S Two Media Presents ‘Fast and Loose’ With Veteran Actor Bimbo Manuel

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As Lagos State turns 50 this season, the city of Lagos will play host to a series of events to celebrate the golden jubilee.

One such event is ‘Wakaa the Musical’ by Bolanle Austen-Peters which returns to the Lagos stage this April after making history last year as the first Nigerian musical to showcase in London.

Who better than the one of the stars of the musical, a Lagosian himself, Bimbo Manuel to talk Lagos of course?

In “Fast and Loose”, Nigerian actor, producer, scriptwriter, Bimbo Manuel talked about Lagos, theatre and the essence of being proudly Nigerian. In a set of quick-fire questions, the veteran actor was his ever-effervescent self with witty answers and that infectious laughter.

Watch Bimbo Manuel in Fast & Loose below

An indigene of Lagos, Manuel began his television career in 1985 as a broadcaster at Ogun State Broadcasting Corporation (OGBC) after graduating from the University of Port Harcourt with a degree in Theater Arts. He later moved to Ogun State Television (OGTV) before commencing his acting career in 1986.

He made a name for himself in the ‘90s, featuring in some of the best soap operas, including ‘Village Headmaster’, ‘Ripples’ by Zeb Ejiro, and ‘Checkmate’ by Amaka Igwe.

At the advent of Nollywood, Bimbo Manuel was also part of the pioneering acts, featuring in majors like ‘Hostages’, ‘Raging Storm’, ‘Kingmaker’ and an almost endless list of others.

This April, Bimbo Manuel will take up his role as the “fantastically corrupt” governor Otunba Sagay in ‘Wakaa the Musical’ on 8 April, 2017.

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S Two Media Presents ‘Fast and Loose’ With Veteran Actor Bimbo Manuel

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As Lagos State turns 50 this season, the city of Lagos will play host to a series of events to celebrate the golden jubilee.

One such event is ‘Wakaa the Musical’ by Bolanle Austen-Peters which returns to the Lagos stage this April after making history last year as the first Nigerian musical to showcase in London.

Who better than the one of the stars of the musical, a Lagosian himself, Bimbo Manuel to talk Lagos of course?

In “Fast and Loose”, Nigerian actor, producer, scriptwriter, Bimbo Manuel talked about Lagos, theatre and the essence of being proudly Nigerian. In a set of quick-fire questions, the veteran actor was his ever-effervescent self with witty answers and that infectious laughter.

Watch Bimbo Manuel in Fast & Loose below

An indigene of Lagos, Manuel began his television career in 1985 as a broadcaster at Ogun State Broadcasting Corporation (OGBC) after graduating from the University of Port Harcourt with a degree in Theater Arts. He later moved to Ogun State Television (OGTV) before commencing his acting career in 1986.

He made a name for himself in the ‘90s, featuring in some of the best soap operas, including ‘Village Headmaster’, ‘Ripples’ by Zeb Ejiro, and ‘Checkmate’ by Amaka Igwe.

At the advent of Nollywood, Bimbo Manuel was also part of the pioneering acts, featuring in majors like ‘Hostages’, ‘Raging Storm’, ‘Kingmaker’ and an almost endless list of others.

This April, Bimbo Manuel will take up his role as the “fantastically corrupt” governor Otunba Sagay in ‘Wakaa the Musical’ on 8 April, 2017.

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Album Review: Vector’s Lafiaji

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For his third studio album and first since splitting with his former label, Young Shall Grow (YSG), Vector retreats within and traces his hustle back to his roots.

Lafiaji, a popular suburb in the heart of Lagos Island, serves as home to the barracks in which the rapper spent his formative years and attended secondary school at the nearby Kings College.

Vector has since left the area behind, in search of greener pastures but the colourful culture that is characteristic of Lagos Island still holds its sway, prompting his return to extensively explore its meaning and influence in his life.

Lafiaji, the album, is big, sprawling and bustling in the way that the Island can be. It is also undisciplined and boisterous in the way that an independent artiste has a tendency to be.

But one thing the record isn’t is boring. The sounds and influence are a bit of overkill as Vector blends, hip hop, juju, highlife and pop music in one giant pot that constantly overflows its contents.

As a kid, Vector trailed his elder sister to her Olowu parish Celestial Church of Christ branch and credits the church for his extensive musical and instrumental knowledge. This sister, Shola Vibrate, now an established Juju musician (and wife to Juju maestro, Dele Taiwo), appears early on the record, on the title track,  voicing a carnival like solo opener that pays homage to both the neighbourhood that built them and the white garment church that formed them.

Vector continues this local streak on the guitar laced Adurah and the uplifting Fish Jaey’o which pays homage to juju music pioneer, Prince Adekunle.

Rap heads who worry that Vector may have crossed over to the more traditional path find their fears unfounded as Vector proves his rap skills are as sharp as they’ve ever been on the conscious but brief lament, All I Know (ft. Emmsong) in which he observes, angrily, You don’t have the right to tell me how to raise my son/or how to raise my daughter, or when to raise a gun…/…fuel price na your pikin you dey raise am very well.

Watch VIDEO: Vector – Adurah

Wherever there is substance to be inhaled; spiritual or medicinal, Choc City’s Jesse Jagz is likely to be found and Vector must have expended no effort luring him to contribute to the levitating Spiritual. Folks who have been starved of the errant, offbeat Jesse Jagz of Jagz Nation, will find themselves stimulated by this one. The sing song appeal of Zaddy is for the social media millennials and Generation Z-ers who like to fancy themselves rap fans.

Historically, for every excellent Vector rhyme that lands with a punch, he is likely to follow up with a WTF was he thinking howler. Lafiaji owns its fair share of such moments, but none more unforced than the Blaze n Booze skit where Vector drops head scratchers like; alcohol becomes your doom/ na then buffon go turn buffoon.

Because of its overarching subject matter, Lafiaji wouldn’t be complete without input from the streets and who better to bring the ugly truth than CDQ. The local rapper credibly rides a hard beat by Masterkraft that winningly incorporates Koji Kondo’s classic Super Mario Bros theme with local instrumentals.

The bulk of Lafiaji is produced by Vector and G.R.A.P Music’s LiciousCrackitt and it is easy to understand the dynamic playing out. Vector is supreme leader and has no one to check his excessive behaviour or call him to order. His freedom has come at a costly price and he wants to express it to the maximum.

This sense of muchness is eventually what does the record in as it suffers from a bloated sense of its own importance. This is immediately obvious in the clashing of sounds and styles that is the opening track, TDB (with Rotex.) On the song, Vector struggles to keep up with himself but constantly falls behind. The same can be said for the Lafiaji project. Audiences will want to keep up, will try to keep up, but Vector will prove all too overwhelming. And not always in a good way.

Album Name: Lafiaji
Artist: Vector
Year: 2016
Tracks: 25 (including bonus tracks)

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On Becoming: Toke Makinwa Kicks Off American Tour This April

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Sequel to her successful book tours in Nigeria, Ghana and the United Kingdom, media personality and best-selling author, Toke Makinwa is set to embark on a 3 city book tour in the USA in efforts to promote her bestselling memoir; ‘On Becoming’.

The tour will have the author in 3 major cities; Houston, New York and Washington DC; across America with Houston being the first stop. The first event which is set to take place on Saturday, 15th of April 2017, at 024 Grille-Memorial City, Westin, Houston, is in collaboration with Of A Kind Creative and Segun Gele, and will be moderated by Agatha Ashiofu; of ironyofashi.com.

Toke Makinwa is definitely looking forward to take America by storm as she shares;

“The On Becoming American tour is going to be one of a kind. Taking the On Becoming movement to 3 major cities in USA is very exciting for me.  I cannot wait to meet with all the amazing people and share with them; my experiences and the importance of building a brand.”

The event which will double as a Meet and Greet and Book Reading session will have Toke share tips on how to excel in the media industry and staying focused despite challenges. Guests will enjoy Cocktails, canapés, raffles and Q&A sessions at an evening of conversations with the bestselling author.

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Agbani Darego: Former Miss World Marries TY Danjuma’s Son

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Former Miss World, Agbani Darego, over the weekend, got married to Ishaya Danjuma, son of a former defense minister, Theophilus Danjuma.

The model and ex-beauty queen who was crowned Miss World in 2001 tied the knots on Saturday, April 8, 2017 with her longtime lover, Ishaya.

The former beauty queen shared the news on her Instagram page with the picture showing her in a wedding dress with her partner turning their backs to the camera at the wedding with the caption “08-04-2017, #Mrs. Danjuma”.

It is understood that the couple held the wedding ceremony in Marrakesh, Morocco over the weekend.

Agbani is best known as the first native African to win Miss World when she clinched the crown in 2001 at the age of 18 after she became the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria that same year.

A graduate of Psychology from New York University, Agbani became the first Nigerian to place among the top 10 semi-finalists, finishing seventh overall.

She has judged numerous pageants, and fashion and modeling competitions including Miss World 2014, Miss England 2002, Mr. Scotland 2002, and Elite Model Look Nigeria 2012 and 2014.

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#AFRIFF2017: Africa International Film Festival Announces ‘Call For Entries’

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As the prestigious Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) is reopening in Lagos, Nigeria, for its 7th edition, in November 2017, the body announces its call for entries.

The Festival hosts in official competition several categories: short films, feature films, documentaries, animated films, short films of film students.

Gov Ambode Promises To Revamp The National Art Theatre As Lagos Hosts AMAA 2017

Filmmakers have until July 30th 2017 to submit their entries via https://filmfreeway.com/festival/AFRIFF

Entries are also encouraged from French and francophone filmmakers in the following countries as well: Bénin, Burkina-Faso, Burundi, Cameroun, Central African republic, Comores, Congo Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Gabon, Guinea, Mali, Madagascar, Morocco, Mauritania, Niger, Rwanda, Sénégal, Seychelles, Chad, Togo, Tunisia etc.

This major film event, which promotes and celebrates the talents of the African continent and the African diaspora, is expanding its range of films in competition on the occasion of its 7th edition.

Here Is The Full Nominees List For The African Movie Academy Awards, AMAA 2016

AFRIFF will present a programme featuring more films from French-speaking Africa as well as French films.

The festival wishes for its 7th edition to honor France and La Francophonie, in a long-term vision of artistic collaborations and partnerships.

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#AFRIFF2017: Africa International Film Festival Announces ‘Call For Entries’

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As the prestigious Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) is reopening in Lagos, Nigeria, for its 7th edition, in November 2017, the body announces its call for entries.

The Festival hosts in official competition several categories: short films, feature films, documentaries, animated films, short films of film students.

Gov Ambode Promises To Revamp The National Art Theatre As Lagos Hosts AMAA 2017

Filmmakers have until July 30th 2017 to submit their entries via https://filmfreeway.com/festival/AFRIFF

Entries are also encouraged from French and francophone filmmakers in the following countries as well: Bénin, Burkina-Faso, Burundi, Cameroun, Central African republic, Comores, Congo Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Gabon, Guinea, Mali, Madagascar, Morocco, Mauritania, Niger, Rwanda, Sénégal, Seychelles, Chad, Togo, Tunisia etc.

This major film event, which promotes and celebrates the talents of the African continent and the African diaspora, is expanding its range of films in competition on the occasion of its 7th edition.

Here Is The Full Nominees List For The African Movie Academy Awards, AMAA 2016

AFRIFF will present a programme featuring more films from French-speaking Africa as well as French films.

The festival wishes for its 7th edition to honor France and La Francophonie, in a long-term vision of artistic collaborations and partnerships.

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BREAKING: #BBNAIJA: Efe Emerges Winner Of The 2017 Big Brother Nigeria Reality TV Show

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Fans favorite Efe Ejeba has emerged winner of the Big Brother Nigeria 2017 reality TV show.

Efe was crowned the winner “based on logistics” at the grand finale of the reality TV show, which was held on Sunday night.

He remained the last man standing after winning the hearts of majority of the reality TV fans ahead of 13 other housemates.

The young man – from Warri Delta State – who was born in Jos will go home with N25m cash and a brand new Sport Utility Vehicle.

Details later…

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Janet Jackson Splits From Billionaire Husband 3 Months After Giving Birth To First Child

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Pop Star Janet Jackson and her Qatari billionaire, Wissam Al Mana, have reportedly called it quit barely three months after giving birth to her first child.

The legendary singer and youngest sibling of late pop superstar Michael Jackson, split from her husband, after five years of marriage, Page Six reports.

Jackson and Al Mana, who have kept most of their romance hidden in privacy while splitting their time between Dubai and Qatar, famously met in 2010 at a hotel opening.

The 50-year-old legendary singer, who was previously married to James DeBarge and René Elizondo, Jr., quietly wed the Qatari businessman in 2012.

On January 3, 2017, the couple welcomed son Eissa, now 3 months.

“Sadly, Janet and Wissam have decided that it wasn’t working and to go their separate ways,” a source told Mail on Sunday, who was the first to report the breakup news.

“They’re both busy people but determined to be good parents, even if they’re apart.

“It’s amicable and Eissa will stay with his mother, who is basing herself in London.”

A source had told E! News exclusively at the time of her newborn’s birth that:

“Janet and her baby are doing well. She has hired help at home and her husband been with her through it all. It was a difficult pregnancy but she is very blessed and has a healthy baby. She has great doctors. A select few have seen her baby. She is so excited to be a mom.”

Jackson was previously married to R&B singer James DeBarge between 1984-1985, and again to professional dancer René Elizondo Jr. from 1991-2000.

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#BBNaija Day 75: 2baba, Tiwa Savage And EmmyGee To Headline The Final Show

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The final #BBNaija show will see Nigerian hitmaker, 2Baba, songstress Tiwa Savage And EmmyGee light up the season finale.

One of the greatest music acts to come out on Nigeria, 2Baba who was formerly known as 2Face is a multi-award winning songwriter, record producer and entrepeneur who needs no introduction.

Since his debut in 1994 as 2Face with his hip hop three piece known as Plantashun Boiz, he has gone on to have a solo career. He presently owns his own record label, Hypertek Entertainment and was a part of the Sony all Africa One8 Project with R.Kelly, recording the single “Hands across the world.” He also has his own NGO called the 2Face Idibia Reach-Out Foundation whose motto is “Service to Humanity.”

In 2009, 2Face was appointed as ambassador by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, releasing a song “Man Unkind” to raise awareness on the menace of fake and sub-standard food and drug products in Nigeria. In 2009, he was presented with the prestigious International Youth Ambassador for Peace Summit and the Nigeria Youth Merit Award by the National Youth Council of Nigeria in recognition of his contributions to youth development in Nigeria. He is presently one of the Judges in The Voice Nigeria.

Tiwa Savage also needs little introduction as the “Kele Kele Love” hitmaker is going to grace the #BBNaija stage at the finale. Tiwa Savage started singing backup vocals for the late, great George Michael at 16 and has also appeared on stage with such mammoth stars as Sting, 50 Cent, Eminem, Robbie Williams, while also lending her vocals to such luminaries as Mary J. Blige, Chaka Khan and Ms. Dynamite.

She has various endorsement deals and has become an accomplished performer in a relatively short space of time. She has also appeared on screen, showing another side to her many talents, acting.

Rands and Naira rapper, Emmy Gee is the third artist that will be lighting up the #BBNaija stage this Sunday at the Live Grand Finale. Emmy Gee is a Nigerian rapper based in South Africa. His debut single, Rands and Nairas peaked at number 7 on South Africa’s official music chart. He co-founded an entertainment and clothing apparel company known as Teamtalkless.

His hit single, Rands and Nairas was released in 2013 and it featured a remix release in 2014 which had Ice Prince, AB Crazy, Anatii, Phyno, Cassper Nyovest and DJ Dimplez laying their vocals.
The three music artists are sure to bring unlimited entertainment and fun to the audience and viewers in Nigeria, Africa and across the world at the #BBNaija finale.

Catch Up On All Things #BBNaija 2017

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#BBNaija Day 75: 2baba, Tiwa Savage And EmmyGee To Headline The Final Show

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The final #BBNaija show will see Nigerian hitmaker, 2Baba, songstress Tiwa Savage And EmmyGee light up the season finale.

One of the greatest music acts to come out on Nigeria, 2Baba who was formerly known as 2Face is a multi-award winning songwriter, record producer and entrepeneur who needs no introduction.

Since his debut in 1994 as 2Face with his hip hop three piece known as Plantashun Boiz, he has gone on to have a solo career. He presently owns his own record label, Hypertek Entertainment and was a part of the Sony all Africa One8 Project with R.Kelly, recording the single “Hands across the world.” He also has his own NGO called the 2Face Idibia Reach-Out Foundation whose motto is “Service to Humanity.”

In 2009, 2Face was appointed as ambassador by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, releasing a song “Man Unkind” to raise awareness on the menace of fake and sub-standard food and drug products in Nigeria. In 2009, he was presented with the prestigious International Youth Ambassador for Peace Summit and the Nigeria Youth Merit Award by the National Youth Council of Nigeria in recognition of his contributions to youth development in Nigeria. He is presently one of the Judges in The Voice Nigeria.

Tiwa Savage also needs little introduction as the “Kele Kele Love” hitmaker is going to grace the #BBNaija stage at the finale. Tiwa Savage started singing backup vocals for the late, great George Michael at 16 and has also appeared on stage with such mammoth stars as Sting, 50 Cent, Eminem, Robbie Williams, while also lending her vocals to such luminaries as Mary J. Blige, Chaka Khan and Ms. Dynamite.

She has various endorsement deals and has become an accomplished performer in a relatively short space of time. She has also appeared on screen, showing another side to her many talents, acting.

Rands and Naira rapper, Emmy Gee is the third artist that will be lighting up the #BBNaija stage this Sunday at the Live Grand Finale. Emmy Gee is a Nigerian rapper based in South Africa. His debut single, Rands and Nairas peaked at number 7 on South Africa’s official music chart. He co-founded an entertainment and clothing apparel company known as Teamtalkless.

His hit single, Rands and Nairas was released in 2013 and it featured a remix release in 2014 which had Ice Prince, AB Crazy, Anatii, Phyno, Cassper Nyovest and DJ Dimplez laying their vocals.
The three music artists are sure to bring unlimited entertainment and fun to the audience and viewers in Nigeria, Africa and across the world at the #BBNaija finale.

Catch Up On All Things #BBNaija 2017

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#BBNaija Day 75: DJ Xclusive For The Last Saturday Night Party

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The last #BBNaija Saturday Night party will see Superstar DJ, DJ Xclusive entertain the five remaining Housemates and get them dancing one last time in the House.

This #BBNaija season has seen a lot of superstar DJ’s entertaining the Housemates and viewers with an array of Nigerian music from different musical genres.

It has basically been eleven weeks of pumping parties with one superstar DJ after another, and even a jazz band behind the ones and twos.

They however do not come bigger than DJ Xclusive who joins a stellar cast of awesome DJ’s that have performed in #BBNaija as he aims to get all the Housemates dancing.

Born in the United Kingdom, DJ Xclusive moved first back to Nigeria to complete his schooling and then went back to the UK to complete his university studies.

Despite having an impressive academic background, DJ’ing is his first love and he will be showcasing his talents at the final Saturday Night Party.

DJ Xclusive started his DJ career way back in 2003 and in 2010 at the Nigeria Entertainment Awards, he won World Best DJ.

He is also the resident DJ for the radio station 96.9, CoolFM and the official DJ of Empire Mates Entertainment.

He is no stranger to the Big Brother House as he featured in the 2013 Big Brother House Party.

He has done a number of collaborations with both Nigerian and international music stars, including WizKid, Ne-Yo, Rihanna and Mario Winans.

His impressive CV makes him a heavy weight superstar DJ and someone who guarantees the Housemates and viewers a good time at the Party.

Debie-Rise and ThinTallTony ruled the Saturday Night Party with their crazy dance moves, making almost all the parties they’ve been in a memorable one for viewers.

With the #BBNaija Saturday Night party having a number of raucous, memorable and exciting moments, the final one is sure to end the show with a bang.

Catch Up On All Things #BBNaija 2017

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#BBNaija Day 75: DJ Xclusive For The Last Saturday Night Party

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The last #BBNaija Saturday Night party will see Superstar DJ, DJ Xclusive entertain the five remaining Housemates and get them dancing one last time in the House.

This #BBNaija season has seen a lot of superstar DJ’s entertaining the Housemates and viewers with an array of Nigerian music from different musical genres.

It has basically been eleven weeks of pumping parties with one superstar DJ after another, and even a jazz band behind the ones and twos.

They however do not come bigger than DJ Xclusive who joins a stellar cast of awesome DJ’s that have performed in #BBNaija as he aims to get all the Housemates dancing.

Born in the United Kingdom, DJ Xclusive moved first back to Nigeria to complete his schooling and then went back to the UK to complete his university studies.

Despite having an impressive academic background, DJ’ing is his first love and he will be showcasing his talents at the final Saturday Night Party.

DJ Xclusive started his DJ career way back in 2003 and in 2010 at the Nigeria Entertainment Awards, he won World Best DJ.

He is also the resident DJ for the radio station 96.9, CoolFM and the official DJ of Empire Mates Entertainment.

He is no stranger to the Big Brother House as he featured in the 2013 Big Brother House Party.

He has done a number of collaborations with both Nigerian and international music stars, including WizKid, Ne-Yo, Rihanna and Mario Winans.

His impressive CV makes him a heavy weight superstar DJ and someone who guarantees the Housemates and viewers a good time at the Party.

Debie-Rise and ThinTallTony ruled the Saturday Night Party with their crazy dance moves, making almost all the parties they’ve been in a memorable one for viewers.

With the #BBNaija Saturday Night party having a number of raucous, memorable and exciting moments, the final one is sure to end the show with a bang.

Catch Up On All Things #BBNaija 2017

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Wizkid, Davido & Olamide Feature In Wale’s New Album ‘Shine’ | See Tracklist

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Nigerian-American rapper – Wale Finally unveiled the tracklist, cover art, and release date for his most anticipated fifth studio album titled “Shine”.

The 14-track album has been set for a May 5, 2017 release date, and contains features from Nigerian superstar artists Davido, Olamide, Wizkid, Nigerian- Grenadian rapper Phil Ade, and other international artists including Lil Wayne, Gucci Mane, Dua Lipa, G-Eazy, J Balvin, Travis Scott, and Chris Brown.

Wale revealed the album cover was designed by Dedrick Strong aka artist VHS (who Wale described as being one of his “talented fans“).

“Shine” follows his 2015 “The Album About Nothing” released under Maybach Music Group and Atlantic Records.
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The lead single off the album ‘My PYT’ dropped in 2016 and was followed by ‘Running back’ featuring Lil Wayne.

Wale Folarin will be holding a US tour tagged “The Shine Tour” in May following the album release, hitting major US cities such as Houston, Chicago, Detroit and Atlanta, and will total 15 shows in all.

You can pre-order Shine on iTunes.

Wale’s Shine Tracklist
  1. “Thank God”
  2. “Running Back” (Feat. Lil Wayne)
  3. “Scarface Rozay Gotti”
  4. “My Love” (Feat. Major Lazer, WizKid & Dua Lipa)
  5. “Fashion Week” (Feat. G-Eazy)
  6. “Colombia Heights” (Te Llamo) [Feat. J Balvin]
  7. “CC White”
  8. “Mathematics”
  9. “Fish n Grits” (Feat. Travis Scott)
  10. “Fine Girl” (Feat. Davido & Olamide)
  11. “Heaven on Earth” (Feat. Chris Brown)
  12. “My PYT”
  13. “DNA”
  14. “Smile” (feat. Phil Adé & Zyla Moon)

Wale – “Shine” (Track-list Back-cover)

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Freeme Digital Presents ZoneOut Mixtape Vol1.

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13 is the Magic Number!
13 Mcs, 13 styles, 13 songs: all on one project!
FreeMe Digital presents: ZoneOut Mixtape Vol 1.

We have succeeded in pooling together 13 talented lyricists to create the first ever purely rap mixtape out of Naija!

Featuring impressive performances from recognized lyricists like Chinko Ekun, Boogey, Mz Kiss, John Networq and other talented MCs, the entire project is a testimony to the lyrical dopeness that Nigeria is capable of!

The project is a plethora of several unique styles and flavours, combining old-school delivery with new-school flow, all to give you an unforgettable experience.

If you’ve had any doubts about the future of rap in Nigerian Rap, we have 3 words: ZoneOut Mixtape Vol1.

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VIDEO: Emaé – Better

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Singer/Songwriter emaé returns with personal new song ‘Better’

Independent Scottish singer-songwriter emaé (pronounced em-may) is a feel good mix of soul-pop, with gospel undertones. Her debut single ‘Something Beautiful’ was released in 2015 and received critical acclaim all over the world. MTV The Wrap Up praised the record that ‘oozes confidence, honesty and a relatability that is rare for newcomers’; Soulbounce USA noting its ‘luscious vocals and sweet harmonies’. To accompany the track, emaé decided to release a cinematic music video, directed by Lee Jones (Jessie J, Tinie Tempah, Rita Ora) and shot by Sam Pearce (Kate Nash, Rizzle Kicks) which was featured on VEVO’s front page.

The following year, London-based artist emaé unveiled her acoustic EP ‘Imperfect Words’ (premiered by Afropunk) and a second single ‘Know You’. These two releases allowed her to keep the momentum going with support from BBC 6 Music and an opportunity to open for US artist Adia Victoria in the UK. Last year, emaé was nominated by Gospel Touch Music for the Critics Choice Awards. She also wrote and performed the soundtrack for motion picture ‘The Sunrise StoryTeller’ created by 18 year old, Canadian filmaker Kasha Slavner, to be premiered at the United Nations in March 2017.

2017 started on a high note for emaé as she has been hand picked as ‘One To Watch in 2017’ by MOBO Awards. emaé is excited to share ‘Better’ the first single off her highly anticipated debut album set to release later this year. Written and composed by emaé, ‘Better’ is a very personal song which showcases her honest, life-weathered songwriting. The raw emotion captured in her vocal performance showing us just one side of the artistry to be expected in her upcoming album. She explains “Better is the song for right now, it 100% reflects where I’ve been the last year and also where I’m going. It’s a song of resilience, confidence and certainty. It’s a song I’m extremely proud of.”

The soulful singer-songwriter teamed up with audio and mastering engineers Mark Allaway (Newton Faulkner, Jess Glynn) and Alex Balzama for the making of this song. The video was shot and edited by Joe Almond (Sofar Sounds). Better is now available on all digital and streaming platforms.

ENJOY!

 

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Film Review: Okafor’s Law

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In 2016, eight Nollywood films were selected to participate in the Lagos City to City spotlight, a non-competitive program of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) that seeks to uncover new film vistas from around the world. With Green White Green’s Abba T. Makama choosing to pursue less traditional methods of screening his film, Okafor’s Law written, produced and directed by Omoni Oboli,- she also stars in it,-  is the last of the TIFF eight to secure a wide release.

The wait for Okafor’s Law has been dramatic, marked heavily by controversy; something that is becoming somewhat of a trend with films directed by Omoni Oboli. A Canadian based writer, Jude Idada accused Ms Oboli of stealing his copyright and promptly directed his complaints to the courts. He also raised similar complaints about her directorial debut, 2014’s Being Mrs Elliot.

A Federal High court granted Oboli some reprieve on Thursday, 30, March, vacating an interim order earlier restraining the premiere and release of the film and Okafor’s Law opened the next day.

A romantic comedy on gender relations, Okafor’s Law is based on some belief of unclear origin, one that bases its conclusion on primal psychologic instincts; that a man who has been intimate with a woman and performed a good job of it, is always likely to score again later in life, regardless of the circumstances that enforced their parting of ways.

The premise might seem flimsy but such are the tropes that the romantic comedy genre has been forced to fall back on as fresher angles are continuously being sought for the same boy meets girl narratives.

Chuks Okafor aka Terminator, (Blossom Chukwujekwu) in keeping with his Don Juan profile, is a wealthy, bored bachelor who hedges a bet with his unconvinced friends, Chuks the Baptist (Gabriel Afolayan, inconsistent), and Chuks the Fox (Ken Erics, unimpressive). Okafor stakes some of his shares in the business they run together on his being able to prove that Okafor’s Law exists, by tracking three former conquests of his and bedding them (again) within three weeks.

The origin of this law isn’t quite verified but Oboli provides some historical context as narrated by her leading man. It makes little sense but a suspension of belief is required to appreciate the entirety of Okafor’s Law.

Blossom Chukwujekwu, with his masculine good looks and smooth charm makes for a suitable rom-com lead. He puts in decent enough work as the rascally Casanova, but he is constantly undercut by Oboli’s script that has nothing genuinely interesting for him to do beyond dishing out half-baked seduction lines. In more capable hands, his Okafor could have been a star-making turn, and a reference point for future actors cast in similar roles.

But the problem isn’t necessarily his. It’s all Omoni Oboli. As the star, writer, producer and director, the strengths and weaknesses must be placed squarely on her table. She uses her clout to gather the likes of Yinka Edwards and Pat Nebo for the lighting and production design but for some reason, the work of these masters barely register.

Oboli’s directing is rote and she just goes through the motions of her screenplay without bringing any flourish or interesting angles. Everything begins with the story and audiences would have been better rewarded if the legal drama surrounding Okafor’s Law was for a more worthy screenplay. This one holds no cinematic urgency and could have been written by a second year Theatre Arts student, for a departmental stage production.

Heavy on dialogue with mildly interesting twists, plus some genuine comic moments, the scenes lack punch and go on for lengthy moments only to lead nowhere fast. The entire film barely has the element of suspense and demands little in terms of engagement from the audience. beyond the visuals provided by pretty actors and prettier sets.

As the first of Okafor’s potential conquests, Oboli’s slightly unhinged sister Ejiro who turned to God after a humiliating encounter has a few interesting scenes but it is clear Oboli’s mind is preoccupied on other matters.

Toyin (Aimakhu) Abraham is miscast as an advertising high roller. She speaks in a smoky, seductive tone but isn’t nearly believable as a PR guru. Abraham is merely reciting her lines most of the time and the generic PR lingo she is fed, fails to convince of her authenticity. She enters familiar territory though when she lets it rip in her preferred Yoruba language.

Ufuoma McDermott is promising as the mysterious billionaire wife, Ify and is the only character on display that seems like she could interest the audience beyond the film’s running time. Speaking of, at almost two hours long, Okafor’s Law definitely overstays its welcome and would have benefited from the services of an editor with an eye on precision.

Sound issues crop up in scenes that play like the voices were dubbed atop the pictures, the plot occasionally dances on the edge and the actors could have been better handled to elicit more believable performances.

None can deny Oboli’s tenacity but hard work and grit alone never did a decent movie make. Taking on all of these responsibilities may be admirable but for everyone’s sake (including hers,) perhaps Ms Oboli needs to shed some weight.

Plenty weight actually.

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Hot Shots! Day 2 Of Yemi Alade’s Paris Takeover, Ahead Of Her Concert At Le Trianon

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Cop a gander of Yemi Alade as she takes over Paris for the second day; just before she kicks off her world tour with a concert at the Le Trianon this Friday.

The Effyzzie Music singer continued sight seeing and visiting various media houses to dish on thew tour, her new single “Charliee, fashion and more.

Check out some pictures from Day 2 of the Paris leg of the #MamaAfrica world tour.

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B.T.S Video & Photos: Squeeze Tarela – Bend

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​Go behind the scenes of Squeeze Tarela’s music video for his dance-hall smash “Bend”. The Rebel Movement/Just Jojo Entertainment artiste enlisted the services of Paul Gambit to create the visual of the JayPaulBeatz produced smash.

Yemi Alade, Selebobo, Charles “Igwe Tupac” Okocha, Geniuzz, Soti, Slizzy E and more; were spotted on the set of the music video.

Check out footage and photos from the shoot!

 

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Gorgeous Adunni Ade Speaks On Life As A Single Parent, Finding Love and More In Latest Issue Of Motherhood In-Style Magazine

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Multi-talented actress, Adunni Ade and her handsome sons, 9-year-old D’Marion and 5-year-old Ayden, are the cover stars for the latest issue of Motherhood In-Style Magazine.

In this exclusive interview with MIM, Adunni puts away the entertainer we already love and let’s us see the person we hardly know.

Adunni Ade: The tenacious and hardworking mum

Adunni Ade: The tenacious and hardworking mum

She opens up on life as a single parent, how she disciplines, why she quit America’s Next Top Model and details of her personal challenges she has never shared before.

Read some excerpts from the interview:

Would you like to share why you are not with the father of your children?

“Well, I just had to make that decision though it took me a long time to realise or stop lying to myself that it was never going to work out even though I tried as much as I could. I just decided that what’s best for me is to walk away and still be here and be with my kids and still have the opportunity of being the best mother possible, so yeah, I had to make that decision. It was really tough, it was really painful; I think that hurt me the most out of anything that I have ever been through in my life, walking away was the hardest thing to do.”

Were you married and how long were you together?

“Well, we were never married. We were together for 8 years but in the state of Kentucky, it’s a common wealth state and common wealth state is if you live together for a long period of time you might as well be considered married but on paper, no, never been married before.”

Suffering from depression as a result of her troubled relationship, an emotional Adunni told us how fear of losing her life, leaving her kids and professional intervention helped to get her through.

She says, “I think the major thing that got me through was the fear that somebody else would raise my children if I sat in that relationship, that was the scariest thing for me, that my kids would see somebody else as their mother. Depression is no joke. A lot of people in this country, Nigeria, don’t want to admit that depression is an illness. People don’t know the extent to which it affects the mind.

“Not a lot of people know this; in the past I have tried to commit suicide because it was just too much, just too much for me but I guess God loves me enough to still keep me here.

Nigeria is idealistic in terms of marriage and how things should be, how have you coped, moving back to Nigeria to live in this society as a single mum?

“Well, even before I moved back I definitely didn’t like placing myself in that ‘single mother’ status. I’m a parent. Yes, it takes two to become a parent but hey, when it’s one, let that one do the best they can. Now, how I have been able to cope in Nigeria? The same way I was able to cope in the States, doing it all by myself. I am truly happy that I experienced certain things over there in the States. If I had experienced those things here in Nigeria, I probably would have just killed myself long time ago because this country is tough. But as tough as this country and its people are, I’m also a tough cookie and I never give up. If I set my mind to do something, regardless of what it is, I will get it done. The time for myself is gone, when you have kids it’s not about you anymore, it becomes about the other lives that you have brought into this world so my main focus, my main goal is about my children and they have been my drive and my motivation from day one.”

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Let’s Celebrate Yaw And Lolo1 As Del’B Meets Media

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The 11th edition of Nigerian Media Professionals monthly interactive dinner celebrates ‘Two Outstanding Media Personalities’ this April as Jenifa Diary actress Omotunde David aka “ADAKU” (Lolo1 of Wazobia FM) and Actor/Comedian Steve Onu (Yaw of Wazobia FM) set to be honored this Sunday April 9th.

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Also focusing on Music Production as one of Nigerian music producer, Del’B set to talk everything about music production with the media. For the month of April, let’s discuss the brains behind sounds, let’s talk music production with Del’B!

‘Meets Media’ is a monthly interactive dinner and networking circle for Media Professionals mainly from Nigeria.

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Lolo1 of Wazobia FM Meets Media

The platform creates an enabling environment for communication and marketing professionals to interact with leading media organizations on how their respective companies/organizations work.

Also gives opportunity for Brands, Politicians, Actors, Musicians others to interact and share information with the media on their respective projects, achievements, ambitions and other topical issues.

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Yaw of Wazobia FM Meets Media

Activities to feature on the three hour interactive dinner will include overview of Del’B and his recently released singles with Nigerian top stars.

April edition of  ‘Meets Media’ networking and interactive dinner event is scheduled to happen Sunday 9th, 2017 from 6PM to 8PM Nigeria time at The Emperor’s Place, #32b Ologun Agbaje off Adeola Odeku, Victoria Island, Lagos Nigeria.

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Julius Agwu Talks About His Near Death Experience, Says His Late Father Told Him To Go Back

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In an interview with Inspaya TV, veteran comedian, Julius Agwu revealed how he faced death while dealing with tumors in his brain.

Speaking publicly for the first time about his ordeal in the interview which also featured his wife, Ebere and elder sister, Theresa Agwu, he explained how his late father who died in 2002 told him to come back to the world.

It was also revealed that after several seizures, the comic actor had stopped moving and everyone thought he was dead with the doctor already planning to move him to the morgue before he suddenly started moving.

Julius Adwu underwent a successful brain tumor surgery at the Park Plaza Hospital, Houston, USA.

See the interview below

 

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Frustrated Fan Pens Extremely Emotional Open Letter To Dremo

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Dear Dremo,
I know you probably hear this every day, but I’m your biggest fan, I haven’t heard a thing or two from you. Guess the richer, the poorer. Account fat now, you poor on content. Thought you were the truth, was hoping you would change up the game as OBO said you would, guess he told a lie on you. I saw you made the Artiste to Watch on tooXclusive, MTV Base, NotJustOk and other lists. Top 10 list my ass. I can relate to what you’re saying in your songs.
So when I have a shitty day, I drift away anticipating the making of the best Afro-Trap MC. But It’s kind of fucked up you’re letting the fame get to your head. What is stopping you from dropping a single? Heard your freestyle on ‘Dat way’ and ‘Bigger meat’. We want the real deal. It’s pretty fucked up man. You are like the guy who could save another talented guy from the streets. But didn’t. Indulging the complacency mindset, knowing that you’re good but being lazy. It’s crazy how creative you are. What happened to the fire burning on your inside just after the signing of your contract with songs like ‘back to back’, ‘ole’. ‘ojere’ and even ‘Normal level’? What happened to your creative posts on Snapchat? What happened to the songs we hear on snap chat?   What happened to Yakiru, Mr Talented? What happened to the YAK merchandise? What happened to Dremo?
You have had more than enough time to settle into the industry given the scarce opportunity to be under a huge platform. I hope you can’t sleep and you dream about where and how it all started. Only advise is, drop a hit song and that just might be your great come back.
Anyways, I hope you get this.
Your Biggest Fan!

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Yemi Alade Takes Over Paris, Ahead Of Her Concert At Le Trianon

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Africa’s music belle, Yemi Alade and her praised Ova Sabi band arrived Paris, France yesterday to kick off her “Mama Africa World Tour”.

The award winning diva starts the tour with a concert happening on the 7th of April, 2017 at Le Trianon. Ahead of the event, the “Taking Over Me” singer took over the city as she went sight seeing and embarked on a media tour, followed by a press conference where she dished to journalists what to expect when she fills up the venue come Friday.

Miss Alade also confirmed that she will be releasing her anticipated single “Charliee” on the same day and promised to deliver a performance like no other.

You can check out the pictures from Day 1 of the Paris stop of the #MamaAfrica world tour below.

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Nigerian, Mo Adeniran Wins Season 6 Of The Voice UK

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Mo Adeniran, a 21-year-old Nigerian has emerged as the winner of The Voice UK Season 6.

Mo, who was coached by Jennifer Hudson won the competition over fellow contestants, Michelle John, Welsh two-man singing group; Into the Ark and Jamie Miller who was also on Jennifer Hudson’s team.

Mo looked on in shock as he was announced as the winner and his Oscar award winning coach ran to the stage to hug him visibly overrun with emotions.

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“Thank you everyone at home, I just want to say thank you to Jennifer and all the coaches. An amazing thank you to the most phenomenal person I have ever met, thank you Jennifer,” He said.

Mo made his way to the title with flawless performances of Iron Sky by Paolo Nutini and Unsteady by X Ambassadors. His performance of Unsteady had his coach struggling to hold back her emotions as she told him teary-eyed “Mo, we feel your heart”. The other coaches as well commended his performance with English musician and The voice coach, Gavin Rossdale adding “You have the voice of a generation”

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As winner of The Voice UK, Mo has won a record deal with Polydor Records.

 

 

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