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Rev. Mother Esther Ajayi set to launch the architectural masterpiece Love of Christ Generation Church in Victoria Island, Lagos

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The headquarters of the LOVE OF CHRIST GENERATION CHURCH worldwide, and the ESTHER AJAYI FOUNDATION are both set to be launched in Victoria Island , Lagos this year.

The magnificent House of God located on the beach front of Victoria Island after Land Mark Towers Water Corporation Drive, Off Ligali Ayorinde street, Victoria Island Lagos is the first of its kind in Nigeria and a breathtaking sight to behold.The architectural masterpiece was built to International standards by the famous Italian construction giant CAPPA & D’ALBERTO, complete with state-of the-art facilities.Speaking about the milestone, the General Overseer of the church, a philanthropist and humanitarian, Reverend Mother Abimbola Esther Ajayi enthused;“I’m certain you will be very proud of our efforts and share the declaration of King David that, “This is the LORD ‘s doing; It is marvellous in our eyes. (Psalm 118:23 KJV) “Continuing, the amiable and benevolent woman of God said she could not wait to personally welcome everyone to the official opening of the church on September 5, 2021,this year.

According to her, “this edifice is a testimony to the Awesome Powers of our Good Lord and I want you to come and celebrate with many of our friends from all over the world.”Assuring everything possible would be done to make guests very safe and comfortable, Rev. Mother Ajayi thanked God for the achievement to whom she offered all the glory and prayed the Good Lord to reward abundantly the acts of love and kindness of everyone who one way or the other labored therein to make it reality.

Construction of The LOVE OF CHRIST GENERATION CHURCH worldwide, Victoria Island began in 2016. The church is also domiciled in Osun state and the UK.

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Lagos Film City Will Herald New Dawn of Film Production

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Lagos State Government on Monday reiterated its commitment to make Lagos the major tourism destination in Africa through a Tourism Master Plan that will serve as pathway for the implementation of every tourism activity in the State.

This was disclosed by the Lagos State Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf while presenting the account of stewardship of the Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration in the last two years at a ministerial briefing held at Alausa, Lagos.

She said the series of activities of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture under the present administration are deliberately structured towards positioning Lagos State as a major tourism destination in Africa, where the private sector can confidently invest their resources to advance the State’s tourism and entertainment sector.

The Commissioner disclosed that the Tourism Master Plan, a document to revolutionise the tourism sector in the State, would be presented next month, adding that the document would change the narrative in Lagos State’s tourism sector and ensure uniformity of government programmes, plans and policies in the development of tourism.

She said: “We have maintained a better relationship with our stakeholders, developed policies that would guide tourism activities and also implemented programmes and projects as they relate to the fulfillment of the fifth pillar of the THEMES agenda of the administration of Babajide Sanwo-Olu, which is Entertainment and Tourism.

“We have equally identified the business side of entertainment and tourism. Beyond using tourism and entertainment as a vehicle for fun, relaxation and social integration, entertainment and tourism remain a major source of income generation for different countries and cities of the world and we will also leverage this aspect to boost the State’s IGR (Internal Generated Revenue.)

“We believe in creating an enduring atmosphere for tourism activities to thrive, being a majorly private-sector driven sector. It is our belief that when businesses operate under the right atmosphere, the economic activities of the State would increase and the resources at the disposal of government would also be impacted greatly.”

The Commissioner who disclosed the discovery of new tourism sites in Badagry, Epe, Ikorodu and Alimosho areas of the State, said the new tourism sites would be developed and harnessed to international standards to attract international tourists to further boost tourism in Lagos State.

Akinbile-Yusuf who spoke passionately about the Babajide Sanwo-Olu administration’s commitment to the growth, development and expansion of the creative industry, also assured Movie practitioners, content owners and producers in the creative and entertainment industry of a modern and conducive atmosphere for producing their movies and creative contents in the State.

She said that with the proposed Lagos Film City designed to be located at Ejirin in Epe Local Government Area of the State, filmmakers are assured of better filming experience in their movie  productions.

The Commissioner who affirmed that better days that will herald seamless movie production experience awaits content creators, movie makers and producers in the State, also urged practitioners in the film and movie industry to leverage on the Film City initiative to carve a solid niche for themselves and take possible advantage of the proposed facility to improve their content and production by the time it becomes a reality.

She also called on filmmakers, movie producers and content creators among other stakeholders in the creative sector to take advantage of the N1billion intervention funds approved for film production purposes and also explore the windows of opportunities and free trainings provided by the present administration for creative practitioners.

Also speaking, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mr. Solomon Bonu, said Lagos State Council for Arts and Culture held the Y2020 edition of the Annual Arts and Crafts Skills Acquisition Workshop where hundreds of beneficiaries in craft and artwork making were trained free.

He said the four-day event, tagged “Unlocking the Potential of the Innate Creativity for Sustainable Development”, was designed to equip participants for employability opportunities, adding that the intention of government is to empower over 2.5 million youths through Arts and Crafts, which is in addition to the provision of start-up credit facilities for them through the Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment.

L-R: Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Tourism, Art & Culture, Princess Adenike Adedoyin-Ajayi; Special Adviser, Tourism, Art & Culture, Mr. Solomon Saanu Bonu and Commissioner for Tourism, Art & Culture, Pharm (Mrs.) Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf, during the Y2021 ministerial press briefing of the Ministry of Tourism, Art & Culture in commemoration of the second-year administration of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, Alausa, Ikeja, on Monday, May 17, 2021.

L-R: Senior Special Assistant, Tourism, Art & Culture, Mr. Seymour Tunji; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Art & Culture, Princess Adenike Adedoyin-Ajayi; Special Adviser, Tourism, Art & Culture, Mr. Solomon Saanu Bonu; Lagos Commissioner for Tourism, Art & Culture, Pharm (Mrs.) Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf; her counterpart for Information & Strategy, Mr. Gbenga Omotoso and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information and Strategy, Mr. Sina Thorpe, during the Y2021 ministerial press briefing of the Ministry of Tourism, Art & Culture in commemoration of the second-year administration of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, Alausa, Ikeja, on Monday, May 17, 2021.

L-R: Special Adviser, Tourism, Art & Culture, Mr. Solomon Saanu Bonu; Lagos Commissioner for Tourism, Art & Culture, Pharm (Mrs.) Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf and her counterpart for Information & Strategy, Mr. Gbenga Omotoso, during the Y2021 ministerial press briefing of the Ministry of Tourism, Art & Culture in commemoration of the second-year administration of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, Alausa, Ikeja, on Monday, May 17, 2021.

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UBA’s REDTV Launches New Series, Public Figure in Ghana

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United Bank for Africa’s Lifestyle and Entertainment channel continues to blaze the trail in online entertainment as it pushes the best of Africa to the world.

REDTV, producers of awarding winning hit series such as The Men’s Club (TMC), Our Best Friend’s Wedding, Inspector K, Assistant Madams, RedHot Topics, Hotel Boutique and a host of other hit series is set to put on display its depth and Pan African reach with the new series, The Public Figure. 

The Public Figure was developed and produced in Ghana and revolves around power, marriage, politics, love, and the celebrity life. The lead cast include award winning Ghanaian actors, Van Vicker and Dela Seade.   Naa Ashorkor, Kingsley Yamoah, Benny Ashun and Daisy Amankwah also play prominent roles in the show which will premier on May 19th, 2021 on REDTV.

Speaking ahead of the Premiere, REDTV’s Executive Director, Bola Atta who is also the Group Director of Communications at UBA, said  “UBA is focused on promoting entrepreneurship across Africa and its support for the creative industry is reflected through the REDTV platform.  We have been doing this for a few years now. creating rich and entertaining content to support this all-important sector. It is also a conscious effort on our part to ensure that we create jobs and opportunities for the African creatives. We want to encourage more people to explore their talent without the hesitation or fear of not being able to reach their potential in an industry that still has a huge amount of growing to do on the continent’.

On the choice of Ghana for the show, Atta pointed out that REDTV is pan -African and has an Africa wide agenda.  ‘we have had content from Cote D’Ivoire, Nigeria, Kenya, Burkina Faso, Senegal and a couple of other African countries and Ghana is on our road map. Public figure was filmed in Ghana by a Ghanaian cast and crew. We will continue to create job opportunities in the creative industry across Africa’.

‘Public Figure’ will begin to air on REDTV’s Youtube channel, @itsredtv on 19th, 2021 at 3pm WAT.

REDTV is a fast-paced lifestyle channel that puts Africa on the global stage, proudly powered by UBA, the network aims to entertain and inform, with rich content that feature the very best of Africa focused on entertainment, fashion, news, design, music, sport, movies and travel and much more.

REDTV collaborates with the most talented visionaries and creative minds daring to believe in a New Africa, putting together content that reflect the dream.

 

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“I have been pressured into exchanging sex for money but I turned down the the offer and it cost me the sponsorship and support I was seeking”. – Queen Silver Ezenezi, Miss Unity Nigeria 2021

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The road to success is certainly strewn with all degrees of bumps, upon which only the focused and determined go the whole hog resolutely to become bastions of courage and inspiration. Newly crowned Miss Unity Nigeria, Queen Silver Ezenezi is cast in the mould of that description. With a passion for fashion and modelling, the dazzling queen with a zest for impacting her society in shining light, had prior to her latest feat, carted away the Miss UniZik and Miss Nigeria International crowns, defying the odds in her paths, with prospects of blazing the trail globally in what she loves to do best. In this interview with editor, MANNY ITA, Ezenezi bared her mind on her sojourn into fashion and modelling, as well as the courage to successfully navigate the labyrinths of pageantry and other sundry issues.

Excerpts:

 

Give a brief introduction of your background.

I am Silver Ezenezi, I’m from Anambra state and a graduate of Political science from the prestigious Nnamdi Azikiwe university.

How did the journey into beauty pageantry begin?

I’ve always had a love for fashion and modelling since I was in primary school, I used to watch runway shows on TV and thought that I wanted to be like them someday. When I was in secondary school, I applied at a popular agency, but I wasn’t accepted because I was underage, so when I got to the university immediately went into pageantry starting from Miss Political science to Miss UniZik and beyond, and that was it.

What and who were some of the influencing factors towards that dream or desire?

Like I said the models I used to see on TV inspired me, then in school, I heard about some past beauty queens who had achieved a lot and I wanted to be like them.

What do you seek to achieve with pageantry?

Through pageantry, I aim to be a representative of children, youths and adults who have experienced any form of bullying, I need them to know that being bullied should not define what they can or cannot do.

Were your parents supportive of your sojourn into pageantry?

Yes they were. I’m so blessed to have parents and family members who are enlightened and always try to support my journey through advice, finance and even embarking on long trips just to watch me live on stage.

Nigeria is a trailblazer for the African continent when it comes to pageantry; how do you hope to sustain that as a queen and beyond your years as one?

Unfortunately in Nigeria, beauty queens and models are seen as sex workers, so I would like to change the narrative and to keep proving to the ignorant ones that we are great role models and advocates for a better society and world.

Emerging winner of a beauty pageant from among a lot of prospective winners must come with some emotions, can you speak on that?

It is indeed overwhelming, it’s just a rollercoaster of feelings, I can’t even explain it.

Tell us one unforgettable moment in the business of beauty pageantry?

I once registered for a pageant some years back, most people around me discouraged me saying I was trying too hard and that I can’t succeed in that particular contest. My mum advised me to ignore and push through with it and I did. And guess what, I won. I can never forget that experience.

What have been some of the challenges?

As I said earlier, beauty queens are perceived to be unserious, people do not realize the amount of work we put in physically, mentally and financially. Getting sponsorship can be difficult even after presenting a very achievable project.

What further plans do you have?

Beauty queens have a life outside pageantry. For me, I’m working on owning my cosmetic brand and other businesses yet to be disclosed, so you guys should watch out.

Has pageantry affected your education adversely?

No, it hasn’t. But it has helped to broaden my knowledge further about life in general.

Are you in a relationship?

Lol that is a private question. Moving on…..

What is your definition of beauty?

I believe beauty is personal to every individual. For me, beauty should emanate from inside and out.

How do you think pageantry can be used as an economic development pivot?

Pageantry is used to create platforms for young people to discover and develop their skills, this in return reduces the rate of unemployment in the society and boosts the economy.

Is the pageantry a suitable platform to address or tackle issues of female discrimination, oppression or abuse? If so, are you thinking in that direction?

There is no better platform to handle these issues if not pageantry. Being a beauty queen, gender inequality is one of the problems I lend my voice to.

How do you get inspired?

Prayers and words of advice from my mother.

Have you had any ugly encounter of any kind in the course of your pageantry?

I have been pressured into exchanging sex for money but as an uprightly moral lady, I turned down the offer and it cost me the sponsorship and support I was seeking.

Many girls aspire to become prominent in pageantry; what advice would you proffer?

Lots of challenges will arise, lots of discouragement will surface, but if you truly want to be a beauty queen for the work and not just for the glamour, keep pushing and you will get there.

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