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GTBank holds pre-event cocktail ahead of its fashion weekend

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GTBank Fashion Weekend is a runway show which celebrates entrepreneurship and fashion. It kicked off its pre-event cocktail yesterday.

Toke Makinwa

Fashionistos, enthusiasts, and fashionistas in the industry are preparing for a fashion-forward in a couple of days.

The event held at the Art 21 Gallery in Eko Hotel.

Beverly Naya, BamBam, Mai Atafo, Tania Omotayo, Michelle Dede, Toke Makinwa, Cobhams Asuquo, Ik Osakioduwa, and other celebrities were present at the event.

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Bella Adeleke

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Ik Osakioduwa

 

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Beverly Naya

Mimi Onalaja

BamBam

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#DidYouKnow Nigerians are the smartest people to walk the earth?

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Nigerians are smart, adaptation to hardship coupled with the intense ‘survival of the fittest’ situation we face due to a peculiarly high population density made us smart. We are undoubtedly the smartest people in the world.

Well, smartness is a mental state, a response to environmental conditions. Basically, smartness is an adaptation for tolerance, the capacity to endure continued subjection to the uniquely challenging Nigerian state made us who we are, smart! Adaptation definitely still occurs in humans, and at a different rate proportional to environmental factors.

In biology, adaptation has three related meanings. Firstly, it is the dynamic evolutionary process that fits organisms to their environment, enhancing their evolutionary fitness. Secondly, it is a state reached by the population during that process. Thirdly, it is a phenotypic or adaptive trait, with a functional role in each individual organism, that is maintained and has evolved through natural selection.

Generally, organisms face a succession of environmental challenges as they grow, and show adaptive plasticity as traits develop in response to the imposed conditions. Therefore, if this index does not exist already, I would state that the Gross Adaptive Plasticity (GAP) of a Nation is a measure of the smartness of a Nation: that’s what we are talking about here.

Consequently, this index is a direct reflection of the degree of enhanced evolutionary fitness, and it seems imperative that this factor correlates to population growth. The evidence of this can be attributed to the ever-increasing population of people in Nations with smart people.

It is projected that Nigeria will surpass the US population sometime around 2050 to hit 500m despite the prevailing circumstances. Yes, of course, the next generation of Nigerians would need to find ways to support this growth, by finding value in population growth. Certainly the smart once would thrive in the midst of this and even become smarter at surviving.

Thus all the peculiarities and unique challenges as Nigerians have allowed us to develop tolerance and resilience to varying environments across the world. The agility and swiftness towards this success facilitating adaptation is what we basically regard as smartness. Undoubtedly far more Nigerians tend to be on top of this than any other Nationality today.

Ultimately, smartness is a strength, and “that which does not kill us, makes us stronger.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

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The astronomical rise of the English Premier League and Sports Betting

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Football is certainly the number one sports in the world and accounts for over a billion followership worldwide. Football is not just huge because of it’s amazing following all over the world but it is also a money spinner in many ways.

The FIFA world cup is football’s premier event world and according to a report from the New York Times, the 2018 world cup staged in Russia saw the World football governing body raking in over $6.1 billion. The revenue source for FIFA includes gate takings and sponsorship and partnerships with some of the biggest companies and franchise in the world. The thirty-two countries that participated shared over $400 million in prize money.

While FIFA’s stream of income is mainly dependent on its periodic tournaments, the European leagues are fast becoming cash cows for their countries. The German Bundesliga, French Ligue One, Italian Serie A, the Spanish La Liga, and the English Premier league are the elite leagues that have attracted cult followership all across the globe. The UEFA champions league which is an annual tourney to determine the numero uno amongst all the top European clubs is the icing on the cake that has made European football a mecca of sorts.

But over the last two decades, the meteoric rise of the English premier league has continued to astound followers of the round leather game. The Premier League is the biggest in terms of revenue generated, followership all around the world and TV viewership. English clubs like Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, and Liverpool have a worldwide fan base that accounts for 600 million people in 200 countries watching via TV and the internet every weekend.

Premier League TV tights games for the 2019-2022 was sold for £4.464bn to Sky Sports and BT sports with the remaining batch of TV rights still to be contested for. Social media giants like Facebook and Amazon are locked in a hot contest to acquire the remaining tranche of the rights. This is a pointer to the fact that the premier league is going to be on top of league football for many years to come.

But what is the reason for the astronomical rise of England’s Premier League? It’s quite simple actually. It’s down to what I call democracy. In England, revenues are shared from top to bottom irrespective of your actual contribution or position at the end of the season. Every club gets a chunk of revenues from domestic and international TV rights. This sets England apart from all the other leagues. In the other leagues, a larger chunk of the revenue generated from TV rights is shared by just the top teams such as what is evident in the Spanish LA Liga, where the top teams Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Atletico Madrid take a significant portion and just some few million Euros is shared among the lower cadre. What this means is that while all the clubs in England have enough money to develop their facilities and also court some of the best players anywhere in the world, only the top teams can afford to do that in other parts of Europe.

In England, the best of the best converge. This makes the league competitive. At the start of every season, the top six clubs- Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea, and Tottenham Hotspur have a chance of winning the league. In the last ten seasons, no one club has won the league back to back. This is not the case in other parts of Europe. Juventus has all but won the Scudetto for the seventh time in a row. In Spain, Barcelona is on course to win the domestic double for the second successive season. Bayern Munich looks likely to win it’s fifth Bundesliga title. The other leagues are not as competitive as the English premier league.

English clubs also boast of some of the best sporting facilities in the world. Tottenham Hotspur just moved into its £1billion stadium at White Hart Lane. Theatre of Dreams, Manchester United’s home ground sits a capacity of over 70, 000 and many other home grounds of these clubs serve as opportunities to hit multiple streams of income such as season tickets and stadium tours. English football fans can go any length to support their clubs including paying huge amounts to watch their team play live and also buy club memorabilia. This is why the English premier league is first among equals.

One industry which is profiting from the growth and spread of football is sports betting. The growth of sports betting has further been fuelled by an increasingly globalized world and rapid internet penetration. Countries like Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, Uganda, Senegal, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Tanzania are seeing a huge expansion in sports betting and other forms of gambling. While there is an influx of sports betting company, just a few have been able to set the pace with best practices and nice betting experience. One of such online sports company is NetBet.

NetBet Sport is an online bookmaker specializing in sports betting.

NetBet which was established in 2001 is considered to be one of the largest and prestigious gaming enterprises in Europe because of its array of unique products ranging from sports, casino, live casino, games, poker and lottery. It’s consistently and attention to details has made it one of the go-to site for online gaming.

NetBet’s reputation is built on a fair and safe-playing experience which guards against scam and fraudulent transactions. NetBet has gambling licenses from the United Kingdom and Malta and this shows that there is no room for fraud or any other hand dealings.

NetBet has continued to set the pace in the online gaming industry by introducing eye-popping innovations and unique product offering. Its comprehensive sportsbook is very popular. There is also a unique innovative lottery section that sees live draws take place every few minutes, as well as the poker client – which offers cash games and tournaments

With over 450 games available to play on site, and with reputable firms such as Playtech, NetEntertainment, Amaya, iSoftBet, Aristocrat and High5Games providing software for NetBet, the world is getting better for online gamers.

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kwara State yesterday passed a vote of confidence in the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki. In a statement issued after its state executive meeting and made available to newsmen in Ilorin, the party assured Saraki of its continued support and all that he stood for.

Bukola Saraki

The statement, signed by the state Chairman of the party, Kola Shittu, assured Saraki that the party’s executive and members stood firmly behind him in all his struggles to liberate, emancipate and free the country from draconian and autocratic rule and also share in the pains of the present with him in all ramifications.

The statement also thanked Governor Abdulfattah Ahmed for his administration’s giant stride in the various development programmes embarked upon since his assumption of office in 2011. It, however, urged him to continue his good work till the end of his tenure in May.
“The party hereby assures the general public that the Garin-Alimi Underpass, the UITH dual carriage way and the new state secretariat, among other projects already embarked upon by his Excellency, would be completed by the end of his tenure.

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Prominent Nigerian female curator, dies aged 56

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Bisi Silva, an adventurous curator who, with her own money, founded a nonprofit art gallery and education center in Lagos, Nigeria’s largest city, that has nurtured the growth and recognition of contemporary African artists, died on Feb. 12 in a hospital there. She was 56.

Her sister Joke Silva, an actress, said the cause was breast cancer.

Ms. Silva started the Center for Contemporary Art, Lagos in 2007 and made it a hub for bold and experimental sculpture, painting, photography and video and performance art that could ignite local and global interest.

She also curated exhibitions of African art around the world. One, in Helsinki, Finland, in 2011, featured the Nigerian photographer J. D. Okhai Ojeikere’s images of African women’s exotic hairstyles. (She turned that show into a book.) Others showed the work of the Ghanaian-born sculptor El Anatsui in Amsterdam and Johannesburg.

“I wouldn’t call her an African curator, but an international curator,” Hannah O’Leary, the head of modern and contemporary African art at Sotheby’s in London, said in a telephone interview. “She promoted African artists to the world and brought the international art world to Africa, and did it tirelessly. She never did the obvious: Her knowledge and vision were unrivaled.”

Ms. Silva felt that her mission was to change the way contemporary African art was being viewed from a Western perspective and to develop African artists in ways that their schools were not.

“The gaps in the art education system are jarring,” she told Frieze, an art and culture magazine, in 2017. While some West African nations like Nigeria had arts education programs, she called them “a colonial relic out of tune with present-day contextual, stylistic and intellectual realities.”

To fill the gaps, she created the Asiko Art School — actually a series of pop-up schools holding annual, monthlong educational gatherings in various African countries including Senegal, Ghana and Ethiopia, where artists, writers, historians, curators and teachers immersed themselves in seminars, workshops and exhibitions. The events gave Ms. Silva opportunities to evaluate artists’ work.

“Everyone had 15 minutes to present,” Antawan Byrd, who learned art curating under Ms. Silva at C.C.A. and is now assistant curator of photography at the Art Institute of Chicago, said by phone. “She’d be very critical. You had to defend your work and your research.”

Ms. Silva believed that her exhibitions, lectures, workshops, mentoring and educational programs made a positive impact in a short time.

“Twenty, 25 years ago, curators of contemporary art might have been completely and totally scared of going to ‘the Dark Continent,’ ” she told The New York Times in 2016. “Now it’s like, ‘Oh, Bisi, I want to go to Lagos, I want to go to Ghana.’ ”

Olabisi Obafunke Silva was born in Lagos on May 29, 1962. Her father, Chief Emmanuel Afolabi Silva, was a lawyer, and her mother, Charlotte Olamide Williams, was a civil servant with the Nigerian Railway.

After graduating from the University of Dijon in France, where she studied languages, she earned a master’s in curating contemporary art from the Royal College of Art in London. Her thesis examined the marginalization of black artists at exhibitions in England.

Ms. Silva returned to Lagos in 2002, inspired by her research but disappointed that she could not find an outlet for her vision of curating contemporary African art.

“Most of the galleries were commercial, and as far as I knew, there were no nonprofits,” she told Frieze. “Government institutions were moribund, and there was no place for young artists interested in experimenting with media other than painting and sculpture.”

She decided to start C.C.A, becoming its artistic director.

“There is no government funding for such initiatives,” she said in a lecture at the Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University in 2017. “If you want to do something, you have to do it yourself.”

Her cutting-edge shows at C.C.A. included “The Progress of Love,” which explored love through performance work by Jelili Atiku of Nigeria and Wura-Natasha Ogunji of the United States, and installations by Temitayo Ogunbiyi of Nigeria and the United States and Valerie Oka of Ivory Coast; “Identity: An Imagined State,” which looked at African identity in videos by artists from Africa and South America; and “Like a Virgin … ,” an exploration of women’s bodies, sexuality and identities by Lucy Azubuike, a Nigerian sculptor, and Zanele Muholi, a South African photographer.

“Virgin” was “a divisive show,” Ms. Silva said in an interview in 2017 with Pulse.com, a Ghanaian news website. “There were a lot of objections to Muholi’s photographs of her menstrual blood.”

In addition to Joke Silva, she is survived by two other sisters, Olajumoke Dawodu and Ojuolape Silva; and two brothers, Olabiyi Silva and Bolaji Oladunjoye. She considered her 13 nieces and nephews her children.

Ms. Silva had a particular expertise in organizing photography exhibitions and in creating a library of visual arts at C.C.A.

Oluremi C. Onabanjo, a scholar of African arts, wrote in Aperture magazine after Ms. Silva’s death that her influence on photography “will be writ large, emphasized in bold.”

Citing the vast range of work that radiated from C.C.A., Ms. Onabanjo wrote that “her remarkable vision and indefatigable spirit instigated tectonic shifts in editorial, curatorial and institutional frameworks in Nigeria and across the African continent.”

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