Falz, KCEE, Mayokun, Kaffy, Others, To Thrill Enthusiasts At First African Freestyle Football Championship In Lagos

Feet and Tricks International, organisers of the first ever African Football Freestyle Championship in Africa have assured participants, stakeholders and ardent followers of the sport, that the first ever Championship in Africa scheduled to hold on September 13th -15th, 2018 at the Balmoral Convention Centre, Federal Palace Hotel in Lagos will be one to remember for a long time.

This according to the organisers will have all the trappings of a grand event as all that needs to make it one, has been put in place to ensure that all in attendance get utmost value for their time.

The 2018 Africa Freestyle Football Championship which is being planned as a perfect fusion of freestyle football and entertainment will feature top musical, dance artists and world renowned freestylers. Top among musical and entertainment stars are FALZ De Bad Guy, KCEE, MAYORKUN, VANESSA M’DEE (from Tanzania), SLIMCASE, MR. REAL and the renowned world acclaimed dancer, KAFFY who will bring a lot of colour to the event with a performance that aptly depicts the beautiful culture of Nigeria, the host nation. Other performances include Xplicit and Dream Catchers. The event will be hosted both in English and French by DJ Shoddy and Mimmie, to ensure that French speaking audience are not left out.

Speaking  on the plans for the three-day event , the Chairman, Feet ‘n’ Tricks International, Valentine Ozigbo explained, that preparations have been put in top gear to ensure that the pioneer African Freestyle Football Championship meets all expectations and more. “I want to assure all, that no stone was left unturned to make it world-class and a very memorable one for all the lovers of the sport.

Ozigbo noted that, being the pioneer edition, “Feet ‘n’ Tricks is determined to effectively etch the sports in the minds of football lovers and its stakeholders across Africa.  To this end, we will be engaging African freestyle footballers, sports enthusiasts, sports officials and the general public with the sole aim of creating awareness about freestyle football, providing talented Africans a new platform to showcase their skills to the world and ultimately deepening love for the sport”.

According to Ozigbo, the qualifying rounds and Nigerian championship will hold on September 13th -14th, 2018 at the Balmoral Convention Centre, Federal Palace Hotel in Lagos. After the qualifying rounds, the best 16 male and 8 female freestyle athletes in Africa will emerge to battle it out at the grand finale on September 15, 2018 in a keenly contested competition that is expected to produce the first African male and female Freestyle Football Champions.

“We are excited to pave a new direction for freestyle football in Africa,” said Valentine Ozigbo, Chairman of Feet ‘n’ Tricks International. “Feet ‘n’ Tricks International,  expects at least 120 freestylers from Africa to be represented at this Championship. We will work on the development of African freestyle talent and continually exploit all available resources to create more awareness for the sport and we are grateful to our sponsors and partners.” He added

Co-founder and Head of Partnerships for WFFA, Daniel Wood, expressed love for the energy and passion for freestyle football that can be found all over Africa, “We at the World Freestyle Football Association are so excited to see the best talents from all across Africa come together on one stage and compete for this title. Everyone will be competing for not only the prizes but for some world ranking points too with the winner, of course, putting themselves in a fantastic position to challenge the world’s best. I look forward to seeing you all in September,” he said.

The championship will also host international freestyle professionals; Guinness world record holder, Iya Traore of France and Female freestyler, Raquel Benetti from Brazil. Prizes worth over $50,000 (Fifty Thousand Dollars) which includes a brand new salon car as well as qualification and sponsorship for the global championship will be won.

This event is proudly sponsored by Heritage Bank, Sprite, Startimes GAC Motors, MTN, Startimes, FIRS, Air Peace among many others

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Kogi To The World: Mercy Johnson Set To Premiere ‘Inikpi,’ Releases Teaser

The Senior Special Assistant to Kogi State Governor on Entertainments, Arts and Culture, Mercy Johnson Okojie has reiterated her readiness to project the heritages and culture of the Kogi people, as her first movie project in the state, “Inikpi,” is set to hit the cinema.
The Veteran Actress who disclosed this on Tuesday in a press statement signed by her media aide, Alex Adeiza stated that the movie is a blockbuster, and would be placing Kogi in the eye of the cinema.
“We are glad to inform our people that that one of the stories in the Kogi Diary is set to hit the cinema as we are putting everything in place towards a successful premiere.
“We are dropping the first teaser of the movie right away, as we also count on your supports and objective criticisms,” she said.
According to the Actress, the date of the first premiere in the state will be communicated in a Press Conference scheduled for April, 2018.
“Inikpi is an epic tale of the legendary Igala princess warrior, and it’s coming as the third exceptional project embarked upon by the Kogi State Government through the office of the SSA on Entertainments, Arts and Culture since her inauguration on April 1st, 2017.
“This teaser is just the tip of an iceberg compared to what will be unraveled at the premiere, and the world is about to get a firm grip of our story in a way it has never been told.
While promising her midas touch on the major cultures in the state, the Actress assured of her commitment to the development of the entetainments, arts and cultural sectors.
“From the first ever Kogi Summit on Entertainments, Arts and Culture, to the  GYBTalentHunt where we sourced the bulk of our talents for the movie, we are taking the Kogi Diary project one step at a time,” she assured.
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“I No Dey Fight Anybody O,” Says Davido As He Wins The Future Awards Africa 2017 Musician Of The Year

Nigeria’s top artiste, Davido received the award for Musician of the Year at The Future Awards Africa 2017.

Emerging top in the music category with other artistes such as Tekno Miles, Kiss Daniel, Adekunle Gold and Simi, Davido publicly declared that he holds no malice against anyone.

“I no dey fight anybody o,” he said as he received his award.

The event was held at the Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.

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Davido And Wizkid Emerge Winners At The Future Awards Africa 2017

Davido and Wizkid, two of Africa’s biggest artistes yesterday emerged winners at The Future Awards Africa 2017.

With both artistes consistently competing for major global awards with their record-shattering albums and sold-out shows within the year, Davido was announced as the ‘Musician of the Year’, while Wizkid emerged ‘The Young Person of the Year’.

The Future Awards Africa acknowledges inspiring young Nigerians making a difference through creativity social enterprise and social good.

The event took place at the Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.

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9ice Releases New Video, Basiri Mi

Award-winning singer, Abolore Akande popularly known as 9ice teams up with ace director, Clarence Peters for the video for his song, Basiri Mi.

Produced by talented beat-maker, Tonywhy, the song released worldwide across all media platforms Tuesday 14th November, 2017 by pan-African record label, Temple Music a sister company of foremost Lagos-based talent agency, Temple Management Company (TMC).

The video is a delightful masterpiece that gives a fresh breath to the song which was released a few months ago.

Please enjoy and share the song, see youtube video below…

VIDEO LINKS

YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xaOXT9R9BNA&feature=youtu.be

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Closeup Cool Breeze Campus Party Continues With Reekado Banks, DJ Altims

Closeup Cool Breeze hosted the biggest campus party in UNIPORT as Reekado Banks, DJ Altims and other upcoming artistes shut down the Rivers state capital to provide students the ultimate music experience. The event was held on 10 November, 2017 at the UNIPORT School Gymnasium.

Guests at the highly anticipated party were treated to an evening of fine music, lots of amazing prizes and breath taking performances by finalists of the #CoolLikeThat challenge, a music competition organised by Closeup Cool Breeze to discover the next music star from the Garden City.

Apart from the prize of an iPhone 7, the winner has also gotten an opportunity to perform with Mavin superstar Reekado Banks at the grand finale of the #CoolLikeThat in Lagos.

Speaking at the event, Closeup Brand Manager, George Umoh said “Closeup as a brand believes in the youth and possibilities, hence the brand gives you confidence to act on your desire to be physically close, be the next big music superstar, rap artiste, fashion designer, entrepreneur etc. This is why we have organized the #CoolLikeThat parties across different cities to give an opportunity to young talented people to showcase their music skills to the world.”

“We are also using these events to introduce the new Closeup Cool Breeze toothpaste, which has been specially formulated with antibacterial mouthwash formula, calcium fluoride and peppermint to address the major oral care issues – bad breath, tooth decay and weak tooth,” he added.

The crowd couldn’t hide their excitement as they sang along with the ‘katapot’ crooner Reekado Banks as he serenaded the students with hit tracks such as Move, Easy (Jeje), Ladies and Gentlemen Problem, among others. Participants also walked home with cool prizes like iPhone 7, Beat by Dr. Dre headphones, branded shirts and other amazing prizes.

The next campus party is at the University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus (UNEC) on Friday, 17 November as Closeup Cool Breeze prepares to give participants an unforgettable experience.

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Banky W Fixes Nov 19 For Wedding

Bankole Wellington fondly called Banky W, is to have his traditional wedding to his actress bride-to be, Adesua Etomi next Sunday in Lagos.

He just had a successful skin cancer surgery

The event, we gathered, is strictly by invitation, as guests will be given access cards for entrance into the private event.

Banky W and the gorgeous Nollywood actress had their marriage introduction in Lagos last May.

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‘Afia Attack’ Is A Chance For Dialogue About Nigeria’s Past, Fays Film Producer, Ujuaku Akukwe-Nwakalor

Joining influential African filmmakers for the seventh edition of the Lights Camera Africa!!! Film Festival held at the Federal Palace Hotel, Lagos between 20 October and 1 October, 2017, the producer of the Biafra-focused documentary ‘Afia Attack’, Ujuaku Akukwe-Nwakalor, emphasized that the “film is another chance for Nigerians to discuss the history of the country, and heal the wounds from the civil war”.

The film festival, a 3-day cultural event organised to celebrate independent African cinema, returned this year with the theme ‘RESET’ – to encourage conversations about issues and experiences in politics, science, arts, culture, and tradition with family-friendly programming.

Speaking during the deliberative session with guests at the event, Akukwe-Nwakalor stated that the impact of the Nigerian Civil War should serve as a lesson to citizens about coming together to proffer solutions to problems in the country.

“During the war, many children were killed; women were raped while their husbands died on the battlefield. No matter how we look at it, war should not be the means to determine the strength of our unity or country. With everything happening in the world, it’s a time for reflection about our pasts and to heal one another,” she said.

The documentary film ‘Afia Attack: The Untold Survival Stories of Women in the Nigeria-Biafra War’, produced and directed by Akukwe-Nwakalor and Chris Odili, is a story about women who often undertook very dangerous journeys during the war, going beyond enemy lines to trade and bring back supplies.

Addressing guests at the event, Ugoma Adegoke the Co-Founder of the Festival said it will continue to recognise trending issues for logical conversations, while also using the platform to acknowledge impactful content rooted in African experience.

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“33” Export Celebrates Nigeria’s Independence Day With Consumers In Port Harcourt, Uyo

“33” Export last weekend gave consumers in Port Harcourt and Uyo another reason to create new memories as the brand thrilled residents of the cities with its Experience Parties.

The Friendship Experience Party which is Nigeria’s biggest friendship platform to engage consumers has been held in major cities across the country. Over the past few months, thousands of consumers and lovers of the brand have been hosted in popular clubs and bars to the best of music, games and comedy experiences.

Following the recent friendship parties in Onitsha and Lagos, friends in Port Harcourt and Uyo came out in numbers to enjoy “33” Export while celebrating Nigeria’s Independence Day.

Speaking during the event in Port Harcourt, Portfolio Manager – Mainstream, Lager and Stout Brands, Nigerian Breweries Plc., Emmanuel Agu asserted that the parties show the bond and unity in friendship among Nigerians.

“No matter where we are, the essence of friendship is always strengthened by the recognition that the bond people share needs to be acknowledged and celebrated. Nigeria is fortunate in its diversities, and a lot of our consumers are here today to celebrate one another and to recognise the indispensable quality of friendship and unforgettable experiences,” Agu said.

With interesting activities at the event, consumers in Port Harcourt and Uyo won lots of amazing gifts such as generators, standing fans, refrigerators, branded T-shirts – as friends shared and made bids with the “33” Export currency.

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Peter Apologises To Fans, Says PSquare Back Together

Peter and Paul Okoye of the popular pop-group, PSquare, are reportedly back together after a brawl that ensued between the duo this week.

In a short video posted on social media on Thursday, by Peter, he said: “We have resolved our issues and we beg for your forgiveness. I will take full responsibility of everything that has happened and I promise you that our problems are behind us now.”

The duo’s lawyer, Festus Keyamo (SAN), also appealed to the public to refrain from jumping into what he called uninformed conclusions about the musicians’ disagreement.

His words: “All the various incidents that happened in our chambers (some as late at 12 midnight and 2a.m. and one of which was captured in the online video) arose out of various meetings that were genuine attempts at resolving their differences.

“None of these talented brothers is at fault. None of them is also wholly justified and correct in their individual positions. We also wish to state categorically that, contrary to widely held opinions, none of their wives is at fault. In fact, the wives have kept their respectable and dignified distances from all the issues involved. They have never interfered in any way.”

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Game Of Thrones Stars Kit Harrington And Rose Leslie Are Engaged

Game of Thrones stars, Kit Harington and Rose Leslie have formally announced their engagement.

An official announcement was published in The Times newspaper, which said: “The engagement is announced between Kit, younger son of David and Deborah Harington of Worcestershire, and Rose, middle daughter of Sebastian and Candy Leslie of Aberdeenshire.”

While the pair have kept their relationship mostly private, Harington told L’Uomo Vogue last year that it was “easy” to fall in love with Leslie and confirmed speculation that they were dating.

He said his best memory of Game of Thrones was filming in Iceland for three weeks during rthe second season in 2012.

“Because the country is beautiful, because the Northern Lights are magical, and because it was there that I fell in love,” he said.

“If you’re already attracted to someone, and then they play your love interest in the show, it becomes very easy to fall in love.”

The Independent

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