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U.S. Arts Envoy Thrills Nigerian Audiences in Cultural Diplomacy Visit

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Through cultural diplomacy, the United States shares the best of the U.S. creative and arts community with Nigerian audiences to celebrate shared values and promote collaboration, bringing our two nations closer together through music, art, film, and education.

From March 13 to 23, visiting U.S. Arts Envoy and classical pianist, Pauline Yang, played to packed houses, taught emerging and established musicians through masterclasses, and interviewed with leading national media outlets across Abuja, Lagos, and Ibadan.

Pauline performed American, European, and Mexican piano compositions to over 1,000 guests who enjoyed a world class classical concert at the Chief of Mission Residence in Abuja, Consul General Residence in Lagos, Terra Kulture Arena in Lagos, and at the Manhattan Hall in Ibadan.

Her selection of pieces included a delightful mix of composers, styles, and eras from the piano literature featuring works by Bach, Scarlatti, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Schumann, Liszt, and Bolcom.

To begin each of her concerts, Pauline performed Sicilienne, an original orchestral piece by the famous French composer Gabriel Faure, with Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard on flute.

Pauline gave an impressive performance of Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 11, an exciting piece considered quite complex and challenging. Her rendition of the piano piece elicited wide applause from audiences across the three cities.

During one of her media interviews, Pauline explained to students that U.S. universities encourage musicians to double major in a subject outside of music. She described what prospective Nigerian students can expect in terms of curriculum and opportunities for studying music in the United States.

“It has been so wonderful for me to see and feel the warmth of the Nigerian people.” Pauline said. “I am so lucky to be here in Nigeria on behalf of the U.S. Department of State as an Arts Envoy. My experience has been nothing short of amazing.”

Pauline’s passion for music and desire to share knowledge with aspiring young artists, as well as her passion to explore other cultures, resulted in tremendous appreciation from music students, arts enthusiasts, Nigerian cultural leaders, and alumni of U.S. government exchange programs.

Her cultural diplomacy visit to Nigeria was sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs with support from the U.S. Mission in Nigeria.

The Public Affairs Sections of the U.S. Mission in Nigeria, in Abuja and Lagos, support programs that bring American cultural leaders to Nigeria to meet, exchange ideas and collaborate with Nigerian cultural leaders.

Through these people-to-people connections, the U.S. Mission hopes to foster a deeper relationship between the people of Nigeria and the United States.

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Ready to shake the world with My “Afro Electro Vibe”-Says Shon Joel Nerat

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The Nigerian music is currently getting a global attention and there are several new talented acts that are joining the fray daily. One of such new talents is Shon Joel Nerat with the stage name Shon.

Shon is a talented singer, songwriter, trapper and rapper. He was born in Kano State, Nigeria but currently reside in his hometown Jos, the capital of Plateau State. He grew up with his grandmother who always complained that he disturbs the entire neighborhood with his music (she calls it noise).

He  was born on 22nd August 2003 and started writing songs at age 11. He recorded his first song titled “MY LORD” sometimes in 2017 with his best friend Jace Kim (his first producer).

Growing up, Shon was inspired by genres like Trap, Rap, R&B with a little spice of Afrobeat and he is musically inspired by artistes like Khalid, 6lack, Alpha P and Rema. He doesn’t have a particular genre which his music Is classified under, but he describes his sound as an “Afro Electro Vibe”.

“I always love to standout from the crowd with my music, hence my playing and experimenting with various sounds to create something unique for my fans and all good music lovers”, stated Shon.

Currently an undergraduate student at the Plateau State Polytechnic, Shon is here to feed FANTASIES that’s why he is called the FANTASIZER.

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In 2021, he got featured on a single titled “Running” from “De EDEN” EP by Jvson, this song caught the attention of the music  buffs at POSITIVE WORLD ENTERTAINMENT and he was officially signed on to the label.

 

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Homewin, a product of Sujimoto, signs Portable as ambassador

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PortableSujimoto Group, owned by Sijibomi Ogundele, which has made its mark in many sectors of the economy, especially in the real estate segment, where it is the leader in the country, is also making inroad into the betting sector with its brand, Homewin.
Come May 1, 2022 the lawyer turned entrepreneur will be launching Homewin, a product of Sujimoto which is also a special betting platform that will set another standard for betting business in Nigeria.
To restate his serious he has just signed on an ambassadorial deal with the hip hop rave of the moment, Portable.
It was gathered that some of the existing operators in this business are reportedly becoming jittery knowing full well that the brilliant man does not do his own things in half measures.
Many had to go back to the drawing board for the obvious reason that whatever he touches turns into gold.
Ogundele’s vast wealth of experience as a venture capitalist and investment strategist has provided a solid background in ensuring his housing business achieve its mission in the establishment of classy housing units in Nigeria that can compete globally.
He has also set up Sujimoto bottled water company and a lottery business.
There is no doubt that he has the pedigree for doing well in many spheres of life and Ogundele has proved this on many occasions.
Without a doubt, Ogundele is gradually leaving his footprint in the sands of time as his businesses are definitely gaining prominence across Nigeria and the continent of Africa.
The road to success is not the path you find but a trail you blaze- says Robert Brault.
For those who have been wondering about his meteoric rise in life, one of the things working for him is that he always sees opportunities, where others are bogged down by morbid fear of failure.
Since the businessman dude established his business some years ago, he has continued to unveil what he has in the stock. But if you think you has seen it all you better have another think coming as he has lots up his sleeves.
While many business magnates will inundate you with some bitter-sweet tales considering the inclement business climate under which many entrepreneurs around the world operate lately, Ogundele is busy spreading his tentacles and expanding his coast.
Unlike some others who see investing during a crisis as a gamble of sorts, Ogundele, who loves to lead by example, knows how taking a bold risk can be rewarding.

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Sokoyokoto the  legendary celebrity cooking show back bigger and better!

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Remember  Sokoyokoto that programme which was forerunner to  television cooking  shows in Nigeria?
Yeah, the legendary celebrity cooking show is back bigger and better!
Sokoyoto new series  powered by two FMCG giants FLOUR MILLS NIGERIA PLC and SEVEN UP BOTTLING COMPANY PLC is back with more exciting segments that would make you glue to your television from the beginning to the end.
While the programme was rested few years ago the producers have been working assiduously  behind the scene to relaunch it  with more thrilling, stimulating and exhilarating show that would bring it  back to its foremost  position and they have really done that.
The programme features a unique two segment split- the cooking segment sponsored by FMN PLC features super products like Golden Penny Prime Flour, Semovita, pasta, macaroni, Noodles and Aunty B Semolina.
The second part is the party sponsored by Seven up bottling company PLC bottlers of Pepsi, Seven up, Aquafina water, Mirinda, Lipton iced tea amongst others.
As is the tradition on Sokoyokoto, a rich array of stars from Nollywood, music and other spheres of the Nigerian society have been invited to display culinary skills as well as party swag before a live audience of over hundred guests.
Also, exciting games, dance and talent contest will attract winning prizes of N20,000 per contest. Lots of products to sample and the rich Yoruba culture on display.
Sokoyokoto will air on Saturdays/ Sundays on ORISUN on Star Times, TVC, LTV 8, OGTV Abeokuta, BCOS TV Ibadan, Osun TV, Ondo TV and Ekiti TV.

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