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ABUJA — The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, says the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) will soon be self-funding and stop drawing salaries and allocations from the Federal Government. The minister disclosed this on Wednesday in Abuja at a public hearing on a bill to amend the NBC establishing Act. The public hearing was organized by the House of Representatives Committee on Information, National Orientation, Ethics, and Value. Mohammed was responding to the...

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Germany has agreed to return all stolen Benin artifacts by 2022. The artifacts are those stolen from the Benin Royal Court during the British incursion in 1849. This was announced on Tuesday as a press briefing in Abuja, this Nigeria capital. This event was attended by the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed; the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki; and the German delegation. At the meeting, the German Director-General Culture and Communication, Dr. Andreas Gorgen said...

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ENUGU — The Enugu State Government says it has set aside loans for youths who want to engage in creative work in the state. Mr. Arinze Chilo-Offiah, Special Adviser to Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi on SME Development and Investment, made the disclosure in Enugu on Monday at an event to mark the 2021 World Intellectual Property Day organized by the Nigeria Copyright Commission (NCC).  The theme for the year is ‘Intellectual Property (IP)and SMEs : Taking...

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LAGOS — YouTube on Wednesday launched its first YouTube Africa Reading Challenge, an online reading marathon, aimed at boosting the profile of African Literature across the continent. Nitin Gajria, Google’s Managing Director for Africa, said in a statement that the marathon reading,  featuring authors, influencers and key opinion leaders across Africa, was to popularise African authors across the continent. Gajria said that some personalities would read extracts from The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives,...

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ABUJA–  Former Big Brother Naija Reality TV Show 2019 “Pepper Dem” season 4, Omashola Oburoh has debut in a new Nollywood movie ‘The Amanta Twins’. The reality show star who shared the cover picture of the movie on his Instagram handle urged his fans to anticipate more. According to him, this new movie has also landed him another major role. “I remember back in the days before we buy Naija movies we go first check...

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UMUAHIA –– Dr. Chidia Maduekwe, the Managing Director, Nigerian Film Corporation, has advocated mass mobilisation of the citizenry for the promotion of creative and innovative entrepreneurship. Maduekwe said this on Monday in a keynote address at the third edition of Isingwu Summit held at Umuda Okorocha Isingwu in Umuahia North Local Government Area of Abia. He spoke on the theme: “Harnessing creative and innovative entrepreneurs from grassroots for community development.” He said the country must...

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The University of Aberdeen has said it has decided to return a Benin Bronze to Nigeria within the next few weeks. The bronze is said to be a fraction of a haul of thousands of religious and cultural treasures taken when British forces looted Nigeria in the 19th century. The treasures were later auctioned to Western museums and collectors several years ago. In a statement, the institution called the 1897 punitive expedition was one of...

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ABUJA — The Nigerian superstar, Davido hit another milestone as he was named one of the next 100 most influential people in the world for 2021 by Time Magazine. Davido in his reaction wrote on his social media platforms: ‘Proud to be included in the inaugural #TIME100Next list”. Meanwhile, the excerpt for the selection of Davido was written by Nigerian rapper and BBNaija Lockdown season 5 winner Laycon, according to the magazine. It reads, “Davido...

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The late Afrobeat legend, Olufela Olusegun Oludotun Ransome-Kuti, popularly known as Fela Anikulapo Kuti, could be set for a posthumous honor as he was being nominated for the 2021 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The late musician and activist was nominated alongside other international artists such as JAY-Z, Dionne Warwick, Foo Fighters, The Go-Go’s, Iron Maiden and Carole King. He could also be inducted on his first-ever nomination. The Water No Get Enemy crooner...

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ABUJA —  Otunba Segun Runsewe, Director-General of the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) said on Sunday that the creative industry was critical in the economic development of the nation. Runsewe, who made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Abuja pointed out that the creative sector was the development secret the government was yet to explore fully. He argued that the sector had helped in crime...

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