Agbenu Kacholalo: Colours of culture at Idoma International Carnival 2019.

For five days, the sky of Otukpo lit up in pink, red and black colours. Others flash like strobes. The night skyline of St. Mary’s Primary School, venue of the grand gathering glowed in a grandiose carnival of shade like the night skies at Christmas.

Albeit, it was Yuletide season, but the brilliant colours were neither sparkle from fireworks by jubilant kids, nor from crackers fired by adults celebrating the New Year. The sparkles were shimmers blazing forth from the galaxy of stars and colours of culture that were in attendance.

It was billed to be moments of glamour and excitement. And so it turned out to be. The city of Otukpo, the southern flank of Benue Valley will not in a rush forget the experience and groove in the air for a long time to come.

It was a moment that stars shone and nearly set the city ablaze by the sheer force of their brightness. Dignitaries from government, business, diplomatic circles, and of course, artistes, were all at the 2019 edition of the Idoma International Carnival, which drew its curtain on Friday, December 27.

This was the seventh edition of the annual festival.

The 2019 edition of the Idoma International Carnival might have come and gone, but the memories still linger, especially in the heart of those who partook in the yearly ‘ritual.’

Dubbed the biggest street party in the northern end of the Niger, Idoma Carnival bore on its shoulders glitz, glamour and razzmatazz.

The 2019 edition of the five-day event tagged ‘Agbenu Kacholalo’ (Wealth of Our People) could only be summed up with the caption: optimis optimus.

Before the main event, there was a football tournament, which was won by Emirates FC of Otukpo.

‘Agbenu Kacholalo’ kicked started on December 22 with the jeans carnival, which literarily held residents and tourists in Otukpo, Africa’s acclaimed ‘Texas’ enthralled.

From Ogiri Okoh to Ojira Streets, Ajene to Ogwonu Igbahapa, streets of Otukpo were ‘jeaned’ from sun till moonlight.

The jean party over, drums were rolled out for celebration of people, whose public conduct and action helped to inspire hope for a better Idoma/Nigerian community with the award night.

Recognition for hardwok, sacrifices

Topping the list of the awardees were:

1. Idoma Man of the Year 2019 – Dr. Pastor Paul Enenche

2. Most Outstanding Legislator of the Year- Comrade Abba Moro

3. Legal luminary of the year – Chief Godwin Obla

4. Lifetime Achievement Award

a. Mrs Rosemary Oganyi – Children of Mary Home Orphanage

b. Senator David Mark

c. AVM Monday Morgan Riku

d. Bongos Ikwue

e. AIG Wilson Inalegwu

f. Susan Peters

g. Chris Morgan Ochogwu

5. Posthumous Award – Peter Otulu (in Recognition his Promotion of Idoma Music)

6. Public Servant of the Year – Mrs Elizabeth Ede

7. Artist of the Year (Circular) – Tuface Idibia

8. Artist of the Year (Gospel) – Owi Abutu

9. Upcoming Artist of the year – Emmanuel Olofu (Meddy)

10. Comedian -Emmanuel Abogonye (Chokoli)

11. Actor of the Year -Lucy Ameh

12. Philanthropist of the Year – Arc Apeh Iwodi

13. Local Government Chairman of the Year – Chief George Alli

14. Alumni Association of the Year – Otukpo Government Secondary School Old Boys Association

15. Entertainer of the Year – Joseph Oche Udeh (MC Smart)

16. Idoma Sports Personality of the Year – Anthony Ujah

17. Idoma Diaspora Person of the Year – Barr. Emmanuel Ogebe

18. Most Idoma Friendly Person of the Year- Felicia Ijachi

19. Broadcaster of the Year – Mike Okwoche (TCV News)

20. Youth Trail Blazer of the Year – Hon. Barr. Aida Ojema Nat-Ogwuche

21. IdomaInventor of the year – Engr. Michael Friday

22. Most Outstanding Transport Company of the Year – Joe Silver Travels

23. Most Outstanding Idoma Caterer of the year- Jane Onyechi Ikpeme (Queen Restaurant Otukpo)

Beyond just a carnival

For the founder and brain behind the Idoma International Carnival, Chief Edwin Ochia, the yearly event is more than just a carnival. It is an umbrella to unite the Idoma nation. Bridge the gap between the elite and poor. Quash the enone, enochi dichotomy that has long divided the one united people of the Kwas ancestry.

These were part of his speech at the opening ceremony of the epoch-making event.

For seven consecutive years, Chief Ochai has single-handedly held high the Idoma red and black banner high in promotion of its rich cultural heritage through the carnival.

“To me, this is not just a carnival. It is beyond just a celebration or street party. Idoma International Carnival is a platform created to unit our people irrespective of status, religion or political affiliation. It is a platform of Idoma by Idoma and for Idoma.

“Why am I saying this? If you observe carefully, the rate of moral decadence in our land is alarming and our elite seem to have turned the other way. Our youths are including in social vices and are being killed on a daily basis, no one cares. Idoma International Carnival is aimed at changing this narrative and giving the community a new name.

“Today, we have many carnivals in every nook and cranny of Idoma land. We need to collapse them into one and tell the Idoma story with one voice.

“Idoma International Carnival is here to stay and together, we shall make Idoma land grate again,” Chief Ochai submitted amid cheers and applause from the mammoth crowd.

Day of strength, culture and more

DAY 2 23nd December, 2019 was a beehive of activities as the Cultural Day/Ogbureke Traditional Wrestling and Comedy Night/Rap Battle took centre stage.

The second day indeed witnessed the display of the rich cultural heritage of Idoma people, nay, Nigeria.

Masquerades and cultural troupes from the 9 LGAs that formed Benue South Senatorial were fully displayed.

On the other hand, the Ogbureke Traditional Wrestling recalled the strength of Iduh, the founder of the Idoma kingdom.

The contest left many people with mouth ajar as able-bodied men ‘danced in the dust’ for the star prize. At last, it was Yahaya Yahuza, who won the ‘golden arrow.’

Last activity of the night was a talent hunts tagged ‘Comedy Night battle.’ There, young people with budding talents wowed the crowd with what they know how to do best.

MC Obobo was the star of the night as he was garbed with the royal robe.

Texas City on fire

DAY 3: 24nd December, 2019 was the Carnival/Parade of the Bands and All Stars Party. Otukpo literarily went up in flames as the parade bands took over the red dust city.

Different bands and groups thrilled residents of the ancient city with never-have-seen kind of entertainment. The city stayed awake for A-list of Nigerian entertainers who mounted the stage to dazzle guests for the All Stars Party.

Christmas gift for Idoma people…a new queen is birthed

DAY 4 (25nd December, 2019.

Earlier on Christmas Day, organizers and contestants of Face of Idoma went on a courtesy to Och’Idoma Palace, where they received the royal blessing of the custodian of Alekwu K’Idoma, HRM, Agabaidu Elias Obekpa.

The night gifted the Idoma community a queen with the crowning of Abbah Margaret as the Face of Idoma International 2019 (a keenly contested beauty pageant).

Miss Abbah floored several other contestants to pick the golden crown. She won the star prize of a brand new Hyundai Veracruz SUV and other mouth-watering prizes.

The two runners-up, Patience Ahubi and Ruth Ene Brooks also went home with other consolation prizes.

No one was left behind, the children too

DAY 5 (26nd December, 2019 was a special day set aside to celebrate the Idoma child with the Idoma Children Party where the kids were treated to a sumptuous gala.

Roll call of entertainers

J Martins

HarrySong

Blackface

Chris Morgan

Owi abutu

Dextalker

Aproko

Dan d humorous

Terry g

Style Plus

Meddy

King Henzee

Double G

Monica Oga

Geoffrey Oji

Mark Owi

Mc Smart

Mark Owi

Mr Lyriq

Linda Ochagla

Naomee Oboyi was the host of the event.

In conclusion, the 2019 edition was truly a display of Agbenu Kach’Idoma.

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Court gives Naira Marley ‘last chance’ to appear,in court.

A Tinubu Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos has ordered a musician, Adeyemi Fashola, popularly known as Naira Marley till January 14, 2020 to appear in court for arraignment for alleged car theft.

Mr Tajudeen Elias warned Marley that if he failed to appear, a bench warrant would be issued for his arrest.

The Chief Magistrate made the order in the trial of three other defendants including two of Marley’s brothers.

The defendants, Idris Fashola, 18; Babatunde Fashola, 24; and Kunle Obere, 22, are facing a four-count charge bordering on conspiracy, stealing, assault and obstructing the arrest of Naira Marley.

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Osinbajo Presents Christmas Card To President Buhari (Pictures)

He may be the number one man in Nigeria, but he can still be pleasantly surprised by the right gifts.
President Muhammadu Buhari was today, December 25th stunned when he received a Christmas Day present from his deputy, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

In a photo shared online by Osinbajo, the president appeared really surprised and stunned as his mouth opened up in amazement as he looked down at his gift.

The content of the gift remains unknown but Osinbajo simply captioned it: “A Christmas Present for Mr. President” on Instagram.

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Governor Udom Emmanuel doles out N62 million Christmas package to youths, women in Akwa Ibom

Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State has doled out N62 million as Christmas package to youths and women across the 31 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state.

Emmanuel made the donation at the end-of-year get-together party for youths in the state at Eket Local Government on Sunday.

He also donated 3,100 bags of rice to local government areas across the state to youths and women.

Emmanuel told the youths in the three senatorial districts that he came to celebrate Christmas with them.

“I did not come to Eket Senatorial District to campaign but I come to celebrate yuletide season with the youth and women in the state.

“I wouldn’t come this Christmas period to thank youths and women with empty hands. I brought something for the youth and women of the state.

“Each local government area will get 100 bags of rice and N2 million each, for the youth coming to show me love during this Christmas,‘’ Emmanuel said.

He said that Akwa Ibom is Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and enjoined the people to vote for all the PDP candidates in the 2019 general elections.

Also speaking, Mr Aniefiok Iwadudofia, the Special Assistant to the Governor on Youths Matters, thanked the governor on behalf of the youth of Eket Senatorial District.

“We are pleased with what you (governor) are doing with the youth of the district and God will bless you because you have done so much for us, ‘’ he said.

Iwadudofia assured the governor that all the youth in the state would vote for all the PDP candidates in the state.

“Be assured that in 2019, we will return you for second term in office.

“We are here to reiterate our commitment that we will stand by you and support you till 2023,‘’ Iwadudofia said.

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How To Withdraw Money From All Banks Without ATM Card – Cardless.

I HAVE NEVER THOUGHT THAT THIS INFORMATION WAS USEFUL UNTIL I BECAME A VICTIM MYSELF LAST WEEK. I WENT TO THE BANK WHEN I NOTICED THAT I FORGOT MY NAIRA MASTERCARD AT HOME. MY GOD! THE NEXT THOUGHT IS HOW I CAN GET MONEY WITHOUT HAVING TO GO HOME. IN A MOMENT, I THOUGHT THAT WITHDRAWAL WITHOUT A CARD, I MUST BE SINCERE WITH YOU, IT WAS THE FIRST TIME I USED IT. I QUICKLY TOOK MY PHONE, DIALED THE USSD CODE, AFTER A FEW MINUTES, A REFERENCE PIN WAS SENT TO ME, I USED IT TO PAY MY MONEY! NOW I HAVE DECIDED TO SHARE HOW EASY IT IS TO GET WITHDRAW YOUR MONEY WITHOUT AN ATM CARD. NOW WE GO!

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Holy Family College 2019 Graduating Student.

It’s graduation time, the time when we are finally able to breathe, finally able to sleep at least eight hours, and finally able to party without feeling guilt. It is the time when we all students earn what they have worked for years, when sleepless nights pay off, and when dreams turn into reality. So whether you are the graduate’s parent, sister, brother, relative, or a friend, make their day more special by letting them know that you are proud of them, and that you appreciate the effort they gave just to earn this degree. i thanks GOD that our graduation was supper.holy family college.oku aback,akwa ibom state, our appreciation goes to our principal(Rev.fr. Columbus Archibong),for making us great.
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IMPEACHED BUT NOT YET REMOVED PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP .

The President of the United States Donald J. Trump has been impeached.
Trump was impeached on Wednesday when members of the U.S. Congress voted on his impeachment. Before the impeachment proceeding, the House Judiciary Committee approved two articles for impeachment.
The first article charged Trump with abuse of power for pressuring Ukraine and its President Volodymyr Zelensky to assist him in an investigation against his Democratic rival, Joe Biden ahead of the 2020 election. The second article charged Trump with obstruction of Justice by blocking testimony and refusing to make documents available to the Congress in response to the House subpoenas in the impeachment inquiry.
For the first article, 228 voted in favour of the impeachment while 182 voted against. 216 votes is the required number to impeach the U.S. President.
Trump becomes the third American President to be impeached and the fourth to face impeachment in American history. Andrew Johnson was impeached in 1868 while Bill Clinton was impeached in 1998 but Richard Nixon resigned before he could be impeached in 1974.
However, Trump’s impeachment doesn’t automatically mean he would be removed as president. Trump would then be tried by the Senate on the recommendation that he should be removed, with the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court presiding.

Universities warned over student 'sales pitches'

Universities warned over student ‘sales pitches’

Universities in England have been told to be more transparent about how they recruit students and not to make exaggerated marketing claims.

The Office for Students’ annual report warns against sales tactics such as financial inducements or “unconditional” exam-grade offers.

The higher education watchdog’s chief executive, Nicola Dandridge, has promised a review of admissions.

Universities Minister Chris Skidmore warned of “pockets of poor practice”.

The OFS warned increasing competition between universities was raising concerns about unfair pressure being put on students looking for places.

“Students can be offered enticements and inducements which are often not in their best interests, at a time when they may be especially vulnerable,” Ms Dandridge said

And they could face a “sales pitch with questionable incentives” – exaggerated claims about degree courses or the promise of bursaries for students looking for places in the clearing system after A-level results are released.

Court orders

Court orders Cocharis to replace SAN’s N24m car

A Lagos State Chief Magistrate’s Court in Igbosere has ordered Cocharis Motors Limited and Jaguar Landrover Limited to replace a Jaguar XJ 2.0 Sedan bought for N24m by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr Olusina Sofola, with a brand new one.

The court, in a judgment by Mrs M.O. Osinbajo, upheld Sofola’s claim that the vehicle he purchased as brand new in December 2016 came with factory defects.

The magistrate dismissed Cocharis’ defence that the faults developed by the car within three months of purchase were due to the SAN’s carelessness.

In his testimony before the court, Sofola said he purchased the Jaguar XJ 2.0 Sedan with Chassis No. SAJAA12NIFPV79999 and Engine No. 040914054912204PT with three years’ warranty.

He said upon the delivery of the car to him on December 7, 2016, he noticed that there was a problem closing the bonnet of the car and he complained immediately to Cocharis, which advised him to bring the car to its branch office in Ikeja for adjustment.

He said he took the car to Cocharis office for adjustment “believing it was a one-off thing.”

He, however, said a few days after, “I noticed that the car’s instrument display was showing ‘maintenance due’ sign and the dashboard and other parts of the interior of the car were peeling and were very sticky to touch.”

Sofola said he immediately complained to an official of Cocharis, one Mr Umukoro, “who promised to sort out the issues and who further assured me that the defective parts would be ordered and re-installed in the car.”

He said just a week after purchasing the N24m ride, he had to return it to the Awoyaya office of Cocharis for repairs.

He said in February of 2017, pebbles fell on the car’s windscreen and cracked it and on presenting it to Cocharis branch office in Ikeja, he was given a quotation of N1,097,035.17 to replace the cracked windscreen and some damaged body parts.

He said, “Upon the return of the car to me, I noticed that the interior part of the car earlier complained of were worse than when I initially complained of them and upon closer inspection, I discovered that someone had attempted to paint the interior parts or panels complained of to make them appear new.

“I also noticed that the windscreen for which I paid N1,097,035.17 had a white spot on it, which did not clear when the screen was washed.

“I had to return the car to the Ikeja office of the 1st defendant, which insisted that I return the car to its Awoyaya office, which I did and I was informed that the Ikeja office was wrong to have painted the interior part and that there was an error in the installation of the windscreen.”

The SAN said the Awoyaya office of Cocharis promised him that the defective parts would be ordered and ready in a week.

He, however, said the parts were not replaced until May 2017, adding that upon the return of the car to him, he noticed that whenever it rained water was leaking into the car.

Sofola said he again complained and he was asked to return the car again to Cocharis Awoyaya office, where he was told that the leakage was due to faulty installation of the windscreen.

He said despite spending four days in Cocharis office, the leakage did not stop.

“I had to return the car again to the Awoyaya office sometime in July where the car spent several days.

“Between 2016 when I bought the car and July 2017, I had to return the car for repairs for over 10 times and as a result of the unplanned and excessive distance travelled while going back and forth to the 1st defendant’s office, the car’s odometer had already reached 5,000km.