“This is Big Brother!”.
Those four words have become a popular catch phrase with lovers of reality TV show, Big Brother. In Nigeria, Big Brother Naija is unarguably the number one reality TV show, amassing followers from across the continent and beyond. Even after four seasons, many are still tickled by the concept of the reality show that focuses on a group of male and female housemates governed by the all-seeing – you guessed right – Big Brother.
This personality, fondly called ‘Biggie’ is the show’s protagonist, the owner of the house, and the one whose rules must not be broken. His voice is distinct, echoing throughout the house and bringing its inhabitants to submission when necessary. No one sees Biggie; scratch that, no one CAN see him. His voice is all you need to hear as a reminder of your stay in HIS house and competition.
Biggie isn’t there to babysit anyone. On the contrary, he leaves you to explore the luxuries his house provides whilst you play your game. He listens. Biggie listens to every conversation in his house and listens twice as much during diary room sessions. He never tells you what to do but instead prods you to keep talking till you arrive at a decision.
This mystery character on his eponymous show will always leave both his housemates and viewers guessing his next move.
In a few days, reality TV fans will be introduced to another unique personality in a brand-new reality show, Ultimate Love.
Ultimate Love is premised on single men and women living together in a Love Pad with the hopes of finding love that will culminate in marriage. They will get to compete and carry out different tasks as couples that will test their bond and win the public’s votes. The ultimate prize is finding love but there will be other mouth-watering prizes including an all-expense paid traditional wedding ceremony and a fully furnished home – if the winning couple decide to get married. However, before they arrive at this point, they are going to be governed by a pivotal character on the show, aptly referred to as ‘Aunty’.
Now, we do not know what her catch phrase would be but what we know is Aunty will be physically present in the Love Pad. Just like Biggie, she will be always present and always watching, but unlike the former, her job will be to help the contestants find their perfect partner and provide them with counsel where necessary.
Aunty will keep the contestants, referred to as ‘love guests’, grounded. She will also establish and manage a very rigid daily schedule that will keep them occupied and help groom their new-found love.
Aunty will be sweet, but firm! She will test these new relationships until she’s convinced that what they have is a love that will stand the test of time.DStv and GOtv viewers across Africa will see Aunty in her elements when the show premieres on Sunday, 9 February.
Ultimate Love will be LIVE and 24/7 on DStv Premium, DStv Compact Plus, DStv Compact, DStv Confam and DStv Yanga packages on channel 198; and on GOtv Max and GOtv JOLLI packages on channel 29. Sign up for any DStv package today via www.dstvafrica.com or get GOtv Max or JOLLI on www.gotvafrica.com
For more information on the show, please visit www.africamagic.tv and follow the social media updates on Ultimate Love @ultimateloveng on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook using the hashtag #UltimateLoveNg.
President of the United States of America, Donald Trump, has imposed an immigration visa ban on Nigeria.
Other countries affected by the visa restriction which will take effect from February 21, according to The Wall Street Journal, are Eritrea, Myanmar and Kyrgyzstan.
It quoted the acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Chad Wolf, to have said the new immigration restrictions were designed to “address security concerns in the way the banned countries track their own citizens, share information with the U.S. and cooperate on immigration matters”.
It said citizens from the affected countries would not be allowed to apply for visas to immigrate to the US under the policy the Trump administration said was designed to “tighten security for countries that don’t comply with the US minimum security standards or cooperate to prevent illegal immigration”.
It, however, said the new restriction would apply only to new visa applications as immigrants who were issued valid visas before that date will still be able to move to the US.
According to the online medium, two other countries, Sudan and Tanzania, would be barred from participating in the diversity visa lottery, which randomly awards green cards to 50,000 immigrants from underrepresented countries annually. Many of the recipients are from African countries.
It said the six countries would join a list of seven nations, most of them Muslim-majority, that faced significant travel restrictions under the original travel ban issued in 2017 by the Trump administration.
The online medium also quoted Wolf to have said the new restrictions were meant to encourage countries to cooperate more fully with the US.
President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Samuel Adeniran as the Surveyor-General of the Federation.
This was conveyed in a letter with reference FMPW & H/42935/S.1/T2/86, dated January 29, 2020, and signed by the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola.
The Federal Ministry of Works and Housing supervises the Office of the Surveyor-General of the Federation.
Fashola, according to a statement issued by the OSGF in Abuja on Friday, was quoted to have said in the letter that “I am pleased to inform you that the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has approved your appointment as the Surveyor-General of the Federation.
“This is in accordance with the powers conferred on him (President) by Section 171 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).”
According to the letter, the appointment which took effect from January 10, 2020, was for a term of four years in the first instance and was also renewable upon satisfactory performance.
Adeniran until his recent appointment was overseeing the affairs of OSGOF since October 8, 2019, following the retirement of Muhammadu Kurfi, the then Director of Photogrammetry and Remote-Sensing.
Kurfi had superintended in the absence of a substantive surveyor-general between September 10, 2019 to October 7, 2019.
The OSGF said its new boss, Adeniran, was Director of International Boundary and had served in different ministries, departments and agencies of government, manning offices and units that were responsible for surveying activities.
“He has written several award-winning papers. Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Using Geospatial Data is one of such,” the OSGF stated.
Manchester United have signed former Watford striker and Nigerian international, Odion Ighalo from Shanghai Shenhua on loan until the end of the season.
The deal to bring the 30-year-old Nigeria international to Old Trafford contains no option to buy.
Ighalo, who is still in China but is expected to fly to the UK in the next few days, scored 39 goals in 99 matches for Watford between 2014 and 2017, BBC reports.
He then moved to the Chinese Super League, first with Changchun Yatai
This week on the Change Makers series of African Voices, sponsored by Globacom on Cable News Network (CNN), three icons will share their experiences on bringing succour to people as the programme continues to excite viewers.
The trio of Odry Agbessi, first reconstructive and plastic surgeon of Benin descent; Denise Ambe, a Cameroonian electrical engineer and Ken Mwarandu, a Kenyan who founded SafariSeat will reveal what makes them tick.
Agbessi and Ambe are collaborators with Mercy Ships, the world’s largest charity-run hospital which travels to developing nations to provide free health-care and training.
Having studied a medical course in her country in 2001, Agbessi gained admission to a Moroccan university to specialise in plastic and reconstructive surgery and when in 2016, the African version of the Mercy ship arrived the Republic of Benin as Africa Mercy, Agbessi went on a mentoring programme onboard the ship and was one of those who operated on many burn contractures thereby, improving her skills.
Currently, Dr. Agbessi delivers training both at the National Teaching Hospital in Benin and onboard the Africa Mercy throughout West Africa. “I was happy when, after me, there were many other women studying surgery, even if not in the trauma department, but in general surgery. There are now three women surgeons in Benin!”
Born 30 years ago in Douala, Ambe who is equally known as Ngum holds a Bachelor of Technology degree in Electrical and Engineering Technology from the University of Buea, Cameroon. She has been on the Mercy Ship for about three years.
Ambe is delighted about her stint with the charity ship where “she considers it an honour to be one of those bringing hope, not only to the beautiful souls in Africa, but to those serving onboard where minds are being transformed to envision that same hope and to be a change maker in Africa.”
On his part, Mwarandu uses his project SafariSeat to provide low cost, revolutionary wheelchairs for disabled people in developing African countries.
The charity corps gives disabled people independence, unlocking access to education, employment and a life beyond the confines of their own home.
African Voices Change Makers is broadcast on DSTV on Friday at 9.30 a.m. and on Saturday at 12.30 p.m., 5.30 p.m. and 8.30 p.m. Other repeat broadcasts come up on Sunday at 5.00 a.m., 9.30 a.m. and 8.30 p.m., with more repeats on Monday and Tuesday at 5.30 a.m. and 6.30 p.m. respectively.
It was an evening of glamour, style, inspiration and networking last Thursday, as women (and men) from all walks of life converged at the Federal Palace Hotel in Victoria Island. The occasion was the launch of Alpher – Union Bank’s women banking proposition.
In keeping with the event theme – ‘Take Your Best Shot’, the program line up was designed to inspire women to rise above their challenges and live their dreams!
A major highlight of the evening was the segment titled ‘Taking my Best Shot, which featured talks from five successful business and career women on how they took their best shot at realising their dreams.
The speakers included Beatrice Hamza Bassey, Board Chair Union Bank; Onyeche Tifase, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Siemens Nigeria; Abisoye Ajayi-Akinfolarin, Founder, Pearls Africa Youth Foundation; Toyin Odulate, Founder, Olori Cosmetics and Bikiya Graham-Douglas, Founder, Beeta Universal Arts Foundation.
Special guests at the event included the Bank’s CEO, Emeka Emuwa and the Head of Retail Bank and Digital, Lola Cardoso, along with other Executives of the Bank. Other guests included Ndidi Nwuneli, Co-Founder, Sahel Consulting, Frank Aigbogun, Publisher BusinessDay Media and media personalities Beverly Osu, Bolanle Olukanni and Zainab Balogun.
Alpher was initially unveiled at the Bank’s 2019 International Women’s Day celebration, and has since then been developed into a fully-fledged proposition, set to change the face of banking for Nigerian women. The Alpher platform provides tailored support for the individual woman, women-owned and women-led businesses. Women can also benefit from a wide range of financial services, business and career development opportunities and lifestyle discounts.
Union Bank has a history of supporting women and women-owned businesses. In 2019, to reiterate its commitment to women, the Bank awarded 40 scholarships to women entrepreneurs to build their capacity through the Enterprise & Leadership Program (ELP) organised by China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) in partnership with Leading Ladies Africa.
The launch of Alpher is in line with Union Bank’s long-standing commitment to enable enterprise and empower women, their businesses and careers.