Ayodeji Balogun, better known as Wizkid, and Innocent Idibia, better known as 2Baba, alongside other African artistes are set to hit Dubai with the best of Afro-music at One Africa Music Festival.
The music fiesta is slated to hold on November 15 at the Festival Arena, Dubai.
Other stars listed to perform at the show include Tiwa Savage, Tekno, Burna Boy, Zlatan Ibile, Kcee and Teni, fast-rising female singer.
Also on the list are Vanessa Mdee and Diamond Platnumz, Tanzanian singers; Souhila Lachhab from Algeria; Eddy Kenz, Ugandan singer; as well as Nhatty Man and LiJ Michael, both from Ethiopia.
Bankole Wellington, sensational singer and actor known as Banky W, will host the event with Jah Prayzah, Zimbabwean ace singer, while Benjamin Mugisha, Rwandan singer and songwriter better known by his stage name, ‘The Ben’, is expected to also perform.
The event is organised by Interswitch, payment processing company; Air Peace and GTB, among other sponsors.
According to the organisers, the One Africa Music Fest, now its second edition, is a platform to showcase Africa’s best and brightest talents to position the continent within the entertainment industry on a global level.
The event is meant to promote African music, create awareness, stimulate demand, develop audiences and promote sustainability for African music globally.
It is also aimed at securing collaborations between African music artists, businesses and communities, among other social connections.
Kanye West, Dr. Dre announce ‘Jesus Is King Part II’ album
“Jesus” is being resurrected — just three weeks after its first incarnation.
Kanye West, 42, and legendary producer Dr. Dre, 54, took to Twitter Monday to post nearly identical messages announcing a second installment of West’s “Jesus Is King” album. The first installment of the long-delayed gospel album dropped in late October to mixed reviews.
“Ye and Dre Jesus is King Part II coming soon,” both posted alongside a photo of the two of them in a studio, reports the New York Post.
West’s post has so far racked up over 291,000 likes, while Dre’s has gotten 44,000.
The pair have not previously collaborated, although Yeezus has long been a fan of the six-time Grammy Award-winning “Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang” rap icon.
“He’s the definition of a true talent,” West once wrote in a Rolling Stone essay.
The early announcement from the procrastinating superstar comes on the heels of West’s news of his first-ever opera, named for the longest-reigning monarch of Babylon, and him telling celebrity pastor Joel Osteenthat he no longer cares for fame and money but is “in service to God.”
Potpourri of personal, societal life experiences
Book: It Happened That Night & Other Stories
Author: Lekan Malik
Publisher: Technoprint Publications, Lagos
Reviewer: Adjekpagbon Blessed Mudiaga
t Happened That Night & Other Stories” is Lekan Malik’s debut prose work into the highly competitive field of literary creativity and global book market.
The twelve tales in the book include: “It Happened That Night”, “It Was The Knife That Did It”, “Face To Face With Death”, “A Stranger’s Head”, “The Robbing Masquerade”, “Hand Of Frustration”, “When It Wasn’t Easy…”, “I Wish I Could Help Him”, “Grave Of Voices”, “The Awaiting Priest”, etc.
Multidimensional human experiences ranging from personal health challenges, murder, religious and abstract imagination about death, robbery, poverty, ethnic discrimination, mystical voices, etc. are the rice and stew of the stories.
Through the introduction page, the author informs that the cover story; ‘It Happened That Night,’ “is a personal and unforgettable experience of the writer with some creativity…” This implies that the first story in the book is a ‘unitruefiction’ (a combination of fiction and nonfiction).
It borders on the psychological hallucinations the author went through while sick at a particular time. He describes certain experiences he had like many folks do when they are seriously ill- some hear imaginary voices or ringing tones.
A contemporary and quite disturbing issue that has become commonplace in Nigeria these days is the killing of wives by their husbands and vice versa, coupled with ethnic discrimination in marital relationships that has destroyed many marriages over the years. These are the musings of “It Was The Knife That Did It,” where an alcoholic husband known as Obinna kills his wife, Sade, as a result of inter-tribal discrimination by both his family members of Igbo origin and his wife’s Yoruba family members who collectively contributes to the rancor that snowballs into hate between the couple, and the wife eventual death.
“Face To Face With Death,” happens to be the most hilarious and entertaining story in the entire collection based on the reviewer’s assessment. Apart from being an interesting satirical reminder of certain common religious activities noticeable among Christians and Islamic so-called representatives of God on earth, it shows how some people try to run away from death after boasting that they are ready to die. Despite claiming to be searching for death, which makes him to visit a pastor and an Islamic cleric to ask them where he could see death face to face, Alabi, a young man later sees death in human forms that came to rob him of his possessions, but he refuses to die.
Another noteworthy story is “When It Wasn’t Easy…” It highlights how some relatives deceive their nieces from the village in the guise to further their education in the city, only to introduce them into prostitution for personal benefits.
Experiences bordering on life after death and some traditional values, beliefs and practices among the Igbo and other Africans are the meat and potatoes of “Grave of Voices.” Here, the author awakens the reader’s memory to similar gothic occurrences such as the types in Perpetual Obidiegwu’s novel titled “Priceless Jewel,” and William Shakespeare’s drama titled “Hamlet.”
Disobedience of some traditional/cultural practices by some Africans who claim to be Jewish than the Jews, and Arabic than the Arabs, seems to be the author’s satirical concentration in “Grave of Voices,” where Kolade, a Yoruba man- the central character of the story, refuses to obey the traditional culture of his Igbo in-laws who wants him to release the dead body of his wife, Amarachi to them for burial in their home town.
He buries his late wife in his compound. This leads to her nocturnal protests to the hearing of Yakubu the gateman. He informs Kolade about the strange voices he hears from late Mrs. Kolade Amarachi’s grave at night. But the stubborn widower says Yakubu maybe either drunk or dreaming. Kolade later hears the voice at night saying “Take me home” as Yakubu had earlier told him he has been hearing at night.
The story reminds the reviewer about a similar life experience related by a friend who lives in Ikorodu area of Lagos, where one night he saw the spirit of a young lady rising from the sitting-room of an apartment he rented some year ago. The spirit went to the locked entrance door, hissed, opened it and went out at exactly midnight. This made the reviewer’s friend to approach the landlord of the house to inquire whether someone was buried in the sitting-room of the apartment. The landlord confirmed that he buried his matured late daughter there two years before the occupant parked in. Hence, the claim that when people are buried it is the end of their life is a figment of ignorance. Spirits rise from graves to live at night between 12 – 4am before Aurora’s footsteps.
The only story in the anthology that has a sprinkle of descriptive stream is “A Stranger’s Head”. Unexpected springing of surprises and twists in the plots of the entire stories are the author’s commendable hallmark of narrative style.
However, deficiencies noticed in the book include typos, syntactic errors, and mechanical noise in some pages. Some Yoruba words used in some of the stories ought to have also been translated in English for non-Yoruba readers.
Lekan Malik studied English and Literature at Lagos State University. He is also a budding poet whose works have been published in some anthologies.
Sola Shobowale, Okey Bakassi, Chi Gul, Yinka Davies light up Mouka’s Green Gala Night
t was a brilliant showcase of creativity, glitz and artistic exploration at the Green Gala Night organised by the nation’s leading mattress and other bedding products manufacturer, Mouka, to round off its 60th anniversary penultimate weekend in Lagos as it was brightened with command appearance of leading Nollywood stars and On Air Personalities.
Leading the pack was Nollywood star actress and filmmaker, Sola Sobowale, who two weeks ago, received the prestigious recognition in the Africa Movie Academy Award for best actress in leading role as ‘Alhaja Eniola Salami’ in Kemi Adetiba’s blockbuster, ‘King of Boys’.
Other celebrities in attendance include Adebayo Davies, an actor (Baba Landlord in Flat mates); Chioma Omeruah (Chi gul), an actress and comedian; Lotachukwu Ugwu, an actress (popularly known as Kiki in the TV series Jenifa’s Diary); Yinka Davies, a celebrated singer and actress; Arese Ugwu, author and social media financial expert (popularly known as Smart money Arese); Sisi Yemmie Blogger, Vlogger and all-round creative to complete the galaxy of stars at the night.
The night was anchored by ace comedian and actor, Okechukwu Anthony Onyegbule, popularly known as Okey Bakassi.
While responding to journalists’ questions, Sobowale described quality sleep as a necessary ingredient to a healthy and productive life of a busy professional like her, while thumbing up for the Mouka brand.
In his welcome remarks, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the company, Mr. Raymond Murphy, explained that the last 60 years has been a long and successful journey for Mouka, adding that the company has built an enduring brand in the last six decades.
“This is a big milestone for us. At 60, we are the market share leader in the foam and beddings sector” he said, while praising the stakeholders and shareholders of the company for giving quality and wholesome support to the company over the years.
He maintained that the last 60 years have been eventful for the company in terms of job creation, value creation for shareholders and business partners and high level of governance compliance.
“Our mantra within the company is good to great. Good for us is never good enough. We continue to strive for greatness.” Murphy told journalists at the venue.
Others highlights of the night included the cutting of the anniversary cake and the winning of exciting prizes by guests who marveled at the exhilarating ambience and the touch of class that surrounded the celebration.
The foundation for Mouka was laid 60 years ago in the historic city of Kano when the scion of the Faiz Moukarim family started the Moukarim Metalwood factory to manufacture furniture and iron beds.
Since then, Mouka has gone into manufacturing of foam and spring mattresses, as well as other bedding products at its three production facilities across Nigeria.
The company has also developed an extensive distribution network with more than 1,000 branded sales outlets nationwide.
Guild of Fine Artists opens gallery in Lagos
he Guild of Professional Fine Artists’ (GFA) Professional Fine Artists of Nigeria (GFA) has reiterated its commitment to repositioning the guild with the opening of its own art gallery in Lagos.
The formal opening of the GFA Gallery, located in the heart of Lekki, Lagos, took place last Sunday. The event had in attendance Minister of Information and culture, Lai Mohammed, notable art patrons and other dignitaries.
Speaking on the formal opening, the Director of the GFA, Ugonna Ibe-Ejiogu said: “It was an honour and a pleasure to welcome the Minister. He was patient as he toured the gallery space, viewing each work and speaking with all the artists present. He also devoted a considerable amount of time to engage with one of our Trustees, Chief Ede Dafinone, art patron and respected artist, Mr. Kolade Oshinowo and GFA president Mr. Sam Ebohon, and address questions and concerns about governmental support of the arts in Nigeria”.
According to her, it’s a new dawn for the Guild, a dawn that sees the successful opening of the guild’s first gallery open its doors to a new generation of artists.
“With over 10 years under its belt, the Guild of Professional Fine Artists of Nigeria is reasserting its relevance as it becomes a more active part of the art ecosystem and seeks to curate a new experience that matches the excitement that African art is generating”, Ibe-Ejiogu further stated.
While the GFA Gallery will be a permanent home for the works of the members, the space will serve the art community at large by hosting third party exhibitions, talks, workshops, art classes and so much more. The President, Sam Ebohon, expressed his excitement for the future of the GFA and also acknowledged members who live across Nigeria, saying, “Guild activities will not be limited to Lagos, you can expect to feel the GFA’s presence all over Nigeria.
“When we go round, our presence will be felt. The programmes will not only keep the artists in the business but will also help them grow.”
He added that it was the first time a group of artists took such a bold step to setup a gallery for the guild.
“The public needs to understand that we have a new GFA now. We are taking the practice of art to a new level,” Ebohon said.
Other guests in attendance included art collectors, artists and art lovers.
Board of Trustees: Mr. Yinka Fisher (Chairman), Ms. Ifeoma Idigbe, Chief Ede Dafinone
The event was sponsored by the Aristokrat Group.
Point of View: Experts address key issues in Nigeria’s cultural tourism sector
The third edition of Point of View, a monthly series talks organised by the Ben Enwonwu Foundation, will focus on museums, tourism and urban development.
Organised in collaboration with the Society of Nigerian Artists and supported by Alliance Française /Mike Adenuga Centre Lagos, the event which is titled ‘Museums, Tourism and Urban Development’, will hold on Friday November 22, 2019, at Alliance Française/Mike Adenuga Centre, Ikoyi, Lagos.
Drawing from other creative disciplines and experiences to take a broad helicopter view of the art scene in Nigeria and Africa, Point of View aims to encourage support and funding for the visual arts through public and private sector partnership while ensuring continuing artist’s professional development and empowerment.
Conceived as a collaborative platform, this edition of Point of View titled ‘Museums, Tourism and Urban Development’ will address key issues, trends and challenges in Nigeria’s cultural tourism sector. Leading architects will share their insights on the most innovative construction and design trends, using completed, on-going and upcoming projects as examples. In addition, museum specialists will shed light on improving museum experiences, preservation and conservation activities, as well as the challenges they face while government authorities will highlight investment opportunities and speak on museum development and destination marketing.
Speakers are: Jumoke Adenowo, Principal, A.D. Consulting will present on Elements of an African Museum; Seun Oduwole, Principal Architect SI.SA, who will talk about the J.K. Randle Centre for Yoruba History & Culture, Pool & Arcade: A Case for Tourism and Destination Marketing; and Jess Castellote, Director, Yemisi Shyllon Museum at the Pan Atlantic University, who will speak on Yemisi Shyllon Museum: A Study in Innovation and Social Impact.
The Ben Enwonwu Foundation, in a statement announcing the event, stated that “the theme of the panel session is ‘The Cultural Tourism Sector: Funding, Visitor Experiences & Technology’. Panellists for the evening are: Aderenle Sonariwo, Consultant to the Ogun State Government on Arts, Culture and Tourism, and founder, Rele Gallery, Lagos; Tosin Oshinowo, Director, cmDesign Atelier (cmD+A) and Omotayo Adeboye, Curator, National Museum, Lagos. Jumoke Adenowo will moderate the session.
“This event is supported by Business Day, Hundids Magazine, Connect Nigeria, Wild Flower PR, Society of Nigerian Artists, The Sole Adventurer, Onobello and Omenka.”
The Ben Enwonwu Foundation (BEF) was established in 2003 in honour of celebrated Nigerian artist, Professor Benedict Chukwukadibia Enwonwu MBE, NNOM (1917-94). Enwonwu was the first Nigerian artist to gain international acclaim and first professor of art in Nigeria. He was the first Nigerian artist to be conferred Member of the distinguished order of the British Empire and first African artist to be commissioned to sculpt Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The first federal art adviser, Ben Enwonwu ranks among the greatest artists in the world.
The Foundation aims to sustain and build on his life and works through which he forged a philosophical basis for contemporary Nigerian art by fusing Western techniques and indigenous traditions. Enwonwu is widely acclaimed as Africa’s pioneer modernist artist, his success increasing the visibility and appreciation of modern art in Africa.
In 2004, the Foundation started its distinguished lecture series, which has become a major gathering for the rich diversity of contemporary Nigerian society. It offers an opportunity for national and international leaders, renowned academics and policy makers to share their understanding and perspectives on the role of art in causing desirable societal changes while contributing to nation building and economic empowerment.
Through scholarships and grants, The Ben Enwonwu Foundation supports research, exhibitions and publications that foster innovative and scholarly artistic expression.
Previous beneficiaries of the scheme include students of Yaba College of Technology, Ahmadu Bello University, Obafemi Awolowo University and the University of Lagos.
In furtherance of its objectives, the Foundation opened an art centre in the artist’s home to promote research into his practice. The centre’s year-round educational programme explores Enwonwu’s art practice, the cultural and social context of his work and links to contemporary themes. The centre also houses leading gallery, Omenka, which represents a select number of African and international artists while examining in an experimental and research-minded way, contemporary art developments and discourses in Nigeria.
“Currently, the Foundation is embarking on several projects, which include publishing a catalogue raisonne of Enwonwu’s works, as well as autobiography, lectures and writings on contemporary African art.”
SoulTrain: Wizkid wins award for ‘Brown Skin Girl’
Afropop superstar, Ayodeji Balogun, aka Wizkid, has won SoulTrain’s Ashford and Simpson Songwriters’ award.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that he won the award at the 2019 ceremony held on Sunday in Las Vegas.
The ‘Ojuelegba’ singer earned the award for his collaboration with Beyonce, Blue Ivy Carter and SaiNt Jhn on the sensational song of Beyonce’s ‘Lion Heart: The Gift’ album.
Wizkid shares the award with other credited songwriters including, Beyoncé Knowles, Carlos St. John, Adio Marchant and Shawn Carter.
Others are Stacy BartheAnathi Mnyango, Michael Uzowuru, Ayodeji Balogun and Richard Isong.
NAN reports that this was the third time Wizkid had made the nominees’ list for the prestigious award.
He was nominated for Best Dance Performance in 2017 for his song ‘Come Closer’ and in 2016 for the Rhythm and Bars category for his song ‘One Dance’.
Box Office: ‘Ford v Ferrari’ races to first place, ‘Charlie’s Angels’ collapses
“Ford v Ferrari” left its box office competitors in the dust as Disney’s historical sports drama sped its way to $31 million in North America.
Directed by James Mangold and starring Christian Bale and Matt Damon, “Ford v Ferrari” debuted ahead of expectations, thanks to strong word-of-mouth from moviegoers, reports Variety.com.
However, those ticket sales weren’t enough to offset disappointing starts from fellow high-profile newcomers, “Charlie’s Angels” and “The Good Liar,” pushing the domestic box office down over 6% from last year, according to Comscore.
Sony’s action comedy “Charlie’s Angels” sputtered out of the gate with an uninspiring $8.6 million, landing in third place behind Lionsgate’s war drama “Midway” ($8.75 million) and just ahead of Paramount’s family film “Playing With Fire” ($8.5 million). Meanwhile, Warner Bros.’ thriller “The Good Liar” barely cracked the top 10, collecting just $5.6 million from 2,439 theaters.
“Ford v Ferrari” enticed a mostly older male crowd: Men accounted for 62% of ticket buyers, while nearly 80% were over the age of 25. Audiences awarded the film with a rare A+ CinemaScore, a sign that the racing drama should have a long life in theaters. Produced by Chernin Entertainment, the movie carries a $100 million price tag and will need a boost from international moviegoers to turn a profit. “Ford v Ferrari” launched with $21 million at the foreign box office this weekend, lifting its global tally to $52.4 million.
“Ford v Ferrari” tells the true story of the automotive team at Ford, led by designer Carroll Shelby (Damon) and his British driver Ken Miles (Bale), as they build a race car attempting to beat the legendary Ferrari in the prestigious Le Mans race.
“Charlie’s Angels” arrived well behind domestic box office projections (the studio was anticipating a start closer to $13 million) and will now rely on overseas audiences to help recoup its $48 million production budget.
Elizabeth Banks wrote and directed “Charlie’s Angels” — starring Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska — the third big-screen adaptation of the classic action series.
The newest chapter sees the Angels going global to halt the spread of a dangerous new technology that could threaten the world. Banks portrays one of the many Bosleys, while Sam Claflin, Patrick Stewart and Noah Centineo joined the cast.
“The Good Liar” bowed in eighth place, failing to be much of a draw among its core audience.
Over 60% of moviegoers were above 50 years old, a demographic that doesn’t routinely turn up in force on opening weekend.
But mediocre reviews, along with a B CinemaScore, doesn’t bode well for its future in multiplexes.
Directed by Bill Condon and starring Ian Mckellen as a con artist who targets a wealthy widow (Hellen Mirren), “The Good Liar” is the latest literary adaptation from Warner Bros. that hasn’t been able to fill seats in theaters.
In recent weeks, “The Goldfinch,” “Motherless Brooklyn” and “Doctor Sleep” were all major misfires. “Doctor Sleep” suffered a massive 57% decline in its second weekend, pulling in $6.1 million for a domestic total of $25 million.
It’s not all bad news on the Warner Bros. lot. This weekend, “Joker” officially became the first R-rated movie in history to gross over $1 billion at the global box office. All the more impressive, it’s only the third movie ever to reach that milestone without a release in China, one of the world’s biggest moviegoing markets.
At the specialty box office, A24’s “Waves” kicked off with $144,562 from four venues in New York and Los Angeles, equating to a strong $36,140 per location. Trey Edward Shults wrote and directed the acclaimed drama about a South Florida family coming together in the face of tragedy. The studio will continue to slowly roll out the film nationwide into the holiday season.
Impart Artists Fair: Showcasing African art on global scale
Securing gallery representation could seem an arduous task for artists. While it is possible to do it alone, it is hard to understate the importance of a supportive, dedicated gallery. LASMARA has come to bridge the gap and much more with Impart Artists Fair.
The maiden edition which took place at Alpha One, Eko Atlantic, Lagos, spans the entire art circle with an elaborate ceremony.
The décor, sight and sounds during the opening at Eko Atlantic make everyone feel deeply with art, and the pool of artists from around Africa comprising Kenya, Zimbabwe, Cameroun, Ivory Coast, Sudan, and Ghana among many other African countries proved that art traverses globally.
“We want to really put African art on a global scale; we have to use the tools we have as Africans. Also, to be part of the global picture, the tool we have now is technology,” the founder of LASMARA, Hana Omilani, said.
She added: “What we plan is to go to different cities in Africa. We will be going to another city shortly, but we need to secure some of the logistics.
“The plan is to go to more cities in Africa, if we do it once a year it is not enough, some artists came even though the application has closed months ago, many came physically with their works. It is important we do it in Africa, Nigeria first, we can go somewhere else after telling our story first from here.”
Tagged ‘Art meets Tech’, the show indeed boasts of the latest technology. Many who could not be at the fair physically enjoyed live streaming from the fair ground. The fair has many interesting activities: workshop sessions, among others.
“We want people to see and experience art the way they have never done before; in a more relaxed atmosphere,” the enthusiastic Omilani who is from Eretria, East Africa, and married to a Yoruba, said.
She reiterated that with Impart Artists Fair, they want to play a positive and catalytic role in advancing the dynamism of the arts and culture scene in Africa through a series of engaging and technology-enabled programmes and events across Africa and beyond.
“We want to help artists who do not have an online presence to get on board, bring them out of the wood, assist them, make sure that the contract is in their best interest and that is what the fair is all about.
“And create a platform for democratising art across Africa by making art available to everyone and providing emerging artists with much needed exposure to local and international markets. If a gallery wants to sign an artist, that is fine.
“All they need do is to talk to us. We have more than hundreds. It is not just the galleries; it is also for institutions and museums.”
For the participating artists it was a dream come through. The works in the fair show painstaking efforts put in the realisation of the project, both in terms of selection. Haneefah Adam, a Nigerian self-taught multi-disciplinary artist who specialised in food art, proved her expertise with mind-blowing works. The artist explores issues related to identity, culture, and representation in the society. Her works include: Ewa Agoyin (medium, fried plantain, beans, red pepper, ugwu stalk, leaf), Abula.
Works by a Nigerian artist, painter, writer and photographer, Uche Edochie, were also on display at the fair.
His themes, characterised by the dominant human forms, emphasised the importance of personal conviction, capability and responsibility in reimagining and redesigning reality in an increasingly uncertain world. His pieces, ‘Adana/Pride of Blackness’, Acrylic on canvas; ‘Chaos and Calm’, Acrylic on canvas; and ‘Money, Power and Paranoia’, adore the wall of the fair venue.
From Sudan comes Omar Kamal. The artist who grew up in El-Gezira State in Sudan is fascinated by the local markets that took place every Friday, only having access to a pencil, he started sketching and his art journey began. Today, Kamal paints with acrylics, and he still finds the scenes of the market fascinating. His works in the fair dwell on culture and surroundings.
Also from Sudan is Hussein Mirghani. The artist came prepared. He believes representation art is the foundation of other art forms, and paints every day scenes in and around Sudan. He finds that watercolor paints best represent these scenes because it closely resembles how the human eye and mind sees the world.
Fitsum Berhe, born and raised in Addis Ababa and later Asmara, is an Eritrean artist living and working in Nairobi Kenya. He explores the authentic African portrait in this post-colonial, digitalised, interconnected and globalised era in Africa. His works include ‘Questioning Identity 1’, ‘Questioning Identity 3’, among others.
Imomoh Asemokha’s works are predominantly in the painting and print media where he uses colours to communicate several metaphorical allusions. His broad spectrum oeuvre spans across a number of thematic range which seems to be borne from a certain creative restiveness.
His is a path rooted purely and guarded by intuition, a path where he seems to constantly reinvent the self.
Other artists whose works were on display include: Joseph Obanubi, Ibe Ananaba, Ato Arinze, Barak Eleziolu, Kobina Nyarko, Mark Noina, Chukz Okonkwo, Rafat Omar, Abdelmgeid Afifi, Romeo Temwa, Victor Asowata, and Azuka Nnabuogor.
Busola Dakolo vows to appeal as court dismisses rape suit
Busola Dakolo, celebrity photographer and wife of musician, Timi Dakolo, has said she will appeal the ruling of Justice Oathman Musa of a High Court of the FCT at Bwari, Abuja which dismissed her rape suit against the senior pastor of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA), Biodun Fatoyinbo.
Ruling on Thursday, Justice Musa had said the matter amounted to injustice and an abuse of judicial process as the case was empty and purely sentimental, adding that the suit was aimed more at cruelty than obtaining justice. The court also awarded costs of N1 million against Busola while noting that the fine should have been 10 times higher because the court’s time was wasted.
However, in a statement by her lawyers, Mrs Dakolo, wife of singer, Timi Dakolo, said she would appeal to a higher court.
“The court ruled that the matter is statute-barred because the events that crystallised to the cause of action took place 16 years ago and that the claimant Mrs. Busola Dakolo has only six years within which to seek redress in court in line with the statute of limitation,” the statement said.
“We are mindful of the decision as delivered by the court, presided over by the Hon. Justice A.O Musa. We are equally observant of the fact that the Court omitted to address the cause of action, the subject matter of the suit in determining whether it has jurisdiction to entertain the said matter.
“While we acknowledge the time of the court, we know in accordance with the Nigerian judicial system that the Court’s decision is not final as it is glaringly contestable.
“For all intent and purposes, having seen several sponsored misleading news reports in the media, we are duty-bound to state that the court has not and did not exonerate Biodun Fatoyinbo. As it stands, the substance of the matter has not received any judicial attention.
“Biodun Fatoyinbo through his lawyers have only argued that the court should not allow the matter to proceed to trial because it is an event that occurred long ago and hence out of time.
“We shall therefore in this circumstance approach a superior court to intervene for a better appreciation, and take a more expansive view of the suit considering that the subject matter is one that is novel in our clime,” the statement reads.
The ruling came after Fatoyinbo filed an objection and an affidavit at the court and demanded N50 million as damages, saying that Busola’s statements were false and concocted to embarrass, scandalise, and ridicule him.
He argued that from the inception, she sought the attention of the media and press, and brought the civil action even while police investigation was ongoing.
Busola had in an interview in June accused Fatoyinbo of raping her while she was a teenager in Ilorin, Kwara State. Following outrage on social media and protests over the allegation, Fatoyinbo took a break from the pulpit but returned later.
AKA demands apology from Burna Boy ahead of show in South Africa
South African rapper, AKA, wants Burna Boy to apologise to him before he visits South Africa for his forthcoming grand performance.
This is another indication that the lingering rift between the duo is yet to wane.
The South African rapper took to his Twitter page on Wednesday, where he posted a series of tweets. He demanded that Burna Boy apologises for the statement he made a few months ago during the xenophobic attacks in South Africa.
“Ek se …@burnaboy all we want is an apology. We know is not perfect. But we took you in as our own before you reached these levels. You say you are an AFRICAN GIANT, prove it. Leadership. I am willing to swallow my pride and put an end to this division. @burnaboy Are you?” he tweeted.
It didn’t end there as AKA went on to respond to a tweet from a follower who tweeted about Burna Boy attacking AKA.
“He’s so petty! @burnaboy go still knack am something!”, the follower tweeted. Then AKA replied with a tweet that should give Burna Boy a reason to re-evaluate his trip to South Africa.
“This is not a joke. Mina, I still want to go perform in Lagos and make it back safely to my family. Don’t you want the same for him?” he tweeted.
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