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Saudi Arabia has ended a 35-year ban on movie theaters with a screening of “Black Panther.”

American movie theater company, AMC, (AMC) played the Hollywood blockbuster on Wednesday at its new single-screen cinema in the financial district of the capital Riyadh.
The screening opening was limited to about 500 invited guests, executives and officials, but public screenings of the movie will begin soon, AMC said. A Saudi official said that would happen from May 1.
A Saudi private investment firm, in collaboration with AMC Entertainment, an American cinema chain, hosted the opening night and plan to open three more screens at the complex later this year, according to the Saudi Gazette.
The partnership envisions opening 30 to 40 cinemas in some 15 cities nationwide over the next five years. By 2030, the Saudi government hopes to have up to 100 more up and running in 25 cities.

The revival of the cinema is the latest move by 32-year-old Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, with the blessing of his father, to ease social restrictions by also opening concert halls, clubs and dropping the ban on women drivers.

It marks a sharp reversal from the clampdown by the Saudi leadership that followed the 1979 seizure of The Grand Mosque in Mecca by extremists. The siege ended after two weeks with the help of French special forces.

Shaken, the Saudi royal family cracked down on dissent while also tightening social norms in a trade off to shore up its support of the ultra conservative Wahhabi clergy. Many Saudi clerics view Western movies and even Arabic films made in Egypt and Lebanon as sinful.

The social push by the heir to the throne is part of his so-called Vision 2030, a blueprint for the country that aims to boost local spending and create jobs amid sustained lower oil prices.

“This is a landmark moment in the transformation of Saudi Arabia into a more vibrant economy and society,” Saudi Minister of Culture and Information Awwad Alawwad said in statement ahead of the screening. “Cinema has always played an important role in bringing cultures together, and Saudi Arabia is ready to play its part,” he said, according to Saudi Gazette.

Movies screened in Saudi cinemas will be subject to approval by government censors, as is the case in other Arab countries. Scenes of violence are not cut, but scenes involving nudity, sex or even kissing are often deleted.

The U.S.-based AMC was granted the first license to operate a cinema in Saudi Arabia in a deal signed earlier this month in California with the crown prince.

Until now, Saudis who wanted to watch a film in a movie theater would have to drive to nearby Bahrain or the United Arab Emirates for weekend trips to the cinema. Other at-home options include streaming services, such as Netflix, and satellite TV, although this can run into attempts by the government to censor what the Saudi public could view.

Saudi writer and dissident Jamal Khashoggi describes the theaters of the 1970s as being “like American drive-ins, except much more informal.” In an opinion piece for The Washington Post, he wrote that to avoid being arrested at one of these screenings in Medina, a friend of his broke his leg jumping off a wall to escape the religious police.

The film “Black Panther,” which has taken in more than $1.2 billion worldwide, is a particularly apt film to end the ban. It features an African country that was never colonized or conquered and used its wealth to develop advanced technology while isolating itself from the rest of the world.

Kenya joins the ranks of African nations backing Morocco’s bid to host the 2026 World Cup.

Morocco is hoping to become only the second African country to host the World Cup after South Africa in 2010 but faces a stiff challenge from a joint Canada-Mexico-US bid when the vote is held in Moscow at the FIFA Congress on June 13.

2026 world cup hosting country-shaidysworldOn Wednesday 18, chief Nick Mwendwa Football Kenya Federation (FKF) told delegates visiting from Morocco, led by Nigerian former international striker Daniel Amokachi. “Kenya will be firmly behind Morocco’s bid for the 2026 World Cup, since the whole of Africa is for Morocco”.

“We have worked closely with the Moroccan Football Federation since we came into office in 2016,” said Mwendwa at a press conference in Nairobi.

The north African country has already received backing from many African countries including South Africa, Egypt, Nigeria, Tunisia and Ghana, while others including France, Russia and Iraq have expressed their support.

Though considered a long shot, Amokachi believes Morocco stands a chance after being unsuccessful four times in the past.

“It took our continent a hundred years to host the World Cup. Morocco is a capable country to host the tournament in 2026 since it has all the infrastructure,” said Amokachi.

Zimbabwe sacks 16,000 striking nurses as the new government sought to keep a lid on labour unrest in the build-up to the first elections since the fall of Robert Mugabe, Reuters has reported.

Vice President Constantino Chiwenga accused the nurses of staging a “politically motivated” walkout and said they would be replaced by retired and unemployed staff. The nurses’ union told its members to stay calm as it considered its response.

Zimbabwe Nurses-shaidysworldThe nurses went on strike on Monday over unpaid allowances and other issues, leaving hospitals understaffed. The action came days after junior doctors wrapped up a month-long walkout over pay and working conditions.

Chiwenga, the retired army general who led a de facto military coup against Mugabe in November, said the Zimbabwe Nurses Association had rejected a $17 million offer to clear wage arrears.

“Government now regards this lack of remorse as politically motivated, and thus going beyond concerns of conditions of services and worker welfare,” said Chiwenga late on Tuesday.

“Accordingly, government has decided, in the interest of patients and of saving lives, to discharge all the striking nurses with immediate effect.”
He did not say which political group he thought was behind the strike. Mugabe regularly accused opposition groups of trying to undermine his government by encouraging the public sector strikes that punctuated his time in office.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who replaced Mugabe in November, will stand in elections set for July against a revitalized opposition Movement for Democratic Change party led by 40-year-old Nelson Chamisa.

Mnangagwa has promised to revitalize the economy after decades of severe mismanagement. Cash shortages mean banks are forced to limit withdrawals, unemployment remains above 80 percent and the government still struggles to pay workers on time.

“Without training the workers, we are harming the society,” Obasa, represented by Mr. Olumuyiwa Jimoh, the Deputy Majority Leader of the House, said on Wednesday.

Lagos State House of Assembly, Speaker Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, made the remarks as the House began a three-day capacity building workshop for its staff, tagged “Effective Capturing, Report Writing, Documentation and Presentation of Parliamentary Proceedings,” to enhance their performance in legislative business.

“These staff needs to be educated for them to even add value to whatever we are doing.

He also added “It is the bureaucratic system that determines direction and dimension of whatever the political and economic system are doing,”

He said the development of bureaucratic system should be in geometric progression instead of arithmetic progression, hence the need to do more.

He added that the development and growth of any country lies in the capacity of the civil service.

Also speaking, Mr. Azeez Sanni, the Clerk of the House, said that the workshop was another decisive and epoch-making stride by the House to raise the performance of the staff.

Sanni, who commended the leadership and management of the House, said that the workshop would improve parliamentary reporting and legislative practices.

“This training is borne out of an urgent need by the leadership of the House to address certain areas of inadequate performance by some of the staff, and which has been a source of growing concern.

“This programme has been packaged to deepen the skills and proficiency of staff in the three core directorates of the House — the Legislative Matters, Legislative Drafting and Legal Services, and Publications — in the art of writing and indeed other areas peculiar to their duties and practices.

CEO SCOOP CONCEPTS MEDIA, Kolawole Omoboriowo has just penned an Open Letter to Big Brother Naija #bbnaija Contestant Cee C, on her personality. Read Letter Below,

Dear Cee C, 
Sincerely you are an amazing human created by God, Beautiful, Smart, Talented, Educated, Endowed with good body and someone out there’s dream Gf or wife.Cee C Bbnaija 2018-shaidysworld

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This open letter is written not to condemn you but to give you a guideline of the things you need to do when you finally get out of the Big brother House, your fans can be crying out loud, PR paid, movement creative, even some pastor praying for you. But please remember these are the reasons you were being sent to the house or picked to represent one chapter of the house mate:

1. To be yourself enough to sell a brand to public.
2. To demonstrate how well humans can cope in smooth ,sweet and tough times.
3. To become a role model who can be a spokesperson to the people who have patiently watched you for 3 months.
4. To be a brand investors can invest in .
5. To be someone’s dream woman in all aspect of Life
6. To influence people with your God given talent and also Promote God with your talent and character e.t.c, I hope you come out victorious to see how well you have been able to impact wrongly Into the society..

I am not judging you but whatever you face or meet outside of the house either Good or Bad am sure your Character, self-discipline, Anger, fight, and so on caused it.. I am praying for God to lead you on so you become a better person. I am not perfect but trust me most of ladies supporting you are doing so blindly and am sure when you come out I pray you don’t lose it either.. To all the people reading this I think instead of condemning her. She needs to be talk to, prayed for and also see lots of older women who can advise her. This might be the way God want her to learn and put herself together for her future family and ambition.

Enjoy your fame and remember to always seek God.
From Yours truly
Kolawole scoop

60 Niger Delta Youths are currently undergoing a one-week fish processing and entrepreneurship induction course in Benin City, the Edo state capital, under the Federal Government’s Amnesty Programme .

The training programme, which is being organized under the auspices of the Federal Government in partnership with Obax Worldwide Limited kicked off on Sunday and will end this weekend.

Facilitator of the programme, Princess Ethel Eweka of Obax Worldwide Limited, told journalists that the training was part of Federal Government’s initiatives aimed at equipping and empowering the ex-militants for proper reintegration into the society.

Princess Eweka said, “Obax Worldwide Limited, which I represent would not just stop at training the 60 delegates, but go further to certify them and report back to government, with a view to continuing with the second and third phases which involves the empowerment proper (establishment of fish farm) and subsequently mentoring to guide them until they are able to stand on their own.

“The training is basically on entrepreneurship for fish farming and fish processing to equip the ex-militants before they are fully integrated into the society which the Federal Government asked us to collaborate with it in the task of empowering them.

Federal Government amnesty programme-shaidysworld“The Federal Government has approved the 60 candidates to be given theoretical training for one week, and thereafter, we will take them to the farm that is operational at Obax for practical and take them throughout processing.

These would be followed with empowerment proper which involves acquiring the fish farm and later monitor their progress,” she said.

Mr. David Ekesi, one of the facilitators who took the ex-militants on entrepreneurship class, told them that government expects them to acquire the knowledge so as to be able to sustain and expand their businesses after the training and empowerment.

Some of the participants, who spoke to newsmen at the venue, paid glowing tribute to the Federal Government for engaging them for the programme.

Among those who spoke were Ebiye Jacob, Adonkie Douye John and Seleton Mabiri who commended the government’s efforts in initiating the prodramme, just as they pleaded for its sustenance adding, “we appealed to the Federal Government to ensure that the
programme is not abandoned midway”.

Some of the participants, however, expressed displeasure over the way and manner they have been sidelined in the payment of Amnesty allowances, alleging that they are being tossed around while those in phase two and three are receiving their allowances and called on the presidency to wade into the issue.

Following the successful launch of the maiden edition of the Handle It Africa conference in 2017, the second edition of the highly anticipated social media conference is set to hold in May.

Dedicated to revolutionalizing the way social media is used, consumed, and deployed, the maiden edition of the conference witnessed an impressive turnout of young Nigerians with diverse backgrounds and interests.

Themed ‘Social Media: Expanding Influence, Broadening Thoughts’, the new edition of the Handle It Africa conference will explore the use of social media to drive innovation and influence trends across different industries.

Panelists and topics for each panel session have been specially selected to allow participants gain an in-depth knowledge of how to leverage on social media for personal and professional growth.
Sharing insights about the new edition, Olufemi Oguntamu,HANDLE-IT-AFRICA-shaidysworld Convener of Handle It Africa said, “The conference was birthed to share insightful know-how on maximizing the benefits of social media. The team has risen to the challenge, pushing the boundaries to meet the immediate needs of today’s media enthusiasts.

There will be more use of social media this year, much more than the years before. As these trends continue to grow, it is imperative that we continue to harness the resourcefulness of this new medium.”

Aside from the opportunities to gain fresh knowledge at the conference, participants will also have the chance to engage and network with like-minded professionals to create a springboard for future collaborations and partnerships.

Handle It Africa 2 will take place at Oriental Hotel, Lagos on Friday 4 May, 2018.

For more information about the conference and registration details, visit http://www.handleitafrica.com/

According to the organizers of Headies 2018 review for the Award is July 2016 to December 2017.
Here are the nominees.

BEST RECORDING OF THE YEAR
BUTTERFLIES – OMAWUMI
HALLELUYAH – FUNBI
PONMILE – REMINISCE
HEAVEN – BANKY W
JOROMI – SIMI

BEST POP SINGLE
MAD OVER YOU – RUNTOWN
ALL OVER – TIWA SAVAGE
YEBA – KISS DANIEL
ISKABA – WANDE COAL AND DJ TUNEZ
IF– DAVIDO
FIA – DAVIDO

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
(FALL, MAMA) KIDOMINANT
(ISKABA, MALO) SPELLZ
(IF, RARA) TEKNO
(MARADONA, COME CLOSER) SARZ
YAWA, VIRTUOUS WOMAN- MASTERKRAFT

BEST REGGAE/DANCEHALL SINGLE
LOVE YOU DIE – PATORANKING FT. DIAMOND PLATNUMZ
DANCE – TIMAYA FT. RUDEBOY
HOLY HOLY – 2BABA
ROCK YOUR BODY – BURNA BOY
COME CLOSER – WIZKID
SOFA – KISS DANIEL

BEST RAP ALBUM
27 – FALZ
TRIP TO THE SOUTH – ERIGGA
EL HADJ – REMINISCE
THE PLAYMAKER – PHYNO
THE GLORY – OLAMIDE
ROSE – AQ

BEST R&B/POP ALBUM
SOUNDS FROM THE OTHER SIDE – WIZKID
TIMELESS – OMAWUMI
SIMISOLA – SIMI
GOLD – ADEKUNLE GOLD
IJELE THE TRAVELLER – FLAVOR
THIS IS ME – NINIOLA

BEST MUSIC VIDEO
MA LO – TIWA SAVAGE FT WIZKID (MEJI ALABI)
FOCUS- HUMBLE SMITH (CLARENCE PETERS)
COME CLOSER – WIZKID (DAPS)
BEEN CALLING – MALEEK BERRY (MEJI ALABI)
YOLO – SEYI SHAY (MEJI ALABI)
LIKE DAT – DAVIDO (DAPS)

BEST R&B SINGLE
TONIGHT – NONSO AMADI
FOLASHADE – PRAIZ
LET ME KNOW – MALEEK BERRY
ROMEO & JULIET – JOHHNY DRILLE
LOVE YOU BABY – BANKY W
SMILE FOR ME – SIMI

BEST COLLABO
MA LO – TIWA SAVAGE FT WIZKID
TEMPER REMIX – SKALES FT BURNA BOY
JUICE – YCEE FT MALEEK BERRY
NO FORGET – ADEKUNLE GOLD FT. SIMI
COME CLOSER – WIZKID FT. DRAKE

BEST RAP SINGLE
YOU RAPPERS SHOULD FIX UP YOUR LIVES – MI
SOMETHING LITE – FALZ FT YCEE
LINK UP – PHYNO FT. BURNA BOY, M.I.
UP TO YOU – SHOW DEM CAMP FT FUNBI
ME VERSUS ME – ICE PRINCE

BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE(MALE)
A NON-VOTING CATEGORY:
PERFECT WOMAN – FAZE
FOLASHADE – PRAIZ
ROMEO & JULIET – JOHNNY DRILLE
TONIGHT – NONSO AMADI
LOVE YOU BABY – BANKY W

BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (FEMALE) 

A NON-VOTING CATEGORY FOR THE SINGLE FEMALE ARTISTE
IN THE AIR – WAJE
GONE FOR GOOD – SIMI
JOWO – ARAMIDE
SARO – NINIOLA
WHERE’S THE LOVE – NIYOLA FT. ADEKUNLE GOLD
BUTTERFLIES – OMAWUMI

NEXT RATED
MALEEK BERRY
MAYORKUN
DICE AILES
JOHNNY DRILLE
ZORO

HIP HOP WORLD REVELATION
NINIOLA
ADEKUNLE GOLD
MR. EAZI
REEKADO BANKS

LYRICIST ON THE ROLL
YOU RAPPERS SHOULD FIX UP YOUR LIVES – MI
POLITICAL SCIENCE – AQ
LIQUOR NIGHT – BOOGEY
INDUSTRY NITE – ERIGGA

BEST STREET-HOP ARTISTE
PENALTY – SMALL DOCTOR
WO – OLAMIDE
SAI BABA – CDQ
SHEPETERI – IDOWEST FT. DAMMY KRANE, SLIM CASE
PASS THE AGBARA – SKUKI
LEGBEGBE – MR REAL FT. IDOWEST, KELVIN CHUKS, OBADICE

BEST ‘ALTERNATIVE’ SONG
MONEY – ADEKUNLE GOLD
RADIO – NONSO AMADI
ROMEO & JULIET – JOHNNY DRILLE
PONMILE – REMINISCE
FUN MI LOWO MI – ARAMIDE FT. SOUND SULTAN £& KOKER
LAGOS BARBIE – BANTU

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
SIMISOLA – SIMI
GOLD – ADEKUNLE GOLD
KLITORIS – BRYMO
IJELE THE TRAVELER – FLAVOUR
SOUNDS FROM THE OTHER SIDE – WIZKID
THE PLAYMAKER – PHYNO

ARTISTE OF THE YEAR
DAVIDO
WIZKID
OLAMIDE
SIMI
TIWA SAVAGE

SONG OF THE YEAR
PENALTY – SMALL DOCTOR
WO – OLAMIDE
IF- DAVIDO
YEBA – KISS DANIEL
MAD OVER YOU – RUNTOWN
FIA – DAVIDO

AFRICAN ARTISTE
SARKODIE
CASPER NYOVEST
NASTY C
SAUTI SOL
VANESSA MDEE

HEADIES’ VIEWER’S CHOICE
COME CLOSER- WIZKID
IF- DAVIDO
WO -OLAMIDE
MAD OVER YOU – RUNTOWN
YEBA- KISS DANIEL
YAWA -TEKNO

INDUSTRY BRAND SUPPORTER
MTN
PEPSI
GLO
HENNESSY
FIRS
NIGERIA BREWERIES
LAGOS STATE

BEST PERFORMER
FLAVOUR
FALZ
M.I.
2BABA
YEMI ALADE
TIWA SAVAGE

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR:
KIDI
AIR BOY
TENI
JUNIOR BOY
PERUZZI

SPECIAL RECOGNITION
KAFFY

HALL OF FAME
CHRIS UBOSI

Subsea 7 was awarded a substantial contract by Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited (MPN) for the Production Uplift Pipeline Projects (PUPP), in shallow water, offshore Nigeria.

The contract scope includes engineering, construction, transportation, installation and pre-commissioning of 20 km of 24” Corrosion Resistant Alloy (CRA) pipeline between the Idoho Platform and the terminal onshore, and 2 km of 24” CRA pipeline between the Edop and Idoho Platforms, as well as associated topside modifications and tie-ins at both ends.

Engineering and procurement will start immediately at NigerStar 7’s, a non-wholly owned subsidiary of Subsea 7, offices in Lagos, while offshore operations will take place from Q3 2018 to Q1 2019, using the Subsea 7 vessel Seven Antares.

32-year-old  Emmanuel Ugwumbor, popularly known as Dj Bullet, on Sunday night at Jesse town of Ethiope West Local Government area of Delta State, electrocuted to death, after he tried to repair a faulty electrical line without using protective hand gloves.

DJ Bullet was said to be at his home on Sunday night when the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) restored light. He was said to have noticed there was no electricity in his apartments while others had, curious about the development, he was said to have gone out to rectify the fault.

According to a neighbor who craved anonymity, ”DJ Bullet was billed to attend a birthday party the next day and as usual he was curious to test his musical equipment, so when there was no light he went out to locate the fault and see if he could effect repairs, the next thing we heard was someone screaming that he, Emmanuel (DJ Bullet) had been electrocuted. We took him to hospital but he died before doctors could attend to him” the neighbor said in tears.Dj Bullet-shaidysworld