The Gospel of the “Obi-Datti” Movement
Nigeria 23:57….. and it came to pass in those days as Peter the son of Obi journeyed from Kaduna unto Kano, a great multitude followed him as he spake unto them saying; behold, I will do a new thing in Northern Nigeria, if thou and thy children shall vote for me, we will prosper thy land and thy seed shall eat the fruits thereof, for what profiteth the North that thou hast great land and thy offspring suffereth hunger and starvation.
As he spake these things, the Kadunites and the Kanites marvelled and they spake one to another, what manner of man is this that bringeth hope unto us. The people spread the good news of Peter and his brother Datti and whole city rejoiced at the marvelous things he spake unto them. Many were baptized unto OBIDIENCE and the number of those baptized were Nine hundredth and forty thousand men, with women and children not counted.
….. An excerpt from one of the “obedients” that got our attention inhouse. With the elections at hand in Nigeria, it would be advisable for all to get their PVC’s and go vote for their candidate.
Nollywood Actor Yul Edochie Mourns the Loss of His First Son, Kambilichukwu Edochie
Sad news has emerged from Nollywood, as reports indicate that popular actor, Yul Edochie, has lost his first son, Kambilichukwu Edochie. The news has sent shockwaves through the entertainment industry and has been met with an outpouring of grief and condolences from fans and colleagues alike.
According to sources close to the family, Kambilichukwu fell unconscious and was rushed to the hospital. Despite the best efforts of doctors to resuscitate him, he sadly passed away. The exact cause of his death is not yet known, but it is believed that he may have suffered a seizure while playing football with his friends.
Kambilichukwu’s death comes just two months after Yul and his first wife, May, celebrated their son’s 16th birthday. At the time, Yul took to Instagram to share his joy and pride in his son, writing, “Many more great years I wish you with loads of accomplishments and greatness. May God be with you always. Daddy loves you.”
Yul Edochie is the youngest child of veteran actor, Pete Edochie, and followed in his father’s footsteps to become an actor. He married his wife, Mary, at the age of 22, after they had been dating for six years. He made his debut in the movie industry just a year after his marriage and quickly established himself as a talented and popular actor.
The loss of a child is a devastating experience for any parent, and our hearts go out to Yul Edochie and his family at this difficult time. Kambilichukwu’s passing is a tragic reminder of the fragility of life and the importance of cherishing every moment with our loved ones. We join the many fans and colleagues of Yul Edochie in offering our deepest condolences and support during this time of grief.
Cholera outbreak hits Gauteng province in South Africa with 10 confirmed cases
The Gauteng province in South Africa is currently experiencing cholera outbreak, according to the National Department of Health. At least 10 cases of the bacterial disease have been confirmed, with four new infections reported on Wednesday, March 29th, 2023. These new cases were traced back to baptism ceremonies held at rivers in Gauteng.
This cholera outbreak comes after six other cases were detected in the province, bringing the total number of cases to 10. Unfortunately, one person has already died from the disease, which primarily spreads through contaminated water and food.
The Department of Health has released a statement regarding the recent cases. According to Foster Mohale, a spokesperson for the department, the seventh and eighth cases of cholera were a couple from Diepsloot who were admitted to Helen Joseph Hospital on March 21st, 2023. They were suffering from acute watery diarrhea and severe dehydration, which are common symptoms of cholera.
Cholera is a highly contagious bacterial disease that can cause severe diarrhea, vomiting, and dehydration, and can lead to death if left untreated. It is primarily spread through contaminated water and food, and can quickly become an epidemic in areas with poor sanitation and hygiene practices.
The Department of Health has urged the public to practice good hygiene habits, such as washing hands regularly and thoroughly, and to avoid drinking untreated water or eating food from untrusted sources. They have also advised against participating in baptism ceremonies in rivers or other bodies of water, as these can be a common source of contamination.
The Gauteng province has been placed on high alert, and measures are being taken to contain the outbreak and prevent it from spreading further. Medical facilities are being equipped with the necessary resources to treat and manage cholera cases, and public awareness campaigns are being launched to educate the public about the disease and how to prevent its spread.
Overall, this cholera outbreak in Gauteng is a stark reminder of the importance of proper sanitation and hygiene practices, especially in areas where access to clean water and adequate sanitation facilities is limited. It is crucial that individuals, communities, and governments work together to prevent and manage outbreaks like this in the future.
Spotify unveils tracklist for Davido’s new album “Timeless”
Spotify, a global online streaming platform, has announced the tracklist for Davido’s highly anticipated album, “Timeless”. The announcement was made by Victor Okpala, Spotify’s Artiste and Labels Partnerships Manager for West Africa, in a statement released on Wednesday. According to Okpala, the album is set to feature 17 tracks, including the previously released “Champion Sound” featuring Amapiano ambassador, Focalistic.
The full tracklist for “Timeless” includes “Over Dem”, “Feel”, “In The Garden” featuring Morravey, “Godfather”, “Unavailable” featuring Musa Keys, “BOP” featuring Dexta Daps, “E Pain Me”, “Away”, “Precision”, “Kante” featuring Fave, “Na Money” featuring The Cavemen and Angelique Kidjo, “U (Juju)” featuring Skepta, “No Competition” featuring Asake, “Picasso” featuring Logos Olori, “For The Road”, “LCND”, and “Champion Sound” featuring Focalistic.
In his statement, Okpala highlighted the significance of Davido’s album release, describing it as a much-anticipated moment for one of African music’s greatest ambassadors of the digital era. He also noted that Spotify is committed to providing a platform for global audiences to connect with African content and is proud to support Davido as he achieves another milestone.
Spotify has also unveiled an exclusive trailer to herald Davido’s forthcoming album, “Timeless”. The trailer features the African superstar on the set of a TV interview, answering questions about his new body of work and describing it simply in one word – “Timeless”. The trailer has been released through Spotify’s social channels, and fans can expect an amazing musical experience from the album, given the caliber of artists and Davido’s penchant for timeless collaborations.
The album features established and emerging talents from around the world, including UK Grime legend Skepta, dancehall king Dexta Daps, Grammy winner Angelique Kidjo, and Nigerian hitmaker Asake. Davido also uses the album to shine the spotlight on emerging talent like Nigerian singers Logos Olori and Fave, as well as the exciting Nigerian folk band, The Cavemen, and digital content creator, Morravey.
In addition to the album release, Spotify has launched the Timeless Afro playlist, a collection of the most definitive Afrobeat songs curated by Davido. These initiatives are part of the streaming giant’s support for the singer’s return to the public eye and in keeping with Spotify’s long-running mission to support African music and its creators.
In conclusion, the release of Davido’s “Timeless” album is a significant milestone for the African music industry and highlights the growing global appeal of Afrobeat music. Spotify’s support for the album and its accompanying initiatives demonstrates the platform’s commitment to promoting African content and connecting global audiences with the best of African music. Fans of Davido and Afrobeat music can look forward to an amazing musical experience with the release of “Timeless”.
Nigeria Faces Hike in US Visa Application Fee
The U.S. government has announced an increment for its non-migrant US visa application fee effective from March 30.
The U.S. Mission in Nigeria, which said this in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja, disclosed that the increases were published in the Federal Register on March 28.
According to the U.S. government, the changes is in line with the Department of State’s commitment to facilitating legitimate travel to the United States for both immigrant and nonimmigrant travelers.
“The Department of State published a Final Rule regarding increases to certain non-immigrant visa application (NIV) processing fees and the Border Crossing Card (BCC) for Mexican citizens age 15 and over.
“These increases were published in the Federal Register on March 28, 2023 and will be effective on May 30, 2023.
“The fee for visitor visas for business or tourism (B1/B2s and BCCs), and other non-petition based NIVs such as student and exchange visitor visas, will increase from 160 dollars to 185 dollars,” it stated.
The mission said that the fee for certain petition-based non-immigrant visas for temporary workers (H, L, O, P, Q, and R categories) would increase from 190 dollars to 205 dollars.
“The fee for a treaty trader, treaty investor, and treaty applicants in a specialty occupation (E category) will increase from 205 dollars to 315 dollars.
“NIV fees are set based on the actual cost of providing NIV services and are determined after conducting a study of the cost of these services
“The Department uses an Activity-Based Costing (ABC) methodology to calculate, annually, the cost of providing consular services, including visa services.
“The fees for most non-petition based NIVs were last updated in 2012, and certain other NIV fees were last updated in 2014,” it stated.
According to the mission, other consular fees are not affected by this rule, including the waiver of the two-year residency required fee for certain exchange visitors.
“The U.S. government also noted that Visas for work and tourism are essential to President Biden’s foreign policy, recognizing the critical role international travel plays in the U.S. economy.
“Fee information can be found on the Bureau of Consular Affairs website, travel.state.gov, and on the websites of U.S. embassies and consulates,” it stated.
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