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Zain, Nigezie Discover Music Talent in ‘Tru Search’

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Henry Yire has emerged winner of the Lagos edition of the Zain Tru Search with Nigezie – a music talent hunt competition targeted at young University students across Nigeria.
With a unique stage name, “Blaq Sheep,” the dark Warri boy thrilled the judges with a brilliant rendition of several classic tunes and laid back hip-hop flavours.
The judges comprising disc jockeys, Jimmy Jatt and America’s Hot 97 radio presenter, Banky Hype showed no trace of doubt as they unanimously declared Blaq Sheep the winner of the Lagos edition of the high profile musical contest, which has gone round Nigeria. Hype described him as a real talent, stressing that he has all the potential to blossom into a high profile artiste.
Even the first runner-up, Elizabeth Okenwa (Betty) echoed similar sentiments, endorsing the judges’ decision to crown Blaq Sheep as the winner. She said he held his own confidently and stylishly during the painful 48-hour search for a musical genius across tertiary institutions in Lagos.
“Close to 500 talents came out for the auditioning and we all went through several screening stages to get to the final stage. We all needed to brace up to face the ultimate test, making sure we wowed the judges with our voices, lyrics, performance skills and the like. To emerge winner after all the troubles, struggles and roadblocks is definitely something to cheer about. Blaq Sheep actually did very well and I commend him for putting up an astounding performance all through the contest,” Said Betty.
Interestingly, Blaq Sheep did not just play in the league of his peers or fellow contestants. Zain and Nigezie granted him an opportunity to test his lyrical might with popular lyricist, 9ice at the Tru Search Concert in Lagos.
Norman Moyo, chief marketing officer, Zain Nigeria said Tru Search follows the recent launch of Zain’s youth package – Tru – a funky hybrid offer designed to fit the lifestyle of Nigerian youths, saying that Zain aims to take the package to an amazing height with the search for the best musical talents in tertiary institutions across the country.
According to him, students that emerge winners in the musical contest will enjoy several benefits including a stage performance with A-list artistes, an opportunity to have their songs included in Zain’s Central Station mix tape Compact Disc featuring some of Nigeria’s biggest artistes and distributed as a promotional item around Nigeria; and a five star makeover.
Zain’s Tru Search has crisscrossed major cities across the country including tertiary institutions in Enugu, Ibadan and Jos.

 


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Yobe Gov Approves Employment of Staff @ State Owned Broadcasting Stations

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Mai Mala Buni, governor of Yobe State has approved the appointment of experienced casual staff working at Yobe Broadcasting Corporation (YBC) and Yobe State Television (YTV).

Yobe Gov Approves Employment of Staff @ State Owned Broadcasting Stations

This is as part of efforts to ensure enough manpower for the on-going digitization of the two stations.

Abdullahi Bego, commissioner for Information, Home Affairs, and Culture revealed this when the officials of the Radio, Television and Theatre Art Workers Union (RATAWU) paid him a courtesy visit at the office in Damaturu.

Bego said the governor had after approving millions of naira for the total overhauling of the two stations directed for formulation of all strategies that will ensure effective implementation of the digitization process.

The commissioner also said, “His Excellency Hon. Mai Mala Buni is passionate about the digitization process of the media organizations in the state especially when it comes to equipment, staff strength and capability.

“The next step is the training and retraining of the staff of the two media organisations for efficiency in the execution of their job,” Bego disclosed.

He said the casual staffs billed for employment were serving at the stations for more than eight years while others five to six years without permanent appointment letters.

“We feel it is good to employ them taking into cognizance their experience in the system and dedication to duty.”

Bego commended RATTAWU among other members of the organization for their effort in informing, enlightening, and entertaining the public at all times.

Comrade Nasiru Illiya, chairman of RATTAWU, while speaking, said they were at his office to register their gratitude to the giant stride of Governor Mai Mala Buni, especially on the digitization of the two media organisations in the state.

“Sir, we are equally very grateful to note that within your short stay as commissioner of Information, we have started witnessing a positive transformation in the sector through the award of contracts worth millions of naira for upgrading YBC and YTV from analogue to digital transmission

“As I am speaking to you now, YBC is online transmission live,” Illiya disclosed


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FirstBank Supports Author on New TV Series

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First Bank of Nigeria Limited has announced its partnership with Arese Ugwu for the television adaptation of her best seller, Smart Money Woman.

FirstBank Supports Author on New TV Series

The weekly show – in its first season – is billed to premiere on Africa Magic Showcase this Wednesday.

The Smart Money Woman is a programme that shows the experiences, sacrifices, struggles and vigour of women in society as they carry out their day to day activities in spite of the gender imbalance in the society, especially in Africa.

The series is an adaptation of Smart Money Woman written to tackle debt, providing tips on inculcating the right savings culture of the African middle class (why don’t we say – every individual – as against limiting to African middle class), the fear and misconceptions surrounding money and the lack of it, love, friendships, cultural and societal pressures and the roles they play in success.

The half hour 13-episode series which is directed by Bunmi Ajakaiye and Co-, produced by Kemi Lala Akindoju, Akin Marinho and Arcadia Tv Africa would have viewers exposed to financial literacy nuggets. Its cast include; Osas Ighodaro, Toni Tones, Ini Dima-Okojie, Eby Eno, Eso Okolocha, Timini Egbuson, Karibi Fubara, Tope Tedela, Seun Ajayi and Temisan Emmanuel.

According to Arese Ugwu, author and executive producer, Smart Tribe Media; “The Smart Money Woman is a love letter to every modern and upwardly mobile African women who are exploring life opportunities and experiences to find that right balance in their day to day activities especially in their career, friendship, relationship and of course, family.”

“We thank First Bank of Nigeria Limited for being the first corporate sponsor to believe in my dream and take a chance on a first-time producer. This is a partnership we are pleased to reckon with, whilst we recognise how they have successfully empowered women across the geo-political zones in Nigeria through its various initiatives, especially the FirstGem product. They have provided mentoring, support and capacity building opportunities for all to create a new generation of financially literate women thereby contributing to the continued growth and development of the country.”

Speaking on the TV show, Folake Ani-Mumuney, group head, Marketing & Corporate Communications, First Bank of Nigeria Limited, said: “FirstBank has been at the forefront of promoting female empowerment and we understand the role financial literacy plays in deepening financial inclusion, whilst promoting female independence.

The essence of the TV programme is to raise financial awareness to inspire every individual in the society, especially women, to make informed choices and take effective actions for their financial wellbeing, she concluded.”


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OurTv Secures LaLiga Broadcasting Rights for Nigeria

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OurTV, a DTH free TV broadcast satellite service provider, has secured broadcast rights for Laliga matches in Nigeria.

OurTv Secures LaLiga Broadcasting Rights for Nigeria

OurTV will broadcast Laliga Santander matches live on its Sports Channel 120.

Commenting on the development, Olushola Peters, Head of Marketing of OurTV, said: “This is one major milestone for OurTv and we want to thank our esteemed users, who have always believed and supported us. We value your input and suggestions as it is a core culture in OurTv to listen and please our viewers as much as we can.”

OurTv is a Direct-To-Home (DTH) TV broadcast satellite service with onetime payment of set-up boxes that offers over 18 unique and exciting channels with the use of homegrown services.


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