EBENEZER Obey, an evangelist and Juju maestro, has a new feather to his already crowded cap. He is now a honorary professor of Music of the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye, Ogun State. By this recognition, Obey is expected to be a visiting artiste in the department of English and Performing Arts, where he would lecture students on Music subject.
The conferment held on Monday, July 14, at the Otunba Gbenga Daniel Hall, main campus of the university. Dignitaries present at the ceremony included Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, Alake of Egba land; Oba Adebayo Tejuosho, Osile of Oke-Ona, and Alaba Lawson, an Iyalode, among others.
Nigerian Model Emerges Miss UN
PRECIOUS Chikwendu, Nigerian Nollywood actress and model, is now Miss United Nations. Chikwendu represented Nigeria at this year’s Miss UN beauty pageant earlier in the week in Kingston, Jamaica.
Chikwendu, 25, has been in Jamaica with other contestants for some weeks and emerged as Miss UN after a keenly contested pageant with other queens from different parts of the world. Commenting on her victory, an excited star of Obi Emelonye’s “Onye Ozi” said: “I’m looking forward to brighter days with this platform and Nollywood.”
Emelonye, while congratulating the new queen said Chikwendu had made him and the whole country proud.
Chikwendu who hails from Awka, Anambra State started her modelling career in 2006. She participated in the M Idols Fashion Show, in Calabar, Cross River State. In the same year, she took part in numerous fashion and runway shows, including Nigeria Television Fashion shows such as Catwalk for Change and Galaxy Fashion show. In 2007, she emerged first runner-up in the Prettiest Girl in Nigeria contest and also participated in the Miss Earth Nigeria contest, where she finished in the Top 10.
In 2010, she contested for Miss Nigeria in Abuja. She recently dabbled into acting, working with top directors and actors in the industry. She featured in ‘Hustler’ directed by Elvis Chuks; ‘Onye Ozi’ by Obi Emelonye and Secrets and Scandals, a TV series, as well as Ije Di. Her crown came with a cash prize of $2,500 cash.
Rihanna Violates FIFA Rule
POP singer Rihanna broke World Cup etiquette when she got her hands on the trophy during Germany’s post-match party. This was apparently in breach of the FIFA guidelines which stipulated that only winners of the tournament and heads of state should be allowed to handle the official World Cup trophy.
Indeed, England’s Wayne Rooney and Daniel Sturridge had previously been forced to observe this practice during promotional events in the United Kingdom.
But Rihanna – who had earlier lifted her top inside the Maracana during Germany’s 1-0 win over Argentina – was pictured holding the solid-gold prize and later revealed she had kissed and posed for a ‘selfie’ with the famous trophy.
Wives, girlfriends and children of the Germany players were also pictured with the trophy during the celebrations in Rio and it appears FIFA have relaxed their rules regarding the 18-carat gold prize.
Earlier in the day Rihanna posted a picture of herself and football legend Pele soon after she landed in Brazil ahead of the final.
And on Monday she tweeted: ‘I touched the cup, held the cup, kissed the cup, took a selfie with the cup!!! I meeeaan…… what is YO bucket list looking like bruh?’
Match-winner Mario Gotze was one of several players pictured with Rihanna and, speaking after the victory, he said: “It’s unbelievable. I scored but I didn’t really know what was happening. A dream has become a reality and we are going to have a great party. It is absolutely sensational. It wasn’t a simple tournament for me. I owe a lot to my friends and family.”
Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Joachim Gauck were also present at the post-game party.
Germany’s win was their fourth World Cup triumph and third since the current trophy was first used in 1974, when Franz Beckenbauer led the hosts to victory. However, they will not get to keep the trophy on a permanent basis — as Brazil did with the Jules Rimet Trophy following their third success — and will instead be presented with a gold-plated replica.
— Jul. 28, 2014 @ 01:00 GMT