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Iyara Development Movement celebrates 2019 ‘Iyara Day’

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Prof Ikupolati, Alh Gani Musa and Dayo Asaju, with the chief launcher at the Iyaraday '19

Iyara Development Movement (IDM) has concluded plans to celebrate another “Iyara Day” on Saturday October 19th, 2019.

The event is scheduled to hold at Iyara Town Hall Premises, Iyara, Kogi State by 10 am.

A statement dated 5th September, 2019 and jointly signed by the President of IDM, Professor Mike Ikupolati and its Director General, Mr. Funso Fayomi, revealed that the 2019 Iyara Day, celebration is the 26th in the series and it will feature cultural activities by various groups to make the event memorable.

The theme of the celebration, according to the statement, which was made available to journalists, is “Operation Quench Thirst In Iyara Water Project” and the event would be marked with fanfare such as cultural dances, displays, and celebrations.

The water project is estimated to cost N100 Million.

Prof Ikupolati, Alh Gani Musa, Dayo Asaju and Chairman, with the chairman, Dotun sulaiman at the Iyaraday ’19

It will be recalled that the fund raising for the ambitious project started during the 25th Anniversary of “Iyara Day” in September last year.

Expected at the event, which had been endorsed in the past by former president Ibrahim Babangida and Chief (Mrs.) Kemi Nelson, are the Executive Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, who is the Special Guest, while the Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory, Hon. (Mrs.) Ramatu Tijani Aliyu is the Special Guest of Honour.

Others that will add colour to the ceremony are the Board Chairman of Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria and a top management consultant, Mr. Dotun Sulaiman, who will serve as the Chairman of the event and the Chairman of Nigerian Insurance Association, who is also the Vice President of the African Insurance Organization and Managing Director of NEM Insurance PLC, Mr. Tope Smart, who is the Chief Launcher.

Ikupolati and Fayomi revealed in the statement that the water project was meant to provide potable water for the people of the community and put an end to years of suffering of the residents due to unavailability of potable water in the community.

“This year’s Iyara Day has been planned to be the best in recent times.

“We are happy that we are all alive to celebrate this special day and we look forward to seeing our people trooping to the town and joining us in this celebration and fund raising ceremony.

“We use this opportunity to invite all Okun sons and daughters to this special event and we assure them that they will be glad to be part of this year’s event that promises to be full of actions, colour and tradition,” they said in the statement.

It will be recalled that In 1993, a group of young persons identified the advantages of community day celebration they witnessed in their respective areas of domicile and were motivated to replicate same in Iyara, headquarters of Ijumu LGA, Kogi State.

The celebration was the first of its kind in Okunland and it has become an avenue to unite the people of the community.

Ikupolati and Fayomi revealed in the statement that the laudable idea of “Iyara Day” is the flagship of such celebrations in Okunland and that it has become a reference point, which others have since emulated.

The duo emphasized in the statement that “Iyara Day” has become an avenue to unite the people of the community and that it is getting better by the day.

They recalled that the jubilee celebration of “Iyara Day,” which they said held in September 2018, is still being talked about by the people of the community and others, adding that this year’s celebration would be far better.

“Iyara Community will always be grateful to God for what He has done for us and we will continue to showcase those things that unite us as a people.

“We are committed to the development of Iyara Town and its people and we are proud of the dreams of the founding fathers of Iyara Community and Iyara Development Movement (IDM) will continue to do its best to move the community and it’s people forward.

“2019 “Iyara Day” will surely mark a turnaround for the community and it will also be an avenue to socialise and make better plans for the development of the community and it’s people.

“May you be honoured and celebrated as you be a part of this event and we are sure that your efforts will not be in vain as you support our humble efforts of uplifting our common heritage,” the statement read.

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I’m hale and hearty, Nollywood actor Chiwetalu Agu debunks rumour

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I'm hale and hearty, Nollywood actor Chiwetalu Agu debunks rumour

Veteran Nollywood actor Chiwetalu Agu has opened up on a viral reports that he is sick and in need of money and prayer to aid his recovery.

Few days ago, a photo of a frail looking Chiwetalu Agu surfaced on the internet, with his numerous fans in Ghana and Nigeria questioning what could be wrong with him.

But Agu, on his Instagram page rubbished such report, saying that he is hale and hearty.

He urged his teeming fans to disregard any foolish Facebook post by anybody that he was sick and in need of money.

According to him, he is in perfect condition and did not need the help of anybody.

“Good morning my people ❤️ Please disregard any foolish post on Facebook by anybody saying am SICK and SOLICITING for MONEY, I’m in a perfect good health condition.

“I will never ask anybody for A DIME neither am I on FACEBOOK,” he said.

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Popular Nollywood actor dies in hotel room

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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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