Tragedy struck in Benin city on Saturday, May 30, 2020, following the murder of Uwa Omozuwa, a 22-year-old student of the University of Benin.
The young lady was raped and died from injuries sustained at the premises of one of the branches of the RCCG, Edo Province 10, Ikpoba Hill where she had gone to read.
Since the news broke, the entire country has expressed its disgust and anger over the murder of the young lady. A number of Nigerian celebrities have come out to lend their voices over the issues.
Here are the reactions of some of the celebrities over the rape and murder of the student in Benin city.
1. Genevieve Nnaji
The movie took to her Twitter page on Sunday May, 31, 2020, where called out men for abusing their power. According to her, women have lived in constant fear of men for a very long time.
2. Tiwa Savage
For Tiwa Savage, the incessant killings of young men by police officers, raping of young ladies and the high rate of unemployment is frustrating.
While expressing his shock over the death of Uwa, singer and songwriter, Djinee gave an example of a friend who was gang raped years ago and was infected with HIV.
4. Nse Ikpe Etim
The movie actress in her tweet said, Uwa had dreams of becoming a nurse and those aspirations have been dashed following her murder by a rapist.
For the lawyer turned music star, it is disheartening for stories like that of Uwa’s murder to continue to linger on. According him, this time around, justice must be served.
Laycon Wins Big Brother Naija Season 5
By Eric Elezuo
Olamilekan Agbeleshe, otherwise known as Laycon, has emerged winner of Season 5 edition of the Big Brother Naija Lockdown show.
Laycon, who has for some time been the favourite of most BBN fans this season garnered the highest number of votes to beat his closest rival, Dorothy, who came second.
Laycon’s victory was announced during a televised grand finale eviction show where out of the five finalists, Vee, Neo and Nengi were evicted.
Laycon therefore carts away the N85 billion booty.
Teni’s Reference to Erica As ‘Omo Igbo’ Erupts Twitter War
Nigerian singer, Teni has been dragged on social media for indirectly referring to disqualified BBNaija housemate, Erica as ‘Omo Igbo’
Teni, while expressing her love for Laycon, in one of her videos, said, “Eyin Omo Igbo” which means “You Igbo People” “Won ti sepe fu Laycon” meaning “they have cursed/jazzed Laycon”
Teni also urged ‘Omo Igbos’ to leave Laycon alone.
Some Nigerians on social media are now of the view that the ‘billionaire’ singer was shading Erica.
This has led to a sort of tribal war on Twitter with people from the eastern part of the country referring to Teni as a tribalist.
Other persons felt that the singer’s statement was harmless and that there was nothing wrong in calling an Igbo person ‘Omo Igbo’.
FirstBank Unveils TV Adaptation of Smart Money Woman in Partnership with Arese Ugwu
First Bank of Nigeria Limited has announced its partnership with Arese Ugwu for the TV adaptation of her best seller, Smart Money Woman. The weekly show – in its first season – is billed to premiere on Africa Magic Showcase on Wednesday, 23rd September 2020 at 9:30pm.
The Smart Money Woman is a programme that shows the experiences, sacrifices, struggles and vigour of women in society as they carry out their day to day activities in spite of the gender imbalance in the society, especially in Africa. The series is an adaptation of Smart Money Woman written to tackle debt, providing tips on inculcating the right savings culture of the African middle class (why don’t we say – every individual – as against limiting to African middle class), the fear and misconceptions surrounding money and the lack of it, love, friendships, cultural and societal pressures and the roles they play in success.
The half hour 13-episode series which is directed by Bunmi Ajakaiye and Co-, produced by Kemi Lala Akindoju, Akin Marinho and Arcadia Tv Africa will have viewers exposed to financial literacy nuggets. Its cast include; Osas Ighodaro, Toni Tones, Ini Dima-Okojie, Eby Eno, Eso Okolocha, Timini Egbuson, Karibi Fubara, Tope Tedela, Seun Ajayi and Temisan Emmanuel.
According to Author and Executive Producer, Smart Tribe Media, Arese Ugwu; “The Smart Money Woman is a love letter to every modern and upwardly mobile African women who are exploring life opportunities and experiences to find that right balance in their day to day activities especially in their career, friendship, relationship and of course, family.”
“We thank First Bank of Nigeria Limited for being the first corporate sponsor to believe in my dream and take a chance on a first-time producer. This is a partnership we are pleased to reckon with, whilst we recognise how they have successfully empowered women across the geo-political zones in Nigeria through its various initiatives, especially the FirstGem product. They have provided mentoring, support and capacity building opportunities for all to create a new generation of financially literate women thereby contributing to the continued growth and development of the country.”
Speaking on the TV show, Folake Ani-Mumuney, the Group Head, Marketing & Corporate Communications, First Bank of Nigeria Limited said “FirstBank has been at the forefront of promoting female empowerment and we understand the role financial literacy plays in deepening financial inclusion, whilst promoting female independence. The essence of the TV programme is to raise financial awareness to inspire every individual in the society, especially women, to make informed choices and take effective actions for their financial wellbeing, she concluded.”