Atlanta-based author and humanitarian Queen Blessing Itua has again bagged two awards, on two continents, in addition to the roomful she already got for her humanitarian work among women and the poor across the world.
The ‘Queen Idia Heroine Award‘ was conferred on her by the London-based magazine, Society Celebration – The Awards and Dinner Dance on September 14—same day she was being honored in the U.S.
‘Queen Idia‘ is a historical figure in the Benin Kingdom in Nigeria, being the first warrior-mother of Esigie, a progenitor Oba of Benin in Nigeria.
The award organizers considered Itua worthy of the honor for her effort in defending women, and fighting for the world’s helpless—and also for her origin in Edo, Nigeria, that is very connected to the ancient queen.
According to the organizers, Queen Idia came from a village with which Itua’s village Iruekpen was contiguous, and the two have deep affinity.
Itua, happy to receive the award, explained the royalty involved.
“My legal name is Queen Blessing, and being conferred a royal title is a testament that I am true queen, not just in title, but also in deeds,” Itua told Being Nigerian.
While the London event was going on, and Itua’s award was received on her behalf by Teye Adisu and Princess Angelique Monet. The other award took place in Atlanta in Georgia where the awardee lives, she was also being honored at the Royal Theatre Celebration Gala in the same city.
“I am one of the honorees at poet/playwright Aduke Aremu gala celebrating men and women supporting women in entertainment and media,” she said, adding she has been receiving awards very month this year.
The London event was hosted by His Royal Highness Amb. Prince De Mathins Ojie, the publisher of the magazine whose celebratory edition will featured Nigeria’s First Lady, Aisha Buhari.
At the gala were dignitaries from Nigeria, and guests from Europe, U.S., Africa, and the Middle East.
The Queen Idia Award was later presented to Itua at the United Nations by Princess Angelique Monet who was also on the Atlanta delegation to London.
Mercy Eke wins Big Brother Nigeria season four
Mercy Eke has become the winner of BBNaija season four.
The ‘Queen of Highlights’ was crowned winner during the finale on Sunday.
This win makes Mercy the first woman to win the Big Brother Naija reality show since inception.
Popularly known as ‘Lamborghini’, Mercy was touted as the possible winner for the season by show fans and celebrities alike.
The light hearted diva made the top two with her show best friend, Mike Edwards, who emerged first runner up.
As winner, Mercy walked home with cash prize worth over 40 million Naira, brand new Innosson SUV, Dubai trip for two and other prizes.
Nigerian youths partner Consulate on ‘Our Nigeria, Our Brand’ initiative
An organization mobilizing Nigerian youth in the Diaspora is partnering with the Nigerian Consulate in New York to celebrate Nigeria’s 59th anniversary of Independence with a conference on how to redeem Nigeria’s image.
The Nigerian Youth in the Diaspora Engagement Forum (NYDEF) initiated the conference themed Our Nigeria, Our Brand to tackle the identity problem Nigerians face, and to showcase good things Nigerians youth in the Diaspora are doing instead of the bad image dogging every holder of the green passport.
According to NYDEF communications officer Yinka Sarayi, following the string of fraud busts in California, xenophobic attacks in South Africa, and ICE’s raids in some cities in the U.S, it became imperative to have a talk on how Nigerians can navigate the Diaspora.
“The conference will also show how Nigerian youth and their achievements can show forth instead of the stereotypes that have followed Nigerians in the Diaspora,” she told Being Nigerian in New York Sept. 30.
She revealed how so many Nigerian youth are contributing tremendously to economies of their host countries and communities in the Diaspora, though these contributions have yet to rub off on Nigeria.
The conference idea originated from NYDEF, and the Nigerian Consul in New York bought into it because, the Consulate said, the theme stands for everything the consulate does, since Nigeria’s image is its only official business.
“They were happy some youth are coming together to have this heart-to-heart talk. They asked us to host the conference at the consul in New York,” she said.
Listed to speak at the event October 3 are Nollywood stars like Stella Damasus, who will be addressing stereotypes, including divorce back in Nigeria; Seun Sean Jimoh will talk on internet fraud in the Diaspora; Rapper and activist, Lambogini on tour of U.S. in his prison reforms efforts; and former aide to a former Senate president of Nigeria, Bankole Omisore, will address Nigerian youth’s achievement in the Diaspora.
NYDEF, its communications officer said, is a platform Ope Alao founded of NYDEF to bring together initiatives and projects Nigeria youth breaking trails abroad can undertake, using their expertise and global exposure, to help development back in Nigeria.
BBNaija evicts Diane Russet on Independence Day eve
Housemate Diane Russet has been evicted from the 2019 Big Brother Nigeria reality TV show.
She was evicted after the Ultimate Veto Power Holder, Frodd, picked a coin that belonged to her.
Frodd picked Diane’s gold Bet9ja coin in the final ultimate veto-power game and Biggie gave her 10 seconds to leave the house.