Across the world, musicians have been known to delve regularly into the world of acting and filmmaking, with the likes of Toni Braxton, Whitney Houston and Usher among notable examples. Even more, stars like Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube Will Smith
Ludaris and 50 Cent are known to have featured in not just one or two but have made alternative careers out of it, with some of them now more known for their movies than music in the last decade.
In Nigeria, the situation is not so different,although the jury is still out regarding the motive that drives stars to take to the tube. In this piece, ADEDAYO ODULAJA took a look at some of the music stars who have been involved in acting in recent times.
Easily the leading candidate when a list of musicians regularly featured in movies is put together, Pasuma, born Wasiu Adetola Alabi has taken part in many movies in the Yoruba section of Nollywood.
Apart from the impressive numbers, the fact that Pasuma has been doing this for well over a decade, combining acting with his ever –thriving music career without much credit, underscores his outstanding talent.
With movies including Asiri, Oluwajomiloju, Iyanje 1 & 2, Awoko 1 & 2, Alenibare, Omo Shomolu among others to his credit, the Orobokibo master, who has done a lot of cleaning up of his brand and image in recent years, stands tall as a seamless operator between both lanes of the entertainment arena.
This explains why it was so easy for him top Yoruba movie stars for the shooting of his music video titled ‘Oruka’ back in 2015. The outdoor wedding shoot directed by top Nigerian music video director and CEO of Capital Dream Pictures, Clarence Peters, featured cameo appearances of popular acts including Fathia Balogun, Yinka Quadri, Adebayo Salami aka Oga Bello, Mide Funmi Martins, Toyin Afolayan (Lola Idije), Lanre Hassan (Iya Awero), Mama Ereko, Idowu Phillips (Iya Rainbow), Biodun Okeowo Sofuyi (Omo Butty), Sotayo, Yemi Sodimu, Ronke Ojo Anthony aka Oshodi Oke, Iyabo Ojo, Bimbo Thomas and several others.
Popular as the Alapomeji, 9ice who used to be signed to ID Cabasa’s Coded Tunes label, has featured in at least two movies. The first was titled Jejere and produced by actress, Laide Bakare and a recent effort from the stables of iconic TV series producer, Wale Adenuga titled Knockout.
While it can be said that his appearance in Jejere, released into the market around 2012, helped push the movie beyond measure especially against the backdrop of rumours that she was dating 9ice, whose star power was still utterly vibrant at the time, not much has happened to 9ice’s music career since then.
Another top Fuji music star who has given a lot to Nollywood featuring in Yoruba movies as well as a few TV shows, Obesere has pushed boundaries and shown himself as a talented actor as well.
The Ibadan, Oyo State-born star, who seems to have been blown away somewhat with the raging rivalry between Pasuma and Saheed Osupa, has done much to remain relevant on the movie scene.
He had roles in movies like Eni Eleni, Ero Sese Koowe, Ese Mefa Laye, Ose Maami, Ashiru Ejire, Onibara Ogunjo, Iku Oba, Igba Iwase, Agbeere Oju and Alukoro under his belt.
So much has been his involvement that the ace Fuji music star, whose given real name is Abass Akande, even produced a movie based on his rape scandal some years ago. The self-acclaimed paramount King of Fuji music spent a few weeks in Ikorodu, Lagos State, with a galaxy of stars to shoot the much anticipated flick.
According to him, he decided to turn the rape scandal story into a movie because he promised his fans and admirers that they would get to see the whole truth of the rape story through the movie. Titled Stop Sebe, the movie was produced by Adio Majester, and directed by Abbey Lanre with members of cast including Olaiya Igwe, Bayo Ogunde, Aishat Omoge Campus, Akin Olaiya, Lizzy Da Silva, Regina Chukwu, Adio Majester and Obesere himself among other movie stars.
Hugely influential on the Fuji music scene, Malaika is another Fuji music powerhouse who has also dedicated ample time and resources to Nollywood. The man born as Sulaimon Alao Adekunle, has featured in a number of movies including Khadijat and Omo Shomolu.
Malaika, widely travelled and popular among the ladies of the Yoruba movie setting, has been in and out of movie sets in parts of Lagos State and occasionally, out of the state during movie productions.
Reminisce & IllBliss
Known as bars-spitting firebrands, many fans didn’t expect to see either Reminisce or IllBliss in movies but then the glass-ceiling shattering movie director, Kemi Adetiba, came on the scene and turned them into actors.
Featuring both rappers, Reminisce whose real name is Remilekun Abdulkalid Safaru
and Tochukwu Melvin Ejiofor, better known as illBliss, in King of Boys, is one of the reasons that made the movie tick most of the spots movie lovers look for in a Nigerian movie.
Explosive, fierce and full of blinding twists and turns, King of Boys will always be a memorable debut for the rappers whenever they look back on their Nollywood debut.
It is becoming increasingly difficult to put Banky W into a box these days, with the man known as a music star, record label executive, music video director, actor as well as politician.
Now married to Adesua Etomi, whom he met on the set of Wedding Party, which was to later become a two-part movie, Banky W has turned featuring in the Mo Abudu-produced movie into the opportunity of an acting career.
And having starred in The Wedding Party 2, for which many Nigerians seem not so impressed, and Up North, another movie that delighted Nigerians to great length, Banky W is also getting called up for roles.
For those who know, it is not a sudden turn for the “Lagos Party” singer. Despite doing well on the music scene and with a number of promising acts including Wizkid, Skales, Niyola, Shaydee part of the Empire Mates Entertainment he led at the time, Banky, born Olubankole Wellington, deemed it fit to travel to film school.
Once he came back, he was ready to start competing for music video gigs as well as music but then acting happened.
While the appeal of acting and everything that has to do with Nollywood is strong, especially as the all-round music man noted recently that he has always seen himself as an actor, he said there is no chance he will quit music for acting.
In a chat with Punch, he said: “While I really love Wedding Party 1, I feel there were things I could have improved on. It is the same thing with the second part; I watch the movie and I look for my mistakes. I have not even started to watch the film yet; instead, I am looking for where I made mistakes. That is just the way that I am as an entertainer and performer.
“People who know me well know that I am a very ambitious person; I am ambitious to a fault and I feel like I can do anything. I dream big and I would literally work my fingers to the bone, so I have no plans to rob my fans of my music.
According to him, a huge part of him has always aligned with movies and visuals.
“Anybody that has paid attention to my music videos would know that I have had this flirtatious love affair with the movie-making business because most of my videos are short films.
“I tend to tell stories with my music videos because I have always been a storyteller. In fact, from my younger days, I always considered myself as a writer before I saw myself as a singer or an actor. In that sense, watching myself on the screen was not much of a surprise because I have been flirting with it for a long time.
“I try to be my biggest critic and I consider myself as such. That is how I am about my music and businesses.
“I feel that the day you are satisfied with your performance and job, it is the beginning of the end because you would start to become complacent. I am always harsh on myself. So, even people think I have done a good job; I try to look at the one area that I can improve on.
“My music career is still going on and I cannot quit it for acting,” he added.
Long before Sound Sultan released Jagbajantis, his unforgettable song and well-choreographed accompanying music video and became a music star, he had starred in a few scenes of at least two movies shot by legendary Nigerian filmmaker, Tunde Kelani.
One of these is The Campus Queen, a 2004 Nollywood musical that was directed by Tunde Kelani with production from Mainframe Films and Television Productions. The film, which premiered at the 2004 edition of the African Film Festival in New York City, United States, was also the official film selection at the Black Film Festival in Cameroon.
Starring the likes of Jide Kosoko, Lere Paimo, Segun Adefila, Sound Sultan, Khabirat Kafidipe, Hafiz Oyetoro, Serah Mbaka, Akinwunmi Isola among others, the film was accompanied with lots of music, dance and activism, thus depicting the lifestyle of students in university campuses and also highlights the urge for power and supremacy by student clubs.
The soundtrack of the song, of the same title but released as a song on its own, featured Sound Sultan, Eldee tha Don and Faze.
Sound Sultan, whose real name is Lanre Fasasi, has not been so active but he didn’t abandon his acting career altogether, featuring in the star-studded movie production, Head Gone produced by his elder brother, Dare Fasasi better known as Baba Dee, in 2014.
Singer, Simi, who just announced her departure from her record label, X3M Music, after five years, made her Nollywood debut in the forthcoming film by award-winning director and producer, Kunle Afolyan, titled Mokalik.
The riveting film, which is based on a day in the life of Jaiye, an 11-year-old boy, who is sent by his middle-class parents to work at a mechanic workshop in order to give him a different perspective on life, has Simi playing the role of the daughter of one of the two buka owners in the mechanic workshop complex.
Described by Afolayan as one of the Mokalik’s main stars, Simi, who plays a character also named Simi, is a young woman that the younger Jaiye inadvertently develops a crush on. Already big on the scene in terms of her narrative-driven music videos, Simi appeared as a natural through the shooting of the movie.
Afolayan, who came upon Mokalik from a personal experience, the son of late filmmaker, Ade Love, agrees, noting in a chat with Saturday Telegraph that Simi is a natural who took to acting easily.
Seyi Shay & Vector
Like other music stars, Seyi Shay and rapper, Vector, jumped into the Nollywood fray not long ago through a movie titled Lara and the Beat produced by Biola Alabi Media.
The two music stars, who described their experiences on set as grand, spoke of the chemistry between them on set while noting their new-found respect for actors and filmmakers on account of the intensity of the process of filmmaking.
The “African Queen” crooner who is widely considered a leading presence in his generation, also acted in Head Gone, shot in 2014 as well as Ivie Okujaye-produced dance-themed movie, Make a Move along with notable actors like Majid Michel, Omawunai Megbele, Tina Mba, Wale Adebayo and Beverky Naya among others.
2Face, who was not so convincing in his role in Dare Fasasi-produced Head Gone, has also had a movie titled Power of 1 partly dedicated to his story of grass to grace as a music superstar.
Another member of the now defunct Plantashun Boiz, Faze, whose real name is Chibuzor Orji, featured in Alero’s Symphony, a 2011 Nigerian musical drama film directed by Izu Ojukwu and starring Bimbo Manuel, Ivie Okujaye and others.
The film, an upshot of the Amstel Malta Box Office five reality show, received 4 nominations at the 8th Africa Movie Academy Awards and was screened across major Nigerian cities by the Africa Film Academy.
It tells the story of Alero (Ivie Okujaye) who is a twin and born into a reputable high-class family. She is due for Law School after graduating from the university with honours. Unknown to her parents her real desire is to be in studio and record songs. The family decides to go on a vacation to re-ignite the bond among them. On the island, Alero meets Lovechild (Faze), who happens to be a talented but poor waiter. Lovechild assists Alero in doing what she loves to do best professionally then they fall in love, giving vent to the stylish dénouement the director finds for the tale.
Inject glitz into your style with short Ankara wrap dress
In Africa and all over the world, Ankara prints are another name for style, elegance and class.
Whatever your definition of style is, Ankara will always fit in to give you that bold, elegant and unique touch in your outfit.
Modern creative fashion designers have breathed a new life into the popular Ankara prints by designing them in short wrap dress thereby giving them official work wear looks. Short Ankara dress is one of the most versatile pieces of women’s clothing that has a truly timeless and flattering style.
It is a simple dress silhouette for women of all shapes and sizes and can be worn in so many different ways to flatter every figure type.
To achieve the most out of your Ankara wrap dress, choose the shorter version of it, interestingly Ankara wrap dress can be styled in endless ways for any occasion and any temperature.
Colourful Ankara wrap dresses are awesome; with the variety in patterns, shapes and styles you could wear a wrap dress just about anywhere.
But as awesome as they are, wrap dresses are also notorious for wardrobe malfunctions.
Although some short wrap dresses are cut to accommodate the differences in body proportions, everyone is shaped differently.
A wrap that accommodates your lower body could leave your upper body loose and vulnerable to accidental exposure.
The trick now is, rather than worry about it all day, secure the top of your dress with a pin or broach and you are good to go.
For those thinking of wearing a short wrap dress as their go-to during weight loss, weight gain or pregnancy, you are better off starting with a dress that is one size too big than a dress that is one size too small.
Wrap dresses are adaptable when it comes to size, but a small dress means you won’t have enough material to wrap around your body.
By pairing the dress with the right accent pieces, short Ankara wrap dress can appear differently from one style to another.
Day to night, work to cocktails, the wrap dress will carry you through every kind of occasion.
To keep your outfit looking office-ready, revitalize your look with a smart pair of shoes.
The wrap dress is known for being easy to wear but the fit can be complex.
Just because it wraps around you doesn’t mean it’s the right shape for your body.
When choosing a wrap dress always consider it for the largest part of your body. So, if you have a large bust, make sure the dress sits there comfortably.
If the largest part of your body if your hips, ensure that the wrap dress fits securely around there to make it appear more flattering.
A bit of sparkle with jewellery can go a long way and is perfect for evening wear.
With the help of a couple of accessories, you can transform your wrap dress from a day to night look.
Injecting just the right amount of glitz can dress up your wrap dress to make it sophisticated enough to wear to an event.
Add a touch of class to your fashion with clear shoes
Less is more with the ultra-trendy clear shoes which is also known as PVC or transparent shoes this season.
The clear shoes are everywhere from sandals, to slingbacks, to heels, to boots, it’s splashed across major magazines and Instagram feeds on repeat. Kim Kardashian West is often credited with starting the transparent-shoe trend, having first worn her Yeezy heels way back in 2016.
A see-through heel is the ultimate “nothing shoe,” a step beyond simply finding a sandal or heel that matches your skin tone, but Kardashian West isn’t the only celebrity who’s into the look.
Kristen Stewart has put her singular stamp on Chanel’s clear boots, and the likes of Rihanna, Kendall Jenner, and Bella Hadid have tried their hand at sky-high clear heal.
It’s important to note that almost all of those stylish women were photographed at night; the subversive “club shoe” isn’t exactly what you reach for when it’s time for brunch. But lately, we’ve seen more and more designers adding seethrough straps and jelly soles to their most casual styles, from By Far’s crystal-strewn mules to Roger Vivier’s barely there ballet flats.
Maryam Nassir Zadeh’s best-selling Olympia wedges have got several Vogue editors into the trend. Whether you are a fan of the trend or slightly curious about the buzz, there is something for everyone when it comes to clear shoes.
To style enthusiasts, this shoes are comfy and lightweight, you can walk all day and have the time of your life wearing it. It is ideal to pair with dresses, jeans, skirt with tops or shirt for your formal and casual outing. Bounce through the day in these shoes that will give you a smarter look and add a touch of class to your fashion sense.
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woman should consider having.
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Naija Jollof to feed 10,000 children, set new Guinness World record
A new social project tagged NAIJA Jollof has been launched with the aim to feed 10,000 children and as well break the Guinness World Records.
While announcing the planned hosting of the first edition of Naija Jollof on April 13th, 2020 at the 2019 IAMBRANDNIFERIA Award/Gala in Lagos last weekend, Mr. Taiwo Oluboyede, CEO of IAM BRANDNIGERIA said: “We are setting Guinness World Record for the largest serve of Jollof rice in Nigeria next year.” Further, he said: “Jollof is becoming the most engaging topic in both Anglo/Francophone African countries, just like football.
Food brings people together “On 13th April 2020, which is a public holiday, 60 top chefs will be cooking 6 Tonnes of rice in a single pot and we are feeding 10,000 children in Lagos, many of them on the streets.
This has been described as a one of the largest humanitarian endeavours in our country, where that number of people are touched in a single day.” According to him, “It is a combination of Jollof and the best of Nigerian music in one place.”
Describing the size of the pot, volume of rice and number of chef to cook the Jollof, the IAMBRANDNIGERIA CEO added: “The 4.5 diameter pot, one of the largest in the world will be displayed on the street before donation to the museum where people can see and get inspired. O n e o f the exciting things about this project is that the pot is made here in Nigeria.” Jollof has gone beyond just ordinary food.
It is now a fashion statement, a common language and heritage to about 500 million people across West Africa and beyond. Oluboyede, who said jollof has created a healthy ‘rivalry’ amongst West African countries such as Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal and others, stated: “We wouldn’t pass any little opportunity to show we have the best of it.
You can understand why every food and seasoning brands are delighted in putting us against each other. It is also a sensational trending topic on social media.”
With smart foods being an integral part of the country’s budding e-commerce platforms, Oluboyede stated that the event will make a statement about Nigeria having the necessary element to make “Jollof a Nigeria’s brand collateral as the largest producer of rice in Africa now with immeasurable benefits in tourism, rice value chain, innovation, even job creation.”
Naira Marley, Niniola, Reekado Banks, others light up Lagos Concert for Access The Stars
Some of Nigerian music’s finest graced the concert of the Lagos edition of the new music reality show “Access The Stars” recently and lit up Lagos with their extraordinary performances.
The show, which is fast becoming the hottest music event of the year has drawn much traction over the past few weeks, as Naira Marley, Niniola and others gave amazing account of themselves.
Naira Marley, one of the most sought-after artistes in Nigeria and his growing fame was further enhanced with a stellar performance in Lagos.
Not to be outdone on the night, Reekado brought his A-game to the stage, as he performed his vast catalog of smash-hit singles. SkiiBii and Niniola also grabbed the mic and did wonders to the excitement of the large audience.
With the Lagos concerts now done and dusted, the Access The Stars train now heads to Abuja where the trio of judges, Tee-Y Mix, Kaffy and Seyi Shay, will be tasked with selecting the best talents the capital city has to offer. Speaking ahead of the Abuja auditions, Tee-Y Mix hinted of what to expect; “Abuja is a special city and it’s home to some of the most talented artistes I know.
I am convinced that we will find some amazing talents in Abuja, and I am super excited to head to FCT for the next round of auditions.”
The Abuja show is set to up the ante, as Zlatan, SkiiBii, Fireboy, and Wande Coal are set to return to perform alongside the five final contestants who will slug it out to make it to the next round of the competition.
Access The Stars is proudly sponsored by two of Nigeria’s biggest brands who are teaming up for a mega opportunity to discover new music talents across the country.
The new talent hunt show, which is powered by Star Lager Beer and Access Bank will give exceptional Nigerians the chance to perform alongside Nigeria’s biggest stars, while the winner of the show will walk home with up to N150 million in cash and prizes.
To get in on the action, head on to accessthestars.ng to register at a location near you. The Abuja auditions will be held at Grand Ibro Hotel, Micheal Okpara Street, while the concert is slated for Old Parade Ground Car Park, Abuja.
You’ll meet my new husband if polygamy is legalised, John Dumelo’s wife replies him
The Ghanaian actor, John Dumelo, agitating for the marriage and ordinance law against polygamy to be repealed explained that most married men have women they have affairs with outside their marriage.
The actor-turned politician, contesting for the seat as a member of parliament on the NDC ticket at the Ayawaso West Wuogon, shared his opinion through his social media page, to back a point he made in an interview on Citi FM. He wrote: “Under customary law and Mohammedans law Cap 129, a man can marry more than one woman.
Under the marriage Ordinance Cap 127, a man is allowed to marry only one woman. If he marries more than one, he commits bigamy. I think it’s time for that to be repealed.
After all most married men have side chicks and it’s time to elevate them to wifey status because they perform the same duties.” In the post seen by pulse.com.gh, John Dumelo added that in the same vein, polyandry should be legalised for women to also be allowed to marry more than one man.
His wife, Mrs Gifty Mawunya Dumelo, replied his post informing him to prepare to meet her new husband too at home, should the law against polygamy be repealed because she believes men and women must have equal rights.
“Equal rights indeed …babe hurry home and meet my new husband,” she wrote beneath her husband’s post, which has now been removed from his Instagram page.
BBNaija’sIfu Ennada weeps, givesup
Ifu Ennada has announced that she will no longer be in the business of making skin care products.
One video that got a lot of people emotional sometime in the week was definitely that of BBNaija’s Ifu Ennada sobbing as she quit her skincare business. The reality TV star and actress took to her Instagram page on Wednesday where she shared a video of herself weeping as she quits her business.
“Hey, guys, Ifu Ennada here, I’m making this video to tell you guys that I have decided that I will no longer be selling my bold Ifuennda products because…” she said.
She went on to reveal that maybe this is what God wants her to do and that she has left the business in his hands.
“I can’t do this anymore…I’ve tried. I don’t know what God wants from me, I don’t know why this happened now… @beautifuennada is now in God’s hand. I’m done for now,” she wrote.
Ifu Ennada joined the growing list of former Big Brother Naija housemates who have ended their businesses for various reasons. Recall that a few weeks ago, Ella announced that she was ending her music career over lack of funds.
Donjazzy to reward Beatz awards winner with N1million
Mavin Record boss, Don Jazzy, over the weekend was honoured with a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ by the organizers of ’The Beatz Awards’.
The music producer, singer and record label owner was honoured for his contribution to the music industry and had an award category named after him.
According to the Chief Executive Officer, Beatz Awards, Elijah John, ‘The New Discovery Producer category’ will now be called the ‘DON Don Jazzy New Discovery’ . While receiving the award at the Shell Hall, Muson Centre, Onikan, Lagos, Don Jazzy added a twist to the newly formed category by pledging N1 million cash prize to the winner from next year’s edition.
He also thanked the organizers for the award and commended their consistency over the years.
“One of the great things about the fifth edition is that a category is created in the name of Donjazzy, and the winner will be going home with N1 million come next year, the way this is going to work is that, the new producers coming up with hit songs will be shortlisted for this category, and the best five will go into a battle whereby voting will commence for the best in the year of review.
We want to thank Donjazzy for the gestures of supporting this with a cash reward and we also want to thank the sponsors for believing in what we do,” the organisers said.
On including cash interest on the other categories, the organisers also added; “This is a start of such laudable gesture and we are considering other options to see how cash rewards can be included in some of the categories, meanwhile sponsors are already showing interest to support some other categories in terms of cash. So, by next year we will be unveiling a lot of things.”
The fifth edition of the awards was hosted by popular musician, Dr. Sid and the crowd was thrilled by amazing performances from Johnny Drille, Idyll, Reil C and top comedians like EmmaOhMygod, Dee One, Omo Baba, Phronesis among others.
I’m a porn star, not a prostitute –Actress Uglygalz Mareme
Uglygalz is fast becoming a leading porn actress in Nollywood, but she says many people will rather choose to see her as a prostitute.
The Nigerian adult entertainer, who has massive tattoos inked on several parts of her body, says getting people to understand that her personality is different from her chosen career has become a herculean task.
In an exclusive interview with Pulse, Uglygalz, revealed: “I am a porn actress, I do adult entertainment movies or what is called porn films. I have been called a sex worker several times. People mistake me for those who have sex for money.
I am an actress first and foremost and I get paid for acting aside enjoying what I do. Again, I have an opinion on who I choose to act with, there are protocols and several people are on the set but many people don’t see it this way, they still feel, it’s money for sex.
Often, I get calls from unknown men demanding sex from me. I recently got a call from a man, who said he got my number from my website and wanted to have sex with me for two rounds and I got so irritated that I just ended the call and blocked the number.”
As of 2014, young and single Uglygalz, whose real name is Mareme, has slept with over 100 men and has been confirmed as one of the verified porn actresses and producers on a popular X-rated content website.
She recalled, “As of 2014, I have had sex with over 100 men. Please, let’s not talk about it (laughs) but it’s not up to 1000 but getting close to 1000.”
My mum is my biggest inspiration –Kaskeed
With Kaskeed as his stage name, Ibrahim Kasim, an upcoming music act is working hard and pushing to see his efforts count in the Nigerian music terrain. Kaskeed, who said he has been involved with music for a while now, has been performing quite well mostly around the Federal University of Technology Mina (FUT Minna) in northern Nigeria where he is a student. He spoke with PRECIOUS CHIBUEZE in this interview
Many people go into the music scene for different reasons. What is yours?
Right from my childhood I always had passion for music. I saw music as a medium in which I could express myself and my feelings at any point in time. I believe through my music, many lives will be blessed and that I can inspire people in my country and the world at large.
How exactly do you see music, as a form of entertainment or medium of expression?
Music has given me the ability to express my emotions as a person, my music speaks about love, happiness, unity. No matter how hard the country may seem, we should not give up.
There might be many obstacles trying to kill your dreams but the onus is on you to never stop believing in yourself. In any situation we should always strive for the best and of course give God the glory.
I try to let people understand that nothing is too big and nothing is too small. Your story can change in just a second. In terms of inspiration, who would you say encouraged you to be a musician most? My mum has always been my biggest inspiration in music.
She has been my backbone, my mentor. Seeing her sing always inspired me and she also developed my love for music. What challenges would you say you’ve encountered in your musical journey so far? It hasn’t been easy though, there are many people out to mock.
The same way there are haters, people who never believe my music could amount to something and work to drop words just to hurt me.
When singing around such people, they would say I am making a noise but there are also good people who always encourage me, which gave me the zeal to keep striving hard.
When did you release your first song, and how was it?
I released my first song a few months ago.
It was titled “Ife” which means love in Yoruba. It’s a love song and has this emotional feeling attached to it. It describes this beautiful girl that means so much to me, she is so amazing that I could probably do anything for her. She is the kind of girl I will love to spend the rest of my life with.
If you ever get a chance to collaborate with a bigger musician, who will that be and why?
There so are many notable stars that I would love to collaborate with, both locally and internationally. I would love to collaborate with Chris Brown because he has been my role model all along.
I grew up listening to his songs, he influenced my vocal and songwriting skills a lot.
So, it will be a dream come true collaborating with the R ‘n’ B star.
What should your fans expect from you next?
To as many people who love and support Kaskeed, first I say God bless you abundantly.
And of course I assure them I am coming in with more positive and mindblowing vibes.
Keep on anticipating.
8 contestants to lock horns at the People’s Hero TV show finals
The People’s Hero TV show, an initiative of Hero Lager Beer, a brand of International Breweries Plc, , seeks to celebrate the richness and the beauty of the Igbo culture through singing, dancing, spoken word and acting. The show which is produced by MTV Base, the award-winning music and entertainment brand, has over the past eight weeks become more competitive with the contestants seeking to outdo one another for the star prize of N7million and the bragging right to be called ‘The People’s Hero’.
However, the quest for the N7 million grand prize and the bragging right of “The People’s Hero” ended for 12 hopefuls last weekend as they were evicted from the show. This was after different scintillating performances by the groups whose tasks were to perform the Igbanku Nwanyi, the Igbo Traditional Wedding.
A rich interpretation of the Igbo culture and tradition began with Team Agwu treating the audience to a romantic flawless performance. This was followed by Team Obidike’s electrifying presentation, which was described as a total package by the judges.
Team Obinwanne’s piece was that of a tragic love story, creatively presented but laden with emotions. Team Ofuobi on the other hand, did not fail to blow the minds of the audience and judges who were completely thrilled by the group’s performance. Team Ichekwu rounded off the night with a very entertaining piece that explained the relevance of palm wine at Igbo traditional wedding ceremonies.
The night ended on a very emotional note as 12contestants were eliminated from the show. The show anchor, Nedu, had announced that only one of the five groups would make it to the final, and while addressing the tensed audience and contestants, he declared Team Ofuobi as the only group heading to the final.
The judges expressed their satisfaction with the group, stating that their creativity, consistency and continued improvement served as their ticket to the final. The judges, however, surprised the contestants and the audience when they chose to save four contestants, as wild cards, from eviction.
These were Justice, Amarachi, Elvis and Joel. The saved contestants could not hide their emotions as they expressed gratitude to the judges for being considered worthy to be selected to join members of Team Ofuobi to battle at the final round, for who becomes The People’s Hero. Admonishing the evicted contestants, one of the judges, Illbliss, said the contestants had been placed on a huge platform by participating in the TV show and urged them not to drop from the pedestal. He said, while they were selected as raw talents from the auditions, they had become refined to shine to the world.
He advised them to look for opportunities to show the world what they had learnt. For Hero Lager Beer, the show is a classic case of mission accomplished.
According to the Marketing Director International Breweries Plc, Tolulope Adedeji, the main objective of the show is to create a platform for the youths to express their talents to the world and to promote the beautiful culture and traditions of the South-East of Nigeria and in her words, “This has been achieved”.
The Marketing Director added that talented young men and women who before now, were not known even in their immediate communities had been showcased to the world. And for the producer of the show, Viacom International Media Networks Africa, the journey has been nothing but fulfilling.
The company’s Country Manager, Bada Akintunde Johnson, said their expertise in producing such amazing shows had paid off on The People’s Hero. Being first of its kind, Bada said the team did not leave any stone unturned to ensure a successful show. He congratulated the finalists and commended the evictees for coming that far in the show, describing them as Hero-es in their own rights. The show has taken an interesting turn as the final eight contestants will now compete individually next weekend and a winner, The People’s Hero, will emerge.
The winner will also get a whopping sum of N7 million while the first and second runners up will win the sums of N2 million and N1 million respectively. The People’s Hero continues this Saturday on MTV base by 9.00pm with a repeat broadcast every Wednesday by 9.00pm.
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