The ninth edition of the annual Miss Virginity Beauty Pageant is billed to take place on January 14, 2017.
Scheduled to take place at Surulere Local Government along Alhaji Masha Road, Onilegogoro area of Surulere in Lagos, the beauty pageant is put together by The Virgins, a Non Government Organisation (NGO) with focus on keeping and celebrating virgin girls in Nigeria.
Speaking at a media briefing in Lagos yesterday to sensitive the media on their preparedness ahead of the pageant, Founder and National coordinator of The Virgins, Princess Adediran Adunni said that all arrangements have been finalized to achieve a hitch free show that will produce the 2017 Virgin Queen. Princess Adediran said that this is the nineth year of the celebration of the Virgins, explaining that it was to come up on the 16th December, 2016 but was postponed to 14fh of January because of financial crunch. She said this year’s participation is free and that parents and guardians are free to come with their children and wards to the venue on January 14th. "This year's celebration is free and parents and wards can bring their children to the venue that very day. Those who cannot come can as well give letters of consent to their children. However, the basic requirement is 3 passport sized photographs with their their names and phone numbers written at the back", Adediran said. Explaining the hurdles she passed through before putting this year’s ceremony, Adediran said "In fact I made text messages for financial assistance to 200 fellow Nigerians asking for the sum of only N2, 000 but only twenty people responded out of the 200 people I appealed to. But God assisted me further and a Chief of Staff which I will not mention his name for now sent the sum of N50, 000. A female lawyer also sent the sum of N10, 000.00. The actual amount to appreciate virgins is however, somehow countless". The founder of the Virgins however, pointed out that if they get good sponsors with joint efforts from the public, parents, government, churches and international bodies to send Miss Virginity of the year to overseas; donate cars to both the overall winner and runners and other facilitations for the Virgin Queen; mothers will no longer stand aloof for the involvement and participation of their children. With such support and awareness, Adediran said that mothers will be serious in making sure that their daughters remain virgins, at least within the very year each celebration done. Speaking further, Adediran said "it is only one day activity which starts from 9am as we don't encourage African time. For your information, we are no longer opening their laps to check their claims but we won't divulge the fact. The Ministry of Education called me and said we can do only advisory roles or lectures on the dangers of loosing virginty before marriage. So we wil just keep our plans secret before they come.The one we did in 2015 was like that. However I heard that there is a machine that is made in China that will just tell instantly, if a girl is a virgin or not. May be God will make us get it one day before long". While lamenting the low level of support they get from the public, Adediran said that the NGO deserves more support. According to her, only one Man of God in the person of His Eminence,Cardinal Anthony Olubunmi Okogie. Archbishop of the Catholic Church that gave them support out of the 50 churches that they approached for assistance. She however, added that the NGO got support from very few well-meaning Nigerians such as the Lagos State governor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu who gave them financial assistance in 2008 amongst others.
Thursday, 5 January 2017
The ninth edition of the annual Miss Virginity Beauty Pageant is billed to take place on January 14, 2017.
Thursday, 17 November 2016
Tuesday, 15 November 2016
The Senate has rejected the 46 non-career ambassadorial nominees sent to it by President Muhammadu Buhari for legislative approval. - Hope For Nigeria
BREAKING: Another Nigerian Lieutenant Colonel ambushed, killed by Boko Haram
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|Dr. Iyabo Obasanjo|
Asked to assess the developments in Nigeria, she said: "Sad! How a country with so many talented people could be in such mess is saddening. It is the future that actually is frightening. How are children and grandchildren going to do in the future when no one is planning for the future?
Do you see the “Change” Nigerians made at the federal level last year leading the country in the right direction? Twice recently I have come across interviews of the President (Muhammadu Buhari) and it seems his focus is just on oil and gas. Focusing on oil and gas, a natural resource we have no control over is what got us to where we are and somehow he thinks it will get us out! The time of oil as a king commodity is past and never coming back. In the history of humanity, the commodity that becomes king changes from time to time. From the time of the OPEC formation in the early seventies till now, oil had been king. It will no longer be because if we continue using it at the rate, we have in the last 100 years we will not have a planet.
Giving gives you relevance. Taking gives you obscurity. Giving makes you an asset. Taking makes you a liability. Giving is a higher realm in the work of God and humanity. The world marvels at givers. The world loves givers. Every giver has the potential to be self sufficient because the natural laws of God has a time tested means of enriching givers. No giver will go unrewarded. The reward for giving is irreversible. With time, every man will receive as much as he has given. Reset your mindset to the mode of giving. There is nothing wrong with taking but do not get comfortable being at the receiving end. No man is too poor to give. Task your mind to be a giver.
Thursday, 10 November 2016
Day documentary photographers- Adigwe fruithloop Ndubuisi and Ralph Eluehike unveiled their maiden exhibition
|Adigwe Fruithloop Ndubuisi|
Tuesday, 25 October 2016
Former President Goodluck Jonathan, has said that firmer national security adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki, did not steal $2.2bn meant for the purchase of arms for the military.
He said this while responding to questions concerning the alleged misappropriation of funds by the administration on Monday at the Oxford Union, United Kingdom.
His words: “They said the national security adviser stole $2.2billion. I don’t believe somebody can just steal $2.2 billion.
“We bought warships, we bought aircraft, we bought lots of weapons for the army and so on and so forth, and you are still saying $2.2 bn [was stolen]? So where did we get the money to buy all those things?”
He maintained that allegations of corruption against his government were blown out of proportion, but admitted that there some cases of the problem in his time.
“Yes, there were some issues; yes, there are still corruption issues; but some of it were blown, I’d say exaggerated, and they give a very bad impression about our nation. You cannot say the national security adviser stole $2.2billion. It is not just possible.
“One thing about the issue of corruption is that these matters are in court, let’s allow some of these processes to end. Lately some judges’ homes were also invaded. There are so many things involved and we have to follow up these matters to conclusion before we know the fact.
“I don’t want to be seen as a former president challenging what the sitting government is doing so I have decided to keep quiet for the court to look into them. You will see that it has become a major topic whenever there is a change of government.
“I am not saying there is no corruption in Nigeria, there is corruption. If you look at corruption there is almost no country that is free, the degree varies, the perception varies.
“Transparency International talks about the way corruption is being perceived in different economies, why do we talk about the way corruption is being perceived, it depends on the issue raised in the media every day," he added.
The Afenifere Renewal Group has criticised the statements attributed to the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, over the recent inauguration of Anti-Grazing Enforcement Marshals in Ekiti State.
In a statement Monday, the Yoruba socio-political body said the cattle breeders group’s reaction to the creation of the Marshals is an assault on Yoruba people and “will be treated as a terror threat until an apology is tendered”.
“Such open threat against the people and government that accommodate your business interest is terrorism,” said Kunle Famoriyo, ARG’s publicity secretary.
Governor Ayodele Fayose, last week, inaugurated a team that would enforce the Prohibition of Cattle and other Ruminants Grazing law in Ekiti State.
The law restricts animal grazing to designated ranches within the state and between 7:00 am and 6:00 pm.
But the Miyetti Allah group accused the governor of using the Marshals to harass their members and to seize their cattle.
“We have been reliably alerted (by) an impeccable source in Ado-Ekiti that the Anti-Malu vigilante group (as the Marshalls are referred to in the state) shot five cows and carted away with the meat but the herdsmen (sic) was able to flee with the rest of his cattle,” a representative of the group, Othman Ngelzarma, said in a statement last weekend.
“We are hereby constrained to implore the federal government through its security agencies to wade into this unprovoked and primitive aggression against our members, before this macabre incident develops into unquenchable inferno involving our members and Ekiti State government.”
In its statement on Monday, the ARG said the Miyetti Allah group, MACBAN, had always exonerated its members from herdsmen’s crimes, blaming it on “foreigners from other countries”.
“Sanity therefore prescribes that MACBAN should be happy for the enactment of such law that will ensure genuine cattle breeders are not stigmatized by these criminals from other countries,” said Mr. Famoriyo.
“The new law, being first of its kind, may not be perfect and its enforcement may not be smooth initially.
“The responsibility therefore lies on major stakeholders to organise sensitisation workshops for its members so that the new law can achieve its objective of stemming crises arising from herdsmen-farmers relations.”
“MACBAN has so far shunned this democratic approach and preferred to use intimidation and warring tactics and languages.”
The ARG said the right of governors, as the chief security officers of their respective states, to make laws consistent with the culture and rights of their people should not be wished away by intimidation or threat.
“We recall that in 2013, the Hisbah Police in Kano reportedly destroyed more than 20,000 crates of beer bottles,” said Mr. Famoriyo.
“Despite the freedom of movement and trade guaranteed by the Constitution, what mattered then was that Kano does not want beer within its jurisdiction – even though it hypocritically shares from the VAT generated from sales of alcohol in other states.”
Between 2013 and 2015, the Kano State Hisbah Board, the state’s religious police, destroyed 326,151 bottles of beer, in enforcement of the ban on alcoholic beverages in the state.
“Why should governors of northern states have the freewill to protect their people and religious disposition, while their southern counterparts are subjected to intimidation?” Mr. Famoriyo asked.
“Nigeria is not a slave camp of any ethnic nationality and MACBAN’s statement is therefore considered an assault on Yoruba people and will be treated as a terror threat until an apology is tendered.”
Wednesday, 31 August 2016
Wednesday, 13 July 2016
It was all fun and glam when entertainment hangout Rumours played host to the 4th edition of the GLORIA IBRU and Friends tour tagged #GIAF.The club tour of select fun hangouts in Lagos by Gloria Ibru and her G Note band is a prelude to the album launch of the Jazz Empress who has concluded plans to make the album available to fans before the end of the year.
The #GIAF show in months gone by had been to Ikeja, Surulere and Lekki in the last 3months and this time was the turn of Festac Town in Amuwo Odofin and Rumors Night Club to play host to the epoch event.
During the night, Gloria performed alongside her Live band “The G Notes ”some lovely classic melodies and also some songs from her upcoming debut album which includes tracks such as AFRICA ft Dede Mabiaku, Only for Sometime ft Vector and Onitemi ft new hip-hop revelation Day9.
Other artistes who also added spice to the night includes Special guests likeDede Mabiaku and Rayce, Alula, Day9, Soma, D-O,Yungbest, Alo and Oby.
G Notes the official band for the night thrilled guests present with their expertise and left no one indoubt that that they were Africa's number band.
It was also a night when Gloria the one also known as Mama G unveiled her 22 year old Daughter to guests and much to the surprise of all Alula performed alongside her mother, backing her up and showing much promise of the singer she is to become in the coming years.
The compere's for the night were OAP Lawrence of Classic FM 97. 3and Justice D'Guru Atigogo
While special guest for the night were in the persons of Ambassador Elajoe and DJ Moonlait and DJ Tommy (Rhythm 93.7 FM) who provided music that kept guests on their feet long after Gloria Ibru had left the stage.