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Iyabo Ojo wins Nigeria’s best online comedian

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Multi-talented and award-winning Nollywood actress, Iyabo Ojo has officially become a comedian after clinching her first award as Nigeria’s best online comedian.

The sensational actress proved her acting prowess after she became a favourite on social media platform, TikTok, during the COVID-19 lockdown in the year 2020.

The 43-year-old actress and entrepreneur thrilled her fans and followers with her comical TikTok videos which she shared on her Instagram page.

Iyabo in her TikTok videos mimicked different funny characters with appropriate makeup and costumes to create the desired effects.

The mum of two took to Instagram on Sunday to announce that she emerged winner of the Nigeria Best Online Comedian at the Nigerian Choice Awards.

Reacting to her win, Iyabo Ojo expressed gratitude to the organizers of the Nigerian choice awards for finding her worthy.

In her words; “Thank you for this beautiful Award  I’m honoured and grateful  ”

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Russian crew return to Earth after filming first movie in space

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A Russian actress and a film director returned to Earth Sunday after spending 12 days on the International Space Station (ISS) shooting scenes for the first movie in orbit.

Yulia Peresild and Klim Shipenko landed as scheduled on Kazakhstan’s steppe at 0436 GMT, according to footage broadcast live by the Russian space agency. 

They were ferried back to terra firma by cosmonaut Oleg Novitsky, who had been on the space station for the past six months.

“The descent vehicle of the crewed spacecraft Soyuz MS-18 is standing upright and is secure. The crew are feeling good!” Russian space agency Roscosmos tweeted.

The filmmakers had blasted off from the Russia-leased Baikonur Cosmodrome in ex-Soviet Kazakhstan earlier this month, travelling to the ISS with veteran cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov to film scenes for “The Challenge”. 

If the project stays on track, the Russian crew will beat a Hollywood project announced last year by “Mission Impossible” star Tom Cruise together with NASA and Elon Musk’s SpaceX.

The movie’s plot, which has been mostly kept under wraps along with its budget, centres around a surgeon who is dispatched to the ISS to save a cosmonaut.

Shkaplerov, 49, along with the two Russian cosmonauts who were already aboard the ISS are said to have cameo roles in the film.

The mission was not without small hitches.

As the film crew docked at the ISS earlier this month, Shkaplerov had to switch to manual control. 

And when Russian flight controllers on Friday conducted a test on the Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft the ship’s thruster fired unexpectedly and destabilised the ISS for 30 minutes, a NASA spokesman told the Russian news agency TASS.

But the spokesman confirmed their departure would go ahead as scheduled.

– 21st-century space race -Their landing, which was documented by a film crew, will also feature in the movie, Konstantin Ernst, the head of the Kremlin-friendly Channel One TV network and a co-producer of “The Challenge”, told AFP.

The mission will add to a long list of firsts for Russia’s space industry.

The Soviets launched the first satellite Sputnik, and sent into orbit the first animal, a dog named Laika, the first man, Yuri Gagarin and the first woman, Valentina Tereshkova.

But compared with the Soviet era, modern Russia has struggled to innovate and its space industry is fighting to secure state funding with the Kremlin prioritising military spending.

Its space agency is still reliant on Soviet-designed technology and has faced a number of setbacks, including corruption scandals and botched launches.

Russia is also falling behind in the global space race, facing tough competition from the United States and China, with Beijing showing growing ambitions in the industry.

Russia’s Roscosmos was also dealt a blow after SpaceX last year successfully delivered astronauts to the ISS, ending Moscow’s monopoly for journeys to the orbital station.

In a bid to spruce up its image and diversify its revenue, Russia’s space programme revealed this year that it will be reviving its tourism plan to ferry fee-paying adventurers to the ISS.

After a decade-long pause, Russia will send two Japanese tourists — including billionaire Yusaku Maezawa — to the ISS in December, capping a year that has been a milestone for amateur space travel.

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BBNaija: Instagram deactivates Pere’s account

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Social media gaint, Instagram has deactivated the account of ex-Big Brother Naija shine your eye contestant, Pere.

His management, in a statement, assured the public and fans of the ‘General’ that they were working tirelessly to ensure that the account is restored.

The statement revealed that all updates about Pere would be shared on his fan page, Twitter and Facebook accounts for the mean time.

“We encourage everyone to keep supporting the General on all social media platforms. Thanks for the love,” the statement read in part.

However, it’s unclear what led to the recent development as Instagram is known for deleting, suspending or deactivating accounts that flout its policy.

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BBNaija’s White Money lands in hospital

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Winner of the Big Brother Naija Season 6 Hazel Oyeze Onou, popularly called Whitemoney, has been hospitalized over an unknown illness.

This is coming two weeks after Whitemoney emerged the winner of the ‘Shine Ya Eye’ Edition with a 90 million Naira grand prize.

Taking to his Instagram story, Whitemoney shared a video of himself on a hospital bed and with a drip fixed on his hand.

According to Whitemoney, there is a break in transmission on his health and assured his fans and colleague that he would be back shortly.

He wrote: Good morning. Break-in transmission, we will be back shortly.

Reacting to this, some of his fans expressed concern for him and prayed for his quick recovery.

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