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The contestant representing Afrometriques Media in the Obudu Face of Culture contest, 20-year old Miss Felicia Ubelebi Udida Felicia, a 200-level student of Business Administration at the Cross River

University of Technology, has emerged winner of the 2013 edition of the Obudu Face Culture at the competition held at the Obudu Civic Center two Fridays ago.

The event, organized by the Mr. Frank Akpeke-led-Mountain Cinema, had eight contestants, but only seven turned up for the weeklong camping of tutorials aimed at building the capacity of the contestants in some
entrepreneurial skills amongst others.

The first runner-up was the Face of Cross River Film Agency, 21-year old University of Calabar Modern Language student, Miss Evelyn Ugbaka; while 21-year old student of Mass Communication at the Cross River
University of Technology, representing Reel Max Media, Retina Ushibima Ashibekong emerged second runner-up.

Others who took part in the cultural pageant competition included Face of Veehive Events, Miss Edith Andornimye Ufung; Face of Top Choice Lodge, Christabel Akaebiere Akpuo; Face of Sip Spot, Perpetua
Lipeh-Unim Ugbizi ; and Face of 9ice Bite, Ruth Utianbeshie Agogo. Presenting the contest result, representative of the Cross River Department of Cultural Heritage, Mr. Jerome Adie on behalf of other judges including CEO of House of Lavender Modeling Agency, Miss Ungienkpe Ube, criticized the cultural misrepresentation made by some of the contestants about the Bette people and stressed the need for
inculcation of right cultural knowledge on young ones for a better representation of the Obudu people.

Highlights of the event included crowning of the new cultural queen, unveiling of the movie titled ‘Iwali’ by the chairman of Obudu Local Government, Hon. Emmanuel Ikwen, glitz of performances from Real P Ajaba; South South stage diver, DizzBaby Kwelle; Gzy Young; dance by salsa couple Emmanuel Eze and Megshilla; and runway showcase by House of Lavender modeling agency.

Personalities at the event include former governorship aspirant, Mr. Goddie Akpama; representative of the Ministry of Youths and Sports, Barrister John Ejin; Vice Chairman of Obudu LGA, Hon. Agnes Atsu; Special Adviser to the Council on Tourism, Mr. Casmir Undie and past and present pageant queens of Obudu and Obanlikwu led by the 2012 winner of the crown, Miss Fatima Ugenyi Adie.


Broadcaster and Calabar’s most revered Master of Ceremony- Effiong Ekpenyong few weeks back bagged an associate membership certification with the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations.

Double E is Effiong Ekpenyong’s alter ego; a graduate of Mass Communication from the Cross River University of Technology, he has been practicing communication and public relations for over a decade.
Asides being a broadcaster with Cross River Broadcasting Corporation (CRBC), he is also the official MC of the state, and Africa’s biggest street party- Calabar Festival. The ANIPR certification is another feather in his cap, a pat on his back and a motivation to do more.


A group in the Catholic Church in Benin, Edo State, Edo Liturgical Group (ELG), has demanded the removal of the Archbishop of the Metropolitan See of Benin, Most Rev. Augustine Akubeze and a Benin Priest, made a Bishop in his place for the true evangelization of the people of the kingdom.

The group led by its Chairman, Mr. Andrew Ayemwenre, which addressed newsmen in Benin recently, also accused the Archbishop of punishing Benin people for demanding for a Benin Bishop to help achieve proper
evangelization in their land in accordance with the recommendation for the church by Pope Benedict XV.
ELG is also alleging that in less than two years of Archbishop Akubeze’s coming, there appears to be a design by him to replace our people, priests and laity in the Catholic Church. The ELG say they have visited him on more than four occasions to find the way forward.

Among issues raised were one Edo Mass for parishes at primetime in the entire diocese, copies of Edo Bible and Missal be made available in the Church, use of Edo songs at Mass, Priests in the Archdiocese to learn to celebrate Mass in Edo language, the re-instatement of Pa Vincent Osakue to the knighthood, which was withdrawn by Akubeze and Mr. Chris Aghimien as Secretary of the Laity Council of the Archdiocese of Benin and the retention of the name, Edo Liturgical Group.

The group insisted that despite peace moves by the group, the Archbishop failed to accede to any of their requests and refused to approve the one Mass on Sunday for the indigenes in all parishes in Benin-City.
Holy Cross Cathedral as a Parish has 28 Sunday Masses in a month while only one Mass is said in Edo language for her indigenes. This means that of the 364 Sunday Masses in a year, only 12 are in the native
tongue. Meanwhile, in Onitsha and the entire Eastern Nigeria, the reverse is the case. “The use of Edo language as part of the Mass is a taboo to Archbishop Akubeze.” the group alleges.



Scoops here and there say Nigeria international and Chelsea midfielder, Mikel Obi, has confirmed storming Uyo to pick up an award at the maiden edition of Nigeria Pitch Awards scheduled for November 17 the oil-rich Akwa Ibom State.

A source close to the organizers has it that Mikel is so delighted and looks to carting an award at the event, “The Nigeria Pitch Awards has come at the right time. I am personally looking forward to the event in Uyo; I will be happy to pick up an award. It will be a real delight for me and I hope it will be a great event in every sense of the word,” he was quoted.

Endorsed by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), the award is organized by the Matchmakers Consult Limited International to honour players referees, administrators, coaches and sponsors. First of its kind in the country, the award which is fully dedicated to football, staged its awareness campaign last year with a Night of Stars Ggala organized at the Metropolitan Hotel, Calabar.


There are clear indications that the Rivers State Government would not have any input in the burial of Mother Charity Onyekwululachiya Fyneface Oba (Mama Sisi), foster mother of Dame Patience Faka
Jonathan, wife of Nigeria’s president.

Rather, the Supervising Minister for Education, Mr. Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike, and Governor Rotimi Amaechi’s political foe, has taken total charge and has constituted five committees from the Felix Obuah-led-Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

In a statement released last week, Felix Obuah, the factional Chairman of PDP will chair the mobilization committee, among the five Committees for the burial. Other committees are Transport, Medical, Accommodation, and Publicity. Inaugurating the Committees, Wike charged members to ensure the Mother of the First Lady is given a well-deserved and successful burial, as well as gave the assurance that the people of Rivers State will participate fully in the planned burial.

Emma Okah, the former Chief Press Secretary, CPS, to former Governor Peter Odili and later Commissioner for Information under the short-lived Celestine Omehia administration chairs the publicity committee; Jerry Needam, Special Medial Adviser to Obuah is Secretary, while Chief Emeh Glory Emeh, former Commissioner for Transport and Chief of Staff to Omehia is a member.

The burial is scheduled to kick off from 31 October and ceremonies take place in Port Harcourt and Okrika.
Indications that Governor Amaechi and his cabinet had been sidelined emerged late last week when after a visit to the headquarters of National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, to throw light on the petition he wrote against the Commissioner of Police, Mbu Joseph Mbu on infringement of his rights as an elected Governor and that of Rivers people on their rights to free assembly; he told the press that Mbu takes directives from Mrs. Jonathan, and not the Inspector-General of Police.

Meanwhile, truckloads of the ‘aso ebi’ meant for the funeral were ferried into the Garden City Monday last week, and by mid-week shared allocations for the South South and South East States had found its way to the corresponding government houses and headquarters of the state PDP chapters. With a light-blue flowered background, the ‘aso ebi’ carries a photograph of the deceased and ‘MRS. CHARITY FYNEFACE OBA 1946-2013’ boldly imprinted on it.



More and more trusted loyalists of Governor Rotimi Amaechi are jumping ship with every passing second. Latest on the list of those who are dumping him to his fate is the chairman, Board of Directors of the Rivers State Micro Finance Agency, Chief Precious Ngelele. He has resigned his appointment. And no reason has been given for the sudden resignation.

Ngelele served in the cabinet of President Olusegun Obasanjo from 1999-2003, first as Minister of State, Water Resources and later Minister of Commerce. However, although the former minister could not be reached for comment on the development, rumours are rife that it may not be unconnected with the ongoing politics playing out in the state.

It could be recalled that another of Amaechi’s appointee, Charles Anyawu also resigned his appointment recently. Anyawu, who was the Special Adviser to the Rivers State Governor, has since joined in the battle between Governor Amaechi and Chief Nyesom Wike’s Grassroots Development Initiative (GDI), for the control of Etche Local Government Area.

Also recently, it was widely reported that a Special Assistant and younger brother to the State Commissioner for Lands and Survey, Alikor Ezekiel-Amadi has dumped the Governor’s camp for the GDI in Ikwerre Local Government Area. Lands Commissioner, Ezemonye Ezekiel-Amadi has since dissociated himself from his younger brother’s action, affirming his unflinching support for Governor Amaechi’s administration.


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