By Dipo Olowookere
Efforts are being taken by Heritage Bank Plc and the River State government to make art and culture a unifying factor and major earner to the contribution of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the country.
Speaking at the 2018 National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFEST) at Sharks Stadium, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, MD/CEO of Heritage Bank, Mr Ifie Sekibo, explained that the lender’s partnership with the state was informed with the understanding of the importance of arts and culture as consistent sources of economic growth, during both good and difficult economic times.
“The art and culture industry has become one of the major contributors to so many countries’ gross domestic products and Heritage Bank is committed to supporting it because it is part of Nigeria’s heritage,” the bank chief said at the event, which attracted 22 states across the country, and was themed Nigeria: Our Festivals, Our Heritage.
According to him, Heritage Bank has continued to make efforts in supporting ideologies like this, using arts as a tool to promote cultural awareness and to help younger Nigerians form a strong sense of National identity and peaceful co-existence. He assured that the bank would always be driven by cultural heritage, as the initiative aligns very much with the vision of the bank, which is to help partners create, preserve and transfer wealth across generations.
Specifically, Mr Sekibo stated that if government at all levels adopt the right arts and culture policies and programs it increase economic development in attracting businesses, creating new jobs, increasing tax revenues and promoting tourism.
However, the MD urged banks to support arts and culture through investments in programs that will promote economic development, jobs creation, and community revitalization at the three tiers of government.
Earlier declaring the festival officially open, Governor of Rivers State, Mr Nyesom Wike, who commended Heritage Bank and other sponsors said NAFEST provided a platform for the states to make the most of the nation’s culture, adding that culture empowers humanity by improving inter-personal relationships.
“Over the years, NAFEST has become the veritable platform for the 36 States and the Federal Capital Territory to meet, showcase and make the most of our cultures and diversity,” he said
He stated that the essence of the festival was to promote national peace, unity and cohesion.
“Whether we agree or not, our diversity is what defines and binds us as a nation under the glorious sun.”
“Although our tribes and tongues may differ, we are a nation bound by a common destiny and firmly glued together by the spirit of brotherhood, cultural harmony, and inter-ethnic solidarity instead of discord, tribalism, nepotism and sectionalism,” the governor explained.
According to him, NAFEST provides creative images and expressions to engage our leaders on the politics of nation-building, human rights, regional integration, inter-ethnic harmony, national peace and development.
In his remarks, the Director-General, National Council for Arts and Culture, Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, commended Rivers government for uplifting arts and culture in the country, which has contributed immensely co-existing peace and economic growth.
Mr Eazi Climbs 115 Steps to 70 on Spotify Top Artists Chart
By Dipo Olowookere
Music act-cum-entrepreneur, Mr Eazi, has recorded the biggest movement upward on the Spotify Top Artists Chart this week, taking 115 steps higher to number 70, according to data released by the entertainment outfit.
The 30-year-old artist, who was born in Port Harcourt as Oluwatosin Ajibade, is the pioneer of Banku Music, a fusion of sound he describes as a mixture of Ghanaian highlife and Nigerian chord progressions and patterns, according to his Wikipedia page.
Since he gained the limelight a few years ago, he has remained relevant, churning out tunes that have endeared him to his teeming fans across Nigeria and beyond.
On the same chart, Mellow & Sleazy had the slot of the highest new entry at number 194, while an embattled Grammy award winner, Burna Boy, maintained his ranking as the longest-reigning artist on the log with an 18-week run this week.
The top 5 artists of this week are Burna Boy, Asake, Davido, Drake and WizKid in that order.
On the Top Songs Table, the highest new entry is Big Energy by LADIPOE at number 17, while Baddest Boy by Skiibii moved up an impressive 42 places to number 123, with Burna Boy’s Last Last as the highest at number 2, and Omo Ope by Asake feat. Olamide on the charts for 18 weeks straight.
But the number spot on the log was taken by PALAZZO by SPINALL & Asake, followed by Last Last by Burna Boy; Overloading (OVERDOSE) by Mavins, Crayon, Ayra Starr, LADIPOE, Magixx, Boy Spyce; Buga (Lo Lo Lo) by Kizz Danie & Tekno; and Loving You by Zinoleesky.
On the Top Albums Charts, Ctrl by SZA is the highest climber with 132 steps to number 41, while BTS has the most spots on the chart in Nigeria, with Proof the highest new entry at number 2. WizKid’s Made in Lagos Deluxe Edition has been on the table the longest for 18 consecutive weeks.
On top of the log is Rave and Rose by Rema, Proof by BTS is second, Made in Lagos Deluxe Edition by WizKid is third, Mr Morale & The Big Steppers by Kendrick Lamar is fourth, while B A H D by Falz is sitting on the fifth spot.
Burna Boy, Asake Dominate This Week’s Spotify Charts
By Dipo Olowookere
In the latest charts released by a leading streaming platform, Spotify, Grammy winner, Burna Boy and a new kid in the bloc, Asake, are in charge, with the former retaining his ranking on the Top Artists log as the longest artist for the 17th week.
However, 1da Banton was the biggest climber in the week after taking 55 steps to number 74, while Niniola has the slot of the highest new entry at number 178.
As for the top five, Burna Boy was on top, followed by Post Malone, Davido, Asake and Kizz Daniel in that order.
In the Top Songs category, Last Last by Burna Boy had the most spots in Nigeria at number 2, while I Like You (A Happier Song) (with Doja Cat) by Post Malone and Doja Cat got the highest new entry at number 36. Montego Bay by Naira Marley climbed an impressive 125 places to number 54 to claim the biggest winner position, while Omo Ope (feat. Olamide) by Asake remained on the Top Songs charts for 17 weeks straight.
A look at the Top 5 songs showed that the first spot was occupied by Palazzo by DJ Spinall & Asake, with second, third, fourth and fifth places taken by Last Last by Burna Boy; Overloading (Overdose) by Mavins, Crayon, Ayra Starr, Ladipoe, Magixx, Boy Spyce; Buga (Lo Lo Lo) by Kizz Danie & Teknol; and Loving You by Zinoleesky respectively.
On the Top Albums chart, Twelve Carat Toothache by Post Malone ranked as the highest new entry this week at number one. Stoney (Deluxe) by Post Malone moved up by 40 slots as the biggest winner at number 82, while WizKid’s Made in Lagos Deluxe Edition claimed the most spots at number 4, staying on the chart for the 17th week.
The Top 5 albums in Nigeria on Spotify Charts are Twelve Carat Toothache by Post Malone, Rave and Rose by Rema, Mr Morale & The Big Steppers by Kendrick Lamar, Made in Lagos Deluxe Edition by WizKid, and I Never Liked You by Future.
Airtel Touching Lives Season 6 Hits TV Screens Tomorrow
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
From Saturday, June 11, 2022, fans and followers of the award-winning reality television programme, Airtel Touching Lives, will begin to watch season 6 of the show.
A statement from the organisers of the programme disclosed that before the premiere this weekend, subscribers of Airtel Nigeria can catch the first episode on Airtel TV from Thursday, June 9 via https://prod-content-tv-stream.cloudmi.datami.com/s/zPRUXmI4BF3Z9SvH_DMI or by downloading the Airtel TV App on IOS and Android play stores.
It was stated that non-subscribers will have to wait till tomorrow to see the show across terrestrial and cable television stations.
According to the broadcast schedule released by Airtel Nigeria, the first episode will air on Africa Magic Family Channel 154 and GOTV Channel 2 from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. The same episode will air from 7:00 pm to 7:30 pm on AIT Channel 253 on DSTV. On Sunday, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., a rerun will be broadcast on Africa Magic Family channel 154.
Airtel Touching Lives season 6 was premiered on Friday, May 13 in Lagos at an exclusive event that was attended by several dignitaries.
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Airtel Nigeria, Mr Surendran Chemmenkotil, while speaking at the event, said Airtel Touching Lives has not only recorded milestones but has offered real help to individuals, communities, groups, and institutions since the launch of the initiative.
“In Season 6, Airtel Nigeria has helped to rebuild a dream, a life, a hospital. We helped children rebuild their confidence, get an education, and we tested millions for COVID. We turned tears of sadness into tears of Joy,” he stated.
Mr Chemmenkotil further encouraged other corporate entities as well as well-spirited individuals to join hands in improving the society, as collaboration to solve societal problems can make a huge difference, and if the privileged people continue to support the needy, society will excel and triumph at a quicker pace.
Airtel Touching Lives takes the format of a reality television show, allowing the public to nominate causes, communities, and underprivileged persons/people with special needs. Airtel thereafter evaluates and selects the causes to support, and the activities are filmed and broadcasted on terrestrial and satellite television stations with the aim of inspiring other corporate organizations as well as well-meaning individuals to join in supporting the weak across society.
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