Preparations are in top gear for the hosting of this year’s edition of Miss Apex Queen Nigeria 2019. The beauty pageant, which made its entry into the Nigerian pageantry calendar last year, is set for its grand finale and award night billed for May 11 at Gracepoint Hotel, Wuse, Abuja.
The pageant is the pet project of Queen of Tourism Nigeria 2017, Miss Favour Amarachi Uzochukwu, who hails from Anambra State and a final year student of History and Diplomatic Studies of University of Abuja.
The 2019 edition of Abuja cultural carnival will gulp N82.109 million, Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said.
The yearly carnival meant to showcase the country’s rich cultural heritage is coordinated by the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism.
The minister said that Cultural Centres established by Nigeria in China and Brazil were good for marketing the image of the country to further make the outside world appreciate Nigeria and Nigerians better.
More Nigerian filmmakers are pushing boundaries when it comes to content creation and distribution. In 2018, several films showcased at international platforms such as the Toronto Film Festival. As we applaud the strides made, here are the top Nigerian movies 2018.
Here are the best Nigerian films 2018 that you must watch.
A film, Sweet Revenge, produced by a Nigerian-Canadian film director, Pascal Atuma, has won this year’s Kevin Hart’s North American Film Competition. A total of 654 films were submitted for the short films competition. A jury made up of Kevin Hart’s comedy outfit, Laugh Out Loud; Lionsgate, and Just For Laughs team picked the best 10. Still, Pascal Atuma’s Sweet Revenge made the top 10m list.
Nigeria is blessed with abundant human and natural resource, with its heterogeneous divergence in terms of cultural observance, multi lingual communication, spiritual inclination, vast land mass and fast growing population. Hence, Nigeria has some of the most enchanting and uncommon marriage cultural ceremonies and burial rites in Africa.
Nigeria has over 250 ethnic groups. Hence, it should not surprise anyone that among these groups, there will be some 'strange' cultural practices associated with marriage. Most times, these practices are meant to strengthen the bond of marriage and preserve its sanctity. Nigeria Travel Digest Magazine hereby presents you some thrilling and some queer traditional social practises across Nigeria.
Flogging the groom among the Fulanis
This is a festival in which an intending young Fulani groom is flogged to prove that he’s ready to take a wife. The would-be groom will be trashed and he must show no signs of pain. Otherwise, his readiness to take up the huge responsibility of marriage will not be accepted.
THE UNIQUENESS OF ANCIENT KANO EMIRATE
Kano Emirate (State) is a state located in Northern Nigeria. Created on May 27, 1967 from part of the Northern Region, Kano state borders Katsina State to the north-west, Jigawa State to the north-east, Bauchi State to the south-east and Kaduna State to the south-west. The capital of Kano State is Kano. The state originally included Jigawa State which was made a separate state in 1991. Kano is the heartbeat of Northern Nigeria.
It is a city that is replete with relics of the old civilization and it is also home to some leading Nigerian political elites. It is the second largest city in Nigeria, after Lagos. It’s a major center for commercial activities. Traveldigest.com.ng an Online Magazine, the leading online travel agency, showcases and highlights the sights and sounds of Kano.
PLACES TO EXPLORE
The Emir’s Palace: The Kano traditional system is very powerful, presently led by his eminence, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, one time the Governor of Central Bank Nigeria. It was built by Emir Muhammadu Rumfa in the 13th century. The Palace is in the Heart of Kano.
The City Walls: This is one of the oldest tourist attractions in Kano. It is a must visit. It has a moderate height of 18 meters. It is over 700 years ago the wall was erected. Although most of the wall’s part has depleted, you will still find remnants.
The African Movie Academy Award (AMAA) held on Saturday the 16th of July 27, 2017 night at the Convention Hall of Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos. It was a gathering of who and who in the film industry, the glamour can’t not be over emphasized the show started with arrival of guest through the red carpet, photograph taken, fashion inspection and exchange of pleasantries’ just to mention a few.
Senegalese movie, Felicite, emerged the biggest winner of the night at the 13th African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA). The movie won six AMAAs, the most of all the contenders. Felicite took home awards in three of the five major categories, winning best film, best actress in a leading role, and best supporting actor. Nigerian historical drama, ’76, won three awards from its eight nominations.
In total Nigeria won nine awards, including the special recognition honour given to veteran Nollywood actor, Nkem Owoh popularly known as Osuofia was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the organizers of Africa Movie Academy Awards, AMAA, for his immense contribution to the development of the Nigerian film industry.
Presenting the award, which went to another veteran actor, Pete Edochie last year, to Nkem Owoh, a member of the AMAA jury, Shaibu Husseini said, Osuofia deserved the honour, having being in the industry for more than three decades, as he wrote scripts for the now rested late Ken Saro Wiwa’s soap, ‘Bassey and Company’ and TV drama, The New Masquerade.
Veteran Nollywood actor, Ejike Asiegbu, has firmly expressed his support to the Nigerian governments on the plan to surcharge Nigerian companies who invest monies in promoting foreign football leagues and use the funds for the development of Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
Nigeria's Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, recently revealed a planned amendment of the National Broadcasting Code which helps improve the standard of the NPFL, and insisted that Nigerian companies sponsoring foreign football leagues on local television must be ready to pay the 30% of their budget for the development of the Nigerian League.
"There's no doubt that we Nigerians want the local league to be better than it is now," Asiegbu who takes keen interest in football matters and was in South Africa in 2010 to support the Super Eagles at the FIFA World Cup told Completesportsnigeria.com. "We've seen some improvements in the standard of football, but the management of the clubs are equally important. The minister meant well because that means that the resources you spend outside of Nigeria will be within Nigeria.
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