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Chimamanda Tells Nigerian Story of Strength, Brilliance—Onyema

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Chimamanda Adichie

By Ahmed Rahma

Foremost Nigerian writer, Ms Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, has been described as an inspiration to many Nigerians, especially the womenfolk, that nothing can be difficult to achieve if they desire it.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), Mr Oscar Onyema, while welcoming Ms Adichie to a digital closing gong ceremony held in her honour recently, noted that the writer was a testament that Nigeria is blessed with talent.

He said it was in recognition of her literary exploits and successes that the exchange felt it necessary to honour her with the closing gong ceremony to inspire others to want to be like her.

“It is my pleasure to welcome one of Nigerian’s leading literary exports to the Nigerian Stock Exchange for our digital closing gong ceremony.

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“Ms Adichie is a testament that Nigeria is a reservoir of talent. She is a mentor who consistently promotes equal opportunity and inspires women to believe in their ability to achieve set goals.

“As an exchange, our values align with the aspiration to create a world where gender is not a criterion for success, rather, the strength of a person’s character and their capacity to deliver in their engagements.

“We are, therefore, glad that our platforms offer opportunities to tell the Nigerian story of strength and brilliance as well as inspire the greatness in our unity and diversity,” Mr Onyema said.

In her remarks, the award-winning Ms Adichie said, “I am very delighted to be here today and it is my hope that my story inspires someone to know that you can keep trying and keep doing.

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“I often speak about how important it is for women to be included not because we are doing women a favour, but because it makes economic sense to tap into the wealth and knowledge that is often underutilized, under-recognised and under-celebrated.

“I must, therefore, commend the policies of The Exchange in this regard. Ultimately, 2020 has been a strange year and it is my hope that next year will bring more clarity and I will be able to participate in this Closing Gong ceremony again, this time physically.”

Ms Adichie is a Nigeria writer whose works range from novels to short stories to nonfiction. She was described in The Times Literary Supplement as “the most prominent” of a “procession of critically acclaimed young anglophone authors [which] is succeeding in attracting a new generation of readers to African literature”, particularly in her second home, the United States.

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The exchange, which has continued to demonstrate that gender equality is at the heart of its Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility (CSR) strategy, has contributed to strengthening diversity within the market.

It has also collaborated with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on the Nigeria2Equal programme to help its listed companies close gender gaps within their businesses and ensure women are more represented on the board of these companies.

Ahmed Rahma is a journalist with great interest in arts and craft. She is also a foodie who loves new ideas. She loves to travel and would love to visit other African countries someday. She is a sucker for historical movies and afrobeat.

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Who Leaves Nigerian Idol Among Top Five Contestants?

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Who Leaves Nigerian Idol

By Dipo Olowookere

The contest on the popular television music talent hunt show, Nigerian Idol, is heating up as the day for unveiling the winner, July 11, 2021, draws closer.

Last week, Kingdom Kroseide, Faith Onyeje, Comfort Alalade, Akunna Okey and Francis Atela made it to the top five as Emmanuel Elijah was evicted from the show.

The five surviving music acts wowed the viewers and the judges with their performances and the quartet of Obi Asika, Seyi Shay, DJ Sose and Mr P, who were judges last week, encouraged the contestants to put in their best as the contest continues.

Kingdom, who performed the jazz genre song Feeling Good by Nina Simone and Pop lyrics Just the Way You Are by Bruno Mars, got a standing ovation from the judges.

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He took control of the stage with much excitement from the judges and the audience and commendation from Seyi Shay who said “your vocal performance was amazing, you are the strongest vocalist in this competition,” while Mr P enthused that “this is your kingdom, you will shine and go places.”

It was quite exciting with the contenders displaying exceptional skills in their stage performances to make it to the next episode on June 20 (today).

Faith sang Someone you Loved and Would rather go Blind, with comments from Seyi Shay eulogising him saying “you look incredible, I love your vocals,” and Obi Asika with the words “you deserve to be part of the top five, you sang the song beautifully.”

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Mr P was not left out as he advised that Faith should not stop playing the guitar as it adds colour to his rendition.

Comfort, who also sang beautifully, thrilled the judges and the audience with the songs Think out Loud and Save the Last Dance for Me, as Akunna performed Put a Spell on You by Nina Simone and Wrecking Ball by Miley Cyrus.

Francis also excited the judges with Too Good at Goodbyes and Hello by Lionel Richie, with DJ Sose impressed by his performance, saying, “You brought Las Vegas to Lasgidi.” An elated Seyi Shay said “well done.”

With five left in the competition, viewers are already getting tensed as to who will again be voted out when the show airs on Sunday evening on DStv and GOtv.

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Rite Foods Tasks Nigerian Idol Contestants to Have ‘Rite’ Energy, Mindset

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Nigerian Idol Contestants

By Dipo Olowookere

Contestants of the ongoing Nigerian Idol have been tasked to have the Rite energy and mindset as they perform to get the support of the viewers to clinch the coveted prize.

This charge was given by Ms Boluwatife Adedugbe, the Brand Manager of Rite Foods Limited, makers of the popular Bigi Drinks, headline sponsor of the music talent hunt competition.

She gave the advice when the company received some Nigerian Idol contestants on Friday, June 4, 2021, and she intimated the future music stars on the organisation’s corporate culture, taking them through the corporate journey and footprints in the Nigerian economy, and most importantly, the entertainment sector.

“All of you are winners for making it to this point. I would like you all to imbibe the ‘Rite’ energy in your next performances,” Ms Adedugbe said.

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Business Post gathered seven contestants of the Nigerian Idol season 6 visited the corporate headquarters of Rite Foods at Opebi Ikeja, Lagos and they were Akunna Okey, Beyonce Ajomiwe, Comfort Alalade, Emmanuel Elijah, Faith Onyeje, Francis Atela, and Kingdom Kroseide.

One of them, Beyonce Ajomiwe, who is now out of the competition, revealed during the visit that her favourite Bigi variant is ginger lemon because it is good for her voice.

According to her, Bigi ginger lemon has helped her maintain her voice and tone in the contest, while Faith Onyeje revealed his love for Bigi Apple as it helps his metabolism after a good workout.

As for Akunna Okey, she reaffirmed her support for both ginger lemon and tamarind flavours, while the now-evicted Emmanuel Elijah said he loves his Bigi Apple.

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Comfort Alalade declared her love for Bigi Cola; Kingdom Kroseide pitched his tenth with Bigi water and sausages, while Francis Atela declared his love for Bigi Tamarind flavour.

The visit was characterized by fun and thrilling moments as the headline sponsor of the competition. Games and singing competitions spiced up the occasion as the contestants were split into two groups, where they contested BIGI TVC song ‘BigiMy Number One’ which was creatively performed by both groups.

The sum of N1.4 million was splashed on the contestants for their creative and entertaining performances during the visit. They also carted away other Rite Foods branded items and gifts during the visit.

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At the visit, the popular entertainment editor, Mr Rotimi Ige, who won the first-ever Bigi Media Idol, congratulated the contestants for making it thus far and urged them to keep working on their art and be assured that they are on the right platform, especially with Bigi, being the headline sponsor of the competition.

The contestants lauded the company for supporting young talents in the country and called on other stakeholders to emulate Rite Foods Limited in the quest for turning young acts into megastars.

The Nigerian Idol airs live every Sunday on DSTV Channel 198 and GOTV Channel 29 at 7 pm.

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