***Targets 1000 youths for empowerment
Cross River born model and stylist, Mercy Odey Abu has emerged victorious at the grand finale the 2022 Aso International beauty pageant contest which came to a closed on Friday.
The event held at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers in Abuja, after one week in the camp.
Speaking with journàlists shortly after being crowned 2022 Miss Aso International Beauty Queen, Odey Abu said she started her modeling career in 2014 by registering with a modeling agency in Cross River State, where she participated in her first beauty pageant contest for Cross River Most Beautiful Girl.
Odey Abu though she did not make it to the top ten or win any crown, the experience molded her through her modeling journey, after which she did some modeling commercials. According to her,She also
contested in 2017 for Miss GoodWill Ambassador in Abuja and came first, where she reigned as the Queen for two years.
On what it feels like being a Beauty Queen, she said contrary to the belief by many that it is a ticket to glamour, being a Beauty Queen is an office to work and serve humanity, adding that it has given her an opportunity to inspire people and also be inspired.
While disclosing that her late mum motivated her so much in her endeavor by always encouraging her, the Miss Aso International 2022 promised to serve humanity better with the crown and to also broaden her horizon as an entrepreneur in Real Estate business.
She said the victory would also be used as an opportunity to empower young people numbering over one thousand in the acquisition of various skills like shoe making, fashion designing, make up and real estate.
The Linguistics and Communication Studies graduate of the University of Calabar, also revealed that it would be her Corporate Social Responsibility project to empower young people aged between 17 and 25 with skills that can fetch them money even while in school.
According to her, “I prioritise education. I love people being aware of their environment. By education, I mean helping people with the knowledge that will help them in their field of endeavor, be it in real estate, fashion designer, or as a public relations strategist.
“So, I’m going to use this platform to educate people in these three different aspects that I am involved in. In fashion, I’m going to seek sponsorship and collaboration so that I can empower as much people as I can to learn this craft.
“I’m targeting young people, especially those who are leaving secondary School first, because I think the earlier our youths know that they are capable of generating something for themselves, the better for them than to be used as tools for evil.”
She said the empowerment programme, which will involve both gender, will recruit about one thousand youths from public secondary schools and orphanage homes, who will participate in seminars from which those with interest in either fashion designing, real estate and HR, can get the opportunity to be linked to volunteers who will train them in such areas.
According to her, the pilot programme commencing in December, is designed to benefit youths in Abuja, Lagos and Cross River States, while other states will benefit in subsequent packages.
Meanwhile, her interest is in traveling and listening to good music, just as her best food is yam prepared in any form, but her ideal man of her heart is a God fearing, hard-working guy, who is emotionally intelligent enough to know when she is hurt and to avoid it.
The hammer man
By Sam Ogabidu
Caught in the app
The lying art
He had mastered
With a sense of craft
He loomed viral now
Like a scandal on insta
Grammed in the pun
Of words he failed to fun
And fund his way from
The gaffe that should
Consume the timber
Of his caliber
Even as he prattles
Praying for bigger goofs
From the goof men in power
To consume his own
So he can return to his winning days
Of ease and pleasure
Obot son of Akpabio
The one who sent prayers
Oiled in the anointed tone
Of a money alert
In the inbox of his colleagues
In the sin ate house
Of the horribles
Is the man with the gavel
The hammer to nail in
The unreason that governs us
El Rough Eye
By Sam Ogabidu
His crime is not that he is short
There are many short men
Who are not intimidated
By their height
But not him
Who had to find the pole
To vault his ambition
Higher than men taller than him.
In grace and in place
So he could find a way
He became a brave curser
A hijacker and hate spreader
Hiding behind a loquacious tongue
Redlipped with morning lies
Betrayed only by the saliva flecks
At the corners of his mouth
He swipes and lies more
Hidden behind his framed glasses
He railed his anger to pave the path To climb higher and taller than all
So he divided his city into two
Uneven and unequal parts
And the unhappiness he spread in one corner
Rivaled the happiness he sowed in the other
And so he canceled himself out
Like the accident in our public space
That he says he is
MOB @ 60: Ekiti comes alive with 24 Hours Marathon Praise
***Tope Alabi, Alaseyori, Aduke Gold, BJ Sax, others among artists expected
The capital of Ekiti state, Ado-Ekiti will be aglow with 24 hours Marathon praise for the Senate Leader, Micheal Opeyemi Bamidele 60th birthday celebration.
Topmost gospel singers, Tope Alabi, Yinka Alaseyori, Aduke Gold, Esther Igbekele, Bj Sax will on Friday be on ground to entertain guest.
The 24 hours Marathon praise is part of activities lined up to celebrate 60 years birthday of Senate Leader.
In a statement issued by the Chairman of the 24 hours Marathon praise, Prince Akin Olayisade said that the event is meant to thank God for what he has done so far in the life of his son (Senator Bamidele) for the past 60 years .
Other artists expected to perform at the event are Big Bolaji, Jerry Melody, Deborah Ajayi, Tope Flourish, Mr. Gbera, Lanre Alawiselese , Tee Praise, Joy Sax, Evang. Onileola, Olubunmi.
The Chairman said that the event will start by 7am at the Obafemi Awolowo Civic center in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti state till 7am Saturday morning .
The statement reads, ” The 24 hours praise which will start from 7am on Friday till 7am on Saturday is meant to celebrate faithfulness of God in the life of Senator Micheal Opeyemi Bamidele for the past 60 years .
“To make the event glorious , foremost gospel artists have been lined up for the event which will be held at Obafemi Awolowo Civic center in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti state.
“Many dignitaries are expected at the event to praise God for what he has done so far in the life of Senator Bamidele.”
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