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Awka Catches the Highlife Fever, As Hi-Life Fest Heads South To Asaba

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The city of Awka got a taste of the Hi-Life Fest on Sunday, June 16, 2019, as the regional auditions of the indigenous music talent show headed to the capital city of Anambra.

Amazing performances, electrifying stagecraft and an ever-lively audience best describe the atmosphere on the night, as residents thronged out en masse to witness the show, which was returning to the city for its second consecutive year.

Just as it happened the previous week in Enugu, scores of talented artists and vibrant dancers got a chance to battle on stage after undergoing a screening process.

The judges included Highlife maestro, Bright Chimezie, African dance scholar, Dr Akaz, actor, David Jones-David and special guest judge, ‘I Go Tuk’ aka Main Market man.

After a keenly contested night, two singers, Frank Onyeka and Prince Destiny Onochuwkwu emerged first and second in the singing category, while Megastar dance troupe won in the best dance group.

The singers and dance group advanced to the quarterfinals while the other contestants went home with consolation prizes courtesy of Life Continental Lager beer.

The Hi-Life Fest train will be making its next stop in Asaba, Delta State, with auditions set to hold in the days before the regional knock-out on Sunday, June 23 at the Sandy Gold Hotel on Abraka road.

The overall winner of the 2019 Hi-Life Fest will walk home with a whopping prize-money of N5 Million,  while the first and second runners-up will also go home with N2 million and N1 million Naira respectively.

Hi-Life Fest is an initiative of Life Continental Lager Beer, the fine quality lager from the stables of Nigerian Breweries Plc. The beer is made from the finest choice of grains, hob extracts and the purest of waters, expertly brewed to give that rich, crisp distinctive taste.

 


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Ugo Onwuaso is an ICT enthusiast. He believes technology should be used for general good. He holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from the Lagos state University.

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Tunde Saiki, NTA Senior Manager Dies

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Mr. Babatunde Saiki, a senior journalist with the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), is dead.

Tunde Saiki, NTA Senior Manager Dies

Tunde Saiki

Dr. Qasim Akinreti, chairman of Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Lagos Council, who confirmed Saiki’s death, said the senior journalist died at the Victoria Island, Lagos Office of the Television station in the morning of October 30.

“Dear colleagues, we just lost one of our members in NTA Victorial Island chapel, Mr. Tunde Saiki…Tunde died in the office this morning and his corpse deposited at the morgue,” Akinreti said.

He continied; “….May God forgive him of his shortcomings. My condolences to his family and the NTA management.”

Saiki until his death was Manager, News and Current Affairs with NTA Lagos Network Centre and also Head Political Desk, NTA LNC.

He rose through the ranks after his redeployment from NTA Iruepken to NTA Lagos Network Centre few years ago.

He is survived by wife and Children.


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Man United and Arsenal Go Head To Head In The Premier League on DStv

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It’s another big weekend for Manchester United as they face Arsenal in the English Premier League on Sunday November 1, 2020.

Still battling with a wobbly start to the new season, the Red Devils will be looking forward to ending their home games woes as they face the Gunners at the Old Trafford in the Super Sunday match.

United head into the match under intense pressure to regain fans’ confidence and get its Premier League campaign on track after an unimpressive home run. They have won their last 10 away games in all competitions but none of their last five at home.

It is United’s worst start to a season at Old Trafford in the last 48 years.

The once dreaded Old Trafford where opponents visit with their hearts in their mouths is fast becoming a common ground after United suffered 3-1 loss to Crystal Palace, 6-1 to Tottenham and refused to score a goal against the Blues last weekend. It is left to be seen whether Arsenal will come close to repeating the 6-1 plummeting of United by its North London rivals.

Despite losing 1-0 to Leicester City on Monday night, the Gunners boss, Mikel Arteta, will be boosted by the fact that his side has a head to head advantage over United in their last three encounters.

The head to head record appears to favour Arsenal having won two and drawn one of the duo’s last three league meetings while United’s last win against Arsenal was in the FA Cup in 2019.

Arsenal presently at 10th place on nine points travel to Old Trafford on Sunday without Gabriel Martinelli, Pablo Mari, Rob Holding, Calum Chambers have all been ruled out with injury. David Luiz who picked up a muscular injury against Leicester is also unsure for the game yet.

United with seven points sits at 15th place will also be without Anthony Martial still serving his domestic suspension, while Eric Bailly, Jesse Lingard and Phil Jones are all ruled out with injury.

While we look forward to the epic battle at Old Trafford this weekend live on DStv, we cannot lose sight of matches from the 18 other Premier League clubs that will all be in action this weekend. The games will also be live on SuperSport Premier League for all DStv customers.


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TStv Launches PPV Model as Low as N3 Per Day

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Telcom Satellite Tv (TStv), digital service television in Nigeria, has created a Pay Per View model for subscribers to pay as low as N3 per day, according to Dr Bright Echefu, managing director.

TStv Launches PPV Model as Low as N3 Per Day

Echefu, who stated this when he paid a courtesy visit on the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) in Abuja, explained that the Pay As You Go model would help subscribers to recharge their decoder accounts with as low as N50 and keep their account balance intact when they do not use the decoder.

Demola Olanrewaju, director of Public Affairs, TStv, in a statement in Abuja, quoted Echefu, as saying that “It is a flexible way of accessing whatever television content preferred, without forcing anyone to choose packages as the model allows anyone to choose any five stations he likes to watch and pay only for those stations,” he said.

He expressed delight at TStv’s membership of BON and assured that the company would play a vital role in moving the organisation forward.

Sa’a Ibrahim, BON chairman, expressed delight at the visit.

She said that there was always room for new members in the organisation, as the need to come together and collaborate always existed.

She said that BON needed to reclaim its mission of agenda-setting and to play its role in youths’ development to help the Federal Government curb anti-social elements that had become rampant on social media.


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