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Zidora Aid Foundation empowers widows, orphans with foodstuff, free healthcare

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Zidora Aid foundation (ZAF) has taken its charity works to a higher level with the recent empowerment programme organized for widows and orphans in Ukpor, Anambra State.

Worried by the hardship faced by widows and orphans in the society, Zidora Aid Foundation (ZAF) has empowered widows and orphans in some inner city communities in Lagos with free medical treatment and foodstuff for thousands of widows and orphans. The founder, Zidora Aid Foundation, Dr. Arinze Madueke who turned 34 years old a couple of days ago, noted that the foundation was set out to empower women, especially widows in Nigeria.

The visibly excited medical doctor cum philanthropist explained that apart from empowering the widows and orphans with foodstuff and free medical care, there is also skill acquisition programme designed teach the women how to fish and be independent on their own. “We are working on a training programme on how to teach them how to make liquid soap, how to design clothes, how to make small chops and many other things.

Beyond skill acquisition, money and food items that the foundation gave to the widows, the founder said the foundation also ensured that nurses and doctors are available to treat any who are sick. “It may be a challenging for them to have access to medical care due to financial constraints, hence the reason we have decided to bring along the medical doctors and nurses who will help to diagnose them and give medications as required. As for critical cases, a referral letter would be given to such patients to the nearest government health facilities where they would be treated.” Madueke added.

On the agenda of the Zidora Aid Foundation, Dr. Madueke disclosed that ZAF is a Non-Governmental Organization that has an agenda geared towards women empowerment, the less privileged children in our society in the form of skills acquisition, and financial assistance; health intervention; basic education for kids of the underprivileged in the society and nutrition. He said, “We go round Nigeria to help the underprivileged widow in the society and this we have been doing over the years in Lagos.

Unlike other NGO’s who solicit help and support from government, foreign donors and corporate organizations, Zidora aid foundation is  funded solely from proceeds of the Zidora Group of Companies.

The charming and handsome philanthropist further said, “To change our society and make this world a better place we MUST love, we MUST give and we MUST share no matter how small”
In a bid to impacting more people and give back to the society, the founder, Zidora Aid Foundation, Dr. Madueke has hinted on opening a branch of the foundation in his home town, Ukpor in Anambra State. The move which he said is in line with the popular saying “Charity begins at home”.

The Anambra branch will be responsible for charity works in the eastern part of Nigeria and the middle belt region of the country.

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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"
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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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