENYEH, the Delta-born talks about her love for gospel music, growing up and the next big step for her. Read on.

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Tell us more about yourself?

I’m Philadelphia Ekesiena, but my stage name is Philadelphia Kes. I originally come from the southern part of Nigeria, Delta State to be precise. I had my B.Sc from international economics at the Ternopil National Economic University, Ukraine in 2015.

I love good music, fashion, intellectual conversations and honest people. When I’m not singing, I’m surely checking out new fashion styles, trends and all. I have five siblings and I’m the third of six children.

 

How did you start singing?

I literary grew up in church, joined the children’s choir at a very tender age and became one of the best at the time. While in high school, I still kept at it and during university days was when I knew singing was my thing and decided to do it for real.

 

Do you play any instruments?

Not at all.

 

What inspired the title of your song, “He Came Through”?

There was a time in my life where depression, regular mood swings were the order of the day. Then my cousin came up with the song and we co-wrote it; and that was how I was able to really express myself through the lyrics of the song.

 

Gospel music sensation, Philadelphia Kes speaks on her new single "He Came Through"

Philadelphia Kes

 

How long did it take to write and produce the song?

It took about five years because we had the song since my university days and decided to revamp it four years after graduation.

 

This is a single. Do you intend to make a complete album so soon?

Yes of course, a couple of other songs are cooking already.

 

What are your challenges as a gospel artiste and how do you cope with them?

Really, it’s not easy putting out good music I mean the whole process of producing, engineering, promoting. Having to keep up with the financial commitments has been a major challenge but somehow God makes a way and things are sorted.

 

What other talents do you have outside music?

I’m very good with clothes, fashion generally such that I have plans to set up a fashion outfit soonest.

 

Do you have any role models either in the gospel genre or music generally?

Yes I do, I love Maranda Curtis, when I grow up I want to be like her. I love Efe Nathan as well, her vocal strength is one which I covet. So I keep working hard every day.

 

How far do you intend to go in the music industry?

Own or co-own a record label someday where I can sign upcoming artistes to relief them from some of the stress I’m passing through now and music making becomes easier and fun-filled.

 

What informed your choice of gospel music over secular?

I grew up in church and gospel music is everything I’ve known as a child up until now even though I’m a wide listener and I listen to diverse genres. So yeah, the love for gospel came naturally.

 

What’s your assessment of gospel music in Nigeria?

Gospel music in Nigeria is still growing; it’s got a lot of potential even across West Africa and the entire world.

What we have so far are a lot of very talented gospel artistes but need help in the area of awareness, promotion, distribution and production.

Oh, you guys are doing that already by exposing me so you need to do that a lot more for others. Radio stations, TV stations and others like that… media houses need to promote us more. That way we will get the maximum coverage. We need exposure; so yeah it’s coming up and we’ve got room to improve but we are doing well.

 

What gives you joy?

Good music, achieving a set goal, and a couple of other things I can’t mention here.

 

Gospel music sensation, Philadelphia Kes speaks on her new single “He Came Through”

Philadelphia Kes

Growing up, did you always want to be a musician? Can you recall your earliest musical memory? Was there a time when you thought of doing something completely different?

Well, as a child I did music for fun, I didn’t think of becoming a professional someday but I kept sharpening up the craft. It was when I went to the university to study and someday become an economist that I realised that my love for music is beyond just doing it for fun and that I’d like to do it full time, so my undying love for music inspired my decision to go into it fully.

 

What turns you off?

Lies, deceit, bad smell.

 

What are the things you won’t be caught doing?

Lying, backbiting, extortion.

 

The gospel music industry is a bit overcrowded. How do you intend to stand out?

I have a sound I’m set to project, I want to be as original as possible, with that I’m sure I’ll stand out and in turn break even.

 

Where do you see yourself in five years?

I see myself proclaiming the name of Jesus around the world and anywhere my feet step on. I’m sold out to making Jesus famous through my songs as that’s the whole essence of salvation.

 

You are beautiful; tell us about your ideal man?

Thank you. He has to be God-fearing, intelligent and tall.

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Saidi Balogun, Dayo Amusa, others to bag ‘Ambassador of Peace’ Awards, as Primate Ayodele hosts UN event Feb 14

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One of the finest actors in Africa, Saidi Balogun, is among celebrities slated for honour on February 14, 2020 in Lagos at the United Nations 75th anniversary flag-off event to be hosted by popular cleric, Primate Elijah Ayodele of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church.

According to information made available by the organizers of the event, Saidi Balogun, alongside other notable names in Nigeria’s Nollywood film industry like Dayo Amusa, Halima Abubakar, would be honoured with the ‘Ambassador of Peace’ awards to be presented by (Dr.) Chinedu Anthony, country director (South Africa) of the United Nations World Peace, with the President, Ambassador Per Stafsen, in attendance.

Also, billed to grace the world class event at the INRI church headquarters in Lagos state are eminent personalities like His Imperial Majesty the Ooni Of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi; Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar who are royal fathers of the day; Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwoolu; Ekiti State governor, Kayode Fayemi; Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki; Borno State governor, Babagana Zulum; Maiyegun Of Yorubaland, King Wasiu Ayinde Marshall, and many others.

The event would also witness Primate Ayodele empowering over 2,000 less privileged persons.

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