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Glitz In Ibadan As Roman Zincenko, African British Group MD Marries Heartthrob

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…Mr. & Mrs. Roman Zincenko, African British Group MD Married His Heartthrob In Ibadan, Oyo State

Rashidat Olushola Writes

Saturday, January 15, 2022, was a day of celebration for the family of Zincenko as their son Roman Zincenko, a British Citizen took the marital vow with his Nigerian heartthrob, Blessing Ukpoke.

The holy matrimony at the marriage registry held on January 15, 2022, was preceded by the traditional marriage ceremony and the payment of the bride price at the bride’s family compound and later at Jagada Estate where the reception took place, in Ibadan, Oyo State.

Earlier on Friday, an elaborate traditional engagement ceremony was held at the event center. Top dignitaries graced the marriage ceremony.

In his sermon at the reception, the officiating minister admonished the couple to “make their marriage work.” Stressing that marriage is the first institution created by God, the clergyman emphasized seven essential condiments that make a happy home.

He said “Marriage was established by God. After he brought Adam and Eve together as husband and wife and built a house for them in the garden of Eden.” 

“For your marriage to work, there are seven essentials which must not be lacking. Your marriage must be established upon the rock of ages, make love for each other a priority, submission and humility should be mutual, regular sex without condition, forgiveness, trust in each other and unity in purpose corroborating each other in all things”

The officiating minister stated further that “some of the instruments often used by Satan to destroy the home are jealousy, hatred, suspicion amongst others, guide against these as divorce is forbidden in a Christian home.”

The clergyman as well used the moment to remind all and sundry of the marriage supper of the lamb and beseeched participants never to miss out on the great event.

The Chairman African British Group, Otunba Jafaru Braimoh said “I congratulated the couple and prayed for God’s continual presence in their home.”

Braimoh said “let me congratulate the bride’s parents for today’s occasion, you really did a great job, no wonder the bible says he that findeth a wife findeth a good thing and obtaineth favour from the Lord.

“I also congratulate Mr. Roman Zincenko, our Managing Director at African British Group, this lady is an addition to your family. I say a big congratulations, I pray that the things of joy will never depart from your home.”

Braimoh urged the couple to take the officiating minister’s statement with all seriousness, particularly the aspect that deals with prayers and bodily submission.

The chairman of the reception in his address stressed the indispensability of cooperation and that the couple should not cultivate the habit of taking their matters to the third party but rather to God in prayers. He emphasized putting God first in all their doings.

The groom’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Zincenko despite not being able to attend sent their warm regard to appreciate the presence of everyone present and heartily welcomed the bride as their newborn daughter.

Moreover, the bride’s parents, Mr. & Mrs. Ezekiel Ukpoke stressed their confidence in the training and discipline they have instilled in their well-educated daughter, they as well prayed to the good Lord to make the home a blissful one.

The newest couple appreciated the presence of all that graced the occasion and prayed for journey mercies for all as they go back to their various destinations as they made their journey to Ghana for their honeymoon.

Mr. Roman Zincenko, a British Citizen is a multi-cultural, creative Global Business Development, Sales, and Marketing professional with over 14 years of corporate experience in Europe, the United Kingdom, and Africa.

Currently responsible for Marketing & Sales of a group of West African companies operating in ICT, Entertainment, Hospitality, Construction, and Beverages industries.

His vax experience in comprehensive track record in building a portfolio of hundreds (100’s) of B2B and B2G clients on 4 continents across various sectors – ICT, Oil & Gas, Finance, Superyachting & Luxury, Investment Immigration, Security & Defense, Power, Construction & Mining, Hospitality, Agriculture.

He is a strategic new business winner: he closed deals and forged strong relationships at meetings with clients in London, Monaco, Lagos, Accra, Abuja, Johannesburg, Dubai, Munich, Paris, Moscow, Cape Town.

Also as an exhibitor and speaker participated at 20+ international business forums and trade shows in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Successfully working with the African clientele since 2010, frequently traveling on business to Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa. Prior to relocation to Africa in 2021, served as B2B Sales, Project, and Brand Manager at London-based firms, including Alain Charles, a leading B2B marketing & media company for the MEA markets.

His main Strengths lie in Cross-cultural Networking & Negotiations Global Sales & Marketing Account Management Brand Vision & Building Team Management Strategy & Planning Multi-lingual (English, Russian, business level of German, limited French, Nigerian Pidgin, Mandarin.

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MultiChoice Invites Applications For Talent Factory

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MultiChoice is once again searching for 20 aspiring film and TV content creators to be part of the Class of 2023.

Think you’re made for film and TV? Then apply to join the MultiChoice Talent Factory Academy Class of 2023!

Olushola Okunlade Writes

MultiChoice is once again searching for 20 aspiring film and TV content creators to be part of the Class of 2023.

Now approaching its fifth year, the MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF) Academy is excited to once again call for applications for its world-class film and TV training programme which kicks off in October this year! 

The call is open to all emerging filmmakers with either some industry experience or a relevant post-school qualification, to apply for this exciting opportunity to hone their television and film production skills. Our curriculum combines film studies such as directing, sound design, and the business of the film to name a few, with workplace experience in Africa Magic and SuperSport’s top productions.

The 12-month fully-funded program is open to candidates from Nigeria and Ghana for the West Africa Academy which is based in Lagos, Nigeria.

MultiChoice is once again searching for 20 aspiring film and TV content creators to be part of the Class of 2023.

“This couldn’t be a more exciting opportunity for African film and TV content creators,” says West Africa hub Academy Director, Atinuke Babatunde. “There are so many stories on our continent that need to be told and documented with a sense of skill and passion that only a programme such as the MTF Academy can train young people to do. I can’t wait to be a part of this journey,” she adds. Alongside her expert track record with M-Net through Africa Magic since 2014, Babatunde will lead the Class of 2023 with her over 20 years of experience.

In addition to the hands-on training that all students will receive as part of the programme, they will also get enhanced training experience from the Academy’s partnerships, which include the New York Film Academy (NYFA), the Henley Business School, Dolby and Canon, among others. Previous cohorts have also worked on United Nations’ Verified campaign, and pitched projects to Partners Against Piracy (PAP) and Creative Development on a climate change campaign. 

Think you’ve got what it takes? Then visit https://multichoicetalentfactory.com/ to find out more! Applications will be open from Monday, 9th May and close on Friday, 3rd June 2022, and have to be completed on https://cte.multichoicetalentfactory.com/ 

Applications made outside of this website will not be considered. 

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FRCN, NTA, DAAR, ASO Radio/TV Endorse The Nigerian Broadcasting Awards

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FRCN, NTA, DAAR, ASO Radio/TV Endorse The Nigerian Broadcasting Awards

Olushola Okunlade Writes

Four major broadcast media establishments have endorsed The Nigerian Broadcasting Awards (TNBA) scheduled to hold in October 2022.

This was disclosed in a statement issued on Thursday by the Awards Steering Committee, whose members paid courtesy visits to the offices of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), DAAR Communications, owners of African Independent Television/Ray Power FM; and Abuja Broadcasting Corporation, operators of ASO Radio and Television in Abuja.

The awards are being organized by the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) to recognize and reward excellence in the industry. At the FRCN, the BON delegation, led by Mr.Bayo Awosemo of Arise News, was received by Dr. Mansur Liman, the Director-General.

Speaking during the visit, Awosemo requested FRCN to support BON in its bid to deliver a high-caliber awards ceremony to celebrate professional accomplishments in the Nigerian broadcasting industry.

Responding, Liman, who is also the Vice-chairman of BON, commended the decision to celebrate stellar broadcasting industry professionals whose talents, for long, have not been formally recognized and rewarded. “The awards will recognize and reward the talents that abound in the Nigerian broadcasting industry, spur them to be better, and inspire up and coming professionals to excel in the knowledge that they will someday be recognized and celebrated,” said Liman.

At the NTA, members of the committee were received by the Director-General, Mallam Yakubu Ibn-Mohammed, who described The Nigerian Broadcasting Awards as an intervention necessary to raise practice standards in the industry. “We are delighted that this intervention is coming at this time. It is one that will bring about enormous professional improvement in the Nigerian broadcasting space,” said Ibn Mohammed.

The NTA Director-General also promised to ensure that the event is a successful one by putting the resources of the NTA at the disposal of the Steering Committee.

Earlier in the day, High Chief Tony Akiotu, Group Managing Director of DAAR Communications, delivered his organisation’s endorsement of the awards in addition to advising the BON delegation on the need to recognize and reward broadcasting superstars of yesteryears just as the current crop will be recognized. 

“Broadcasting in Nigeria has come a very long way and broadcasters have made a lot of sacrifices. It is time we started celebrating broadcasters for their sacrifices. While it is important to celebrate those who are currently excelling, it is equally important to celebrate those who excelled in the past,” Akiotu noted. 

Managing Director of Abuja Broadcasting Corporation, Mallam Ibrahim Damisa, also made the same appeal as his DAAR Communications counterpart. He enjoined the delegation to remember the sacrifices of previous stars of the industry. “We need to remember the sacrifices of our heroes past, some of whom are no longer with us but whose works we should never forget. The awards, which represent rewards for excellence, will lead to growth in the Nigerian broadcasting sector as excellence rewarded usually leads to more excellence,” he said.

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Lagos First Lady To Lead War Against Drug Abuse In Schools, Communities

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Lagos First Lady To Lead War Against Drug Abuse In Schools, Communities

…Holds Strategic Meeting With NDLEA, Other Stakeholders

Olushola Okunlade Writes

Lagos State First Lady, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu has pledged to work with the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and other critical stakeholders to reinvigorate the war against drug abuse especially in schools and in communities across the state.

The First Lady spoke on Wednesday at a strategic meeting held at Lagos House, Ikeja with the NDLEA and other critical stakeholders including the Wife of the Deputy Governor, Mrs. Oluremi Hamzat, senior officials of the Ministries of Education, Health, Youths, and Social Development, wives of Local Government Chairmen, Police Officers Wives Association (POWA), school principals, market women and the Medical Director of the Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Yaba, Dr. Gbenga Owoeye.

According to her, drug addiction especially among the youths had become a worrisome menace in society that no one could pretend about its existence.

Lagos First Lady To Lead War Against Drug Abuse In Schools, Communities.
Left-Right: Wife of Lagos State Deputy Governor, Mrs. Oluremi Hamzat; First Lady, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu; and State Commander, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Commander of NDLEA, Barr. Callys Alumona, during a stakeholders’ meeting convened by the First Lady to advance the war against drug abuse, held at Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Wednesday, May 11, 2022.
Lagos First Lady To Lead War Against Drug Abuse In Schools, Communities
Left-Right: Deputy State Commander, Drug Demand Reduction, NDLEA, Mrs. Chinyerem Eziaghighala; Wife of Lagos State Deputy Governor, Mrs. Oluremi Hamzat; First Lady, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu; and State Commander, NDLEA, Barr. Callys Alumona, during a stakeholders’ meeting convened by the First Lady to advance the war against drug abuse, held at Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Wednesday, May 11, 2022.

“The earlier we begin to tackle the daunting challenge, the better for our youths, ourselves, and the social health of our society. This strategic meeting is aimed at putting the menace of drug abuse and associated social vices on the front burner.

“We are truly and deeply concerned about the increase in the rate at which the younger ones are now getting addicted to illicit drugs, a development that brought about the need for all relevant stakeholders to embark on a campaign to fight the menace and enlighten victims on the dangers inherent in such lifestyle both now and in the future,” the First Lady said.

She added that the time was ripe for real action to tackle the war against drug abuse, and not just mere rhetoric, adding that in the coming weeks, she would be leading a series of initiatives to advance the fight against the menace in schools and in communities across the state.

“At the level of the Nigerian Governors’ Wives Forum (NGWF), we are all concerned about this and we have resolved in our respective states to frontally confront the menace, looking at it from a holistic point of view.

“We have to be proactive and connect with the schools, the religious bodies, community leaders and associations, and others to cascade the message to all segments and sectors of the state,” she said.

On his part, Commander of NDLEA, Lagos State Command, Barr. Callys Alumona commended the First Lady for convening the meeting of relevant stakeholders to advance the War Against Drug Abuse (WADA), just as he said that something urgent must be done to prevent the state from becoming a gateway for illicit and dangerous drugs, both within and outside Nigeria.  

He also urged the First Lady to organize a training workshop for women in government who are mothers themselves, as well as political and social leaders, to enable them to have a better understanding of the consequences of drug abuse and the signs to note when a child is engaging in drug abuse or illicit dealing in drugs. 

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