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Runsewe Tasks Stakeholders to Harness Arts Potential For Cultural Development

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Chief Olusegun Runsewe, Director General (DG) National Centre for Arts and Culture (NCAC)
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Director General (DG) National Centre for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Chief Olusegun Runsewe says there cannot not be any meaningful cultural development if stakeholders do not harness the large potentials in the art sector.

Runsewe stated this at a book presentation and exhibition of art works by renowned multi-dimensional artist, Mr Dimas Nwoko, in Abuja, on Friday.

He said the cultural industry was the only secret remaining in Africa; and that tapping into the sector by celebrating heroes of arts, while they were still alive, was an opportunity to promote Nigeria’s indigenous culture.

According to him, contemporary art is the sector that accommodates pure talent as one does not require a PhD to do a good painting.

Speaking at the occasion, the permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, Mrs Grace Gekpe, said culture had flooded all aspects of people’s lives, noting that Nwoko was one of the top rated multi dimensional and talented artists.

Gekpe said recognising the outstanding artist through the book presentation and exhibition of his art works was exemplary.

According to her, the legendary artist has in the last six decades, seamlessly executed enduring works in painting and sculpture that arouse admiration and respect across the country.

Gekpe said , “Today is another landmark of Nwoko’s immense contribution to the development of contemporary arts in Nigeria.

“His art works are exciting as one can always see the extra effort he puts into each work to ensure they blend with nature; as well as showcase Africa’s rich culture,’’ she said.

Similarly, a speaker at the event, Mr Simon Ikpakronyi, said Nwoko had been on the art scene in Nigeria like a Colossus for six decades; and he still remained a force to reckon with in the industry.

“In a world where specialisation is the order of the day with people sticking to their calling, he dares to be different,’’ Ikpakronyi said.

He described the artist as an exceptional stage designer, architect and a good painter.

According to him, the presentation marked the first leg of the packaging of an accomplished artist whose creativity had been brought to the fore through his works.

In his remarks, Nwoko thanked the Gallery of Arts for hosting the event and the honour accorded him by those who graced the event.

“The award winning 84-year-old prolific artist urged Nigerians to see Culture as a meeting point for addressing the Nation’s challenges.

“Culture is not about dancing, panting or singing; but is the business of everyone in their various spaces,’’ Nwoko said.

He urged the Minister of Culture and all stakeholders to wake up to their responsibilities of preserving the country’s heritage through the promotion of arts.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the book, entitled: Pre-eminent Artist, Outstanding Architect, is a publication of the National Gallery of Arts; which chronicles Nwoko’s works.

The high point of the event was the opening of images and art works of Nwoko by the DG. (NAN)

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German-based oil Company Unveils Nollywood Actor, Pete Edochie as Ambassador

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A Nollywood actor, Pete Edochie, was on Saturday, unveiled as the brand ambassador of Rowe Motor Oil distributed by a German based company, 9th Integrated Energy Solutions Ltd.

Speaking during the endorsement held in Enugu, Mr Okechukwu Benjamin, the Managing Director, of the company, said the deal was a multimillion Naira contract that would last for two years.

The managing director said the deal was renewable after its expiration in 2026.

He said the company chose Edochie because of his class and impeccable character in Africa and beyond as a reputable movie star.

He explained that 9th integrated Energy Solutions Limited was a German company that brought Rowe oil into Africa and owned the franchise for the whole of Africa.

“We are here today to officially unveil Chief Pete Edochie, as the brand ambassador of Rowe oil Nigeria and we are glad that he accepted the offer.

“Our product is a German premium oil that comes with a seal which makes it difficult to be adulterated in the market.

“We have different categories of the oil that would improve Nigerian vehicles, their engine efficiency and save fuel for them.

He added that they sold the oil based on specification of vehicles.

Reacting, Edochie thanked the company for choosing him noting that companies endorsed him as their brand ambassadors because of his reputation and impeccable character.

Edochie popularly known as “Okonkwo and Ebubedike” by his fans, said he had managed to live above board within a society marked with criminal tendencies, describing the offer as a “credible achievement”.

“I am glad to be here and to be made the ambassador of Rowe oil and I am stating my reputation on the quality of this product.

“I have enjoyed a very international marketable reputation for a very long time and I am glad to say that if you go outside this country, first thing they come across as a thespian is Pete Edochie.

“It is a not magic. When I did Things Fall Apart, I became so celebrated even before the Nollywood came into existence.

“There are some parts of the world I am being  moulded and people lean on them to take photographs and pay,” Edochie said.

Speaking on his endorsement, the Nollywood actor, who expressed gladness over the organisation’s choice, said the Rowe oil was unique as it sustained the life of a car.

He said Nigeria had come of age to be introduced into things that were  modern and scientific, hence, there was need for them to patronise the oil due to its quality and effectiveness. (NAN)

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Grammys 2024: Davido Expresses Gratitude to Fans for Support

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Nigerian Afrobeat star, David Adeleke, also known as Davido, has expressed gratitude to his fans for their show of love and support at the 66th annual Grammy award  in Los Angeles on Sunday.

The Grammy-nominated singer, took to his Instagram page @davido to appreciate his fans, as well as the organisers of Grammys award @recordingacademy for their recognition.

The singer congratulated the winners of Grammys on their various categories that night, saying that ’Grammy week was a vibe’.

“Grammy week was a vibe! Thank you for all the love from my supporters and thank you to the @recordingacademy for recognising me.

Big congrats to the winners of the night,” he wrote.

Reports says that the 66th Annual Grammy Awards held in Los Angeles, on Sunday, brought  a great disappointment to fans,  due to the loss of  Nigerian music sensations like Davido and Burna Boy, who  failed to win  in their  various nominated categories.

The other three Nigerian artistes nominated that also failed to make the list of winners were Ayra Starr, Olamide and Asake.

The music stars failure to win in their nominated categories sparked great disappointment and frustration among fans, lovers of music, as well as the Nigerian music communities.

NAN also reports that the South Africa singer Tyla emerged victorious with her song, “Water” on the Best African Music Performance category

Also, in the much-anticipated Best Global Music Album category, Davido and Burna Boy fell short, with Shakti’s “This Moment” clinching the coveted award.

The standard-bearer of Afrobeat, Davido, earlier celebrated three nominations at the 2024 Grammys; Best Global Music Performance, Best Global Music Album and Best African Music Performance.

Nigerian music star,  Burna Boy received four nominations in 2024: Best Melodic Rap Performance (“Sittin’ on Top of the World” with 21 Savage).

Others are, Best Global Music Performance (Alone); Best African Music Performance (City Boys) and Best Global Music Album (I Told Them). (NAN)

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Star-studded Film, “Dead Serious” to Hit Cinemas Feb. 9

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Comic Nollywood film, “Dead Serious” starring veteran Nollywood actor Nkem Owoh and ace comedian Oga Sabinus, is to hit cinemas on Feb. 9, its Director, Moses Inwang, has said.
Inwang stated this on his instagram page while sharing the official trailer of the comic film.
He noted: “We are dead serious about bringing you the most hilariously awkward romantic couple this Valentine’s! Prepare to laugh till your sides hurt and shed a few tears as well.


“Brace yourself for the mind-blowing movie, “Dead Serious,” the craziest romantic serious comedy of the year.

“This must-see film will hit cinemas nationwide on Feb.
9.”
The star-studded film also features, Sharon Ooja, Lillian Afegbai, Emem Inwang, Deyemi Okanlawo, and Saeed Mohammed, among others.

Popular skit maker, Lawal Bolaji, Popularly known as’ Nasboi’, also starred in the comic film. (NAN)

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