Biography,Wife, Family& Career
The Nigerian Entertainment industry is still reeling with the shocking news of the demise of popular Gospel Singer,Sammy Okposo,who reportedly slumped this morning and was later pronounced dead when he was rushed to the hospital.The cause of his death remains unknown.
Sammie Okposo not only revolutionized but also completely altered the perception of gospel music in Nigeria by breaking down all barriers to become the first gospel musician to sell millions of copies of his music and the first gospel musician to have his music played everywhere (including nite clubs). As a result, he was highly regarded as a performer and entertainer.
Sammie Okposo‘s music has gained him not just a sizable fan base and favourable reviews but also a number of awards for his songs.
*Early* *Life* & *Education*
In Delta State, Nigeria, on May 30, 1971, Sammie Okposo was born. His father had encouraged him to pursue an accounting career as a child. He was an indigene of Delta State, Nigeria.
However, his interest in music began when he was nine years old when he began playing the piano and experienced the rush that comes from carrying out his duties.
Sammie Okposo was the church pianist by the time he was ten years old. He was thought to be related to Mr. and Mrs. Adefarasin, the senior pastors of House of the Rock Worldwide.
Sammie Okposo is the CEO of Zamar Entertainment, a gospel singer, music producer, psalmist, and entertainment strategist. His producing career began formally in 1992 when he entered the Nigerian film industry as a soundtrack producer before branching out into music production.
He completely rocked the music industry in 2000 when he released his debut album, Unconditional Love, which featured the hit song Welu-Welu, propelling him past local notoriety and onto the world stage.
Sammie Okposo has defied expectations of what is typically possible for gospel performers in Africa, performing on stages alongside Donnie McClurkin, Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond, Israel Houghton, Deitrick Haddon, Jonathan Nelson, Micah Stampley, Maxi Priest, Shaggy, Missy Elliott, Benjamin Dube, Judith Sephuma, Sonnie Badu, Uche Agu, Lionel Peterson, Angelique Kidjo, and Koffi Olomide in addition to winning multiple international awards.
Sammie Okposo has performed on important occasions, including the Martin Luther King Jr. and the July 4th holidays.
Sammie Okposo is the CEO of Zamar Entertainment, a renowned music producer, psalmist, and Entertainment consultant.
I Go Make Am
Come And Dance
Because Of You
Awards & Achievements
Crystal Awards, Nigeria, Artiste of the year, 2013
Album of the year (The Statement) Crystal Awards, Nigeria, 2013
Real Soccerfest and CAN, Grass root ambassador of the year 2012
Trailblazer award (African Gospel Music Awards U.K), 2012
(Pastor Bimbo Odukoya foundation awards, Best male Christian artiste 2012
Positive impact awards (Inside Out media awards), 2012
Best music video producer (Nigerian Music Video Awards), 2011
God zone award for excellence in entertainment (GOD ZONE Awards), 2010
Best contemporary Gospel Artiste (Nigerian Music Awards), 2008
Best Gospel Video (Nigerian Music Video Awards), 2008
Gospel artist of the year (Nigeria Entertainment Awards, New York), 2007
Best Male Gospel Artist in Africa (Kora Awards, South Africa), between 2005/2006
Amazing Grace Nigeria Movie Awards, Best Sound and Music Score – 2006
Gospel Artist of the year (Nigeria Music Awards, 2006
Best Gospel Artiste in English (Afro Hollywood Awards UK), 2006
Best remix Album (CNA Awards), 2005
Best Male contemporary gospel Artiste in Nigeria (Amen Awards), 2005
Best Male Gospel Artiste in Africa Nominee (Kora Awards, South Africa), 2003
Power of Music and Praise Awards, Gospel Artiste of the year 2002
Best contemporary gospel Artiste (Power of Music and Praise Awards), 2002
Best Gospel Artiste Amen Awards, Nigeria, 2001
Best Sound Track (The Movie Awards, Nigeria), 2000
Best Sound Track (The Movie Awards, Nigeria), 1999
Best Sound Track (The Movie Awards, Nigeria), 1999
Best Sound Track (The Movie Awards, Nigeria), 1997
Most Promising Male Artiste (Fame Music Awards), 1994
However, for ten years, Sammie Okposo was a Glo Ambassador and a United Nations Peace Ambassador.
Sammie Okposo was married to Ozioma Sammie Okposo, but he admitted to cheating on her with an American woman.
Based on the information, he had an extramarital affair with an American lady. However, because of his influence as a gospel artist, the situation was calm, yet he still lived with his lovely wife after he reportedly apologised to her.
This shows how they both love themselves irrespective of their faults.
Sammie Okposo has a beautiful daughter named Alula Okposo.
Trade minister, Uzoka-Anite launches NATEP, targets 50 Million jobs for youths
The minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr Doris Uzoka-Anite has launched the National Talent Export Programme (NATEP) in a bid to position Nigeria as a talent export hub designed to create not less than one million jobs in the next five years.
The Minister performed the launching on behalf of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu at the sidelines of the 78th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), in New York, United States of America.
In her opening remarks at the launch of the initiative at the Microsoft office in NewYork, the minister highlighted the need to ensure Nigeria takes the lead in exporting global talents that are doing well across the world which will also drive a huge investment in training and also attracting more investment in talent exportation.
According to her, the initiative is in line with President Bola Tinubu’s Renewed Hope agenda to diversify the Nigerian economy, create sustainability opportunities and generate about 50 million jobs for the youths over time.
“NATEP is an initiative that will serve as a special purpose vehicle (SPV) to position Nigeria as a leading global hub for service export, talent sourcing and talent export.
“As part of our strategy towards achieving this, President Bola Tinubu whose agenda is job creation, we have initiated a National Talent Export Programme (NATEP) for Nigeria, which targets the creation of one million jobs across Nigeria with a target of five years in line with the theme of this year’s UNGA, which is rebuilding trust and igniting global solidarity, accelerating action on the 2030 agenda and the sustainable development goals towards peace, prosperity, progress and sustainability for all”, the minister said.
Uzoka-Anite further informed the large gathering comprising of world leaders and other giant tech companies across the globe like; Amazon, World Economic Forum, Microsoft group, Flour Mills Nigeria, Meta, Google and a host of others, that the global talent sourcing industry is valued at $620 billion as at 2020 and industry pundit have forecasted it will be valued at about $904 billion by 2027.
“Nigeria can supply top talents for the global service export and outsourcing business. With over 1.7 million graduates from higher education institutions entering the workforce annually, this will reduce the burden of unemployment and over-dependence on the government for jobs”, she explained.
The Minister further noted that NATEP was specially created to arrest the bottleneck facing the talent and service sector export industry, which will enhance competitiveness, and innovation, and drive sustainable development growth, empowerment and training through trade and value chain exchange.
She added: “Nigeria is ready to become a global hub for talent export, as the government is ready to take full advantage of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (ACfTA) to penetrate the huge continental market and target job opportunities.
“As a country, we have a significant value proposition for regional and global markets for the export of services. We will actively target Greenfield and brownfield job opportunities in the United Kingdom, Europe, China, Canada, the United States of America and a host of other countries”.
The Minister For Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy, Dr. Bosun Tijani, while addressing participants at the launch disclosed that launching NATEP was timely, adding that to drive the mandate for Nigeria to be positioned as one of the global talent export hubs in Africa and the world will see Nigeria benefit more in terms of generating huge revenue, digitalization of the economy, more robust data protection opportunities and also avert the massive brain drain within the youth demography.
According to him, Nigerians in the diaspora are doing great things in the tech world, adding that it’s time for Nigeria to benefit by making more money and develop other youths to maximize their potentials.
“With a youthful population and over 1.7 million graduates from higher educational institutions joining the workforce each year, Nigeria has the potential to provide high-quality talent for the Global Service export and outsourcing industry. We must first identify them, train them and make the world see the stuff they are made of. We will not only create jobs but also empower them with the basic skills of survival and pass them on to the next generation” Dr Tijani said.
The Disappointing State of Customer Relations Among Instagram Merchants
By Otunba Deoye Otukoya
In today’s digital age Instagram has become an indispensable platform for businesses to connect with customers and promote their products or services. With the increasing popularity of Instagram stores it is essential for merchants to prioritize good customer relations. However a prevalent issue that deserves attention is the lack of professionalism and poor communication exhibited by some Instagram merchants. Many customers have reported incidents where the merchants provide their phone numbers on their timelines but fail to respond adequately or display unpleasant attitudes when contacted. This article aims to shed light on this concerning trend and the implications it has on customers and businesses alike.
1. Accessibility Matters:
One of the fundamental aspects of ensuring good customer relations is the accessibility of the merchant. By voluntarily providing their phone numbers merchants convey the impression of being available and open to customer inquiries. However the reality often falls short of this expectation. Too frequently customers are left frustrated and inconvenienced when their attempts to contact merchants go unanswered for days or are met with dismissive responses. This lack of availability undermines trust and damages the overall customer experience.
2. Unprofessional Attitudes:
Another significant concern is the unprofessional conduct and negative attitudes displayed by certain Instagram merchants when interacting with customers. The success of any business hinges on creating a positive relationship with consumers. However some merchants who put their phone numbers out for public use have been observed to have a lackadaisical approach towards customer engagements. Instances of rude behavior impatience and unhelpfulness have been reported leaving customers feeling disrespected and discouraged from engaging with that particular merchant or even shopping on Instagram altogether.
3. The Ripple Effect:
The ramifications of poor customer relations go beyond individual experiences. When customers have negative encounters with Instagram merchants they are likely to share their frustrations with friends family and online communities. Word-of-mouth plays a crucial role in shaping a merchant’s reputation and negative reviews can quickly spread damaging the business’s credibility. Consequently merchants who fail to prioritize customer relations may find themselves losing potential customers and hindering their long-term growth prospects.
4. A Call for Improvement:
To address this issue it is imperative for Instagram merchants to recognize the significance of good customer relations and take proactive steps to improve their interactions with customers. Some crucial measures include:
a. Prompt Responses: Merchants should aim to respond to customer inquiries in a timely manner ideally within 24 hours. This showcases attentiveness and professionalism fostering positive customer relationships.
b. Polite and Respectful Communication: Merchants need to maintain a respectful tone even when faced with challenging or repetitive customer inquiries. Good customer relations require patience and understanding.
c. Training and Empathy: Merchants should invest time in training their customer support staff emphasizing the importance of empathy and effective problem-solving. Understanding the customer’s perspective can go a long way in providing satisfactory resolutions.
d. Feedback and Improvements: Merchants should actively seek feedback from customers to identify areas for improvement. This feedback loop can assist in refining their customer relations strategies and forging stronger connections with their target audience.
The alarming lack of good customer relations displayed by some Instagram merchants is a disheartening trend that affects both customers and businesses. By prioritizing accessibility professionalism and respect in their interactions merchants can foster an environment of trust and loyalty. Overlooking the importance of good customer relations may lead to a decline in sales and reputation. Ultimately developing strong customer relations on Instagram will not only boost customer satisfaction but also drive growth and success for merchants in the long run.
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