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Point of View: Artists’ resale rights take centre stage in Lagos



Point of View: Artists’ resale rights take centre stage in Lagos


How can Nigerian artists receive royalties for their eligible artworks sold in reciprocating countries (which have implemented Article 14 of the Berne Convention)? How can artists from reciprocating countries receive royalties for their eligible artworks sold in Nigeria? Are the same rules to be applied in the case of a derivative work? What should be the basis for its calculation; the sale or auction price?



The above are among questions that would form the kernel of intellectual discourse at the first edition of a new monthly series of talk tagged ‘Point of View’.



Themed ‘A Case for the Artist’s Resale Right’ in Nigeria, the event which will hold on Tuesday September 17, 2019, at Alliance Francaise/Mike Adenuga Centre, Ikoyi, Lagos, is organised by the Ben Enwonwu Foundation in collaboration with the Society of Nigerian Artists and supported by Alliance Française Lagos and Nigerian Copyright Commission.



President, Society of Nigerian Artists (SNA), Oliver Enwonwu, who is the Executive Director of Ben Enwonwu Foundation, and Neil Coventry, who is the Nigeria representative for Bonhams, the leading international auction house for modern and contemporary African art, will serve as presenters, while the panelists include Acting Director-General, National Gallery of Art, Dr Simon Ikpakronyi; Director General, Nigerian Copyright Commission, John Asein; Chairman, Securities & Exchange Commission, Nigeria Partner, Ukiri Lijadu, Femi Lijadu; and Sector Head, Technology, Media & Entertainment, Jackson, Etti & Edu, Ngozi Aderibigbe. Legal practitioner and arts consultant, Seun Alli, will serve as moderator. The event is sponsored by LADOL, Leadway Assurance Company and Zircon Marine.


Conceived as a collaborative platform, the series, according to Enwonwu, brings together a diverse line-up of artists, curators, writers, thinkers and policy makers, to share their perspectives on the role of the visual arts in shaping society.



“Also, drawing from other creative disciplines and experiences to take a broad helicopter view of the art scene in Nigeria and Africa, ‘Point of View’ proffers an innovative format, as well as a three-pronged approach that aims to encourage support and funding for the visual arts through public and private sector partnership while ensuring continuing professional development and empowerment for practitioners,” said Enwonwu.



He noted that unlike novelists and musicians, visuals artists do not benefit from secondary and downstream sales of their works.



“Indeed, their income pales in comparison to those other creatives, mainly because they do not earn significantly from the reproduction and communications rights provided to other creators under copyright law.



“The artist’s resale right seeks to correct this anomaly by ensuring artists receive a small percentage of the re-sale price of a work. Although this right is recognised in the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works (Article 14ter), which sets minimum international copyright standards, it is optional, with only about 80 countries in adherence. 



“Today, visual artists around the world argue for a mandatory and universal application of the right, to ensure there is an equitable balance between artists and traders in their works, improvement in the traceability and pedigree of artworks and consequently the transparency of the global art market. In addition, resale royalties in place would enable proper cataloging and authenticating of an artist’s work, which are time consuming and costly undertakings.



He added that ‘Point of View’ therefore aims to “establish an effective system for collecting resale royalties and remunerating artists alike by first providing answers to questions like: Is Nigeria a member of the Berne Convention? How in practical terms can we support the development of the institutions, systems and procedures that would ensure the easy, efficient and cost-effective application and management of a resale royalty scheme? How can Nigerian artists receive royalties for their eligible artworks sold in reciprocating countries (which have implemented Article 14 of the Berne Convention)? How can artists from reciprocating countries receive royalties for their eligible artworks sold in Nigeria? Are the same rules to be applied in the case of a derivative work? Who would be responsible for paying the resale royalty rate? What should be the basis for its calculation; the sale or auction price?”



Enwonwu who is also the founder/ director of Omenka Gallery, he holds a first degree in biochemistry, an advanced diploma in exploration geophysics (distinction), postgraduate diplomas in applied geophysics and visual art (distinction) and a Masters in art history, all from the University of Lagos. He has exhibited extensively and curated many shows around the world. He is a member of the boards of several other organisations including the National Gallery of Art, Nigeria and Reproduction Rights Society of Nigeria. He also serves as a member of the Advisory Group on Technology and Creativity in the Nigeria Industrial Policy and Competitiveness Advisory Council, chaired by His Excellency, the Vice President of Nigeria. Enwonwu is also the founder and chief executive officer of Revilo, publishers of Network, the magazine of the Nigerian-British Chamber of Commerce and Omenka, Africa’s first art, business and luxury-lifestyle magazine.



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A call to action against anti-female culture



A call to action against anti-female culture



Title: Killing Them Softly


Author: Martins Agbonlahor


Publisher: i2i Publishing, Manchester, United Kingdom


Year of Publication: 2019


Pages: 318


Reviewer: Andrew Iro Okungbowa





illing Them Softly, written by Martins Agbonlahor, a Nigerian-born, United Kingdom-based lawyer and professional journalist, is not just seminal book on the struggle for women’s rights in Nigeria but also of the exhibition of the oppression and injustice visited on the women based on cultural beliefs and practices.



It is obviously an x-ray, in a very moving manner, of happenings in Nigeria, his country of birth, where bad governance has given root to endemic problems of injustice, abuse of human rights, bribery and corruption, religious bigotry and all sorts of social vices. It is also a reflection on other Africa countries where such practices are elevated to an act.



Interestingly, the writer has shown through his proper situation of the story that he may have left his country of birth, but he is fully abreast of developments in the country, as he draws essentially from his background and experience to lay bare the endemic problems plaguing his fatherland.



He will surely earn the recommendation of anyone reading the 318 pages novel for telling his story from the stand point of a feminist. Agbonlahor succeeded in sustaining interest in his socio-fictional cum factual novel by choosing to adopt the story telling technique rather than use mere polemics and socio-jingoism employed by many of the feminists or promoters of feminism.



Agbonlahor from the prologue left no one in doubt of what he sets out to achieve with his work. Detonate African’s oppressive culture as laid bare in a patriarchy setting and beliefs that at every point undermines the rights of the women, putting a hold on them as second class, if not third class citizens, who are only fit to fan the embers of man’s ego, doing his biddings and satisfy his erotic and bestial desires most times.


Although not a feminist himself, but for obvious reasons and using his poetic license as a writer, he has decided to bring to the fore the disadvantaged position society has put the women. And so, at every point in the novel, while unfolding happenings across the socio-cultural, economic, religious and political planes, to bad governance, he does so highlighting how all of these are skewed against the women.



The entire 28 chapters are devoted to how Martha Clifford challenged the status quo, trying to break the glass ceil and act not only as a conscience of the society but a voice for the oppressed women and others in the society.



Agbonlahor takes his readers into the inner recess of the cultural practices and beliefs of his Benin background, giving us a benefit of his experience and apt understanding of the cultural practices of his forebears while growing up in the city of Benin.



Martha Clifford is raised in a polygamous home where the father calls the shot and turns his wives and children to mere furniture or appendages to his person as none of them had any say in the running of the home or dare go against the autocratic decree of his father, who is seen as ‘The Lord of the Manor.’



Growing up, she agonises over these accepted ways of life and whenever she raises questions, she is silenced by her father and mother as well as others around her, who have acquiesced with the oppressive and degrading cultural practices, to simply do as she is told and not go against the societal code as the consequences are grievous.



Her fate was defined from the first day of her life. And this, she knew too well as she lived in perpetual fear of being denied education and given out early in marriage. Perhaps her first practical experience of the brutality of the skewed cultural practice was the mutilation of her genital at a very tender age by her parents. This single experience was like a wake – up call to the reality of her situation as a girl-child growing up in a patriarchy environment and under stultifying cultural beliefs.



But somehow, fate smiled on her as at the point of being given out in marriage, her prospective husband, who happens to be a creditor to the father, and the manager of the pool betting outfit in her community, brought the good news of her father becoming an instant millionaire following his winning.



However, before handling the cheque to her father, he succeeded in eliciting a promise from the father to educate Martha Clifford from secondary school level to university level.



It was this singular happening that changed her life as she gradually became more exposed to the realities of the injustices around her.



Reflecting on the road destiny has taken her through, she says of the transformation of her life from a local village girl to an internationally recognised feminist and human rights crusader thus: “I had set out to be a Microbiologist, sweating it out in the labs and fondling with all familiar and unknown test tubes and syringes, but events and call of conscience were to steer me in another direction. And here I am.”


With five of her university friends, she formed a group known as ‘Women Incorporated,’ which was later corrupted by the government and the society to, ‘Woeman6.’ Imprisoned for over two years alongside her five other feminists, she fought every injustice against the women and children.



Despite her fight, she was not able to reach the ‘mountaintop of her desire’ due to the deep-seated nature of the cultural beliefs and endemic corrupt practices in her country, as she voiced out her frustration on pages 314/315 thus: “Our country, Nigeria, has deep-seated, stone-age anti-feminine culture coupled with her two main religions, Christianity and Islam, as well as the unofficial ‘traditional religion.’ All of these place the woman in an inferior position, their adherents quoting verses and spitting venom in support of the debasement, our slavish existence.



“Therefore, so long as there are still these stark inequalities, there will always be toes to be stepped on, and we shall courageously continue to step, and in fact, thump on them, until these toes develop gangrene or feminine rights are respected in Nigeria.”



Martha Clifford may not have reached the mountaintop of her desire, however, she succeeded in breaking many grounds and drawing attention of the international community and her people to the oppression of the women and the less privileged in the society and other issues that she set out to addressed.



This, she clearly reflected on in the epilogue, page 318, where she also expressed optimism following the recent developments in the political landscape of her country, with some women now being elected and appointed into political offices, and one of her members, Ifueko, made a minister of women affairs, predicting that in less than two decades a woman president may just emerged in her country. 



The author has carefully penciled the novel in a lucid and simple language, with symmetric flow and diction while he has also spiced it with anecdotes and drawing examples from other parts of the world to drive home his story.



This is a book every Nigerian, especially the women and human rights activists should read.



In a recent interview on his work, Agbonlahor tries to let the reader into his world view and the thought process, which gave birth to the story: “Martha represents every African woman who has been a victim of fierce oppression, as well as every other woman in the world.



“She personifies their collective strength, courage, tenacity and that stop-at-nothing spirit for true equality and recognition. Yes, it’s a fictional novel, but the narrative could have been plucked from any woman’s life.”




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SPAN opens 12th season with ‘West African Latin dance festival’



SPAN opens 12th season with ‘West African Latin dance festival’


he Society for the Performing Arts in Nigeria (SPAN) is set to foster creativity across Africa with the unveiling of its 2019/20 season tagged: “Your Success, Our victory”.


Following a series of successful seasons in the past 12 years of operations, SPAN, has continued to bridge the gap between performing arts education and presentation through missions and messages that have resonated through social and artistic challenges.


This season program which kicked off on Monday with empowerment community programs and performing arts as a tool, workshop includes an interesting lineup of partnerships and community outreaches, starting with the “West African Afro Latin Community”.


Announcing this earlier at a press conference, the Chairperson of SPAN, Sarah Boulos, said this starting point is in Lagos with four days of thrilling performances, encapsulated in a four-day empowerment and presentation programs featuring six international music and dance facilitators teaching about 400 students and building their professional skills, helping them to set up their studios.


“This four-day project will also connect local business to diverse audience making our victory your success.


“Our impact has stretched beyond socio-economic class, tribe or religion as the benefit of engaging the grassroots’ audience with performing art education, entertainment and transforming messages has remained our core drive.


“This season, we have set out to inspire the victorious among us, those who helped others succeed. Our message projects with showcasing different sides to the story of Victory and Success, and how this can drive a sense of togetherness, growth and unity. The 2019/2020 season is tagged ‘Your Success, My Victory’,” she said.


Speaking on the rationale behind this message, she further stated: “I have realized that some of the barrier to our individual victory does not necessary mean our direct effort at something, but the effort at ensuring the other person succeeds. Victory should now be attributed to more than just our wins but also helping the other person win and our winning together.


“Focusing on helping someone succeed, can also assure your victory, and that poverty alleviation will be one of our emphases, using empowerment community programs and performing arts as a tool.”


With initiatives such as this and the many more to come, SPAN promises to offer an all-encompassing experience touching on key aspects of life through the Performing Arts.



Also speaking about the West African Latin Dance Festival, the convener of the festival, Buddy Agedah, said the festival will be the 5th edition and that they are expecting professional Latin dancers from Europe, and over six West African Countries like Benin, Cameroun, Benin, Ghana and many more. Several workshops and master classes will hold throughout these days including special evenings with spectacular performance to crown each day’s activity.



Sarah Boulos extends her invitation to the general public to a special dance and music performance crafted from her life story themed “Reflection”. This story dives into the struggles and triumph of different stages of her life, all expressed in dance and music performances.

The lines up of activities workshops which kicked off on Monday 11, and will run till 15th, at SPAN Community Centre, Davies Street off Broad Street, Marina Lagos, include music, dance and drama workshops by six international facilitators scheduled to hold at the Lagoon Restaurant, Ozumba Mbadiwe Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.



The show continues tomorrow with West African Afro Latin Festival, Nigeria: Promoting Dance Tourism & Unity in Africa, featuring performances and competitions.

On Friday, Reflections – My Victory: The Dance Project – A Sarah Boulos Story, featuring tales of success from both international and SPAN dance artistes”, takes centre stage, while on Saturday 16th November, is for Salsa congress showcase, featuring performances and competitions.



On Sunday November 17, ‘Relections – My Victory: The Music Project. A Sarah Boulos Story returns on stage, featuring tales of success from both international and SPAN jazz music artistes.



“SPAN is a non-profit organisation with the vision to build a performing art center in Nigeria to educate, present and empower the performing artists and their God given talents. SPAN has become a key holder in the Nigerian economy, as their projects have provided lead to over 800 jobs development and the emerging of over 30 dance studios and music studios throughout Nigeria.



“Over the years, we have reached out to over 2.5 million youths and children with unique propositions that have enabled them learn, share knowledge and develop an interest in performing arts – dance music, drama and leadership.



“We have received tremendous support and sponsorship from our faithful sponsors like, Indomie, Eko Hotel, 7up, Chellerams, Cool FM, La Pointe, and SCOA Nig PLC,” Boulos further stated.



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Telling the Nigeria story, culture with ‘Tori Tori of LAIF’




or many years, the Lagos Advertising and Ideas Festival (LAIF), has continued to push the frontiers of advertising in the country, creating elaborate and robust atmosphere in the sector.


This year edition, the 14th in the series, tagged ‘Tori Tori of LAIF’, focuses on telling the Nigeria story, culture. It will hold on Saturday, December 14 in Lagos.



During a roundtable, the Chairman, Lagos Advertising and Ideas Festival (LAIF) Management Board, Steve Babaeko, disclosed that the award has lived up to its billing.



“We are super glad that the tradition has remained unbroken. We are looking for more participation from new/young agencies, and if we cannot get the younger agencies to be part of it then what is the point and guarantee of the longevity we plan for the industry to have,” he said.



Put together by Association of Advertising Agencies of Nigeria (AAAN), the award ceremony which has become the authentic award for the adverting agencies in the country has turn out to be much more exciting where the best of experience come to judge the best of work in the country. Kudos to the experienced jury: Yaa Boateng (Ghana), Irene Donati (Ghana), Kayode Olowu, Ekenena Ezaga, Gbemi Sagay, Toni Kan Onwordi, Dave Chukwuji, Sunny Mohammed.



“It is going to be a mixture of some of the veteran in the advertising sector, and the current people who are active in service. We have seen that there is benefit to blend both the young; we started experimenting on this for about three years ago. The veterans bring a very refreshing perspective. They have nothing to lose; they have no alliance with any agency, while the young people bring contemporary knowledge to the business.”



Babaeko, who was a jury member at the New York Advertising Festival held in 2016, 2017, hinted that the award for the Advertiser of the Year which is the new category will see brand, company that have supported, invested to see a robust adverting is created will be rewarded.



“It will help stimulate other clients to support, not just advertising, but creative advertising because at the end of the day, it is about creativity and efficacy of communication. We are trying to push that strongly for clients who support advertising and, who support their agency to be more creative. We will single them out and honour them appropriately.



“This will be a beckon for other clients to see that if LAIF begins to reward clients who support creative advertising they too should be doing the same,” he said.



Speaking on the theme ‘Tori Tori of LAIF’ and its impact on the campaign, Babaeko said that storytelling has become a global phenomenon. “Sometimes we get   the shaft when we follow the trend globally; the thing is you jump in the deep end when you start to behave like they do abroad… I understand this trend and I am going to look at it from the local perspective. We have decided to do exactly that by using our own culture to tell the story for the audience to see and relate with.”



Babaeko further stated that the recipient will be rewarded for work done in 2018 and up till July 2019. “We encourage young agencies, there is nothing like a big agency, which is my personal philosophy. There is either a creative agency or agency that is not creative, some agencies abroad who have just started are giving existing agencies a run for their money, and there is no reason why it should be different in the country. I expect younger agencies to be hungrier and want to take on the so-called giants. They should come out and through their heart in the ring and fight for the position because the so-called big agencies today were small agencies many years ago, so they should come out and fight that is what we want to encourage.”



Highlighting on the benefit, Member LAIF Management Board, Bolaji Alausa said: “From inspiring the youngest creative who inspire to be on the stage and to see his work celebrated to having clients, CEOs having to make it as part of their Key Performance Indicator (KPI), that apart from delivering on the product we should also deliver on the Public Relations angle that means we should do well regionally, globally in terms of awards, only LAIF awards have been able to do that for us because people come, invite clients to the award ceremony and they see other campaign been celebrated, while their own work is not seen, it makes you feel that next time when I give brief to an agency, apart from the fact that the campaign move the country so much that it become something so big that can be awarded.



“That way it is a win-win for them, and at the end of the day you have something to put on the shelf, and it became a good reference point.” 





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ENOF hosts ‘Family Day’ concert to promote asthma awareness




amily Day In the Park” concert, organised by Elias Nelson Oyedokun Foundation (ENOF) in conjunction with the entertainment industry to create awareness is set to take place on Sunday 17th November, at the Muri Okunola Park, Victoria Island.



Asthma is an ailment suffered by many. It is a chronic disease characterized by breathlessness and wheezing. Fortunately Asthma has a low fatality rate compared to other chronic diseases. However 300 million people are affected by Asthma globally and more than 1000 die per day.



World Asthma Day is an annual event held on the first Tuesday of May, organised by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) to improve Asthma awareness and care around the world



According to the founder of ENOF, Mrs Lola Ilaka, Asthma is one of the health issues in Nigeria that needs to be managed. “There are a lot of triggers that cause an Asthma attack including pollution. It is vital to know the triggers. Mrs Ilaka lost her son to Asthma, hence her desire to ensure no other family has to endure what her family went through. “Award winning ENOF, works with medical experts to educate those with the ailment to manage and control their Asthma and how to spot the symptoms.  It also serves as a source of information.



It is with great pleasure to team up with the entertainment industry as they have not been spared the loss of their own through Asthma including the late Ogbonna Amadi and Tosyn Bucknor and others.  We would like to bring the discussion on Asthma to the forefront; it has no bias as to gender, class or tribe.  “Our long term plan is to set up an Asthma medical centre that would cater for patients,” says Mrs Ilaka.



“I thank the entertainment sector for their support, as well as the media for supporting our noble course. We also thank our sponsors who have been instrumental in making the event a reality.”



According to the project consultant, Mr. Michael Odiong, though a serious matter it is going to be a fun day. The event will feature games, competitions, food, drinks, music and stalls where families can do some early Christmas shopping and taste some of the delights available .  “It will be a family day where families can bond and artistes will entertain the crowd. There will be talks on Asthma prevention and management,” Odiong said.

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WWE’s WrestleMania generates $165m for New York, New Jersey area



WWE’s WrestleMania generates $165m for New York, New Jersey area

WrestleMania continued to deliver for its host region and brought a significantly greater economic impact for New York and New Jersey than it did in 2013.

WrestleMania 35 at MetLife Stadium on April 7 generated $165.4 million in economic impact for the surrounding area, according to a study conducted by the Enigma Research Corporation. That is a more than a 60 percent increase from the $101.2 million generated for WrestleMania 29 at the home of the Giants and Jets, making this year’s version the highest-grossing entertainment event in the history of MetLife Stadium, reports The New York Post.

“I think we saw increased consumption up and down the line, our fans being willing to consume as much WrestleMania week activity as was offered, and then when they weren’t doing that they were consuming our host community and all that the region had to offer,” John Saboor, WWE Executive Vice President of Special Events, said in a phone interview.

It also marks the eighth consecutive year WrestleMania generated more than $100 million in economic impact for its host region. Over the past 13 years, WrestleMania has generated more than $1.3 billion in economic impact. The event drew fans from all 50 states and 68 counties to New York and New Jersey.

The WrestleMania week events also included “Monday Night Raw,” “SmackDown,” NXT’s TakeOver pay-per-view and the WWE Hall of Fame induction ceremony at Barclays Center, along with WrestleMania Axxess at Brooklyn Pier 12. WWE also hosted 14 community-based events.

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Kehinde Lijadu of Lijadu Sisters dies at 71



Kehinde Lijadu of Lijadu Sisters dies at 71

The news of the death of Kehinde Lijadu in London has sent the Nigerian community into a mixture of shock and grief. She was born on October 22, 1948.

Details of the cause of death could not be ascertained as at the time of this report.

A family friend, Princess Pamela Toyin Ogunwusi, wrote on Taiwo Lijadu’s Facebook Wall: “The famous LIJADU SISTERS . For over thirty years that you both left Nigeria you’ve been separated from your children… I was meant to visit you on your 72nd birthday last month but everything prevented that trip…

“Mummy K Lijadu you and your twin sister poured out your heart to me crying several times… I was worried and made frantic efforts to help… you fought hard but passed on. Adieu KEHINDE LIJADU…. May you awaken to joyful experiencing as you make your way back home”.

Earlier in January 2019, Tee Mac Iseli, renowned musician, wrote this tribute:

“The twins Taiwo and Kehinde were born in the northern Nigeria town of Jos on October 22, 1948. Second cousins of Fela Kuti, the two girls were drawn to music at a very early age, listening to records, singing, and writing songs together from their early childhood into their teenage years.

Beginning as backing vocalists for studio sessions, the sisters eventually released a single under their own name, 1968’s Iya Mi Jowo. In 1971, still working as session singers, joined the Tee Mac an Afro Collection band at the small but fabulous BATAKOTO on Broad Street Lagos, where the sisters met ”Cream” drummer Ginger Baker (then rated as the number one drumer in the world), and Taiwo and Baker soon started dating.

The twins performed with Baker’s band Salt at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games before the relationship fizzled out. With the assistance of multi-instrumentalist and producer Biddy Wright, the Lijadu Sisters would make four albums for Decca’s Afrodisia imprint: 1976’s Danger, 1977’s Mother Africa, 1978’s Sunshine, and 1979’s Horizon Unlimited.

These vibrant collisions of pop, reggae, and Afro-beat influences defined the sisters’ unique hybrid sound and rocketed them to immense popularity in Nigeria, as well as gaining them the attention of a broader audience internationally. It is in my agenda to bring my dear sisters to Nigeria this year, to meet their old friends and fans and to show Nigeria that age is no factor in music. They will be reading this FB post so help me to send nice messages to them. Thank you very much! Tee Mac”.

In 1969, twin sisters Taiwo and Kehinde Lijadu released their first studio album ya Mi Jowo (“Mother, Please) through Decca records.

Known professionally as the Lijadu Sisters, the duo would go on to release a series of unique and influential LPs throughout the next two decades before retiring from the commercial music industry in 1984

The sisters sing in perfect harmony over a fusion of afrobeat, soul, and psychedelic rock instrumentation, exploring a variety of social, political and emotional themes. Tracks like “Cashing In” (from Danger, 1976) feature feminist calls to action, while love songs like “Promise” lament the pain of a broken heart.

The sisters’ music continues to permeate contemporary pop culture through sampling, notably Nas’ unreleased “Life’s Gone Low” which samples the Lijadu Sisters track of a similar name (Life’s Gone Down Low from Danger).

In these archival documentary excerpts, the Lijadu sisters rehearse, record and discuss album material and their experiences as women in the emergent pop music industry.

The two agree that female representation in the music industry specifically is limited, but that overall female representation in the professional sphere will continue to increase.

Said Taiwo of the label: “As far as they are concerned, you can keep owing them and paying them back until the day you die”. Taiwo and Kehinde left Decca in 1984.

* Courtesy: The Podium

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I wouldn’t have been in BBNaija house without my wife’s consent –Mike



I wouldn’t have been in BBNaija house without my wife’s consent –Mike

Professional athlete, Mike Olayemi Edwards, emerged as one of the favourites of fans and viewers in the course of the recently-concluded fourth season of Big Brother Naija reality TV show.

Apart from emerging first runner-up of the Big Brother ‘Pepper Dem’ edition, Mike, a product of a Nigerian mother and a Jamaican father, won many over by not becoming entangled with any woman in the house. He spoke to ADEDAYO ODULAJA in this interview


What is your view on the fact that Nigerians can’t stop talking about how you stayed faithful to your wife during the course of BBNaija 4?


I am a strong individual, a strong man and I didn’t show my weakness, so, to me that was just amazing. I expect nothing less from my girl. To remain in the house for 99 days I never had any personal doubts for me. It’s just normal. I made a commitment before I even said I do, I made it clear to myself to be faithful till death.


But was there any time you were tempted by any of the ladies or anything you saw?

No, there was no time like that. It was all about my resolve from the beginning.


Your wife has hinted of your plan to relocate to Nigeria from your UK base. Do you plan to see that through?


Yes, I plan to move to Nigeria immediately. My wife and I are making plans together. Right now, we are still discussing and making arrangements. For now, we are taking it day by day.

Being an athlete already means you are in the limelight of sorts, why did you decide go for Big Brother?


It was simply because I consider it one of the greatest platforms in the world and I wanted to challenge myself by going for it. To be honest, it was something I saw in the challenge and it was the fear of the unknown. It was more attractive to me because I knew that it was what I wanted to do, challenge myself beyond. You know, if you do the same thing expecting different results, it’s insanity. So, I knew, let’s try something like this and see how far we can go and it ended up being a great opportunity. I will never regret it.


You apparently fared well in terms of rating but do you think anything worked against you winning the show?


I can’t really say because I knew I was real. I can’t be anybody else but myself. I am confident enough to know that it pays to be myself. Truth be told, I feel like I can go through a lot of ups and downs and somehow find the way to persevere and you know, I’m an athlete. I can’t stop being me at this stage, I don’t know anything else that could be used as a strategy aside from me being myself. I know consistency is always key for me. So, that’s the only way I could describe it. I trust the process of being consistent every day, and I wanted to walk out a winner and it didn’t fail me, I walked out a winner.



So would you say you were disappointed with the final outcome?


No, absolutely not. I knew that stepping into the house was a win for me, anything else was a bonus. So, I always felt I am in the best time in my life, I just kept reminding myself that that’s why it was easy for me to have so much cruise because ultimately I knew we were all winners in our all unique ways.


What were some of the sacrifices you would say you made in the BBNaija house towards winning?


Of course, the sacrifices I made were disconnecting from my wife for 99 days. If I didn’t have the consent of my wife I wouldn’t have taken part in the show. I am a married man, I don’t have to discuss things that don’t need to be explained, and I think that’s the relationship I have with my wife.


Did you at any point think it was getting more difficult than you envisaged


Those were the times when I thought Biggie was at least going to surprise me with a visit by my family members or someone I know but it never happened and I had to hang in there.


You have a Cigar brand that seems to be the focus of your attention now. What’s it about?


Aireyys Cigar brand is an extension of myself. I have always seen myself as a brand. It is a distinguished taste, if you love it, you like it. My wife and my team, ran the business while I was away.

What is the status of your professional career as an athlete?


I represented Nigeria at the Commonwealth Games in Australia and the African Senior Athletics Championship in Asaba in 2018. So, right now my focus is to set up my future with my family, so, that’s my priority right now.



How would you rate your familiarity with Nigerian culture?



I am every bit a Nigerian. My mother is Nigerian and my dad is Jamaican.


What are your thoughts about the Big Brother platform now having been a part of it especially as you regard it as a huge, global platform of opportunities.


It remains a truly global and exciting platform for me but I walked out of it with the lesson of never taking things too seriously. Also that one has to be brave enough to have an open heart. You never know when you’re going home, literally.

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My dad asked my brothers to stop me from auditions –LamiRose



My dad asked my brothers to stop me from auditions –LamiRose

LamiRose Alih is a Nollywood actress and a film producer, she speaks with DEBORAH OCHENI about her ready to go outfits, love for comfy wears, her preferred celebrity style, why she will not not wear clothes that reveal her nipples and lots more.


What was growing up like?


Growing up was so interesting, until things went bad for my parents that they had to relocate from Kano to the village. Things got so tough while in the village, but in all, we thank God for life. How long have you been in the entertainment industry and how did the journey start?


I have been in the industry for a while now but it wasn’t really consistent until 2017 when I decided to go fully into it. My journey started when I followed my friend to an audition and I was called to be one of the cast in the crowd scene. That was how my acting career started.


What inspired the decision to become an actress?


Well, I have always wanted to be on the screen while growing up, I admire newscasters and I love watching Stephanie Okereke and Genevieve Nnaji then. Each time I saw them on the screen I will be like, “I am going to be like this someday.”


That was what inspired me and I started working towards it. What was the experience like facing the camera for the first time? It wasn’t funny at all because I used to be a very shy person, so facing the camera was a problem.


Are your parents in support of your career?


No, they were not in support of it at first, my dad was like “when people are looking for something meaningful to do with their lives my own daughter says it’s film she wants to act”, and he will order my brothers to close-mark me from going for auditions.


Because of that, when I was filling my JAMB form I had to apply for Theatre Arts unknown to my parents instead of Law that was my dream course so that by the time I am done with school, they would accept my choice of career since that’s the course I studied in school. And behold my plan worked out well.


Which movie brought you to limelight? I would say “bride price and Asoebi girl. Be-   cause it ran on Africa Magic Epic for a long time and I played a sub lead role in it.



That really made me popular.


How many movies have you featured in so far?


I have featured in over 15 movies, namely, Bride Price, The Regent King, Her Proposal, Putting Pen to Paper, Soil, A day Outside, Living in Abuja, to mention a few including my own movie “Upon a Promise” currently showing on Africa Magic Showcase and “Oge Nkpuhie coming out soon on Africa Magic Igbo. Asides acting which other business are you into? I work with the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, I also run my own business


I have a clothing line, I freelance, let’s just say I do everything thats legitimate business.


Are you a trend conformist?


No, really I wear anything that suits me, not necessarily what’s trending or in vogue. Which celebrity style do you admire most? Kimora Lee and in Nigeria I would say Mercy Aigbe. I admire their styles a lot. Is there anything you will never be caught wearing? Anything that shows nipples is a no no for me. Which is your costliest fashion possession? That should be my Herms bag. How much did you buy it? Let me not even mention the amount here, I prefer to keep the price secret.


Which is your signature perfume?


I play with all because I sell perfumes as well but my best would be Gorgio Armani for women.


The fragrance is something else. Which accessories do you live for?


I love Wristwatches and earrings a whole lot.


How do you love your hairdo?


I like hair with curls or straight and my best style is side parting, the make has to be natural for me to be able to rock.


Which footwear do you love most?


I like sneakers because I don’t joke with my comfort, I don’t compromise my comfort for fashion.


What is your ready to go outfits?


Jean, T-shirt, face-cap and sneakers but I am not a tom boy.

How comfortable do you feel in jeans and Tshirt?


I feel very comfortable because they are my favourite wears.


Which outfits take up most space in your wardrobe?


T-shirts and sneakers. What determines what you wear? I dress according to the occasion that I am going for or place.


What makes a woman well dressed?



A woman is well dressed when what she wears is not too revealing.


Who is your best designer?



Toyin Abraham “Titans’ Empire.



Do you consider any fashion items indispensable?


Shoes are not easily dispensable.


How lucrative is acting as a career in Nigeria?



Acting is a very lucrative career trust me, especially as an actor.


Would you say you are satisfied with your choice of career?



There’s nothing as fulfilling as doing what you have passion for, acting gives me peace of mind.


How would you compare Nollywood to entertainment industry in other climes?


You can’t compare our industry to, say, Hollywood for now.



But on the average we have really improved in so many areas we are a work in progress and we will surely get there How easily do you buy your fashion items in Nigeria?


Very easy, I am the type that don’t really plan shopping.


If I see anything I like either online or in a shop I will just but, it so, it’s really not difficult.


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