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Media Personality, Ayo Mairo-Ese and ex-BBNaija housemate, Omololu Shomuyiwa to unveil The Future Awards Africa 2018 nominees

The wait is finally over! Africa’s biggest youth event, The Future Awards Africa is set to unveil the nominees for its 13th edition, with the list set to be announced this Sunday, 2 December, 2018.

Doing the honours will be media personality, Ayo Mairo-Ese and ex-Big Brother Naija housemate, Omololu Shomuyiwa, and will be televised at 3 p.m on ChannelsTV, EbonyLife TV, WazobiaMax TV, African Magic Family and African Magic Epic.
Themed ‘Nigeria’s New Tribe’, the 2018 edition again celebrates young Nigerians driving new narratives, pursuing positive change and making a difference through social enterprise, social good and innovation, united by the possibilities of their talent, commitment to hard work and driven by achievement.
With twenty categories up this year, the top spots for the awards will be hotly contested as one hundred nominees are set to be revealed by the hosts.
Follow @TFAAfrica to keep up with the latest news on the Awards. The official hashtags for 2018 are #NigeriasNewTrib…

SEASONED WITH SALT?

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL
DATE: FRIDAY 30TH NOVEMBER 2018
THEME: SEASONED WITH SALT?
MEMORISE:Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man. Colossians 4:6
READ: Ephesians 4:29
29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
MESSAGE
As seen in today's memory verse, the Holy Spirit demands that our speech be seasoned with salt. When cooking, it does not matter how many delicious ingredients you have in the soup, if you don't add salt, your food may taste bland. In the same way, no matter how holy or filled with the Holy Spirit you claim to be, if your speech is not seasoned with salt, you are distasteful to God and man. In fact, all your claims are lies, because Luke 6:45 says:
“A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringe…

MISSING THE WORLD?

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL
DATE: THURSDAY 29TH NOVEMBER 2018
THEME: MISSING THE WORLD?
MEMORISE:And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God. Luke 9:62
READ: 1 John 2:15-17
15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
MESSAGE
There is a natural feeling in every human being called nostalgia. It is the feeling you get when you miss someone or something that was once a part of your life. When you become born again, a lot of things about you change. Your friends, choice of drinks, fun spots, daily schedule, speech and many more things change. The difference between being born again and just keep…

WHEN YOU NEED HELP

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL
DATE: WEDNESDAY 28TH NOVEMBER 2018
THEME: WHEN YOU NEED HELP
MEMORISE:And when we cried unto the LORD God of our fathers, the LORD heard our voice, and looked on our affliction, and our labour, and our oppression: Deuteronomy 26:7
READ: Deuteronomy 26:6-9
6 And the Egyptians evil entreated us, and afflicted us, and laid upon us hard bondage:
7 And when we cried unto the LORD God of our fathers, the LORD heard our voice, and looked on our affliction, and our labour, and our oppression:
8 And the LORD brought us forth out of Egypt with a mighty hand, and with an outstretched arm, and with great terribleness, and with signs, and with wonders:
9 And he hath brought us into this place, and hath given us this land, even a land that floweth with milk and honey.
MESSAGE
Without question, every man or woman born into this world needs help at one point or the other. Knowing what to do when the need for help arises is a factor that differentiates victors from defeated people.…

South African-based Record Label IBang Music Unveils It's First Act, Nigerian Singer Chibichan

IBang Music, a budding Nigerian music record label based in South Africa has officially unveiled their first signed act; afro-pop and dancehall singer Chibichan.

Born Chibuike Celestine Uzoechi, Chibichan is a Nigerian singer and songwriter who recently relocated to Nigeria from South Africa to focus on his music after garnering mild popularity in South Africa’s underground music scene.
The artist has released his debut single titled ‘Over Sabi’ which was produced by seasoned record producer Tspize under the label, prior to the official announcement. The song has since managed to make the rounds on social media, following its release.
The announcement came after IBang CEO Prince Aaron Momoh took to social media to unveil Chibichan as the label’s first signee in a post that reads “IBang music is more than just a record label and what drives this team is solely our passion to see Nigerian music evolve. We envision Nigerian music becoming the foremost in the world’s pop culture – and we’ve …

BEFORE THE GATE SHUTS

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL
DATE: TUESDAY 27TH NOVEMBER 2018
THEME: BEFORE THE GATE SHUTS
MEMORISE:For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. Romans 9:15
READ: Ecclesiastes 8:11-13
11 Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.
12 Though a sinner do evil an hundred times, and his days be prolonged, yet surely I know that it shall be well with them that fear God, which fear before him:
13 But it shall not be well with the wicked, neither shall he prolong his days, which are as a shadow; because he feareth not before God.
MESSAGE
One observable fact about human beings is that anytime they engage in wrong deeds that deserve to be punished and the punishment does not occur, they will assume that they can press forward with their evil deeds without any consequences. In other words, impunity reigns where justice does not tak…

THE SECRETS OF LIFE

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL
DATE: MONDAY 26TH NOVEMBER 2018
THEME: THE SECRETS OF LIFE
MEMORISE:
The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law. Deuteronomy 29:29
READ: Daniel 2:25-28
25 Then Arioch brought in Daniel before the king in haste, and said thus unto him, I have found a man of the captives of Judah, that will make known unto the king the interpretation.
26 The king answered and said to Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, Art thou able to make known unto me the dream which I have seen, and the interpretation thereof?
27 Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said, The secret which the king hath demanded cannot the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, the soothsayers, show unto the king;
28 But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days. Thy dream, and the vision…

MERCY VERSUS JUDGEMENT

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OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL
DATE: SUNDAY 25TH NOVEMBER 2018
THEME: MERCY VERSUS JUDGEMENTMEMORISE:He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy. Proverbs 29:1
READ: Psalm 103:17-22
17 But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children;
18 To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.
19 The LORD hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all.
20 Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.
21 Bless ye the LORD, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure.
22 Bless the LORD, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the LORD, O my soul.
MESSAGE
Our God is a holy God. At the same time, He is Love. From time to time, the holiness of God and the love of God may clash. His holiness will direct H…

Funlola Aofiyebi-Raimi Celebrates Birthday with action-filled photos

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Nollywood actress, Funlola Aofiyebi-Raimi has released insanely creative and expressive photos to celebrate her birthday today, November 24th, 2018.The superstar actress shared the dramatic photos on her Instagram page with captions to motivate upcoming, seasoned and established actors to take up more challenging roles, step out of their comfort zone and express their diversified talents at all times.Funlola depicted quite a number of characters in the new photos, some of the characters include, a boxer, widow, drug addict, woman in black, sexy bitch, glamazon, amongst others.One of Funlola's birthday message as shared on social media reads: This year, I’m celebrating my range as an Actress as I urge others to stretch themselves and step out of their comfort zone! In life, challenges shape and strengthen us as individuals. As an actor, challenging roles shape and strengthen your ability to interpret more roles and convey emotions. Be you an up-coming, established or seasoned actor…

DIVINE PROMOTION

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL
DATE: SATURDAY 24TH NOVEMBER 2018
THEME: DIVINE PROMOTION
MEMORISE:
For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south.Psalm 75:6
READ: Psalm 75:5-7
5 Lift not up your horn on high: speak not with a stiff neck.
6 For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south.
7 But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.
MESSAGE
The title of our reflection today is "Divine Promotion", because experience has shown that there are evil ways of getting promoted. However, promotion gotten through diabolical means does not last, and neither does it do any good to its beneficiary. The history of mankind confirms that getting promoted diabolically always has its adverse effects, so much so that its beneficiary will regret it in the end. A classical example of someone who wickedly promoted himself to be king was Macbeth in one of the Shakespearean plays. Although he got to the throne, he nev…

FINANCIAL BREAKTHROUGH

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL
DATE: FRIDAY 23RD NOVEMBER 2018
THEME: FINANCIAL BREAKTHROUGH
MEMORISE:If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures. Job 36:11
READ: Deuteronomy 28:11-12
11 And the LORD shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers to give thee.
12 The LORD shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow.
MESSAGE
In Deuteronomy 15:11, the Holy Spirit revealed that there would always be poor people in the land. The Lord also confirmed this in Matthew 26:11. Nevertheless, according to Deuteronomy 28:1-12, we also understand that the will of God is for His children to live in abundance and even lend to nations. So, while the poor will always be in …

Video: OAP YAW Releases Trailer for his first movie ‘SMASH’

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Seasoned OAP-actor Steve Onu, popularly known as Yaw has released the trailer to his upcoming romantic-comedy movie ‘SMASH’, which follows the hilarious adventures of five best friends; Somachi, Madu, Anayo, Somto and Hector, as they evade marriage, despite their individual success and the unyielding pressure that comes with being unmarried at their ages.
The movie stars an ensemble cast; consisting of some of Nollywood’s most sought-after names, including Iyabo Ojo, Gideon Okeke, Ufuoma McDermott, Uzor Arukwe, Enyinna Nwaigwe, Steve Onu, Stanley Chibuna ‘FunnyBone’, Bolanle Ninalowo, Kiki Omeli, Ebele Okaro, Comedian Senator, amongst others.The movie’s title is an acronym representing the first letter in the name of each lead character; Somachi, Madu, Anayo, Somto and Hector.The trailer shows the characters in various hilarious scenes that give insight into the movie’s plot; which shows unique attributes that defines each of them on their journey. Anayo is shown to have an over-bearin…

DANGERS OF IGNORANCE

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL
DATE: THURSDAY 22ND NOVEMBER 2018
THEME: DANGERS OF IGNORANCE
MEMORISE:Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:Ephesians 4:18
READ: Hosea 4:6
6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.
MESSAGE
Ignorance means a lack of knowledge. It is a state of being uninformed, and this is a very dangerous thing. People sometimes say that ignorance is bliss, but this is very wrong. Knowledge is power, while ignorance on the other hand is death. It is what you don't know that can kill you. A person who doesn't know how dangerous a snake is can decide to stroke its beautiful body to his or her own peril. A worker who fails to learn about the requirements peculiar to his or her j…

Promoting the Yoruba culture through movie production

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The premiere ofAlagbaraSeries will remain indelible in the annals of history in the production of Yoruba Television series for the people of the South West, Nigeria and other Yoruba speakers across Africa where StarTimes digital pay TV beams. The star-studded seriesbrought together a-list Yoruba actors; Producers; marketers; Integrated Marketing Communications professionals and other social Nigerians to its unveiling.
The TV series which is the concept of a Yoruba movie veteran, Adebayo Salami popularly called Oga Bello was produced in partnership with StarTimes Nigeria to achieve the feat with other seasoned actors such as Adebayo Salami; Femi Adebayo-Salami; Dele Odule; Bukola Awoyemi-Olatunji; Ronke Oshodi-Oke; Toyin Adegbola; Lanre Hassan; Funso Adeolu and many others.The ambience of the event was truly traditionally Yoruba, in fact, the representatives of StarTimes were cladded in Yoruba attires and the Yoruba movie industry professionals were in their flowing agbadas. From the us…

United Kingdom-based high street fashion brand, Hype and Steam officially launches in Nigeria

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Hype and Steam, a United Kingdom-based online fashion retailer, officially launched operations in Nigeria on Friday, 16 November, 2018 with an exclusive runway show and after party at the Hard Rock Café, Victoria Island, Lagos.Looking to bring the latest global trends to fashion enthusiasts in Nigeria at affordable prices, the high street brand has commenced full operations in Nigeria, with a delivery turnaround time of between one to five days across the country - a welcome alternative to foreign online platforms with long waiting periods and exorbitant shipping costs.Speaking at the event, Business Head, Hype and Steam Nigeria, Mrs. Adebola Ukaiwe, stated that the fashion retail brand is committed to providing the best service to the Nigerian market by selling en vogue, quality clothing items and accessories at affordable rates.The launch event, compered by Maria Okan, including appearances by Mimi Onaloja, Titi Oyinsan and Olumide Oworu amongst others, is definitely one of the fash…

THE AUGUST MEETING MOVEMENT: NEXT STOP - ABUJA

The stage play, ‘The August Meeting’, would be showing in Abuja this Saturday, 24th of November 2018 at the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre. 
Produced by Raconteur Productions with the support of The Ford Foundation, the play which depicts the historical revolt recorded as ‘The Aba Women’s Riot’ is centred on the aftermath of the riot, as the women of Oloko led by ‘Nwanyereuwa’ come together to stand up to the oppression of a patriarchal system and demand for equality and equity in the society.
The August Meeting kicked off it’s 10-show nationwide tour in Lagos on the 18th of November, 2018 at Freedom Park as part of the Lagos Fringe Festival making it exactly 89 years since the first August Meeting after the Aba Women’s Riot in 1929.
Directed by Kenneth Uphopho,produced by Chioma Onyenwe and written by Paul Ugbede, the play was well received, met with applause and mirth. 
“The August Meeting is a play born out of the idea that feminism in Nigeria is not a new construct and is rooted in our hi…

REJOICE WITH THOSE WHO REJOICE

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL
DATE: WEDNESDAY 21ST NOVEMBER 2018
THEME: REJOICE WITH THOSE WHO REJOICE
MEMORISE:Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. Romans 12:15
READ: Romans 12:15-16
15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.
16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.
MESSAGE
It’s not so hard to mourn with those who mourn. It is relatively easy to feel the loss of a grieving person and to experience genuine sadness for their loss. Job 2:11-13 gives us an example of what it means to mourn with those who mourn. It says:
“Now when Job's three friends heard of all this evil that was come upon him, they came every one from his own place; Eliphaz the Temanite, and Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite: for they had made an appointment together to come to mourn with him and to comfort him. And when they lifted up their eyes afar off, and knew h…

Jane Michael Ekanem, Joseph Ike, Falana, others nominated the YNaija Powerlist for Fashion and Style

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Powerhouse stylist and fashion designer Jane Michael Ekanem, fashion business savants Joseph Ike and Ola Akindeinde, fashion merchandiser Oroma Itegboje and Vogue US anointed Lagos fashion it-girl Falana have been unveiled as some of the most influential personalities in the 2018 edition of the #YNaijaPowerList for Fashion and Style - a roll call of the most powerful Nigerian influencers under the age of 40.Currently in its seventh year, Y!/YNaija.com, the internet newspaper for young Nigerians, unveils the Powerlist to celebrate decision-makers, changemakers, and influencers breaking boundaries in Nigeria.Other personalities on the 2018 Powerlist also include longtime fashion favourites behind the women's wear label Sylvia Enekwe-Ojei and Olivia Enekwe-Okoji, Nkechi 'Ink' Eze who has leveraged the platform of her big sister Uche Pedro to launch thriving fashion media hubs; the charismatic Zara Odu who works behind the scenes positioning fashion brands like Lisa Folawiyo f…

Access Bank reiterates commitment to Sustainable Banking

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Africa's leading financial institution, Access Bank Plc has restated its commitment to sustainable banking practices that stimulate economic growth and development.
The Bank in celebration of 10 years of promoting sustainable banking recently held a week-long event across its several branches within and outside Nigeria aimed at reiterating the Bank’s commitment to sustainable banking.Speaking at the flag-off ceremony, with the theme ‘Journey to a Sustainable Future,’ Group Managing Director/CEO, Herbert Wigwe, described the celebration as an opportunity to appreciate the results recorded so far while still setting the pace for better achievements in coming years.In his words, ’The business of banking for us, goes beyond keeping money and making profit. We are very interested in the development and well-being of people and preserving the planet. I am happy at the progress we have made since we began 10 years ago, and I am very sure we will do even better in the coming years. I belie…

GREAT EXPECTATIONS

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL
DATE: TUESDAY 20TH NOVEMBER 2018
THEME: GREAT EXPECTATIONS
MEMORISE:For the needy shall not alway be forgotten: the expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever. Psalm 9:18
READ: Mark 5:24-29
24 And Jesus went with him; and much people followed him, and thronged him.
25 And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years,
26 And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse,
27 When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment.
28 For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.
29 And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague.
MESSAGE
It is amazing that some people go to the house of God without any expectation. Believe me sincerely, there are regular attendees of church services who for a very long time have conditioned themselves to be onlookers. They listen t…

LOOK & LIVE

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL
DATE: MONDAY 19TH NOVEMBER 2018
THEME: LOOK & LIVE
MEMORISE:And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: John 3:14
READ: Numbers 21:5-9, John 3:14-15
Numbers 21:5-95 And the people spake against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth this light bread.
6 And the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died.
7 Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD, and against thee; pray unto the LORD, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people.
8 And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live.
9 And Moses made a serpent of brass, and p…