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Liberia launches National Heritage competition to showcase culture

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A new National Heritage and Culture competition has been launched in Liberia with the aim of showcasing different cultures from the 15 counties that make up the West Africancountry.

The competition which is the first of its kind in Africa, according to the CEO of Tamma Corporation Liberia, Abdullai Kamara, who is also the host and originator of the show, was developed to put “Liberia on the cultural map among African nations
and the world at large.”

While unveiling the competition to journalists in Monrovia on Friday, Kamara said there were many different cultures in Liberia that Liberians themselves are not aware of, and with the heritage competition, the citizens of the country will get to learn more about their cultures.

“I always say we all think we are different but we have similar traces; if you look from upper Lofa all the way down to the most southern part of Maryland, you will find out that we have something that are similar,” he said.

“Additionally, we also have some unique characteristics, sometimes people are doing things right across the same county borders but are completely different from each other, that’s the uniqueness we are talking about,” he said.

The show, according to the CEO, will attract participants from the 15 counties in a cultural village for five weeks to showcase the culture of the various counties on a live television network on SATCOM.

“On Saturday, December 24, 2022, all of the participants will be entering the heritage village that was built from scratch to host up to 75 contestants.

“Ranging from the most beautiful in cultural attire and cultural demonstration of elements, we will also have the strongest worrier. We will also have food display from each county, fishing with nets, and other physical activities in our counties will be held in the village,” he said.

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Nigerian first class traditional ruler, Ooni of Ife, makes Hollywood debut

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Nigerian first class traditional ruler, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has made an incursion into the movie world when he recently made a historic debut in a new Hollywood flick titled “Take Me Home.”

The revered King who played a unique role in the movie that succinctly befits his throne as the custodian of Yorubaland, said his role helped to further accentuate and brings royalty, honour and authority to the silver screen.

Produced by renowned produced by Yoruba historian and filmmaker Dotun Taylor, the film, “Take Me Home” centres on the quest for originality and identity.

According to Taylor, the movie “tells the story of an American girl who became possessed after wearing an African masquerade costume that was stolen during a tour in Ile-Ife.”

“In a bid to save her life, her entire family, guided by the promises of two African immigrants, embarked on a journey that would land them in hot waters.”

“As the spiritual and traditional leader of the Yoruba people now saddled with the responsibility of making supplications to God and the Òrìṣà on behalf of his people, Ooni boldly depicted the rich culture of the Yorubas and its relevance in the western world.”

The epic movie also features top Hollywood actors like Dave Sheridan, Amber Rivette, Felissa Rose, Meji Black, and Nollywood actors Abdullateef Adedimeji and Bayo Bankole (Boy Alinco) among others.

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Uganda Grammy nominee, Eddy Kenzo, using music to pave way for deprived kids

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Ugandan musician and first Grammy Awards nominee from the country, Eddy Kenzo, says he is using his music and status to pave the way for deprived kids in the East African country.

Kenzo who grew up as an orphaned and homeless kid, recounted his story on Thursday, said he used to struggle to persuade DJs to play his songs, but now, is using his success to offer hopes that even the poorest person can triumph.

Kenzo, whose real name is Edrisah Musuuza, was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Global Music Performance, said he has only one goal which is to “broadcast his culture to the world.”

“I try to use my culture and what I know to sell to the world. I sell the language that I speak, I sell the music we do here locally and I modernize it and put out the sound that comes from where I come from and it goes global,” the Grammy nominee told entertainment reporters.

Despite growing up underprivileged, Kenzo said he pursued his dreams and made a name for himself with his hit single “Stamina”, which grew to become one of the most popular songs in Africa and dominated the airwaves for months.

And despite his meteoric rise to stardom, Kenzo says he hasn’t forgotten his humble beginnings and is keen to pave the way for others like him.

Through his label Big Talent Entertainment, he now mentors Kampala’s disadvantaged youth to develop their musical talent.

Thirteen years after his big break, Kenzo is en route to take home a Grammy for “Gimme Love”, his 2022 Luganda-English song where he featured US musician Matt B.

“I love who I am, I love promoting who I am. I had to let him do what he does, but I had to make sure that I bring in myself in my own way. I started doing my Luganda and I taught him some of the pass, I told him to do it.

“And then this is what we did. And the message “Gimme Love” it’s all about giving love. Nothing could be better than that,” Kenzo said.

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