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Prince Harry & Meghan To Arrive In Nigeria On Friday

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, will be in Nigeria today! They will arrive for a private visit that will last for 3 days.

General Christopher Musa, the Nigerian Chief of Defence Staff, invited them to visit. Prince Harry founded the Invictus Games, which are for wounded service members. During their visit, Harry and Meghan will meet with soldiers who were injured while serving in the Nigerian military. They will also spend time with the families of these soldiers.

Air Vice Marshal Abidemi Marquis, who works in the sports department of Nigeria’s military headquarters, announced on Thursday that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will spend three days in Nigeria. During their visit, they’ll be meeting with soldiers who were wounded in service and their families.

Marquis said the visit, scheduled from May 10–13, 2024, will help the wounded soldiers recover.

Abidemi Marquis said,

“We realized that 80% of our soldiers have been involved in this recovery programme, they are getting better. Their outlook on life is positive.”

He added that the visit will aid their recovery “to improve their personal self-esteem to improve their mental health. Their emotional intelligence has been improved and also their families seeing them, as they used to be breadwinners who are capable of continue living. So this engagement with Invictus is giving us the opportunity for the recovery for our soldiers.”

Air Vice Marshal Marquis also mentioned a few other things…

Prince Harry started the Invictus Games for wounded service members, and this visit shows that Nigeria supports the idea. He also said it’s important for Nigeria’s goal of hosting an Invictus Games someday.

Marquis even emphasised the need for Nigeria to build a state-of-the-art structure to care for wounded or injured soldiers, “particularly the post-traumatic syndrome and the post-traumatic stress syndrome that are manifesting due to our engagement in the counter-insurgency operation.”

Air Vice Marshal Marquis also said Prince Harry and Meghan Markle won’t stay in one place during their visit. They’ll be travelling to Kaduna and Lagos States, where they’ll get to meet the governors of those states too.

“So, to be specific, now they will be arriving here tomorrow (Friday) and they will be received, and the reception will be quiet because they will be travelling 14 hours to get to this place. They will be taken to the hotel.”

After taking a break at the hotel, the couple will go back and see the Chief of Defence Staff by Friday noon. Prince Harry and his wife will stop by their Wuse Light Academy before meeting Nigeria’s security chief. After that, they’ll head to Kaduna State to visit the Nigerian Army Reference Hospital, where injured soldiers are treated.

“On Saturday, we’ll be having like an exhibition of novelty match. The CDS team and the Duke team will be having a volleyball match at armed forces officers’ mess in the morning. And this is just to engage with the wounded and injured soldiers. It’s a sitting volleyball match coming in the morning.

“So after that, we have a programme for them by 01:00 pm. A reception, where they will be interacting with families of wounded and injured soldiers and families of soldiers and officers killed in action and service members generally,” the Director stated.

AVM Marquis announced that on Sunday, the couple will first visit Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State to pay their respects. Then, they’ll head to a basketball court in Lagos, where their NGO supports a school. There, a basketball exhibition match will take place.

Additionally, a reception is planned for the couple on Sunday before they return to Abuja to prepare for leaving the country on Monday.

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Ruth Kadiri Raises Alarm Over Unavailability Of Vaccines For Children

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Nollywood actress Ruth Kadiri is raising awareness concerning the lack of essential vaccines for children in some Nigerian hospitals. Kadiri recently shared her experience on Instagram. She revealed that she took her daughter to the hospital for routine vaccinations but was turned away due to a shortage. The specific vaccines her daughter needed were for cholera, measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella (chickenpox).

She wrote,

“My nurse just informed me that there are no vaccines for babies at the hospital!!! Mothers, are you facing the same Vaccination issues? Federal Government, please look into this. My daughter needs her immunization. One year and counting.”

 

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This encounter prompted Ruth Kadiri to use her platform to call on the Nigerian government to intervene. Vaccines play a crucial role in protecting children from preventable diseases, and their absence can have serious consequences.

By sharing her story, Kadiri is hoping to shed light on this public health issue and urge the authorities to take action. This will ensure these vital vaccines are readily available for all children in Nigeria.

The MMR vaccine is a superhero, protecting children from four nasty diseases: measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella (chickenpox). To make sure this protection is extra strong, it’s actually given in two doses.

The first dose is typically given to babies between 9 and 15 months old. Then, to ensure long-lasting immunity, a second dose is given when they are between 15 months and 6 years old. There needs to be at least a 4-week wait between the two doses for them to work best.

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Uzor Arukwe Says Actors Need To Learn To Accept Criticism

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In a recent interview with Top Charts Africa on May 27, 2024, Nollywood actor Uzor Arukwe opened up about the importance of criticism.

He emphasised that criticism, rather than being something to shy away from, is actually a valuable tool for self-improvement. Arukwe believes that constructive criticism can help us learn and grow as individuals.

I love criticism and feedback because it helps you to become a better actor. You can’t be an actor if you’re not open to criticism,” he said.

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“Nigerian Idol” Season 9 Heats Up With Top 10 Live Performances

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Nigerian Idol season 9 got even hotter yesterday! The remaining contestants battled it out on stage with live performances.

Remember the judges’ tough call last week? Lammy and Japh Kenti were tied for the final spot in the Top 10. Well, Lammy pulled ahead and joined the other nine singers who advanced.

Now, the competition is heating up with the official Top 10! Jennifer Ugomu, David Garland, Chima, Mira Clear, Gracia, Stevie, Chioma, Lammy, Lady Ruth, and Maio all took the stage.

They sang a mix of everything, from Harry Styles’ “Falling” to powerful hits like “Never Enough” and “A Million Dreams” from The Greatest Showman.

The crowd went wild for their amazing vocals and stage presence! You can see all the performances yourself below. Don’t forget to vote for your favourite singer to keep them in the running!

1. Jennifer Ugomu

Jennifer absolutely stole the show! She belted out a powerful performance of Andra Day’s inspiring song “Rise Up,” a song that was nominated for a Grammy and is all about hope. Her vocals were incredible!

2. David Garland

David Garland turned up the heat with his performance. He took a surprising turn towards pop music and completely wowed the judges with his own powerful version of Harry Styles’ song “Falling.” It was an impressive and unexpected choice that left everyone speechless!

3. Chima

It was Chima’s night to shine! He took the stage and showed off his amazing vocal range with a soulful performance of Teddy Swims’ hit song “Lose Control.” This chart-topping song is a favourite online, and Chima absolutely nailed it!

4. Mira Clear

Mira Clear proved she’s a true songbird with her performance! She focused on every technical detail to deliver a powerful and controlled version of Sia’s inspirational song “Unstoppable.” It was a show-stopping performance that left everyone wanting more.

5. Gracia

Gracia brought down the house with her powerful vocals! She belted out an amazing cover of David Guetta and Sia’s hit song “Titanium,” a real dance floor banger from 2011. Her performance was energetic and unforgettable!

6. Stevie

Stevie delivered a beautiful performance! He showcased his smooth vocals, perfectly blending them with the gentle piano melody of “A Million Dreams” from The Greatest Showman. It was a sweet and touching rendition of the song.

7. Chioma

Chioma stunned the audience with her breathtaking performance of “Never Enough” from The Greatest Showman. The song is a beautiful ballad, and Chioma wasn’t afraid to be vulnerable in her delivery. This raw emotion made her performance even more powerful and left everyone in awe.

8. Lammy

Everyone considers John Legend’s “All of Me” a must-have for any wedding playlist. It’s become a classic love song for couples everywhere.

On Nigerian Idols, Lammy delivered a show-stopping performance of the song, pouring his heart out with so much emotion that it captivated the audience.

9. Lady Ruth

Lady Ruth took on a huge challenge with her performance! She tackled Beyoncé’s “Drunk in Love,” a song known for its high notes, powerful runs, and unique vocals.

Lady Ruth showed off her amazing technique as she hit all the right notes, from the high belts to the breathy whispers. It was a show-stopping performance!

10. Maio

Maio’s song choice was a bit different! He performed “Ojuelegba” by Wizkid. It’s a chill summer vibe kind of song, and Maio knew it was all about capturing the smooth, warm tone of the original.

He focused on staying perfectly on key and delivering a relaxed performance that had the audience swaying along. Even though there weren’t any high notes to hit, it was still a successful and memorable performance!

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Don’t forget to vote for your Nigerian Idol season 9 favourite performances here.

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