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Makinde Eulogise Dayo Kujore as He is Set To Launch A New Album


Makinde Eulogise Dayo Kujore As He Is Set to Launch His New Album

Former House of Representatives member, in Ile Ife Federal constituency, Honorable Rotimi Makinde has shower encomiums on the Juju Maestro, Dayo Kujore as he is set to launch his new album in April this year.

“I cherish the cultural touch he sustains in his music and he maintains it even outside the country,’’ Makinde said.

According to the Nolywood Actor turned politician, Dayo Kujore should be named “Pride of Nigerian culture’’ as the leading projector of the nation’s cultural heritage to the world.

Meanwhile, other upcoming artistes, who spoke to Amebo Feeds Naija Blogs in Lagos on Thursday, described him as a cultural legend.

Speaking to our correspondent, Makinde restate that Dayo Kujore has one of the best voice as a musician in Nigeria, he can use mostly all instrument, very talented in composition, he has paid his due and still waxing stronger.. He is launching another album come April 6 2018.

“The songs of the Juju music icon is an ever active lyric that will remain relevant even decades after, unlike our contemporary songs by our young artistes."

“The media industry should promote more of these cultural and epic works in Nollywood and national screens,” he said

It is no more a news that Wonderful Dayo Kujore has raised many upcoming artist moral in learning how to play local drums and other traditional musical instruments during his stage performances.

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Soyinka and Nigeria’s dinner with the devil By Reuben Abati


Opinion, Tuesday, March 20:

Soyinka and Nigeria’s dinner with the devil
Reuben Abati

Professor Wole Soyinka was keynote speaker at the maiden annual lecture of the Ripples Centre for Data and Investigative Journalism held in Lagos on March 15. Topic: “Rebuilding Trust in a Divided Nigeria: Can Nigeria be fixed?” The Nobel Laureate did not disappoint. His presentation titled “From Miyetti to Haiti: Notes from a Solidarity Visit” took us on a journey to Haiti, Trinidad and Tobago, the United States, Nigeria also, and other parts of the world, including the past and the present, raising questions along the line about the humanity of the average Nigerian – the leaders, the followers – his or her humanity or non-humanity, the possession of a sense of dignity, shame, decency, memory, common sense, or lack of it, in comparison with conditions elsewhere.

Whereas other countries, classified along with Nigeria by Donald Trump, the loud-mouthed, twitter-obsessed American President as “shithole countries” and who may well fall under the same category with us as developing countries, may claim the right to feel insulted, Professor Soyinka asked his audience whether with the established mentality of enslavement, patterns of alienation between power and society, the distorted relationships within our communities, the failure of governance and the gross idiocy/shamelessness of the political elite and the moral turpitude of the Nigerian, whether indeed the Nigerian has earned the right to feel insulted or not to be insulted.

Can any Nigerian really rise to full height and ask Trump to shut the hell up, coming from a country as we do, where the leaders would rather be elsewhere when the people suffer: “I am not even obliged to be here”, they would rather say. Ours is a country where in a conflict between murderous Fulani herdsmen and defenceless farmers, the government’s response is to take sides with the aggressor, rather than check impunity and ensure that justice is done. The Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, the umbrella organization for Fulani cattle rearers actually, publicly admitted the title Fulani herdsmen, and so there is no point quibbling over that label, publicly stated as the right tag of identification by its very owners. Human lives invariably mean nothing to Nigerians. Our sensibilities have been inured by too much familiarity with tragedy.

Can Nigerians claim the right not to be insulted living as they do in a country where mass murder in fact, no longer means anything to political leaders- right after the slaughter of hundreds of persons or the abduction of young school girls, the leaders would rather troop to a wedding party. And when the main man manages to visit later, he gets a red carpet reception, and talks about sympathy. “Who needs sympathy?”, Soyinka asked. “What we are talking about is justice, evenhandedness, fairness”, the Nobel Laureate declared. These are obviously strange words to the constituted authorities of Nigeria. After all, one Minister had the audacity to declare that whoever has been killed by Fulani herdsmen has himself or herself to blame, for planting a farm or a house or even daring to stand, wait or engage in anything at all, including the intake of oxygen, along the cattle route that Fulani ancestors had carved out of Nigeria. Soyinka wondered what such a cruel person is still doing in the corridors of power.

But of course, to further strengthen the climate of fear in the land, any form of opposition or criticism has been branded “hate speech”. There is even a Bill to this effect in contemplation before the National Assembly. The prescribed punishment is “death by hanging” – this at a time when the rest of the world is trying to move away from the death penalty. The Bill may never become law but it is a whip to be held above the head of the populace, to enslave, intimidate and frighten the people. And so on and so on, Soyinka delivered one blow after another, painting at the same time, pictures, with anecdotes, humour, and references to particular personalities in Nigerian history, notably his life-long sparring partner, President Olusegun Obasanjo whom he once confronted over his famous “I am not obliged to be here” remark only to be told: “Kampala ti e niyen.” Soyinka had warned at the beginning of his presentation that the moment for introspection and frankness had come and he wanted the audience to “look in the mirror”. He practically held up that mirror; what the audience saw or remembered about their country was ugly and disconcerting.

Professor Soyinka soon took his leave. I joined the Director of the Centre to see off our esteemed guest. As he stepped out of the venue, he was surrounded by a group of reporters and admirers who wanted selfies. One of them asked him to provide a quick summary of his keynote address. I thought that was an odd question. Was the reporter not at the event upstairs, did he not just exit the hall with us? One lady pulled at the Nobel Laureate’s shirt, determined to gain his attention.
“Yes, Prof. you have described everything happening in the country but what is the way forward?”
“Way forward?”, Soyinka asked
“Yes. Way forward? What is your solution?”, she persisted
“Way forward”, the Nobel Laureate repeated as if he wasn’t too sure. Then he answered: “Way forward? Just keep walking, you’ll find the way.”

I was pleased with that sarcastic response. It was obvious the reporter did not understand the presentation. Or may be she was fishing for a headline, or a tailor-made sound-bite. This is also a national predilection. Nigerians are very good at over-simplifying everything. They like slogans, sound-bites, the same way they crave short-cuts even in matters that require the minimal use of the brain. Reporters these days are in a class of their own. When they invite you for an interview, don’t be surprised if they ask you for example: “Can we meet you?” How? If you didn’t know who I am, why invite me for an interview?

The debate that followed at the event was of a different tenor, drawing heavily on the energy and excitement Professor Soyinka had infused the audience with. A panel of three led the discussions. Dr. Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi reviewed the crisis of governance in Nigeria and spoke about national unity and the urgent need for restructuring. Professor Pat Utomi, represented by Mr. Rasheed Adegbenro spoke about values in leadership, and offered a five-point plan including civic engagement, value re-orientation, civic participation, education, and a more positive role to be played by the Nigerian media. Mr. Peter Obi, former Governor of Anambra state focused on the failure of governance as the cumulative effect of years of neglect and omissions, the greed and indiscipline of the political elite and the bad politics Nigerians play, relying largely on his own experience as Governor.

Professor Soyinka had spoken for less than one hour, but the discussions went on for about three hours. Everyone had something to say. The event had mostly young people in attendance. As Nigeria enters yet another election season, most young Nigerians –many of whom have just attained the age of franchise since the last election, and frustrated by the travails of their country insist that they are determined to fix Nigeria.

It is not for nothing that more than 25 young Nigerians within the age bracket 35 -45, even when the age of qualification for the Nigerian Presidency is 40 want to be President in 2019. They include the publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, motivational speaker Fela Durotoye Adamu Garba, Ahmed Buhari, and so many others. The urgency of this task was obvious in the tone of the discussions. When Peter Obi urged that Nigerians should simply “take back their country”, more so as the line between governance and comedy had become blurred, and that it is not really a matter of age, but capacity, because many young people are in government already and have been part of the rot since the First Republic, the audience was ecstatic.

It was time to close the programme with Peter Obi responding to the last set of questions. But one young man wouldn’t have that. He suddenly jumped atop his seat, and raised his hand, towering above everyone and screaming that he must have a say or the programme would not end. Earlier, there had been actual struggle for the microphone, but this particular young man insisted he had found the solution to all of Nigeria’s problems. We had to allow him provide his earth-shaking, cure-all, solution. He ended up merely repeating what had already been said.

But can we really fix Nigeria? The consensus was that this is indeed possible. How? Look in the mirror and reflect. Education. Value reorientation. Leadership recruitment. Restructuring. Civic engagement. Media activism. Take back our country! What of the people factor? Are we going to import a new set of Nigerians and value system after restructuring? Professor Soyinka had prefaced his keynote address with the presentation- what he called the informal launch- of his latest book titled “The Road Map of a Nation: A Narrative of the First African Road Safety Corps (Ibadan: Bookcraft, 2018, 203 pp).” Like a teacher recommending further reading for his students, he had asked us to read the book, copies of which were on display at the venue. Being an obedient student, I complied. The preface to the book: “Table Manners for Dining with the Devil” is an excerpt from Soyinka’s You Must Set Forth At Dawn, there is an appendix titled “The Pyrates” – a commentary on the confraternity which Soyinka founded in 1953, but essentially the book tells the story of Nigeria’s Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), how it began, the challenges faced by the founder and his team of volunteers, the attempt by many forces including internal saboteurs, homicidal figures masquerading as drivers, suicidal passengers, koboko and sword-wielding soldiers, military leaders, Nigerian big men and corrupt elements who tried everything possible to frustrate the vision of the Road Safety Corps, from Oyo state to the national stage. This is a book to be read by all officers of the FRSC and the general reader as well. The FRSC is part of Soyinka’s legacy to Nigeria, his own way of giving back, and here he documents that legacy, and the pains of bringing it to fruition.

There are echoes in this narrative, of previous writings: The Road, From Zia with Love, A Play of Giants, Opera Wonyosi, and the recent A Personal Odyssey in The Republic of Liars (2005), making the book much more than a narrative on the FRSC but a further interrogation of the environment called Nigeria and particularly of the Nigerian character. Is there something that can be called a Nigerian character? The setting for this interrogation is the road: the same road that lies famished, claiming lives due to reckless driving, robbing people of their lives prematurely, turning teachers at the time Soyinka was teaching at the then University of Ife, into perpetual mourners and the entire community an arena for endless mourning and condolences. In the mid-70s, Soyinka had drawn up a blueprint for a Road Safety intervention, a volunteer, self-policing initiative which stepped in, to fill the vacuum created by a military and a police force that didn’t care about death on the roads or the odoriferous pile of cadavers that littered them.

But here is where the character issue begins: trying to make any difference in Nigeria is like having a dinner with the devil and to make any difference at all would require special table manners. The Nigerian environment is a sorry theatre of struggle and violence – physical, social and psychological between the forces of good and evil. Governments, the military, the police, and similar institutions, designed for public good have over the years signed up in the corner of the devil, with the oil boom and petro-dollar imposing a level of greed that makes a grab, steal and destroy mentality the new morality. The people themselves, glad to have access to part of the oil largesse simply assume government would take care of morality.

The road map of Nigeria covered in this book is about the failure of government, institutions and even more so of individuals. A Third Force seeking to make a difference, starting with the roads, soon found itself attacked by the same persons whose lives it sought to save. Wole Soyinka tells the story in a way only he can. His table manner is to deal with the Nigerian pathology by preaching about it, teaching about it, offering advice, intervening where necessary and withdrawing when necessary, guided in all cases by the public good. He sees nothing wrong in direct intervention and in wielding the cudgel to crack the heads of agents of impunity no matter how highly placed.

This dinner with the devil in Nigeria is now in a worse shape: no longer a regular dinner, but a banquet! The forces of evil have seized the nation’s throat. But Soyinka can draw consolation from this: there are still a few good men in our community who are prepared to stand up to evil, even if their table manners may be notably different.

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Between Senator Mamora and Femi Pedro By Simbo Olorunfemi


Unconfirmed reports have it that Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora might have rejected his appointment as the Chairman of the Abuja Investment and Infrastructure Centre.

The report out there is that he is not quite happy with this appointment, seen as of such little stature, given his role as the Deputy in the Campaign organisation that saw the President to office.

Some say such an appointment to the former Senator and Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly as demeaning. He is said to have been previously named as Chair of the Board of NPA and an Ambassador at some point, only to be dropped at the last minute.

You never know with these things. Politics is a very complicated game. Sharing of the spoils of war can even be more complicated.

Sometime in December last year, I was at a sitting of the Lagos State House of Assembly. One of the tasks for the day was the screening of the nominees for the Board of the Lagos State Sports Trust Fund. Nominated as Chairman of the Board was former Deputy Governor of Lagos state, Mr Femi Pedro.

I watched him step out, clutching a mini briefcase. Took a bow and stood as his biography was read out. Difficult to believe the man is over Sixty and already a grandfather.

One of the questions put to him by the Speaker (I think) was how comfortable he was with this nomination having once served as Deputy Governor.

Mr Pedro said it did not matter to him whatever the position or appointment is, even if it is to serve as Councillor. He said, as long as it is an opportunity to serve, he would be willing to offer himself. I hope he means it, as I found it rather instructive.

Now, if it is true that Dr Mamora has rejected the appointment, it is difficult to fault him. Service is a personal choice that cannot and should not be forced upon anyone. Easy to understand where he might be coming from.

The manner in which appointments for those who worked to get the present government into office has been handled has been most untidy.

But then, politics offers no guarantees in the kind of Presidential arrangement we have. Nothing assures those who sow, no matter sacrifices made, that they will reap. Rudy Gulliani, Chris Christie, among others are still out there in the cold, in spite of the support they offered President Trump.

Politics is strange. Better to approach it with not much of an expectation so as not to be disappointed. Nothing is guaranteed. Be sure to have a second address.

Some will say if it is strictly about service, the position offered should not matter. But that is only an opinion. He who has to wear the shoe is best placed in deciding if he should or not.

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Way Out of Overseas Medical Tourism and Bad Governance in Nigeria By Femi Ogedengbe



Nigerian movie actor, Femi Ogedengbe writes on the decadence in Nigeria’s health care system and bad governance ravaging the country, here is the full excerpt made available by Naija Online TV.

I have thought it necessary to use this opportunity to congratulate the Nigerian first family on the complete recuperation and safe return of their son, Yusuf Buhari to Nigeria from Germany after undergoing treatments for head injuries that resulted from his power bike accident.

As a young father myself, I quite appreciate the import of the worries of having one’s beloved child in a near death situation. However, the bitter truth is that the president’s son need not be flown abroad before getting the needed medical treatment if the needful had been done back home. It is a public knowledge that a good number of medical geniuses abroad are from Nigeria. This is to tell us that the problem of our health decadence has nothing to do with not having the right man power, but obviously the lack of working institutions.

Another issue that is making me weep for Nigeria is the prevailing forbidden prices of goods and services. It took my children to a roller coaster park that was newly set up across the street opposite our apartment here in Los Angeles. The kids had the fun of their lives and the cost was almost nothing compared to cut through charges back home in Nigeria.

Any responsible father will definitely find fulfilment whenever his children are overwhelmed with joy during an outing to either a fantasy land or amusement park at readily affordable charges. The reality that an average hardworking Nigerian father who is a teacher, civil servant ,police officer, bus driver, soldier and petty trader could not afford what may be termed a luxury for his children got me saddened.

I had made bold to pour out my bottled up anger not long ago because of the highly frustrating situation back home in Nigeria. I even went on emotional overboard by deploying uncomplimentary words to describe the president and some other highly placed Nigerians. Truth is that I am just one of many other Nigerians who have been nursing plethora of deep seated anger against the nation due to the prevailing decades of bad leadership in the country.

The singular factor of my exemplary moral upbringing will compel me to apologize to whoever may have felt slighted by the uncharitable usage of harsh words. But, we honestly need to get serious and busy with the business of unlocking the potentials of this great country called Nigeria.

It is my opinion that we owe ourselves the responsibility of getting things right in 2019 by electing any young, competent, honest and innovative candidate from any of the geo political part of Nigeria, irrespective of the candidate’s religion or tribe.
Religion is only used by paid propagandists as a tool to weaken a unified alliance, across Religion ethnic and tribal divides to prevent the actualization of beneficial national interest.

At this point, the only solution or attempt to solve this problem is to call on patriotic Nigerians in diaspora to take action of peaceful protest against any Nigerian public office holder on medical tourism to any known hospital in any corner of the world. We must take it upon ourselves to keep vigil at the door steps of all hospital treating them.

Upon whistle Blowers Information,
We also need to take things a step higher by frustrating all their children schooling abroad until we succeed in making them return to Nigeria.

That is just the only way to make Nigeria work and force elected and appointed public officials to be accountable, answerable and responsive to millions long suffering Nigerians.

Enough is enough of bad governance and leadership failure in our dear country, Nigeria!

Please let Every Patriotic Nigerian Join/Support this fight Just by Sharing and taking Action. Thank you.

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Nigeria is sick and empty, deserves being called ‘Shithole’ – Soyinka



Wole Soyinka, renowned Nobel Laureate, says Nigeria is sick, empty and deserving of the term “shithole” as described by United States President, Donald Trump.

Soyinka said this while speaking at the Ripples Nigerian Dialogue titled “Rebuilding trust in a Divided Nigeria,” which held at The Wheat baker Hotel in Ikoyi, Lagos. The Nobel Laureate condemned the humiliation of Nigerians by the military personnel, stating that the humiliation of Nigerians led him to relocating abroad. “The treatment of Nigerians by the military led me to relocating to a saner clime. I remember invading Obasanjo’s residence in Lagos and challenging him concerning the way Nigerians were being treated. It is a disgrace to us, as a Nation. We have been left behind in nearly every field. They are lessons to be learnt from the diaspora. We need to peek across the Atlantic to see how other countries have been faring,” Soyinka urged.

Drawing illustrations from his lecture titled “From Miyetti to Haiti: Notes from a Solidarity Visit,” Soyinka emphasized the need to end slavery in our current society; citing the examples of Haiti and Nigeria that has been described as shit-hole countries, as identified by Trump, United States President. “We have become laughing stocks in the eyes of the public. We have earned the term of shit hole. Nigeria is sick and empty. Some retrogressive forces won’t just stop. Everything Nigeria touches rusts.”

He also said that the move by the Senate to pass the Hate Speech Bill is merely to silence criticism from Nigerians. “Nigerians should not be afraid to kick against it; there is no way they will cut off any body’s head.”

Source – Core TV

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We Got Our Stage name From Our Mother – Ajogbajesu


On the hot seat recently during "Apping With Your Celebrity" session, was gospel music sensation, "Ajogbajesu".The dynamic twin brothers, revealed they started singing at the age of twelve, while their first album was released in 2004, titled "winner".
The Duo revealed they got their stage name from their mother, who always like to dance at every church program and event.
Ajogbajesu said gospel music is their talent and would never sing secular music, not to derail from their source.
The music stars revealed their talent is rich enough for any of the Duo to sing at an event individually and this according to the singers they’ve been doing if they were to have two or more shows a day at the same time, as both can compose songs individually.
However, their favourite gospel music artistes are, Funmi Aragbaiye, Mega 99, Senwele Jesu, Esther Igbekele among others.
Apping With Your Celebrity session, is a social media platform, where celebrities are interviewed by selected media outlets, anchored by UK based entertainment and events Consultant, Lola Sophie Fey Ajiwo.

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Apostle Suleiman Takes Gospel To Six Countries, Celebrates Birthday


Apostle Suleman Takes Gospel To Six Countries, Celebrates Birthday

In the anointed, spiritually charged programmes of the Omega Fire Ministries (OFM) worldwide led by Apostle (Prof.) Johnson Suleman, the Holy Spirit is changing lives. This is evident by the divine healing of the sick, saving of the lost, filling believers with His power, and setting free captives from sinful bondages and broken relationships, through the servant of God’s annual healing crusade tagged ‘The Supernatural’ which is usually followed by testimonies of supernatural supply, strength, abilities, insight, wisdom, knowledge and health that are beyond human understanding.

‘The Supernatural’ experience is being felt in nations under Africa, Europe and Asia continents all year round. The ongoing edition in Ghana which started on Tuesday 13th of March and billed to end on Wednesday 14th of March, 2018, will be another experience to ever remember. At each ‘The Supernatural’ crusade, destinies are gloriously altered and lives transformed forever. During the sessions, the ‘Oracle of God’, Apostle Suleman, regularly lifts the spirit of the highly anticipated with such statement of conviction as “you’re going to see the unexpected; you’re about to see the unimaginable.” And, indeed, after each version of the destiny-altering impartation, every participant, from every corner of the hosting country will experience the glory of God. The divine outpour is always awesome.

As the ‘The Supernatural’ Ghana edition is in progress, the OFM train is set for the next; a four-day spread programme starting with Moscow, capital city of Russia, between the 9th and 10th of April, 2018, followed by the ‘The Supernatural’ in Helsinki, capital city of Finland, on 11th and 12th of April, 2018. The Malaysia and Thailand editions will follow and later ‘The Supernatural’ will be hosted in the United Arab Emirate city of Dubai between the 31st of July and 1st of August, 2018.

Meanwhile, the birthday celebration of the servant of God comes up on Saturday, March 24th, 2018. Remarkably, Apostle Suleman’s birthday celebration is not only about singing, dancing and eating, it promises yet another moment for the uncommon signs of the anointing as well as sign of blessings for the needy.

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