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Nigerian advocacy group unveils 2019 ‘Queen of Peace’ contestants

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Messengers of Peace, an NGO that advocates peaceful co-existence among Nigerians, on Tuesday unveiled ‘Queen of Peace Nigeria’ to champion the crusade for national peace and unity.

The unveiling was made during a press conference proceeding the 2019 National Peace Award by the group in Abuja, Nigeria’s federal capital.

The president of Messengers of Peace, Suleiman Adejoh who spoke on behalf of the group, said the ‘Queens of Peace Nigeria’ was a collection of Beauty Queens who volunteered to spread the message of peace.

Adejoh said that the group was set to honor Nigerians from every background, who had contributed in various ways to national peace and harmony at the 2019 National Peace Award.

According to him, there are ordinary Nigerians who have made sacrifices for peace as well as government functionaries and organizations that are listed for the award at the event.

“On July 5, at the Transcorp Hilton Hotels, some Nigerians who have been promoting the peace in various ways shall be honored with different categories of the award at the National Peace Awards.

“We are tired of chaos and bloodshed, and that is the message this will send out, as we celebrate these worthy Ambassadors of our great country,” he said.

The organizer said that the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and other relevant government agencies, as well as civil society groups, were in support of the initiative.

Also, Bob-Manuel Udokwu, Nollywood actor and Director of Planning Committee for the awards, said that the event was to sound the message of national peace to all Nigerians

“There is no meaningful development that can take place in a chaotic society, where there is no peace and harmony.

“Therefore, every Nigerian who wish our country well should raise his or her voice against disharmony and violence and support this movement for peace,” he said.

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BBNaija evicts UK police officer Khafi Kareem

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Khafi Kareem has been evicted from the ongoing Big Brother Nigeria, BBNaija season four.

The UK Metro police officer was evicted during the live show on Sunday.

Khafi, who was put up in a strong competition with Tacha, Mike and Seyi, got on stage in her usual, bubbly demeanor.

When the nomination reel was played for her, she told host Ebuka Obi-Uchendu that she was surprised Ike nominated her seeing as they both bonded in the house.

Ike, on Thursday had revealed that he planted a condom for Khafi and her love interest, Gedoni to imply that they had sex.

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5 reasons you must attend Nigeria Cultural Parade in Texas

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This year’s edition of the Nigerian Cultural Parade and Festival (NCPF) in Houston comes with a number of markers that will make the parade and festival the envy of other communities in Houston, Texas.

The parade has the city’s official support, ready partners and sponsors, and cultural groups already signed on to participate. It’s a partnership forged on shared identity.

Many might not now this.

For one, Houston and Nigeria have something in common—diversity. According to Linda Anukwuem, founder of WeLead co-sponsoring the event, the city is naturally multi—just like Nigeria with its multi-ethnicity, the rich blend of Hausa, Igbo, and Yoruba, and their subcultures.

All of this will add variety and color to the up-coming event. Which is why its parade and festival are what Nigerian-Americans and others living in the U.S. are bursting to go.

Five reasons you must attend the Nigeria Cultural Parade and Festival (NCPF)

1. NIGERIAN CULTURE


There will be full display of Nigerian culture, tradition, and history for those who have not got a first-hand experience of the way of life of the world’s largest black nation. “Non-Nigerians attending will be able to see the True NAIJA Experience.

2. FOOD


Wherever cultures go, food has always made a good chaperon. You readily identify Nigerians with their palates. Watch it. This year’s festival promises lots of eats and drinks, all African. Particularly Nigerian. It’s what food aficionados will like to have a bite. Especially as one of the sponsors makes the best African gourmet food in Houston. WAZOBIA African Kitchen will set the table before all at the 2019 Nigeria Cultural Parade and Festival.

3. MUSIC


Part of what enriches Nigeria’s culture is its music, the Afro style in its variety, including folklore, folk dance, ceremonial and ritual dances, Afro-hiphop, and others. The organizers have promised a splash of this. According to Anukwuem, the groups that have signed up for participation will display their traditional music, the instruments they play, their chants, and attires as they walk along the route during the parade which comes first.

4. Networking, Trade and Investment



Certainly, it is not going to be just beef and beer all through. WeLead’s founder is bringing her experience in the Houston Department of Trade and Investment (Africa Affairs). So there are plans in place for investors to get information on trades and investment opportunity in Nigeria. There are publications readied to inform the business-oriented participants.

5. Politcal Platform


Houston boasts the largest community of Nigerians in the Diaspora. That is big enough to sway decisions and policies in the city. Politically, that is. The Nigerians there will just be getting to appreciate the platform the festival and its parade offer. Plus, the office of the Mayor has been supporting the parade and its festival over the years. If anything, the platform makes lobbying and negotiation with those in government possible for Nigerians there.

Culturally NAIJA, WeLead and WAZOBIA African Kitchen have bigger goals afoot or the annual festival.

The September 28, superb as it promises, is just a curtain-raiser.

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Nigerian students in Harvard, MIT, Yale wins NAMSA award

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With 50 entries, 13 finalists from six high schools and seven colleges, and a five panel of judges, the 2019 edition of Writing for Righting Prize, U.S. has been marked up as the most competitive in the history of the Nigerian American Multi-Service Association (NAMSA).

The number of this year’s entries for the NAMSA Scholarship Award competition was thrice that of last year’s.

In a statement released by media coordinator on Sunday, the organizers said the essays submitted offered rich and diverse perspectives on the issue of gun violence in America.

“The judges had a hard time deciding on the eventual winners,” said NAMSA as it praised the judges.

On the panel were Nneka Falson, managing editor of WCVB-TV and adjunct professor at Emerson College; Amy Tighe, writer, theologian and environmental activist; Tinu Bello, poet and medical student; Amaka Ubaka, broadcaster; and Nicole Wilson, PhD (Political Science) student at MIT and Lagos Studies Association.

NAMSA also thanked the award sponsors, including the Owumi Prize for public health, and the Ohiri Prize.

College students sent in entries from some of the first-rate American citadels of learning, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard College, Boston University, Yale University, Wellesley University, and Tufts University.

High school students also sent in entries from the Advanced Math and Science Academy, Pioneer Charter School, Roxbury Lati School, Bermont High Schools, and Brockton High school where two finalists emerged.

The winners will receive their prizes at the NAMSA Awards and Community Gala in Boston, Massachusetts on October 5.

The annual award, by the Nigerian American community in New England, celebrates the best of the community in business, academics, politics, and other areas of life.

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