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Free water technology training: South East participants thank Fordmarx, Enugu govt



The two-week free training programme for graduate Engineers and Technologists from the South East geo-political zone on sustainable water technology and renewable energy resources by Fordmarx Nigeria Limited and its foreign partner, Lorentz Germany, in collaboration with Enugu State Government, ended yesterday with expression of gratitude and accomplishment from the participants..

intended to build capacity for sustainable water technology especially in the area of borehole drilling, water treatment and plant management, renewable energy, irrigation and fire fighting.

Speaking at the end of the two-week programme, the Managing Director of Fordmarx Nigeria Limited, Dr. Clifford Nnaji, explained that the training was initiated to expose the participants to the modern ways of doing things in terms of installation, maintenance and designing of solar power system, renewable energy, water supply, water treatment and plant and fire fighting.

“They will go back to their various communities and train others, transfer that knowledge they have acquired here to other people to make sure that potable water is available for everybody in their communities, South East and Nigeria in general”.


The Fordmarx MD, who disclosed that Gov. Ugwuanyi’s administration has been supportive, added that “the state government has been doing a wonderful job to ensure that we build capacity for leaders of tomorrow”.

Reacting at the end of the programme, a cross section of the participants described the event as the first of its kind in Enugu State in particular and the South East in general and thanked Fordmarx Nigeria Limited and Enugu State Government immensely for the initiative, which they said was innovative, engaging and impactful.

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One of the participants, Emmanuel Okona, disclosed that the programme taught them how to harness water as well as how to drill and treat water using modern technology without altering the environment “with regards to the carbon and decarbonization agenda of the world”.

According to him “This training has opened our eyes to make us understand to a larger extent that water is not just water; that water that is not potable is not safe for any domestic activity.

“We sincerely thank and commend Fordmarx Nigeria Limited for collaborating with Enugu State Government to give us this programme as part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) of giving back to the society.


The participant who noted that the Enugu State government has been proactive in addressing the issue of potable water for the citizens to enjoy sufficient supply, said: “We know about a lot of programmes they have been doing in the villages. Even in my own village, Akpugo in Nkanu West Local Government Area there is a EN-RUWASSA project there and a lot of other villages.

“Also in the course of the training, we were taken to some of the facilities the Enugu State Government contracted Fordmarx to develop for them such as the 9th Mile Borehole Crash Programme which involves the total rehabilitation and conversion of so many industrial boreholes to solar power to ensure sufficient and sustainable water supply to Enugu residents

“So, on behalf of other participants, I must commend Enugu State Government and the company (Fordmarx) because it is a very big plus for us the participants to come close and learn a lot about water techniques”.

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Also speaking, the representative of Network of Civil Society Organizations, Okechukwu Umeh, maintained that the training was “one of the most impactful programmes that I have seen organized that tend to address the global core challenge of climate crisis”.

Umeh added that “the programme has come to also address the issue of job creation”, stating that “we have observed a lot of empowerment programmes held by Enugu State Government”.


Another participant, Osita Ogwacha from Imo State equally appreciated Enugu State Governor, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for his efforts in tackling the challenge of unemployment in the state through various innovative training and empowerment programmes.

He described the training organized by Fordmarx Nigeria Limited as a veritable opportunity for participants who are graduates in engineering fields to come together, learn and try to proffer solutions to water problems in the country.

“I have learnt a lot through this training and I am grateful to Fordmarx Nigeria Limited for orgainsing this programme. I must applaud the Enugu State government because this is a wonderful project. As the theme of the programme reads: “Train the Trainer”, after here we will go out there to train others; what we have learnt here, we will educate others and correct the mistakes they make during drilling and other related activities”.

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“Why I regard 2baba as ‘OG’ in music” – Odumodublvck



"Why I regard 2baba as 'OG' in music" - Odumodublvck

Tochukwu Ojogwu, known widely as Odumodublvck, a popular Nigerian rapper, has declared that 2Baba is the only veteran Nigerian artiste he considers a legend.

Odumodublvck stressed that the ‘African Queen’ singer has inspired an entire generation of musicians.

Odumodublvck made these comments in response to a viral video in which 2Baba praised him and other emerging talented musicians.

Taking to his X handle, Odumodublvck wrote:


“This is the person I call an OG [legend]. All day, every day. He sings, he raps. He sings and raps. [He] inspired a whole generation [of musicians]. It’s not a joke.”

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Celebrate Ileya Festival with Remi Aluko, Wale Thompson, Sir Shina Peters at Avalanche Club



Avalanche Club is set to become the epicentre of celebration this Ileya Festival with a lineup of electrifying performances by some of Nigeria’s most beloved musicians.

The festivities kick off this Friday, June 14, with a performance by the renowned fuji musician King Aderemi Aluko. Known for his dynamic stage presence and captivating fuji beats, Aluko promises to deliver a show that attendees won’t soon forget.

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IGWE as his fans love to call him is having the official welcome dance after a successful tour of Canada. Lovers of his music are assured of new fusion of fast tempo beats laced with lyrics that narrates his experience while in Canada.


On Sunday, June 16, the celebration continues with juju music sensation Witty Wale Thompson.

Thompson, a maestro of the juju genre, will take the stage at 7pm, bringing his smooth rhythms and engaging melodies to the delighted crowd. His performance is set to be a highlight of the weekend, as fans gather to enjoy his timeless hits and new compositions.

The Ileya Festival festivities at Avalanche Club don’t end there.

The following Friday, June 21, legendary musician Sir Shina Peters will grace the stage.

Known for pioneering the Afro-Juju genre, Sir Shina Peters has a reputation for his high-energy performances and musical prowess.


His show is anticipated to draw a large crowd, eager to see the legend perform live.

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These performances are powered by Metro Media Hub, ensuring top-notch production quality for an unforgettable entertainment experience.


For those looking to attend these exciting events, reservations can be made by contacting 09075545626.

Avalanche Club, known for its cozy ambiance and excellent service, is located at 5, Bamako Street, Opposite Omole Phase I, Lagos State.


The venue is perfect for an evening of music and celebration, offering a comfortable and welcoming environment for all attendees.

This series of events at Avalanche Club is more than just a celebration of the Ileya Festival; it’s a showcase of Nigeria’s rich musical heritage.

“The mission of Avalanche is to serve its patrons the best of music, entertainment and food to celebrate the Ileya festival. Ours is premium entertainment with intention to create memories in the mind of patrons,” remarked Hon. Kehinde Bankole, CEO Avalanche.

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Ayra Starr ranks 6th on Spotify’s top streamed black female artists



Nigerian singer Ayra Starr has cracked the top 6 most-streamed Black female artists on Spotify, according to Theheute analysis of the platform’s data. This solidifies her growing international fanbase. With over 31.9 million monthly listeners, her music has transcended African borders and found a global audience.

This feat follows the release of her sophomore album, ‘The Year I Turned 21’, on May 21st. The album, which features collaborations with American R&B singer Giveon and Brazilian pop star Anitta, explores themes of self-discovery and navigating young adulthood.

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This critically acclaimed project has likely contributed to her surging popularity on the global stage.

The report analyses the current landscape of Black female artists on Spotify, focusing on those with the highest monthly listener counts.


Rihanna 84.8 million

Data indicates that Rihanna maintained the lead position with 84.8 million monthly listeners, solidifying her dominance on the platform. Her top songs on Spotify include ‘We Found love’, ‘This is what you came for’, and ‘Umbrella’.

SZA 72.8 million

Following closely behind is SZA, who has garnered 72.8 million monthly listeners. SZA’s consistent growth is likely due to her expanding fanbase, who are drawn to her soulful sound and introspective lyrics. Six of her songs, including ‘Good Days,’ ‘Kill Bill,’ and, most recently, ‘Snooze,’ have crossed 1 billion streams on Spotify.

Beyoncé 62.2 million


Beyoncé remains a dominant force at number three, with 62.2 million monthly listeners. Her ability to adapt to evolving trends and genres like country music in her last album ‘Cowboy Carter’ while retaining her core audience, has been a key factor in her sustained success.

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Doja Cat 55.2 million

Doja Cat, known for her genre-bending style and infectious hooks, is number four with 55.2 million monthly listeners. Her playful approach to music continues to resonate with a global audience. Her top songs include ‘Kiss Me More,’ which features SZA, ‘Street,’ and ‘Paint the Town Red’ from her 2023 album, Scarlet.

Nicky Minaj 47.8 million

Nicki Minaj, the established rap artist, holds the number five spot with 47.8 million monthly listeners, a testament to her loyal fanbase. Her fierce rapping style and unapologetic persona continue to influence the genre. Songs like ‘Starship’ and ‘Bang Bang’ have reached the billion on Spotify. In March 2023, she released her highly anticipated album “Pink Friday 2,” a sequel to her iconic debut.


Ayra Starr 31.9 million

Ayra Starr showcased the global reach of music with her 31.9 million monthly listeners. Her debut album “19 & Dangerous,” released in August 2021, established her as a powerful vocalist with a knack for crafting infectious Afrobeat anthems. Starr’s sophomore album, “The Year I Turned 21,” dropped in May 2024 and further solidified her international appeal.

Cardi B 31.5 million

Cardi B, holding steady at number seven with 31.5 million monthly listeners, maintained her position through her energetic performances and unfiltered lyrics. Beyond music, Cardi B’s massive social media presence keeps her name constantly buzzing. Her viral moments and unfiltered commentary solidify her connection with fans. Though she publicly announced that she is putting a hold on releasing a new album, fans continue to anticipate the rapper’s return.

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Raye 31.5 million


Raye, a British songstress known for her smooth vocals, secures the number eight position with 31.5 million monthly listeners. This impressive feat highlights her ability to blend styles and connect with a diverse audience seamlessly. While details surrounding her next project remain undisclosed, Raye’s consistent stream of well-received singles engages her fanbase. Known for her smooth vocals and relatable lyrics, she is poised to continue carving her path in the music industry.

Tyla 30.2 million

With 30.2 million monthly listeners, South African artist Tyla’s soulful voice and captivating storytelling are gaining recognition worldwide.

Following the critical acclaim of her debut album “TYLA,” released in October 2023, Tyla continues to build momentum. With her undeniable talent and a rapidly growing international audience, the Grammy winner is poised to become a prominent voice in the global Afrobeats scene.

Summer Walker 28 million


Summer Walker, the queen of heartbreak anthems, occupies the number ten spot on Spotify with a loyal fanbase of 28 million monthly listeners. Her music continues to resonate with listeners navigating the complexities of love.

Following the immense success of her sophomore album “Still Over It,” released in February 2022, details regarding new music remain undisclosed.

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