Chef Muse To Attend GTBank Food and Drink Fair

Chef instructor, Muneera Tahir (Chef Muse) will be at the 2018 GTBank Food and Drink Fair to help groom the chefs of the future.

With a strong passion for cooking that started in her grandmother’s kitchen, Chef Muse’s went on to complete a Diploma in Cuisine and Patisserie at Red Dish Chronicles (RDC) in 2016.

After completing her Diploma at RDC, Chef Muse got an internship at L’italiano Restaurant, London and rose rapidly to the position of Head Chef of L’Italiano Restaurant where she worked until September of 2017. Thereafter she returned to her Alma Mater, RDC, as a Chef Instructor.
Since returning to RDC, Chef Muse has been training budding chefs and continues to undertake several exciting culinary projects in her capacity as an Executive Sous Chef.

If you would like your kids (between the ages of 5-13) to attend Chef Muse’s masterclass at the GTBank Food and Drink Fair on Monday. 30th April, click here to register.

Queen of Nigerian Street Food Attends GTBank Food and Drink Fair

Popular Nigerian Chef and co-owner of Eko Street Eat, Chef Imoteda will be at the 2018 GTBank Food and Drink Fair to host a Masterclass on the Art of Plating.

Trained at Le Cordon Bleu, Chef Imoteda is the chef instructor and host of two TV shows, Urban Kitchen and Heels in the Kitchen. She is also the co-owner of Eli Street Eat, a company that specializes in bringing innovative twists to Nigerian street food.

When she is not making the best of Nigerian street food, training budding chefs or presenting food shows on TV, Chef Imoteda is busy curating the Nigerian Fusion Food Tour. Now in its third year, the tour aims to celebrate the richness of Nigerian cuisine by taking it around the world.

If you would like to attend Chef Imoteda’s Masterclass at the 2018 Food and Drink Fair, which hold on Sunday, April 29th, click here to register.

Surgery: Davido Donates N15m To Staff of Lagos Airport

A female worker at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, became a beneficiary of N15 million from popular musician Davido, a gesture to offset her medical bills.

The `IF’ and `FIA’ hits maker posted the video on his Instagram Story @davidoofical to share the joy of being appreciated after the surgery was successful.

“Aaww I paid for the surgery of a lady that works at the airport and they did this to thank ME! SO CUTE!’’

In the video, some of the airport staff held placards with inscription that reads “OMO BABA OLOWO THANK YOU 15 MILLION NO BE JOKE ooo’’

Though the name of the female colleague was not mentioned but the video clearly showed the appreciation to the `Aye’ crooner for his humanitarian gestures.

It was learnt that the 26-year old HNK and DMW boss quietly gave an airport staff the sum of 15million naira for a surgery and medical bills.

The singular act of philanthropy was not made public, not until April 18 when the airport threw a stunt at the airport to thank the music star.

This was not the first time the self-acclaimed OBO was dishing out philanthropy gestures to people in need in the country.

Davido, who is known for his philanthropic gestures to the needy recently, built a house for Utibet, from Akwa Ibom who was recorded singing Davido’s `IF’ that went viral.

He had also given scholarships to indigent students and assisted others with school fees.

 

Kendrick Lamar Wins Pulitzer For Album, DAMN..

Rapper, Kendrick Lamar has broken the records by winning  the Pulitzer Prize for Music for his album, DAMN..

He becomes the first non-classical or jazz artist to receive the honour, Rolling Stone reported.

The Pulitzer board announced Lamar’s  selection on Monday, calling the 2017 LP “a virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African American life.”

Last August, Lamar spoke to Rolling Stone about his creative mindset behind DAMN. “The initial goal was to make a hybrid of my first two commercial albums,” he said.

“That was our total focus, how to do that sonically, lyrically, through melody – and it came out exactly how I heard it in my head. … It’s all pieces of me. My musicality has been driving me since I was four years old. It’s just pieces of me, man, and how I execute it is the ultimate challenge. Going from To Pimp a Butterfly to DAMN., that shit could have crashed and burned if it wasn’t executed right. So I had to be real careful on my subject matter and how I weave in and out of the topics, where it still organically feels like me.”

Last year, the Nobel Prize in Literature also crossed over into mainstream pop music, awarding their prestigious medal to Bob Dylan. The singer received a $900,000 prize during a small private ceremony in Stockholm after submitting his speech to the Swedish Academy.

Beyoncé Makes History With Coachella Performance

+ Pays homage to Fela during performance

Beyoncé performed for throngs of screaming fans Saturday night at Coachella after a year’s wait.

“Y’all ready Coachella?,” she asked the crowd as she opened her set, becoming the first woman of color to headline the music festival in Indio, California.

Excited fans had a new nickname for this year’s festival: Beychella. Other headliners included the Weeknd and Eminem.

Bey also paid tribute to the legendary Fela Anikulapo Kuti. Her band performed a rendition of the Afrobeat legend’s classic 1976 track, “Zombie”.

“Coachella, thank you for allowing me to be the first black woman to headline,” Beyoncé said, before singing “Run the World (Girls).”

The singer opened her long-anticipated performance singing “Crazy in Love” accompanied by a New Orleans-style brass marching band, and later crooned a rendition of “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” also known as the black national anthem.

She sang several songs from her album “Lemonade,” backed up by the band and surrounded by step dancers.

For nearly two hours, Beyoncé revealed surprise after surprise.

A tribute to Nina Simone and quotes from Malcolm X. She also sang “Deja Vu” with her husband, Jay-Z, and danced with her sister, Solange.

After months of rumors, Coachella attendees also saw a Destiny’s Child reunion. Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams appeared on stage with Beyoncé to sing their ’90s hits “Say My Name,” “Soldier” and “Lose My Breath.”

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas, who represents Beyoncé’s hometown of Houston, congratulated the singer.

“Houston’s own Beyoncé is giving us the dream performance at the 2018 Coachella! I am very proud of the artist, entertainer and global philanthropist Beyoncé has become … ,” she tweeted.

She later said Beyoncé’s performance with the band is “giving us HBCU vibes,” a reference to Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

A year in the making

The superstar was scheduled to headline last year’s festival, but canceled under doctor’s orders because she was pregnant with twins at the time. Lady Gaga stepped in as her replacement.

She and her husband, rapper Jay-Z, welcomed Rumi and Sir Carter last June.

Beyoncé’s fans, known as the BeyHive, have waited to see her perform since last year’s Grammy Awards.

Shortly before Saturday’s performance, the singer said she can’t wait to see her fans and posted a photo from backstage on Instagram.

“I am so excited to see the BeyHive tonight at Coachella. We have been working hard and have a special show planned for you so please be safe and stay hydrated,” she wrote on Facebook. “We need your energy!”

Beyoncé and Jay-Z will kick off their joint tour this summer.

 

Pictures From Beyonce’s Coachella Performance

Music sensation and world superstar singer beyonce performed at the Coachella festival this morning for 2 whole-hours that has still got fans talking.

The mother of 3 during her performance brought back Destiny’s Child on stage, performed her song with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and also paid tribute to the late Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. Check out the pictures…

 

Gospel Singer Aimee Out With ‘Increasing Grace’

Award-winning gospel singer, Rita Alakija, has released a new album titled ‘In His Grace’.

The album, accompanied by a new video – ‘Beautiful’ – is the third from the artiste popularly called Aimee.

A broadcaster, motivational speaker and formerly a banker, Aimee describes ‘In His Grace’ as the climax of the inspiring story that she told in her first two albums – ‘Lost without You’ and ‘So Great’.

The eight tracks in the new work are Heavenly Father, How Great, There is Healing, Amazing Love, Here You are, Maranatha and I’m Safe, in which she featured Adaeze Adeoluwa.

She says, “Grace is about God’s unlimited favour. So, the album is inspired and rendered to be a blessing to the listener. It is saying that you can aspire more, you can inspire more and you can achieve more. A lot of the songs were birthed through fire. But I am just giving God praise because I have the cause to. There was a time I thought nothing beautiful could thrive around me again. Things were not working out in many areas. But God said I could make it and here I am against all odds. God removed my ugliness and make me whole again. Or, when you look at me, what do you see? A strong, beautiful woman.”

Change-A-Life Foundation Holds Fundraising Auction

Promises Greater Support For Beneficiaries

It was a wonderful moment filled with love and support for the average Nigerian child as Change-A-Life (CAL) Foundation held a special fundraising auction tagged “Celebrity Iconic Piece Auctioning” at Terra Kulture, Victoria Island, Lagos on Thursday, April 5, 2017.

The event, which was held as a part of the foundation’s social service activities for the year 2018, had several dignitaries and celebrities in attendance, including former First Lady of Lagos State, Mrs. Abimbola Fashola, represented by Mrs. Azeezat Tijani, who offered to train all beneficiaries of the foundation’s Women in Business programme in catering services.

Also in attendance were representatives of the famous talent and event agency, Temple Management Company; popular red carpet and television host, Denrele Edun, who anchored the event; Ugochukwu Monye, principal head of Ugo Monye Menswear Fashion brand and official tailor of Big Brother Naija’s Ebuka Obi-Uchendu; Head, Digital Marketing, First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Yinka Ijabiyi, and Toyin Lawani of Tiannah Styling.

CAL Foundation, a social non-profit organisation passionately driven by the need to enable and facilitate a better life for every Nigerian child, which was founded in 2002 by journalist and TV producer, Funmi Iyanda, has consistently delivered several empowering initiatives to support children and women.

The foundation, which is known for supporting children who despite the harsh socio-economic situation in the country have shown determination to thrive in their various academic endeavours, decided to hold the event in order to raise more funds for the continued support of academically sound, well-mannered students who are facing financial constraints.

Speaking during the event, the Chief Operating Officer, Sekinah Ayeyemi, stated “that the event was held in line with the organisations mandate to promote, protect and preserve the rights and welfare of children in Nigeria, especially in the area of academic development.

“This auctioning event provides us with the needed support to reach out to more children. We believe that with the proceeds from today’s event, our foundation (CAL) would definitely become enabled to support the development of more children and the protection of their rights.”

Ms Ayeyemi further explained that the event is also remarkable because it marks the celebration of the Foundation’s 15th year of putting smiles on the faces of all its beneficiaries.

In appreciation to the foundation for its immense contribution to the advancement of child rights as well as the social and academic development of the average child, several past beneficiaries of the foundation commended the founder, Ms. Iyanda, and appreciated her for her passion for children.

One of the past beneficiaries, Okon Clement, now a graduate of Tai Solarin University of Education, commended the foundation and its founder for their steadfast love for empowering children and youths.

“This foundation has been a blessing to me in many ways. I am a graduate today thanks to the financial support I receive as a beneficiary of the foundation which took care of my fees from primary level of education until I finished from the university. I pray that God continues to bless and increase them,” Clement said.

Ayeyemi also appreciated all the supporters and sponsors of the event for their unwavering commitment towards improving the wellbeing of the average Nigerian child in communities all around Lagos and beyond.

“We really appreciate all the dignitaries, celebrities and VIP who have demonstrated their love for the children of this great nation by supporting this event; we say a big thank you to all,” Ayeyemi said.

She finally called on other corporate institutions to support the foundation as well as other similar organization as a way of showing their love for the development of the average Nigerian child as well as in continuation of their social development activities.

 

 

Ekiti 2018: Fayemi Takes Atawewe To Ado For Declaration On Saturday

The Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi will on Saturday, 14 April, declare his intention to contest the July 24, Ekiti state governorship election.

Fayemi, who was the governor of the state between 2010-2014, revealed this to newsmen at his Isan Ekiti country home.

Fuji dancehall master Amb. Sulaimon Adio Atawewe, will be leading other entertainers to perform at the declaration rally.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain said he choose Saturday for his formal declaration at the state party secretariat because he does not want to disregard the directives of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)

Fayemi had earlier met with members of his ward, local government and state executives of the All Progressives Congress (APC). He cautioned members and aspirants against campaign of calumny.

He enjoined them to shun acts of discord and work towards a common goal to wrest power from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in July.

The minister also issued a red card to the party amidst cheers from the mammoth crowd of party supporters that graced the meeting.

When we spoke with the campaign team on why Atawewe is the choice of the minister, they said the minister is a man of class and that he is not lousy aspirant, as such the need for easy and calm artist arise and Atawewe was chosen.

Lagos Set To Change Tourism Prospect With A Summit And Masterplan

In pursuance of the Lagos State Government commitment to cause a major shift in marketing the tourism and creative potentials inherent across the State, Lagos State government is set to hold a tourism summit to enrich the master plan for the tourism industry.

The summit with the theme “Destination Lagos: Towards A Sustainable Tourism-Driven Economy” is scheduled to hold on Monday 16th April, 2018 at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Briefing the media yesterday at Alausa, the Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mr. Steve Ayorinde declared that the forthcoming summit is designed to provide resourceful content for the tourism road map that will transcend the vision of the State in becoming the foremost tourism destination in Africa.
The Commissioner disclosed that the summit aligns with Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s desire to invest in human capital and infrastructure in order to encourage creativity and promotion of genius minds in arts, entertainment, culture and tourism in the State.

While briefing the media on the relevance of the summit, the Commissioner revealed that summit is crucial to intimate and integrate key players in the tourism industry to achieve a prosperous initiative as the State journey into the tourism world to compete with developed cities.

‘’The summit will list out in specific terms the interventions that are needed in producing a master plan that assist in shaping the tourism sector in Lagos State in the next 15 to 20 years’’


He disclosed that it has been a deliberate plan derived from a visionary study of the population trend and analysis of what sector will better absorb the teeming youth population, reduce poverty and crime as well as create jobs with multiplier effects on other sectors.

Affirming the significant of the event, the Commissioner stated that encouraging existing practitioners and stakeholders with institutional support and sustaining positive hope of investors in the sector needs a more concrete rejig in line with global best practices.
‘’The idea of the Lagos Tourism Summit therefore, is part of the inclusive agenda to allow all stakeholders contribute to the ongoing tourism master plan being put together by Messrs Earnst and Young on behalf of the Lagos State Government.
He further disclosed that the summit deliberation will be enriched by paper presentations by renowned Stakeholders in the tourism business; panel discussions and a Keynote Address to be delivered by His Excellency, Mr. John Mahama, the former President of the Republic of Ghana.
The gathering will provide a rare opportunity to engage stakeholders, professionals, leading academics and scholars, researchers in the tourism, culture, arts and entertainment industry, local and foreign media practitioners to debate, exchange ideas, deliberate and chart a way forward for Lagos tourism, he added.
In addition, besides the main theme for discourse at the summit, other relevant topics to be deliberated upon include; Exploring the Lagos Tourism Eco-system for greater Economic and Social Benefits, financing tourism: the path and possibilities for Lagos State; and M.I.C.E, Creative Content as Tourism Industry panacea, he said.
He however enjoined all relevant stakeholders to join the state government effort and contribute to the discourse on tourism to achieve the desired objectives.


Speaking at the briefing, a representative of Ernst Young, Mr. Adewale Adereti stated that the strategic intention of developing and transforming tourism, culture and entertainment in the State requires input from relevant individuals and as such a summit is critical to fill existing gaps from stakeholders.
Mr. Adewale disclosed that as a visionary and committed leader, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode is developing a robust tourism industry that will outlive the current administration and place the city in the summit of tourism destination.

He added that the summit is expected to witness leaders of industries, investors, opinion leaders and other stakeholders exchanging ideas on ways of enriching and exploring the potentials of the State tourism industry.