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Our Fight Against Polio Continues – President Buhari.

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President Muhammadu Buhari has promised that the Federal Government and its partners would not rest on their oars but continue to provide the needed oversight and resources to achieve total polio eradication by 2017.

Also, the World Health Organisation (WHO), the United Nation’s Children Fund (UNICEF) and other partners leading the effort to eradicate polio under the platform of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) are urging Nigeria to be on the alert for any sign of the virus through heightened surveillance especially in the border areas.

After years of devastation, Nigeria was on July 2015 removed from the list of polio-endemic countries by the World Health Organization, leaving only
Afghanistan and Pakistan in list that had 125 in 1988.

In a joint statement between the Nigerian government and its partners issued in Abuja, Buhari said: “This is a historic moment that has brought Africa and the world the closest it has ever been to eradicating this devastating disease. But our job is not yet done. We must protect the gains we have made and stay on course to tackle the challenges that remain in eliminating polio for good.”

Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Folorunso Adewole, said government is building resilience by “getting people out of their comfort zones to further enhance the quality of polio campaigns, reach children in difficult areas and continue to improve routine immunization.”

Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Ado Muhammad, said Nigeria was increasing environmental surveillance sites and community informants across the country.

Acting WHO Representative for Nigeria, Dr. Rex Mapazanje, noted that though the national laboratories have been vigilant in monitoring polio cases, the country must continue to be at alert for any sign of the virus through heightened surveillance, particularly in the vulnerable populations including insurgency-hit areas of North-East and the adjoining areas of Cameroon, Chad and Niger.

Country Representative of UNICEF, Jean Gough, warned: “Achieving a polio-free Africa will bring us closer than ever to a polio-free world, but that success should not be taken for granted. We must continue to work together with all partners in particular with the traditional institutions at all levels to ensure we reach every child so we can relegate this paralysing disease to history forever.”

Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Ado Muhammad, said investments to end polio across African and around the world are developing a lasting infrastructure and knowledge base that will help to improve the delivery of basic healthcare services and other life-saving vaccines, especially to people living in poor and hard to reach areas.

“All partners stressed the need for continued commitment from governments, civil society and donors to finish the job – for Nigeria, for Africa and for children everywhere.”

European Union signed an agreement with the Federal Government to ensure sustainable quality Routine Immunization Services against wild polio virus.The Executive Secretary Gombe State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Ahmed Gana disclosed this while speaking during the official launching of the programme at the weekend said the state has been polio- free since 2013 which led to the attraction of development partners to the state, like Bill Gate Foundation which has given support of about $15 million for the establishment of village Health Workers Programmer in the state.

“The state has also been given a grant of $1.5 million dollar by the World Bank through the Federal Ministry of Heath for the improvement of health care service particularly the Primary health care services in the state,” Dr Gana added that.

He stressed that EU-Sign Project has awarded contract for construction of Nafada Local Council Primary health care cold store and renovation of others.Also speaking the EU-Sign project Gombe state Technical Assistant Mr. Audu Gambo Kariya said the project is aimed at strengthening the health system to increase access to and utilisation of immunisation services within an integrated primary health care service delivery system.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Moses Bliss’s Traditional Wedding Transcends Cultures

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Moses Bliss and his wife, Marie Wiseborn, celebrated their traditional wedding in a beautiful ceremony that combined the rich traditions of both their Nigerian and Ghanaian backgrounds. The ceremony was held in Ghana against a stunning backdrop and was more than just a marriage; it was a show of their two nations’ unique customs and cultures.

The ceremony began with a stunning display of traditional Ghanaian attire. Marie Wiseborn, the bride, looked radiant in her beautiful outfit. The couple’s attire was a beautiful symbol of unity, as it harmoniously blended the vibrant colours of Ghana’s kente cloth with the regal elegance of Nigeria’s aso-oke fabric. It reflected the coming together of the two nations through their marriage.

 

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The traditional wedding ceremony honoured both Nigerian and Ghanaian traditions. It included the Ghanaian “knocking” ceremony, where the groom’s family formally asks for the bride’s hand in marriage. Marie’s grand entrance was marked by a vibrant adowa dance, performed with her bridesmaids and other dancers. This dance was a respectful blend of both cultures’ heritages, creating a beautiful and moving moment.

Moses Bliss and Marie Wiseborn’s wedding transcended a simple celebration of love. It became a powerful testament to the beauty of cultural fusion. The couple, by honouring their individual heritages while embracing their future together, set a remarkable example for cross-cultural unions. Their wedding wasn’t just about the union of two individuals; it was a vibrant celebration of unity, diversity, and the enduring power of love.

Their commitment to blending their Nigerian and Ghanaian cultures served as an important reminder that love can bridge any differences. It painted a vivid picture of a world where cultures can harmoniously coexist. Also, it creates a space where everyone feels included and appreciated.

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How I Got Ed Sheeran To Feature On ‘Peru’ Remix – Fireboy

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Nigerian music star Fireboy DML recently shared a fascinating story about his hit collaboration with global music sensation Ed Sheeran on the remix of Fireboy’s 2021 chart-topping single, “Peru.”

In a recent interview with Billboard News, the 28-year-old singer revealed that the collaboration came about after a friend of Ed Sheeran’s introduced the song to the British superstar. Fireboy revealed that Ed Sheeran himself reached out to him, expressing his interest in the song after a friend shared it with him.

Fireboy further disclosed that prior to this remarkable collaboration, he had expressed his fervent desire for a “global hit” that would significantly transform his life path.

“I remember praying for a song that would breakthrough on a global scale, something that would truly change my life forever,” Fireboy said, reflecting on the period before the collaboration.

“At the time, ‘Essence’ was enjoying significant popularity, and this inspired me to aim for even greater achievements. I would like to contribute to my genre by having a song that cuts across the whole world and changes my life forever.” he added.

“God gave me ‘Peru’, so the song blew up, amazing record. You know when a song blows up and it becomes this annoying record you hear everywhere in Africa, in Nigeria, especially in Lagos.

“It needed something special so it came in the form of the collaboration with Ed Sheeran. I was in the studio that day I remember when I got the call from Mr Kareem, he works with my label and he was like, guess what? Ed Sheeran is going to be on your record.

“Check your DM, I think he has sent you a DM. He has recorded the verse, everything is ready and I was like, what? But apparently, Jamal Edwards sent the song to Ed Sheeran.

“So after I got the call, I checked my messages on Instagram, and he had sent me a DM together with a voice note, and when I listened to verse, I was like this verse is fire.”

And that is how the chart-topping Peru Remix came about.

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Adidas Set To Launch Bob Marley x Adidas Sneakers

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Sportswear giant Adidas is teaming up with the estate of the legendary reggae musician Bob Marley to release a special edition of their classic SL 72 running shoe. This exciting collaboration is expected to launch as part of Adidas’ Summer 2024 collection, according to information discovered by Complex magazine.

While Adidas has yet to officially confirm the release, whispers of the collaboration have been swirling. Zuri Marley, granddaughter of the reggae icon, even shared a glimpse of the sneakers on her TikTok account recently.

@zurimarley The Adidas Bob Marley SL72 is so sick ❤️💛💚 @Bob Marley: One Love @adidas #adidasoriginals #kaceymusgraves #bobmarley #onelove #threelittlebirds ♬ son original – tereva

The highly anticipated Bob Marley x Adidas SL 72 (identified by style code JP5171) features a sleek black upper adorned with vibrant green and wine-coloured accents on the sole. It proudly displays Bob Marley’s image and name on the tongue and sock liner, while his signature is elegantly embossed in gold on the heel. This unique design promises to be a must-have for fans of both the iconic musician and classic footwear.

Adidas has a rich history of incorporating Bob Marley’s iconic style into its designs. However, the upcoming SL 72 marks the first official sneaker collaboration between the brand and the reggae legend’s estate. Marley, a known fan of the brand, was often photographed wearing Adidas apparel and footwear, including the SL 72 model. Previous projects hinting at this connection include the 2008 Adidas Pro Model, released in partnership with Marley’s record label, Tuff Gong. Further collaborations have emerged alongside the recent resurgence of interest in Marley, sparked by the film “Bob Marley: One Love,” including Jamaica-themed Adidas projects and a dedicated Bob Marley collection by designer Jerry Lorenzo’s Fear of God Athletics line, produced in conjunction with Adidas.

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