Over a decade after he registered his name on the minds of many in Nigeria as a gospel act, Dare Melody has continued to make waves. The man, whose real name is Damilare David Odunuga, told Adedayo Odulaja that listening to Nigerian gospel greats like Ayewa International and the Ayo Ni O Band inspired him to take music serious as a young man.
What would you say has been the sustaining power ensuring the Dare Melody brand is still achieving success over the years?
It might sound cliché but my sustaining power has been God. That is what it is basically.
Did you expect this level of success when you started out and what inspired your genre of music?
Honestly, I never believed that I would be where I am today. Regarding inspiration, I depend solely on God. When I was in school I loved to sing, but my parents didn’t support me.
They simply didn’t want to hear about it. Sometimes when I listened to gospel artistes like Ayewa International and the Ayo Ni O Band, I felt the urge to sing. I had the dream of being a successful musician but my family, especially my dad and mum, didn’t support the idea.
You are saying you defied your parents and went ahead even when they didn’t support?
Yes I did. The decision to continue with my passion led to the production of my first album titled Damilare. It was an album which had a lot of meaning to me because I was asking God to vindicate me. A lot of people felt it was just the title of an album but for me, it was far deeper than that.
What were the reactions of your parents when you released your first album?
My mum was very disappointed when she heard that I went ahead to become a musician. She told me I was too stubborn because I went ahead to do music despite the fact that I had been forbidden from doing it.
She wondered how the son of a Chartered Accountant would embarrass the family by deciding that he wanted to be a musician. My parents didn’t support me at all, but I thank God that I survived the ordeal.
Was your second album a confirmation that you had made up your mind to sing?
Indeed it was. At that point, I had done Damilare through which I asked God to vindicate me. With my second album titled Omo Alade Ogo, it was a confirmation that a glorious child had arrived.
From there, there was no looking back as I subsequently released my third album, Adaba Shiloh and the fourth, Eleti Gbaroye. Of course I went on to release other albums, with the fifth album titled Goodness and Mercy while the sixth was Oba Iyanu. Presently, I have concluded work on my seventh album which I am planning to release soon.
So at what point did your parents change their mind about your choice of career?
If you recall, I told you that I am a survivalist. The moment the first album was released, it became a massive success. The album was loved in every part of Nigeria.
It wasn’t a case of the people in the South West loved it; no, it was popular in all nook and cranny of Nigeria. That became the turning point for me, so much so that my mother began to introduce herself as the mother of Dare Melody. That is why I said that I am a survivalist and I give God all the glory.
In the past, music was considered a career for charlatans but of course the orientation has changed. What has music contributed to your life?
Music has indeed done a lot for me. I have achieved a lot as a musician. To start with, my first daughter is currently living in America. I have travelled to a lot of countries through music.
You will be amazed if I tell you some countries where my fans are demanding to see me perform. Places like Cairo in Egypt, which is known to be a predominantly Muslim country, places like the Philippines, there are some Yoruba people there and they want to see me perform live.
Who are the people you consider your contemporaries in the music terrain?
I don’t consider anybody a contemporary. Rather, I’d call them my colleagues. I am talking about people like Evangelist Lanre Atorise, Seyi Alapanla and Omo Abule among others.
Has being a member of Cherubim & Seraphim Ayo Ni (C&S) aided your career?
Of course it has. They have helped my career, both individually and collectively. There is a certain woman called Mummy Ogunyoye, I lost that woman some weeks back. She passed on about three weeks ago. She was always there for me both spiritually and physically. I will always be proud of white garment churches because it is my foundation. I am from C&S Ayo Ni Movement.
Do you produce songs for C&S members or members of white garment churches?
I was going to clarify that. I don’t make my music for members of white garment churches alone. My music cuts across all denominations. People from Redeemed Christian Church, Christ Apostolic Church, Winners, Celestial Church and other Pentecostal churches also know me and they listen to my music but I am from C&S.
What inspired the title of your latest album, From Grass to Grace?
Honestly, it is a continuation of the story. I never knew that I would be this successful; I never knew I would be this great. People didn’t want me to sing but I continued, I worked harder every day, I prayed and today I give God all the glory because I have survived.
What has been your guiding principle?
Basically, it’s the decision to be focused. In all I do I try to be focused. I try to stay away from things that could stain me. It is not by my power or might; it’s been God.
How many tracks do you have in the new album?
It’s a three-track album without collaborations.
Grass to Grace implies that you have found fulfillment. Are you fulfilled?
Yes I am. I told you that I am a survivalist. I never thought that I would be where I am today. Everybody wants to see and listen to Dare Melody both home and abroad. I am happy about that and I tell you that is fulfilling.
How do you hope to replicate the success of Damilare with your latest album?
You can’t compare one album with the other. If you listen to Damilare, you won’t be able to compare it with Alade Ogo. The same applies if you compare Goodness and Mercy with any of my other albums. So this album is a very unique one, it is very special. It is a great work of art.
What is the peculiarity running through all your albums?
The fact is that if you listen to any of my albums you will find a song you can relate with. If you pick Damilare, you will find a song on the album which is almost an album on its own.
Let’s talk about your 20 years on stage celebration It has not been easy but we are grateful to God.
We thank God for people who came. People like the Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Idiat Oluranti Adebule, Kemi Nelson, Tayo Ayinde Akinmade, Engineer Toyin Omotosho and others at the event.
We also had the honour of some popular pastors and musicians who came to celebrate with Dare Melody. It was a multifaceted event because we also launched DM Multimedia Studio on that day.
It’s actually Dare Melody Multimedia Studio but we shortened it to DM Multimedia Studio. We also launched a Child Support Foundation for widows out there.
How much of support will you be providing for young artistes with the new studio?
Up and coming artistes can come and work on their albums there. They can work on a per section basis but to encourage them, they will get a discount.
With many of your dreams coming to pass, do you have any yet unfulfilled dream?
I am planning to be a Pastor. However, this is still a dream; it is not something for now. That is also why I worked hard for this album because it is not easy. Hopefully, it will be soon.
Tell us about your fashion ideology.
I love to project my culture. I love natives. I have them in different designs. If you see my posters or you visit my Facebook account you will see what I am trying to say. I love to wear Agbada.
In the past I used to think that it was inconveniencing, but I have found out that it was a really good costume. For my footwear I like Giuseppe Zanotti designs.
Ex-beauty queen, Stephanie Cole, delves into fashion
Ex Nigerian beauty queen, Stephanie Cole, has added yet another niche to her towering brand as she recently delved into the fashion business. ‘DVNX FIT Limited’, a unisex fashion brand, that caters to all body sizes and shapes. The graduate of International Studies and Diplomacy from the University of Benin revealed that her love for fashion and the quest to always appear dapper inspired her to own a fashion brand.
She said: “One unique thing that set us apart is the fact that we cater all body sizes as this is not usually common in a typical Nigeria fashion brand where they only provide outfits for the slim body type leaving out the curvy ones’ with DVNX Fit limited, we appreciate all body types and the more reason why our clientele are both sexes.”
Speaking about life as a beauty queen, Stephanie noted that in 2011, she won the Sisi Oge Cultural Beauty Pageantry after which she contested for the Face of the World Nigeria in 2014 and emerged winner. She represented Nigeria at the Face of the World International, Birmingham, UK and emerged winner as well. Recounting her story to stardom, she said; “Life as a beauty queen has not been all rosy at times; there were challenging moments, which I never allowed to slow me down and they were moments I felt like I still wanted to do more pet projects that these beauty pageant platforms had bestowed upon me. For instance, it was as a result of one of my pet projects that I established my first business, Divanexie Signatures’ in 2012, an interior decoration and general supplies company.”
Interestingly, Stephanie is an actor, commercial model, AutoCAD & Archicad professional and one of the brains behind a non-governmental organisation; Women for Leadership and Development Initiative- a movement meant to help in reducing women vulnerability and dependency in all spheres of life, to motivate and develop women by promoting their participation in all areas and sectors, to build stronger economies, improve their quality of life and bring gender equality with equal amount of opportunities.
My movie, You and I, almost sent me to early grave –Saheed Balogun
Ace actor and filmmaker, Saheed Balogun, remains an interviewers’ delight any day. The respected thespian in this interview with LANRE ODUKOYA addressed nagging issues plaguing the movie industry, rested the age-long feud between him and his ex-wife, Faithia Williams and recounted how piracy almost cost him his life.
Congratulations will be in order for a thespian like you who has been around for over three decades, what has been staying power?
In all honesty, there’s absolutely nothing keeping me but God. It’s the God factor and this glory isn’t one I can share. He gives me inspiration all the time and He abides with me through every assignment commissioned.
At some point you became a trendsetter; you were the first person to produce a two-member cast movie; you produced all Caucasian movie which starred only you as the black in the project and a few other novel ideas that people celebrated. What happened to your trend-setting agendum?
The all Caucasian movie you spoke about was titled ‘You or I’ and it was after that project that I decided to take a break as I was no longer sure of where the industry was heading. I cannot live fake life to impress anyone. It doesn’t make sense for me to make N50million and start creating the impression with people that I’ve made N500million. I’m just taking a deserved break for a little longer before I know my next move.
How was the experience commercially?
That movie was the project that set me back terribly. After spending millions touring four countries, spending money, traveling with a crew and so on, it got pirated. That experience almost sent me to early grave because my account was empty, I was almost running mad because there was nobody to help. So, after that, I decided to take everything easy.
How did you waltz out of that despair?
It’s God in capital letters. It’s only because He said, “son, you still have a mission” and I said okay, ‘you’re not a man that you should lie.’
Are you working on any movie project at all?
Yes, I’m working on a small movie now titled ‘White.’ The movie just basically tells you that whatever you teach your children is a lead and may save you in the future.
You no longer feature in most commercial movies unlike before. Is there a drought of scripts coming your way?
On the contrary, the scripts are coming and I check them, it’s just that we tell the same story in 15 ways. Well, I may start considering some scripts and give them a shot. But you see I’m not comfortable with repeating the same thing and I see new guys coming up too. So, I said let me take a little break and see what these guys have got.
Nobody can tell Saheed Balogun’s story like you’d do yourself; how did you feel the first time ever that you’d appear before the camera?
Was it a feeling of excitement, did you fidget- what really was the experience like? I remember very well how the passion was all over me and I almost overacted. That’s more than 30 years. It was all TV series then in Lagos and back in Ilorin. There were no home videos then. with the advent of home videos, I did Ori Apere, City Girls, Omo Daddy and many others. But I was like a lion then always ready to roar.
Is there a time you can really call a career-defining moment in your foray into professional acting?
I’d alw a y s give i t t rin where everybody knew me as Mallam Mai Suya. I was on TV and I kept thanking God, but I was looking for the national attention then. I came to the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and Hajia Hawau was the writer of Winds of Destiny and they were doing marathon auditions. I came for the first to the fourth round of audition. Ahmed Adio just held my hand said let’s go. The guy who was doing the auditions kept saying there were too many people here, but Adio insisted that even if it was one scene, they should give me and they would never regret. So, the way I did just that one episode got the attention of the Director General of NTA who asked how come you assigned this guy to just one episode? The role was so brief that it was about 55 seconds. In the play, they were supposed to give me a wife but they didn’t. I came in, threw my lines to everybody and angrily left. The man was highly impressed at the dexterity of my acting and he exclaimed- who is this guy who spat this fire and you said he appeared only in one scene? No way! So, the guy who was supposed to play Mallam Buka was in Jos and had become too busy, they were to shoot second episode, they waited for him because they were to shoot on Sunday, he didn’t come on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Dan Emene just said, let’s give this guy a trial; can you play Mallam Buka? I answered in the affirmative. They just gave me the turban, Dan Emene, then left and was at one corner thinking of what to do, he then heard the voice of a guy and said, okay, maybe Saheed shouldn’t do the role, the guy who spoke just now should be allowed to try it. They said no, the voice was Mr. Saheed’s. He said the same Saheed? We have a cast already. And that was how I made the first national limelight because everybody was always waiting for my part every Sunday.
Could you recall any experience when you wished you were never an actor?
After enjoying the glitz of limelight, there was a day we had a little argument and I opened a newspaper and saw that I had been written about as a woman beater. They said I fought and beat the lady in question on Sunday. It was the same lady that was alleged to have been beaten that found the paper and brought it to me. She said your friend wrote this about us? And people started calling from right, left and centre. I was shocked and embarrassed. It was there and then the same lady and I went about explaining to people that what was reported about us never happened. At a point, I parked my car at a junction and asked myself- can I at least look for another job to do apart from acting? I looked at the paper then and what I saw about myself was the first man to produce the first two-cast movie in Africa, the first to do all-Ankara wearing movie and so on. Is this how I’m going to be celebrated? I felt like quitting. It was then that the late Adunni Bankole and Remi Adiukwu-Bakare sat me down and told me, ‘son, in life there’s always a storm, the ability to weather it and not chicken out is what makes you a man. Are you a man or a woman?’ I said I was a man and they said, then you have to get going. They asked me what my next project was and I responded that I was going to do an all Caucasian movie where I would be the only black character and they gave me the encouragement to go ahead
Social media does almost in equal measure, good and bad, to those who throw up their all on the platform. What’s your take posting all one’s achievements on the social media platforms?
I’m just going to advise that people should be very careful because 40 years after, internet will never forget. It will bring history back. So, we should be what we say to promote ourselves. I also go once in a while to the social media to do stuffs, but these days, it’s sad that it’s killing the creativity of youths. Many of them waste time there doing nothing really profitable. Social media is fun but it can also be the highest form of distraction. If you see the white man, he can use a phone for five years, it’s mostly black people that keep changing phones now and again. The seriously developing countries trying to get away from the third world countries first ban all these distractions because they’re striving to meet the super world powers. In North Korea, you don’t even mess around there as small as they are. That’s why they are mighty. It’s a total distraction and it’s affecting our youths adversely. You’d even see some of our musicians messing up the whole place with bad music they churn out.
For the first time in a long time, you and your ex-wife, Faithia Williams, agreed to act together even as a couple in a movie. Many had thought since your marital squabbles were unresolved you would never even see eyeball to eyeball. Are you back as husband and wife?
We have settled, we shot a movie, please move to the next question.
The next question is that are you back as husband and wife after the long fight?
I insist that I don’t want any family related questions. Move or we’d stop the interview. I have a son, we have children that are reading, it’s my private life. Next question please. If you ask family question I’d stand up from here.
Okay, let’s discuss your movie project… Fantastic!
I have about three to four street movies, but these days I want to call myself to order on the street thing, because there’s a lot of things going on in the society. The current one I’m doing is titled ‘White’ and I want to do another one that will be titled ‘Whose Fault’. This revolution we’re screaming shouldn’t happen after the election. Like the movie I’m doing, ‘Whose Fault,’ my idea of revolution there is; ‘don’t collect rice, money or anything at all from politicians before voting them into power’. If you want to contest, we should ask you where you are coming from, why do you want to contest, what do you have to offer?’ Once we hear your story and see you can’t really solve the problems you meet on ground, we’d kick. And if we vote you into power and you start messing up, we’d revolt again. People collected so much from politicians and the wrong people got elected into office. I can’t start crying over spilt milk. In the movie, the message is for the society. I did one movie titled ‘Scourge,’ the story was to discourage our youths from drug abuse. We should begin to find ways forward for our dear nation, we have nowhere else to call home.
Well, one would think because of the monumental loss you suffered after your movie was pirated, by now you should consider the commercial viability of any other work you do…
Since people have been in that National Assembly, what bills have they passed to prevent piracy and protect the movie industry? Tourism and cultural exchange can fetch us a lot more than oil and gas. They say that in 2040, we’d move away from oil and will start using alternative power, where is the structure we have to ensure that happens here in Nigeria? But you’ve had a few colleagues in the state and national assemblies. You’ve had Rotimi Makinde in the House of Representatives; couldn’t he have lent a voice? Structuring of the entertainment industry has got to happen at the federal level. But Rotimi Makinde was in the committee for petroleum. If you are not in a committee that oversees a particular segment you can hardly influence anything. You can only suggest and if you talk too much they’d ask you to mind what your committee is saddled with. He tried, but a tree cannot make a forest. This man came and screamed to us, he gave us names and he was the first person to come and tell us, stop marching in your states. These are not state laws, we’re waiting for you in Abuja. But the people who were challenged to do the march, did we go? We’re here waiting for one Jesus to come and solve our problem.
If you were not an actor, what else do you think you would have done successfully in life?
I would have been a preacher of God’s words.
As a Christian or a Muslim?
I can be anyone propagating the gospel of God Almighty.
As a Christian or a Muslim?
I can be anyone propagating the gospel of God Almighty.
I’VE BEEN LUCKY BUT SEXUAL HARASSMENT EXISTS IN NOLLYWOOD –ENO UDO
Nollywood actress, Eno Udo, has been in the Nigerian movie industry for more than a decade. Boasting beauty, talent and tenacity, the Akwa Ibom State indigene spoke to ADEDAYO ODULAJA on issues in the make-believe industry and how she plans to navigate her way in the industry.
Apart from being an actress, do you do anything else like many of your colleagues?
Yes. I am also an event planner and caterer and I guess being involved in running other businesses as such make me a businesswoman.
How are you able to manage the tasking job of acting which could take you away for days and weeks at times?
Everything has to be scheduled, once I have a job, I tried to adjust to it. I have my team, if I have a job I may ask one of my team members to go. I may not go for other things apart acting, so I don’t work alone I have workers that work with me, so they will attend to others thing I could not attend to, but if it is the same thing I can do at the same time then I will do it
Apart from Family Ties and Tears of a Mother, which other movies have you acted in due to your ability to act in both Yoruba and English movies?
I have been acting in English movies for about a decade and half now. I have acted in drama series referred to as soaps such as Death Warrant, Family Ties, Moments and Life’s Secrets. I have also acted in movies like Dignity, Tears of a Mother of course and others that are not out yet. I am going into the Yoruba movie sector now and I have a Yoruba movie I am going to shoot very soon, which will be my first. The movie is also billed to feature a number of big names including actors like Antar Laniyan and some others whose names I cannot mention for now. The director that is going to work on the project, Oscar, is a popular figure known for having directed Funke Akindele’s movies. I was impressed with what I saw of him, the way he directs and his works, so, I see him as a very good director. The location will be right here in Lagos. So, I am looking forward to it all with excitement.
This means you have not acted in any Yoruba before right?
I have not, but I have acted with some of the Yoruba actors many times, like Yemi Fash-Lanso, Oga Bello, Eniola Badmus, Sukanmi Omobolanle, the son of Pappy Luwe. I have acted with all the popular actors in Adebayo family except Femi Adebayo. I have worked with Yewande Adekoya when she was acting in English movies before she switched to Yoruba movies. I started acting in 2006 with the likes of Damola Olatunji.
In terms of taking it beyond being a hubby, when precisely did you start acting?
I started professionally when I was in secondary school, precisely in SS2. It was very challenging for me, that was the year 2000, but I joined Yoruba sector in 2006. This is how I started but I had to go to Ilorin for my tertiary education. By the time I came back after my OND and HND in Business Administration, things have changed a lot but now I am back fully. So I started writing scripts in primary six but that was on an amateur level. We wanted to have a performance for a graduating set and I came up with a script and the entire school loved it. The headteacher later called my class teacher to commend who in turn told her I wrote the script and it started from there.
What’s the story behind your fluency in Yoruba although you are from Akwa Ibom?
There is no big deal about that; I was born and bred in Lagos and that has helped me in my career.
Could you mention some of the individuals you look up to in the industry?
I like originality, kudos to the ogas at the top and of course Aunty Joke Silva. She is one person I have always prayed to work with, let me say she is a very natural actress and when it comes to originality, she is there. Ayo Mogaji is another actress I look up to and I will also like to act alongside her. When it comes to producers, I will love to work with Emem Isong, not because she is from Akwa Ibom but because her movies are good and they speak for themselves. I like her originality. In the Yoruba movie setting, Odunlade Adekola is famous for being original and we can’t but talk about Jide Kosoko, Anta Laniyan and others.
How do you see the industry and what plans do you have to crack the top?
The industry is very tough as you know, and I think in Nigeria we don’t respect people according to their talents. It is only when a producer knows you, that is when you can be given a role or thereabout but I am trying to bring my best in all the jobs I do and I pray and hope that somebody will see me for that. I am trying to work with producers that are talented that are well known in the industry that when I work with them once or twice I can be sighted. For now I don’t bring money to what I do, not that I don’t like money but because I want my hard work to speak for me so when they call me for location I don’t care how much they will pay, I dash off immediately because I know when I get to the top , it will all balance out.
Would you say the sex-for-roles issue still happens in Nollywood or not?
The truth is that it happens, I have to be very sincere. Some producers will demand your body or sleep with you before they will even give you a role but in some cases it is not. The truth about it is that everybody has matured. They might give you a role but as an adult then come for you for a date so it is left for you to either accept or reject. But some are stubborn, if you tell them no, that is where your career will end. On my own part, I have been fortunate to meet female producers. After I completed my Higher National Diploma, I came back to Lagos, the producers I have been meeting have been so pleasant, including my present producer. I have done more than twenty scenes with him and he has never acted towards that. It also depends on how you present yourself, if you look desperate and let them believe you have what you want to give to them as in your body they will collect it from you, but when you go to them and let them know you have this talent. But some of them want to be a star but they don’t have the talent, but when you have the talent, the charisma even the producer will not allow you to go because they knew you can be a brand for them.
Phyno, Kcee, Onyeka Onwenu mesmerize fans at Hi-Life Fest finale
Three of Nigeria’s biggest entertainers namely; Onyeka Onwenu, Phyno and KCee, graced the finale of Hi-Life Fest 2019, days ago. After three months of sensational music performances across South-East Nigeria, Hi-Life Fest finally reached an epic crescendo last Sunday. All the four finalists brought their A-game on to stake their claim on the grand prize. Frank Onyeka, Chimaroke Chimex, Chijioke Charles, and Umunnukwe Nwanja are some of the most talented budding highlife talents in Nigeria and it was a stunning showpiece, watching the guys literally locking horns to carry the day.
The night was full of sensational performances by the contestants as well as the guest artistes, which included veteran singer – Onyeka Onwenu, the Limpopo master – KCEE, and indigenous rapper and brand ambassador – Phyno.
These superstars were not the only artistes to grace the stage as the previous winners of Hi-Life Fest took the stage to delight the guests in attendance. Chibest David and Dons Ifeanyi provided the perfect precedent for the night as their performances reminded all in attendance of the immense talent of these young Highlife musicians. Kicking off the guest performances on the night was KCEE. The mesmeric singer showed just why he is a fans’ favourite in the East with some impeccable stagecraft.
Following up his performance was veteran singer, Onyeka Onwenu. Onyeka once again proved her legendary status with a performance, which was full of zest and some sultry singing. It was truly a sight to behold.
Wrapping up the night was Phyno. The multitalented rapper rounded off the night with a track-list of all his chart-topping singles. His performance was practically a sing-along with the fans, as both he and the guests in attendance had the time of their lives during his powerful performances. While all the side-attractions were quite remarkable, the night belonged to the winners in both the dance and music category. Ofu Obi dance troupe walked home with N2 million, while Chijioke Charles earned the mouth-watering sum of N5 million.
It remains impossible to imagine a more exciting conclusion to the 2019 edition of Hi-Life Fest while it will be exciting to see how the talents, which have emerged from this platform continue to further their crafts and become remarkable stars.
Toyin Lawani again! Vows to marry three men at 40
Brazen celebrity clothier, Toyin Lawani, who set the internet on fire weeks ago has been in the news again, and expectedly so, for the weird reason. The sassy queen of the glam has questioned why men are free to marry more than one wife but society frowns on women doing same.
In a recent post shared on Instagram, the mother of two promised that she would marry three men at once when she clocks 40. Toyin, who is known to always speak her mind, stated that she will build different houses for her three husbands and choose who will share her bed each night. She has since set tongues wagging with her post on practicing polyandry, alien to the black race.
BBNaija’s Alex parts ways with management team
A finalist of the Big Brother Naija 2018, Alex, said that she had parted ways with Naoma da Agency, the team that has been managing her brand for a while. In a post on Instagram, Alex said she would no longer be represented by the agency owned by a socialite known as Naomi The Boss.
“All bookings and inquiries about ALEX UNUSUAL henceforth should kindly be directed to the contact details in my bio as @naomadagency and it’s representatives are no longer my management team,” Alex, who was romantically linked with then fellow housemate, Tobi, wrote.
Her ties with Tobi was the reason Alex faced hostility from Cee- C during their time in the house, with Cee-C later revealing that she had wanted Tobi, who featured in Kunle Afolayan’s latest movie titled: Mokalik, all to herself.
Wearetobeknownas DaddyandMummy Ire–ToyinAbraham
A week after the birth of her son was announced, Nollywood actress, Toyin Abraham, has announced the name the baby boy will be called. In an Instagram post on Thursday, the controversial actress formerly married to fellow actor, Adeniyi Johnson, disclosed that her son would be called Ire.
“We are super grateful for the love, care and gifts we have gotten since the arrival of our baby, IRE. The love has been surreal, the care has been enormous and the gifts keep coming. I pray that God will reward us all for all you did for us. He will pay you all back for the love care and gifts. We will all continue to rejoice for the rest of the Year.
DADDY AND MUMMY IRE,” she wrote. Toyin A and her new husband, Kolawole Ajeyemi, who is also an actor, who welcomed the bundle of joy Wednesday last week, added that the naming ceremony of their baby would be held in London later in the days ahead.
Davido revels in performing at 50 Cent’s double events in US
As a follow up to some of his posts urging people to keep their dreams alive, Nigerian music superstar, Davido, has stated his belief that dreams come true when they are not allowed to die. On Wednesday, the 26-year-old boss of music imprint, Davido Music Worldwide, took to social media with the message:
“Dreams do come true for real!!!!!” And in another video post hours after performing at the premiere of the 50 Cent-produced hit TV series, Power, at Madison Square Garden, New York, Davido had joked that 44-year-old rapper and actor, 50 Cent, owes him some money, writing: “Tell @50cent he owe (sic) me money. !!!!! Love big bro! And congrats on the new season of POWER!!! Over the weekend, Davido had performed at the Tycoon Pool Party hosted by 50 Cent in New Jersey, thrilling the audience which included music heavyweights such as: Trey Songz, Fabolous, Snoop Dogg, Camila, Don Q, Jacquees, YFN Lucci, and Jacques with hit songs like “If” and “Fall”.
Davido, whose recent collaboration with American music star, Chris Brown, has garnered a whopping 10milion views in just three weeks after release, first met the New York rapper a few years ago. Since then, they have been pictured together at least three different times.
Davido reacts after FIRS included label in tax defaulters’ list
It seems Nigerian music superstar, Davido, was more amused than furious upon learning of the inclusion of his music label, Davido Music Worldwide Ltd., on the list of tax defaulters in Nigeria. The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) published the list on its website on Monday, with newspapers flaunting the reports in the days that followed.
Included in the list containing 19,901 consolidated tax defaulters are Obasanjo Farms, owned by ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo, Iyiola Omisore & Par owned by former Deputy Governor of Osun State, Iyiola Omisore and Davido Music Worldwide, which is placed in the 2,387th spot on the list. In a tweet reacting to the list on Wednesday, Davido quoted a report by Sahara Reporters on the list, writing: “Lol I’m on my cash shit.” Not even the information by FIRS that it had taken possession of the bank accounts of the tax defaulters until they regularise their tax status bothers Davido, as far as the tweet shows.
Fans excited as Ruth Kadiri posts pregnancy photos, video
Nollywood actress, Ruth Kadiri, got many of her fans excited by posting video and photos of her heavily pregnant self on social media days ago. With the photos and video, the 31-year-old actress was making a big revelation about her pregnant state to her fans and followers.
Wearing a tracksuit, the actress shared a photo and video of herself bearing a huge baby bump while stating that her excitement about being a mother is growing rapidly on a daily basis. The Edo State indigene, who is also a script writer, is the founder of the Ruth Kadiri Kids Foundation which helps to empower less privileged kids all over the country.
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