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Nigeria Emerges Surajkund International Arts and Crafts Festival Winner In India



Around 50 nations participated in the two-week competition at the Surajkund International Arts and Crafts Fair in India, and Nigeria was declared the winner.

Fidel Info reports that at the biggest arts and cultural event in the world, the Ekiti State Acting Company represented Nigeria for performance content, and the Niger State Tourist Commission took part in the craft display.

This was stated in a statement made by Prof. Ojo Bakare, a well-known professor of choreography and performance aesthetics who led Nigeria’s delegation at the festival.

Bakare served as Ekiti State’s most recent commissioner for arts, culture, and tourism.

The festival, which featured over 50 nations performing daily for two weeks, awarded the VIP picks for the top performances to Nigeria, the host nation India, and Uganda, in that order.

According to the announcement, Bakare was chosen to lead an all-African cooperation performance at the festival as a result of Nigeria’s outstanding performances, which impressed the heads of delegations from all the participating African nations.

They also declared that Bakare would be the president of an All-African networking organization that would promote the growth of the arts, culture, and heritage on the continent.

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Ghana: Hundreds Of People Pay Last Respects To Christian Atsu



Hundreds of people including Ghana’s president are paying their last respects to Christian Atsu, who died in last month’s earthquake in Turkey.

Fidel Info reports that His funeral is being held outside State House in Ghana’s capital, Accra.

“In life I love you darling, in death I’ll do the same,” read the tearful tribute from the footballer’s widow, Marie-Claire Rupio.

She was overcome with emotion and handed her speech to Atsu’s sister to read.

“You did not go alone, for part of me went with you,” it continued. “Your smile, your love I see in our children’s smiles.”

Representatives of Ghana’s national team and Atsu’s Turkish club Hatayspor were also at the ceremony.

Atsu’s body was recovered a fortnight after the quake from the rubble of his apartment building.

It was returned to Ghana almost a month ago. He will be buried later in his home village in south-eastern Ghana.

Atsu, 31, spent most of his career playing in the English Premier League for clubs including Chelsea, Newcastle and Everton.

Source: BBC

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Here’s Why Canada Banned Nigerians From Buying Real Estate Properties



Following an increase in real estate market values, the Canadian government has made it illegal for foreigners to purchase property in the nation.

Fidel Info reports that the law was passed by the North American nation after the Covid-19 pandemic began, but it became effective on Sunday, January 1, 2023.

Canada made this decision, which will only be in effect for two years, because some MPs thought that buyers were to blame for driving up the supply of properties for investment purposes and driving up prices.

The appeal of Canadian homes, according to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Liberal Party last year, is drawing profiteers, powerful corporations, and international investors.

Ottawa also clarified in late December that the ban will only apply to city residences and not to recreational properties like summer cottages.

During the 2021 election campaign, when home ownership was out of reach for many Canadians due to skyrocketing prices, Trudeau offered this short-term, two-year policy.

According to the campaign site, “This is leading to a real problem of underused and vacant housing, rampant speculation, and skyrocketing prices. Homes are for people, not investors.” 

Following their 2021 election victory, the Liberals quietly introduced the Prohibition on the Purchase of Residential Property by Non-Canadians Act.

Major markets such as Vancouver and Toronto have also introduced taxes on non-residents and empty homes, as per Associated Press report.

However, in the law, an exception has been made for the immigrants and permanent residents of Canada who are not citizens, as per reports from the country.

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UN Condemns Killing Of Staff In Borno



The United Nations- Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA) has condemned the killing of its staff and others at a Military Base in Damboa Local Government Area of Borno state.

Fidel Info reports that This was contained in a statement signed by the Humanitarian Coordinator for Nigeria, Matthias Schmale, on Friday in Maiduguri.

Recall that the Theatre Commander of Operation Hadin Kai, North East, Major General Christopher Musa  on Thursday night disclosed that a soldier ran berserk in a military base, opened fire and killed a humanitarian staff of an Non- Governmental Organisations, NGO and also killed another soldier in the same base.

Not satisfied, the soldier also opened fire on the co-pilot of one of the UN helicopters to the theater before troops of Hadin Kai neutralized him.

According to General Musa, “yesterday’s killing of a staff member of the humanitarian non-governmental organization Meedecins du Monde in Damboa, Borno State is deeply disturbing and sad.

“On behalf of the United Nations, I convey my heartfelt condolences to the aid worker’s family and to her colleagues. I also wish a speedy recovery to a pilot working with the UN Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) who was injured in the deplorable attack by an apparently rogue soldier.

“All humanitarian staff working in north-east Nigeria deserve our fullest respect for their courage and commitment to stay and deliver life-saving assistance to people in need in often difficult and dangerous circumstances. Humanitarian workers must be protected.

“I laud the Government and the military’s efforts to speedily investigate yesterday’s incident and urge them to strengthen remedial measures to prevent similar incidents in the future”. Said Schmale.

In a related development, the District Head of Damboa Local Government Area, Zanna Lawan Maina expressed shock over the incident.

“I am right now in Abuja when I received a distress call from some of my subjects that there was a multiple gunshots at Military Base. The Theatre Commander, Major General Christopher Musa  also called me on the same incidence.

“It is very unfortunate, but right now the situation is under control “, the traditional ruler stated.

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