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“Gulder Ultimate Search” To Make a Come Back.

They say they’re on a mission to deliver the best lockdown gift to our screens, with the return of reality show, Gulder Ultimate Search.

Yeah, that’s right, the reality show that kept Nigerians entertained and in great suspense is finding its way back to our screens.

The reality show, which first premiered in Nigeria in 2004 and ended in 2016, has premiered 12 editions and seen the emergence of many stars including Nollywood actor, Emeka Ike as a winner.

Gulder Nigeria shared a video announcing the return of the show and fans are super pumped up.

Check it out.

Relive some of the greatest moments in the history of reality TV, as you get ready for new ones. #GUS #OwnYourJourney pic.twitter.com/LEvP3WIi8i

— Gulder Beer (@GulderNG) April 8, 2020

‘You Clap For Me Now’, An Anti-Racism Poem In A Time Of Crisis.

A video featuring UK residents and people of foreign heritage reciting an anti-racist poem has highlighted the crucial role immigrant workers are playing in the Covid-19 outbreak.

‘You Clap for Me Now’, penned by Darren James Smith and produced by Sachini Imbuldeniya, features Britons with black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds who are key workers during the global pandemic – including doctors, nurses, teachers, shopkeepers and delivery drivers, many of whom have previously experienced discrimination.

The video, which was produced by Sachini Imbuldeniya begins with the message: ‘What the UK is most afraid of has come from overseas, taking our jobs and making it unsafe to walk the streets’

Here’s the video:

Source: The Guardian

You Need To See IAMISIGO’s AW2020 Collection Tagged “Chasing Evil” | BellaNaija

Nigerian clothing brand IAMISIGO just released the lookbook for their Autumn/Winter 2020 collection tagged “Chasing Evil.”

This collection, “chasing evil”, is centred around the exploitation of Congo and Africa as a whole, through research in Bukavu and Kinshasa by working closely with war victims and understanding how a country so strong and rich (3 times the size of Nigeria and 3 times richer in natural resources), seeks to overcome issues of post-war trauma, post-colonial exploitation as well as neo-colonialism through fashion in particular.

Through indigenous spirituality, we discover a connecting link with the Congolese mystical idol Nkisi Nkondi, an aggressive fetish figurine commonly used to affirm oaths and to protect communities from evildoers and enemies. We find that the only way to chase evil is through unity across borders and truly believing in the works of our hands. Thereby examining, the act of placing particular importance in physical appearance or dressing up as an act or form of protection and in essence a fetish.

Colours and forms highlight the popular Congolese Sapeur sub-culture, sape gotten from french slang “to dress up” alternatively meaning Society of Ambiance and Elegant people, began at the start of the slave trade, where colonisers would pay slaves with clothes as opposed to money, a society dominated by men. A concept derived from the 18th-century practice commonly known as “Dandies”.

Demonstrated by creating textured surfaces referencing Congolese raffia clothes in interrupting expected lines, by weaving dried Palm leaf raffia from Congo and Nigeria with unbleached cotton from Uganda, as well as weaving acrylic dyed yarn and cotton, establishing juxtapositions of sharply differing units and abrupt shifts of forms, with dyed recycled cotton and deconstructed recycled garments. Bag accessories were made from Banana raffia from Madagascar and shoes dyed vegan leopard skin made in Nigeria. We collaborated with Kenyan jewellery designer, Brian Kivuti, using camel bone and recycled silver, to create a range of dual-functional rings earrings and brooches.

Introducing PENG, A Personalized Celebrity Video Message Platform

A new online consumer service has been launched to help you connect better with your favorite talent. The platform is called PENG and it is a service that allows fans to pay low, medium or top-rated African celebrities to deliver short, personalized video messages. Some of the talents already on the platform include Yemi Solade, Paul IK Dairo, Kayode Peters, Omobaba No. 1, Speed Darlington and Lolo (Adaku – Jenifa’s Fairy).

Here’s How it Works.

You make a booking on PENG, you submit specific instructions to the celebrity highlighting what he or she should say while recording the video. The celebrity then reviews the request and either accepts or rejects the booking. Celebrities are segmented into several categories you can choose from which includes comedians, dancers, actors, actresses, influencers, DJs, entrepreneurs and so on.

Acceptance and rejection of bookings are totally dependent on the celebrity. Provided the celebrity accepts the request, the video is created based on the instruction you provide and is delivered directly to your email inbox in less than a week (yes, 7 days). On the other hand, if the celebrity rejects the booking, you will be notified immediately and you get your full refund within 48 hours. Sounds awesome right?

Celebrities are allowed to reject bookings if they are deemed abusive, confusing, overly complicated, contains hate speech or unethical.

Considering this solution from a user’s perspective, the attraction of this service is equally amazing. Surprising your mum or sister with a personalized video shout out from Yemi Solade or Paul IK Dairo will definitely be quite interesting.

One of the co-founders explained that he got the idea for the platform while planning his wedding. He decided to make PENG a reality with the help of his longtime friend. With PENG’s existence, you no longer need to pay high amounts and/or persuade people to get something personalized from a celebrity; you can simply get that on PENG within a few days.

It would also interest you to note that a percentage of the platform’s revenue is donated to charitable causes.

It Looks Like There Might Be A Sequel for ‘Girls Trip’

The cast of Hollywood film “Girls Trip“, Queen Latifah, Regina Hall, Tiffany Haddish got back together for a virtual reunion on co-star, Jada Pinkett Smith‘s talk show “Red Table Talk“.

The ‘Flossy Posse’ connected over video chat and even hinted about a possible sequel.

Regina said about a possible second movie, “I think we’re all down, we just want to make sure it’s amazing. That it’s the right thing and a great thing.”

Kelly Rowland Drops New Single & Video – “Coffee”

Kelly Rowland has released a new single and music video for the track, “Coffee“.

It follows Rowland’s 2019 single “Crown“, an anti-bullying song with the aim of empowering young girls to rock their hair with confidence.

Speaking about Coffee, she says, “To me, COFFEE is about embracing your individuality, sexuality, or imperfections. Not comparing yourself to others. We need to celebrate ourselves more often — with this song, I want you to have yourself in mind. I want to remind women all over to reignite their magic!”

Text excluding title courtesy Bellanaija

Use of Online Public Library Service Soars Amidst Covid-19 Crisis

Use of online public library service soars during Covid-19 crisis

THE Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring has called on members of the public to avail of the excellent content and services offered by the online public library service during the COVID 19 crisis.

Minister Ring, whose department is responsible for public libraries, also highlighted the significant increase of users of the online library service since this emergency began.

There has been a near doubling of new library memberships during the COVID 19 crisis compared to the same period last year.

Over 30,000 new members joined the library in March (just gone) compared to just over 17,000 in March 2019 and already in the first two weeks of April, 6,474 people have joined compared to 7,757 for the whole month of April last year.

Furthermore, there has been a considerable rise in usage of specific library services in the week commencing March 29th compared to the week commencing March 1st, including in the following areas:

• 313% increase in new users of e-books and audio books service

• 227% increase in people doing language courses

• 264% increase in people accessing online newspapers

• 65% increase in accessing magazines

Minister Ring said: “This increase in usage of our online library services shows the benefits that people are getting from our libraries during this crisis.

“While the doors of our public libraries are temporarily closed, it’s great to see that people are availing of the vast array of reading and educational material online.

“During this challenging period, the online library service provides excellent ways to occupy and educate children as well as opportunities for adults to learn a language or a new skill.

“I am really heartened by the increase in membership and usage of our online libraries and I urge more people to sign up and avail of the wonderful content and services available.

“This is your library service, it is completely free and there is so much to be gained from it.”

If you are not a member already you can become an online library member by completing the online registration at https://lgma.iii.com/selfreg

Our online public library service offers:

• over 33,300 e-books and 25,200 e-audiobooks

• over 500 e-learning courses

• over 100 online language courses

• 4,000 magazines

• 2,500 online newspapers

• Hundreds of digital comics and graphic novels

In response to the increased demand, Minister Ring recently allocated €200,000 to purchase over 5,000 new ebooks and audiobooks.

Minister Ring concluded: “We have invested significantly in our online library service in recent years and it has really come into its own in recent weeks.

“This has been made possible by our library staff and management who in a very short time period have re-purposed the library service so as to enable the public to get the best out of our libraries during this time.

“Library staff are continuing to innovate in order to keep people entertained and educated online, including through online STEAM Workshops, Virtual Coding Workshops, online photography courses, Facebook Live story times and writing competitions.”

“A large number of the libraries have also loaned their 3D printers to universities and are collaborating with Engineers Ireland to manufacture 3D facial shields.”

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