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Badagry Set to Host 3rd Diaspora Festival – Door of Return

The ancient town of Badagry is set to 2019 edition of the Diaspora Festival tagged Door of Return: “A Pilgrimage to the Motherland ‘the Third Coming’“.

The event is to welcome those whose ancestors were taken away as slaves over 400 years ago and are now returning as kings and queens to their motherland.

The Door of Return in its third edition is an emblem of African Renaissance chaired by the Minister of Finance for the Accompong Maroon in Jamaica, Hon. Timothy McPherson Jr.

In preparation for the 2019 event, the Lagos State Government, Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu had met with the Chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri on August 15th in Marina, Lagos to deliberate on tourism and economic potentials of Lagos State, in preparation for the 3rd Diaspora Festival, Badagry.

The novel event has been holding every year since 1999 in Gberefu Beach and this year’s symbolic and emotional festival takes place in Badagry from the 15th to 20th Oct 2019.

Activities for the programme includes:

  • Calverton Boat Cruise To Badagry, From Lagos.
  • International Symposium With World Leaders and Diplomats.
  • Tour of Heritage Sights in Badagry:
  1. First Christian Cemetery in Nigeria
  2. Badagry Heritage Museum
  3. First Storey Building in Nigeria
  4. Mobee Family Slave Relics Museum
  5. SerikiAbass Brazilian Baracoon
  6. Canoon Guns for slave raiding at Wawu palace
  7. The Agia Tree Monument where Christianity was first preached in Nigeria
  8. The ancient Vlekete Slave Market
  9. The Tomb of Huntokonu the first slave merchant
  • Visit to The Akran of Badagry Kingdom for:
  1. Adoption of African names ceremony
  2. Chieftaincy Title Conferment
  • Door of Return ceremony at Badagry Marina
  • Visit To The Point of No Return.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Daddy Freeze Quits Cool FM for Nigeria Info

Veteran broadcaster and Award-winning yet controversial media personality, Ifedayo Olarinde popularly known as Daddy Freeze has joined Nigeria Info.

Daddy Freeze had announced he will be leaving Cool FM, a station he has been for 20 years, for yet another station on 3rd March 2020 but not quiting radio yet.

Daddy Freeze started his radio career in 1996 with The Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State (BCOS) and joined Cool FM Lagos in 2001 where he was on-air for 20 years, steadily rising to the position of a senior broadcaster and Head OAP at Cool FM.

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Country Music Legend, Kenny Rogers, Dies at 81

Kenneth Rogers, a Grammy award-winning Amerian singer better known as Kenny Rogers, has passed on at 81.

The record producer, who was renowned as a country music icon, was said to have died on Friday from what was described as “natural cause” while at his home in Sandy Springs, Georgia.

Keith Hagan, the singer’s representative, who broke the news to the public, said the family is now planning a private service towards his burial out of concern for the coronavirus pandemic.

He said a public memorial will later be held to celebrate the late musician’s life and legacy.

“Rogers passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family,” Hagan’s statement read in part.

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“Kenny Rogers left an indelible mark on the history of American music. His songs have endeared music lovers and touched the lives of millions around the world.”

Rogers had made a name for himself with his chart-topping hits including ‘The Gambler’, ‘Lady’, ‘Islands In The Stream’, ‘Lucille’, ‘She Believes In Me’, ‘Through the Years’, among others.

He was a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, a six-time CMA Award winner, three-time Grammy winner, and a recipient of the 2013 CMA Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award.

Rogers had topped the charts during the 1970s and 1980s, starring in TV movies based on ‘The Gambler’ and a slew of other songs.

He had remained a country singer despite his growing influence across creative industries but later retired from touring in 2017 at the age of 79.

– The Cable

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