A 17-year-old student of Babcock University in Ilishan-Remo, Ogun State, Stephanie Alfred from Delta has won the ”Face of 9ja” Beauty model competition in Badagry, Lagos.
Alfred, a student of Economic and Statistics, beat 19 other contestants to win the first edition of model competition, which took place on Sunday night at the Badagry Theatre, in Lagos.
Alfred who is 6.2ft tall hails from Brutu Local Government Area of Delta.
Reports state that Miss Anuoluwapo Awe, 18, from Kogi was the 1st Runner-up while Miss Memunat Amino, 20, from Edo became the 2nd runner-up.
According to reports, Alfred went home with cash prize of N200,000 and other consolations prizes while the first and second runner-up winners also went home with consolation prizes.
Speaking earlier, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the 9ja Beauty Model, Miss Sarah
Ojehonmon said the aim of the contest was to showcase the beauty of Nigeria’s culture, ethnicity, greatness and religion.
Ojehonmon, who was the first runner up of Miss Culture Badagry 2021, said there are lots of things in Nigeria we need to show to the world, adding that that was which why they are here.
“These models are young Nigerians who are displaying the beauty of Nigeria to the world.
“We want to use this platform to reach out to the world that the 9ja beauty model is capable of changing, preaching to the world that Nigeria is beautiful.
“The winner of the contest today has a pet project to embark on and this is to empower physically challenged girls that cannot see or walk.
“These people have been neglected in the past forgetting that they can still be creative to help themselves and society,” she said.
“This beauty pageantry is not gender-based, this is the first edition that’s why they are all females between the age 15 to 29, males can also be part of this pageantry for the subsequent contest.
Also speaking, Mr Jeremiah Aluya the General Manager, 9ja beauty model said:” beauty pageantry or modeling is not all about coming on stage to show yourselves.
”It is more about what can be done as a male or female to help society because anyone that is impacting life is already a model,” he said.
Spotify: Davido’s Timeless ranks most streamed album in sub-Saharan Africa
Famous Nigerian Afrobeat singer, Davido’s latest song ‘Timeless’ has been ranked as the most streamed album in sub-Saharan Africa.
The Spotify Wrapped 2023 is the annual data-led review of how people listened to music and podcasts on the platform.
The singer’s album, ‘Timeless’ was recently nominated for Best Global Album at the 2024 Grammy Nominations.
On the list of Spotify’s most streamed albums in sub-Saharan Africa in 2023, Davido’s ‘Timeless’ finished top ahead of Asake’s ‘Work of Art’ and Burna Boy’s ‘I Told Them’.
Skepta dismisses comparison between his neck tattoo, Wizkid’s
British-Nigerian rapper, Skepta has rebuked a social media user who tried to mock Grammy-winning singer, Wizkid’s new neck tattoo by comparing it with his own.
Wizkid recently debuted his new neck tattoo on social media and has been trending on the internet.
An X user with the handle @yemioftheworld shared photos of Skepta and Wizkid flaunting their neck tattoos with a caption that taunts the Starboy singer.
Reacting, Skepta quoted the tweet, berating the poster for comparing their tattoos. He said the post obviously made the post out of boredom.
“So because I get tattoo for neck, nobody else should catch am? You people should gerrout forreal, you are bored and it’s showing,”
ICPC, Police clear D’banj of fraud, rape allegations
Nigerian singer, Dapo Oyebanjo popularly known as D’banj, has been cleared of rape and fraud allegations by the Nigeria Police Force and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), respectively.
The police and the anti-graft agency gave the ‘Fall-In-Love’ crooner a clean slate in separate clearance reports upon completion of investigations with incontrovertible outcomes on the innocence of the Kokomaster singer.
In an affidavit deposed by Toheeb Lawal of Abuja-based law firm, Law Corridor, before the District Court of Abuja, wherein the reports of the Nigeria Police Investigation and Clearance from the anti-corruption agency were exhibited and marked exhibit A and B, the legal practitioner averred that the police and ICPC cleared the singer of rape and fraud allegations.
In 2020, the singer was accused of rape and the Inspector General of Police ordered an investigation into the allegation.
In a report dated November 14, 2023, with case number CR:3000/X/FHQ/ABJ/SEB/T.1/VOL 18/284, and signed by ACP YY Abubakar of the Special Enquiry Bureau at the Force Criminal Investigations Department at the Force Headquarters in Abuja, the police said the matter was investigated but there was no evidence to substantiate the claim.
“The allegation was investigated,” the report partly read. “The complainant, witnesses and suspects made their statements. The investigation was expanded across board but there was no prima-facie evidence, adduced facts or corroborative evidence to establish the offence of rape and sexual assault against the singer.”
Also, sometime in late 2022, D’banj was wrongly accused of diversion of funds associated with the N-Power Programme of the Federal Government.
However, in a separate outcome after its investigation, the ICPC said that D’banj was not guilty of any fraud allegation.
In response to an inquiry, the Commission cleared D’banj of any infraction on the matter.
The clarification was dated November 29, 2023, with document number ICPC/OPS/SDD/SPT.LG/31/23.
“The commission investigated issues of fraud in the administration of the N-POWER Scheme where Mr Daniel Oladapo Oyebanjo’s name came up. However, there was no prima facie case of fraud against hm.
“Kindly be advised that Mr Daniel Oladapo Oyebanjo is not under investigation with the Commission for any fraud-related offence,” the statement partly read.
The lawyer, in his deposition filed before the Chief District Court of the Federal Capital Territory at Wuse Zone 2, Abuja, also averred that the singer was never a government official and never had any access to government funds and that the N-power campaign he supported was free and was never paid a penny by anyone or the government.
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