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Restoring Teachers’ Pride through Maltina Teacher of the Year Award

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For many years, the welfare of teachers has always agitated the minds of well-meaning stakeholders, including the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), demanding an improved welfare package for its members across the country.

No development-minded nation will ignore the role of teachers in grooming future leaders and preparing future generations to be competitive in the global market.

Teachers play a vital role in training, coaching, and determining the quality of education, which is critical to sustainable national development. They are regarded as the builders of the future and wealth of nations and therefore deserve to be encouraged and celebrated.

But only a few organisations understand the critical role that professionally qualified and trained teachers play in the sustainability and future growth of the country. One of such organisations is the Nigerian Breweries Plc, which has Plcthe popular Maltina Teacher of the Year Initiative since 2015.

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The initiative, a brainchild of the Felix Ohiweeri Trust Fund, has provided a platform for exceptional teachers to be identified, showcased, and rewarded. It is also aimed at restoring the pride of teachers and the dignity of the teaching profession while demystifying the long-held belief that a teachers’ reward is in heaven.

With prizes worth over N50 million annually, the Maltina Teacher of the Year has been rewarding commitment and diligence to duty by exceptional teachers wherever they may be in the country.The 2021 overall winner, Abanika Taiye, alongside 32 others, was honoured for their exceptional teaching performance at an event that was graced by virtually all the stakeholders in the education sector.

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Taiye, a Basic Technology and Technical Drawing teacher with James Hope College, Agbor in Delta, emerged the winner of the 2021 Maltina Teacher of the Year at the grand finale held at the Eko Hotel and Suites Lagos.

With his emergence as the winner of the seventh edition of the initiative, he will receive a total cash prize of N6.5 million (N1.5 million immediately and N1 million annually for the next five years) from the Nigerian Breweries – Felix Ohiwerei Trust Fund.

Apart from the cash gift, he would also be rewarded with other incentives, including an all-expense-paid capacity development training abroad, a fully equipped computer laboratory or a six-classroom block worth N20 million to be built for his school in his honour by the Fund

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Davido reacts to Whatsapp new features

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Davido Reacts To WhatsApp New Feature That Will Allow WhatsApp Users To Control People Who Can See When They Are Online.

Nigerian Afrobeat Award-winning artist David Adedeji Adeleke, popularly known as Davido has reacted to Whatsapp’s new features that will allow users to control who can see when they are online.

The singer uses his social media page to react to certain impending privacy modifications that WhatsApp, a popular messaging program, would shortly roll out.

Recall, The ETA’s founder Mark Zuckerberg has revealed that WhatsApp will now have new security features.

He said that Meta will soon roll out a function that would stop Facebook group exit announcements.

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Christy O reveals who she thinks will win BBNaija 2022

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Christy O, the recently evicted BBNaija season seven housemate, says Phyna is likely to win the show because “she has so much energy”.

The entrepreneur was evicted from the ‘Level Up’ edition on Sunday alongside Cyph — after two weeks on the show.

In an interview with Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, the host, the 23-year-old reflected on her stint on the show and plans for the future.

Asked who she thinks will win this year’s edition of the show, she said: “I don’t know about the other house, but talking from mine while on the show, I’m rooting for Phyna. She has a lot of energy.”

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On her eviction, Christy O said she was still trying to find her feet on the show when she was sent packing from the house.

“It was more of the whole lockdown thing. My body started reacting to water and I was like oh my God, I’ll be on national TV and because I’m light-skinned, it’s very easy to see my body clearly,” she said.

“Even though Big Brother took care of that, it wasn’t the way I wanted my skin to be…so the first week, I was out there but not really out there.”

The entrepreneur also spoke on her budding friendship with PharmSavi, fellow housemate, and why she cannot date him.

Christy O described the 27-year-old pharmacist, born Saviour Akpa, as a “confused person” who doesn’t know what he wants, adding that he is not straightforward.

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“I think PharmSavi has intentions for me but he is not one of those straightforward guys. I kept saying he’s confused because this minute he’s like I want slim lady, then the minute, he will say something else,” she said.

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“I wouldn’t have agreed if he made his intentions known because he’s not straightforward. I like straightforward and intentional guys.”

 

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Kizz Daniel apologises to Tanzanians, promises free show for fans

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Nigerian music star Kizz Daniel has apologised to Tanzanian music fans for failing to show up at a Summer Amplified Show.

Str8up Vibes organised the event.

The organisers of the Summer Amplified Show in Tanzania arrested the Buga hitmaker for failing to perform at the well-publicised show on Sunday night.

The singer’s absence angered fans who came to see him perform, causing them to thrash the show’s venue.

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In an interview session with radio personality Daddy Freeze, the show promoter Steven Uwa said that Kizz Daniel opted out of the show because the airline he flew with did not bring all his baggage.

The show promoter revealed that Kizz Daniel was booked for $60,000.

He also revealed that he spent nothing less than $300,000 on the show because it was a premium event.

He also lamented the flimsy reason the singer gave after he failed to perform and explained why he got him arrested.

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Addressing a press conference in Tanzania, Kizz Daniel said he had agreed with Str8up Vibes that the show must go on.

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“We agreed to put up a show on Friday. A free show. So, I will be partnering with Str8up Vibes.

Also, I must apologise to the fans. None of this was intentional. I love my job. Mainly, I love performing.

“I didn’t mean to disrespect the fans. It was never intentional. I wanted to perform. I came to Tanzania to perform, but due to some circumstances way over my power, we couldn’t make that happen.

“I apologise once again to the people of Tanzania, and I hope you guys give me another chance to give you a show, to give you a proper show, a beautiful show,” the ‘Buga’ crooner said.

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Reasons for absence

Explaining the reason behind his missing the show, Kizz Daniel said when he arrived in Nairobi from Kampala, the plane he was supposed to fly in (connecting flight) had already departed.

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He then stayed in Nairobi for eight hours and got a connecting flight at 8:30 p.m.

Upon arriving in Dar es Salaam, he said he discovered that some of his belongings had been forgotten.

“The organisers assured me we’d get other equipment. We arrived at the hotel at 9 p.m. and sent my band to the hall to practice.

“Unfortunately, the band failed because the fans had already entered the venue.

“I tried contacting the designers here to get clothes. When I decided to leave the venue, I was told it was unsafe already. The fans got angry”.

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“We agreed with the organisers that we will apologise to the fans and organise another show.

“On the second day, news spread and the police followed me to the hotel, not to arrest me but to question me about what happened,” he said.

 

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