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Nigerian Idol Season 8: Here are Your Top 10 Contestants as Theatre Week Comes to a Close



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After a fierce battle, starting with thousands of hopefuls and dwindling to hundreds, the top 10 Nigerian Idol contestants going to the live shows have emerged.

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The final judgement of Theatre Week divided the best singers in Nigeria from others and revealed which contestants have what it takes to perform live for the audience’s votes next Sunday. It was a make-or-break moment! Amidst anticipation and nerves, 29 contestants took the stage individually, striving to secure their place to compete in the top 10.

After surviving the golden ticket, first theatre week and duet rounds, the final 29 contestants received their life-changing songs for their auditions. These talented individuals diligently learned the lyrics, adapted the music to their style, and poured their hearts and souls into delivering the performances of their lives.

First up was Savvy Henry. He confidently took to the stage, determined to surpass the disappointments of the previous season. His solo audition seemed promising, as his heart raced with anticipation. The judges were impressed, and Savvy secured a coveted spot in the top 10, a step closer to his dreams. He had redeemed himself after failing to make the top 10 last season.

Next was 17-year-old Constance, who had delivered a stellar performance during her solo audition the previous week with Ariana Grande’s hit song, “Positions,” and faced the judges with nerves and excitement. Her talent shone through once again, securing her a well-deserved spot among the top 10 contenders.

Arite, brimming with confidence, stepped forward to face the judges. While her performance received praise from Dbanj, her singing fell short of expectations. Unfortunately, she did not make the top 10.

As the selection process continued, only eight spots remained, and many talented artists had their dreams to make the top 10 cut short as their journey abruptly ended. The moments were heartbreaking. Contestants like Daniel Adam, Soul Tunes, Sir Danny, and many others accepted defeat and reluctantly bid the show farewell.

Precious Mac, sister of season 6 top 11 finalist Faith Mac, delivered a fantastic performance of Simi’s song, “Ayo”, and secured a spot. She is now the first Mac sister to make it into the top 10 as her sister was evicted from the show as the top 11. Victory Bakara impressed the judges with an excellent solo performance of Tuface’s “No Shaking” and made it to the top 10.

Ose Daniel performed Adekunle Gold’s hit song, “Catch Me If You Can”. Simi favoured him, but Dbanj and Obi were unsure about his place in the competition. After deliberation, the judges decided to give him a chance. They included him in the top 10. 23-year-old Blossom wowed the judges with her rendition of Lizzo’s “About That Time” during her solo audition, earning her a place in the top 10.

Abraham met the judges after performing Chris Brown’s hit song “Under the Influence”, and secured the 7th spot. Reigny gave her best during the solo audition, performing “Karma” by Summer Walker, and earned her place in the top 10. She was ecstatic with the result. Quest impressed the judges with her rendition of “Flowers” by Miley Cyrus and secured a spot among the top 10 contenders for the live show.

The battle for the final spot came down to Chisom and Smart Lily. Last season, 22-year-old Chisom experienced disappointment when he didn’t advance during the final Theatre Week round. Determined to do better in Season 8, he performed Sam Smith’s “Unholy” and showed the judges he had what they were looking for. With only one slot remaining, the judges faced a difficult decision. Ultimately, Chisom secured the last spot in the top 10 for Nigerian Idol Season 8.

The top 10 contestants who have earned their place in the live show through talent, perseverance, and sheer determination are Savvy Henry, Constance, Precious Mac, Victory, Ose Daniel, Blossom, Abraham, Quest, Chisom, and Goodness.

Congratulations to the top 10! It’s not easy. The live shows will begin on Sunday, May 28, and it will be up to the audience to decide who makes it to each week of the competition and who eventually becomes the Nigerian Idol.

Season 8 broadcasts on all Africa Magic Channels – Showcase, Urban, and Family. The excitement reaches new heights with a dedicated Nigerian Idol pop-up channel (DStv ch. 199). Fans can enjoy exclusive “behind-the-stage” conversations and catch up on all the auditions.

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9mobile Refutes Claims of N55Bn Debt to Keystone Bank



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Board of Directors of Emerging Markets Telecommunication Services Limited, trading as 9mobile, has refuted reports suggesting that a court ordered the company to pay a N55bn debt to Keystone Bank.

9mobile Refutes Claims of N55Bn Debt to Keystone Bank

In a statement at the weekend, the telecommunications company clarified that it was not a party to any legal suit or court order related to the debt.

The legal dispute involves only its minority shareholder, Teleology Nigeria Limited.

“Our attention has been drawn to a wave of syndicated media publications dated Friday, July 19, 2024, with the same misleading headline: ‘Court orders 9mobile to pay N55bn debt to Keystone Bank,’” 9mobile stated.

“The Management of 9mobile wishes to inform the concerned public and critical stakeholders that, contrary to this misleading headline, Emerging Markets Telecommunication Services Limited, trading as 9mobile, was neither a party to any suit nor affected by the order said to have been made against it as an entity.”

On Friday, a section of the media reported that a Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos, ordered Teleology Nigeria Ltd. to pay the sum owed to Keystone Bank.

Bode Olanipekun, SAN, Keystone’s counsel, claimed Teleology failed to service the loan used to finance its acquisition of assets in 9mobile.

Despite Keystone Bank’s offer to restructure the loan, Teleology did not meet the conditions set forth. Instead of repayment, the plaintiff received a proposal from PAC Ltd. suggesting a debt conversion to equity with no immediate repayment.

9mobile emphasised that the reports were false and defamatory, impacting its corporate reputation.

“If the correspondents who filed the obviously syndicated news stories were anywhere near the courtroom during the proceedings leading to the issuance of the said order, they would have known that at no point was 9mobile a party to the suit in question. Rather, the action was appropriately classified and filed as ‘Keystone Bank v. Teleology Nigeria Limited.’”

The company reiterated that no judgment was made against it and described the attempt to link 9mobile with the transaction of its minority shareholder, Teleology Nigeria Limited, as “false and maliciously misleading.”

9mobile highlighted that it is under new ownership, with a 95.5 per cent controlling stake in the business, and has not been found liable for the actions of its minority shareholder in the ongoing legal tussle.

“Our business transformation program has commenced, and we are poised to reclaim our place in the market,” 9mobile assured.

Teleology Holdings acquired 9mobile, previously known as Etisalat Nigeria, in November 2018 after a lengthy bidding process. However, just two months later, Teleology announced its withdrawal from the project due to dissatisfaction with its local partnership and operational challenges.

This decision jeopardised the initial $50m deposit made for the acquisition and highlighted ongoing financial difficulties faced by 9mobile, which has seen a significant decline in subscribers since its financial troubles began in 2017.


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TD Africa, BOSCH Strengthen Ties on Nigerian Consumer Electronic Market



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To further showcase its acknowledgment and endorsement of the Nigerian-born, Africa-wide technology distribution company, TD Africa, a delegation of Robert Bosch GmbH, popularly known as BOSCH, has paid a courtesy visit to the tech distribution giant at its Victoria Island, Lagos, head office.

L-R: Ifeoma Chigbo-Ndukwe (HR & Admin, TD Africa); Anastasia Etumeahu (Bosch Business Manager, TD Africa); Piet Ebersohn (Bosch Brand Manager, Sub-Saharan Africa); Chioma Chimere (Coordinating Managing Director, TD Africa); Chiamaka Okonkwo (Business Analyst, TD Africa); Omotola Basiru (Procurement Officer, TD Africa).

This pivotal visit marks a renewed commitment of the German multinational engineering and technology company to TD Africa as the strategic ally for Bosch business in Nigeria.

Mrs. Chioma Chimere, the Coordinating Managing Director of TD Africa, who warmly received the Bosch delegation, said the visit was to further strengthen the existing ties between the two companies and stamp the multinational’s presence in Nigeria.

Her words, “This visit signifies a renewed focus on making Bosch the most sought-after consumer electronics brand for the discerning Nigerian customer.

“We believe the collaborative strategies discussed will pave the way for big prospects and breakthroughs for Bosch in Nigeria, and TD Africa stands ready as a key partner in this journey.”

Topmost on the discussion were strategies for projecting TD Africa as the key distributor for Bosch products in the country. As both parties outlined plans towards achieving exponential growth through marketing initiatives, among others, to expand Bosch’s market share.

Mr. Piet Ebersohn, the Brand Manager for Bosch, Sub-Saharan Africa, who led the delegation, said: “TD’s commitment to the growth of the customer’s value chain is immeasurable and invaluable. This is one of the many reasons we value our partnership with TD Africa.”

For the continued efficacy of the alliance, the German company promised to ensure top-notch supply-chain management practices with TD Africa to ensure a steady flow of desired Bosch products to ease and meet the Nigerian consumer demands without delay.

While this collaboration further reinforces TD Africa’s commitment to making technologies accessible across the continent, the visit has again confirmed TD Africa’s position as the premier distributor of choice for leading global brands.

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FG Calls on Nigerians to Apply for ECOWAS Cybersecurity Hackathon



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Federal Government of Nigeria is calling on all Nigerian youths and IT enthusiasts to join the Capture the Flag (CTF) competition by registering to participate in the Economic Community of West Africa’s (ECOWAS) Cybersecurity Hackathon.

The event aims to empower citizens across the region with vital cybersecurity skills.

The event is being organised by ECOWAS and hosted by Nigeria in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy, and NITDA.

The Cybersecurity Hackathon presents an excellent opportunity for both beginners and seasoned professionals to dive into the world of cybersecurity, acquire new skills, and network with fellow enthusiasts.

All talented individuals and teams are invited to join this exhilarating competition. Demonstrate your expertise, collaborate with peers, and push the boundaries of cybersecurity. Be part of the talent pool driving cyberspace security for your country and West Africa as a whole.

The hackathon fosters a platform for young technology enthusiasts, enhancing the cyber workforce in the region. Nigerian youths are particularly encouraged to participate and showcase their brightest minds in this competition. Whether a cybersecurity novice or a seasoned expert, this event offers a unique opportunity to learn new skills and connect with fellow cyber enthusiasts.

ECOWAS Hackathon is an annual ethical hacking competition that brings together top cybersecurity talents from across ECOWAS, providing a unique opportunity to showcase skills, encourage knowledge sharing, and promote excellence in the field of cybersecurity.

The first edition took place in Porto Novo, Benin Republic in 2022 and Lome, Togo in 2023.

Eligibility and Registration Details:

Registration Period: Open from July 19, 2024, to August 5, 2024.

Eligibility Criteria:

All participants must be citizens of ECOWAS

member countries.

Travel tickets will be provided for participants residing within the region.

Teams must consist of 3-4 members, with at least one female participant.

Participants must be between 17 and 35 years of age.

This initiative came at the time of a recent report by the International Information System Security Certification Consortium (ISC2), which highlighted a global gap of four million unfilled cybersecurity jobs.

The Federal Government of Nigeria is addressing this talent shortage through its 3 Million Technical Talent (3MTT) programme, organised by the Federal Ministry of Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy.

The programme aims to train three million Nigerians in technical skills, including cybersecurity.

Register Now:

Don’t miss this thrilling opportunity to be part of West Africa’s cybersecurity community. Registration for the ECOWAS Cybersecurity Hackathon is now open. Join this exciting Capture the Flag (CTF) competition by clicking the link below:](

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