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The first series of Nominations are complete, and some Housemates’ fates now hang in the balance – and in the hands of the voting audience.

It’s been the question on everybody’s mind since the Housemates totally failed to get anywhere close to identifying the two Wildcards – how would Maria and Pere be treated by those they had so recently – and spectacularly – duped?

Of course, it was not just them who had something to be worried about. Liquorose and Jaypaul would have been less than one hundred percent confident in their chances of getting through the first Nomination session of the Season since they were thought to be the two Wildcards. They weren’t, but the vote suggests that at least some of the Housemates were hoping that they might get lucky on two counts – correctly identify the two Wildcards and get rid of unwanted Housemates.

Beatrice and Yerins might also have been a bit concerned, since they were the two Housemates hot on the heels of the Wildcard vote leaders, except – of course – they didn’t know that. We did, though, and it was that little bit of what literary academics like to call “dramatic irony” that made tonight’s Nominations anything but a fait accompli.

It started as it always does – Big Brother’s booming baritone beckoning the bewildered Housemates to the Diary Room (and toward some needless alliteration). There, one by one, the Housemates were required to put somebody’s head on the block, ready for the chop.  And… that’s where the predictability stopped, because when we say, “one by one”, we should actually say, “one and then the other”.  Only two Housemates were called into the Diary Room – the two former Wildcards.

Maria and Pere were informed that they would have four Nominations, each, and that they would be the only Housemates doing any nominating at all. This, of course, gives them an incredible edge – they get to decide who is up for Nomination, without their Votes being watered down by those of the other Housemates, and they are guaranteed to be safe at the next Eviction.

On the other hand, since nobody else got to Nominate anybody, the nominated Housemates know exactly who to blame for their situation.  It seems that Maria and Pere are not out of jeopardy, just yet.  The Housemates who have Maria to thank for their current predicament are Beatrice, Jaypaul, Whitemoney and… Jannis – that last one doesn’t exist, in the House.  After more than a week, she didn’t know that his name was “Yerins”.  No wonder he made the list.

Pere’s list of nominees includes Beatrice, Yerins, Niyi and Whitemoney.  So – it turns out that Beatrice and Yerins were on the block, despite only the Wildcards voting. They must be chuffed. Both Maria and Pere also Nominated Whitemoney – the Housemate they thought had the best chance of identifying them as the Wildcards.  Clearly, they’ve identified a threat.

“Housemates – the Nominations process is now complete.”

Those words dropped like a bomb, as did the Housemates’ realisation of the implications. All that was left was to identify the Housemates who were nominated: Beatrice, Yerins, Jaypaul, Niyi and Whitemoney. Boma – as Head of House – was offered the chance to use his position to veto one of the Nominations, and replace it with another. Thus was Jaypaul saved, and Yousef put in his place.  None of the other Housemates can know exactly who voted for them, except Yousef. This is probably going to be an awkward week.

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••• Lagos To Have 31 Days of Massive Entertainment Experience – Commissioner

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has urged corporate organisations and Lagosians to partner with the Lagos State Government through the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture for the 2021 Greater Lagos Fiesta holding in December.

He said the partnership between government, corporate organisations and individuals will boost the State’s economy and generate incomes for organisations that key into the Greater Lagos Fiesta.

Speaking at the 2021 Greater Lagos Fiesta Activation Ceremony at Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island on Friday, Governor Sanwo-Olu, who was represented by his deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, said government cannot do it alone, therefore, the State needs partnership with organisations and individuals for growth and development of tourism, arts and culture sectors.

He said Lagos State is working hard to vaccinate four million people before December and therefore urged people to visit government accredited centers to receive COVID-19 jab, which has already been provided by the Federal Government.

In his address, the Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf, said the Greater Lagos Fiesta which had passed through different stages and nomenclature since its inception years back serves as the end of the year entertainment event that most Lagosians, Nigerians and the entire world look up to as the year comes to a close.

The Commissioner said her ministry is working with Ministry of Health and Lagos Safety Commission to ensure that all health and safety protocols are put in place during the fiesta and therefore appealed to the public to take their COVID-19 vaccination as the Ministry will only allow vaccinated persons into the venue of Greater Lagos Fiesta events.

She said: “With this year’s theme of the Greater Lagos Fiesta tagged ‘Lagos Rocks’, Lagos State Government will be hosting a 31-Day massive experience of entertainment, awe and inspiration, the likes of which has never been seen before in Nigeria from 1st December 2021 till the end.

“The State Government will be using the Greater Lagos Fiesta to further transform Lagos into a major African tourism and entertainment hub by exploring and promoting the potentials that abound in the State, as well as integrating the thriving Entertainment and Arts industry as a viable platform to attract visitors and create job opportunities.”

The Commissioner urged private organisations and individuals to take advantage of the ample opportunity of the Greater Lagos Fiesta and key into the 31-day calendar event.

According to her, some of the programmes highlighted for the Greater Lagos Fiesta are cultural performances and opening concert, cycling competition, fashion show, food festival and opening ceremony of Souk Village, Lagos Marina Day and Greater Lagos Concert – five days back to back concert in all the five divisions of the State.

She said arrays of A Artistes, Music Icons, Artistes, best of Comedy, DJs, Dance Performance, Talent Hunt, among others would participate during the concert to further demonstrate that Lagos is the centre of entertainment in Africa and ‘Lagos truly Rocks.

Speaking at the event, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Tourism, Arts and Culture, Hon. Solomon Bonu, said the Greater Lagos Fiesta is a reflection of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s love for tourism, arts and culture in Lagos State.

He said the fiesta will pay attention to indigenous culture and give it a prime place in the Greater Lagos Fiesta, adding that the fiesta will attract more visitors to Lagos.

The Managing Director/Chief Strategist, Chain Reactions, Mr. Israel Jaiye Opayemi, said the Greater Lagos Fiesta over the years served as the unifying platform to promote entertainment, commerce, arts and culture among the people of Lagos State.

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Birthday: King DJ Bobbi to Empower Youths with Filmmaking Training




For his birthday celebration, Nigerian video disc jockey King DJ Bobbi, popularly known as the Party Machine has lined up activities that include visiting indigent, less-privileged children and youths in the slum.

Beyond his visit to these neighbourhoods, Bobbi announced that he is partnering with an accomplished filmmaking academy, Treasure Wells Film Academy, to provide smartphone filmmaking, editing, and photography training to randomly selected youths. The training will be the climax of his birthday celebration which falls on October 31.

Before his foray into the entertainment industry, the unassuming Bobbi, who is a native of Imo State, worked with the Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA). His passion for entertainment has earned him notable musical collaborations with some of the foremost artists from around the globe.

Bobbi is the founder of the popular Salt of the Earth Band, a leading band group in Lagos – Nigeria, whose major clients include; Rhapsody Lounge & Bar in Ikeja GRA and Ikeja City Mall; Cubana Hospitality Spot in Ikeja GRA among other notable corporate organisations and prominent personalities.

Bobbi also serves as a consultant, providing premium DJ services as well as creating opportunities for his protégés who are fully trained from his DJ academy; King DJ Bobbi Scratch Academy.

The genial DJ who recently collaborated with American music star Nayanda of Brick and Lace will also on his birthday, drop the video of his newest work ‘Love My Body’ ft Magnito, Lisa Viola, and DMW’s Dandizzy.

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