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Nigerian comedienne, Helen Paul, gets professorship appointment. Here’s what we know

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One of Nigeria’s top female comedian, Helen Paul, on Monday, announced that she had become a Professor at the Heart International University in the United State of America, while her husband, Femi Basimile, also attained a Doctorate of Law in the same institution.

The Nigerian entertainer who took to her Instagram page to announce the double celebration, added that she was also appointed as the Head of the Department of the Arts, Music and Entertainment for the school.

“Congratulations to us my love. Such a great honour for both of us. You graduated as a Doctor of law and I was promoted too.

“Thank you for all the sleepless nights. Thank you for sacrificing for us. #grateful @femi_bams,” she posted.

In another post with photos, the proud Helen Paul wrote:

”Congratulations to all of us at Heart University. I am now officially Professor Paul Helen. The ceremony was a beautiful one indeed.”

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The news of the ‘achievement’ coming barely three years after she announced that she had gotten a doctorate degree, got many Nigerians curious and many began digging to find out the truth in her professorial claims.

Fact checks by Ripples Nigeria on the authenticity of Helen Paul’s professorial claim came up with stunning revelations which showed that the awarding institution is an obscure faith-based college in the US which is not an accredited institution.

Results of the fact checking also reveal the full name of the institution as Heart Bible International University (HBIU), a theological institution, as against the Heart International University that Helen Paul had stated.

A search of the university on the website of the US Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE), returned zilch as the institution was not found among approved colleges listed on the website.

Founded in 2008, information on the ‘About us’ page of the HBIU website describes it as “an online institute of higher education where students discover and grow in their God-giving gifts and callings.”

“Let it be known that the credits and degrees earned through our Christian University are for religious services and may not be accepted by all colleges,” the institution added on its website.

The Florida Department of Education website also states that religious institutions are not under its purview and may operate without governmental oversight but subject to an annual verification by sworn affidavit.

“A religious college may operate without governmental oversight if the college annually verifies by sworn affidavit to the commission that ” it stated.

As a caveat, the Florida board said:

“The titles of degrees issued by the institution cannot be confused with secular degree titles. For this purpose, each degree title must include a religious modifier that immediately precedes, or is included within, any of the following degrees: Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts, Master of Science, Doctor of Philosophy, and Doctor of Education.

“The religious modifier must be placed on the title line of the degree, on the transcript, and whenever the title of the degree appears in official school documents or publications.”

What the caveat means therefore, is that Helen Paul’s professorial appointment is, in its true form, not a secular professorship as she put out to the public.

Although her achievements is worthy of celebration, what Helen Paul failed to indicate was a religious modifier to distinguish her new position from a secular professor.

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Senegal: Thousands explorers visit as African arts dazzle at Dakar Biennale 2022

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The 2022 edition of the Dakar Biennale, an art festival in Senegal has come to an end after a month of exhibition of some art pieces from the West African country.

The Biennale, which opened last month and runs through June 21, is the zenith of the city’s ebullient cultural calendar, drawing in artists, collectors and trendsetters from across the world.

This year’s edition featured artists like Johanna Ziemer works as a playwright, translator, Serigne Boyer is a graffiti artist, Zhang Yanzi, Stephanie J. Woods, Ytasha L. Womack amongst others

The Technical Director of Dakar Biennale, Abdou Diouf said that the edition lived up to expectation as it was widely attended with visitors numbering almost half of a million.

“The Dakar Biennale this year has kept all its promises. We had between 450 and 460 thousand visitors unlike in 2018. We had over 180 thousand visitors at the main expo site. So I think it is truly a great success.,” said Abdou Diouf.

“I think that it is also a challenge, a stake. We must manage to maintain this course, so that the universe, the environment, and I would even say the world of art can consider Dakar the capital of plastic arts,” said Diouf.

The Biennale has been established by the State of Senegal since 1989 with a first edition dedicated to literature in 1990, it was later reserved for contemporary art during the second edition in 1992 before being definitively devoted to contemporary African creation from 1996.

 

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Nigerian music star, Wizkid, hits milestone as Billboard names him longest African artist on top 10 chart

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Nigerian singing sensation, Ayo Balogun, popularly known as Wizkid, has hit another milestone as Billboard named him the longest-charting African artist on its Top 10.

Wizkid’s ‘Essence’ was also named the longest charting African album and together they combined to make Wizkid the longest-charting African artiste ever on the Billboard platform.

The announcement by Billboard is a further confirmation of Wizkid’s success on the African continent and in the United States, and is another feather to his severally decorated musical cap.

And with his next album ‘More Love, Less Ego’ on the way, Wizkid will be looking to further break new ground internationally.

‘Essence’ which features Nigerian songstress, Tems, has enjoyed an impressive level of success in the United States reaching the Billboard Top 10 and earning a platinum plaque in the process.

The track ‘Essence’ which features songstress Tems has enjoyed an impressive level of success in the United States reaching the Billboard Top 10 and earning a platinum plaque in the process.

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