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Chioma Chukwuka – Akpotha set to bury mum

Top Nollywood actress, Chioma Chukwuka-Akpotha, is leaving no stone unturned to give her  late mother, Mrs Grace Egoyibo Chukwuka , a befitting burial.

Matinee gathered that the screen diva has fixed  Thursday, July 25, for the burial rites of her mum. The Christian wake-keep will hold at her Surulere residence on Wednesday, July  24; while the interment will take place at her home town in Anambra  State the next day.

30 Glo X Factor contestants survive Boot Camp

Rave-of-the-moment singing reality television show, X Factor, has moved into the third crucial stage – the Judges’ Home visit. This was disclosed by show sponsor and national operator, Globacom.

The Home Visit follows the conclusion of the first two major stages, the Auditions and the Boot Camp. The company added that the telecast of the show would climax with the unveiling of the Top 9 contenders and the live performances to be followed by the audience voting and evictions.

135 contestants who made it through the auditions in Nigeria and Ghana had last month gone into the Boot Camp where they were further screened and their number pruned down by the judges.

The 30 who scaled the camp have now been divided into three groups, with each group assigned to one of the three judges: MI, Onyeka Onwenu and Reggie Rockstone. The judges’ duty is to mentor the singers assigned to them and help prepare them for the live performances. The contestants are grouped into the “Under 23”, “Over 23” and “Group singers”.

The Judges’ Home Visit is part of the mentoring process, and is also intended to help create bonding between the judges and their candidates, and further assist in the assessment of the candidates.

Multiple award winner and Glo ambassador, Sammy Okposo, had last week paid a visit to the Boot Camp to conduct a Masterclass for the contestants. He gave the excited audience tips on how to be successful in the show and advised them to be original in their singing and overall performance.

Globacom said the Top 9 contenders for the ultimate prize of N24 million and a recording contract with Sony Music would begin to emerge this weekend on Episode 9 of the show.

Bayelsa to host centenary-pageant contestants

Bayelsa State is on the verge of making history, as it will be the first to play host to the 37 contestants in the forthcoming Nigeria Centenary Pageant. The state will be hosting the event following the signing of a partnership hosting agreement between the state government and AOE Events and Entertainment Limited which will organise the event.

Briefing newsmen in Yenagoa recently, Director-General, Bayelsa Tourism Development Agency, Mrs. Ebizi Ndiomu Brown, noted that tourism is the next gold mine waiting to be explored, and the state government is looking for all avenues to attract tourists to the state. She also promised maximum security for visitors who will be coming for the show.

Chief Executive Officer of AOE Entertainment, Nike Oshinowo, said Bayelsa won the hosting right because of the level of peace in the state for some time now.

“ They won because of the level of peace there. The camping in Bayelsa will enable the state to show the nation and the world what they have to offer. Through our eyes, the world would experience the Bayelsans, their culture and values,” Nike said.  



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