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Emmy Awards 2021: The Crown, Ted Lasso Win Most Prizes

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Emmy Awards 2021: The Crown, Ted Lasso win most prizes [Full winners’ list]

Netflix’s royal drama The Crown and Apple TV comedy Ted Lasso were the big winners at Sunday’s Emmy Awards. 

The Crown’s prizes included the best drama series, plus four acting wins for Gillian Anderson, Olivia Colman, Josh O’Connor and Tobias Menzies.

An emotional Colman said, “I wish my dad was here to see this. I lost my daddy during Covid, and he would’ve loved all of this.”

The Crown’s victory in the best drama series category is not the first time a streaming service has won the top prize at the Emmys but it does mark the first victory for Netflix.

Anderson won for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher, Menzies for the Duke of Edinburgh, and O’Connor for Prince Charles. 

Many of this year’s nominated actors from The Crown left the show after its most recent series, including Emerald Fennell, who played the Duchess of Cornwall, and Colman, who will be replaced as the Queen in the forthcoming fifth season by Imelda Staunton.

The 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards took place in Los Angeles on Sunday and saw most nominees attend in person, although many British nominees appeared from a separate hub in London, BBC reports.

UK winners included Michaela Coel, who won outstanding writing for a limited series for her sexual consent drama I May Destroy You. “I dedicate this story to every single survivor of sexual assault,” she said as she collected her award.

Coel also used her speech to address aspiring writers directly, telling them: “Write the tale that scares you, that makes you feel uncertain, that isn’t comfortable, I dare you.”

She said staying away from social media could help to create their best work. “Do not be afraid to disappear, from it, from us, for a while, and see what comes to you in the silence,” she said. 

Kate Winslet and Ewan McGregor were named the best-limited series actress and actor for Mare of Easttown and Halston respectively.

Winslet said: “I want to acknowledge my fellow nominees in this decade that has to be about women having each other’s backs. I support you, I salute you, I am proud of all of you.”

The HBO crime drama saw the actress play a police detective who is investigating the murder of a young girl in a working-class community in Pennsylvania.

Paying tribute to writer and creator Brad Ingelsby, she added: “You created a middle-aged, imperfect, flawed mother, and you made us all feel validated.”

Her Mare of Easttown co-stars Evan Peters and Julianne Nicholson also both won supporting actor and actress for their performances in the show.


Our Unity is Forged by Our Cultural Traditions – Shettima

L-R: The Speaker, House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Tajudeen Abass; Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello; Vice President, Kashim Shettima; Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun; former governor of Ogun State, Aremo Olusegun Osoba and Ogun State Deputy Governor, Engr. Noimot Salako-Oyedele at this year's Akesan Day festival in Iperu Remo, Ogun State on Saturday.

The Vice President, Senator Kashim Shettima, on Saturday said the unity of the people of the country lies in their cultures and traditions.

Senator Shettima made this known during the celebration of the 37th edition of the Akesan day held at the Christ Apostolic Grammar School, Iperu-Remo, Ogun State, where he also said the Akesan day is a testimony to the potential that lies with the citizens of the country when they unite under the banner of their shared heritage.

The Vice President, who also called on the people of the country to harness the past to show a brighter future for generations to come, added that Nigerians should also learn from Iperu-Remo the spirit of unity for operational determination.

Shettima while thanking Governor Dapo Abiodun and the people of Iperu-Remo for reminding the government and people of the country of the sociology and economics of culture in nation building through the preservation of beautiful tradition, added that in celebrating culture, the people also celebrate their identity and pride.

While noting that the country would forever cherish the sacrifices Governor Abiodun and the people of Iperu-Remo have made serving as guardians of tradition, preserving cultural legacy and forstering unity among the people of the country, noted that the festival like previous ones before it speaks of the essence of the unity the people have forged as a nation.

“The Akesan festival stands as a testimony to the potential that lies within us when we unite under the banner of our shared heritage.

“This edition of the festival like the ones before it speaks of the essence of the unity we have forged as a nation, it symbolizes the heart beat of our nation.

“I commend you for investing significant time and resources to establish Iperu-Remo on the map and to remind us of this heritage.

“You have reinforced the identities and pride of our communities, forstering their patriotism and their commitment to persuing our collective progress and nurturing the bonds that bind us as a people,” he said.

The Akarigbo and Chairman of the Ogun State Council of Oba’s, Oba Babatunde Ajayi congratulated Governor Abiodun on his victory at the Court of Appeal, calling on all parties involved in the legal battle to sheath their swords and come together for a more prosperous state.

On his part, Governor Yahaya Bello said the people of Kogi and Ogun states have inter-married, describing the Akesan day celebration as a wonderful event that would continue to forster unity among the people of the state and the country as a whole.

In his remarks, Governor Abiodun disclosed that the people of Iperu-Remo share cultural affinity with the people of Ife, Oyo and Ijebu Ode, adding that his administration would continue to promote culture and tradition.

Governor Abiodun noted that commercial operation would soon begin at the Ogun State Agro Cargo Airport, which is nearing completion,saying that his administration would continue to build on the successes of the first term.

Abiodun, while commending the judiciary for upholding the rule of law, promised not to betray the trust of the people of the state.

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Unveiling “Brutally Frank” – Autobiography by Dr. Edwin Kiagbodo Clark

Dr. Edwin Kiagbodo Clark

The Local Organizing Committee (LOC) extends a cordial invitation to the unveiling of “Brutally Frank,” the captivating autobiography penned by the distinguished Ijaw leader and esteemed National Statesman, Chief, Senator, Dr. Edwin Kiagbodo Clark, OFR, CON. This momentous occasion is slated for Tuesday, November 21, 2023, at the prestigious MUSON Centre in Onikan, Lagos, commencing at 10 am.

An illustrious gathering of notable personalities is set to grace the event, with the Governors of Lagos, Ogun, and Oyo States serving as special hosts. The eminent presence of Professor Wole Soyinka as the Special Guest of Honour adds to the event’s prestige. His Royal Majesty, Oba Riliwan Akiolu (CFR), will preside as the Royal Father of the Day, accompanied by the esteemed Pa Ayo Adebanjo in the role of Father of the Day. Distinguished Senator Anthony Adefuye will chair the ceremony.

The unveiling, according to statement signed by Professor Hope Eghagha, Chairman, Local Organizing Committee and Ambassador Godknows Boladei Igali, National Coordinator, will include an insightful discussion about the autobiography by a panel of esteemed discussants, consisting of Professors Odion Akhaine, Abigail Ogwezzy-Ndisika, and Edward Agbai, moderated by the adept Professor Hope Eghagha.

Professor Hope Eghagha expressed deep excitement for this unique opportunity to honour and celebrate the exceptional life and contributions of Dr. Edwin Kiagbodo Clark, emphasizing his unwavering commitment to Nigeria’s service.

The event promises a memorable experience, offering profound storytelling, cultural richness, and the wisdom of an esteemed statesman.

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Preserving Heritage: Kiriji War Performance to Ignite Unity and Cultural Revival

In a bid to revive history and culture, a mesmerizing stage performance recounting the epic Kiriji War of the 19th century, one of the longest civil wars in human history, is set to captivate audiences across the South West in the coming months.
The ambitious project, a collaboration between the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) and Legendary Productions, an esteemed international art and culture concern, is helmed by renowned artist Abiodun Abe, whose artistic contributions have garnered acclaim in Nollywood and international film festivals.
According to a press statement signed by Adewale Adeoye and Segun Balogun, Chairman and Secretary of the Publicity Committee respectively, the project will feature over 50 top artists from around the world, joined by over 10,000 participants at various levels.
Described as a massive undertaking that will involve months of an artist residency, the performance serves as a stepping stone toward the establishment of the first Yoruba Museum of War History. The statement emphasized the significance of the Kiriji War as a pivotal event in Yoruba history, encompassing struggles for justice, liberty, and an egalitarian society. It further stressed the aim of the project to bring together artefacts, weaponry, and historic materials associated with the war, currently dispersed and disorganized, within the proposed museum.
Highlighting the rich and remarkable civilization of the Yoruba people, the press statement acknowledged the extensive documentation of their history dating back to the 9th century. It underscored the unique role of Yoruba history in shaping African and black heritage, instilling a sense of dignity, respect, and recognition worldwide.
The Kiriji War, spanning from 1776 to 1886, stands as a notable cultural, political, social, and economic milestone in Yoruba history. The press statement emphasized that wars are not waged by the impoverished, but by brave and heroic individuals and nations with prosperous economies.
The media team emphasized the unique characteristics of the Kiriji War, such as the preservation of innocent lives, including children, pregnant women, and the elderly. Cease fires lasting for months were observed, demonstrating principles of diplomacy and humanity. The statement highlighted the war’s diverse aspects, ranging from political unity, preference for federalism, and cultural significance to military science, intelligence gathering, and tales of courage and resilience.
Technological innovations and scientific advancements played a pivotal role in the Kiriji War, with both parties employing creative strategies, military tactics, and imported weapons from Europe, particularly Hamburg in Germany. The signing of the peace treaty in 1886 united prominent Yoruba Obas and revitalized the Yoruba Nation with a renewed sense of brotherhood and common ancestry.
The press statement concluded with thought-provoking questions about the burial grounds of the war heroes, the locations and syllabi of military schools, and the impact of the war on global diplomacy. These inquiries shed light on the extensive influence of the conflict, including the involvement of British intelligence and its subsequent impact on expeditions in Africa and Asia.

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