Written by Ere-ebi AGEDAH

Nigerian government needs to encourage fashion industry - Obua

Fashion aficionado Dr, Merit Gordon Obua has called on government at all levels to support and encourage the fashion industry noting that the branding benefit is so massive.



Obua, who is also a patron of the World Fashion Organisation, noted that the industry is a bright spot that has the capacity of creating employment for the teeming unemployed Nigerian youths.

According to her, fashion is an industry that has been confirmed to be less tedious and requires a short period to master and become an employer of labour, hence the need for government to harness this industry.

Obua also noted that the government has a major role to play in supporting the fashion industry adding that she has opened up conversations with the World fashion designers for Nigeria to host 2020 edition of the show.

“There are certain industries which earnestly require government support and funding because through government involvement it will be easy to grow and develop it to international standard. The fashion industry is one of such which the government should begin to invest massively in.

‘‘For we on our own part, I have opened up discussion last month with World fashion designers proposing for Nigeria to host over 100 countries by 2020.

‘‘However for Nigeria to project its self on the international run way we are expected to produce about 2000 styles because each designer will be required to produce about 20 different out fits, we expect that our international audience are exposed to about 2000 styles within the period of 1 week.

‘‘This will naturally involve a lot of funding and human capacity and we are optimistic that we will have a great show’’ she explained.

Obua, who is a lover for fashion and her works earned her a converted position as patron of the World Fashion Organisation, called for more government funding and support for the fashion industry stressing that the economy has the tendency to grow through fashion.

‘‘The last administration pumped money into the entertainment industry now our artists are enjoying collaborations with their international counterparts.

‘‘We plead with government to assist our designers who have built themselves to some level, support what these young people are doing and pump in money into the fashion industry’’ she said.


BBNaija’s Mike joins Banky W’s EME

Big Brother Naija 2019 first runner-up, Mike Edwards, has joined Empire Mates Entertainment, EME, a management and media company co-founded by musician, Banky W.

The reality TV star signed the deal in the presence of his wife, Perri-Shakes Drayton, recently.

Mike wrote on Instagram: “Ladies and gentlemen, it brings me great joy to announce that I have officially joined forces with the mighty EME,”

Mike is not the only ex-housemate of the recently concluded Big Brother Naija to sign a management deal. Tacha signed with Billz Vizion run by Tiwa Savage’s estranged husband, TeeBillz, while Khafi is signed to Temple Management Company, TMC. Banky W and his friend, Tunde Demuren, founded EME as a record label in 2002.

In February 2018, Banky announced that EME had become a talent management company focused on creative marketing, advertising, PR and brand events.


Lai Mohammed seeks Bollywood-Nollywood partnership

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has enjoined the Indian government to support Nigeria’s film industry with the technology that will enhance the quality of films produced in the country.

The minister made the call in Abuja when he received the Indian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Abhay Thakur, on a courtesy visit to his office.

“I think Bollywood is probably the biggest film industry in the world, closely followed by Nigeria, but while we are proud of what Nollywood is doing in terms of content.

“I think we still need to do more in the area of technicality and technology and I think this is one area that I would want us to concentrate on in our bilateral relationship,” he said.

Mohammed also urged India to extend its support to the area of capacity building for the lecturers of the Film Institute in Jos, in order to enable them to acquire the requisite and relevant knowledge, which will be imparted to the filmmakers.

The minister said that in spite of the huge population of India, it still shares some similarities with Nigeria, particularly in the plurality of culture and religion.

He sought the assistance of India in the area of capacity building for Nigeria’s cultural officers, as well as the provision of scholarships for Nigerians in culture-related fields.

In his remarks, Mr Thakur said that in order to further deepen the ties between the two countries, the Indian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is organising Journalists Exposure Visits for a select group of Nigerian journalists to expose original message them to specific, Africa-focused business events in India.

He also extended an invitation to Nigerian cultural troupes to participate in the India-Africa Cultural Festival, scheduled for December, as a platform to showcase the cultural endowment of the country.


My vagina most magical part of my body ― Tonto Dikeh

Nollywood actress, Tonto Dikeh, has said her vagina is the most magical part of her body.

The 34-year-old made this known in a video shared on her Instagram page where she made shocking revelations about herself.

When asked about the best part of her body. Tonto said:” The best part of my body is simply is and will always remain my vagina, that’s the most magical part of my body”.











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